Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Spring break......

I am a little off-kilter this week. Nothing bad, just totally distracted due to a family vacation we are taking in a few days. This vacation has taken me out of my normal routine...can't go to garage sales or thrift stores. I ended my auctions days ago and have nothing left to mail out. I can't even post eBay listings! (Since I would be away when they close and unable to ship stuff.) It's a weird feeling having my eBay business temporarily closed. But I guess getting  out of your daily routine and enjoying yourself is what vacation is all about. 

Due to this pending trip, the MoneyintheGarage website will also be quiet until I get back. (Although I may try to "Tweet" when the need arises.) If you are wondering where I am heading, this re-post should give you an idea. And if you happen to be in the park and overhear some wacky guy attempting to negotiate the price of a souvenir on Main Street, please come up and say Hi to me! 

Happy Easter and Happy School Spring break to you all...I'll see you when I get back!  

If you follow my blog, you know I am high on Disney products. Some time back I talked about a Disney Cinderella Castle I bought for a few bucks and sold for $60 on eBay. With Halloween fast approaching, I currently have auctions running for a few Disney children's costumes I picked up over the Summer. With all the Moms looking for Halloween outfits for their kids, I am certain my Disney costumes will see plenty of bidding action. So whether it's costumes, toys or DVDs, Disney products are often the gold standard when it comes to garage sale finds.

Above is a classic example: a Walt Disney World Monorail set. I recently bought this for ten bucks at a garage sale. Let me tell you something very important. If you are at a garage sale and see one of these sets you should make a bee-line for it. If you have to knock a few people out of the way to get to it - go ahead and do it! Don't worry, the person you knock over will be fine. Your actions will be justified because these sets are gold on eBay! Disney theme park monorail sets can't be purchased at Target or Wal Mart; they are sold exclusively at Disney properties and on their website. So if a collector wants a set, they either have to buy a theme park pass, find the Disney website or bid for one on eBay! On average I find a Disney monorail set about once or twice a year at the garage sales. These sets are battery operated and run around on an oval track. Just like the real Monorail, a voice welcomes you to Disney World as it glides along. I can't believe folks unload them at their garage sales! They cost big bucks in the park and are a fun Disney park memory.

When I brought this set home I took inventory to make sure it was all there. Turns out it was missing about three pieces of tracks. I was bummed, less track could mean lower bidder interest. But looking at other sets on eBay, I noticed that collectors also buy them to add to existing sets. So selling a set with a couple missing track pieces is no biggie. Posting my set, I stated in the description that it was missing track. I then
-->sat back and watched the Disney "magic" take place. As I hoped, the missing track didn't seem to hurt my auction. Like the actual monorail, my set moved along nicely with bids all week. At the end of it's run the set pulled into the station at $81 dollars! Ironically, this was a few bucks more then the last "complete" set I sold.

So keep an eye out for these sets. If you list one on eBay, make sure you point out the color of the monorail cars. Apparently some colors are more collectible then others. I always state the color in the auction listing title. While your at the garage sales, look for other "Disney Park exclusive" products. For example, some of the various theme park pins are hot too. Let me know if you have sold a "hot" Disney product. If it's Disney... it's gold!

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1 comment:

  1. Dude! Have a great vacation! Although I'm partial to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, a Disney vacation is always fun. The Clamco three plan to move to FL very soon! We just love it there. Enjoy!