So, I need to update my sales from my last post:
The American Girl perfume sold for $88 (paid $2)
The gold cross sold for $250 (paid about $5)
A silver rosary necklace sold for $100 (paid $10)
The Cricut sold for $65 (paid $3)
Not too shabby, I’d say! I used the money made from those sales for a few things, including my oldest son’s math curriculum, and some nice boots for my husband and me (among a few other odds and ends)! I would never spend as much as I did on said shoes without eBay sales. So I’m thankful for that venue. It’s nice to have fun money for clothes, house projects, vacation, and things we need. Also, I’m a huge adoption advocate and like to contribute to adoption funds and orphan grants from my sales, too.
I’ve been putting away Christmas items I’ve found throughout the year and will be listing those pretty soon. I’m really excited to see what some of them will go for. I can’t remember everything I have stashed in my box. I’ll post on that soon.
Saturday morning I got up early and met 5 friends from church at a coffee shop. We headed out to a couple of neighborhood garage sales. It was FUN! The first stop I scored a vintage Fisher-Price toy for $1 (it should sell for over $30), and a couple of other vintage toys (some vintage Construx for my boys to go with my husband’s childhood collection). I got a cute Ann Taylor Loft dress for $1 at another. I got two new bottles of American Girl perfume for $1 each, and they’re selling for about $50 at another. I got a Cricut Cuttlebug for $3 with some cartridges at yet another.
The best was probably when I went to an estate sale later in the afternoon. I got some jewelry for about $40, and a few other things including a vintage Ginny doll. Turns out most of the jewelry is sterling silver and there was one 14k gold cross that weighs 1/4 oz! I took the jewelry to a pawn shop to get it authenticated and was offered just under $200 for it as scrap metal. I decided to post it on eBay instead as the gold cross/crucifix retails for close to $1,000 on different websites online. I’m hopeful that the money earned from these finds will help pay for the completion of our screened in porch remodel. Anyway, here are some pics:
Arabia of Finland
Dansk always seems to sell well, so whenever I find any vintage Dansk items I don’t hesitate to get them (not that I’m finding them all the time or anything). I found some candles at an estate sale for $1, quickly flipped them for $20, and I found a s&p shaker for 50 cents, quickly flipped it for $30. I love these under-the-radar items, not only for my own profit, but because it’s fun items like these that some collector elsewhere is looking for. I like finding things that other people want. Here are a few items I’ve found over the past week or so:
Dansk long skinny tapers:
Dansk pepper grinder and salt shaker:
Vintage Rorstrand of Sweden serving/baking dish:
Great avocado green Hall pottery baking dish:
I just love these mid century hand lathed candle holders! If they don’t sell, I won’t be disappointed:
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Back in Action
For those of you who are savvy with thrifting or designing, you know that mid century modern is hot right now, especially Scandinavian designs. Particularly when I go to estate sales, I keep my eyes open for anything that might fit into that. On Saturday, I was about to skip out on one but glad I went at the end when they slashed the prices half off. I landed an amazing Arabia of Finland Ruska dinnerware set, service for 12, for a steal! I just listed it on eBay, so we’ll see if there are any takers. I am only offering local pick up at this time because shipping would be outrageous (over $600 from UPS). I also found some other goodies for myself at some yard sales. I got Darya some adorable Gymboree swimsuits for our beach trip next week at only $1 each. And I desperately needed new sunglasses (my only pair is horribly scratched). I found a pair of like new Valentino sunglasses with a case for only $2 (they were probably $200+ new). For right now I’ll just post pics of the dinnerware. I am linked up with Apron Thrift Girl: http://apronthriftgirl.typepad.com/
A little over a week ago, we returned from our mostly annual trip to California to see family and friends. We had a great time! I won’t fill in the details, but we had an awesome time! I got to sneak in a couple short thrift stops, and Joel got in another. I only found one overpriced sweater for myself, but that’s okay, it’s cute and still cheaper than Target. Joel and I went with his sister and her husband (visiting from Sweden - hi Sharelle and Matt!), and Matt got a beautiful Burberry suit for $20. Nice! And Sharelle gave me a few goodies to sell that I ink will do fairly well. Oh, and my sweet twin sister gave me a practically new Michael Kors leather jacket for free. Can’t beat that price!
Before I left on our trip out west, my biggest score was some old Super Nintendo games for $2 each. I grouped three of them together, and they sold for $175 BIN within minutes of posting. I sold another one (Earthbound)) for $175. Lastly, I sold the SNES console for $60 (paid $20). Those sales we’re helpful extra spending moneymaking :-)
I’m not going to post pictures this post out of laziness, but I am back in the game! I think I found my biggest score yet…possibly worth hundreds if not over $1k…..for less than $1 at an estate sale. To be continued…..;-)
Early Saturday morning, I went to a couple of garage sales with a dear friend (I’m loving these early morning excursions with my girlfriends!). The first one I found a stack of vintage French comic books for $.50 each, a Burberry teddy bear for $1, and a silk plant for our house. I also found a vintage Annalee reindeer to go with the Mr. & Mrs. Claus my mom is supposed to give me one day (she bought them in the early 70s, so I grew up with them….this reindeer will go perfectly with them come Christmas!) We went to a couple more sales, but nothing that fantastic. Oh, I did get a chair for my daughter for just one buck - the same one sells on Amazon for $50. Not bad! I also got a cute little ceramic boy in a blue snowsuit, made in Norway (by Porsgrund) for $.50.
Today, I went thrifting with the fam. It’s becoming our Monday traditions to hit a couple thrift stores go out to lunch at Crispers. Fun! I found a really cool 35mm mint green Holga camera for $2.99 at Goodwill today, and it’s now listed on eBay with my other stuff. You can see my current listings HERE. Any good finds for you?
Well, my son must have a good eye! His $1 investment on the wooden dog sold for $76! It was at $15.50 for the longest time, but in the last three seconds of the auction, it jumped up to $76. I wish you all could have seen him laughing when it got that high. When I asked what he’d do with his money, he told me that he’ll tithe to church, buy a big Lego set, and save the rest (maybe to buy something else to resell).
On another note, I haven’t had any really big sellers, but have been selling a few things here and there. At least it’s consistent. Here are a few pics of some recent finds:
Vintage Pyrex mixing bowl, paid $5:
Vintage Pyrex divided dish, paid $8 (probably paid too much, but it’s in such great condition and I’m sure will make someone happy):
My awesome hubby found these Aldens (they sell for hundreds new), paid $5:
“Wood”n’t you know it?
I posted a while back that my goal is to net $300-500 a month in reselling. Well, April was a very good month - I netted just over $1,000! Granted, I probably spent a bit more time reselling than I normally would (because it’s fun and I found some really good things), but in God’s good providence, that money was able to cover some unusual expenses we had that month (think dryer going out, medical/dental bills, etc.). What a blessing! I don’t have such lofty goals for May, but I would love to net $500+ in the next two months to go toward our vacation this summer to California. Our family of 6 will be flying out there to spend a few weeks visiting family and friends. It would be nice to have some extra fun money when we’re there. Oh, and I’d love to squeeze in some thrifting time when I’m there, too!
Another good weekend
I seriously cannot believe that another vintage wooden animal was found this weekend. That’s the third time in about a month. This time it was by my 9 year old son! He found this little Zooline dog at a yard sale for $1. I believe Kay Bojesen designed these, too. My son has been holding on to some of his birthday money for something that he could buy and resell. I can’t wait to see what he gets for this cute pup. I’ll definitely keep you posted:
It all started with another fun early morning out with the girls on Friday. We met at Starbucks then headed to a promising estate sale. It wasn’t as great as I envisioned, but there were a few things to be found. My friend found a wonderful vintage luggage set (think Jackie O. style) for only $5. She should be able to sell it for $100+ on eBay! I got a box full of vintage sewing patterns for $5 (76 total). I bought a few other random things, nothing spectacular. Then it was time to go to anther estate sale, but it wasn’t that great either (there was tons of stuff but I thought most of it was overpriced). I did get a vintage Pyrex green mixing bowl. Goodwill was the most fruitful. I found a vintage Gucci purse and wallet, some Coach shoes, Fossil purses, Dymo label maker ($5, should sell for $50+), etc. Here are some pics below (I haven’t taken all the pics yet, but these will all be going on eBay):
These are from the 50s, 60s, and 70s
$14.99 for both Gucci items (not good condition, but they still seem to sell)
Not my style (or size) but I hope someone will enjoy them:
Dymo LabelMaker, new is $100+