01/31/2018 at 7:27 pm #31737
Post your What Sold video in the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Stereo brochure, Carl Jung book, Typewriter, Bike helmet]
02/01/2018 at 8:22 am #31798
Steve – Where in NJ did you live?
My sister and I were in South Dakota once about 25 years ago for a cross country trip. We went spelunking in the morning/early afternoon and barely could get our butts in gear to get to the Four Presidents in the evening. We missed the show, but saw them lit up.
My interesting sales from last week:
I sold two set of Dansk mugs to the same person, same address. However, she used two different guest accounts, so I knew (from a past post here on SL) not to combine them in one shipment. Here is one of the listings:
Last year, I bought a large box of vintage drink signs, mostly beer and hard liquor. This sign is for Hoffman Sparkling Beverage, which I assume is non-alcoholic. It’s a bit in rough shape, but sturdy and intact. I agreed to a $125 price including shipping to CA (from NJ) based on a Smartpost cost of $10. Well, we all know what happened to Smartpost prices, and I ended up using Parcel for a bit over $16.
School yearbooks are always a decent seller. This one sold for $30; I paid $2.50.
The Member’s Only market is alive and well! I paid $1, sold for $23. I could have listed it for more, but it had a few stains, and I didn’t feel like washing it to see if they would come out.
I bought this pretty Murano glass watch and a Gruen watch at auction for $11.50. For some reason, Ebay flagged the Gruen as a highly counterfeited item when I pressed the button to list it. Rather than take a risk, I kept the Gruen for myself. The Murano watch sold for $50.
This mechanical food slicer was in my death piles for a while because I felt I had to test it. I decided that I could say it moved smoothly and highlight any issues, and it sold for $20 in one day. I paid $1.
02/01/2018 at 9:38 am #31820
Weird, I’m still not getting the editing buttons above where I type my post. Is anyone else having that problem?
Not a lot of good sales last week. Mostly low dollar items with one high sale to bring up my average. Here we go…
This was the first vintage photograph to sell. I bought an entire scrapbook full of these old snapshots and cabinet cards for around $3. I felt kind of bad for tearing it all apart to sell the photos individually, but if it wasn’t for me it would have ended up in a landfill anyway so yeah. I got 54 different listings out of it. These photographs were a new experiment for me so I priced them kind of in the middle of the road. This snapshot of a man and woman on a train car sold for $10.
Vintage Snapshot Photograph
My big sale of the week sold that same day. I bought a bunch of old wool rugs at an auction last summer. They were going relatively cheap. I paid $5 for this particular one. It was one of my smaller ones too at 2 1/2×4 feet. It had plenty of distress and wear, but thanks to Jay and Ryanne, that’s what I look for now. It took a few months but it sold for my original asking price of $400.
Distressed Wool Rug
I also tried an experiment last week with old used Valentine cards and birthday cards. I know the really fancy German made die-cut cards can bring really good money, but these were all just lower end cutesy cards for kids. I didn’t know how the market would feel about them, so I ran them all as auctions starting at 8-10 bucks each. Well only two sold for the opening bids of $10. I had no expectations so I wasn’t disappointed.
Vintage Valentine Card
So it doesn’t happen very often that I lose money on a sale. But in my earlier days of buying inventory, I would get overzealous with my bidding at auctions and spend way too much on items. This is one of them. I knew about Bryce Brothers glassware from my gf’s grandmother who knows everything there is about glass. She said to always buy it because it’s worth a ton. Well worth is subjective I guess. I spent $74 on this set of cordial glasses. Brought them home and realized that they were going for about what I paid for them. I listed them and they sat for months and months with zero interest. I finally took a best offer of $75 just to get them out of my storage and to make back what I spent. After fees, I ended up $10 in the hole. So the lesson here is… Bryce glassware is really nice to find and sell, as long as you get it cheap!
Bryce Bros Cordial Glassware
02/01/2018 at 1:06 pm #31854
Beverly – Far Out and FabulousParticipant
- Location: Edgewood, WA
Doublythumbs: Nice sales. I looked at your listing for the “2.5×4 Antique VTG Distressed Red Blue Wool Hand Knotted Persian Serapi Heriz Rug”. So how did you identify it as Heriz? Thanks, inquiring minds want to know.
02/01/2018 at 2:13 pm #31860
Thanks Beverly! I’m no rug expert by any means. But I do have a couple websites that I use to compare styles and I match them up to what I think it most represents. So far I haven’t had anyone message me saying I’m wrong *knocks on wood*
02/01/2018 at 1:00 pm #31852
Beverly – Far Out and FabulousParticipant
- Location: Edgewood, WA
Thanks, Steve. Great way to start my day with your video. Those dogs are always having a good time, and Midge appears to have totally settled in, love her slow-mo action.
02/01/2018 at 3:33 pm #31865
I went to edit my above post and it disappeared, I guess it just isn’t my day. I think the reason my photos didn’t show up above is because they are on a http vs an https site. I just fixed that and hopefully the photos will show up later today.
02/01/2018 at 5:14 pm #31869
You have to wait a minute or two before editing a post; otherwise, it disappears. Jay & Ryanne are aware of the bug. You will mostly likely need to repost it. I did get an email with your original words (no pictures or links). Do you want me to cut and paste it here?
02/01/2018 at 5:59 pm #31877
Thanks, I’ll repost it shortly.
02/01/2018 at 6:31 pm #31880
I tried reposting my what sold post, but received a duplicate post error. Not much I can do about it. It might be nice to have a way to delete a previous post – but then I guess I would have to be able to see it first to do so.
-Steve in Richmond
02/01/2018 at 5:52 pm #31875
- Location: Georgia
My sales over the last week were all lower dollar items, nothing exciting at all. Moved out some older inventory with a 30% off sale that I’m running for a month.
Of the 22 items sold, exactly half were acquired via retail arbitrage, which I have done a lot more of over the last year, not because its better (it’s not, my ROI is better for thrifted items) but because it’s been more convenient.
Been selling some literal garbage too. My boss threw out a bin of promotional Pepsi lapel pins that a distributor had given the company a few years ago. I fished them out of the trash. I’ve been selling them one at a time, only $2.27 profit after shipping and expenses but $2.27 x 30 or 40 identical pins that only required me to create 1 listing = free money.
02/01/2018 at 8:21 pm #31887
Doublelythumbs–the snapshot? Looks a little like Herbert Hoover campaigning for president—-candidates often made “whistlestop ” speeches from the backs of trains just like that.
02/01/2018 at 8:25 pm #31889
I think you’re absolutely right. Oh boy. I could have sold that for a bit more I think. OH WELL! 🙂 Good eye!
02/01/2018 at 8:41 pm #31893
I’m a history buff. Sometimes it actually comes in handy LOL
02/01/2018 at 11:59 pm #31901
Here are a few sales from last week. I’m trying the imgur thing, so hopefully this works!
Playfair Jacket – This jacket was from Playfair, a horse racing track in Spokane, WA that no longer exists. I got it in the bins at the Goodwill Outlet there and it went right back to Spokane. Paid $1-$2, sold for $65.
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02/02/2018 at 11:17 am #31916
Congrats on your sales. I would not have been able to give up the Steve McQueen poster though. I love old motorcycle stuff.
02/02/2018 at 11:39 am #31919
Thanks! I got a couple of Easy Rider posters at the same sale, but this one was my favorite.
02/02/2018 at 12:37 pm #31922
Some of the items I sold in January. Photos should be links to the eBay listing
I probably sold this too low, I had three offers the morning after listing it an
d then one of the offerers went ahead and purchased it. Paid $15 and sold for $80. Turns out it related to a soldier captured during the battle of the bulge.
I bought this because I liked the look of it. I had the writing translated on reddit. Hand made wood wall plaque, Islam Religion. Paid $2 and sold for $20.
This was a low value item, but I mention it because I think it is my first sale to a prob company. Two vintage bakelite wall outlets. Paid .25 and sold for $13.95.
I bought a coffee can full of cast iron items, I didn’t know that these were curtain rings when I first bought them. Paid about $5 and sold for $40.
22 oz. Ocean Water Fresh Fragrance Yankee Candle. Paid $2 and sold for $50.
I always buy vintage repair manuals when I can find them. Continental Aircraft Engines. Paid $1, sold for $54.
I mentioned this is the Monday numbers forum. Paid $7.50 and took a best offer of $150.
And my favorite sale of the month, a Staunton style chess set. I new this was a better set, but was surprised after doing research. Paid $5 and sold for $120.
02/03/2018 at 8:29 am #31989
- Location: St. Louis
Jay and Ryanne, whenever people post these huge photos I am unable to read the daily email updates because the print is made impossibly tiny. Even with contacts and glasses. Can anything be done about that?
02/03/2018 at 9:07 am #31991
i wish i could, i don’t have control of the formatting of those emails as it’s done by a third party app.
02/03/2018 at 11:51 am #32021
Ryanne, do you want me to just post the links to the eBay listing and not the photos of what sold? I use a desk top computer and they come across on that okay, but I have no idea what they look like on a tablet or phone. If there is a preferred size for images, I could also resize the images to that.
02/03/2018 at 3:01 pm #32037
- Location: South Dakota
It looks fine on my iPad, I think Linda is having issues with an email program.
02/03/2018 at 7:14 pm #32043
For me, I get very large photos and the text scrolls off the page, so I have to scroll back and forth to read everything. I use gmail. Sounds like Linda’s program zooms out so that it all gets on one page, but then the text gets smaller.
Perhaps it works better on a mobile device?
I guess that the best answer right now is to zoom in.
02/03/2018 at 8:13 pm #32053
right, i looks fine here when i look on my laptop
but when the digest email gets sent out, the email program does not re-size for the page.
i’m not sure and not sure how to fix either, seems like the photos arent that big to begin with, so-????
02/03/2018 at 4:53 pm #32039
I can just post links as well if that’s better. I love the photos, but links are easier!
02/02/2018 at 1:00 pm #31929
$50 for a Yankee Candle! Aren’t those usually $10 or less at TJ Maxx or Marshalls?
Never thought of them being worth anything…but would I want them in my inventory? Nothing stinks worse then a Yankee Candle – except maybe the “perfume” wafting from a Victoria’s Secret or the cosmetic counter at Macy’s.
02/02/2018 at 1:04 pm #31930
Normally they do not go for so much, but this was a discontinued scent.
02/04/2018 at 7:02 pm #32111
These are our sales for the last couple of weeks, just highlights. And I did not mention it in the video but the clock would have sold for a lot more if it were not broken.
02/04/2018 at 7:28 pm #32112
PS I look at the forum on my desk top and pictures are really really great. I don’t have to go to the links and it’s very helpful to have the instant visuals. Quick too.
02/04/2018 at 11:46 pm #32118
I second that.
02/04/2018 at 11:54 pm #32119
Sigilini – great video. Thanks for sharing!
“Churches are great places to go shopping” – LOL! great line.
02/05/2018 at 8:43 am #32123
Thank you Sonia (c: I know that was funny. I was going for brevity. This was a really HUGE Catholic church with a HUGE auditorium with TONS of stuff and poor advertising. I did give them some suggestions an where to place ads for their future sales (c:
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