Tuesday, June 28, 2011

THE Dress - eBay Success Story 2004

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About 6 years ago I somehow discovered the crazy world that is eBay.

I had always loved going through my grandmother’s insanely large collection of “old” clothes and keeping my favorites for myself but when I realized that she had an attic full of clothes that could be worth pretty darn good money on eBay I asked her if I could sell the stuff she didn’t want.

I had NO IDEA what I was doing. I was 22. A new young mother of an infant. A wife of a college student.

I was definitely not an educated vintage clothing collector or dealer but I’m never short on passion so I jumped into vintage clothing selling with both feet and had a pretty good ride! I didn’t make millions but I did well, had fun, and learned a lot.

So I went to my grandmother’s house in South Dakota and literally grabbed everything (with her permission) that I thought was cool/funky/cute! That was my criteria?! I didn’t look at labels, fabric content, style, etc!

I had a friend model several items for me and then listed them on eBay for 99 cents each! I can’t remember how I described this dress but I’m sure my description was laughable. Something like, “cool black seashell summer dress”.

Something crazy was happening with this dress… it had about 10x as many hits and people kept asking me questions about the fabric and the broken strap? What broken strap??? Ha ha ha! You’ll see it in the picture but I didn’t even know it at the time! They also kept asking me about the label… and I would continue to reply,

“Sorry, I don’t know?! The label has been torn out!”

I was so confused… someone had mentioned something about the name SHAHEEN.

No clue. Never heard of him.

But I WAS at least smart enough to look him up.

And no wonder all these darn people were being such weirdo’s…

I had a VINTAGE 1950’S 60’S ALFRED SHAHEEN HAND SCREEN PRINT HAWAIIAN HALTER DRESS and did not even know it!

I’m sure the buyers were disappointed to see that I quickly edited my listing title to include the words “shaheen Hawaiian halter” but it sure saved me some heartache.

My grandma was over the moon and in shock when I told her the dress had sold for $160.

What a SUPER FUN way to start my eBay-ing adventures! :)

Stay tuned for more awesome eBay stories…

Friday, June 24, 2011

When a $3 Dress is worth $300

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If you’ve ever been in the last month of your pregnancy and happen to carry your baby all the way out in front of you (like me) then you KNOW that the only shirts that will cover your belly are your husbands XL or XXL t-shirts and the only dress that is comfortable MUST be LONG and STRETCHY!


So when I found this simple black stretch cotton dress at Goodwill last week, is was the find of the week, the month, the year!!!


Of course I’d never have paid $300 but you can bet your bootie I would have paid $30 so getting it for $3 was an oh so sweet moment for this gigantically pregnant momma! :)


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Oh Baby! Bargains

Our 3rd child is due to arrive in approximately 5 weeks and I am proud to say that I think we are “ready”!

All baby “needs” have been hunted down and purchased…

I got some great deals (at garage sales and consignment sales) on great condition baby gear if I do say so myself.

Everything is washed, put away, and ready for our little princess to join our family!

Here is a rundown of my baby bargains:

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Fisher Price Vibrating w/ Sounds Bouncy Seat

I Paid: $10     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $35

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Fisher Price 2 Way Baby Swing

I Paid: $15     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $96  

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Graco Infant Car Seat and Base

I Paid: $30     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $90

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Graco Travel Lite Pack n’ Play (brand new condition)

I Paid: $40    Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $90

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Pink Baby Bath w/ Sling Thingy

I Paid: $3    Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $18

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Like New Diaper Bag (I so don’t care about bags… just need it to carry the diapers)

I Paid: $7.50     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $25

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Bobby Pillow and Cover

I Paid: $8     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $35

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Play Mat

I Paid: $3    Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $17

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Infantino High Chair Shopping Cart Cover

I Paid: $6     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $22

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Baby Bjorn Carrier

I Paid: $10    Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $80

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Cute Fabric Lined Wicker Basket

I Paid: $.50     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $10

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Most Comfortable Wooden Rocking Chair Ever!

I Paid: $20     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $100

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Rolling Bassinet

I Paid: $10     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $70

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Nice Floor Lamp (for late night rocking and feedings)

I Paid: $5     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $32

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Umbrella Stroller

I Paid: $2     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $16

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Graco Stroller

I Paid: $20     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $125

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Bumbo and Tray

I Paid: $20     Similar Item Price at Walmart/Target: $44

Grand Totals:

I Paid: $210     

New, these items would have at least cost me over $900?!

Estimated Savings: $700!!!