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02/27/2018 at 12:27 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 349: Having A Huge Inventory Is Not The Goal, It’s The Strategy #33989
If those lamps were on eBay, use Gixen, which is free. Not as much fun as manual sniping, but much more effective because it hits closer to the end than you can get manually (at least for me). Set it and forget it and you won’t miss another one.02/27/2018 at 12:19 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 349: Having A Huge Inventory Is Not The Goal, It’s The Strategy #33987
Good on ya, Steve. I love auctions in snowstorms! So long as they’ll still hold it. I have been to ones that were shut down after a couple lots because “ya’ll aren’t bidding high enough” according to the auctioneer. Grrrrrr.02/22/2018 at 3:50 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 348: Acknowledge When Hard Work Pays Off #33701
Yup, that’s it. Mental (and the Motrin) got me through but it was close on the body side.
As you say you feel it going higher, but at least you’re adding only 4,000 ft, which I think will help you a lot. We were living at sea level in Florida at the time and we did it just fine though I have to admit the night we spent at the highest point in our trek of only 8,900 I just wanted to be put out of my misery. I was fine by morning.02/22/2018 at 3:28 pm in reply to: A Large Piece of Art but not as easy as one would think. #33700
Interesting piece! Some of the big auction houses will do free auction estimates of pricier art items by email. I know at least Christie’s does. The houses typically reserve the right not to bother giving you a value if they don’t think it’s worth much. But even if their reply is “not of sufficient value to evaluate” or equivalent, sometimes in their answer they’ll give you more information than you previously had about the piece.02/22/2018 at 2:42 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 348: Acknowledge When Hard Work Pays Off #33694
Sounds like an awesome trip, and well thought out preps. I did one of the shorter (62-ish miles) treks at BSA’s Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo range (northern NM) last July at age 60. I’m no novice under a rucksack but it’s been 30 years since I’ve been in terrain like that. We prepared well for it but the one surprise for me was the toll that keeping up with our crew of teenagers on one lengthy downhill day took on my knees. So I got up to 1600 mg of Motrin every 4 hours to get me through to the end of the trek but it took another 6 months to get back full range of movement in my knees. I did distance rucking (I only had access to flat terrain), treadmill interval training (doing this made the uphills easy), and stairways under full weight to prepare, but in retrospect I did not do near enough stairway work.
One or two bottles in a box can also be shipped FedEx Home or UPS Ground without any special package markings within the continental US.02/11/2018 at 10:13 am in reply to: For Steven S and other Car Nuts: Alfa Romeo Resurrections #32698
Sweet MGC! I would love to have a Midget (or Sprite) now. MG’s were great, my high school foreign car grease monkey gang did a few that I worked on, both an ‘A and a couple ‘B’s I think but I don’t think we ever had a ‘C or a Midget. Later when the Mustang II’s came out I was never a personal fan of them but I always had a grudging respect for their strong points and popularity. Brings back memories.
I love auctions – I’ve been going to them for upwards of 45 years in various parts of the country. Some good tips here. Geoff, your preparation is spot on. The smart way to do it. Another tip is to look for auctions held during the day on a weekday. Even auctions of big industrial equipment sometimes have good stuff that they’ll sell at the end if it’s a business clean-out.
My pet peeve is auctioneers that beg for bids. They start a lot high, then when there’s no response, start haranguing the bidders. They might wheedle and cajole or even flat out berate us for “not knowing what something is worth”. I’ve walked out in the middle of a few of those, making a big production of my departure if I can.
Be careful with storage locker auctions. You have to assume the stuff has been gone through and that the storage employees are working with bidders for a kickback to tip them off on what’s in the closed boxes. Not to mention the amateurs who’ve been watching too much Storage Wars – bidding up the units and hoping for a Picasso behind all the junk. I’m not saying money can’t be made but know what you’re dealing with. If volume trash disposal is a problem for you, don’t even go there.
Don’t bother with those auctions that attract the bingo crowd. Typically held Friday nights, in a rural area with few entertainment options, salted with a lot of new flea market merchandise and sometimes cheap China antique reproductions, usually feature a good sized food concession and/or bar, sometimes with reserved seating for the regulars with their names taped to the chairs (and the regulars are not dealers), and with no bargains to be had. That type of auction is only good for the entertainment value. (Which can be considerable, but it’s in the crowd, not the auction itself.) It sounds like ice_queen went to one of those.
It’s a guilty pleasure. Like Black Flag or Primus. Or Rock ‘n Rye flavor Faygo. Not something to admit in polite company.
I would watch Creature Feature old monster movies on UHF TV when I was little so the vibe resonates with me. The lyrics make me laugh out loud. Boogie Woogie Wu says it all….02/09/2018 at 3:00 pm in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Phono cartridge, Sony CD player, VHS re-winder, Hot Wheel set, Amateur painting #32607
Great gas station memories. I worked at an Esso then Exxon in the early 70’s myself. It feels funny now to drive through New Jersey and have your gas pumped for your like the old days (state law, apparently), but they don’t wash windows or ask to check fluids and tires like we used to. I worked there during the ’73 gas crisis. That was pretty wild.02/09/2018 at 2:32 pm in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Phono cartridge, Sony CD player, VHS re-winder, Hot Wheel set, Amateur painting #32605
Thanks for your video, Steven! I created a new thread on Random Thoughts to post a couple photos of my Alfa you asked about. Some recent interesting sales of mine:
This new, open box OEM MOPAR Rooftop Kayak Carrier was $6 at an indy thrift but missing its special tool (hex end with a hole in the middle) to mount the brackets. So I added a safety bit that fit and a cheap handle I had laying around (stating in the listing that it was not the original tool), printed out the instructions I found online to include, and put it up for $90 plus shipping. It took a month to sell and is going to Brazil by Priority Mail because the package weighs in at 5 lbs. (I don’t use GSP.) Shipsaver for a long time did not insure packages going to Brazil but recently changed their policy. When that happened I added Brazil back to the countries I ship to. I guess I’ll find out if their new-found confidence in Brazil’s postal system is well deserved, though in past years going back a while I have shipped to Brazil and never had a problem.
This handmade Henry Bergeson Moontide Kaleidoscope was a family item that had not been unpacked in the last couple moves but eventually made its way into a box destined for Goodwill. Fortunately I took a closer look at it and pulled it out. The artist only signs with hard-to-read initials (“HTB”) and the year made so it took some creative research to figure it out. Fortunately Bergeson still has a website and is well known, if you’re a kaleidoscope collector. Which do exist, apparently. I’ve no idea how we ended up with it though I hope it was a yard sale find because I hate to think someone paid retail price for it. It sold for $220 plus shipping in about two months.
This sale of an NOS film camera filter for $20 (going to the Czech Republic via First Class) isn’t very exciting but I wanted to point out that vintage photographic stuff is a very active category and easy to source. I find that even the most random little pieces, parts, and accessories always sell. Of course the values vary, and many things might only be worth a couple bucks so not worthwhile to list individually. But I’ll list even a 9.99 plus shipping type item individually when it’s easy to list and packs in three minutes, going 1st Class, when it sells, and I have next to nothing in it. If you see an old fashioned camera shoulder bag while sourcing, check to see what’s in it because it might be full of stuff and even if there’s a camera in it, the seller may not have a fresh battery or know how to check function or couldn’t be bothered so the price might be right. And if the camera appears to be worth it, get a battery, download an instruction book (easy to find online), test it and sell it as functional if you can. Sell all the accessories and stuff separate.
https://goo.gl/Un1RN501/20/2018 at 11:49 am in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Arrow quiver, North Face backpack, Brass candlestick, Record stand, McCoy bowl, Leather bomber jacket, Italian briefcase #30865
Thanks for your informative video Steve! Some recent interesting sales of mine:
This vintage unmarked (other than hex head size) OEM Alfa Romeo tool-kit wrench was something that ended up in my tool box after it did not make it back into the tool-kit of an old Guilia Spider that I rebuilt and sold many years ago. Foreign car (and domestic, too, for that matter) tool-kit items can be good sellers for good money but it seems they are more often than not unmarked as to manufacturer so they are hard to research unless you have a clue to start with. This one sold within a couple days of listing for $60 plus shipping.
I have a hard time valuing college memorabilia because sold prices will be all over the map, from very low to very high. So for this vintage Marist College stein I priced it into what I thought was ridiculous territory at $73 plus shipping but it sold within about a week of listing so maybe it wasn’t so ridiculous. It was $1.50 at an indy thrift and had to be cleaned of a very thick smoke and grease residue. Possibly spent its life as a random piece of diner décor.
I am not very knowledgeable on folding pocket knives. I do know enough to never put one up for sale without some careful research even though they are so plentiful in general that many are worth little to nothing. This discontinued Spyderco Catcherman model fisherman’s folder came in a box lot of mostly junk I paid a couple bucks for at an auction. It had some overall wear and a bent tip. My initial impression that it was a $5 knife at most was proven incorrect when I saw that this model could sell for up to like $150 if NIB. I felt $75 plus shipping was about right for its condition and it only took a day to sell for that.
This unmarked circa 1959 West German rifle bayonet and scabbard was an eBay snipe at $25 from a low feedback seller who had it in a poorly titled listing. The seller had no idea how old it was, where it came from, or what rifle it fit, and the pictures were awful. All in all, it was perfect snipe bait. There are a number of common variations of this bayonet but this first model is comparatively rare. It took three days to sell for $160 plus shipping. In listing bayonets, care has to be taken to avoid violating eBay’s assault weapon parts and accessory prohibition.01/18/2018 at 4:54 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 343: Our Business = Little Things Every Day #30734
Some interesting discussions in this episode. A friend of mine is working for a company that is developing nanotechnology-based miniature atomic clock chips to create tiny locator chips to track things worldwide. So someday you might actually be able to track your packages in real time with a chip embedded in the shipping label.
I have successfully received and mailed larger glass covered framed pictures. They were steamship photos that had little plaques with the ship’s name affixed to the frame so it was desirable to keep them intact. I bought like about 10 of them from an online auction and they arrived 2 to a box. Copying how I got them, to ship them I used heavy duty mirror cartons to construct the box and just padded the corners inside really well with heavy packing paper to seat the frames. They went UPS, IIRC.
… your family unwraps their Christmas gifts, you tell them to give you whatever they don’t like so you can sell it.
I use many boxes for smalls, too often for me to rely on scavenged ones. I have been happy with EcoSwift boxes on eBay, finding the 6x6x4 to be the most useful. They are corrugated but thin, sturdy enough, and significantly cheaper than Uline. I don’t know if I’d trust the lightweight construction in the larger sizes, though.