Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WTWFW: Super Why Flyers

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I bought these last fall at a consignment sale for $2.
I didn’t research them (that’s all about to change, hubby gave me some exciting news today, more on that later…) but for $2, I could risk it.
When I sat down to list them last week I was happy to see what they are currently selling for on eBay right now!
So keep your eyes peeled for these cute little toys.  They are pretty small and measure about 3 1/2'’.

UPDATE: I sold mine for $39.99 :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

What once was…

a musty smelling, falling apart, children’s book

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AN ADORABLE ONE OF A KIND CHRISTMAS STORY PENNANT DECORATION :)

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I just had to post about this.  I don’t take time for crafting very much anymore and I am breaking my arm patting myself on the back because I came up with this idea all on my own.  I didn’t steal it from Pinterest or another blog?!  I can usually pull of crafts pretty well but the ideas never originate in my own head, so when I found this book at GW for 30 cents and had the idea to try and turn it into a pennant I was pretty proud of myself! :)  I guess I shouldn’t say I had the idea all on my own because I would have never even thought of making a pennant before I started seeing them all over the crafting world but the story book idea was all mine! 

Good job Janessa, good job.  (I hope you can all hear me teasing myself and don’t read it in the context that my head is about to explode!)

Anyways, I thought it turned out pretty darn cute and it will be perfect decor for my 3rd annual cookie exchange party I’m hosting on the 17th.

Total cost of the project was about $1.  I used scrapbook paper, the story book, glue, and scrap fabric.

This is about as crafty as I’ll probably get this Christmas, what with having a 4 month old, 4 year old, 7 year old, and running a small reselling business out of my 1100sqft home?!

I’m not complaining… all blessings! :)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What to Watch For Wednesday: Starbucks Coffee Mugs

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I was so excited to post about these I just snapped a webcam picture. 

So… I don’t even drink coffee.  Because of that, coffee mugs would have never been on my radar to even glance at if it wasn’t for all the awesome bloggers out there that share tips for what items to look out for.  I cannot remember where I first read that Starbucks coffee mugs were something to watch out for… so thank you to whoever I first read that from and sorry I don’t remember who you are!

I still don’t pay a lot of attention to coffee mugs.  One, because until this morning, I’ve never found any Starbucks mugs.  But I do occasionally scan through them, and boy oh boy am I glad I did today at GW!

I found five 2008 Christmas mugs and they were marked 50 cents each.  Mint condition!  I had no idea if they were worth $5 or $500 but I thought I’d take the risk for $2.50.  Yes, I still desperately need/want a smart phone so I don’t have to guess anymore.  Someday…

Anyways, I was pleasantly (more like ecstatically) surprised when I came home and saw that these mugs are selling for $20 each plus shipping!

If I can turn $2.50 into $100… well all I can say is, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” :)

So keep your eyes peeled for Starbucks mugs.  Coffee mugs are almost always priced for a $1 or less pretty much everywhere so even if you don’t know if it’s a hot Starbucks mug, I’d just snatch it up and take the small risk… it sure worked for me today!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ho Ho Ho! Top Selling Uglies!

Here are some pictures of my top selling ugly Christmas sweaters…

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I stick to bigger sizes that are UNIQUE.

Would a twenty something college kid win the party wearing this?

If the answer is yes… then I buy it!

Oh, and yes, my husband really is THAT awesome. ;)

What to Watch For Wednesday: Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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In the past month I have sold 18 Christmas sweaters on eBay.

I’m no expert.  I’ve never even considered selling those hideous things until recently.

But I’m SOLD!

18 Sweaters = Paid $40 = Sold for a total of $463 (less shipping and fees)

That’s not a typo… FOUR SIX THREE

Whoop whoop! :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Oh What a Beautiful Morning…

Ahhhh!  Garage sale season has pretty much passed and so I haven’t really even been going to them the past few weeks.  Last night I was bored and searched Craigslist to see if there was anything worth my Saturday morning.  There were 3 sales I decided I’d check out. 

The first was a “Dave Ramsey” sale at a church.  I’ve told you about those before… lots of families, indoor, selling their stuff for pretty cheap.  My favorite!  I didn’t get a haul but I did get THIS for $3.  So it was worth the stop!

The second sale was a regular garage sale that advertised a bag sale for kids clothing.  Of course I had to go.  Sure, it might all be gross stuff when you get there, OR it might be all like new Gymboree.  You just don’t know, if you don’t go!

It turned out to be pretty junky clothes, but again, I’m so happy I stopped because I got THIS BADBOY in it’s unopened new sealed box for $5.  Cha ching!  The box is a little dingy but I’m sure I’ll still make a nice profit.

The third sale was my favorite… if you ever see an ad that says “daycare/preschool closing” RUN don’t walk to the sale!  You are pretty much guaranteed to find some great children’s items for resale.

For $30, I got all of these:

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These books are in amazing condition and I ended up paying a little less then 18 cents per book.  47 hardbacks and 121 paperbacks.  I was soooo excited because not only did I get several complete sets at the sale (sets sell best on eBay) but I found a lot of books that now complete the sets I already have at home!  That’s the trick to selling children’s books on eBay, you have to have the patience and storage space to collect them until you complete a set or at least get enough to create a desirable lot to sell.

  I’m just tickled about this haul… for some reason I LOVE selling books on eBay and hunting around for the last few books I might need to complete a certain set.  Just the Dr Seuss books alone will return my initial investment to me!

I also bought 3 tubs of hand puppets for $9.  Not sure how well they’ll do but they were different so I took a risk.

So that was my morning, hope yours was just as awesome! :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What to Watch For Wednesday: SANDRA BOYNTON Board Books

 

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If you are shopping consignment sales, thrift stores, and garage sales for children’s items to resell…

keep your eyes peeled for SANDRA BOYNTON BOARD BOOKS!

Considering that the average investment for children’s books is 25 cents each, these can turn a pretty good profit when sold in a lot.

I’m collecting them for the baby and then when she’s outgrown them, I’ll sell them for a pretty penny on eBay! :)

What other books have you had success buying to resell?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Get Busy! 1000 FREE eBay Listings Today Only!

Today only, you can list up to 1000 auction style listings for free! 

This is great timing for me because I’ve already listed 48 items this month and only have two free left.  I try to only list when it’s free and so far (past 3 or 4 months) I haven’t had to pay to list.  Now that I’ve started that, I HATE the idea of paying $$$ before my item sells. 

So clear your plans today if you can and get busy listing!!!

I hope to get at least 20 listed but we’ll see.  I have appointments I can’t cancel.  Good luck!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Boogity Boogity Boo!

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Can you believe that people pay full price for their children’s Halloween costumes?!  I seriously can NOT. 

Would you believe that the three adorable costumes pictured cost me a grand total of $18.50?!

Gorilla Costume: Paid $9 at fall consignment sale

Red Riding Hood Dress and Cape: Paid $1 at summer garage sale

Sparkly Red Shoes: Paid $3 at consignment sale

Carter’s Bumblebee Costume (w/ tights): Paid $5.50 at fall consignment sale 

Hope you had a Happy Halloween!  Remember to keep your eyes peeled all year round for Halloween costumes and ideas.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What to Watch For Wednesday: Wilton Cake Pans

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Wilton shape cake pans sell well on eBay!  Characters and unique shapes like the 1978 van I paid 25 cents for pictured above!  People use the van for the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine.  This is an item where a smart phone would come in VERY handy because some pans sell really well and some, not so much.  Wilton retires it’s pans after a while and that makes them more desirable to collectors and bakers because they are harder to find.  You can go to the Wilton website and print off instructions for the cake decorating to include with your pan when you sell it, which is a plus!  Because I don’t have a smart phone yet, I’ll pick these pans up if they are less than $2.  If I get some that don’t sell great on their own… I save them for a cake pan lot, and those do well too.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Little Tikes Dollhouse Pieces SOLD!

Remember this bucket of toys that I purchased for $5 at a garage sale?
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Well I sold them as individual pieces (still not sure it that was the most profitable route) and here is how I did:
Paid $5 for all.
Sold all for $143.46 w/ Free Shipping
Less $40.24 (shipping cost)
Less $12.94 (Final Value Fees)
Less $7.77 (PayPal Fees)
= $77.51 Final Profit
Not bad!  I didn’t reach my goal of $100 profit. Fees and shipping can sure take a bite out of that, but I’m still happy with the amount I made.
So, keep your eyes peeled for Little Tikes Dollhouse toys!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What to Watch For Wednesday!: Build-A-Bear Animals

I thought it would be fun to use Wednesday as a day to post items that I’ve learned (most often by accident?!) are good to “watch out for” when you’re perusing the thrift stores and hitting up garage sales.  I’ll try to post every Wednesday but don’t hold me to that! ha ha :)

I try and keep my eyes peeled for unique Build-A-Bear plush animals whenever I see “stuffed toys” at garage sales and thrift stores.  I always knew that the clothing were a great item to sell on eBay but I’d never thought about the animals because for me personally I would NEVER buy a used stuff animal for my children, even the idea of it grosses me out (I suppose if I threw it in the washing machine it wouldn’t be that big of deal).  But obviously others feel differently or just buy them to collect because with a little research I found that certain animals do great on eBay!
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The grey wolf above is a perfect example… it sells for up to $53 dollars.  Of course I’ve found two brown wolves… they still do ok. :)

The trick is to buy the unique animals.  For the most part the plain old dogs and bears won’t give you much of a return but even those would be worth the 25 cents you can often get them for at garage sales because you can add them to a “lot”.  Animal lots do pretty darn good.

I always give the animal a good sniff to make sure they are smoke free, and since you can’t wash them in the machine I make sure they are nice and clean or can at least be spot cleaned. 

Do a little research of completed listings on eBay and you’ll get some good ideas for the animals you should keep an eye out for. 

Today I found another WWF brown wolf and next to him was a fox for $3.00.  I wasn’t sure if he was worth anything but I went with my gut that a “fox build a bear” is probably a pretty rare animal and bought him.  I was right!  There are very few for sale on eBay and he’s also part of the WWF collection.  Anything from the WWF collection is probably worth grabbing.

Off the top of my head… grab the hello kitty, rudolph, the blizzard bears, the sock monkey, mint chocolate chip bear, the peacock, and so on and so on! :)
Good luck!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Close. Clean. Pictures!

Just sharing how I photograph the items I’m selling on eBay.  If I had all the time in the world I’d put even more effort into my photographs but I don’t so this is what I do.  I use a plain neutral background, as much window light as possible (I still us flash because I’m in a hurry) and get in as close as I can to take a crisp clean shot of the item I’m selling.  I also always try to crop my photos “square” shaped because that maximizes their visibility when people are scrolling through listings on eBay.   Here are the photos I took today of the Little Tikes dollhouse items I got last week for $5:

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Nothing fancy, and like I said… I could do better but this works for me right now.  I’ll let you know how I do selling these… I’m hoping for a $100 profit, how cool would that be?! :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Garage Sale Scores 10/7/11

I don’t have a lot of time to take pictures of all my scores every week, I wish I did because I love to share how excited I am about my finds and I love to read about other people’s, but the babe keeps me plenty busy.  I’m just glad she is happy enough to let me garage sale and thrift a little still!  I had a great morning today and just had to share:
I paid $90 for the items below.
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I got a bag of clean unique Build a Bears for $1 each and it looks like I’ll make my money back x4 on just the wolf alone: Build a Bear Wolf
I’ve been snatching up these animals for a while now and have amassed a good amount for lots, they do pretty well: Build a Bear Lot
I scored on a bunch of pieces of Little Tikes Dollhouse items, I paid $5 for everything.  Includes some popular rare items and people.
UPDATE: I just added up what the little tikes stuff is worth sold separately on eBay... about $150 total!
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I paid $5 for 11 LeapPad Books and cartridges.
I got the Pizza Hut Play Food for $2.
The 3 Read With me DVDs were free!
I’m collecting Vintage Wooden Puzzles for a lot in the future.  I paid $1 for two.
I was so excited when I saw the Wilton Van Pan because just last weekend I found the Scooby Doo pan for FREE at a church sale!!!  I paid 50 cents for the van and should be able to sell them together for $25 - $35!
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I grabbed a box of Disney Cars Legos for $2 and didn’t have any idea if they were worth it but I think I should be able to make a little $$$.
I found 4 like new American Girl complete outfits and paid $30 for them.  The lady wouldn’t budge and I was ok with that because my almost 7 yr old daughter is saving her own money for an American Girl and “Santa” just saved about $90 on doll clothes! :)
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I also got a scooter, a bunch of children’s books (for lots on eBay), children’s dvds, children’s shoes, travel hot rollers, jeans for my husband, a leapster case with system and 3 games, and a few things for door prizes for my annual cookie exchange.
Garage Sales are TOTALLY my drug of choice. ;)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Inside Look at How I Price…

For the most part, I like to price similar to THIS pricing guide.  I tweak my method a little bit and price higher than she does on some clothing items.  For anything non-clothing I really just stick to the 1/3 – 1/2 new “retail” price.  When I say retail, I mean what normal people pay for things new.  If something is almost always on “sale” then I consider the sale price, not the inflated retail price that nobody ever pays anyways.

  If it is a large, popular yet hard to find item in excellent condition I will price 1/2 of retail.  Otherwise I price 1/3.  So if I’m selling THIS at a sale (working and complete with all parts) I will just type it onto the computer, research the retail price and then price it at $7.00 which is 1/3 of the new price.

I also 99% of the time discount my items.  If it’s clean, complete, and not outdated it will sell at the sale.  If it meets those three criteria and is not selling it is because you have priced the item too high.  Things are only worth what someone is willing to pay for them so 1/2 price day is humbling maybe but it’s reality and I accept that the items left for that day were overpriced and make a note of that for next sale.

The trick is to price high enough to make it worth all your hard work and effort but low enough to still be a good deal for the buyer and to be very competitive with other consignors pricing.

I just took some screen shots of my sales report so you can actually see exactly how I price:

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