Top eBay Sales: September 2015

September was another slow month for sales.  Things started to pick up near the end of the month but hopefully things will reeeaaally pick up as we move into winter.  We have also changed our thrifting style as of late.  Gone are the days when we would buy a whole cart full of stuff and drop $200 on a thrifting.  Each item is thoroughly checked and researched.  We often only buy things if we can make at least 5x our money on them and 10x is our golden standard!  Check out some of our best sales of the month…

Item: ALPINESTARS TECH 3 MOTOCROSS ATV BOOTS BLACK Size 12
Paid Price: $5
Sale Price: $119.95
Shipping: Buy Paid
Notes: 
I’m not sure who priced these but they must have been doing it in their sleep.  Admittedly they were dusty but a little sponge work turned an awesome investment into an even more awesome investment.  Motocross gear (or any specialized gear really) sells very well.  If you’re buying motocross gear, larger sizes do much better and, if you’re looking at jerseys and pants (which also do well) make sure you get the matching set or don’t bother.

Item: Burton Snowboarding DryRide Sherpa Fleece Faux Fur Lined Coat – Men’s XXL 2XL
Paid Price: $8
Sale Price: $119.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
Burton coats are hit or miss.  Just feeling them is usually enough.  If it has an individual name (this was a “Dry-Ride – Sherpa” coat) then it’s probably worth looking up.  A quick look told us this one goes for $400 new and, as it was a large size, into the cart it went!

Item: Cole Haan Dylan Brogue Chelsea Brown Leather Men Boots Size 9.5 Distressed
Paid Price: $12
Sale Price: $49.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
Pssst…let me tell you a secret…boots are one of the most profitable things in thrift stores.  People love leather boots, new, old, distressed, destroyed…you name it and there’s a market for it.  The elastic was totally shot in these and we debated about getting them but then we reality checked ourselves…they’re an actual longstanding line of Cole Haan boots…of course we can flip them.  Also make sure to do your due dillegence and find the name of what you’re selling, “Cole Haan Dylan Boots” sell much faster than “Cole Haan Brown Boots”

Item: RARE VINTAGE SANYO M9860 AM/FM BOOMBOX GHETTO BLASTER RADIO TAPE PLAYER
Paid Price: $10
Sale Price: $99.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
I’m not sure what people’s obsession is with old electronics…besides the fact that they’re totally rad!  Luckily old electronics almost all have model numbers and are extremely easy to look up and list (hint: use the Sell Similar button). The new owner of this one asked for priority shipping so that they could be sure it would make it in time for party!  Rock on! 

Item: MEC Shotgun Shell Reloader – 302 118
Paid Price: Free
Sale Price: $81.00
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
This is a prime example of something that came into my possession that I knew almost nothing about.  So what to do….do some research so as to describe it correctly and put it on bid!  You’ll almost never make as much with something with an auction but if you don’t know how to price it sometimes is the best idea!

Item: Brother International EM-530 Typewriter BEM-530
Paid Price: $20
Sale Price: $299.95
Shipping: Buy Paid
Notes: 
This is a strange one.  Any time we see vintage or out of date electronic still in the package we fight everyone off to get to them.  For some reason, this model is still available as New Old Stock and goes for around $350 on office websites.  We threw it up with a hope and a dream, expecting it to get really comfortable on our shelves before it sold.  To our surprise, it sold within two weeks!  And on our next trip to the store, we found an identical one in the same new condition….stay tuned.

Item: Fitbit Charge – Plum – Size Small – Wristband And Fitbit Only
Paid Price: 50 Yerdle Dollars…
Sale Price: $61.00
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
If you’ve never heard of Yerdle….then you need to read more of our posts!  We sell our unsellables on Yerdle for “Yerdle Dollars” and buy things that we can easily flip!  At least that way we recoup our cost.  This one we came out way ahead on however,  For reference, 50 Yerdle dollars is a pair of shoes and a t-shirt or two.

Item: Nike Air Max Retro – Gray Black & Yellow Suede – Men’s Size 10
Paid Price: $10
Sale Price: $39.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
Somehow, we didn’t notice the glaring burn hole right on the end of the shoe while at the store.  Maybe we just thought them so nice we didn’t bother inspecting them?  Or maybe we’re so madly, blindly in love that we didn’t notice?  Whatever the reason is, we’re glad we didn’t notice because we probably wouldn’t have paid the $10 for them.  But, seeing as they’re Nike shoes in relatively good condition….someone wants them!

Item: VINTAGE PENN 6/0 SENATOR HI-GEAR RATIO 114H BIG GAME SALTWATER FISHING REEL
Paid Price: $5.00
Sale Price: $69.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
Unfortunately, I wasn’t the first person to find this at the Thrift Store.  Another guy found two large saltwater reels and two vintage fishing poles.  I awkwardly creeped on him for at least 20 minutes while he throurouhgly inspected them.  I hoped he’d put them back because I knew they’d be a great flip.  He finally put back just the one and I snagged it before it even had a chance to cool down.  Little bit of due diligence and it sold within a couple weeks.  Oh and just to wet your appetite….large reels of the same brand go for upwards of $400.

Item: Sizzix BIGkick Machine – Vintaj Special Edition By Ellison
Paid Price: $12
Sale Price: 44.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
Sizzix stuff usually sells well and one thrift store in the area seems to get tons of it.  Unfortunately, they price it high but this one someone was only medium overpriced.  Oh and by the way, Sizzix is a scrap booking brand and makes mostly dyes and dye cutters.  Always be on the lookout for craft and scrapbooking things!  It is usually overpriced in stores and people always want the same brand/matching stuff/etc.

Item: UGG Australia Women’s Mini Bailey Button Bling Black 1003889 US7/23.5cm
Paid Price: $26.88
Sale Price: $73.50
Shipping: Buy Paid
Notes: T
hese Uggs come with two stories.  The first is in their qquisition.  We bought them off eBay!  Some poor new seller listed them in the middle of the summer on bid starting at $.99.  We won them and could have held out for the $99.95 we had them listed for but they ended up selling while we were trying to pay fees!
Story two: We probably recieved a total of 20 messages from this buyer before we sold these Uggs.  Why she wanted these specific Uggs and only from us is a mystery.  Maybe because nobody else would ship them to KAZAHKSTAN!?  We were a bit nervous but they were delivered quickly and with no issues.  Positive feedback received!

Item: UGG Australia Women’s Ultimate Short Leather Boots – Size 10 – Brown And Black
Paid Price: $6
Sale Price: $29.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
Uggs are always a good buy.  Even if they’re as worn as these!  We priced them low and they were gone within a week.

Item: Vintage Christmas Wrapping Paper – Department Store Roll – 9 Lbs
Paid Price: $5.00
Sale Price: $49.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
Everything sells!  On Etsy, there are sellers who sell vintage wrapping paper by the square foot in their stores so we new this would sell.  We must have priced it low because it was gone the day after listing!

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