Friday, January 30, 2015

A Good Month! (so far)

NOTE: I've had this post partially ready for a week or more and figured I would just finally post it already! I've made a few comments on some of the things I sold and toward the end you'll just see the numbers!
January has been a good month for me so far! I've had some good higher end sales which helps a lot! Lots of the things I've sold have been things that my family or friends have given me that they've found thrifting. Like these Florsheim shoes....they have the V cleat and 5 nails on the bottom. Apparently they are worth more. I had read Meinard's post about them and my sister Naomi did too. She's the one that found them....she thinks she only paid either $2 or $4 for them! She generously gave them to me to sell. I researched the prices and some sold for more and some for less. I didn't know for sure what to do so I went with $89.95 and listed them....they sold the next morning! I always feel like I probably listed for way less than I should have when that happens!
Mens Vintage V Cleat and 5 Nail Dress Shoes
Gift from my sister - Sold for $89.95 - Profit - $78.21
I am definitely going to more on the look out for shoes this summer at the yard sales! They are so easy to ship!

Nike Zoom Mens Shoes Size 14
Paid $4.00 - Sold for $25.00 - Profit $18.92
I had 7 salesman catalog cards of buttons listed on eBay. I got a message from a lady who wanted a deal on all of them so I offered them to her for less. Then I e-mailed her and told her about my ButtonCrazy shop on Etsy and that I had 28 more cards of them there and she wanted those also! That was a good deal that really helped out this week! 

35 Vintage Salesman Catalog Cards of Buttons
Gift from friend - Sold for $127.50 - Profit $119.52
Then a couple of days ago I had someone want 11 of my old magazines and they paid $90 including shipping so another good sale! Total profit on all of the old magazines I bought last year so far is $573.43 for 85 magazines! I still have lots more to take pictures of and list.
11 Successful Farming Magazines
Paid $1.32 - Sold for $90.00 w/fs - Profit $71.53
My oldest daughter had this marble run in case any kids came to her place but I guess she was cleaning out stuff and decided she didn't want it anymore. When she brought it to our house I thought...oh I don't want to mess with something like this but I looked it up and thought well...maybe I do! These are expensive and I made a nice little amount!

Quadrilla Marble Run
Gift from my daughter (she paid $5.00)
Sold for $99.95 - Profit $89.20
Blue Ball Pint Jar w/#13 on bottom
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $40.00 - Profit $34.63
Mens London Fog Trench Coat
Paid $5.38 - Sold for $49.95 - Profit $41.51

20 Qt. Jars and 20 Pint Jars
Paid $40.00 - Sold for $255.00 - Profit $183.43
12 Shabby Ball Jars
Paid $12.00 - Sold for $55.00 - Profit $38.45
2 Square Quart Jars and 2 Pint Jars
Paid $4.00 - Sold for $30.50 - Profit $23.85
Fisher Price Little People Lot of Furniture and People
Had forever here at home - Sold for $15.95 - Profit $13.25
From my Sister - Sold for $16.95 - Profit $13.57
George and Martha Silhouettes
From my Mom - Sold for $15.00 - Profit $12.84
I've sold more since these things but don't know when I'll get them up. Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Update and Goals

Time sure flies when you're having fun! We've all had the flu the past few weeks....fever, aches, colds and a cough that just won't go away! We are on the mend but it sure hangs on for awhile! We will be getting the flu shot next season!
I had some good sales on some shoes the past couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to keeping an eye out for shoes this summer at the yard sales! They just seem easy to me and a lot of them are great flips!

Mens Dr. Scholl's Dress Shoes
Paid $3.00 - Sold for $22.50 - Profit $18.92
Womens Dr. Comfort Shoes
Paid $3.00 - Sold for $40.00 - Profit $28.16
SAS Womens Shoes
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $24.95 - Profit $20.78
I was at a sale this past fall and saw this adorable owl. He is heavy! It was an older lady and she had $5.00 on him. I wasn't sure how much I could resell it for and I thought I would try to get her down at least a dollar. She kind of hemmed and  hawed for a few seconds but let me have it for $4.00. When I walked away I felt kinda guilty for haggling with her. I researched the owl and it looked like I should be able to get around 50 bucks for it. One had sold for that before and mine was the only other one on at the time of listing. It took a couple of months to sell but I did get $49.95 and it actually sold to a lady in my home town so I got to hand deliver it! Of course that meant she wanted me to refund her shipping costs. I should have told her right off the bat that I would still charge a couple of dollars because I did get charged fees from eBay and Paypal on the shipping! Oh well, I still made out pretty good on it! 
Isabell Bloom Owl
Paid $4.00 - Sold for $49.95 - Profit $38.18
Hot rollers seem to do well. These took awhile to sell but I always do finally sell them.
Jilbere deParis Hot Rollers
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $21.95 - Profit $16.47
Remington Hot Rollers
Paid $5.38 - Sold for $24.95 - Profit $14.66
These zinc lids are the wide-mouth kind which are really hard to find. I don't even count that they cost me anything because they are usually thrown in with the jars that I buy from people. These sold for $29.95!!!

6 Wide Mouth Zinc Lids
Sold for $29.95 - Profit $26.10
A Ball quart jar that has the number 13 on the bottom. I usually sell them for around $15 but thought I would try for a little more on this one. Sold for $17.95!
Ball #13 Quart Jar
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $17.95 - Profit $16.15
I found this Franklin Covey leather planner at Goodwill for $2.88 and thought it was a good time of year to try to sell it! Sold for $19.95! I also found another one a few days ago so I'm hoping it will sell as well!
Franklin Covey Planner
Paid $2.88 - Sold for $19.95 - Profit $14.21
This book was in really good condition and had lots of pictures in it. Sometimes I just like to buy and list books, but of course sometimes there isn't as much profit on  them. I'd like to be able to find the books that are worth a lot more like some of the eBay bloggers do! I guess I did have one good sale on a book found here! Guess I'll just have to keep my eyes open this summer!
The Golden Book of America
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $9.95 - Profit $6.53
Well, that's about it. I did sell a few jars in my Etsy shop. I'm still working on washing up the over 150 jars that I got a few months ago! Boy were they filthy! Still probably have 40-50 to do!
I have 3 new tickers at the top right of my page here. One for each of my shops or stores. I never have met my monthly goal of 150 for all 3 shops combined so I don't know if I'll be able to handle this or not but I'd sure like to give it a try! Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Past Few Weeks other words I'm Behind Again!

Thought I would try to play a little catch-up again! Seems to be the story of my life lately! Here's some of the highlights of what's sold since my last post.
Angry Beavers Shirt
Paid 66 cents - Sold for $12.50 - Profit $9.82

Baby Bop Plush
Had forever for my own kids - Sold for $9.95 to someone in Canada - Profit $10.07
Sold some vitamins my daughters boss gave to her. I love selling free to us stuff!

True Calm Vitamins
Sold for $19.95 w/fs - Profit $13.91
Cute little NIKE boys shoes. They were in really good shape and I only paid 2 bucks for them. I almost felt guilty selling them for $30 but I got positive feedback on them so I guess the buyer is happy and I'm happy!

Boys Nike Shox Shoes
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $30.00 - Profit $24.15

This next item was a fun little cross stitch and I only paid a quarter for it. For some reason I put free shipping on it....don't know if I meant to do that or if it was an error while listing but it definitely cut into my profit!

Miss my Mind Cross Stitch
Paid 25 cents - Sold for $9.95 w/fs - Profit - $4.85
Went to a yard sale in October that had a huge box of these EOS lip balms for 25 cents each. Apparently they had a store of some kind and couldn't sell these because they wouldn't close right or something. Anyway, I didn't know a whole lot about them but my daughter said I should get some to sell so I did. After some friends and family took what they wanted I really didn't have a whole lot left to sell but so far I've made $25 on the 3 sets I've sold and I have 2 more sets to sell! I should have bought them all and I probably should have sold them for more money.
7 EOS Lip Balms
Paid $1.75- Sold for $12.95 - Profit $9.45
I sold three different sets of VHS tapes this past couple of weeks!
The Lassie Collection
Paid $2.50 - Sold for $14.95 - Profit $10.10

The Astronomers
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $12.00 - Profit $8.56
Time Life Zoo Life
Paid $1.50 - Sold for $15.00 - Profit $10.59
I've been listing more jars on eBay instead of just my Etsy shop. I've sold a few too!

2 Square Blue Ball Perfect Mason Quart Jars
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $22.50 - Profit $18.64

Root Mason Jar
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $10.95 - Profit $11.57

Ball Perfect Mason Pint Jar with Square Lettering
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $17.95 - Profit $15.56
10 Blue Ball Quart Jars
Paid $10.00 - Sold for $60.00 - Profit $36.45
And you really can sell anything on eBay! My husband and I both had heart procedures done a couple of years ago and I had these hospital socks on hand that we hardly wore and I thought, "why not?" so I listed them! Made a little bit on them and better than them sitting in my sock drawer gather dust!

4 Pair Acti-Tred Hospital Socks
"Free" - HA! - Sold for $7.95 - Profit $6.62
My husband cleaned out a house for a landlord friend of ours and found 2 of these antique wood bow saws. I sold them both on Facebook for 20 bucks each. I had looked them up on eBay and they were going for around $35 but I figured they would be hard to mail out and this was so much easier!

Well, those are the highlights from the past few weeks. Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Last 7 Days Sales

Just thought I'd stop by and show what's sold this past week. The first few things were on eBay, the jar and buttons on Etsy.
I had this first big guy stick around for awhile. He was 30 inches tall and I started him at a higher price and just gradually kept lowering it. Still not too bad of a profit.
BIG Green Plush Frog
Paid $3.38 - Sold for $16.50 - Profit $14.85
I found this old hair dryer over a year ago at a yard sale for $1.00. I started it higher too but it just wouldn't sell for forever! Finally did this past week.

Vintage Oster Hair Dryer
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $29.95 - Profit $21.95
I had started this cooler out at a higher price also. I think I sold one of these before but I couldn't find my information on it! Anyway, "Dude" from Money in the Garage talks about selling Coleman coolers. I think I sold a green one last year. I had started this one at I think $75....been so long I can't remember! I gradually kept lowering it. I had it at $45 and got an offer of $30 the other day. Since it is winter and since we needed the money and since I wanted it outta here I took the offer! Well, with the fees and cost of the cooler I ended up with less than 16 bucks profit. Didn't hardly seem worth it for the time and hassle it was to pack it up and ship it. I know I made good on the green one that I sold and this one should have been the same....just bad timing I guess with getting later in the season. The guy did tell me "thank you" for accepting his bid....said it matched his boat! He is from Mississippi so I guess it's warm enough down there to be in a boat this time of year!

Vintage Coleman Cooler
Paid $5.00 - Sold for $30.00 - Profit $15.92
A little funny story on these boots.....I was at Goodwill and saw them and I knew my 13 year old boy needed winter boots so I thought these looked really good for him! They were $8.88 so I picked them up and brought them home! He saw them and said, "These are women's boots! They've got fur around them!" I hadn't even thought about it! They looked like men's to me! Anyway, I sold them so I got the money back plus some!

Itasca Women's Boots
Paid $8.88 - Sold for $22.95 - Profit $11.46
I sold this Waldo doll last night. A pretty good return on my investment!

Where's Waldo 12 inch Doll
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $17.50 - Profit $14.00
My DownVintageLane shop on Etsy has been pretty slow the past several weeks. I'm wondering if the "jar" fad has already come and gone! This jar has the #13 on the bottom. They sell for a little more than the regular jars.

#13 Ball Quart Jar
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $15.00 - Profit $14.00
I have been selling some buttons here and there in my button shop lately. Sold these 2 sets to one person.

50 Red Vintage Buttons
Paid 25 cents - Sold for $3.50

50 Black Vintage Buttons
Paid 25 cents - Sold for $3.50 - Profit on both sets $6.17
So, that's it for the week. I'm hoping things pick up a lot really soon! I've got TONS of jars I'd like to sell! A few weeks ago I had someone call me and say that had at least 100 jars. It was 2 guys that ended up bringing them to me. I think they must trash out houses or something. They said these came from some old basement. When I advertise for jars saying I will pay $1.00 a piece for them, I say that I don't want any with chips or cracks but dirty ones are fine. I figure if people had to wash them up they wouldn't even bother and I figure I can wash them. Well, when I saw these jars I kept thinking that I should just tell them to take them back! These weren't just dirty, they weren't even just filthy, they were just plain hideous! A lot of them were still filled with old putrid food and worst of all the zinc lids were practically soldered on! I kept thinking I shouldn't take them.....way too much work....but they were unloading them and I just couldn't seem to tell them no! So, there were probably closer to 200 jars and neat old bottles and they said they'd take $150 so I gave it to them but I've practically regretted it ever since!
I had taken this picture of all of them after they left. It doesn't really show the magnitude because you can't see a lot of the jars that are in the boxes. It wouldn't have been so bad if we could just unscrew the lids and dump them but the lids just would - not - come - off! My hubby has come to the rescue though....he is using some kind of a torch to heat up the lids, or burn them or whatever and getting them off but it's been a slow process. He still has lots to do! Meanwhile, I probably have washed up at least 40 of them and even gotten some listed! I suppose it will be worth it in the end but we will definitely be earning our money on these!
Well, that's enough of that! Thanks so much for stopping by! ~~Pam