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.
06/08/2018 at 11:56 am #42008
- Location: South Dakota
I just make sure the wiring is intact as the switches themselves usually would be replaced if that was what was wrong. Body shops aren’t concerned with aesthetics or anything, just selling more parts and service, most times the wheel gets replaced if just the air bag is deployed.
06/07/2018 at 12:13 pm #41906
- Location: Atlanta
For other confused people like me, the Chrome browser for Android mobile recently moved the video “cast” control to the 3-dot menu at the right of the progress bar.
The only thing constant is change. Or as Gramdpa Simpson says:
Love that Midge–she’ll have her own spin-off before long!
06/07/2018 at 9:45 pm #41954
- Location: Wheeling, WV
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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