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01/01/2018 at 1:35 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 341: Happy Scavenger New Year! #29626
Oh, almost forgot to mention the item I found with the most potential from that unique pick this past week. I found 33 New Vintage Typewriter Brushes. I could only find used ones on ebay for about $10. If I sell these for $14.99 each, that will come close to $500. Of course these will not be in high demand and may take several years to sell, but another great item to add to my pipeline!
Mark01/01/2018 at 1:26 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 341: Happy Scavenger New Year! #29625
Strike the “most I have sold in 1 week” – that was last week.01/01/2018 at 1:24 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 341: Happy Scavenger New Year! #29624
I had another unique pick this past week. I went to a common estate sale at a lower end house. It turned out to be a gold mine, literally. I found 24k California gold flakes in a small bottle. Now I know it probably won’t amount to a whole lot, but even if I can get just 1 gram out of it, that will be close to $50.
But the gold wasn’t the real treasure there. There were just ordinary everyday items there, nothing extrodidinary. But as I looked closer, I realized that these ordinary items were mostly from the 1920’s – 1970’s! Wow, I have never seen anything like this before.
I was a bit overwhelmed because I had never seen most of these types of items before. Were they worth anything? I didn’t know for sure, but I knew this estate company gave great prices so I just picked up anything I thought may have some value. The sale was at 11AM and I wasn’t working that day, so I had some time. The place was crawling till about noon then most of the people disappeared.
So, I went through the whole house again and looked very closely at everything. I have learned that when you go into a time capsule like this, just about any item could be worth alot.
In the end, I spent about $110. I have two 30 gallon containers full of items to sell and another 18 gallon of items I am still not sure about. I had to do research on just about every item, but it was fun. So far I have about 70 items of value worth about $2800.
From what I could tell, the man who owned the house was born around 1938. He must have inherited items from his parents and kept them in the house.
The most valuable items I found were some new in the box Vintage Roblee shoes. Never heard of them before. Also, there were some very old leather bound hymn books and Bibles. One really nice item was a 1941 Leather Bound Lutheran Hymnal that was basically still new in the box.
Mark01/01/2018 at 1:02 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 341: Happy Scavenger New Year! #29622
12/24/17 – 12/30/17
Total Items In Store: 2,058
Items Sold: 26 (most I have sold in 1 week) – 1 on TrueGether
Cost of Items Sold: $75 (around)
Total Sales: $881.58
Highest Price Sold: $100 – Vintage Army Trench Coat
Average Price Sold: $33.91
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $ 184
Number of Items listed this week: 12
December was my best month to date. I sold 112 items on ebay for $4002. I also sold 3 items for $63 on
Bonanza and TrueGether. Now I did have $137 in adjustments for canceled orders and returns, but I am
going to say that I made my first $4000 month in December.
I had went to an estate sale this past week. They had 3 Quimper pottery pieces: two were $.75 each and
the other one was a dollar. I snagged them up right away. That clued me in that the place may have other treasures that no one knew about. I looked it over closely, but just some local pottery pieces that I also picked up.
That is awesome that you are now debt free. Dave Ramsey has some real good principles about money.
I think that is a worthy goal for all of us to reach.
I have just about every kind of box that you can get from USPS. I get these 3 boxes from ebay with the quarterly coupon: 18 X 14 X 10, 12 X 10 X 8, 10 X 8 X 6. I get the following boxes from a local wholesale box company. I don’t think my company will help you much because the key is that I can go to the warehouse and pick them up without any shipping cost. You can probably get the same from Uline for a similar price, but you will have to pay about 70% more for the shipping. So, look on the web for a place near you where they deliver free or you can pick them up.
Box Each QTY
48 X 7 X 7 $1.79 25
30 X 14 X 7 $1.74 10
24 X 12 X 4 $0.92 25
14 X 11 X 4 1\2 $0.71 25
14 X 8 X 6 $0.66 50
12 X 9 X 4 $0.58 25
10 X 8 X 3 $0.46 25
10 X 8 X 6 $0.44 25
20 x 10 x 6 $0.93 25
30 X 14 X 10 $1.77 10
34 x 10 x 6″ $1.28 10
Having these boxes saves me time from having to search for a box. It saves money when it saves money to send Smartpost.
I have a friend that bought 5 bitcoins at 7,000 and sold at 19,000. He made about 60K. But he warns against buying them now because of the frenzy.
I had a very wierd situation this week. I don’t sell very much on Bonanza and TrueGether, maybe 1-2 items per month on them. However, on Friday, the same item sold on both Bonanza and Truegether. The price on Bonanza was nearly 22% more than the price on TrueGether. I didn’t think that was suppose to be possible – price difference of that much and both selling. But after looking into it, I found that the shirt was being sent to the same address. However, the guys first name was the same, but the last name was different. Also, each had a totally different email address. I didn’t want to spoil a Christmas gift, but I had to contact them both to find out what to do. It turned out that it was two different guys looking for the same item. So, I had to cancel the Bonanza sale. Turned out ok. I couldn’t see a way to cancel a transaction on Bonanza – it looks like the refund from Paypal is all you need to do.
12/10/17 – 12/16/17
Total Items In Store: 2,072
Items Sold: 32 (most I have sold in 1 week) – 1 on TrueGether
Cost of Items Sold: $110 (around)
Total Sales: $1339.32 (My 2nd highest week)
Highest Price Sold: $150 (Camel Hair Blanket)
Average Price Sold: $41.85
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $ 158
Number of Items listed this week: 15
Great week of sales, wish they were all like this.
Bought some Quimper pottery this week for $125. I think I can get upwards of $900 if I sell them individually as Jay has suggested to me. I think that way is much better money wise than selling all as 1 lot.
I have really enjoyed selling multiple items from 1 listing. I have a number of these listings and I am going to continue to look for these types of items. You just keep selling them with one listing!
I have been getting more serious about my shipping materials inventory. I created a spreadsheet of all
the shipping materials I use and there are 65 unique items. 35 of the 65 are boxes and 7 are some type of poly mailer. I update the quantity on hand and in storage two times: 1. If I reorder the item and 2. When I notice the item in the shipping area getting low and I get more from storage. It is very simple and it prevents me from running out of any shipping materials by setting a % full. When the % full drops below 50%, I start to think about replenishing that item.
I was looking for a brown belt for myself at an estate sale. I found three that looked fairly average for $1 each. Then I looked to see what size they were and realized that all three were vintage Coach belts. Long story short, they should sell for about $115 in total. I have a new BOLO!
Mark12/11/2017 at 8:22 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 338: Rich Scavenger, Poor Scavenger #28563
12/3/17 – 12/9/17
Total items in store: 2084
Total sales: 701
# items sold: 22
# items listed: 35
Good week. Busy on the weekends and slow during the middle of the week.
Mark12/04/2017 at 9:46 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 337: If You Build It, You Will Have Storage #28019
Total items: 2965
Itens sold: 23
Total sales: $762
Avg sale: $33.13
Highest price: $125 for Strat/o-Matic Baseball game
Items lusted: 36
Good week. December has started out with a bang so let’s hope that continues.
What would I do in this case with the jacket? This us a difficult question because I’m not sure if it is just a business issue or a moral issue.
This happened to me in a different way. My lister accidentiasly llisted a $90 pair of shoes for about $25 and they sold right away. I merely saw it as a business decision. I thought it wouldnt be worth a defect at that time because i would lose TRS status, so i sent the shoes.
So, if this is merely a business decision, then I think J & R did the right thing.
But what if this is a moral issue? Then it us either black and white or gray. If it is a black and white moral issue, then I agree with T-Satt, it doesn’t matter how much money it is, right is right at any price.
But if this is a moral gray issue, then I believe there are two principles to guide us. 1. Do you have to lie to make it work? If so, then I believe it is wrong. 2. Dont go against what your conscience says. God gave us a conscience to guide us. If you go against what your what your conscience says, then I believe it is wrong. As the famous Monk said many years ago, “to go against conscience is neither right nor safe”.
So to me the real question here is to define what type of issue we are facing here.
The bowling bowl sold for $29.69. Sending it USPS is $60, which is more than the customer paid in total.
11/19/17 – 11/25/17
Items In Store: 2,044
Items Sold: 19
Cost of Items Sold: $60 (around)
Total Sales: $666 (Let’s hope that is not a bad sign)
HIghest Price Sold: $85 (Antique Ox Yoke Primitive Farm Hanging Light Man Cave Rustic Cabin)
This isn’t the most expensive item I’ve ever sold, but I think it is one of the most unique.
I just had to have this when I saw it.
Here it is: https://www.ebay.com/itm/332453762433
Average Price Sold: 35.05
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $ 29
Number of Items listed this week: 26
Decent week. Unusually quiet last Sunday and Monday, but the sales increased Wed. and beyond. Did a little retial Arbitrage on Friday, so we will see how that works out.
Quick question: i sold a bowling ball on Truegether. I want to ship it Fedex but Paypal doesnt have that option. Is there a place on Truegether to do that or do i just need to send it totally separate using Fedex Home?
Mark11/19/2017 at 9:25 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 335: Strategizing Out of Our Own Sweatshop #25890
11/12/17 – 11/18/17
Total Items In Store: 2,064
Items Sold: 11
Cost of Items Sold: $40 (around)
Total Sales: $411
HIghest Price Sold: $90 (Eddie Bauer Jacket)
Average Price Sold: 36.36
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $ 43.44
Number of Items listed this week: 25
Just a so so week. I went hunting this week and looks like most everyone on ebay went also. But, even
while I was hunting, I was able to hunt down some New Dockers sweaters at an outlet shop on the cheap. The MSRP on them was $68. They were selling them $2.99 each with a 20% discount. I went all in on the “good” sweaters and bought 10 for $25.36 – including tax and the discount. Also got a Pokemon shirt for $0.84 and some Basketball Offical’s Black pants for $4.24.