Sunday, January 8, 2012

Scooby-Dooby-Dough !

I am always looking for new garage sale finds to pass along to you. Reader's suggestions are always welcome and help us all continue to expand our knowledge base. Jill, who's a follower of this site, recently wrote to me about a little thrift store purchase that turned into big cash dollars for her. Jill say's she's new at the business, but we can all learn a few things from this so-called rookie!

Not long ago, Jill was at a small church thrift store that's only open on Saturdays. Because of the limited hours, it can be "hit or miss" finding good stuff at this shop. But on one recent visit, Jill found this group of small Scooby-Doo bean bang characters seen in the picture. These guys were in excellent condition with tags still attached! The whole gang of "meddling kids" included; Daphne, Shaggy, Velma, Fred and of course, Scooby-Doo. The thrift store priced the entire lot for only three dollars! Not knowing if the gang would sell on eBay, Jill was a little reluctant to buy the toys. I've been in that situation too, holding an item in hand and wondering about it's resale value. To help me decide, I'll ask myself the following: Can I at least sell the item for what I paid and get my money back? If I think the answer is yes, then I usually buy them.

In Jill's case she decided to go for it, paying the nice church ladies three dollars for the whole bunch. It was a smart decision on her part. Jill sold the Scooby-Doo bean bag dolls on eBay for $91....a profit of $88 dollars! As the big dog always proclaims......Scooby-Dooby-Doooo!

Who would think the Scooby market would be so good? Checking eBay, there's a fair amount of Scooby-Doo paraphernalia up for sale including an oil painting of Shaggy listed for one million dollars! I am not kidding- check it out...... I guess at that price the artist only needs to sell one! What's a bit more realistic however, is The Mystery Machine. The gang's groovy van can be found in the form of plastic toys, alarm clocks and even travel bags. Many of them seem to bring nice prices at auction. If you find a Mystery Machine at a the right price, chances are good you'll make money on it.

How about you? Like Jill, have you done well with any Scooby-Doo stuff? How about other TV cartoon characters? If so, write to me at MoneyintheGargae@me.com or comment below.

All this Scooby-Doo talk is making me hungry. Can someone toss me a Scooby-Snack?
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18 comments:

  1. I know the Little Einsteins Pat Pat Rocket can go for big money. Not sure about the other little einstein toys though

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  2. I agree beckyp! Those rockets and characters are a solid sale, the more characters and add-ons you have with the set,the better you'll do.

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  3. I recently found all four little einsteins characters that go to the rocket at a Value Village for $1.99 and almost freaked when I found them, my husband thought I was crazy and he was more excited over his vintage with box lite-brite than my little einsteins figures but I knew better haha! I went home and immediately listed those little guys as recplacement pieces to the pat pat rocket and they sold within 8 hours for $50.00!!! (Side note: My husband's lite-brite didn't do bad ending at $29 but I still got a better profit!)

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  4. Samantha-Wow, finding those Little Einsteins was like striking gold, nice!

    I almost never see Lite-Brites around, but for $29 I am going to keep looking. Ha!

    Thanks for the tips!

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  5. I found a bunch of Popples at the Goodwill outlet store for $.50 each. Looked them up and some USED ones are selling for up to $50-$60 each. Ah, the 80's were a fun time :)

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  6. Hey Dude -- thanks for sharing my story! I'm hoping to run into Scooby and the Gang again once the garage sale season kicks off for 2012.

    I'm really enjoying the success stories that are being shared. Keep them coming -- like Dude said, we can all learn from each other.

    Take Care!!

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  7. I usually find these at garage sales and thrift stores and I honestly would have passed them up, but my 11 year old son said they were worth something. His instinct was right. I usually pay $1 or $2 for them - Incredible Hulk Smashing Hands the sell from $25 for the fabric hands to $100 for the original foam hands.

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  8. Ruh Roh! I'd better keep up. I have no idea what the Einsteins or Popples are. I recently got some ninja turtle stuff, but the completeds don't show many high prices. There's a lot of money in toys, but I guess you really have to know what sells well. Thanks for the Scooby story!

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  9. Anything Blue's Clues always sells. Books, stuffed toys and plastic figures. I bought a set of small, plastic figures for $3 at a consignment sale and resold them for $31. Also Teddy Ruxpin from the 80's--paid $5 sold for $99.99 minus shipping.

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  10. Same here. Bought Blue clues safari set for 1$ and sold it for 24$

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  11. Wow! All these ideas sent me scurrying to eBay to look them up! Mattel Popples (I never heard of them until now), Incredible Hulk Hands (Who knew?), Blues Clues. All great suggestions-thanks folks and keep them coming! : )

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  12. I bought a blues clues tiny mailbox for .75 at a thrift store one day because it was cute. Sold it 3 days later for $20. Came across a pat pat rocket ship but no figures. Went back to the store about a week later and found all the figures in a zippy bag with a mini pat pat included. $2 for everything and sold it for $90. I also found a set of batman sheets (1980's) with the complete set, paid $2, sold for $25. I don't have a smart phone or anything, but I buy what I think other people would like. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don't. But it sure is fun!

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  13. Amber-I am reading your tips and getting the urge to jump in the truckster and run down to my local Goodwill. I haven't been for a couple days and need to get my fix!

    Blues Clues seems to have the lead here in overall tips. A few folks have recommended the little blue puppy and all his stuff. Thanks!

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  14. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=230729631673

    This is another of my who knew? I bought this Presto Hottopper at a thrift store for $2.00 I listed it last night and it just sold for $29.95.

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  15. Oh yeah, those little einsteins are awesome. I've made so much profit on those figures. you know, my scooby doo mystery machine + figures for $2.99 (from thrift store) is not getting very many hits this week, so I'm not sold on it yet. We'll see, I still have 3 days to go.

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  16. kdelrosario- Nice, in the box complete, that helped make the sale...great sale! BTW-Where do you find all those Starbucks coffee mugs? You live in Seattle!? HA! I've looked at my local GW and always strike out!

    feetinwater-I found a Mystery Machine at GW just the other day, but it was missing it's doors so I wisely passed. Hopefully you'll get some bids soon....

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  17. Dude,

    I have always looked for Starbucks coffee cups and never found them anywhere. I was at GW last Thursday and they cleared out all the shelves of the Christmas Holiday decor and were filling them with new inventory and they literally just put those Starbucks cups out and they were only $.75 each, so I bought them all. I doubt I will find that again! No, I don't live in Seattle! I'm a Texan!

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  18. Very nice, timing is everything isn't it? I am sure you'll do well with those, great find for sure!

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