06/07/2018 at 6:57 am #41885
- Location: Virginia
Great Vintage Matchbook Lot sale by Steve. The pinups are certainly valuable, but regular ones can be too! Post your What Sold video in the forum[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Vintage combs, Souvenir batting helmets, Soldering gun, Wind up car, Tilley Airflo hat, Pinup matchbook collection]
06/07/2018 at 11:07 am #41901
Here are a few from last week.
Rockabilly Style Bowling Shirt – Purchased at the Goodwill Outlet for under $1 and sold for $100 after much negotiation with a buyer who I’m pretty sure was trying to trick me into a lower price. I stood my ground and it worked.
Vintage Nikes – As I was researching these, I couldn’t find anything like them so I posted a question on a sneaker forum. Someone knew just what they were and said they sell for about $50 max. I gave it a go anyway and they sold for $110 after a long wait. I probably paid a couple bucks for them.
06/07/2018 at 11:28 am #41902
Steve – How did you check the controls and wiring in the steering wheel? I’d be concerned that some of the controls don’t work; otherwise, why would the dealer remove it?
I usually try to show about three items that sold, but I really had a decent week with a number of interesting sales.
It started out with this vintage fedora hat in hardly used condition that I bought for $2 at a rummage sale. When doing my research, I noticed that most were selling in the $30 to $40 range, but one sold at over $200 at auction! So, I decided to try out an auction starting at $42, and it sold for $53. Not quite the $200 price, but more than what I would have started it with. It sold to Shop Airlines, which is a drop shipper that buys for Japanese people. I’ve sold a few things to them in the past. Their website says that they are eBay’s largest buyer.
I purchased this vintage heated rollers set for styling hair from an online auction with other heated rollers, a bonnet hair dryer, and several electric trimmers. In my research, I found that heated roller sets sell very well – definitely a BOLO. This one sold right away, and the other one sold yesterday. I think I paid about $5 for the whole lot. I haven’t listed the trimmers yet.
I bought this vintage, working sewing machine for $25 over a year ago. Apparently, it’s just a department store that had a manufacturer brand machines for them. There are a number of brands like this, and they aren’t worth as much as Singer and other better known brand names. I was able to sell it at my counteroffer of $125, so I still made some good money.
This took quite a while to sell, but I think I priced it too high originally. This was an item I ended and re-listed because it was close to getting stale. I originally paid $5.50 at an online auction, and it sold for $40.
I don’t seem to do too well in retail arbitrage. I bought this weather station for $10 from a warehouse sale. It was also an item that was re-listed because it had been around for so long. Sold for $40. I think these were originally sold in at Williams Sonoma for around $130. I guess people want the newer models, and this is not a good item for resale.
This was a Goodwill outlet/bins purchase for $0.25. It is a 1993 recipe and instruction book for an old Vita-mix. It sold for $24 through GSP to someone in Canada.
This is just for giggles. This was purchased for about $1 in an online auction lot, sold for $15.
I always like to pick up Judaica when I can. I saw this menorah at a yard sale for $10. I don’t like to negotiate much, but I did ask them to throw in something else for free. After I came home, I started to think that I way overpaid. Then, I took a second look at it and did my research. It sold for $120 in just a few days.
06/07/2018 at 12:13 pm #41906
- Location: Atlanta
06/07/2018 at 9:45 pm #41954
- Location: Hopedale, OH
Those are some cool matchbook covers! I didn’t make a whole lot of interesting sales, but here’s a few of them…
I’ll start off with my big sale of the week. I acquired this vintage International Harvester cooling system cleaner can in a box lot of other garage advertising cans that I got for $17.50. This is one of those brands that people love to collect as I found out when I did some price searching. I thought it would do well as an auction, so I started it at $65 which was about what I would have priced it anyway. By the end of the auction, it sold for $162!
International Harvester Can
I started buying these Napa Valley wood media holders whenever I saw them, but realized that they were really taking up a lot of space in my inventory. And they’re kind of a pain to ship. But still, they sell reliably enough. This CD rack sold for $45. I paid $1.40 for it at a thrift store.
Napa Valley CD Storage Rack
I’m a sucker for analog gauges and scientific measuring instruments. Sometimes they can pay off. Here’s a good example. It’s an altimeter made by Taylor Instruments. I found it at an estate sale and I thought I overpaid for it at $15. Well it took a few months but it finally sold for full price of $100!
Taylor Instruments Analog Altimeter
Here’s a neat set of eight glass tumblers made by Libbey. I got these in a box lot for a dollar. They took a long time to sell, but I got a good price of $37 for them. Not fun to pack but they arrived in one piece.
Libbey Harvest Wheat Tumblers
06/08/2018 at 7:15 am #41977
- Location: Virginia Beach
Thanks for the video, Steve! Really enjoyed the music playing when Midge was exploring the chives – what was it?
A few highlights from last week:
This set of vintage lamps was one of my early purchases as a seller, after I starting depleting all of my own items I was purging. Paid ~$20 in an online auction; sold after ~10 months for $140: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Retro-Mid-Century-Set-of-2-Lamps-Teal-Gold-Matching-Shades-20-WORK/323086127519
I found two vintage paper church fans at a roadside thrift store in the middle of nowhere, on the way to….somewhere. I think I paid $9-10 for them both. Listed them as a set, but had a Buyer ask to buy the first one, featuring 4 African American leaders of the civil rights movement, separately for $35. So, then listed this MLK one on it’s own and took a negotiated offer of $25 + shipping: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Historic-Memorabilia-Advertising-Church-Fans-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-MLK-Dream/323251542259
Picked up these vintage Santa & Mrs Claus S&P shakers at an estate sale about a week or two ago, for a few bucks. There were a few other similar pairs, so I priced them in the middle of what I was seeing…they sold within 48 hours. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Santa-Mrs-Claus-Christmas-Salt-Pepper-Shakers-Japan-Mid-Century-1950s/323278459112
I have a thing for containers, and things that can hold things, so was thinking I might keep this vintage metal recipe box (picked up at a thrift store). Loved it’s bright colors, but not enough to just see it sitting around, which it did for several months. It sold within a day of listing it, for $15: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Metal-Recipe-Card-Hinged-Box-Syndicate-Mfg-Yellow-Red-Flowers-in-Basket/323278604341
Bought this handmade crocheted afghan at a yard sale for $2 – my eye was drawn to its more modern stripes and colors. It sat as a listing for about 10 months until someone from Ireland bought it last week for $30: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Crocheted-Afghan-Lap-Blanket-Throw-54-x-109-Green-White-Stripe/322946263408
06/10/2018 at 11:45 am #42074
- Location: Southern California
Hey! I have my editing toolbar back. 🙂
Steve, so smart to use a video with mood music to show all of those cool matchbook covers. Filing that idea in my toolkit.
Ida, love the Halloween cat die cut. I have yet to find vintage Halloween stash but maybe when I start going to estate sales…
This week was weird in that I sold a couple of very, very old listings and quite a few of my brand new listings from this week. Really need to do some stale listing maintenance maybe.
Celebrating this little sale today. One my oldest listings. Paid $2 I think. Good riddance – he got very, very close to ending up in the donation bin. Sticky listing – Midcentury Italian Vase
This was a cool vintage stationery sale, paid .99 at GW, sold super quickly. Hallmark Postalettes Check out this example I found while researching this – more similar solds for over $100. Bolo 70s cutsie character Hallmark stationery for over $100 Also, Peanuts Hallmark stationery is quite collectible and I find that these items are super easy to list and ship but overlooked locally.
Yeah! I sold one of my son’s textbooks without waiting for Fall. High School Textbook I think it helped pinning it and doing free shipping because there were some on Ebay listed for less. Got in a dig at Amazon as part of my description. I like listing books on Ebay. I usually tweak the titles and don’t just go with the catalog because I can add relevant terms that are missing.
This took a long time to sell, best offer of $50. Jars France Vase
Found a couple of these cool tray sets for $3.99 local thrift chain. I’m wondering what they are doing with them at the dentist office? NIP Vintage melamine tray set
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