08/09/2018 at 8:11 am #47201
- Location: Virginia
Amazing sale on the Vintage Converse Made in USA sneakers. Gotta get those when you see them! [See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Vintage Converse, Slot Car Track, Sony 8mm VCR (not working), Paper towel holder, Doorbell, Models]0
08/09/2018 at 10:22 am #47207
- Location: East TN
Here are a few interesting sales:
Got this MCM aluminum tray at a yard sale for $5, looks like it has never been used, sold for $50:
Got this Vitamix dry blender container for free, sold for $75. We were just leaving a rummage sale when one of the church ladies said ‘did you see that vitamix blender’. What!?! No, we hadn’t seen it because it was all packed up in a blank box. Bought the blender for $50 and this extra dry container for grinding grains was included. We are keeping the rest of the Vitamix and selling our old KitchenAid. So we got a fancy new blender for free, yay! https://www.ebay.com/itm/113155048284
Picked up this antique photo for a few cents at an estate sale, sold for $20:
Bianchi gun holster from a yard sale for 50 cents, sold for $20:
Coal Mining commemorative pocket knife, got at auction for $1, sold for 20:
And we sold a couple pairs of mens shoes for $30 each… Bass and Keen. Good names to pick up. We’ve got 1077 items in our store and I think we’re getting better at picking good stuff. In the beginning we listed a bunch of crap that will probably never sell. Live and learn eh?2+
08/09/2018 at 12:01 pm #47218
- Location: Hopedale, OH
Oh man, Steph and I found a pair of Converse just like those at an auction on Saturday inside a box lot of mostly vintage baby shoes. She tried to get them but it went for $120. My auction nemesis got them. At least we ran the price up on him! Haha
Here’s one of my big ticket items of the week. This Korean War era frag grenade ammo box came from an auction last spring. I paid $10 for it along with an aluminum tackle box that sold last week. I really thought I would be sitting on this for a while because of all the other wood ammo boxes currently for sale on eBay, but I did some extra research and posted my findings in the description and it sold within a couple weeks for $70.
Korean War Era Grenade Box
This next sale came as a surprise. It was a large Rolfs brand leather wallet. It came out of a box lot of office supplies that I paid $22 for ($2 for each sellable item). Maybe that’s a well known top-shelf brand, but I know almost nothing about wallets. But I’m so glad I researched it. This oversized size is called an attache wallet, and they regularly sell for $60. I priced mine for $70 and it sold within a day! Easy to pack and ship, I wish I could make sales like that all day!
Rolfs Leather Attache Wallet
Steven’s videos have inspired me to try seeking out and selling new old stock car parts. I was never really into vehicles and their insides (other than the necessities like changing oil and tires), so I took a small gamble on a box lot of older car parts still mostly in their boxes. Researching these parts were easy enough with the part numbers embossed on everything. This was the first to sell. It’s a 1969 Camaro Backup Light Housing. Listed it for sixty bucks and took a best offer of $52. Each sellable item out of that lot only cost me $3.
1969 Camaro Backup Light Housing
This is a fun sale. I acquired a Battle Masters board game at a Goodwill for a dollar. From prior research, I knew it was a great seller if it was complete, so I took the insignificant risk. It turns out that this game has like a hundred pieces, and of course mine was missing a LOT! But I took the time and listed all the pieces in like groups anyways for $15 each. They’ve been slowly selling, including this lot of three goblins. Open box and complete normally sells for $60 to $100. So far, I’ve netted $54 from my parts and I’ve got a ton left to sell.
Milton Bradley Battle Masters Game Pieces3+
08/09/2018 at 9:51 pm #47256
This Limoges trinket box was part of an online auction lot of ocean/beach themed items. I didn’t think much about it until I priced it. I bought it for less than $2, and it sold for $39.
These vintage mirrors sold in just a few days. Bought for $2.20 and sold for $33. I think that they have a mid-century design, which might have been the reason for the quick sale.
I recently attended an auction with lots of bar and alcohol related items. The previous owner must have been either an avid collector or owned a bar and never threw anything out. I bought a box lot include a few advertising box cutters. This one was for Olde Bourbon by JW Dant. Someone messaged me offering $20 and added “from a direct descendant of JW Dant”. I was fine taking the offer since I only paid $0.50 for it, but I didn’t know whether they were telling the truth or not. When they paid, I saw that their last name was indeed Dant and the address was in Kentucky. So, looks I sold this to someone who was collecting stuff about their family.
Nothing terribly exciting about this wool Cabela’s coat that I bought for $0.75 and sold for $30 except that it sold minutes after I took out the apostrophe from the title. I know that Google will drop everything after punctuation, so taking it out will help in search. However, Google doesn’t work that fast. I think that the eBay algorithm saw a change to the item and put it up in search. Or, it was just coincidence, who knows?
08/11/2018 at 9:45 am #47301
- Location: Minneapolis, MN
EBay says to not use plurals or apostrophes or punctuation, even if it’s not grammatically correct. The algorithm doesn’t read or allow for that. I think you removing the apostrophe was the reason for your success0
08/11/2018 at 9:27 pm #47306
Thanks Marjean28 – Cabela’s was the first word in the title, so I guess that really hurt the listing. I’m sure I did it by mistake. The quick sale was probably somewhat coincidental – someone happened to be looking for one around the same time.1+
08/21/2018 at 9:39 am #47794
Not near my best rusty chain/hook sale, yet in answering a question last week I posted a broken URL. So here it is. This should link Up since I remembered to sign OUT of Etsy first this time!
$6.00 to $31.50 in about 2 weeks.0
08/21/2018 at 9:49 am #47795
May as well show this one, kind of unusual. Being an old toy guy, gum and candy pops up now and then amongst the toys.
Here is a good $36 bonus sale for a big stick of Circa 1970’s Clark’s Teaberry Gum:1+
08/21/2018 at 10:32 am #47796
- Location: Hopedale, OH
Whoa, when I first saw the picture for that, I was astounded that you sold a stick of gum for $36. But then I noticed the size. Was that one solid piece or a bunch of individual pieces inside a big wrapper?0
08/21/2018 at 3:34 pm #47809
One solid equal to whatever it claimed to equal in individual sticks. I have another up for $36 ( sale price), but not the more coveted Teaberry flavor, another Clark flavor, cinnamon maybe.0
08/21/2018 at 3:18 pm #47806
Steven, I would enjoy visiting because you seem to have all of the things I enjoy!
Quite the inspiration – I have 2 or three pairs of 70s converse , a boxed discwasher, tons of models not to mention a need for an 8mm player.
Oh yeah, stereo gear and guitars and amps!
The sad thing is these are all things that are in the things that are mine category.
My wife says get rid of everything!!!!
Question – what sells better, built up models or kits? I have kits that I suppose I could build if that would generate more $$$!
08/21/2018 at 3:28 pm #47808
- Location: South Dakota
Professionally built models will usually sell for far more than a kit, a good amateur built model will maybe sell for more than unbuilt.
Don’t expect a good return on your effort if you build then sell unless you are very very good at it.
Always consider the effort involved in safely packaging stereo equipment if you decide to sell, you’ll need plenty of packing materials like styrofoam sheets and sturdy boxes that fit in boxes.0
08/21/2018 at 3:45 pm #47811
Steven, I did this after ‘retiring’, military consignment builds for vets, military armor/arty 1/35 mixed plastic kits with resin and custom parts on diorama style bases, also some military 1/72 for very serious war gamers overseas, UFO’s vs Panther tanks, for example! Ruined a perfectly good hobby! Have not built one up since! An entire different deal doing it for money. Interestingly, if you get your process down, the hourly rate is not half bad. Shipping eBay/etsy a breeze after shipping these loose fragile consignment builds!
I’ve been admiring your sold plastic built up cars for awhile now.
Advanced selling for sure, especially with the prices you are getting.0
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