Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wow, that was a hectic holiday season wasn't it? It's fun selling during the holidays, but I am always relieved when the auctions are over and the packages are mailed. Now all those good little eBay buyers have their presents under the tree, thanks to you and me. I made some great sales over the month of December. I really hope you did too. With the season over, I'll tell you about a nice little flip I made. It definitely made me say, Ho-Ho-Ho!

This past Summer, I found a vintage Christmas tree color wheel at the local Goodwill Store.
It was mint in the original box and looked like it was barely used. (I posted a picture of it on Twitter back in the Summer.) For those too young to remember, a color wheel slowly rotates, projecting it's colors on the old aluminum Christmas trees. Many people still like to put up the old retro aluminum trees and need these wheels to complete the look. You can still find cheap versions of them in some stores, but buyers prefer the big "old-school" look of the originals. So when I found a vintage color wheel still in the box, I knew I had something special. I paid the crazy-low price of five dollars for it, then stored it away until the holiday selling season.

Once December arrived, my color wheel went up for auction on eBay. While there were quite a few of them listed on eBay, my wheel had no problem attracting bidders. It sold for $73 dollars! Like I said, Ho-Ho-Ho!
The wheel wasn't my only big-time score, but I'll tell you about my other sales at a later time.

So as the year ends, I hope this site has encouraged and motivated you to get out to the garage sales. Maybe you learned some things that helped you score big cash dollars...I sure hope so! With the crummy economy and high unemployment, every little bit helps.

I know the followers of this site are pretty selfless. The money you earn doing this usually is spent not on yourself, but on your family. So I am not going to tell you to use some of your earnings to buy something for yourself. Because even though you should-you probably won't. But maybe you can do this-when things settle down after the holidays, use some of the money you've earned and take the family out to dinner. It can be your kids, spouse or a close friend...the people that are important to you. This is a Christmas gift for them and for you too! It doesn't matter where-a local diner, a fancy restaurant, or someplace in between. Just go out and treat yourself and your family. And as you sit at the table and listen to your spouse chat about work, or the kids talk about their school day, enjoy the warm family moment. Make sure you give yourself a pat on the back for the fact that you were able to do this for them. You deserve it!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope you find more "Money in the Garage" in 2012! .........Dude ; )
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  1. I know this might sound trite, knowing that buyer and seller feedback is usually good, just for the point of keeping good standing on both seller and buyer Ebay accounts, but it does my heart good when I read some of our feedback. Feedback thanking us for ensuring things have arrived in time for Christmas-lots of times at seller expense, and selling quality items, items painstakingly detailed so as not to disappoint our customers.

    Dude, Thanks so much for your expertise, time and insight! It is much appreciated. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. This has been my 1st Christmas season as a serious ebayer. I loved it.

  3. Well said, Dude!
    This was my first holiday season selling on eBay as well and I loved it too. I'm looking forward to 2012 with all I've learned so far. Thank you, Dude, for being so helpful and such a great resource.
    Merry Christmas to you, Mrs. Dude and your family!!

  4. Thanks folks, I am glad my blog has helped you. There's more to come in the new year. In the mean time, I hope you are having the best Christmas ever ! ! !

  5. longtime lurker. love all your stories and sucesses. merry christmas to you and yours!

  6. Thanks Anonymous- I am glad you enjoy it! Thanks for checking in and Merry Christmas back at you!

  7. Merry Christmas, Dude!

    I'm usually too busy with a real job and a second Ebay job to read blogs, but yours is always a go-to!

    I've picked up some new 'niches' reading your stuff and I always know that I'll get a smile when I go to your pages.


  8. Thanks bitt, I really appreciate that. Hope you have a great eBay year in 2012! ....Dude