Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Always Say "Yes" to Free Stuff Part 2!

Hello! So, I have a confession to make......sometimes I'm not crazy about the free stuff that others give me to sell! I think it is more fun to go out and find my own stuff that I think looks interesting or unique or whatever! Sometimes when I do get free stuff from people, I take way too long to get it listed! Anybody relate? Take for instance these vintage sewing machine attachments. Buttonholers to be exact. I actually thought they were neat and I have done my share of sewing in the past but I didn't know if there was a market for these old things! A friend had given them to me to sell if I wanted. They were her mothers and she didn't want them or have a use for them. They sat around my office area for a few months before I finally got around to researching them and listing them. I listed the pink set first and then after doing more research I realized that I could probably do better by just selling the rest in a lot. I made a nice little profit of $42.47 for both listings! It only took a little less than 2 months for them to sell and they both sold within an hour of each other to different people! I thought that was crazy! And now they're outta here! I should have got to it sooner!

 Sewing Machine Buttonholers and Instructions
Free - Sold for 35.95 - Profit $30.93

Singer Sewing Attachments
Free - Sold for $13.45 - Profit $11.54

This next item is a book about trains that my 3rd daughter Gabby gave me to sell. Her ex-boyfriend was really into trains and I don't know if he gave her this book or if she just bought it on her own but she didn't want it anymore....she says she hates trains! 😁😁 I also had this book sitting around for awhile waiting to list it and it actually sold the same day I listed it! I should learn to never let anything sit around for awhile.....but some things are just more fun to list than others! At least this was fairly easy to photograph and then to ship!

Train Book
Free - Sold for $12.00 - Profit $10.27

These 3 items sold on the same day and they were given to me free! I made a total of $52.74 that day on things people gave to me! If I could do that much in sales every day it sure would help!

How many of you are "gifted" things for re-sale?

Thanks for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with part 3! ~~Pam


  1. I don't usually have things gifted to me to sell. I usually have people ask me to sell things for them! I really do not like doing that, but once in a while I will do it just to keep peace. You are really doing great with the gifted items.

  2. Thanks Rhonda! I haven't had too many people ask me to sell for them...maybe a couple have suggested it, but I don't think they realize all of the work that goes into it! When you sell for others do you get to keep some of the profit? ~~Pam

    1. I think you're right, they don't realize all the work involved. My one friend wanted me to sell for her a couple years ago & said I could keep half the profits, but the stuff she gave me were really low profit things so I ony made a few dollars. For the most part, no I don't get to keep any of the profits. I rarely do it anymore, try & just say I'm too busy & hope they get the hint. Plus, there is also the issue with taxes & I'm sure they don't think about that either.

    2. Ah yes, the taxes! Yeah, I'm sure they don't think about that! I think if someone has asked me to sell for them before or hinted at it that I've said I have way too much of my own stuff to list yet so wouldn't have time! And that's the truth too! :) ~~Pam