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


  1. Wow, that is quite a task ahead of you on those jars. Hope you find some real old treasures for all your work. Do you think part of the slow down could be because harvest and canning season is over?

    You've done great on your sales.

    1. Thanks Pam! I don't think people buy the blue jars for canning normally, but maybe it's because weddings slow down in the winter....most women that buy the jars from me buy them for their wedding vases....the vintage blue color just looks so pretty with flowers in them! ~~Pam

  2. That looks like a lot of work. I give you lots of credit for taking it on. I hope they net some good profits.

    1. Thanks Nancy...I think they will....if only somebody orders some! ~~Pam

  3. Wow you will really earn your money on those jars! I'm glad your hubby found a way to get the lids off.

    1. I'm glad he did too Rhonda! Don't know what I would have done without his help! ~~Pam

  4. I hope one of those jars is a special rare one that will pay for the whole lot. Wouldn't that be nice?

    1. That would be wonderful Lorraine! But, I haven't found it yet if there is one! I did get a couple of #13's out of the batch so far and some wide mouth zinc lids which sell for more than the regular ones so that'll help! ~~Pam

  5. That is a lot of jars!! I hope you make big bucks with them!

  6. Thanks for the shout out on the Cooler. Sorry you didn't do too well on it. I usually hold off until the warmer months to put them up for sale, but don't blame you for taking the money now. Also, I never sell those big ones on eBay because as you pointed out, it's not worth the hassle and expense. Best to stick to using CL on those big guys.

    Happy New Year...Dude!