Sunday, April 28, 2013

This Saturdays Haul - Estate Sale Finds 4-27-2013 & Some Info - Tips for eBay

We have decided we are going to start sharing our finds from thrift shops, yard sales, estate sales, and of course storage auction wins also. Yesterday we went out hunting estate sales, yard sales, and one decent size church rummage type sale. We spent about $50.00 (probably closer to 51.00). We got goodies for our eBay store & some goodies for ourselves and the kiddos as well.

I am going to try to share what some of the items cost us and what price they sell for on eBay as I research sold items and start getting ours listed. So far I did a little bit of researching on this haul and below the video you can see some of what I found. This was a decent haul overall. I must say the best part is the hunt. Yes, we do love being able to sell online & locally and make a living, but the funnest part is the hunt for items.... whether it be items to stock our eBay store or items for ourselves. Hunting those treasures down always equals a fun time for us!


Then And Again Treasures eBay Shop

The Valet wireless hotspot router thing was at the same sale we got the bottles at. I almost missed it as I had seen it out of the corner of my eye it was under a table kind of out of site. I figured it was an out dated useless type of electronic and assumed it was going to have a sticker of 10.00 or more on it. This is one of those items though that prove it is worth taking a close look at everything as you are out hunting those treasures. Turned out it had 1.00 sticker on it. I decided for 1.00 I would give it a shot, worst case scenario I would break it down and scrap it out if it was useless or broken. After making this video though I opened up the box to find out it is completely brand new, never been used... sealed up. Then I researched sold listings on eBay to find out that this little gadget sells pretty much every time one is listed and will fetch us between $55.00 - $70.00 plus shipping. So this ONE item will cover the entire cost of our haul plus a few bucks in the green! WOOOHOOO! Gotta love when that happens.
The old man paper mache type statue thing we did a little research on and asked the members of one of our most favorite FaceBook groups "Thrifting With The Boys" and one of the members knew right away what he was and they have sold a couple like him (but I believe a little better than him) and sold for around $18.00. However with mine I don't have high hopes of getting much more than 9.95 plus shipping on him. Funny how it worked out that the item hubby and myself thought was most interesting turned out to be the item that was the biggest flop. Well I shouldn't say flop considering it cost us a whole 10 cents and even if we sell at 9.95 that is still a lot of profit compared to the 10 cent investment.
The vintage iron I did a quick bit of research on and I am not overly impressed so far with this one either. Especially since I spent a bit more than I normally would hav (2.00) on it. I have not been able to track down one like it with the Thermodon brand name on it on eBay sold listings. I am going to have to research it a little more using other sites to find out more.
The Bobbie Brooks sweater I show in the video that I absolutely love and am not going to part with.... cost me a whole 25 cents! I get chilly easily so I like having a decent amount of sweaters & jackets even in the summer for when the AC in stores or restaraunts is on full blast so I can be comfortable. I researched the sold on Bobbie Brooks sweaters XL, just for the heck of it. I found the prices for sold ones range from $1.00 up to $20.00. Seems sweater vests with cute designs do the best, and next regular sweaters but again ones with cute designs. This is not something I would actively look to purchase for reselling but for a 25 cent investment I might be willing to give a Bobbie Brooks in an XL or bigger a shot if I come across one especially if it has a cute design or is a vest style. This one is going in MY closet though.
The children's VHS movies I purchased for a quarter each. I did get a few others that are not kids, a couple Yanni ones I am going to give a try at selling those. Normally I would not purchase anything other than children's as far as VHS movies go. I am waiting to get a decent amount together and put in a lot. They do sell well in lots of multiple movies. Same theory on children's books as well. If can group many by same show/characters, or with books same author... this will increase what the lot can be sold for. I also am going to start doing children's DVD movies this way as well and adult ones too but making sure to group them with some kind of theme, such as a "Horror & Suspense" lot or "Horror & Sci-Fi". Many times if something is not a big seller on it's own it is a good idea to see what the difference is in sold prices if you take those items and put them into lots, selling multiple of a certain type of item at one time.
As you can see in the video there is a ton more for me to research. Some of the items we are keeping - like the blocks which were for our daughter, some of the clothes were for me and some for our son. The way kids go through clothes it is great to be able to get a shirt & an outfit both for $2.00 total BIG MONEY SAVER thrifting & picking up kids clothing at yard sales. I will sell children's clothes online as well, but plan to do that when I can put multiple items together.... yep another "LOT" type of item. The bigger the lot the bigger the profit.
Try searching sold items on eBay and keyword "childrens clothes lot" or "boys clothes lot" "girls clothes lot" you get the idea. You will be pleasantly surprised. Especially if a seller takes the time to match up outfits. For instance listing 50 articles of clothing but making outfits out of the lot or most of it. Match up a shirt with a pair of shorts, if a girls lot to make it even better add a matching accessory like a hair tie, or with both boys and girls you can give the outfit a matching pair of socks to go with it. Many times you can find boxes of socks at yard sales for kids and people ask just 10 cents or 5 cents a pair, offer them a few bucks for the whole box and usually they will take it. Now you will have a huge supply of socks to match with outfits for your kids clothing lots you want to list.
Okay, this was supposed to be a blog post about this Saturdays haul and now has went into all kinds of other info as well. If anyone follows me on FaceBook or even this blog here you all know how once I get typing/talking I just don't stop ha ha ha! I hope something I share though can either inspire someone to start earning money through eBay, or scrapping, or maybe something I share helps someone to save some money, or helps them to know to grab a certain item when they see it at a thrift store. I love to write & share information both for fun & to hopefully be of some help to someone out there.
Now it is time for me to get to work actually listing some of our finds to our eBay store. Stop by and take a peek - and remember we are now trying to add items DAILY!!! So you should always be able to find new & interesting goodies each and every day.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Collect Scrap Metal For Recycling On A Walk = A Little Extra Cash & A Little Fun

Hi there everyone.... I know we have been MIA as far as our blog goes for a while now. Life has been really really busy between our scrapping & hauling business, and then of course the ever growing eBay business too. However, family keeps us just as busy as work, especially with us expecting another baby girl on September 28th 2013. I am going to try my hardest to at least get a post or two added each week from now on. Sometimes written & other times I will be sharing little videos we are starting to upload onto YouTube. Now we are far from video experts, VERY far from it, but we do hope that you enjoy them.

Here is a video we made today after locking our keys in the truck and having to walk back to our house. We played a little game to make the walk a little less miserable seeing if mommy or daddy could collect more metal "scrapping aka recycle" items.