09/07/2017 at 6:18 am #22623
- Location: Virginia
Steve has the same technique as us when selling an item hanging on his wall- price VERY high and be willing to part with it. Beautiful, mid century modern starburst clock sold for $500, that’s the right price![See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Stereos, Model cars, CPR Anytime trainer, Vintage Starburst clock, HP calculator, Winter overalls, Men’s cologne]
09/07/2017 at 8:39 am #22626
- Location: Washington DC
Thanks for sharing your sales, Steve! Very helpful as always. Years ago I had a similar starburst clock when I was selling at the Marin City flea market outside of San Francisco. That market was great for selling MCM so I thought it would be a quick sale at a high price but I was mistaken. No one even looked at it. It was starting to get beat up from packing and unpacking and sitting out on the table for several weekends. It did finally sell but not for much.
09/07/2017 at 12:05 pm #22628
- Location: Southern California
Paid 5.99 at Goodwill. Even after reading this https://www.dogmt.com/FAQs.html couldn’t tell if what type of print it was so I didn’t say (art amateur). Happy to get this price anyway and I think it was not a woodblock. http://www.ebay.com/itm/332165752027
Thrilled to sell this older item. I feel compelled to save these project linus quilts they make for hospital premies. I need to get over that affliction. http://www.ebay.com/itm/331870838680
Fun midcentury. Still sold even with a repair. Paid $3 each at indy thrift and the chip free one hasn’t sold. http://www.ebay.com/itm/331921826697
I should have gone all in on these at the storage clean out place. $1 each. Sold pretty quickly and some other picker had taken them all when I went in for more. http://www.ebay.com/itm/332234879051 He still has a lot of stickers and buttons from the 1980s metal era, but I have so much stuff to list.
Thanks for sharing sales Steve – that clock is so amazing and I’m still hunting for one to keep. There is not much on Youtube that I learn from and some of my old favorites have become inactive (Mad Maine, The Paper Castle, Sheldon). If anyone has other favorites for vintage sales reports, let me know in reply. Shout out to Karen Laebo – great keywords just roll over her tongue and she’s pretty active and located here in So Cal. Also like Terminal 99 and his pricing estimates and weird stuff.
09/07/2017 at 6:29 pm #22643
ChristineR: I didn’t know those funny dog prints were so popular. Now I’ve seen 2 different people with good sales … on my bolo list now!
09/07/2017 at 3:05 pm #22631
09/07/2017 at 3:38 pm #22634
- Location: Wheeling, WV
Things kind of picked up for me last week. Here are some of my highlights…
I was at my favorite thrift store when I came across a box on the ground that had written on it $5.00. I took a peek and it was full of this melamine plastic camping dishware. I’ve dabbled in camping a while ago, so I know this kind of stuff sells. I bought it and sorted the box when I got home. It was full of plates, bowls and mugs in three different colors. I listed like items in groups of the same color and this was the first to sell for $20.
Melamine Camping Mugs
I picked this pair of brass candlesticks up at a yardsale for a dollar! I recognized the brutalist style and noticed that they were made in Israel. I’ve never had an item with so many watchers. I think at one point I had 38 watchers. It took a while, and I had plenty of low-ball offers, but I held out and finally sold them for full price of $90.
Brutalist Brass Candlesticks
Here’s my high sale of the week. I got this cast iron monkey candle mold in a small box lot that I paid $25 for. So this item equaled out to be almost $7. I sat on it for a while because I was feeling lazy with researching. But I’m glad I finally did. Priced it high for $146 and took a best offer of $125. A candy company in Maine bought it!
Thomas Mills Monkey Candy Mold
Finally, I sold an electronic Royal typewriter. I bought this in pristine condition at a thrift store in Pittsburgh for $10 after I saw that others have sold for over $100. Brought it home and tested it, but it wouldn’t type. All the electronics worked great, but the striker (or whatever that part is called) just wouldn’t do it’s job. I’m usually pretty good at getting things to work, but I spent way too much time trying to fix this. So I listed it as for repair or parts with a video demo. I had one guy a few months ago message me wanting me to just sell him the keys. Heck with that. Finally, someone came along and offered a price of $35 and I immediately took it. I was glad to get this thing out of storage.
Royal Alpha Electronic Typewriter
09/07/2017 at 6:26 pm #22642
Doublythumbs: Love your sales. Good on holding out on the brutalist candle holder. I always have my eyes peeled for that brutalist style but no luck so far. And for some reason a monkey mold really makes me laugh.
09/07/2017 at 7:03 pm #22644
- Location: Wheeling, WV
Thanks, Beverly! Yeah, I knew I had something special. There weren’t any others on eBay, but others with similar styles were going for a lot.
09/07/2017 at 6:23 pm #22641
Nice sales, thanks, Steve. Only thing better than those hot dogs would be if you added some bacon for those doggies!
Here’s some of my sales, doing better now that I have listed a few new items. Spent some time using PHOTOFUZE to clean up my old pictures on stale listings, and have had a few sales on those already. I tried it out for free, and OMG did they look better. But you don’t get pics large enough to allow the zoom in your ebay listing, so subscribing for $5 a month for now to get the larger pictures and until I get my old pics cleaned up and maybe make a better photography set up so I don’t have to fuze them. Anybody else a PHOTOFUZE fan???
London Fog Imperial Men’s Trench Coat, purchased for $8, sold for $49.99:
Nordic House Rain Coat and Bag, going to Florida in time for the hurricane, purchased for $6 and reduced price to $35 cuz this lady was too adorable in her messages:
Cosmic Mechanix magazine First Edition, from a friend cleaning out the house in order to move to Florida (what is he thinking???), sold for full price offer of $69:
Caron acrylic yarn, bought for .99 at GW, sold for $16.99 (wouldn’t normally get acrylic yarn, but the price was good and 6 skeins):
Pottery Barn Pillow Cover, bought for .99 at GW (was mixed in with the scarves), sold for $21.99:
And my favorite and totally inspired by J&R, MY FIRST PBN found and sold, bought for $1 and sold for $19.99, super easy to ship without a frame:
09/07/2017 at 9:59 pm #22646
Thanks for the video Steve, great price on the clock.
I’m curious about how you plan for sourcing in the winter, since I believe you live in a rural area, correct? Have you stockpiled lots of acorns to sell over the winter?
I live in a very large urban area, so I can pretty much source year round. Although 95% of the estate sales stop during the winter, there are enough, plus other sources.
I’d be curious to hear anyone’s winter sourcing strategy actually.
09/08/2017 at 7:14 am #22654
Mostly, I go to auctions during the winter months. There are two live auctions that happen on a regular basis that I like to attend, and there is a online auction company in my area that posts auctions on an ongoing basis. You can find auctions near you at AuctionZip.com and keep an eye out on gsalr.com and estatesales.net for auctions, estate sales, and the occasional garage sale.
The prices at the Goodwill near me have gone up, but I might duck in there a few times. There a few other thrift stores in my area that I can check. I’ve never been to the Goodwill outlet closest to me, but I might do the hour drive some winter day.
09/08/2017 at 11:42 am #22660
- Location: South Dakota
I used to be concerned with winter scavenging without yard sales and I hoarded a lot of stuff but over time I’ve learned that there is still a lot of resources available during those months.
Auctions, estate sales, Craigslist and now Facebook Marketplace plus I seem to have never ending death piles.
09/08/2017 at 7:35 am #22656
Steve – I remember those HP calculators from back in the day. I never bought one for myself, and I hated the weird way that you had to punch in the numbers. If I see one now, I guess it is the time for me to purchase it!
Some fun sales from the week:
Here is a recent auction buy where people just didn’t seem interested in the box lots. The auctioneer combined enough boxes where this wood sculpture cost me only $1. Sold for best offer of $23.35 (the total with the shipping came to an even number).
I purchased this set of antique Bavarian plates at one of the first auctions I went to over a year ago. Maybe they took so long to sell because I had them priced too high, but they sold at the asking price. Paid about 60c, sold for $49. They are going to an office above a specialty home store in NYC. I wonder if the plates will be resold or if the buyer is just having their purchase sent to their office.
I continue to sell the overstock books I purchased two months ago. One lady purchased 4 copies of “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook” for an art class she runs. I have a promotion for the purchase of more than one book, so I refunded some of her money plus shipping was included. After those expenses, the sale came to about $46; I paid about 20c a book.
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