Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOLO ~ Stinky Pete (Toy Story)

I have long suspected that Stinky Pete (aka the Prospector, part of Woody's Round-Up Gang from Toy Story 2) might be a BOLO, although I had never looked him up before.  It was the fact that I'd never come across him in years of yard saling that made me think he might be worth some $$ if he was out there.  My 3yo found the above PVC toy amongst some other Toy Story characters in a Ziploc bag for $1.  I am letting him keep Stinky Pete, but I had to come home and see what this character's merchandise is selling for.  You can find some completeds HERE.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July Goals + Quick Flips

I have been struggling this summer to find any semblance of a schedule or routine.  Ughhhh.  For some reason I had the idea that during the summer I would have all this free time to get things listed, and I would be super, duper productive.  Yeah, notsomuch.  June slipped by and I feel like I haven't made much progress in my goals in life or in eBay.  Most days I try to get some listing in during the day, which is challenging being interrupted by my kiddos.  It really isn't the best use of my time.  So, this month I've set up some new guidelines - I am only going to list before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.  The rest of the day, I'm letting myself off the hook - I may take some photos, or package some items up as time allows, but no listing.  So far, it's been great!  I feel like I am getting so much more done throughout the day, and the vaguely guilty feeling that I should really be listing is mostly gone.  This month I am setting my goal low at 100 new listings, but I have a feeling that even with my restricted listing hours I won't have a problem exceeding that goal.  


Sales at the end of June for me were great!  Cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching.  Beginning of July?  Almost no sales.  I'm hoping things pick up after the holiday is over.  Below you will find my faster flips from June. I had some higher value sales this month, but none of them sold the same month they were listed, as these did:

Monsters Inc McDonald's Toy Lot
Paid: $1 @ ys, Sold: $17.95 (12 days later)
Build A Bear Wolf (with outfit listed separately)
Paid: $2 total @ ys, Sold: $19.95 (same day as listed)

I sold a number of maternity clothes again in June, 
this being just one of quite a few that sold in the first month.

Gap Distressed Maternity Jeans
Paid: $0.50 @ ys, Sold: $19.95 (8 days later)

I have no idea how much I paid for these.  I might have bought them at a yard sale, sometime?  They were on a shelf in my son's closet, but he's been potty trained for months now so we won't need them for swimming lessons.  I was going to list them on CL, but realized that Little Mermaid themed Little Swimmers are hard to come by now, so I decided to give them a try on eBay.

Little Mermaid Huggies Little Swimmers
Paid: ??, Sold: $29.95 (3 days later)

I loooved sleep sacks when my guys were little.  I like to buy these when they are around $1 each, and then I sell them as a lot when I have a few accumulated.

Sleep Sack Lot
Paid: $4ish?, Sold: $24.95 (7 days later)
Ratatouille plush
Paid: $0.50 @ ys, Sold: $14.95 (2 days later)

I mentioned Fur Berries HERE way back in 2012.
This is the first one I've found since that post.

Fur Berries Plush
Paid: $0.25 @ ys, Sold: $24.95 (9 days later)

I came across a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University kit for $2 at a yard sale and thought I had struck a gold mine!  Until I got home and looked it up that is.  I decided to piece it out because that seemed to be the way to get the most money out of it.  I still have a book to sell, and a CD with forms and such on it that I haven't listed and may keep.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Audio Book
Sold: $14.95 (1 day later)
Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Envelope System
Sold: $12.95 (13 days after listed)

Messenger of Love Bear Plush
Paid: $0.25 @ ys, Sold: $17.95 (23 days later)

Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

a BOLO no go

Ah, the hazards of sharing "BOLOs" that you haven't actually sold.  I shared the Little Tikes Football Toy Box as a BOLO recently.  Turns out, not such a BOLO after all. Thankfully, I had more than one person share their actual experiences with selling (or trying to sell) this item.  Because of its size it will be an oversized package, and could end up costing around $80 to ship!  Ouch.  So - maybe a possibility to sell on CL?  eBay - probably not so much.  You can see the comments that others shared HERE.  Thanks again to all who chimed in to share your past experiences - it's much appreciated!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

One Stop Shopping & Other News

Every year there is a ginormous sale at a church downtown. They have professionally made signs, and they put them up weeks early.  (The dates are clearly listed, so hopefully most people notice and don't go looking for the sale weeks in advance.)  They have it outside in a parking lot and inside a gymnasium.  Here are a few photos.

A parking lot full of goodies!
Piles and piles and piles and piles of clothes.
But can you see the prices?  Most kids clothes start at $3/ea.
Another angle.  Behind the clothes are a bunch of aisles of knick knacks,
some toys (more out in the parking lot), books, etc.

Sounds like a dream sale, right?  Well, not so much.  It runs Thurs-Fri-Sat, and the first day most prices seem sky high to me.  Also, it's stimulation overload.  There is SO MUCH stuff.  And kinda grubby stuff at that.  But, I'm sure there are some gems to be found.  With two kids in tow though I don't have the time or motivation for a full-scale hunt.  We stopped by Thursday afternoon.  I'm not sure what their prices look like on Friday, but Saturday everything becomes much more bargain-friendly.  This was part of a flyer they handed us on Thursday:

Specials on Saturday:
Baskets: 5 for $1

Games & Puzzles: 5 for $1
Picture Frames: $1 each
All the shoes and purses you can fit in a shopping bag for $5
That sounds great!  I wonder what kind of chaos it creates, though?  Would it be worth it?  I don't know, I've never gone the last day.  I did pick up three different games on Thursday for $2/each (by far one of the more reasonably priced items at the sale that day).  AND one big score - a mostly full case of diaper genie refills - 9 in all for $4 total!  A steal for sure.  Happily my youngest has been potty trained for a few months now, so I will be selling these.  They usually cost around $6 each, and I always found the cost kind of annoying - it adds up afterawhile!

On Friday I did find a one-stop-shopping sale that I loved.  A couple was having a yard sale as a fundraiser to help fund an adoption from Haiti.  The husband said that 16 families had donated things, and that more stuff would continue to arrive over the weekend.  The prices were great, and it was nice to help support them in their endeavors.

Friday afternoon we headed down the coast to visit my parents for the weekend.

My youngest petting a baby tiger at a game park near my parents' house.

My mom has her co-workers trained to save all packing supplies for her which she passes on to me.  It's SO wonderful!  This was the back of our Jeep when we left their house this morning:

It's completely full of packing supplies (boxes, air pillows and lots more!),
and a couple jars of the yummiest jelly ever.

In other news, for the first time EVER, plush is no longer my top selling category.  It's been taken over by women's clothing (bested by a whopping 35 cents).  I knew it was coming - I've been watching my women's clothing numbers climb while plush numbers stay about the same.  Clothes definitely sell more quickly for me, but plush will always be my true love.

Back I go to listing now.  I am currently only a little over halfway to my listing goal of 200 for the month, which is definitely more than half over.  I am going to keep at it and see how close I can get, but my goals for July and August are going to be completely different, and I can't wait.  Happy eBaying, everyone!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BOLO - Little Tikes Football Toy Box

Photo borrowed from THIS completed listing.

I generally try to avoid buying things that are going to be a hassle to ship, but for a big payoff, I would be willing to make an exception.  I haven't actually found one of these (recently), but I KNOW I've seen them in the past.  Ya know, before I realized they were worth big bucks.  Hopefully I'll come across another one this summer!

Check out completeds HERE.

UPDATE:  Please see Ms. Goodwill Haunting's comment below about how expensive shipping can be on this item because it will be an oversized package.  I only ever use USPS.  Does anyone know how UPS or FedEx's rates compare on big packages?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Amazon Price Drop ~9x6x3 boxes

It just caught my eye that the Amazon price has dropped back down for the boxes I like to buy that fit inside the padded flat rate envelopes.  (Previously mentioned HERE.)

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hello, June! + Quick Flips

Summer is here!  At least it is for us.  My oldest finished up school last week, so we're easing into our summer routine.  Or, trying to figure out what it will be. 

eBay-ness was better for me in May than April, but still not as good as I would have liked.  The problem, however, rested squarely on my shoulders.  I barely made it half way to my listing goal in May.  It was kind of sad.  A few reasons (participated in a consignment sale, and yet another flu bug made its way through our house!, etc.)  And maybe just a general lack of motivation.  My lowest listing month in a l-o-n-g time.  But, June will be different.  Even though I didn't make my listing goal last month, I am upping it this month, to 200.  I am going to shoot for 10 new listings daily Mon-Fri.  Can I do it?  I'm not really sure.  But, I figure if I aim high, even if I miss, I'm better off than I was.

Here are a few of my faster flips for the last couple weeks:

This was an instance where I couldn't find an exact same item listed, so I waffled between listing high and waiting or listing lower and hoping for a quick flip.  I went for the quick flip, and quick it was!

Toddler Size Mickey Hands
Paid: $1.00 @ ys, Sold: $19.95 (1 day after listed)

Don't you love rummage sales where you can buy a bunch of things on the cheap, and after the first sale you've already made your money back?!  That's what the sale below was.

Mini Boden Star Corduroy Pants, Size 6-12 Months
Paid: $0.50 @ MOPS rummage sale, Sold: $14.95 (2 days after listed)

Same with this plush.

Blues Clues Plush
Paid: $0.50 @ church rummage sale, Sold: $14.95 (4 days after listed)

Dawson's Creek Complete Series - Factory Sealed
Paid: $2.00 @ ys, Sold: $39.95 (6 days after listed)

I found an identical Special Agent Oso a few months back and sold him for $20 on his own, so I was really excited to find all three of these.

Special Agent Oso Poseable PVC Toys
Paid: $0.75 @ school gym sale, Sold: $39.95 (25 days after listed)

Lot of 14 Left Behind Hardcover Books
Paid: $10 @ ys, Sold: $59.95 (15 days after listed)