Friday, August 22, 2014

My Decision Was Made for Me

I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to go out to yard sales this morning but I woke up to thunder and pouring down rain so that kind of made my decision easy to make! It's good to have some rain except for my husband was hopefully going to finish mowing some lawns this morning so we could collect some money! But it really is good to have rain because it will hopefully keep the grass growing! The lawn-mowing business has slowed way down the past couple of weeks so we need the rain. Anyway, it's good for future business but not so good for today!
The view outside of our dining room window....doesn't look as rainy as it actually is.
I've had a few more sales the past couple of days. The next 3 are from my vintage shop and button shop.
39 Wooden Spools
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $9.95 - Profit $8.71

Vintage Children's Reader
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $7.00 - Profit - $5.99

50 Gray Vintage Buttons
Paid 25 cents - Sold for $4.50 - Profit $3.80
Got to hear the "ca-ching" sound a few times too! It's always exciting to hear it!

Vidal Sassoon Hot Rollers
Paid $4.38 - Sold for $25.95 - Profit $15.84
Hooked on Phonics Level 1
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $10.00 - Profit $6.18

National Sportsman Magazine
Paid 12 cents - Sold for $9.00 - Profit $7.73

Fur Fish Game Magazine
Paid 12 cents  - Sold for $6.00 w/fs - Profit $1.56
You really can sell anything on eBay! That old magazine with no cover still sold. Of course I didn't make much on it but every bit helps I guess! My total magazine profit so far is $428.21.
I didn't get to list anything new the past couple of days. My sister-in-law is here for a visit so things have been busy! Today I'm going to try to get some laundry and listing done! Tonight we have our little grandbaby staying with us. He's so precious! He's only 5 1/2 months old and is crawling all over the place already! I don't think any of our kids crawled that early!
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Update

Hello! Just wanted to give a quick update since my last post. I listed 5 new items Monday and 5 new items yesterday. I am going to try really hard to do that the rest of the month. I'm probably not going to make my goal of 150 listings (have I ever?) but with 11 days left plus today that will give me about 90 listings for the month. Who knows...maybe I'll get some more motivation and do more than that! I can dream!
My sister found this adorable vintage pull toy at a yard sale for 50 cents! It's funny how some people want to just get rid of stuff and then there's others who think they are running an antique shop! This sounds like it was a good sale to go to! I sold it for $19.95. I just looked at the "sold" ones and one went for $15, and another for $9.99 so I guess I did pretty well!
Vintage Fisher Price Wooden Pull Toy
Free from my sister - Sold for $19.95 - Profit - $18.99
This thermos must have been from when my younger brother was little. My mom is cleaning out stuff and getting ready to move so she let me have this to sell.

Vintage "The Fall Guy" Thermos
Free from my Mom - Sold for $12.50 - Profit $10.48
I found this at a sale a couple of months ago for 50 cents. It's really heavy! It took awhile to sell but it went for $14.95!

Brass Piggy Bank Pig
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $14.95 - Profit $12.74
Well, I've got lots to do today! Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Monday, August 18, 2014

Quick Update

Just thought I'd post a few things that sold the past couple of days. Yesterday I listed 9 new items...2 in my Etsy shop and 7 on eBay...wish I could do that much everyday! Shooting for taking a ton of pictures today and listing at least 5 new things! I'll update tonight and we'll see what happens! Let me know what your goal for today is! Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam
10 Blue Ball Quart Jars
Paid $10.00 - Sold for $67.50 - Profit $58.21

10 Shabby Vintage Forks
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $12.00 - Profit $10.28

Old Key Chains
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $4.00 - Profit $2.81

Antique Price Guide
FREE - Sold for $7.50 w/fs - Profit $1.54
Batman Cap
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $9.95 - Profit $7.28

Friday, August 15, 2014

Latest Sales and a Big Mess Up!

Hello! Just thought I would post a few sales I've had over the past couple of weeks.
I bought this coat last fall and it finally sold. It is leather and I think I started it a lot higher but kept lowering it. I probably should have just held my ground on the higher price, especially with fall coming around again.
Ladies Leather Coat
Paid $2.69 - Sold for $19.95 - Profit $14.71
I sold 2 sets of hot rollers this past week. One for $19.95 and then this one for $24.95. I have 3 more sets for sale!

Windmere Hot Rollers
Paid $4.38 - Sold for $24.95 - Profit $15.62
This mirror was an extra big vanity mirror that could either sit on the dresser or stand up like a picture frame. Very pretty!
Big Vanity Mirror
Paid $3.00 - Sold for $21.95 - Profit $11.52
Found these ladies Thorogood motorcycle boots for $2.00 at a yard sale. I'd love to get into selling more things like these!

Women's Motorcycle Boots
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $59.95 - Profit $49.62
Found this talking Eeyore at Goodwill a few months ago. It was $8.38 so I looked it up and it looked like I should be able to sell it for at least $50. I had it listed for a long time starting at $59.95 with best offer. It just wouldn't sell or even get any offers. I finally lowered the price and took an offer of $24.95...I made a profit of $11.89.

Talking Eeyore
Paid 8.38 - Sold for $ 24.95 - Profit $11.89
I really messed up on this next item.

I bought it a yard sale a few weeks ago. I had asked this little old lady how much she wanted for it and she said $2.00. I was debating on whether or not I even wanted it so I put it down and she asked what I wanted to pay for it so I said a dollar and she took it. I felt kinda bad dickering with her, like I was taking advantage of an older person or something. Anyway, I listed it for $12.00 and it sold a couple of days ago. When I got it all boxed up and ready to go I started the label process and realized that I had put the weight as 3 pounds. I just knew that this box was going to weigh more than 3 was 4 pounds 12 ounces! What was I thinking?!! I think what happened is that sometimes when I'm entering information and change it, it goes back to what it was before, especially with the weight and then the shipping service offered...does this happen to anyone else? So naturally the customer had chosen priority shipping and it was going to California! Priority shipping for the size of box I had was going to cost $26!! I hadn't even collected that amount with the shipping charge! The shipping paid was $11.59....for a 3 pound box that would be a little bit smaller it would have been enough. So I proceed to undo the box (I had it wrapped it paper besides) and then cut it down a little bit to get it in under the wire. I cut flaps off and everything! Spent way too long on this one. I did get it to where it cost $15.89 for shipping but that was still $4.30 more than I collected! So I ended up making a whopping $3 profit on it....that's what I get for taking advantage of a little old lady! :) Has anyone else ever had to revamp their packaging to try to pay less for the postage. I know I've had it happen a few times before. I really do try to be careful when I'm listing to figure it all right but I guess sometimes things just get messed up!
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Yellow Enamelware Pot
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $12.00 - Profit $3.00

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Selling on Craigslist and Facebook

I have been trying to look for bigger things that might sell on Craigslist or Facebook so that I don't have to pay the fees that come off the top on eBay or Etsy. My little girl had this kitchen set for a few years and she hardly played with it anymore so I put it on Facebook. I had someone take it right away! I think we paid around $25 for it and we sold it for $10.00.
Sold for $10.00
Next I found this little Fisher Price table at a yard sale for $1.00!!! I couldn't believe it was so low because it was in excellent condition! I put $15 on it and sold it within a day or two! I might have been able to get a little more for this on eBay but then there's the hassle of packing up something big and losing a lot of the profit to fees.
Fisher Price Play Table
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $15.00 - Profit $14.00
When I bought this picnic basket a couple of months ago my plan was to sell it on eBay but after researching it I just figured it was hardly worth the hassle so I put it on Facebook the other day asking $15 for it. I had one lady say she wanted it Thursday but then she must have changed her mind. Another lady asked today if I would take $10 for it so I did....I just wanted it out of my den! It came with a service of 4 plates, cups and silverware...all hard plastic.
Picnic Basket w/Service for 4
Paid $5.00 - Sold for $10.00 - Profit $5.00
I will be keeping my eyes open for things that I can get for a good price and make at least $10 profit on. I figure I won't have to worry about packing these bigger things up or about fees either!