05/03/2018 at 8:26 am #38969
- Location: Virginia
Amazing $600 book sale of a 1st Edtion Initiation into Hermetics, a vintage book about magic. Wow, what a great find! Post your What Sold video in t[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Vintage ashtray stand, Leather jacket, Cabinet photos, US Marshal patch, $600 book]
05/03/2018 at 9:58 am #38980
Wow, Steve, I would never had known to pick up that book.
I recently purchased a vintage mailbox for $1. The previous owner said that he recently put new siding on his house, and the mailbox no longer fit. Sold in a few days for $29.
I purchased this Judiaca framed print for $35 at a synagogue rummage sale. A few weeks ago, someone offered me $95, but ignored my counter offer. I was beginning to think I made a mistake, but then I sold it for $125.
I had asked Steve Shultz some questions about this vintage radio. He had suggested that I clean it up better. I tried, but the plastic seemed damaged as nothing was coming off. The buyer first contacted me making sure that I DIDN’T clean it up any more than what it showed in the photos because they wanted a dirty radio. They didn’t say why, but I accepted their offer of $35. Considering that similar clean & serviced radio sold for around $49 (not on eBay, but a different website), I think I did OK.
In the same rummage sale where I bought the framed print discussed above, I also bought another Judiaca print that had some damage. It had been framed with cheap (not acid free) matt, which had left several marks along the edge. I had delayed listing it because I was trying to figure out whether I should sell it framed or not. I finally decided to sell just the print, without the frame, so that shipping would be easier and cheaper. I priced it at $49, and it sold overnight. The artist is well known, and other prints sell in the $100s, but I priced it low because of the damage. I think I left some money on the table, but I was happy with the quick sale. I paid only $5 for it.
05/03/2018 at 10:32 am #38982
- Location: Southern California
Sharing a few recent sales. I’ve been listing some Mexican and South American textiles and pottery, which is relatively easy to find here. A lot of antique dealers scoop up the higher quality embroidered dresses, so I don’t find those often. Those do well – $80-100 or so on Etsy I hear from Youtuber Karen Laebo.
This rug https://www.ebay.com/itm/332378522470 was not in great condition. I couldn’t get the pet hair out of the fibers without putting in some time so I took a best offer of $55.
I don’t remember if I’ve posted about Ken Edwards vintage folk art pottery before. It’s marked KE on the bottom. He’s an American artist who built a factory in Mexico and I find this pottery one piece at a time, never a cache. Learned about this on ThePaperCastle Youtube channel. https://www.ebay.com/itm/332156632410
Mentioning this sale of two pillows https://www.ebay.com/itm/232629649159 because I forgot to take Smartpost off. Ended up being only $15 for a 15″ x 11″ x 9″ basically cube. Lucky because she bought two and Ebay changed the weight but not the box size when it calculated combined shipping. I’m not sure why it was so reasonable. That size box was coming up earlier for me at like $35 and this buyer was not close. I’ve been cramming 18″ square pillows into a 12″ x 12″ x 8″. It doesn’t look great probably to the buyer but they sell faster with cheaper shipping. I look for good feather inserts which I get for about $4 with ugly or stained covers and use them with covers I find solo.
My daughter picked out these atrocious Ugg shoes at the outlet for $3 and they sold super quickly. Ugg corporate is here in town and they have a pretty good outlet in nearby Ventura. https://www.ebay.com/itm/332634087371 Is Ugg still a big thing where you are? Not that I need to do any RA. Just wondering. Have a great week!
05/03/2018 at 12:51 pm #38988
Nice sale on that book, Steve! I had a very good week of sales last week. There were so many interesting sales that it’s hard to choose which ones to talk about. I’ll keep from making this long so here are five fun ones…
I got these Viennaline Rhinestone Cat Eye Glasses at an estate sale for a couple bucks. I just went with my gut instinct because I’ve seen other people sell them for big money. I priced them higher than most and they sold for the full $130.
Vintage Cat Eye Glasses
Here’s the part from that heavy drain snake machine that I talked about on Monday. The guy who bought it just needed this one part and offered $300 for it ($50 less than my original price for the whole unit). So I spent the afternoon disassembling it piece by piece. It was really fun actually, getting dirty and using skills and tools that I don’t get to use much anymore. Now I’ve got six other sellable parts listed. Let’s see if I can make over a thousand bucks off these things!
Marco Drain Snake Part
I acquired this old bar of soap from a box lot at an auction that I got for $2.00 (each sellable piece came to .20 cents). I thought it was neat, but it would probably be a long-tail sort of item. I was wrong. This one and another bar sold within a week of listing them for $15 each. I’ll keep my eyes out for more of these since most resellers might not think to mess with them.
NOS Bar of Colgate Soap
Here’s a fun sale. It’s a primitive wood toilet! Or a chamber pot or commode or whatever the proper word is for it. I got this at an auction for $35, which surprised me because everything else that day was going super high. I brought it home and cleaned and oiled it up. It took just a few months but it sold for a best offer of $200. It’s going to a guy who needed it for his disabled wife to use in the garden shed when she’s out gardening. At least that’s the story he told. He could have been lying, but I didn’t care. The price was good and I wanted it out of storage.
I’ll sometimes find these old metal document embossers when I’m out thrifting. I’ve learned that the devices themselves are pretty common and don’t sell for more than $20 or $30. But the seals inside are what could potentially bring in some cash. If they’re really unique, people with want them. Mine was just for some insurance company but it did have the Maryland state crest so it was kind of cool I guess. It sold for $30.
05/03/2018 at 1:20 pm #38992
Doublythumbs – I wonder if the soap sells because of the vintage advertising or the buyer actually wants to use it. I’m sure you don’t have the answer, but I’m kind of curious.
05/03/2018 at 1:37 pm #38993
I would bet on people just collecting old advertising items, but you never know. Maybe they don’t make soap the same way that they use to. Like maybe the FDA started prohibiting a certain ingredient for health reasons but it makes for really strong soap. I know it wasn’t the scent because it didn’t smell like anything.
05/03/2018 at 8:07 pm #39013
Or maybe b/c at $15, it’s half the price of buying it new on Amazon
05/03/2018 at 9:16 pm #39021
I’m a little skeptical of that price. I have a feeling it’s only that high because it’s the last one. One review from there said the $10 price was too steep. But I hope my buyer got a good deal.
05/03/2018 at 4:04 pm #39003
- Location: Naples, Fl
Found open flea in the Florida sun. Negotiation was over the 3 little skeleton keys that were once attached to it which really had little value, and were added to an ever growing bag of old keys. I paid three bucks for all or one dollar per key, the junky keychain just doing its job.
I love these types of scarce finds looked upon as junk by most, or not looked upon at all, and so easy to ship. The offer accepted was $44.44 from a buyer in Brooklyn NY living in a 2 millionish piece of real estate. I shipped to his 1.5 million apartment just across town. I’m not even sure if the likes of Ryanne would have asked more than $50.00 for this piece, so I’m still fine with the sale! Only on eBay!
05/03/2018 at 8:37 pm #39015
that soap…I’m going to have to check the price next time I’m there, they sell it new at the little Amish discount grocery I go to….don’t know how big the discount is on that, but some of their stuff is way low.
05/03/2018 at 8:41 pm #39016
I have been listing listing listing and had a pretty good week. Here are some select sales:
I got this hat from one of my online auction experiences (which taught me not to trust online auctions). It was so dusty that I almost gave up on it, but I used the sticky side of tape to go over it several times and it cleaned up well. Even still, I was thinking of pricing it low because the hat band was so gaudy, but I found comparables were marketed as 1970s vintage blah blah blah and I doubled my price to $78 and was happy to get a best offer of $70.
I went to an estate sale and no one had looked at the ties on sale (as usual) so I went through them and found several high end ties that I picked up for $0.50 each including this Gucci tie that I sold to a guy in NYC.
At another estate sale, I found these etched high ball glasses that are really nice heavy leaded glass. The etched images are of “the hunt” with hounds and horses so I put a high price on them and was pleased to get my asking price hours after listing.
I still have no idea what these blades are for, but they were from a crate full of pre-1920s tools. They look like the sort of blades that fit into a moulding or plough plane, so that is what I labeled them. I chose a price of $3/blade for a total of $27 and they sold in a week.
05/03/2018 at 9:27 pm #39022
My first guess at those blades are that they’re carpentry chisels, but missing the surrounding handles. If someone were good at making wood handles (and if they’re buying carpentry tools, my guess is they would be well versed in woodworking) then that would be a nice set of tools.
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