Friday, August 31, 2012

A Good Week!

Finally a decent sales week! Maybe, just maybe, things are picking up again!
I recently started selling on Etsy again. I had a shop a few years ago for my knitted projects and handmade candles. It didn't do very well and once I had kids I lost the passion for it so my shop went bye bye. I have a few vintage listings up there now and have made 3 sales so far. The listings are cheaper, longer and final fees are cheaper so I figure its win win for my vintage-y things!
For instance the sweet vintage Playskool puzzle I scored for $2 sold this week for $20 plus shipping on Etsy!

I love vintage - its all so cute and sweet. I found this old stationary set at Value Village this week and its already on its way to Brazil! It didn't sell for much at $5 but with the cheap listing fees and final value fees I still made a decent profit!
eBay sales did ok this week too :)
I scored a whole baggie full of Polly Pocket boys a few weeks back for $2. I left all the bags of girls behind as they just don't make the same kind of profit. These guys sold yesterday for $28.50 and are on their way to Australia for an extra $6. No FVF on shipping since I offered free shipping too, whoop.

Remember my last post I said it was time to start listing for Halloween. Now that the back to school rush is kind of over, parents are shopping for Halloween now! I bought this Gymboree costume last year 3 days after Halloween at my local kids consignment store for $1. It sold the day after I listed it for $14.99 with free shipping. Since its a small costume it folded up easily and shipped for only $1.81!

I also sold a Build a Bear Elephant for $9.99 with free shipping via an auction. Ugh. I was really hoping for a couple bucks more on it but since I bought it for $1.00 with clothes and I sold the clothes already for $15 I figure anything I could get for it was good. It was a heavier plush though so it ended up costing $6 to ship. I still am in the profit zone so I cant complain too much.

I am heading out for our last week of summer vacation today. My daughter starts preschool on the 10th so we are spending all next week over in Leavenworth hanging with family, playing at the river, and even going camping next weekend. It's been an awesome summer this year, lots of wonderful memories made! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Super Why?!

Most of you already know that Super Why toys are BOLO's (Be on the Lookout) but I thought I'd share my recent find so you know what they look like!

Super Why is a show on PBS Kids in the mornings that is very cute and teaches kids basic reading skills and word recognition. For a while my daughter was obsessed with this show and it was actually teaching her words so I was happy with her watching it!

I found these four little guys at the bottom of a 25 cent box at a garage sale a couple of weeks back and I got excited because I knew what they were right away! Super Why Flyers do really well on eBay and they really are little guys, about 3 inches long each and they roll around on a little wheel. Nothing special about these toys unless your kid is obsessed with the show in which case they are gold.

So for my $1 investment I turned around and sold them for $47.99 with free shipping this week! That's my kind of flip and I was super grateful for the sale because other than these I have pretty much had zero sales for a while now, I guess everyone is focused on getting back to school this week and not so much on buying random toys & vintage things on eBay. I have several big items that I keep waiting to hear my cha ching sound on but sadly I'm not counting on it being this week.

So for now I am going to focus on prepping for the first of 2 consignment sales I'm participating in this fall. I've been collecting clothes and toys at garage sales all summer & currently have no dining room space as there are bins &hangers everywhere! I also am going to try and get all my Halloween costumes listed on eBay by the weekend, now is the time for those!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We are Home!!

10 days, 9 nights, 8 roadside relics, 7 cheeseburgers (ugh), 6 States, 5(00) in gas, 4 days on a houseboat, 3 National Monuments, 2 National Parks, 1 Extraterrestrial Hwy, 0 speeding tickets - We are finally home!

Well we are home from our 10 day road trip to and from Lake Powell in northern Arizona. It was an amazing trip, we saw a lot, relaxed a lot and played a lot but I am so happy to be home and back on our daily routine. It's always hard to travel with little ones but the baby was a little extra difficult this trip because he wouldn't sleep in his playpen so he slept with us for 9 nights straight and now we are trying to get him back to sleeping all night in his crib all over again.

Here are a few places we saw:
Shoshone Falls - The Niagra of the West - Twin Falls, ID

The Grand Canyon - Simply Amazing, Left me Speechless!

Rainbow Bridge - HOT outside, 100+ and a 1/2 mile hike in with no water, but beautiful!

My cousin's houseboat on Lake Powell for 4 days, so relaxing and FUN!

Zion National Park - Beautiful!

Vegas! Naomi loved sleeping in a "Castle" and pretending to be a princess!

Crazy roadside stops like this place in the middle of nowhere, the closest town to Area 51!
It was the funnest road trip I've ever taken. Lots of time in the car but both kids did great and we made an effort to stop at all the kitschy roadside relics we could find. I highly recommend downloading the Roadside America app on your smartphone if you are taking a road trip anytime soon. It pinpointed for us interesting places to stop along our route, many places like the Littl A'Le'Inn we would have never even known about! (Not Sponsored!)

We didn't thrift or Antique at all along the way because we had a pretty tight schedule but I did make a few sales while we were gone. Nothing really worth blogging about though, just a couple of little toys and some books, not a big profit.

I'm starting to get all my listings that I've been saving up, I have a lot of toys and mugs stockpiled so I better get to it now that we are home. (I am itching to get to a thrift store though so maybe we'll have to make a lunchtime run to Value Village to satisfy my craving!)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Favorite Find!

Morning All!

You all know my love of FREE and today I have a "Favorite Finds" post over at Jamie's blog, Owl Really talking about a table that my husband and I picked up off the side of the road and transformed into a beautiful dining room table.

Its a fun story, go check it out!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Weekend Finds

Well it's been a few days since Saturday's yard sale adventures but I've been busy with photo shoots involving a couple of cute newborns and the most adorable little 1 year old girl earlier today! I also have another newborn shoot this week and we are heading out for our big road trip vacation to Lake Powell in UT on Friday!

I'm not doing any active listings this week because I don't want to sell much if anything while I'm gone so I don't risk losing my "Top Rated" status, so at least I have a lot of cute baby photos to edit and I also plan on taking as many listing photos as I can. The nice thing about Auctiva is that I can get a few listings all ready and then postpone the start date of them to a couple of days before we get home and then they can go live.

I didn't find a whole lot this past weekend but I am excited about a couple of things, here are a couple of pics of what I picked up between 3 yard sales.

I got a cute Cars backpack for $1, a Chuggington Die Cast train for $1, the Super Why Flyers for $1 and 22 Magic Tree House books for $5. I also picked up a whole box full of Thomas the Train tracks and accessories for $5, sorry there's no pic of that stuff.

I'm pretty excited about the Why Flyers - check out the completeds for these little guys HERE. For $.25 each I will take $25-$45 any day!

The Magic Tree House books may sell for a good profit if I hurry and get them listed for as soon as I get home from vacation although I think that it may be more "Back to School" time than "Summer Reading" time right now though.

Some friends of our family was having a yard sale on Friday and Saturday, I didn't make it to the sale on Friday but they said they were really busy and that what was left was really picked over by the time I got there on Saturday. They ended up giving me all of the stuff in the above pic for free because they were going to send it to the S.A. anyway. I love the cute vintage Christmas cookie container and there are 15 Hallmark Keepsake ornaments from 1990-1994 there. Theres a couple worth $3-$6 but most of them haven't sold in a while. I'm going to save these until November and list them as a lot at auction and see how they do. You never know with those Hallmark ornaments, some can go for a lot of money so since I got them for free I figure anything is good!

That's about it for me, I had some good sales last week but nothing to really write home about.

Snoopy and Woodstock sold for $18.99 + $14.00 shipping to Japan, I paid $.25 for it at a yard sale.
I LOVE selling mugs!!

Hope you all have a great week! Happy Selling!