06/07/2017 at 8:00 pm #19149
- Location: Virginia
Love those Vintage Metal Cooler sales. Perfect for the summer! Post your What Sold video on the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Prince & Wendy picks, Engineer boots, Coleman Cooler, Video switcher, Jeanie Rub massager]
06/08/2017 at 7:20 am #19162
06/08/2017 at 12:07 pm #19171
I see those chalkware heads often enough and you’re right, they are quite lifelike. Probably 95% of them don’t sell for a whole lot…20-40 bucks maybe. But there are a few that have more interest and value. I sold one by Bossons of a Santa Claus head for $80. I probably could have gotten more if I listed it closer to Christmas.
06/08/2017 at 12:14 pm #19172
The key on those Bossons heads is condition. They are quite fragile, so every little nick matters. I’ve sold mint condition heads in box with tags for $200+, but also have sold broken ones for repair for as little as $10. I was fortunate enough to buy an entire lot of 75ish from a collector a few years ago and did quite well on it.
06/08/2017 at 1:34 pm #19181
I wouldn’t have bought them if there was only one or two, but since it was 16 and I got a hell of a deal (everything I purchased that day averaged out to $8.18 per piece, and $150 of that was for a Carl Schlieper 2 piece stag knife set). I have a Maid Marian from Robin Hood that appears to be rare going by eBay prices. The rest were in the $20-$40 range.
06/08/2017 at 8:36 am #19165
Steve – Not only do you have beautiful dogs; you have beautiful kids! Congrats on getting them through college!
My biggest sale of the week was a piece of vintage test equipment. It is a simple mechanical variable resistor. The arm rotates to change the value of the resistance between 1 and 11 ohms. I borrowed my brother-in-law’s multi-meter to show that it works. I bought it in an online auction lot where the whole lot went for $3.30. This is the second item I sold from the lot. It sold for $36:
I didn’t have very many sales this week, but I’ll throw one more in. I bought a lot of small but high end kitchen items at a live auction about two weeks ago. The lot cost about $29, but there were so many items that each came to about $1. This is a set of cheese markers from Williams-Sonoma that sold for $16:
06/08/2017 at 9:48 am #19166
It’s been a bit of a nightmare here. In the Days of Our Lives department, I have been stealth looking at another place to live. Long story, but my partner and I might be really on the rocks this time.
I like to think I’m an 80s Virginia Slims advertisement with a sprinkle of slightly less slutty Cosmopolitan, but I’m like a deer in head lights. My sister, who won the cast iron skillet throwing competition for three years straight at the county fair has more worldly experience in this department than me.
I swear I will have a stroke if I can’t take my cat bffs.
Oh sure, I have travelled a lot, but rarely without my twin like co dependent partner. Yes, I have taken all those goofy couples quizzes (my answers change for the same quiz too many times to count): made the therapist’s cute outfit waterlogged with tears: and stood staring into space thinking “What the heck am I thinking!!”
So now I am back in cold feet land. The decision is not as simple as it ought to be. I think of my aunt who got divorced twice when both her husbands cheated on her, forgot to renew her health insurance policy, found out she had lung cancer, and lost it all, including her life.
Will I have that kind of bad luck if I strike out alone into the big world? It’s been 20 years since I could do whatever the hell I wanted. Maybe a comfortable routine and dimming love with a good person is better than freedom.
In the meantime, I did manage to put together a video. A lot of this is about intentionally buying damaged items and selling them. Although things like mold are iffy, you can conserve them, but they must be quarantined as mold can and will spread. There are ways to remove most of it. I rarely do that, but I once sold an 1800s book about the Great Lakes which was heavily water damaged in under a half hour for $395.00. I went to a forum to ask about pricing, checked back and Boom it was Sold. Same thing with a true First of Carrie. It was destroyed, spine broken, some pages included but free from the binding. Library issue so it had markings. Somebody wrote profanity inside the cover etc. I eventually put it up for $75 and it was gone in 4 minutes to a buyer in the U.K. In my defense, this was my green horn era.
However I am still living and learning, and hopefully evolving.
06/08/2017 at 2:30 pm #19183
- Location: St. Louis
Eve, I don’t see a link to your video. I’m sorry for your rough patch right now. To quote M. Scott Peck’s first paragraph in The Road Less Travelled, “Life is difficult.” (Great book.) Good news is, it always gets good again after it stops hurting. Here’s hoping that will be soon. Meanwhile, “Keep listing!” 😊
Oops–it just took a while to download–thanks, can’t wait to watch it!
- This reply was modified 5 months, 2 weeks ago by Linda Shields.
06/09/2017 at 12:27 pm #19212
Eve, you sound so sad, but you’re still moving. You’ll get your groove back. I hope you can work it all out, don’t give up. Thanks for sharing, always great info about your items. Thanks.
06/08/2017 at 11:21 am #19167
- Location: Richmond, Calif.
Here are a some of the things that I sold in May, click on image to see eBay listing:
Tattoo Flash Sheet, sold for $50 paid $6.40. This is the 3rd one I sold from the lot I purchased a while ago, the other two sold at auction for $40 each.
7 Reed & Barton Royal Bamboo Forks sold for $42, cost .10 each
A mixed lot of copper pipe fittings. Sold for $50, paid $9 for the lot. These are often overlooked at estate and garage sales.
Partial box of greeting cards, sold for $16.95, paid $1.
A vintage Cottage Cheese Wax Container, sold for $34, cost about $1.00
I had this for over a year, so I took a best offer of $30, cost 4.00
And my best sale of May, I accepted a best offer of $300, paid $10 for it.
06/08/2017 at 11:55 am #19170
Those tattoo sheets are awesome! How many did you acquire from the lot that you purchased? I would be so tempted to keep them for myself if I found those.
And that’s a fantastic sale on that book!
06/08/2017 at 10:54 pm #19201
- Location: Richmond, Calif.
I purchased a lot of 27 of them for $210. They were all priced differently. It was the third day of the estate sale, so everything was 50% off, but I asked for an additional discount if I bought all that were left and got them for 60% off. Funny thing is, I saw somebody else that had one on eBay that sold for $40 that was from the same tattoo parlor, since they are in the same area, they probably bought it at the same sale, I’m glad they only bought one and left the rest for me.
06/09/2017 at 12:25 pm #19211
Steve: Cool tatoo thing. There was a good episode of American Pickers where Danielle found a bunch of old tatooing equipment and sheets like that.
06/08/2017 at 11:28 am #19168
Another good start to the week thus far, fingers crossed it continues through the weekend!
Sales with a story since last week’s post:
48 Star Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot Flag
You all know it… I LOVE FLAGS!!! I’ve had this for about 8 months, bought at an estate sale of a big time military collector for $25. Sold for $165 best offer.
Tiffany Paloma Picasso Silk Scarf
I know Jay doesn’t like scarves. I don’t mind them so much because of the wide profit margin. Can usually pick them up for $3 or less and easily sell for $20+. This one I bought 2 weeks ago and just sold for $32.50 best offer.
Ever Ready Single Edge Safety Razor
Always also buy safety razors when the price is right (less than $5). Usually they sell quickly with the proper research. This has been listed for years. Finally jumped on the first offer I ever got on it at $15.
(5) Vintage Estate Tobacco Pipe Lot
Part of the big estate lot of pipes I bought 2 weeks ago. Listed the good ones individually (and have sold 3 so far for a total of $180) and then made 2 different lots of the lower dollar pieces. This sold for $80 best offer.
06/08/2017 at 11:48 am #19169
May 28 – June 3
Great video, Steve. I’ve been learning a lot about audio equipment from you. And as soon as you showed that Grass Valley editor, I immediately knew what it was. I recently listed some service manuals for those and they sold quite quickly.
I’ve made a few sales last week. Here are the more interesting ones.
So the city I live in had it’s heyday in the 1920s and 30s and has a lot of rich history. One thing that it’s known for was the Wheeling Marsh cigar factory. The original building still stands to this day, and there is a lot of memorabilia floating around this area. I see these cigar boxes often but usually in pretty beat up shape. This one was no exception. It had wear and ink pen doodling, but it was still in ok shape. I paid a couple bucks for this at an auction and it sold for $15.
Marsh Wheeling Cigar Box
I see these Millers Falls drills a lot, but when this came up at an auction I knew it was special. It was in really good shape for it’s age. I barely had to even clean it up. A few drops of oil and some wood polish and it was ready to list. I priced it at $60 and took a best offer of $50. I only paid $5.00 for it.
Millers Falls Eggbeater Drill
I mentioned on here the other day that I acquired a small pallet full of garage service manuals and took a few days of my vacation time last week to photograph and list them all. Well these were the first set to sell, and it only took about an hour after listing. The whole pallet cost me $173. I got out of that 135 books or sets of books so the individual price I paid was $1.26 each. This pair sold for $40. So far I’ve sold 5 listings from that lot for a total of $97. At this rate, I should be out of the red in this deal within a week or two and will have so much more to sell.
1997 Ford Truck Service Manual
Finally, here is the highest priced item that sold last week. They’re a complete set of unopened vintage bed sheets made by Springmaid. I got this in a lot with another set that I already sold for even higher. I paid a bit higher than usual for them though. Individually, I paid $12.50 for each set. But I’m glad I did. It took about 6 or 7 months, but this set sold for $60.
Wondercale by Springmaid Percale Cotton Blend 4-Piece Full Size Bed Set
06/08/2017 at 12:29 pm #19174
That Marsh Wheeling cigar box brought back a lot of memories… that was my grandfather’s brand up in Weirton and of course his garage was FULL of those boxes full of nails, screws, tapes, zip ties, etc.
06/08/2017 at 12:35 pm #19176
I had a nice little sale on a nice little Singer … I couldn’t believe it was still there on the last day of an estate sale. They had it for $30, last day $15, so I asked if they’d take $10 and they did (surprise on my face). I paid to print the little manual from an online source for $4.99, as I couldn’t find one to print for free or to buy for less than $40 on ebay. Nice little profit, sold for $99.
Your doggies are so lucky, they struck the lottery when they found you! Love seeing that, they’re just having the best time all together. I sure hope you stay with your lady forever cuz you can’t break that bunch up, it would be like breaking up a big family, just shouldn’t be done. :o)
06/08/2017 at 2:26 pm #19182
- Location: Hell
Steve – Those are some good lookin kids! Congrats!
06/08/2017 at 2:46 pm #19186
- Location: Hell
We’re selling very little lately, but that’s ok. We will be very busy from October through April. We still work full-time and do some scavenging & listing as time allows. Here’s what sold in two weeks:
Got this at the auction for $6 and it sold for $35, kinda disappointing because I thought it was really wild and unique, but it had been listed for about 18 months.
Paid 2 bucks for these HO train cars at the auction:
Paid roughly $3 for these at the auction:
Heavy down jacket going to Louisiana in the summer! Paid 3 bucks at a rummage sale:
Got this for 50 cents at the auction:
Got these for $3 at a thrift store and they were totally never worn:
06/09/2017 at 10:53 pm #19226
Loved the video- Those Jeanie Rub massagers are a lifesaver- my chiropractor uses a similar one, newer model of course, but I was lucky enough to find an original one for $3 at the thrift- they thought it was a broken belt sander LOL. For serious deep tissue therapy- they are well worth the price you sold them for!
06/10/2017 at 3:23 am #19230
06/10/2017 at 9:55 pm #19243
This week I had my biggest sale of the year. I was ecstatic! I’ve been trying to save money to get a much-needed allergy test done at a naturopathic doctor’s office, and selling this mah jong set paid for both the visit and the tests. I got the set for FREE, so this is pure profit. It took quite a bit of research to identify the “flower” tiles as scenes from a Chinese opera, but I think that information helped it sell, and now I know what to look for in vintage mah jong sets. I originally had it listed at $1,200 or Best Offer, but after a few months of really lowball offers, I offered it at auction starting at $579.99. Took three tries, but Sunday it ended at $641.00. And I just got positive feedback from the buyer, so now I can relax.
06/11/2017 at 9:30 am #19261
I love these old mah jong sets. They’re so gorgeous and well made. I’ve had several of the styles that look like they’re in a little suitcase over the years, but your looks much older than mine. Where did you find the detail about the flower tiles? Were you able to find a mah jong site for reference?
06/13/2017 at 8:18 pm #19373
06/14/2017 at 8:46 am #19388
Excellent info Paul, thanks! Definitely bookmarking those sites for future reference.
06/11/2017 at 10:31 am #19262
- Location: Atlanta
Way to go Paul. Great Sale.
My wife plays Mah Jong and is always looking for sets. She learned to play over 30 years ago when we were up Connecticut. But hasn’t played since we have come back home to Georgia. We have seen only two sets over the past few years down here.
She is going to flip when I show her your Sale this morning. This will renew her yearning to play and also BOLO for it constantly now.
Keep up the good work
mike at MDC Galleries in Atlanta
06/11/2017 at 9:02 pm #19283
I’m a bit late posting this week, but I had to show off my sweet hat sale!
Vintage Levi’s Hat – Bought it at an estate sale for 50 cents and sold it the same day (within 5 minutes) for $250! I wish it was always so easy!
Temple of the Dog Poster – Paid about 5 cents for it and sold it for $120. But this one was heartbreaking. It got crushed in the mail! I sent it in a very sturdy poster mailing tube, as always, and without insurance. Ugh. The guy was mad, and I was sad. Oh well. I’m having him send it back anyway because I think I can still get something out of it wrinkled.
06/12/2017 at 2:43 pm #19316
Had a few cool sales. All prices are actual sale price.
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06/14/2017 at 1:45 am #19385
Steve, thanks for the beautiful scenery and cute grad pics! And of course the dogs. And every week of the what’s sold videos. I appreciate and am constantly amazed.
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