09/17/2020 at 6:40 pm #81662RyanneKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
Post your What Sold video in the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: LBJ Ranch card, Portable 8-Track Player, Mushroom clock, Deena ashtray stand, Portable Easel]
09/17/2020 at 8:47 pm #81667apertureParticipant
- Location: ARVADA
Thanks for your video Steve. I always enjoy seeing what you are selling and what your pups are up to. I’ve run into Arnels ceramics in the past – always mushroom designs and always with the name of a person on the back – I presume it is someone that put the clay in the mold since it is scratched in to wet clay.
My biggest sale last week was this Sandwich Ilses Jacket from the 1960s. I put it up at auction with the starting price of $300. I had four bidders who took the price up to $417.99 which I am happy with. https://www.ebay.com/itm/193645087692
At an estate sale, I came across a lot of 1980s software that was not priced. I got it all for $2 and have been selling it off in pieces. This 1986 copy of “The Toy Shop” by Broderbund sold for $24.50.
When you go to garage sales, people always ask if you are looking for something. Last summer I responded “vintage and antique toys” to a woman in a near by neighborhood. She held up a finger and ran inside then came out with a box of 30 vintage dexterity games which she sold to me for $30. I have been selling them off, usually for around $30 to 50 each. This is one of the lasts ones and it sold for a best offer of $67.50 https://www.ebay.com/itm/193071363860
These bike panniers were a quick turn around – got them on the weekend for a few $s and sold them for a best offer of $100 in the same week https://www.ebay.com/itm/193650331756
I think I have mentioned that I found a box of tangled suspenders on a Sunday afternoon – the last day of an estate sale. I brought it up to the sales clerk and we agreed on a price of $1/each. I had to sit down and sort them all out to count them and paid $53 for 53 pairs. Most sold for around $50, but I have been discounting my last few pairs. This one went for $38.50. https://www.ebay.com/itm/192960416743
Hope everyone has a great week. Regards, Daniel
09/17/2020 at 10:25 pm #81668SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
Steve – Last week I mentioned that I have a stereo system but hadn’t done anything with it, and you offered your help. Well, I brought it upstairs, and my husband tested it. It is a JC Penney Model 683-1765. The record player works quite well. The speakers seem to be not balanced, but they both get sound. The AM/FM radio works well. I had bought an 8-track tape earlier in the day to test out the 8-track player. It appeared to be working well with good sound and the speakers balanced. However, I started to hear two songs at once (it was an album I was familiar with). Once it was turned off,and the cassette was pulled out, some of the magnetic tape was stuck in the player, so was pulled out of the cassette (oh well, $1 paid for testing purposes). The cassette player did not work or move at all.
I think I might get $80 if I sell it as-is. I like the idea of learning to repair electronics like this, but I’m afraid I’ll not get to it for years. What do you think it will take to get it into good working condition? At a minimum, I’m sure that the belts for the 8-track and cassette player need to be replaced.
So, getting to my sales …
In the March timeframe, I bid in an online auction with mostly tools. My husband gave me some suggestions including to bid on a Craftsman tap and die set. I ended up paying a bit over $30 for it. When I brought it home, he was a bit dismayed at the condition and the fact that it was not a complete set. Scavengers, we know what to do, right? I created listings for matching die & tap sets, separate dies or taps, a group of damaged dies, and the die & tap wrenches. Last week, I sold 4 tap/die sets for $16 each, and this week I sold a separate tap and a separate die for $8 each plus another tap/die set for $16, and I’ve got plenty left. Not so bad, eh? Here is an example of a set I sold last week:
Forum user Amatino has a challenge going to list items that you’ve wanted to get to, but just haven’t had the time (hence the testing on the stereo system). I bought this lab hot plate / magnetic stirrer with a bunch of scales at the beginning of the year. I finally found some magnetic beads where I was able to heat water in a Pyrex cup and then stir it with the magnetic beads at the same time. Pretty cool! Sold it for best offer of $80; I paid about $3.
I thought that vintage Fiestaware would go real quick, but these have been sitting around for over a year. I paid about $1, and they sold for $28.86.
09/18/2020 at 2:02 pm #81686Steven SParticipant
- Location: South Dakota
Yes, those belts always need replacement as they get stretched out and just plain old. 8 tracks belts are usually very easy to replace, cassette decks are a bit more difficult
Work the radio, phono, tape, Aux knob back and forth a dozen times, that might clean the contacts enough to get an even balance. I use Deoxit spray for that and to clean the volume, tone etc. potentiometers.
The head and capstan (the part that moves the tape) need t be clean with isopropyl alcohol, that why it ate the tape. I’ve also taken up repairing cartridges, there are quite a few different versions of cart cases, there are YouTube videos out there on how to open them.
09/20/2020 at 9:20 am #81705Julie BParticipant
- Location: Georgia
I wonder if the mushroom clock was a kit people could paint and put together back in the 70s. I have an almost identical clock listed for $24 but mine has more of a sheen glaze over it, its painted slightly different, the back component on mine looks older and it doesn’t have Arnel or Grace etched into it. When I saw your video my first thought was “what the hell?!” Because mine has been listed for awhile. Maybe I’ll use your key words and see what happens.
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