01/10/2019 at 2:23 pm #54890
- Location: Virginia
Love a good Doc Martens sale![See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Models, Doc Martens, Books, Akai Tape Deck, Lane Black Panther TV Lamp]1+
01/10/2019 at 11:14 pm #54913
Great sales Steve, the cassette player is really cool, I remember those being quite amazing! I’m not surprised the Premier model cars did well for being so lack in detail. There is a following for the more cheesy poorly done vintage toys in all categories. Here is an example of a poorly done, soft detail, out of proportion Pirate of the Galaxies Skeleton by Remco. A very cheesy (but cool!) action figure indeed! He alone sold for $120, part of a $120 buyout that has grossed over $2,000 and still going strong thanks to overlooked crummy vintage toys like this!
Originally I was interested in these laundry coin boxes thinking they were cool for up scale or re purpose. I found out they are sought after for actual washers and dryers! Duh! Bought for $5 each, sold for best offer $65, and just listed a group of five more for $98 BIN.
Cool little sale on Etsy, bought around 10 different Def Leppard small pin back buttons for 10 cents each, this was the first to sell for $20:
One of my bread and butter items on etsy, little chipped paint tool boxes, usually socket wrench ratchet holders, $2 into $20:
A more obvious good single key sale because this key really is cool – an old hearse key, a buck or two into $25.00:
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01/11/2019 at 8:28 am #54919
Tom, you really have a great eye for the weird and overlooked. I like your term “welcome tarnish”, reminds me of a used car salesman tactic of putting a positive spin on a perceived negative. Good work.1+
01/11/2019 at 2:43 pm #54933
Thank you Steve,
Of course tarnish is welcomed! Too bad all collectors don’t seek out and appreciate pleasing patina, character rust, warm wear marks, and well storied marks and rubs.
Oh, and that used car salesman reference that you made…I don’t get what you mean?
Thank you again for your time and teaching, over the top cool every time.2+
01/11/2019 at 9:53 am #54922
- Location: Hopedale, OH
That tape deck is awesome! So am I right that the cassette tape physically spins around inside the deck to play the other side? That sounds way more complicated than it needs to be, but I love it. I made some interesting sales last week.
My top sale of the week goes to this pair of Katadyn Pocket Water Filters. These are apparently a top of the line brand for this type of thing. When I spotted these in a box lot, I vaguely recalled some knowledge I had many years ago when I was more into camping about how expensive these things were. But I had no idea just how much someone would pay for them. I got them for $2.50 each and sold the pair for $300.
When I first began selling on eBay, I steered clear of plastic stuff because I saw it all as cheap crap. But after time I’ve learned that isn’t always the case. Here’s an example of an all plastic bathroom soap holder. It caught my eye because of the color and because it was made in USA. I listed and sold it on the same day for $15. It only cost me .50 cents.
One of the most rewarding aspects of this business (to me anyway) is learning about what old stuff is. I feel like I’m keeping the knowledge alive. Some of you might instantly recognize what this item is, but I honestly had no clue. It’s a stove top toaster. You set it on your stove burner to make up to four pieces of toast. And apparently they’re kind of sought after. I had several watchers on it within a few days. Mine was in really rough shape so it only sold for $15, but I’ve seen others sell for more. It only cost me $1 out of a box lot.
I purchased an old battery operated handheld radio at an auction for $8. I didn’t know it at the time, but it didn’t take conventional batteries. Inside was this 67 ½ volt ‘B’ radio battery. I recalled that someone on the forums mentioned that people buy and collect vintage batteries, so I listed it by itself. It didn’t take more than a few days to sell for $15. Now we’ll see if the actual radio sells since you can’t really obtain those batteries anymore that I know of.
01/12/2019 at 8:50 am #54971
Cool stove top toaster, reminds me of the Blues Brothers movie, Elwood used one.
I’ve been meaning to list some weird old batteries I’ve accumulated, you’ve given me a push.0
01/12/2019 at 2:20 pm #54993
I love the plastic crap! I used to look for and collect strictly old Hong Kong made plastic anything, even crappier than the US stuff! The soap dish holder rocks!0
01/11/2019 at 11:04 pm #54964
I’m currently out of town for a funeral, but I still made time to watch the What Sold video. Here’s a few highlights for last week:
I purchased a number of vintage-looking wood signs that must have been the remainders from someone’s business. I thought that they were cool, but the first one sold after being listed since June. I think I paid about $2, and it sold for $32.
I overpaid for a lot of Chinese carved snuff bottles because I thought that they were very collectible. I think that these are a very common design and just not very unusual. This was the second one to sell. I paid about $4 each, and this one sold for $19.
Last week, I showed a cooking book that I bought dirt cheap. Here is the second one to sell from that lot. This was the one in roughest shape. It’s a cookbook from a White Plains, NY organization, but the buyer’s address is in Texas. Maybe she lived there at one time. I paid maybe $0.25, and it sold for $16.
I bought this 50s Webcore record player in an auction lot for hardly anything, about $0.50. It didn’t work, and I thought about trying to fix it up. After watching a few videos, I realized that this was not like when Steve talks about replacing a belt on a more modern unit, so I listed it as non-working. I also did local pickup because it would have been a bear to pack safely. The guy who bought it fixes them as a hobby. He has bought similar units before online, but they would arrive damaged in some way. He was thrilled with finding one where it wouldn’t be shipped. It sold for best offer of $40.
01/12/2019 at 8:55 am #54973
Smart way to that Webcor record player.
Those changers have solidified grease that needs to be completely cleaned out and then re-lubed, it’s a chore but that’s usually all it needs to work again, the amp would probably need to have the capacitors changed out as well, I’m in the process of teaching myself that skill.0
01/12/2019 at 2:02 pm #54992
I love those Society, club, fraternity, group spun cookbooks! Have not found one in awhile. Nice grab! I have found it important to make sure they are 1st prints if you have to lay down real money for them, funny how some of these obscure local cookbook binders, booklets, are reprinted many times!0
01/12/2019 at 8:06 am #54968
- Location: ARVADA
Thanks for the video Steve. I am really impressed that you take apart, and sometimes successfully repair vintage electronics. I have never made it past the sticker that says “Opening this will void your warranty”.
I go to the last day of estate sales if they are close to my home just to poke around and see what can be had for a low price. This estate sale had about 50 carousels of travel slides. I was able to buy them all for $1 each, but there were hours of labor later popping all the slides out. I have not ever sold travel slides like this before so I wasn’t sure how to display them. I settled on photographing 2 dozen at once on my light table then highlighting a few. I was pleased to see these sell to someone in Italy for best offer of $35. (It was an interesting experiment, but I will not be sourcing slides like this again).
Solid ink cartridge found at a thrift store for $1 and sold in less then a week for $65. I am not sure why the yellow sells so much higher than the black or magenta, but it gets 2x as much as the other colors.
After the holidays, I lowered the price of these eight turkey plates from $225 to $185. Last week they sold for full asking price.
This is the last cowboy hat I will ever sell. My opinion: these things are a pain in the ass and an albatross around my neck. Buyer messaged me a few days ago saying the sweat band was detaching. I gave him a partial refund that made this a break even sale.
If vintage pencils are collectible, then what about vintage erasers? Sold this box of vintage new erasers for $16.25 after ~6 months.
After picking this Unicorn Belt Buckle up at a garage sale for $2, I was shocked to see that this particular belt buckle was getting ~$50 from a belt buckle specialty dealer. I polished it up (because that is how that dealer sold it) and last week it sold for $45.2+
01/12/2019 at 8:57 am #54974
- Location: Virginia Beach
Very fun sales, Tom and Doubly! I agree with you Doubly on getting to learn about the items we sell – it’s one of my favorite parts, although there’s always the inner push to only spend as much time researching as necessary. Still feels like a great investment of time.
Some of my sales from last week:
I stumbled on these US-made Chuck Taylors at an estate sale and paid first day price for them, knowing I could add $100 to their new sale price: https://www.ebay.com/itm/EUC-Vintage-Converse-Chuck-Taylor-High-Tops-Blue-Made-in-USA-Mens-Sz-11/323566892739
I found this really lovely Jacob wool (particular lamb, particular shearing) throw blanket at an estate sale a year+ ago for $10. Thankfully, it had a label on it to give me useful info to search; made in the UK and goes for lots of money; it’s very thick and well made. Too nice for my house! 🙂 Finally sold at full price, and even after having been on sale at least twice: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Green-Grove-Weavers-Thick-Jacob-Wool-Blanket-Natural-Brown/323625023641
In VA, as in most states, folks are pretty school proud. I found this vintage UVA jacket at an estate sale, and figured it would sell. It took some a good while, and a sale, but it finally sold for $43. I think I paid ~$5. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-UVA-University-of-VA-Cotton-Zip-Front-Champion-Jacket-Coat-1940s-Sz-L/323313537518
I haven’t bought lampshades for resale for some time, mostly because I haven’t seen any good ones AND they take up a good deal of my small real estate. I picked up 4 of these cute vintage pom pom trimmed ones at an estate sale for 1-2 dollars total. Have sold 2 of them now in the last week after many months of being listed: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Ivory-Fabric-Grosgrain-Black-Pom-Pom-Fringe-Clip-On-Lamp-Shade-5-25/323158931338
I have a good source for sea glass and sea tumbled pottery shards and have so many of them that I lotted them up a month or two back. I’ve sold 2-3 14oz bags in the last few weeks, on sale: https://www.ebay.com/itm/14oz-Multicolored-China-Dish-Pottery-Shards-Sea-Glass-Tumbled-Chesapeake-Bay/3235449657932+
01/12/2019 at 9:03 am #54976
USA Chuck Taylors have been real good for me as well, I bought 3 pair a few years ago at a garage sale, the girl said she pulled them out of her dads closet and I bought them for $3 each, one red pair sold for $400. They were in great shape for their age.2+
01/12/2019 at 1:55 pm #54990
The sea glass shards are a great! I had no idea, sea GLASS, yes, these bits no! I have shard eyes now, thank you!0
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