Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter sale on Uggs, Under Armour & The North Face gear !

You don't have to watch the Weather Channel to know it's been freezing in many parts of the country. While my local area hasn't been buried in snow like Boston, it's still been pretty bad with temperatures hovering at zero and repeated snowfalls causing messy driving conditions. This Artic weather hasn't slowed down me or my fellow thrift store shoppers though. A few days ago, I decided to brave the deep freeze and head down to the local Goodwill Store. With the brutally cold weather, I foolishly thought shoppers would stay home, leaving me to have the whole store to myself. Not a chance! In fact, I've never seen the store more packed with shoppers! Naturally my first thought was, "What is wrong with these people?" But that's like the pot calling the kettle black. After all, I was there too. So I guess not even Artic temperatures can slow down thrift store shoppers. This cold weather isn't slowing down my eBay sales either. Over the past month, I've been making some nice bucks selling winter season items. Here's a few samples of my cold weather flips...

The North Face Steep Tech
Obviously, the most essential clothing item a person needs in the cold weather is a coat. In keeping with that, check out this awesome North Face coat I picked up at the Goodwill store. I bought the coat back in September and stored it away until winter rolled around. This isn't just your average North Face. This North Face is called "Steep Tech" and is designed for those hardy, winter outdoorsy types. They're heavily insulated and have lots of zippered pockets to hold your gear when hiking, skiing and I guess, climbing Mount Everest? You pay dearly for all those extras too. Brand new, Steep Tech coats sell for as much as $350 dollars! Fortunately, my Steep Tech coat was a little less money...just ten bucks! I posted the coat right after the holidays. It was an ideal time, as the weather was really starting to turn cold. As I've pointed out in past blogs, selling anything with the North Face logo on it is pretty much guaranteed money. My North Face Steep Tech proved this once again, selling for $75 dollars! A sweet profit that gave me a nice warm feeling inside!

Equal to North Face in selling power and popularity is Under Armour. These two companies market to a slightly different buyer. North Face is associated with the outdoorsy type, while Under Armour is marketed towards the athlete and the wannabe jocks. Although each company has a different type of buyer, both share one thing in common-they sell like gangbusters! I recently scored this great looking Under Armour "Coldgear" pullover jacket at Goodwill, paying only four bucks. (If it had been my size, I think I would have kept it for myself.) Just like the name implies, Coldgear is for cold weather wear. It's designed to retain body heat, while at the same time, vent away perspiration. Does it work? Beats me, but I know one thing for sure; buyers love the stuff! That, combined with listing it during winter, told me I had another easy sale on my hands. Sure enough, the cold weather pullover sold for $28 dollars!

Missing a button but who cares?
Lastly, you need nice, warm fuzzy boots before going out into the cold weather, right? If you're going to be in style, you just know they have to be Uggs. Here's a pair of Uggs I stumbled across at Goodwill. They were marked at the low, low price of only eight dollars. Like the North Face coat, I found these boots months earlier, but patiently waited for Old Man Winter to blow in before selling them. I really lucked into these boots. I am not exactly searching for Uggs in the thrift store. Most of the time, I am over in the Men's section, so I don't see much in the way of women's stuff. But as I was zipping through the men's shirts, I happened to look up at a shoe shelf above the racks. Mixed in with crummy sneakers and old slippers were a pair of Uggs! Lucky for me, the weird turquoise color and fur lining caught my eye. I picked them up and immediately looked on the back heel for the little Uggs tag. I was fully expecting them to be a cheap knock-off, but to my surprise, they were the real deal! The right boot was missing a wood button, but other then that, these boots were in great shape. Bidders seemed to like them too. The Aqua Uggs ended up selling for $47 dollars! Almost fifty big ones for boots mixed in with the smelly old shoes and sneakers-another amazing Goodwill find!

So that's how I roll this time of year. Ugg Boots, North Face coats and Under Armour jackets...give the people what they want and they will reward you! How's your winter sales going? Share some of your cold weather flips in the comment section below....  

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lionel, Bachmann & Aristo-Craft...Let it rain model trains!

No matter what kind of weather, it's rare for me to stay home on a yard sale Saturday. Other then Winter, when there's no sales to be found, I am always hitting sales each and every Saturday morning. As far as I am concerned, the only legitimate reason to stay home on a Saturday morning might be heavy rains. After all, who holds a yard sale in the rain anyway, right? Well, while most don't, there are a few hardcore sellers who won't let a little rain stop them. Since there's always a few "rain or shine" sales out there, I put on my raincoat and head out. It may seem a little nuts, but after reading this story, you'll see that I am not that crazy to go out in the rain...      

Way back on a Saturday morning in early September, I woke up to a light, but steady rain. I don't need the Weather Channel or Internet to get a weather report. I go old school, using my open bedroom window to tell me what I need to know when I wake up. On this particular morning, I could hear the drip-drip-drip from a gutter downspout outside the window. This meant steady rain outside. Groaning for a moment, I wrestled with the tempting idea of skipping the yard sales and going back to sleep. After all, most folks cancel their sales when it rains anyway, right? I tossed and turned, deciding what to do. Heading out could be a total waste of time or maybe, just maybe, there was a great deal waiting to be discovered. As it always does, the notion of finding a great deal won out. I dragged myself out of bed and headed out on a crummy, rainy day that would have kept most folks at home. 

Driving down the wet roads, it was obvious the steady rain had scared off the fair-weather yard sale shoppers. It also scared off most of the sellers too! Pulling up to house after house, I was finding the same thing-canceled sales. While a few sellers were considerate enough to post a sign outside announcing their cancellation, most would-be sellers just kept their garage door closed tight. It was as if the yard sale ad they posted on Craigslist meant nothing....the nerve of some folks! The cancellations continued and things were looking bleak, as I drove down the last remaining sale on my map. Dang the luck, they were closed too! But just down the street I spotted a ray of hope. There, in the pouring rain, was a small, soggy cardboard yard sale sign taped to a streetlight pole. It was pointing down a cul-de-sac. The sign read, "Yard Sale-Rain or Shine." Hallelujah...a seller who was bravely holding a yard sale despite the rain!

I had a good feeling about this yard sale. For one, it hadn't been posted in Craigslist. This meant few, if any, buyers would find it. Secondly, I knew exactly who the seller was since I'd been to his house before. He was a bit of an eccentric with some interesting stuff for sale his last go-round. But at this point in the morning, I didn't care what he had to sell-any sale was better then nothing! So I headed down the cul-de-sac hoping to salvage this washout of a day. And boy...did I ever!

Walking up his driveway, the seller greeted me as he moved stuff around in his crowded garage. He was an older gentleman; a tall and lanky guy who liked to talk...a lot! Normally, gabby sellers tend to slow me down, so I try not to encourage any unnecessary chit-chat. However, since I knew there were no other yard sales to be had, I warmed up a little and chatted to the guy as I looked through his stuff. As in his previous yard sale, the guy had a ton old record albums. Nothing I was really interested in, but that didn't slow my buddy down. He wanted to share his opinions on several of the albums in depth with me. I humored him, but  kept looking as he talked. I noticed a bulky stack of boxes in the center of his garage. It was a cloudy day, and combined with the lack of good lighting in his garage, I struggled to make out what was inside the boxes. Leaning into the pile to get a closer look, I realized I had a possible major discovery on my hands. The boxes contained a huge collection of old trains! Not just any trains either, most were "G" scale, which are humongous trains, each measuring 20 inches or more in length. My adrenaline started pumping! Keeping my poker face on, I asked the seller what the story was on all the trains? He explained that his brother recently passed away and he inherited his huge collection of model trains. He then said those magic words a yard sale picker loves to hear, "I just want to get rid of them." 

A few of the many trains
Ding-Ding-Ding! This was not a drill! In fact, it was a dream scenario. I found myself at a yard sale with absolutely no other buyers to compete against, coupled with an awesome train collection the seller wanted to get rid of. All the planets were in alignment! I knew there was only one thing to do. I had to take a stab at buying the entire collection from the guy! I could tell from his demeanor that my new buddy had no emotional attachment to the trains. To him, they were just taking up much needed space in his garage. I asked him what he wanted for the trains? As he poked around the boxes, he responded saying he hadn't really thought about a price. Throwing it right back at me, he asked what I wanted to pay? I countered, telling him I hadn't anticipated buying a huge lot of trains today and that I only had $130 on me. (All true.) I then asked him if $130 would buy the trains? He thought about it for moment, then shook his head yes and said, "Let me help you load them." Emptying my pockets, I handed my new buddy the entire wad of cash I'd taken with me that morning. I then wasted no time stuffing all the boxes and loose trains into Mrs. Dude's car! As I hustled the boxes from garage to car, I worried the guy might change his mind for some reason. But not only did he not change his mind, he scoured the garage to make sure I didn't miss any of the boxes. There were so many boxes and trains that when it was finally all packed up, the only open space in the car was the driver's seat.

Lionel Bank Building
I pulled up to my house praying Mrs. Dude wouldn't look out the window. She's very protective of her Rav-4 and would not have been happy at seeing her "baby" packed to the roof with old, dusty boxes and trains. Luckily, I quickly unloaded the train collection into the garage before she noticed. While domestic tranquility was preserved, I still had a lot of work to do. There were plenty of photos to be taken and listings to be posted. I decided to start with something I knew would quickly help me recover my initial investment-a vintage Lionel train bank building. Collectors go wild for these classic vintage tin metal buildings. Most collectors consider them a must-have when assembling a classic model train platform. Posting the bank building on eBay started my train sales off with a bang. The Lionel bank building sold for $100 dollars! With that very first sale, I'd instantly recovered a huge chunk of my $130 investment! I then posted a newer train set that my eBay research showed would also sell for big bucks. It was a small scale version of the Amtraks's Acela passenger train by Bachmann. This auction exceeded my expectations, resulting in a sale price of $182 dollars. With only two sales, I was now $152 in the black on my investment. Using both Craigslist and eBay, I slowly sold off all the train pieces including; locomotive engines, passenger cars, box cars and tracks. Because of the popularity in model train collecting, I had no problem selling most of my pieces for top dollar. It really doesn't matter what brand; Lionel, Bachmann, MTH, American Flyer or Aristo-Craft...model train collectors are extremely passionate about their hobby. Just the other day, I met a model train collector at the local Dunkin Donuts for a sale. He drove 90 minutes, meeting me on a freezing cold winter morning and bought the last train set from the original lot. It was an O scale set made by Aristo-Craft. He must of really liked it. He paid $225 dollars for the set!

You can probably see where all this is going. After many months, I've pretty much sold most of the train pieces from that rainy day find. While there's a few more bucks to be made in some leftover track I still have, I decided it was time add up my total profits. I was surprised what the calculator read. In total, my train score generated just over one thousand dollars in sales. Pretty big number, right? Now you know why every Saturday morning, whether it's rain, snow, sleet or hail... 


So don't let a little rain stop you from making a huge score. If it's raining, get your umbrella and head out there. You never know what you're going to find!

If you've scored a great rainy day find, here's your chance to brag about it. Tell us your story in the comment section below....     

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Make even more money with Facebook!

A few months ago, I marveled over the phenomena that is Facebook Yard Sale Groups. These local groups have spread like wildfire as members go crazy buying and selling their stuff. For us yard sale pickers, it's a great source for new inventory, particularly during the winter months when actual yard sales are practically non-existent. Although these groups have probably been around since Mark Zuckerberg went live with Facebook, I came late to the party. However, over the last few months I've been trying to make up for lost time. Using Mrs. Dude's Facebook account, I've snagged some sweet deals that I later flipped on eBay. Here's a sample...

Mega Block..Mega Bucks!
Exhibit one is this awesome Mega Block ProBuilder model plane I bought for ten dollars. This is one of my first scores using Facebook. Since buying it, I often follow the same pattern. When I spot something that looks good, I quickly look it up on eBay. For me, it's like a race against time as I feverishly research the item. There's no dilly-dallying during these crucial moments! Time is of the essence since any FB member can beat me to the punch and lay claim to it. When that happens, it can be a devastating moment! Not unlike when someone walks away from a garage sale with a deal under their arm, just as you're walking up the driveway...oh the horror! You may be wondering why I bothered researching the plane, instead of claiming it right away? While this model may seem like an easy decision, you can't be too certain. There are a gazillion model airplanes listed on eBay and not all of them sell. This is largely because the market is saturated with models of all shapes and sizes. But despite the overabundance, a good model airplane can earn you some serious cash. In the case of this Megablock model, I was able to confirm these planes sell for big bucks! Once confirmed, I jumped right back over to the FB comment section and typed "Interested," thereby claiming first dibs on the model. I picked the model up the next day and immediately posted it on eBay. The auction ran in early December, adding even more potential buyers to the mix due to the holidays. The result was a closing price of $75 dollars! It pays to be fast on that keyboard!

Wonder Pets..Wonderful!
Here's another Facebook home run-a Wonder Pets Musical Fly Boat. The Fly Boat and little characters were listed on Facebook for only five dollars. What the heck is a Fly Boat you say? Beats me, but I can tell you one thing...they sell! I've flipped a few of these toys on eBay
in the past and always see a lot of bidding action. Knowing this, there was no need to do a "discount double check" on eBay. Upon spotting the toy, it took me a split second to type "Interested" in the comment section. Boom! Just like that the toy boat was mine! After successfully laying claim to the little boat, I was overwhelmed with that yard sale adrenaline rush you feel after scoring a great find! You probably know what I mean...that awesome feeling when you absolutely, positively know you're gonna make some dough from your find. I guess it's how the California gold prospectors felt when they found a tiny piece of  gold in their pan, or when my Aunt yells "BINGO!" in the church hall! It's a natural high! Anyway, after coming down off my high, I picked up the toy, leaving a five dollar bill under the seller's welcome mat. Like the model plane, I immediately listed it on eBay. It was worth the drive to the lady's front porch. My five dollar "porch pickup" sold for $33 dollars!

Sorry big guy, I had to do it. 
Last, but not least, was this Fisher Price Imaginext "Big Foot" Monster. I captured this Big Foot for just ten bucks. Fisher Price has made various versions of these robotic toys, including a big dinosaur. All of them retail for huge money in the stores. This Facebook score required me to do a little acting when I picked him up however. The seller, thinking I bought the toy for my kids, gave me a painfully long demonstration on how to operate Big Foot. I patiently pretended to be interested during the demo, not having the heart to tell the lady I had a completely different plan for the big guy. He was about to be pieced out and sold for parts! My eBay research has taught me that in many cases buyers don't need the entire toy-they already have one. Instead, they need parts like the battery, remote control and charger for their own Big Foot. That's okay by me. It's a lot easier and cheaper to ship components then ship a big, bulky toy. So working like Dr. Frankenstein, I removed Big Foot's battery from deep inside his plastic body. I then posted the battery, charger and remote control on eBay. The three piece lot sold for $36 dollars! I still have Bigfoot, but he's just a lifeless, empty shell of his former self. In fact, I am pretty sure he glares at me from a shelf here in the MoneyintheGarage laboratories. I guess he's mad at me for what I did? But he'll get over it once I sell him at my next yard sale. I'll make a buck or two and he'll go to a new home. At that point, my total profit on the big guy will be $38 dollars. Not bad for a bear...or ape...or whatever the heck he is!

Those are just a few of my initial Facebook yard sale scores. With winter now settling in, I'll have even more time to scour the FB feed and hopefully snag more great finds. It's become a bit addictive and I am not gonna lie. While typing this blog piece, I took periodic breaks to check the Facebook feed. It's getting real bad and I may seek out some form of counseling...right after I check that feed again!

How's your Facebook finds going? Share some of your scores in the comment section below.    

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Holiday deals at thrift store prices!

Happy 2015! With the holiday craziness now behind us, there's nothing really left to do but count the profits and clean up the mess left behind from countless parcels wrapped and shipped. The season was a good one for me. I cleared the shelves of nearly every item I designated as Christmas inventory. I even sold some stuff that withered on eBay auctions earlier in the year! I've said it before and I'll say it again-almost anything will sell during the holidays. So now that the holidays are in the rear view mirror, let's take a look at a few of my favorite sales. Ironically, all the items cited below were sourced from my local Goodwill store. I guess that makes today's blog piece my special "Thrift Store" edition!

Fender Guitar thrift store find
The gift of music is always a good idea during the holidays, so what's better then a beautiful Fender guitar? I found this gem at the Goodwill Store a week before Christmas. Like most great thrift store finds, it was a matter of my being in the right place at the right time. In this case, the cashier told me the guitar had arrived in the store just hours before. Given it's brand new condition, I am certain it wouldn't have stayed on the shelf for very long. The guitar was priced at sixty dollars-fairly expensive for a cheapie like me! Fortunately, I had a 20% off discount card that I'd been saving for several weeks. The cards are handed out by Goodwill and are a pretty good deal. After ten purchases are marked off on the card, the customer can cash it in for a 20% discount on any purchase. Given the amount of stuff I buy at Goodwill, the cards can pile up quick for me. At any given time, I usually have one or two stashed away in my wallet. However, these precious discount cards are not to be squandered! My philosophy is to only use them for high price items. The $60 price tag on the guitar met this criteria, so I boldly tossed it down as if it were a "Get-out-of-jail-for-free" card. After applying the 20% discount, the Fender guitar cost me $48 dollars-a steal for an instrument that retails for around $180 on Amazon!

Once the hatch is closed...then what?
With Christmas only a week away, I immediately posted the Fender guitar on Craigslist for $125 dollars, a fair price for a very nice guitar. Days later, I was negotiating with a buyer and settled on a price of $100 bucks. We agreed to meet at a local 7-11 convenience store. It was a rainy night just two days before Christmas. Call me crazy, but it was an odd transaction for me. Normally, when I conduct a Craigslist "Meet & Sell" transaction, I have the buyer look at the item at my car, specifically, the rear hatch door of my Toyota. This keeps me in control of the situation and if the buyer balks, I can just toss the item in the back and leave. But with the Fender guitar, the buyer asked me to walk the guitar over to the rear of his car's hatchback so he could take a look at it. Since it was raining, I obliged him and he checked out the Fender in the rear of his Suburu's cargo area. Agreeing it was a fine looking guitar for the price, he told me would run inside the 7-11 to pull $100 cash from the ATM machine. But as he did, he began to close the rear hatch...with my guitar inside...and me with no cash in hand! Worried that a possible scam was about to unfold, I told him I'd stand under his open hatch out of the rain while he went inside the store to get his money. In fact, what I was really doing was guarding my guitar until he paid me! After all, once he closes that hatch, who's to say whether that guitar now belongs to me or to him? Heck, all you have to do is watch Judge Judy to know "rightful owner" disputes like that happen all the time. Yeah, I know, you're probably thinking, "Dude, you're paranoid. Where's your Christmas spirit?" But even during the Christmas season, Mom didn't raise no fool! The story ended happily for me, however. The buyer came out of the 7-11 and handed over five, crisp twenty dollar bills. At that point, I stepped out from under the hatch so he could close it. Although I was wet and cold, the sweet profit of $52 dollars warmed me up quickly!

Christmas blowmolds are an easy sell!
As anyone who follows my blog knows, I also love flipping blow molds. This year was no exception. Early in December I found these three vintage blow molds at Goodwill. Each were marked at ten dollars a piece for a total of $30. A little steep by Goodwill standards, but I knew I could at least double my money. Once again, I shrewdly applied another 20% discount card, bringing  the price down to $24 dollars. Several weeks later I sold them to a  Craigslist buyer for $65. Amazingly, the guy travelled over an hour to pick them up. He told me his whole front yard was decorated with blow molds. That's why I love flipping blow molds. As long as they're in decent condition, the buyers will always be there!

Mr.  Christmas Mickey's Clock Shop
Lastly, I flipped this fabulous Mr. Christmas Mickey's Clock Shop set. This was another Goodwill find, setting me back a whopping six
dollars. You read right...only six bucks! These sets are made by a company called, Mr. Christmas. The company produces many popular Christmas themed mechanical toys and decorations, many which sell for big bucks on eBay! The Mickey Clock Shop set is highly sought after by Disney collectors and always brings in top dollar. The set consists of a string of four individual cottages, each with a singing Disney character inside. Lucky for me, the clock was working properly. After passing my thorough inspection, I posted the set on eBay. It sold for an impressive $87 dollars! But it didn't stop there! As I prepped the set for photographs, I made an additional discovery. Inside the box were manuals and extra parts for two other Mr. Christmas toys. I flipped these on eBay too, earning an additional $34 dollars. All together, my original six dollar investment made me a total of $121 dollars. Sure glad I walked into Goodwill on that particular day!

There were a bunch more holiday sales which I'll try to share at a later time. Overall, it was a very good season. I hope you did just as well during the holidays and throughout 2014. Maybe you even picked up a few pointers from my site along the way. If you did, let me know. I'd love to share your flips with all our readers. Lastly, as we enter 2015, thanks for visiting MoneyintheGarage and for all your support and nice comments. This Dude wishes you and your family a happy, healthy New Year!


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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Christmas sales are complete and the inventory shelves are empty. Overall, it was a pretty good season with some awesome flips. Hopefully, you did well too. I'll save the stories for later, because it's time to enjoy Christmas. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


The garage is closed for now....Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Don't tell North Korea, but The Interview movie poster will make you rich!

MoneyintheGarage News Flash:

For immediate release: The Interview movie poster will make you rich! (If you can find one.)

As has been reported all over the news media, Sony Pictures completely surrendered and yanked the movie, "The Interview" for release on Christmas day. In addition, all movie lobby posters and advertising have been taken down. Naturally, some shrewd eBay sellers have taken full advantage of this media event. They've recognized a huge buying frenzy has been created for anything associated with this controversial movie. Click on The Interview movie poster to see how much money one eBay seller recently made.

The movie poster now brings big bucks!

Wow! Just a few weeks ago, this was your average, run-of-the-mill movie poster...now it's gold! This trend is no fluke. Checking other recently closed auctions, many Interview movie posters are now selling for $300 dollars a piece!

If you know anyone who works in a local movie theatre, you'd be wise to ask them for a few of these. It might also be smart to take a peek in the trash dumpsters located behind your local movie theatre! As demonstrated in some of my recent blog pieces, it wouldn't be the first time money was thrown in the trash! If you happen to score a Interview movie poster, let us know how you do. Oh and one more thing...change your computer passwords...often!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas sales are good!

So here we are in the middle of the Christmas selling season. With the holiday just weeks away, the inventory is flying out of MoneyintheGarage corporate headquarters! Just like last year, I've pretty much sold all the Christmas inventory I stockpiled for the season. It's amazing how you can save your Christmas themed stuff all year and it's cleared out in just a matter of weeks. That's what's awesome about listing this time of year...everything sells! Here's a few Christmas themed items I've flipped so far this holiday season...

Last of the inflatables
The last of my holiday inflatables went out the door last Saturday. It was a cool looking Santa I purchased back in the fall for five bucks. Although it didn't come in the original box, it still had a lot going for it. The thing was huge, standing 8 feet high with the big guy sitting on top of a lighted Christmas train. This big, jolly Santa seemed like a winner to me, but surprisingly, it took a long time to sell. I ended up getting $35 dollars for him on Craigslist Not bad, but much less when compared to my other holiday inflatables sales which averaged fifty bucks a piece. While I could have held firm to my original price of fifty, I didn't want to take the chance of getting stuck with Santa. Finally, a buyer came along and offered me $35 dollars. With the holiday season over in just a few weeks and the potential of having to store Santa for an entire year, I decided to take the guy's offer. This particular customer may get my "clueless buyer " award for the year. As I handed him the rolled up Santa, the buyer looked at me and said, "Okay, how's it work?" This seemed like a dumb question to me, but since I am always customer friendly to anyone willing to pay me $35 for nylon fabric, I patiently explained the following complicated procedure...plug him in! The buyer seemed to be satisfied with this extremely technical advise and went on his way. (I sure hope he didn't forget my instructions once he got home!)

Elf from where?
In another memorable Christmas sale made last week, I sold this two foot high elf dutifully holding up a serving tray. Guess where I acquired him? A trash can! I was driving through a neighborhood last week, when I spotted this guy with the base sticking out of a curbside trash can. Naturally, I circled back and grabbed him. Since he was in perfect condition, I didn't even bother to clean him up. Once home, I immediately snapped a photo and posted him on our local Facebook Yard Sale group. (I added the candle for ambiance.) My trash-picked elf sold in just ten minutes for a twenty dollar bill! Unbelievable, right? I have no idea what possesses people to throw away perfectly good stuff? But as long as they do, I'll be watching their trash cans!

Don't forget to remove the price tags!
About two weeks ago, I made a major flip with this train set. I found this big Bachmann set at my local Goodwill store, paying $35 for it. Over the years, I've had some good luck with train sets at Goodwill. This year alone, I've score three very cool sets. But this set was a real doozie! When I got it home, I was stoked to find the set had never been opened! Everything was sealed, right down to the conductor figure who was still in a plastic baggie! I made sure I bragged about this "pristine" unopened set in my Craigslist ad. Since there's no better time of year to sell a train set, this big Bachmann set got snapped up in just a few days. A dad bought the trains for his young son, paying me $125 big ones! I met the guy at my local Dunkin Donuts. I had a brief awkward moment when I realized there were still a couple of Goodwill price tag stickers on the back of the box. As I pulled the box from my car, I stalled by making small talk while feverishly scraping the stickers off with my fingernail. Dad didn't seem to notice, but after counting my $95 profit, I reminded myself it's always a wise move to remove Goodwill stickers prior to selling. After all, it's never good for your buyer to discover you just charged him four times the price on the box! Like I said...awkward!

That's a few highlight so far. I'll share more once the Christmas selling season calms down. For now, it's time to get back to posting and selling. How's your holiday selling season going so far? Share some of your personal bests in the comment  section below.

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