Just sold this Dora the Explorer toy chest for $25. Yet another superlative tip from YardSaleMommy.com (Thanks Jen!) See my link to this great site on the right hand side of my post. I bought this a few weeks ago at a yard sale held at a pre-school parking lot. (Boy was it hot out that day!) The Mom was asking $20, but I talked her down to $15. It just needed a little cleaning up and the bottom floor panel needed to be re-inserted into the side slot. That took all of a minute to fix and it was ready for re-sale.
After a few pix using my Itouch, I posted it on Craigslist for $40. The response was underwhelming, so I lowered it to $30 this weekend. After that price slash, a Mom made contact with me to buy the toy chest. To be honest, I am sure I could have eventually sold it for $40 if I just waited for the right buyer to come along. But my philosophy is to flip things over fast and move on to the next deal. So in keeping with my "in and out" strategy, I arranged to meet the buyer's husband at the local Dunkin Donuts to make the sale.
Here is a little tip for when you meet a Craigslist buyer: bring plenty of change. I can not tell you how many times I've met a buyer who had only large bills to give me. Then they expect you to make change like you're a bank teller! What the heck? For this sale, the husband handed over two twenties, needing ten back. (Another Craigslist pet peeve: if a buyer knows exactly what they will be paying for an item, why don't they bring exact change?) Of course, I didn't have a ten, so the Dad dug around his wallet for smaller bills. He found a five note, and like the softy that I am, I told him that was fine. So to avoid these awkward moments, always assume the buyer is going to show up with a one hundred dollar bill. In other words, bring plenty of change! If you have to wear one of those little change dispensers on your belt, go ahead and do it!
So I walked away with a small profit of ten dollars. Not huge, but it was partly my own fault. Either way, I'll take a ten dollar profit any day of the week! As an interesting side note, I should point out that when the Mom called me about the toy chest, she also asked if I had any other "Dora the Explorer" items? So there's definitely strong interest in little Dora!
Put Dora on your buy list along with a note to carry plenty of change!
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