Friday, November 19, 2021

Vintage Barbie, Midge and other Mattel finds.

You just never know what treasures are inside a garage sale twenty five cent box. That's the "catch-all" box, wherein the seller throws in anything they think is pretty much worthless. Most of the time I give them just a quick glance, fully expecting to find cheap junk. My speed picking nature doesn't allow me the time to really root through most of those boxes. But this story shows that taking a good look worth the time.


A few weeks back I found a garage sale which looked promisingThe house was a small cottage and the husband/wife couple were into cottage shabby chic decorating. The sale had quite a few antiques, fabrics and old knicky-knacky things. Walking around, I spotted a huge box marked "25 cents" and started rooting around in it. I was flipping through stuff in a perfunctory way, not really "feeling it" with this box. There were lot's of cast-offs; playing card decks, ashtrays, cheap souvenirs and other junk. But as I dug further, I spotted what looked like a Barbie doll hidden in the bottom. I am no Barbie expert, but even I could tell this girl was old, she had a beehive hairdo and the more angular fifties style face. I nearly fell into the box as I leaned in to retrieve Barbie from the bottom! Looking at her more closely, I knew I had uncovered an awesome find! This Barbie was definitely from the late fifties to early Sixties era. I double checked the outside of the box to make sure of the price. In black magic marker it read, "25 cents - any item". I chuckled to myself, "OK, sounds good to me!"

I am always paranoid that sellers will change their price if they realize they threw a collectible item in a low-end 25 cent box. So I decided a quick hit and run tactic would be my best bet when paying for Barbie. As I was getting ready to pay, I held Barbie up to the husband but only fast enough that he could glance at her. Then I held her down by my side out of his view. I gave the husband a quick nonchalant, "Hey, this doll was in your quarter box. I am going to get change from my truck." He nodded and I quickly walked down the driveway to my truck and tossed Barbie inside. With my poker face still on, I handed the husband my quarter and casually said, "Here's for the doll".

This casual act is one of my buying tactics. It always good to play down your interest in an item in front of the seller. Unlike Mike and Frank on my favorite show American Pickers, I never freak out and gush in front of the seller over an item. With the Barbie I didn't say, "Here's a quarter for your woefully under-priced, vintage and highly collectible Barbie doll." Enthusiasm like that could cause the seller to jack up the price or change their mind in selling the item. (Which has happened to me) For my awesome Barbie find I simply said, "Here's for the doll." Low key means low price.

Once I returned home to the "Money in the Garage" corporate office, I researched my twenty five cent Barbie. Turns out she was a "Midge" doll dating back to the early Sixties. I took a few nice photos and posted her knowing I had another "sure-thing" sale coming my way. My plunge into the quarter box was well worth it....Midge sold for $34 dollars! A good day at the garage sales!

So jump into those quarter boxes...stick your head and hands way down to the very bottom. Barbie or some other great find could be down there waiting for you! 

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Tons of money laying around your house

With Covid still running rampant, who feels like putting on a mask and leaving the house to trudge through yard sales and thrift store? Instead, you probably have some undiscovered inventory right inside your house. Take a good look around your home. You probably have stuff laying around or stored away that can fetch you decent bucks. I try to always stay aware of selling opportunities in my house. I have a theory best described as the "overlooked syndrome". This effects all humans in their daily life. It goes like this: Due to daily exposure, a person tends to ignore valuable items sitting right in front of their face in their home. This household clutter becomes background scenery in your life. It's right there in the open, but you don't see it.  You might even move it occasionally to  dust around it,  but you don't pay it any mind. It just sits on a shelf and takes up space. The crazy thing is that, if you sell in on eBay, it can probably put money in your wallet. For example, how about some old video game your kids haven't  played in months, or years? Would you rather have it sit on a shelf collecting dust, or maybe turn it into a twenty dollar bill? I like the twenty dollar bill myself. 

Some time ago the "overlooked syndrome" was in full effect in my old basement where an
old "Sims" CD game literally stored on a shelf right in front of my face. My kids had lost interest in playing after  upgrading to the latest, greatest "Sims" game.  And when I mean in front of my facem I am not kidding. I am not kidding... it was three feet from my face on my desk shelf, just above my computer monitor! Then one day I just happened to notice it. I tilted my head like the RCA Victor dog and wondered, "Hmmm, wonder if this is worth anything?" Looking it up on Ebay, I discovered this particular Sims game was still in high demand. I listed it right away and sold it for $35! So not only did I make enough money to buy dinner for myself and my wife, I freed up valuable shelf space on my computer desk!

Another dusty item I found in our basement was used by my Son back when he went through his guitar stage. It was some kind of electronic gizmo you hooked up to an electric guitar. 
I wasn't sure what exactly it was suppose to do, and still don't. All I knew was it was very lightweight and seemed kind of cheap, so I assumed it was worthless. It included a few wires sticking out that I think were for plugging into a speaker. Whatever it was for, I must have handled this little gizmo a dozen times when cleaning the basement.  But one day I had an awakening and decided to see if it had any value. I typed in the name of the manufacturer and guess what I discovered?  Similar models were selling on Ebay for as much as $75! I was at a loss to provide a good description in my listing but that didn't seem to matter. Seven days later, I was $46 dollars richer...a basement moneymaker!

So liberate yourself from your clutter! Take a walk around your home with eyes wide open. When you spot something, ask yourself, "Do I really need to have this around?" Then look up it's value on Ebay. If it's worth a few dollars-sell it. You may turn it into a some serious cash! 
Have you sold dusty old stuff from around your house? Tell us about it in the comment section below. 

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Holiday finds, flips and deals!

With the holidays now behind us, this is a good time as any to go over some of my seasonal flips. Overall, I feel sales were strong, although not as good as previous years. But considering the Covid pandemic and the economy, it's easy to see why. I am not complaining though. I still did pretty good considering the situation. Let's take a look at a few of my more successful holiday flips. 

Blowmolds galore!
Blowmolds galore! 
My obsession with holiday blow molds continues. Over the course of the yard sale season, I picked up about a dozen plastic figures, paying anywhere from a dollar, to twenty dollars for each one. I just can’t resist them! Since I buy them all year long, they are subsequently stashed in various nooks and crannies around the house.  Incidentally, I found that Noel candles are the easiest to store. I tuck them neatly in the rafters of my attic space until it's time to post them. In my experience, the weekend that follows the Thanksgiving four day weekend seems to be the best time to go “live” with Christmas Blowmolds.  That’s when folks begin decorating their homes for the holidays.  For example, I posted several blowmolds on Craigslist prior to Thanksgiving and didn’t get a single bite. But that all changed once Thansgiving past and I quickly sold several figures in my collection. (I only sell blowmolds on Craiglist to avoid high shipping costs.)    

Two for one price!
One of the first blowmolds sales of the season was this set featuring a reindeer and a penguin. These
guys were probably made back in the mid-1990’s, so they're not true vintage. However, they meet an important criteria for resale...they’re not made anymore! That’s good enough to bring the buyers out. I forgot what I paid for these guys, but I’d venture to guess it was no more then ten bucks a piece. I posted the pair on Craigslist for $85 dollars just prior to Thanksgiving. They were snapped up the following weekend. I met the buyer at a local convenience store and she gleefully forked over the $85 dollars for the pair. As she loaded them into her car, she told me she lived with her elderly parents and liked to decorate their front yard with lots of Christmas blow molds. With that, she pulled away and the penguin and reindeer were heading for a spot in her front yard.

In past holidays, I've stayed away from flipping Christmas tree ornaments. Not that they don’t bring in money, because they do. But rather because I am afraid of them breaking in shipping. Many vintage tree ornaments can be as fragile as eggs. The notion of putting them into the rough and tumble mail stream scared the heck out of me! But last fall I came across a box containing a dozen vintage ornaments. At only a dollar for the entire box, I couldn’t pass it up. Mrs. Dude did some research and advised me that my box of ornaments had the potential to bring in some serious cash. She pointed out further that several of my ornaments had fancy “indents” which seemed to be really popular with buyers. So following her advise, I nervously posted my one dollar investment on eBay with a starting bid of $15. Turns out, Mrs. Dude was onto something. The ornaments topped out at $45 dollars a week later! In order to prevent my shipping nightmare from becoming true, I very carefully packed the ornaments using loads of peanuts and bubble wrap. Although due to Covid delays they took a little longer to reach the buyer, they thankfully arrived at their destination safe and sound. (Good job USPS!) 

 MTH Rail King
Since we’re on the subject of Mrs. Dude, here's a major score she made at a yard sale. While on this separate yard sale mission, she came across a top of the line train set by MTH Rail King. These sets are very high quality and harken back to the classic Lionel trains from back in the day.  In this case, the set contained a model engine, three passengers cars, track and  a transformer set in the original box. Along with the train set, she also found three special Christmas edition Lionel box cars, each from a different year. She picked up the entire lot for just twenty five dollars! After she brought her scores home, I held off posting them until the Christmas selling season. When the time finally came to post the train finds, I began piecing out the MTH trains and the Lionel box cars in separate auctions. It took the entire month of December, but when the last train piece was finally shipped, my profits added up to $480 dollars for everything. A nice return on a twenty five dollar investment!

Those are a few samples of my holiday flips. Like I said, a pretty good Christmas season considering the current situation out there. So how’d you do this year? Use the comment section below to fill us in.   


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Friday, December 18, 2020

Garage sale picking in tough times

With Covid-19 running rampant, you might think Fall 2020 was an awful time to be in the garage sale picking business. For one thing, there was a decline in the number of garage sales being held. There’s also been the Covid protocols to deal with. Most garage sales required buyers to wear a mask when shopping their sale. It's a necessary evil, but it’s also a pain. I wear eye glasses and the resulting “fog-up” makes it difficult to closely examine stuff. Also, some sellers take their Covid precautions to extremes. At one over-the-top garage sale I attended, the seller required attendees to not only "mask up" but to "glove up” too! She even distributed latex rubber gloves to anyone who walked into her garage. I thought this was a little much, but I gloved up anyway. It turned out to be waste of a pair of gloves. I only looked around for a few minutes, then left empty (gloved) handed. As it stands now, the yard sale season has come to a cold winter's end in my part of the country. With any luck, the pandemic will soon end soon too. Until that time, let’s take a look at a few of my fall garage sale 2020 flips and finds. 

Check out this Blockbuster video popcorn bowl. What’s the big deal about a plastic bowl, right? Well thanks to Netflix and other on-line movie sources, Blockbuster has gone the way of your VCR machine. The last of the corporate owned chain stores closed in 2014. This seems to have created a bit of nostalgia for the old school rental chain that once could be found in every town and hamlet. These Tupperware-style bowls were sold at Blockbuster during the height of the video rental business, making this relic about twenty years old. I found this bowl with it’s accompanying lid at a 55 and older community yard sale. After running a quick Ebay check on my phone, I discovered these bowls are well worth flipping. The seller, a nice little old lady, was asking ten cents for the bowl. Being the big sport that I am, I gave her a quarter and told her to keep the change. After some further research, I posted the bowl on eBay with a “Buy It Now" price of $30 dollars. It sold within a few days. It’s super light weight and plastic durability made it a breeze to pack and ship. A pretty good flip for a quarter investment! 

One of the things I love about eBay are those rare, but exciting, occasions when a buyer rescues me
from being stuck with a “loser” item. Take for example this vintage Marx toys “Davey Crockett” cap pistol. This was another great bargain. I paid 25 cents for it at a local yard sale. For the price of a quarter, it initially seemed like a no-brainer. My research had found similar cap guns were selling for around twenty dollars. Feeling confident, I started my auction at $12 bucks, hoping to make about twenty dollars off the toy. My hopes were dashed when the auction completely bombed with not a single bidder for the toy gun. Worried that I had a loser on my hands, I reposted the cap gun a few weeks later, this time with a lower starting bid of $9.99. Miracle of miracles, a buyer e-mailed me asking if I would sell it to him for a “Buy It Now" price of $50 dollars? I quickly responded in the affirmative, revising the auction so he could immediatley purchase the cap gun. Within minutes he completed the transaction and just like that, my loser cap gun went from being a big loser to a very big winner! Hard to explain these things sometimes, but I love it! 

Switching over from garage sale finds to Facebook finds, check out this rare board game called, “Axis and Allies: Battle of the Bulge”. I picked this game up for a five dollar bill on a Facebook Yard sale group. It was brand new, never played. This is not a kid's board game. It’s actually one of those sophisticated games that World War Two history buffs love to play over several days, if not weeks. It falls loosely in the category of “bookshelf games” and can bring in some amazing money if you find the right buyer. My best advise on scoring these games would be this-when you're out at the yard sales or thrifting and find a board game that you’ve never heard of....and it looks like it’s NOT for may want to buy it. At the very least, try to look it up on your phone when deciding. That's what I did and it paid off nicely. I posted this rare game for $150 dollars on Ebay and it sold almost immediately. That was five bucks well spent!

That’s just a few of my fall yard sale season highlights. Any good scores you want to post about? Please feel free in the comment section below. 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Vintage Apple iPod and other great electronics deals!

Sales are humming along here at MoneyintheGarage as we enter the fall. Despite the few yard sales held these past few months, I've been able to cobble together inventory with the help of thrift shops and the few garage sales I’ve found. In fact, due to one part dumb luck, and one part perseverance, some recent finds have turned into major scores!  Let's discuss a few of them to get things started.

About a month ago, I headed out from MoneyintheGarage headquarters on a typical warm summer, Saturday morning. Due to the aforementioned low number of sales, I had only a few stops to make. My very first stop was a quick drive and fortunately for me, a nice shady location. The sellers were still bringing stuff out when I immediately spotted a pair of full size blow mold Christmas candles. I scooped up the set for two bucks and continued my search. (These will be posted for sale in about a month.) My next score was a 1984 Star Wars Ewok Treehouse for one dollar. The set was filled with Ewok figures and furniture. Admittedly, there's quite an abundance of Star Wars toys flooding yard sales, making it hard to figure out what’s really worth good money. As a general rule, Star Wars toys from the Seventies and Eighties bring in the big dough. As for my Hasbro Ewok treehouse, the toy was made in1984, making it a good bet to bring in decent bucks. I posted the Ewok treehouse figures and furniture on eBay and it ended up selling for $28 dollars. Not bad for a dollar investment. Getting back to the yard sale, I was about to leave with just my blow molds and Star Wars stuff when my eye caught a dusty, boxy electronic contraption sitting on the table. I picked it up trying to figure out exactly what it was? All I knew for sure was that it was extremely heavy for it’s size. It also had a voltage meter in the front with a power switch. On the front it read, “Isolation Transformer.” Having no clue as to what it was, I walked back to my truck and typed in “Isolation Transformer” into the eBay search app on my phone. It came back with big prices, so I immediately turned around, walked back to the table and bought the box for three dollars. To this day, I still don't know what an isolation transformer is, but I do know they kick butt on eBay. The heavy little electronic box sold for $145 bucks on eBay! I guess ignorance can be bliss! 

On another weekend, a nearby sale netted me some more electronic profits. This particular sale was held by a couple of adult children cleaning out their parent's house. Somehow, I had missed the first day of the sale, which bummed me out.  A good yard sale picker always knows the best stuff gets scooped on day one. But I decided to make the most out of day two anyway. Looking around the dimly lit garage, I found a box full of cable wires and other worthless junk. Despite this, I continued to dig around the box hoping to find something others had missed. Maybe it was the extra coffee I drank that gave me an energy boost because, low and behold.... I dug out a vintage Apple iPod! Pulling it out from between the cable wires, I brought it over to the seller to ask how much? She quoted me five dollars, adding she would throw in one of those cheap docking station bases. Now in my experience, docking stations are as common as the hated bread makers, so I didn’t take the bait. I told her I’d pass on that and give her three bucks for the iPod. Since it was the second day of the sale, and she seemed eager to clean out her parent’s stuff, she took the deal. Later that day, I cleaned up the iPod and posted it using an eBay auction format. The little iPod sold for $65 dollars! Sure glad I looked through that box! 

Lastly, I’ll throw out a “Who would have thunked it?’ sale item. Scanning my local Facebook yard sale group, I came across a listing for an old antenna rotor and box. For those Millennials who might be asking, "What’s that?”...let me explain. Back before cable television and wifi, us old folks used metal TV antennas fastened to the chimney of the house in order to pick up local TV stations. For best reception, you would add an antenna rotor, which was a small motor allowing you to rotate the antenna until you received the best possible picture on your TV. Sounds very primitive, but with a TV antenna there were no expensive monthly cable bills. Your only cost being the one-time purchase of an antenna and rotor box at your local Sears or Radio Shack. Naturally, these contraptions went the way of the dinosaur once cable systems took over. However, fast forward to today and there appears to be an eBay market for the old antenna rotors. HAM radio enthusiasts still use them for their hobby. Learning this, I bought the antenna rotor for twenty dollars and posted it on eBay. After a seven day auction, I sold the whole kit and kaboodle for $73 dollars! Not bad for outdated technology!

Overall, a pretty good start to the fall eBay selling season. How’s your season going? Add your stories to the comment section below.   

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Sears Craftsman tools for free.

What a strange summer it’s been so far. Very few yard sales, thrift shops requiring a face mask. It’s been a summer like no other. Where once a typical Saturday in the summer would have a dozen or more garage sales, now I am lucky to find one. The thrift shops are still a decent source for inventory, but it’s hard to closely examine stuff when your glasses are fogging up due to your mask! But things could be a whole lot worse, so I am not complaining. Instead, let's keep it on the bright side with a few of my recent noteworthy flips.

Sears Craftsman Power Washer
When it comes to summertime, one household task I don’t mind tackling is power washing the house. Locally, contractors charge around $250 dollars or more to powerwash a house of my size. That’s crazy money! To me, it’s an easy job that I’d rather do myself. I am just a big kid, so splashing around in the water with what’s basically an awesome gigantic water pistol is fun! So instead of shelling out big bucks to someone else, I scored a Sears Craftsman power washer for fifty bucks on my Facebook yard sale group. Brand new, this bad boy sells for about $350 dollars, making my Facebook score a pretty good deal. Once acquired, I went crazy blasting my vinyl siding, driveway and sidewalk. It's amazing what a good power washer can do. I washed away several years of dirt and grub, leaving the house exterior clean and fresh. Once the job was done however, I really had no interest in storing the power washer until next year. In my mind, I can always go out and score another power washer when the time comes. So with the vinyl siding barely dry from blasting, I posted the power washer back up for sale on the Facebook. Only this time around, I bumped up the price to $75 dollars. Still a good deal for a buyer, plus I would stand to make some extra money for my effort. A few days later, I sold it to a local homeowner. As an extra bonus, I delivered the machine right to his house and demonstrated how to start it up. (Lucky for me, it started with one pull.) After all was said and done, I made 25 bucks and was able to completely powerwash my home for free. A pretty good deal all the way around.
Another bread maker?! 

Switching over to items I bought strictly for flipping, we have this bread maker scored at my local Goodwill store. Now, should you take a walk through most any thrift shop, you’ll probably agree that bread makers have become the equivalent to an unwanted weed growing in a garden. Used breadmakers are an annoying constant in most thrift stores, taking up important shelf space better used for other things. I also wonder how much space these clunkers are taking up in landfills across the country? For that reason, I am not a fan of the modern, home-use breadmaker. But despite my strong animosity towards them, I actually found one I wanted to buy. This particular model (Zojirush) was brand new in the box. It even had some extra tools and the original instruction manual. Obviously not your run-of-the-mill, used thrift shop bread maker. Also important was the price...only $18 dollars! I couldn’t pass it up. Just to be sure I was getting a working bread maker rather then a lemon, I plugged it into a wall socket to test it. After a few seconds, the heating element began to warm up. That was all I needed to know. The bread maker came home with me and was posted on eBay a few days later. I set a "Buy it Now" price of $120 dollars and it sold a few days later. With it already packaged in the original box, it was an easy item to ship. Just like that, I was up one hundred dollars! A nice flip on a thrift shop item I normally pass up on.

Sony New/Old Stock 
Speaking of  stuff that’s new in the box, let me brag a little about this recent sale. A local Facebook seller posted this semi-vintage Sony dictation machine. This was one of several items I purchased from the guy, who was in the middle of settling his father’s estate. The Sony dictation machine dated back to around 1995 and was basically, new/old stock. Apparently, his father bought it, but never got around to taking it out of the box. Instead, it sat untouched for many years. It caught my eye, particularly at the low price of just five bucks! At that low price, I quickly claimed it. In my view, any technology, no matter how old, is going to worth some decent bucks if it's mint in the box. The most likely eBay buyer would be someone who stubbornly sticks to using old technology, or someone who just enjoys collecting "old school" tech stuff. Lastly, since it’s mint in the box, it should work perfectly. For these reasons, I scooped it up. I posted it on eBay with a very bold "Buy it Now" price of $150 dollars. Admittedly, it didn’t exactly fly off my eBay shelf. Several months passed with me lowering the price until I finally sold it for $65 dollars. I guess I overestimated the “hot” market for 1995 Sony dictation machines! But no worries, it's all about making some bucks and moving on. The dictation machine headed out the door and I put $60 dollars profit in my pocket!

That’s a few of my recent summer sales of late. How’s your sales going this summer? Fill us in using the comment section below.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Self Isolation while still making big money on eBay

As mentioned previously, these are unusual times on many levels. I’ll dispatch with the "stay safe” advise. At this point, that goes without saying. Instead, let me stick to what I know best, and what readers come to this page for...flipping stuff for fun and profit! It’s been a tough few month for us flippers. Due to the overall shut down, there’s been absolutely no garage sales or thrift shop trips to accumulate new finds. In my case, I’ve been selling stuff left over from last year's yard sales as well as thrift shops, Facebook finds and things laying around the house. I haven’t exactly had a flood of new items to sell, but I’ve done okay considering the current situation. Let’s go over a few recent sales that have done well.

After a long winter, he’s got a home.
First off, check out this large wood silhouette of a golfer in full swing. I found this guy at a community yard sale last fall in a 55 and older community. This wood golfer stood six feet high and was made out of plywood. As I looked him over, the seller, a very nice little old lady, sheepishly said to me, “ I am embarrassed to tell you what I paid for it.” I took this to mean that she paid a whole lot. Despite overpaying, she was now only asking five dollars for the big guy. My only hesitation was the fact that he was very large and I worried about storing him if he went unsold. But after a little more thought, I decided to buy him anyway. After all, what’s five bucks? A drop in the bucket really. My original concern turned out to be true however. The golfer sat unsold over the winter. Knowing he wasn’t going anywhere until spring, and to protect him from the elements, I stored him in my garden shed. When the weather warmed, my golfer went up on Craigslist where he finally got the attention of a serious golfer. The buyer paid me $25 dollars for him and mounted him to his backyard shed, adjacent to a practice putting green. The buyer even sent me a photo of the golfer in his new home. I had to admit, he looked great! The buyer was happy and I was good with my $20 dollar profit.

German cuckoo clock
Although the yard sales have a dried up due to the Covid-19 shutdown, I recently discovered a “pop-up” sale advertised on my local Facebook yard sale group. The seller was cleaning out his grandmother’s home and had piled tons of stuff out in the driveway. In his FB listing, he indicated that a clean out service was picking up the stuff in a few days, but buyers were welcome to pick through the piles before the big haul out. Due to cabin fever, Mrs. Dude decided to come with me to this unique pop up sale. On the way over, I remarked to her that in my vast and knowledgable experience, pop up sales do not bring out a lot of buyers. I am not sure why? Maybe due to the randomness of them? Either way, when we pulled up, the seller confirmed this theory, telling me we were the only people to show up for his sale. Naturally, nothing gets my juices flowing more then knowing we have a yard sale all to ourselves! Probing through leaf bags and boxes, we found some great stuff and even greater prices. They included a vintage Snowman blowmold, holiday popcorn window decorations, old maps of local towns and a broken German cuckoo clock. After about 30 minutes of searching, we decided to pay up. Our collective cash outlay totaled $17 dollars for everything. The clock, which I paid only one dollar for, immediately went up on eBay. It sold a few days later for $35 dollars, Currently, I have one of the old maps listed on eBay, and it's been bid up to $37 dollars with a few days to go. Overall, the pop up sale was a nice find that will probably net me close to two hundred bucks when all is said and done. Pretty good, considering it was a random find!
Vintage Singer Sewing Machine 

Last, but definitely not least, is this very vintage Singer sewing machine. I found this valuable hunk of iron on a local Facebook
yard sale group. I paid $50 dollars for it. Looking it up on eBay, I discovered these little guys are highly sought after by seamstresses. Even the seller knew she was underpricing it, but just wanted to unload it due to a pressing house move. Fortunatley, I was first to claim the sewing machine on FB. But to my shock and annoyance, instead of private messaging me with her address, the seller listed her home address right on the comment section for anyone to see! This was really a dumb move for several reason. In addition to personal safety issues, anyone could come to her house and steal the machine right off her front porch! (This FB group encourages porch pick up, meaning the item is left on the porch and money left under the welcome mat.) While I had planned to pick up the machine the next day, once she publicized her home address for all the world to see, I decided to not take any chances. I messaged her,  saying I’d be right over to pick up the sewing machine. Barely 30 minute later, and with it getting dark outside, I was at her front door. As we conducted business, she commented that I was getting a really good deal, adding she'd been contacted by many other potential buyers. She further inquired as to what I was going to do with the machine? In these situations I usually put on a poker face. I try to be friendly, but vague as to my intentions. When you get right down to it, it's none of her business anyway. I mean, if on the way home I pulled over and tossed the sewing machine over a bridge, that’s my business, right? But needless to say, I didn’t hurl my sewing machine over any bridge. Nope. Instead, I sold it on eBay for...are your ready? An incredible four hundred dollars! Crazy, but true. That’s the going rate on eBay for these particular Singer sewing machines. So my 30 minute Facebook find turned into a sweet  $350 profit! Knowing the true value of that sewing machine was the whole reason I raced over to the seller's house that night! You have to strike while the iron is hot!

Those are a few of my eBay flips during these crazy times. Some are good, but average, while a few are incredibly awesome. How’s your eBay flipping going? Share your scores in the comment section below.....        

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