Top eBay Sales: March 2017

Well.  It was a crazy month.  Kirstie and I have a ton of goals for these year and opportunities converged on us this month.  On the highest of notes, we’re finally moving out of our 700 square foot trailer where we’ve been living for 2.5 years, raising a baby for 7 months, and running 3 businesses.  We’ve also been ramping up our eBay listings as I prepare to quit my “real job” and transition into managing another one of our businesses full time come May.  But fear not, we’ll still be eBay-ing at a full-time level no matter what else is going on!  Sales-wise, March was an awesome month for us after a terrible February.  We were so focused on other things that we ignored eBay for month of February and ended up reaping the (lack of) rewards.  In fact, February was our 3rd lowest sales month on eBay (our first month was our lowest, followed by our second month….).  It’s a testament to the reselling business model however that as soon as we cam back and put in the work, our sales bounced right back up to their usual level…

So without further ado, here are some of our favorite sales of the month!  As a reminder, these are not necessarily our most profitable sales but the ones we felt were different in some way or there is something that we can learn from them

Item: Vintage Dale Of Norway Classic Sweater – 100% Wool – Red & Green – Men’s Large
Paid Price: ​$4.99
Sale Price: $64.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: Dale of Norway is a high end brand from (surprise!) Norway.  Their sweaters are made of top quality wool and have intricate designs.  No matter the age, sweaters in good shape will always sell.  We have found half a dozen women’s sweater but this was our first time finding the men’s version.  We must have walked in at just the right time because there were two right next to each other on the sweater rack!  Spend 5 minutes on eBay looking at Dale of Norway patterns and you’ll be able to pick them out just by walking down the sweater aisle.  This sweater took about 2 weeks to sell on a BIN.

Item: Bullock & Jones Agnona Cashmere Cardigan Jacket – Button In Liner Vest- Men’s XL
Paid Price: ​$10
Sale Price: $99.99
Shipping: Buyer Paid.
Notes: ​This jacket sat around in our storage unit for over a year (probably because of the terrible picture).  We found it at the very beginning of our eBay career and priced it way too high.  Coupled with a poor listing it sat and sat.  We finally put it on auction when we decided to clean out our storage unit and it sold on a 7 day auction with a single bid.

Item: Abercrombie & Fitch Wilcox Jacket – Fur Hood – Army Military Parka – Men’s XL
Paid Price: ​$25
Sale Price: $100
Shipping: Buyer Paid.  Thank goodness!  6 pound jacket to New York…
Notes: ​This was another piece we had delusions of grandeur about and priced sky-high.  It is a discontinued style and eventually we figured it would sell.  We had a few offers early on but refused them and interest totally died out.  Eventually we accepted a best offer of $100 + $35 in shipping.

Item: Vintage Brown Leather Cole Haan Lunargrand Dress Shoes – Men’s Size 11
Paid Price: ​$7
Sale Price: $49.95
Shipping: Free.  Cost: $12
Notes: ​This were pretty worn but worn leather dress shoes are a hot topic at the moment.  These spent about 6 months in our storage unit before we put them on auction and the sold with a single bid.

Item: Bragano By Cole Haan Woven Brown Leather Oxfords – Men’s Size 12
Paid Price: ​$10
Sale Price: $79.99
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: ​Vintage Cole Haan shoes with the Nordstram tags attached?  Yes, please.  We priced them around $150 and waited…and waited….got bored…and put them on auction.  As we always do.  They sold with a single bid.

Item: Women’s Khombu North Star Thermolite Weather Rated Winter Snow Boots Black 7M
Paid Price: ​Free!  We actually pulled these out of the dumpster at our apartment unit.
Sale Price: $1.25.  Woo-hoo.
Shipping: Buyer Paid.
Notes: ​Luckily these were free!  Every month we have to include at least one thing that we totally got hosed on.  Instead of putting these on a BIN and making an easy $20, we started them on a $0.99 auction to try and garner some interest and give our other listings a boost.  It didn’t seem to work even a bit and these ended with 2 bids.

Item: RALPH LAUREN Black Label Travel Throw Blanket – Cashmere Blend – Heather Grey
Paid Price: ​$18
Sale Price: $119.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: ​This one was a yellow tag TJ Maxx find!  In case you’re unaware, yellow tags at TJ Maxx are as low as the prices go and are often at least 90% off great brands.  We may have under-priced this because it sold the day after we listed it!  We’ll take fast nickels over slow dimes any day!

Item: Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation, White
Paid Price: ​Free…..ish.
Sale Price: $49.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: ​So this thing is super sweet…on paper.  It is an alarm clock which gradually lights up as your wake-up time approaches.  About a year ago I paid $70 for this from Amazon Open Box.  Now that I have a 7 month old baby who is awake 5 times a night and can’t sleep past 6:00 AM this clock was rendered useless.  When we cleaned out our house we sold this overnight.

Item: Rubie’s Michael Jackson Thriller Jacket – Bravado Faux Leather – Kids Medium
Paid Price: ​$2.95
Sale Price: $29.95
Shipping: Buyer paid but requested we send it Priority instead of First Class which we did.
Notes: ​This jacket was a piece of a costume but felt quality enough that we were confident listing it by itself.  It sold in 3 days.

Item: Royal Scot Plaid Mohair & Wool Vintage Throw Blanket – Great Britain Tweed
Paid Price: ​$4.99
Sale Price: $64.50
Shipping: Free.  Shipped to eBay for Global Shipping.
Notes: ​We bought this blanket to use an a photo background for one of our other businesses.  When we were done, we listed in for $30 on a BIN.  It failed to sell for couple months so we put it on auction starting at $24.99.  A bidding war totally gave us the boost we needed and it and it ended up going to Canada when the auction ended.

Item: The North Face Denali Thermal Fleece Jacket – Black – Girls Size Large 14/16
Paid Price: ​$24.99
Sale Price: $49.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: ​This wasn’t a super profitable flip, but we knew it would sell quickly.   This was another TJ Maxx yellow tag clearance item.  It took 4 days on a BIN.

Item: Deuter Expedition 80+10 Internal Frame Adjustable Hiking Backpack
Paid Price: ​Free
Sale Price: $99.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: ​We got this pack free from a friend who was going to donate it anyway!  The good thing about letting your friends and family know what you do is that they start helping you out!  The bad thing, is that whenever they give you something it comes with the caveat, “but you can’t sell this…”  Or, you buy them something extremely nice that they’d never be able to afford new and they say…”Oh it’s okay to buy gifts from thrift stores…” (as they mentally pat you on the head and pinch your cheek…) #endrant

Item: Lot Of 2 – Patagonia Women’s Baggies Floral Short – Unlined – Medium
Paid Price: ​$6.98 for the two 
Sale Price: $39.95
Shipping: We paid.  They went First Class and cost less than $4
Notes: ​When we find things in lots, we sell them in lots!  We figure the person who donated them liked them enough to own both so someone else will!  Plus, things in lots almost always sell faster than single pieces.

Item: Vintage Levi Strauss Denim Patch Vest – Men’s XL – Punk & Metal
Paid Price: ​Free from my closet.
Sale Price: $99.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: ​This vest was one my favorite things in my closet that I wore when I was young, wild, and crazy (up until last year…)  I really loved it and wanted to keep buuuut would rather have $100.  It went overseas and we hope the new owner likes that verse from the Book of Mormon that I sharpie-ed on the back…

Item: Whittier Wood Products Bowback Chair 90W – Unfinished Furniture Kit – Lot Of 2
Paid Price: ​$14
Sale Price: $129.99
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: ​We picked this up on a whim as they appeared to be a discontinued model.  After all, if someone had a set of these, and one got broken, they either have to get an non-matching chair or buy ours!  We had them on a BIN for about 8 months before selling them on a 7 day auction.

Item: Zodiac USA Genuine Leather Slouch Cowboy Boots – Red – Women’s Size 11.5
Paid Price: ​Around $8 as part of a lot
Sale Price: $39.99
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: ​These garnered a ton of interest on a BIN but eventually we decided they were moving too slow.  We put them on a 7 day auction and they sold with a single bid.And there you have it!  How was your month on eBay?  As always feel free to drop us a line!  We always love to get questions, comments, statements of belief, or whatever you’ve got!  Feel free to message us on here or, if your want to be sure that we see it, message us on Instagram!  (username thrifting4ebay)

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