Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Holiday season steals and deals !

Disney Castle Playset
Happy Mid-November! Time to rake the leaves, watch football and oh yeah, start selling Christmas stuff on eBay and Craigslist! I’ve been delaying posting holiday items for weeks now, but it looks like I can’t put it off any longer. This past weekend, I noticed some early signs of holiday shopping after re-posting a Disney Castle on Craigslist. The castle is part of Disney’s Monorail “Park Exclusive” playset. I scored a great deal on it, scooping up the Castle, plus two additional playset pieces on a Facebook yard sale group for only twenty dollars. I quickly sold the other pieces on eBay, but surprisingly, the castle received zero interest. I then switched tactics, auctioning off only the castle figures. They sold for $24 dollars, leaving me with just the lonely castle and it’s box. I then assumed I’d make a quick and easy sale using Craigslist. Boy, was I wrong. Despite multiple postings on Craigslist, the Castle was ignored by buyers. That was until this past weekend, when I re-posted the castle again on CL and received multiple inquiries on it. A few days later, a buyer finally e-mailed me saying he wanted the castle for his Christmas train platform. I met him in the parking lot of a nearby golf range and he paid me ten dollars for the empty castle. Not a ton of money, but I was happy with the ten since I'd already made plenty of cash from the castle figures and the other park pieces. After the seller paid me, I couldn’t resist turning his ten dollar bill into a basket of golf balls and hitting some sweet drives!

This story is a long-winded way of saying that if you haven't started yet, it’s as good a time as any to begin selling Christmas stuff! Buyers are gearing up for the holidays, so it’s time to post Christmas themed inventory from now until the season’s end. My holiday stuff includes the usual suspects; blow molds, ceramic trees, holiday inflatables and more. Here's hoping it will be a lucrative selling season! But before we completely dive into the holidays, let me take a quick look back at a few of my fall season flips. Check them out...

Department 56
If you’ve hit enough garage sales and thrift shops, you’ve probably seen plenty of Department 56 Christmas village pieces. But
how often do you come across a Halloween themed piece? For me, I‘d say almost never. That was until I found this Department 56 "Mickey's Haunted Mansion" at Goodwill. I paid just $6 bucks for it and felt pretty lucky. Not only did I conveniently find it just weeks before Halloween, but it also came in it's original packaging. Truth be told, I am not a big fan of Department 56 pieces anymore. Most of them seem to bring ho-hum prices. I really hesitate to buy them, unless I am sure it will sell for big bucks. But that’s not the case with a Halloween/Disney themed piece. I posted my Mickey’s Haunted Mansion on an eBay auction and it sold for a sweet $86 dollars! I need to find a few more of these type of Department 56 pieces, and less of the Heritage, New England and other too many to list Village pieces!

I vant to be on eBay!
In addition to Mickey’s Haunted Mansion, I recently flipped this rare Telco “Motion-ettes” Dracula for very good money. Let me share a little  advise on these animated rarities: if you come across a Telco Halloween animated figure you should leap at the chance to buy it! With the exception of the very common wicked witch figure, pretty much all other spooky Telco Motion-ettes characters sell for crazy money on eBay. Most stand two foot high and move back and forth when you plug them in. Back in early fall, I spotted this Dracula in his tell-tale orange box hiding in pile of yard sale junk. I made a beeline right to him and asked the seller how much? When she told me five dollars, I couldn’t get the money out of my pocket fast enough! ! Once I got Drac home, I dusted him off and made sure he worked correctly. I then posted him on Ebay where he sold for $90 dollars! At that price, even Buffy the Vampire Slayer would love this little guy.

Gobble, Gobble, Hey!
Let’s also not forget about the holiday that falls after Halloween and before Christmas...Thanksgiving! I will admit that when it comes to finding Thanksgiving themed items to sell on eBay, I haven’t had much luck. For me, I just don’t see much Turkey Day stuff at yard sales or thrift stores. However, last winter I did find a Thanksgiving Turkey blow mold at the Goodwill Store. It set me back $8 dollars. At the time, Thanksgiving was nowhere in site on the calendar, so I held off selling my turkey until we got closer to the holiday. It was worth the wait. It turns out that these big plastic birds can go for a lot of money on eBay. Recently, one sold for over a hundred dollars. I was hoping to do as well, but my turkey had some paint loss on the plastic, making it a little less desirable. Not that I am complaining. My gobbler sold for $75 dollars. After shipping costs, I made a profit of about $50 dollars. Not bad for a piece of plastic!

All great fall season flips, but now it’s time to move on to the holiday selling season. How’s it going with you? Sell any awesome Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas themed items? Share your story in our comment section below...

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle ...Buy it low and sell it high!

The leaves are starting to turn and Saturday morning garage sales now require a jacket. As I've powered through the fall yard sale season, I’ve been finding some pretty sweet scores. But just as in past years, I still need to keep my nose to the grindstone and build up the eBay inventory so I have plenty to sell through the winter months. It doesn't help however, that there just doesn’t seem to be as many “Mega” yard sale Saturdays like in past years. I’ve complained about this phenomena in past posts, blaming it on the the advent of Facebook yard sale groups. Who needs the hassle of hosting a yard sale, when you can post your stuff on-line? But either way, here’s hoping a few more folks decide to clean house and have a yard sale before the season winds down in November. I’ll keep you posted, but in the mean time, check out my latest ruminations on buying and selling Harley-Davidson.    

There’s a saying stockbrokers use when advising people how to make big money in the stock market. Half jokingly, they like to say, "Buy low and sell high!” The saying is meant to be both funny and serious at the same time. Obviously, anyone knows when is comes to making money in the stock market, you want to buy low and sell it high. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. But I have a better, less risky way to make some money. Instead of stock, buy Harley-Davidson motorcycle gear low... and sell it high on eBay! It’s really not that difficult to find Harley-Davidson gear at garage sales, thrift shops or Facebook. I always keep an eye out for anything with the famous orange Harley logo on it. Here’s a few examples of my buy low/ sell high Harley flips...

When acquiring Harley-Davidson stuff, or anything else in this business, you just can’t beat it when you get the stuff for free! This Harley Davidson catalogue featuring special edition police motorcycles was handed out as a freebie at a local car/motorcycle show I attended. These specialty catalogues are generally distributed to police departments only and feature law enforcement equipped Harley Davidson bikes. Not wanting to look too greedy, I grabbed two from the dealership display, but in retrospect, I really wish I snagged a few more. I sold the catalogues on eBay for $15 each, earning me a total of $30. If I get to that car show next year, you can be sure I’ll stuff my bag with more of these freebie catalogues!

Men’s Harley Davidson shirt
Here’s a sharp looking men’s Harley shirt I found at the Goodwill store. Harley clothing is usually nice and heavy, the better for protecting and insulating the rider while on the bike. This shirt was no exception and had the feel of one of those heavy-duty LL Bean canvas shirts. The only difference was the Harley Davidson logo embroidered above the shirt pocket. I paid five dollars for the shirt and posted it on eBay. After a seven day auction, the shirt sold for a solid $41 bucks. While we’re on the subject of Harley shirts, let me point out that Harley-Davidson dealership T-shirts DO NOT typically sell for a big money. On any given trip to the thrift shop, it’s more likely you’ll find these ever present dealership T-shirts before you find a button down Harley shirt or jacket. Keep your money in your pocket when you come across these shirts and stay focused on button-down style shirts.

Harley Cafe Racer Jacket 
Moving up the "sell high” scale, I recently flipped a women’s Harley biker jacket. The black leather jacket had all kinds of things going on, including; belt buckles, zippers and fringe. I found it on a Facebook yard sale group, paying forty dollars for it. That was a big investment for this thrifty dude, but one that I knew would pay off. It went right on eBay and after a seven day auction, sold for $85 dollars. Not bad, but the real "piece de resistance" in my buy low/sell high Harley flips had to be this awesome looking Harley Cafe Racer leather jacket. I scored this bad boy last year for $45 dollars at yard sale. Originally, the seller wanted $60 bucks, but after some wheeling and dealing, he agreed to knock $15 dollars off the price. I really liked the cool look of this racing jacket and apparently so did many Harley riders. The bids for the jacket went over two bills and topped out at $220 dollars, proving once again that when it comes to Harley-Davidson gear, you really can buy low and sell high!

How about you? What kind yard sale stuff have you found that guarantees a buy low /sell high price? Share your story in the comment section below.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Two hot summer flips and one suspicious story.

Disc Golf Target
Even though we're still in the slow dog days of summer, I've been on a bit of a sales hot streak lately. You may have noticed my Twitter feed from last week when I posted a superb trash-to-cash find. Traveling down a quiet country road on the way to Goodwill, I spotted a disc golf target sitting out at the curb. If you're not familiar with them, disc golf is just like golf, only you use a Frisbee or "disc" instead of a golf ball. The metal stand is the "hole" you're aiming for with your disc. The game has become very popular with the Millennial and Gen X kids, with disc targets selling for as much as $200 dollars. Seeing some free dollars coming my way on this trashed disc target, I immediately turned the truck around and doubled back to investigate. A quick up and down confirmed it was in perfectly good shape, so I lugged it into the truck bed, strapped it down, then continued to Goodwill. As it turned out, the disc target was my only "find" that day. (Unless you count fresh flowers and veggies bought at a local farm stand.) For purposes of this blog, and also cause I like money, I wasted no time posting the disc target for sale on Craigslist. It was up for sale just hours after pulling it off the curb. Exactly one week later, a young Millennial backed his SUV into my driveway, handed me $80 bucks and pulled away with the disc golf target. That's what I call a "trash to cash" success story!

Big ole fishing cooler
Another "dog days of summer" flip was this huge ice cooler I bought last month at a yard sale. Not that I am complaining, but I was more or less forced to pay the guy his asking price of twenty bucks for this thing. It's a rare occasion when your Dude hands over money without some attempt at negotiating. In the case of ice coolers, I am accustomed to paying five or ten dollars at the most. However, I noticed some troubling interaction between the husband and wife after hubby quoted me a price of twenty bucks on the cooler. At hearing the price, the wife gave hubby an angry stare and mumbled under her breath, "Only twenty dollars?" Having been on the receiving end of a few angry spousal stares myself, I decided to pass on any negotiations so as not to annoy the seller's wife further. I handed over twenty and lugged the bulky cooler back to my truck. Even at twenty, I knew I could easily make money on it. Big ice coolers are a must-have for any fisherman worth his salt. Fishermen pack them with bait, beer, food provisions and the day's catch. The local geography was in my favor too. With the Atlantic Ocean and tributaries close by, many locals own their own fishing boat and could use a good cooler. I put the big box on Craigslist anticipating a quick sale. A few days later, I sold it for seventy dollars! At that price, it was no wonder that women stared at her poor husband!

Hobbico Radio Controlled Plane
Lastly, here's an "interesting" Craigslist transaction I recently made. Check out this Hobbico radio controlled airplane I bought for a $20 dollar bill at a yard sale. This cool looking plane came in the original box with the radio controller, manual and some peripheral gear. The plane looked like it was barely used and was in near-perfect condition. After doing some research on the plane, I learned it was a basic Hobbico beginner's model that often retails for about $130 dollars. Since it was too big to ship, I skipped eBay and went with Craigslist, listing it for one hundred dollars. After seeing no interest whatsoever, I dropped the price each week, finally getting a bite at sixty dollars. The buyer agreed to meet me at Dunkin Donuts to purchase the plane. He brought along his wife and ten year old son. I was a little caught off guard by both sonny boy and his father. The kid was so excited to see the plane, he started grabbing at it before Dad even paid me! Having raised my own little Rugrats, I know how kids can easily break something in their excitement, so I moved the plane out of his reach before any damage was done. After saving the plane from the kid's attack, the drama wasn't quite over yet. Dad threw me one more curve ball. He claimed to have brought sixty dollars with him to buy the plane, but was forced to use ten of it to put gas in his car. He now had only fifty dollars to spend on the plane! This seemed a little suspicious, because as he was explaining this, his wife announced she was going into Dunkin Donuts to buy something to eat. (I could be wrong here, but Dunkin Donuts usually expects payment for food.) Adding to my suspicions was the fact that dad bragged about several radio controlled airplanes he already owned. This was obviously not his first rodeo when it came to buying expensive model planes. Either way, I was pretty sure he was scamming me, but it was getting late and I wasn't about to haul the plane back home. I told the cash-challenged Dad not to worry about it, I'd take fifty. With that, he handed over what apparently was all the money he had left in the world. But no biggie, even with the dad's bait and switch, I still made thirty dollars on the deal.  

How's the dog days of summer treating you? Flip any good deals lately? Ever been given the old bait and switch like I experienced? Share your story below....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Make money selling free stuff

As we make our way through the dogs day of summer, I have to say business is pretty slow. It's understandable this time of year. For one thing, garage sales have tapered off. Many folks find it just too hot this time of year to hold a yard sale. When that happens, I lose a nice source of inventory. On the selling side, my eBay and Craigslist sales have also seen a definite drop off. I chalk this up to folks being on vacation and other summertime distractions keeping them away from their computers. But things will pick up soon enough. Heck, QVC is already hosting a few "Christmas in July" promotions. Before you know it, it'll be back to school time and people will be home concentrating on what's really important, namely, buying my stuff! So while I am waiting for sales to pick up, let's take a look at an ongoing theme of mine: finding something for nothing! Over the last few months, I've been blogging about stuff I bought for next to nothing, then turning it into big money. Whether it's stuff I bought for a dollar, fifty cents or a quarter, I've come across some great deals. But now let's really get down to the nitty gritty....stuff I got for free!

Boring, but good money!
To begin with, here's an item that while not very exciting, still made me some very good money. A buddy of mine was getting ready to throw away a bunch of air mask filters he'd accumulated from his job. The filters attach to an air mask worn for industrial work, such as spray painting or building demolition. The company my buddy works for had just switched to a new style of air mask, making his old air mask and the attached filters obsolete. Instead of throwing them away however, I asked if I could have them? He obliged, handing over five sets of the outdated filters. I immediately looked them up on eBay to determine if they had any value. Finding that they did, I posted all five packs on eBay and sold them for twenty five dollars. He later gave me a few more sets, which I also turned over for the same twenty five dollar sale. Not bad for stuff that almost wound up in the trash! (I later paid him back in the form of some tall, foamy mugs of our favorite beverage.) These filters are a good example of keeping an open mind when looking for inventory to sell. Like my buddy, most people would never think an obsolete filter could make you any dough on eBay.

Target bookshelf
Any follower of my blog knows that I am not above trashing picking. I love the prospect of "trash" being turned into into cash. Blogs like "Things I Find in The Garbage" show how you can find some amazing treasures on the curb. Although not as dedicated as my fellow blogger, I am no slacker when it comes to picking trash. If I see an opportunity for a good trash pick, I dive right in! Take this shelf for example. Out on a drive recently, I spotted this laying by the curb on trash day. Conducting a brilliantly maneuvered U-turn, I pulled up curbside, jumped out and tossed it in the back of the truckster. After arriving home, I looked closely at the shelf, and with the exception of a small chip on one shelf, it was in very good shape. Mrs. Dude, who is an expert on all things Target, took one look at it and proclaimed it was a  popular style sold at her favorite store called a "ladder shelf." Although I am very confident with her vast knowledge on this subject, I decided to go on Target's website and check for myself. A quick lookie-loo on the website confirmed it was Target's bookshelf ladder. Better yet, I also learned the shelf sells for nearly seventy dollars! With that, I took a few pictures of my trash find and listed it on Craigslist for forty bills. A few days later, a buyer stopped by my house and handed over two twenty dollar bills for the shelf! You got to love turning trash into cash !

Garbage Pail Kids
Lastly, there was this doozy. Back in the spring, I showed up at a rainy day yard sale. Due to rain, the seller had all her items piled under her covered front porch. With a lot of stuff jammed in a small area, I made sure to take my time looking around. After several walks back and forth across the porch, I was able to come up with a two things, a Coleman camping lantern and an Igloo water cooler. Just before paying up however, I decided to take one more look around. Poking around a bit more, I came across a small plastic lunchbox hidden in between other assorted items. Shaking it, I could tell something was inside. Before I could even open the lunchbox, the seller blurted out to me, "Oh, you can have that for free." Upon opening the lunch box, I discovered a huge lot of vintage Garbage Pail Kids cards! These cards, with their twisted, grotesque little cartoon characters, are highly collectible on eBay. I thanked the nice lady and headed home with the cards, along with my other treasures. My total expenditure for the camping lantern, cooler and the free Garbage Pail Kids was all of ten bucks. A few weeks later, I had sold everything I bought on that front porch. The lantern and cooler netted me $35 dollars, But not surprisingly, the Garbage Pail Kids cards made me the most money, selling on eBay for in incredible fifty six dollars!  Kinda makes you wonder; who needs to buy things when people just give you stuff for free? It's pretty great!

How's your sales going this summer? Flip any freebies and make a nice buck out of it? Share your story in the comment section below...

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Muhammad Ali, The Greatest, discovered on a Saturday morning

The sad passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been all over the news. There's no doubt that Ali was the most famous and most recognizable professional athlete in history. On his passing, I thought this would be an appropriate time to share one of my little yard sale flips, that yes, actually had a direct connection to "The Greatest."

About two years ago, I was doing my usual Saturday morning picking, this time at a community yard sale held in the parking lot of a real estate office. Meandering around, I stopped at a table and spotted a piece of paper for sale with an autograph on it. The small, aged paper was protected under a clear plastic sheet, the type you might snap into a three ring binder. The seller was asking twenty dollars for it. Looking closely at the signature, my jaw dropped in amazement...it read "Muhammad Ali".

"The Greatest" found at a yard sale.
If anyone was watching me at the time, I am sure they would have observed a very confused looking dude. Could the autograph of the greatest heavyweight champion and most famous athlete in the world be for sale at a yard sale? Clutching the plastic sheet in my hand, I stared at the autograph wondering if it was legit or not? This once-in-a-lifetime find had me excited, but I needed more information before pulling the trigger. I asked the sellers what the story was on the signature? The sellers, a couple in their 70's, explained they once lived down the street from Muhammed Ali in the town of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. They went on to tell me they met the Heavyweight Champ at a neighborhood cocktail party. Describing Ali as a gentleman and very accommodating, they said the Champ gladly signed autographs for many of the neighbors on the street. Like everyone else at the party, the couple asked Ali for an autograph and he obliged them, signing the piece of scrap paper I was now holding in my hand.

Listening to the couple's story, it all seemed to ring true to me. I knew for a fact that Ali actually did live in Cherry Hill back in the Seventies. Also, the autographed piece of paper had some age to it and looked like it could easily date back to the 1970's. Processing all this information, it didn't take long to make my decision. However, just to reduce my exposure in case the autograph was a fake, I offered the couple $15 bucks which they accepted. As an added bonus, there also happened to be a separate autographed postcard of another boxer under the plastic sheet. This made my $15 dollar purchase a very nice two-for-one deal!

Jack Demspey restaurant postcard
Before getting to the main event, let me share how the postcard worked out. Researching the vintage postcard, I discovered it was signed on the reverse side by a boxing legend from an earlier time; the great Jack Dempsey. Dempsey, who was the heavyweight champ back in the 1940s, retired from the ring and opened a popular New York City restaurant, appropriately named, "Dempsey's".  In fact, fans of the first Godfather movie will recall the scene where young Michael Corleone was picked up by the "bad" cop right in front of Dempsey's restaurant. Unfortunately, I also learned that Dempsey gave out these autographed postcards to dining patrons like some establishments hand out after dinner mints and toothpicks. In other words, Dempsey's autographed postcards are quite common and not worth a whole lot. However, it was worth just enough to cover my initial investment. The autographed Dempsey postcard sold for $15 bucks on eBay. This sale brought me back to even on my initial investment with Ali's autograph still to sell.

The undercard sale of my Dempsey postcard now completed, I moved on to the main event. When posting Ali's autograph on eBay, I carefully laid out all the details the sellers shared with me regarding how they obtained it. To reinforce and back up their story, I also cited that fact that Muhammad Ali resided in the same town as the couple did during the early Seventies. And while not claiming to be a hand writing expert, I also pointed out my yard sale autograph looked "spot-on" to any of Ali's known signatures found on the internet. This elaborate description discussing it's provenance seemed to assure bidders. My Muhammad Ali autograph sold for $160 dollars! That's what I call a yard sale knockout!

As I write this, eBay auctions for Muhammad Ali's autograph are now going through the roof due to
his passing. Obviously my find would have sold for even more money today, but no worries. The Champ did me a solid a few years back with an unbelievable yard sale find that turned a $15 investment into $160 dollars. So here's to "The Greatest." There will never be another one like him.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Great bargains for under a dollar!

A few blogs ago, I spotlighted some one dollar yard sale finds I flipped for pretty good money. Dollar bargains are nothing to sneeze at, but you know what's better? How about stuff that only cost a quarter or two? That's why I always keep some loose change jingling in my pocket when heading out to the yard sales. You never know when you're going to snag a deal with just a coin or two.  Here's a few examples of my quarter and fifty cents finds. Enjoy!

Country stars of yesteryear.
Are you a fan of old time country western music? You may remember that way before there ever was a Florida Georgia Line or a Luke Bryan, there was Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Check out this vintage deck of playing cards featuring all those great country western singers from back in the day. I paid twenty five cents for this deck at a church yard sale. Although I had no idea what they might be worth, how can you go wrong for a quarter? I am glad I did. They sold on eBay for $18 dollars. A pretty good return on a something that set me back two dimes and one nickel!

One ringy dingy
When it comes to dolls, I am not what you would call an "expert". With the exception of American Girl or vintage Barbie dolls, I'll freely admit I am in the dark on collectible dolls. But if the price is right, I'll always take chance. Fortunately for me, the price was right on this commemorative edition Bell Telephone doll. This gal is suppose to depict a telephone operator from the good old days. She was in the original box, and for only twenty five cents, I just couldn't say no. Prior to posting her on eBay, I did a little research on the doll and found out Bell Telephone produced several different versions of her. Each depicted a Bell Telephone employee from different eras. Called "Telephone Pioneers of America", they also made several others dolls including a modern day telephone repairman. Following my research, I posted my old time operator on eBay. She "connected" me with a caller who paid twenty dollars for her!

Everybody sells....some time.
Moving to more modern times, how about some nice rock band posters from waaaay back in the Nineties? Here's one of two REM posters I came across at a yard sale last year. The seller was a thirty-ish dude, who told me he hung these posters in his college dorm room over 15 years ago. Now married with a baby on the way, he decided it was time to part with his old college dorm room posters. At only a quarter a piece, I was a buyer. Even though REM broke up over ten years ago, they remain hugely popular and their music is still heard on the radio today. Preparing them for an eBay auction, I decided to sell both posters in a single auction. Why deal with two separate auctions, two shipping tubes and all the extra time and trouble? It worked out great. My quarter posters sold to a buyer in Germany for twenty five bucks.

Lastly, check out this funky transistor radio from the 1980's. I am a sucker for all types of old-school radios. From citizen band (CB) to police scanners to little transistor radios, if the price is right, I am buying. It's not just me who's into this dorky hobby either. There's plenty of electronic geeks out there willing to pay up for cool radios to add to their collection. In fact, I could do a whole separate blog when it comes to my radio flips. But since that would get kind of boring, we'll just stick with this one. Suffice it to say, radios can always make you some decent money. If you come across a name-brand transistor radio at a good price, it's probably worth buying. Generally speaking, the ones that fetch the biggest money on eBay were made prior to the 1970s by companies such as Panasonic, Zenith and Sony. The little Panasonic seen here cost me a quarter. I sold it on eBay for $19 dollars. See what I mean? Two dimes and a nickel put me just shy of a twenty dollar bill. Not bad.

So those are a few sweet examples of some quarter flips. How about you? Got a few examples of your own? Give us a run down in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by and good luck out at the sales!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Power tools cheaper then Home Depot or Lowes

It seems safe to say that Winter is finally behind us now. The yard sales are definitely picking up and I've already made some early scores. Mrs. Dude and I also took the opportunity to host our own garage sale. It's been about two years since our last one, so we were overdue. Nothing feels better then clearing out the MoneyintheGarage inventory shelves. I'd say we unloaded about half of what we put out in the driveway, making $85 dollars in total. The remaining leftovers are now in the back of my truck. As I did following previous yard sales, I am trying to sell the leftovers in one big lot for $30 bucks. I am hoping a flea market seller will come along and pay up. Either way, one things for sure-the stuff is not going back inside the house! If it doesn't sell, the whole load is going down to Goodwill. It's the circle of life, only in junk.

A Mini Cooper is great for transporting Ryobi table saws!
Getting back to my regular sales, I did have some pretty sweet flips during the last few months. First up is this Ryobi table saw scored off my local Facebook yard sale group. It cost me...now get this...five dollars!  Can you believe that? A Ryobi table saw retails for $130 or more at Home Depot or Lowes! Mrs. Dude spotted it and we claimed the saw within minutes of it's posting. Once we put dibs on it, I drove right over to the seller's house before he came to his senses. When I arrived, the guy told me he was cleaning out his garage and just wanted  the nearly-new saw gone! I threw it in the truck, drove home, took some photos and posted it on Craigslist. Two days later, I'd sold the table for $75 dollars. That's a funny story too. The guy who bought it from me drove over an hour to pick up the saw. We met at a local convenience store and the buyer pulled up in a what has to be one of the smallest cars on the road; a Mini-Cooper! I started to chuckle to myself, wondering if the guy could fit a Ryobi table saw in the back of a little Mini Cooper.  I'll give him credit though, he made it fit! I just had to take a photo as he pulled it away. Believe it or not, there's a large table saw in the back of that little thing! So not only did I make a quick $70 bucks, I got a good laugh too!

Mid Century Danish
Another sweet winter flip was this mid-century danish designed magazine table. I paid $7 dollars for this table in Goodwill back in the Fall. While not an expert on this, or any other style of
furniture, I have learned just enough to get by. Namely that his modern (for it's time) designed wood furniture can sell for big bucks to the right buyer. I procrastinated several months before finally posting it as a "local pick up" sale on eBay. Local pick up only formats almost never work out for me. Without fail, some distant buyer doesn't pay attention to the shipping details and bids anyway. That's what happened with my table. A Chicago architect was the winning bidder, paying $225 big ones for the table. He later e-mailed me and apologized after realizing the auction was suppose to be the pick-up only.  But the story has a happy ending. The buyer had no problem covering the nearly $100 cost of packing and shipping the table to his Chicago office. Not only that, he paid me $40 extra for my troubles, making it a $265 sale! The table arrived safely in Chi-Town and the buyer left me glowing positive feedback! Sometimes things just work out!

Coach Ditka wore them!
Since I am on the subject of the Windy City, check out this vintage Chicago bears sweater. This style was popular when legendary Chicago Bears head coach, Mike Ditka ruled the
sidelines. The big guy always wore this style sweater and it became an iconic image. (Sort of like Dallas Cowboys' head coach Tom Landry and his top hat.) I've come across a few of these "old school" sweaters in the past and always buy them. I paid four dollars for this one at Goodwill. I sold it last month for $25. Not a bad little flip. (Had I sold it during the football season, I probably would have made an additional ten dollars or more.) If you ever find this Chicago Bears style sweater, don't hesitate to buy it. The sweater vest version is also a big seller. Either style will make you money.

Easter bunny inflatable
Wrapping up my winter flips, take a look at this Easter bunny inflatable I found at Goodwill. I had to grit my teeth and buckle down on this purchase, paying $30 dollars for the eight foot tall bunny. That price tag was waaaaay more then I normally spend on an inflatable. But this Easter Bunny was brand new in the box. Also, the timing could not have been better. I found him about six weeks prior to Easter and wasn't about to look a gift horse in the mouth. I posted the big Easter bunny for a BIN price of $135 bucks plus shipping. It sold within a few days, once again proving you can't lose flipping holiday inflatables!

That's it for now. Hows the sales going for you? Got any Spring flips you want to brag about? Share your stories in the comment section below.

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