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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