Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Quick Trip To A Thrift Store With eBay In Mind

I had an hour to run into my favorite thrift store (Goodwill) last week! I thought it would be fun to show everyone what I got, and what I had in mind for it as far as eBay was concerned.

Limited Too jeans (with mfg. tags) $3.99 - 50% coupon = $1.99
Lauren Jeans Co. Bermuda shorts (with mfg. tags) $3.99
11 pieces of misc glassware $.59 each
Hallmark ornament (new in box) $.99

Total OOP spent with tax = $14.57

I've listed everything auction style first. Everything was listed as an individual item except for the small Egg Nog mugs. I listed all 4 of those together as a set. The starting price for all 11 auctions is $9.99.

Now, lets say something does not sells at auction. I will move it to my eBay store. Some things will remain at about $10. The tagged clothing items will get priced between $15-20, the Noritake creamer will get priced at around $15. The same goes for the set of 4 Egg Nog glasses and maybe even the Hallmark Keepsake Dumbo Ornament. These items are all slightly "unique" and are no longer manufactured.

I like to buy items with collectors in mind, or people looking for a replacement. But at the same time, I'll need to give the right person a little time to find my items on eBay. The chances of someone needing a replacement Noritake "Zest" Creamer and them looking for one on eBay during my 7 day auction is pretty slim. But, if I move it to an eBay store and give it up to 2 years to be found, it will most likely sell. eBay takes some patience!

I figure between the auctions and the store, if everything eventually sells, I should make between $110-140 BEFORE eBay and PayPal fees. Still a great profit for $14.57 and an hour of my time to photograph and list. I don't count the shopping as "work" since I love the hunt! eBay allows me to get a "bargain shopping high" without becoming a pack rat. I'd rather make money than collect stuff anyway. It's a win-win for me! :)


amy05 said...

I agree! I love ebay! And it lets me shop for stuff that I can sell so I am not as much as a big pack rat as I used to be lol! I hit up some garage sales this week and found two vintage little people toys wooden ones I plan on selling those when I get them cleaned up also a vintage cabbage patch doll and tainbow bright shy violet doll and a few other misc. deals! Good luck with your selling!

Angie said...

OMG Amy!!! Awesome finds, people go nuts over the vintage Little People!!! I haven't been to any garage sales in a few months (it's so hot!!). I'm SO HOPING that once my daughter starts school, I'll be able to get a better routine down. :)

Keep me posted!

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