12/12/2019 at 11:11 am #71601RyanneKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
Post your What Sold video in the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Record rack, Advent speakers, Super Shooter, Backpack, Vintage Microphone, Stethoscope, Wigwam wool socks]
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12/12/2019 at 9:46 pm #71619SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
Steve – You show those record holders all the time, but I’ve never seen them in my area. I wonder if they weren’t popular here or people already got rid of theirs or I just haven’t run into them.
I bought a large number of radios in an auction lot where I bought everything left on the table. This was the oldest one from the 1930s with a wood case and “WOR” on the front. WOR is an AM station in NY that has been around since the 20s. It sold for best offer of $200, and now I am fully into profit on that auction purchase.
This 1960s Panasonic tube radio was not part of that auction lot. I bought it at a flea market during the summer for $7. It sold for a best offer of $50.
This Hanukkah cookie jar and matching salt & pepper shakers were a gift to my family from my parents. I just don’t bake cookies and never used it. Sold for full price of $49.
A friend recently gave me some stuff to sell on commission. She had a number of books that have been doing quite well. This is a very thick Hebrew-English dictionary that sold within a few hours for $38. The book was written in Israel, so it opens from the right and reads to the left.
I have some commissions from another family friend. His wife had a large collection of cobalt blue glass. This one sold for $40.
12/13/2019 at 3:41 pm #71633TemudginParticipant
- Location: Washington DC
I can’t recall the last time I have seen one of those album racks in the wild. Good reminder that they do break down for shipping, however, if I do run across one.
Great radios, Sharyn! Nice to see they sold well even though a bit beat up and unrepaired. Speaking of flea markets; how is Englishtown these days? I used to go occasionally when I lived in Phila in the ‘70s, getting there at 0-dark-thirty to rummage with a flashlight. The market was huge and pretty insane.
My stores always get into the doldrums in the fourth quarter for some reason. It can be my worst quarter of the year and this year is no exception so I have been very slow. This year I’ve tried sending out offers to buyers but the result has been crickets.
This challenge coin for the destroyer USS DEWEY is from Raytheon, a large defense contractor. I don’t know why but the contractor coins can sell well and often at a premium over a regular ship’s coin. This one went for $39 plus shipping.
This ‘80’s vintage Nomex flight suit was not in the greatest condition with discoloration, fading, stains, etc but it sold on a best offer at $35 plus shipping. This was a yard sale find for $5.
Another type of challenge coin that demands a premium is one for a senior civilian government defense official. I took a best offer of $75 plus shipping for this Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus coin. Some SECNAV coins bring more but Mabus had a long tenure so it’s a relatively common coin.
Steven, your great backpack sale (my personal large camping pack is a Gregory) reminded me of this Camelbak, another desirable brand to BOLO. It sold at the listing price of $100 plus shipping. It was $18 at a Goodwill.
Another BOLO for higher value coins are Chiefs’ mess coins. Making the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E-7) in the Navy is a big deal, and among other things entitles one to join what’s called the Chief Petty Officers’ Mess. On a ship (and some shore units) there is a separate dining room – the “mess” – for Chiefs and it’s also an unofficial fraternal association of sorts. They’ll typically have their own coins made. This one for the USS CHIEF (a mine countermeasures ship – FKA a mine sweeper) sold on a best offer for $60 plus shipping.
The Chiefs’ mess coins will usually have some variation of the three anchor rank designs on the back that you see here:
This original WWII US military rifle bayonet was designated M4 and designed to fit the M1 Garand rifle. Mentioning either one of those facts in your listing can trigger eBay’s take-down ‘bots for “assault weapons” though many sellers do and get away with it. I never get away with it so I don’t use any bad words. Fortunately the collectors know what they’re looking at but I do have to take good photos of every little thing (the buyers fear reproductions) and it may take longer than usual to sell. I had $80 in it and it sold without a scabbard for $200 plus shipping.
Many US bayonets have markings on the guard – something to look for that sellers will miss:1+
12/13/2019 at 5:21 pm #71636SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
The first time I went to Englishtown was in college. Someone I was dating at the time took me there. This was in the 1986 timeframe. The flea market part was pretty big and crowded.
In the 90s, I volunteered for an animal rescue group. The Rt. 18 Flea Market closed down, so they moved to one of the Englishtown buildings. I believe their center is still there. At that time, the flea market part had shrunk somewhat, and the new vendor stuff expanded. In the morning, I would immediately go to the adoption center, so I never saw too much in the morning. Having kids really shrunk my free time, so I stopped volunteering.
By the way, I have two identical challenge coins from when I worked on an army program. I think about 2008-ish. Not sure whether they are worth much, but I’ll sell them when I find them.1+
12/14/2019 at 1:24 pm #71642DoublythumbsParticipant
- Location: Hopedale, OH
I’m slacking on listing my What Solds here lately. But I’m really thankful that you’re still posting your videos each and every week, Steven! Last week was my best week of sales to date. With almost 50 items sold, it was hard to pick which ones to feature today.
I found these little car salesman promotional items in a box lot that I really paid up for at $45, but it was full of all kinds of goodies for resale so it was a good buy. Individually, these wouldn’t have really got me a good price, but since they were all labeled with the same dealership, I decided to lot them up. I even did some research on the dealership and included that info in the listing. It took a few months but I got my full asking price of $30.
A couple of years ago, I had to buy a new camera after my basement flooded and I lost all of my photography equipment. Fast forward to a month ago when I was cleaning out some junk, I came across the box for that camera. I thought what the hell and listed it for $20. It sold shortly after. I’m glad I could make some easy money for something I was just about to throw in the trash.
My big sale of the week came when I got a best offer for a Michael Frances Higgins Studio Art Glass Wall Plaque. I had it listed for $300 and when $280 was offered, I mashed the accept button. I bought this with another one from the same artist for $5 total. The first one sold quickly for $250. That was definitely one of my best buys.
I had mentioned earlier that I’ve been listing 35mm slides from a famous race in Sebring, FL. It’s been going exceptionally well for me. On average, I’ve been making about $30 per slide. Here’s one of my favorites that sold for $50. I bought a big box lot full of slides for the opening bid of $2.50 not knowing what I would find inside. Well I really lucked out! The original owner was a big fan of race cars and the dates lined up perfectly with when that new movie out right now “Ford vs Ferrari” took place (1966). There were even a few of the race car driver in which that movie was based on (Ken Miles). So far I’ve made over $750, and I’ve got a lot more to sell.
Here’s a neat little sale. I found a few Christmas bubble lights at a Goodwill Outlet a little while back. I was amazed that they weren’t shattered in those big blue bins. Well unfortunately, the lights inside didn’t work. Replacing the inner lamps would have ate into my profits, especially since they weren’t the really old ones that would fetch a lot of money. So I removed the glass tubes and sold them as replacements. An easy $10 for what probably cost me a few cents.
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