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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