Monday, June 25, 2012

Highlights Over the Last 3 Weeks

Things have been really slow around here, but I have occasionally gotten some exciting sales.

I have had this horse for as long as I can remember. Easily 2 years. I was sick and tired of looking at it and was getting ready to sell it on my local Facebook group for a few bucks, just to be rid of it, when it sold on eBay for my full asking price.
  • Acquired On: summer 2010 maybe? (from my sister-in-law)
  • Listed On: this has been listed over and over and over
  • Sold On: 6/18/12
  • Paid: 50 cents
  • Sold For: $25.00 + shipping

I just bought this a few weeks ago. It was just a basic white button down blouse, women's size 2X. I didn't expect it to sell so quickly, but I was thrilled that it did.
  • Acquired On: 6/8/12 (local Goodwill)
  • Listed On: 6/15/12
  • Sold On: 6/18/12
  • Paid: $1.99
  • Sold For: $29.99 + shipping

I got this on Facebook. We tried to play it once or twice. It's harder than it looks!! Another quick flip.

  • Acquired On: 5/13/12 (Facebook)
  • Listed On: 5/24/12
  • Sold On: 6/15/12
  • Paid: $1.00
  • Sold For: $29.99 + shipping

I've found 3 pairs of Danskos in the last month. All 3 pairs sold quickly, in a matter of just 2 or 3 weeks. I LOVE selling Danskos!
  • Acquired On: 6/1/12 (yard sale)
  • Listed On: 6/7/12
  • Sold On: 6/21/12
  • Paid: $5.00
  • Sold For: $35.00 + shipping

Dansko #2. Someone messaged me and asked if I would accept a $49.99 offer on them. I told her yes, so then she sent me an offer for $49. I know it's petty, but I was annoyed that she dared to offer me less than what she had originally offered. I almost countered for the $49.99, just on principle, but I thought better of it. :)

  • Acquired On: 5/25/12 (local Goodwill)
  • Listed On: 5/30/12
  • Sold On: 6/12/12
  • Paid: $2.99
  • Sold For: $49.00 + shipping

We got rid of our cable years ago and switched to antenna. We had only antenna tv for around 8 years. We recently switched back to cable. I don't remember why. I think it had something to do with our area going to digital cable and ours was analog and couldn't pick up any signals or something like that. But anyway, I listed the antenna rotor that goes on the roof and turns the antenna, the control box that we use inside to turn the rotor, and all the cable and wire that we used for it. I expected it to sit for awhile, but it sold very quickly.
  • Acquired On: ? (personal possession)
  • Listed On: 6/12/12
  • Sold On: 6/21/12
  • Paid: ??
  • Sold For: $50.00 + shipping

This was a very fast sale! I've only ever found one other rotary wall phone before, and it was very overpriced for a thrift store, so I passed on it. This one was only $3.99, so I scooped it up. I researched the brand name and phone company, and came up with nothing. I aimed high when I listed it, figuring I might eventually drop the price, but it sold within a matter of days. Maybe I underpriced it, but I am very happy with the return on my investment, so I'm not going to dwell on how much I could have gotten for it.
  • Acquired On: 6/8/12
  • Listed On: 6/14/12
  • Sold On: 6/17/12
  • Paid: $3.99
  • Sold For: $50.00 + priority international shipping to Canada (another $35!)

Dansko #3. I paid more for these than I usually do for shoes, but I am always willing to pay more for Danskos. My daughter, my mom, and I all went to Baltimore recently to see Apassionata (I highly recommend it, by the way!). We spent the night in Baltimore, and then decided to go thrifting on Saturday. I did a search for Goodwill on my GPS. It found one within just a couple miles, so we headed out for it. We got there (right in downtown Baltimore, which was very stressful because I am NOT a good city driver), pumped the parking meter full of quarters, and headed to the door. As soon as we reached the door, I realized it was a corporate office. Haha! Oops. We did eventually find a Goodwill Superstore (which I was not at all impressed with), where I found these boots.
  • Acquired On: 6/9/12 (Baltimore Goodwill Superstore)
  • Listed On: 6/15/12
  • Sold On: 6/16/12
  • Paid: $8.00
  • Sold For: $50.00 + shipping

I bought 3 huge Little People sets from my Facebook group awhile ago for $30. I have this farm, the zoo, and a schoolyard/playground. I priced them all very high with best offer. One morning, someone made me offers on all 3 sets:  $12, $10, and $8. I usually let lowball offers roll right off my back, but that one made me mad. I have all 3 sets listed for a total of $180, and someone dared to offer me a total of $30?? I know buyers think it's always worth a shot, and that the worst we can do is say no. But seriously? That was just downright ignorant. So obviously I declined all 3. She raised her $12 offer to $15. I countered with $60 and never heard back. Thank goodness. A couple days later, I sold the farm set for my full asking price, which was significantly higher than I actually expected to sell it for!
  • Acquired On: 5/6/12 (Facebook group)
  • Listed On: 5/14/12
  • Sold On: 6/17/12
  • Paid: $10 ($30 for 3 sets)
  • Sold For: $69.99 + shipping
It was huge. I had to use an enormous box and cut it down to fit. It took me 30-45 minutes to get this thing packaged. I had just finished taping layer upon layer upon layer all around it. I was literally huffing and puffing from it. I tipped the box over to bring it out to my computer and print a shipping label, and the darned thing started moo-ing and wouldn't stop! So I had to undo all of the packaging so I could tape the barn door shut (the moo trigger). Ugh. But hey - for $70, I can live with it ;-)

I bought this NWT dress quite awhile ago, and wished fervently that it would have been my size. It is so hard to photograph black clothing. This dress has some gorgeous details. It also had a very high retail price, so I priced it just under the retail price with Best Offer. I had never gotten any offers or questions, and I don't think it even had any watchers. Imagine my surprise when I got a perfectly acceptable offer out of the blue!
  • Acquired On: 2/3/12 (local Goodwill)
  • Listed On: 2/14/12
  • Sold On: 6/14/12
  • Paid: $4.99
  • Sold For: $70.00 + shipping
These were the highlights and are NOT an accurate picture of my sales this month. Mostly I've been selling small items, around $10 each. But even those add up. How has your June been? Are you down in the dumps with the rest of us? Or are you lucky enough to still be chugging along?


  1. I have been away most of the month. Since I don't have a store I have not had anything listed. I am finally back to listing things today, I need to get stuff out of the house.

    I live in the Baltimore region and I don't think much of the Goodwill stores here. I'm glad you enjoyed the show.

    It's nice to read your post.

  2. It has been slow for me, but my own fault because I haven't been listing much. I've gotten about 50 new items listed in the last couple of days and my sales have picked up a lot.