Sunday, July 1, 2012

The 4th of July: freedom, family picnics and frisbees!

In my occasional effort to bring you seasonal themed flips, I scoured my photo library of sold items to come up with this little beauty-a vintage Frisbee! You're probably thinking, "Dude, how'd you get a Frisbee out of the July of 4th holiday?" Well, hear me out. The 4th of July holiday means picnics and besides eating burgers and dogs, what other fun things do you do at at a picnic? How about pull family and friends away from the picnic table for a good game of wiffle ball, croquet and oh yeah, tossing a Frisbee? I know, it's a little bit of a stretch but it's the best I can come up with right now.

Now before you run out and buy every Frisbee you see at the garage sales, let me clarify a few things about these popular toys. You want to keep an eye out specifically for vintage Frisbees' in the original packaging. The disc seen here was made waaaay back in 1980. (I survived the Eighties and have the dorky photos to prove it, although I am thinking of burning them all!) As you can see, this Frisbee was in the original packaging and came with an instructional manual. Hard to believe you'd need an instruction manual to toss a Frisbee. But believe it or not, there are folks out there who take their competitive Frisbee tossing seriously, playing in competitive games like Frisbee "golf". Naturally, these Frisbee aficionados also collect classic vintage discs like the one seen here.

I bought this disc at a garage sale for a one dollar bill. If it were not for the fact that it was in the original packaging, I would have walked right by it. The cardboard was a little crinkled, but still in pretty good shape with nice bright graphics. The disc, packaging and manual made the Frisbee the "total package" and a good prospect for an eBay auction. I posted the Frisbee and wasn't disappointed. The Frisbee sold for $22 dollars. A pretty good profit on just a four quarter investment! While that was a good flip, check out this vintage sealed Frisbee. Wow, not too shabby!

So this 4th of July, be careful which Frisbee you bring to the picnic-you could be tossing around an expensive piece of plastic!

Have you sold any recent Summer themed items? Let us know about it.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July........Dude!

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  1. Nice score Dude! In my neck of the woods, summer sales start in February and have just ended. People like to buy their kids clothing early on, and Feb-May is prime for that. June is my month to sell adult shorts and shirts. July starts the back to school rush! Summer is officially over in my ebay world. Time to focus on long sleeve shirts and jeans and looking at sweaters. But DUDE! .. it's so hard to consider these items with it being 106 degrees out! Oh well, money talks and my camera keeps on shooting! :) Happy 4th to you and your family!

  2. GSA-That's funny that Summer is winding down for you. Up here school starts around Labor Day, so we still have about 8 weeks to go. Any Fall clothes I pick up at GW gets stored away until then. I am still selling golf shirts, bike jerseys and Under Armour shirts.

    Happy 4th to you and your family too!....Dude!

  3. Hmm wondering where garage sale addicts neck of the woods is. I'm still in shock a frisbee could go for $300!! But I shouldn't be amazed at what people will buy. I'm selling Hawaiian shirts like crazy. It's vacation time. And bigger sizes sell practically right away.

  4. Veronica- I hear you on the big sizes. An XL or larger is a lot easier to sell, whereas a small to medium is touch and go.

    $300 for a Frisbee is crazy right? That particular one was sealed in the to find one just like it!

    Thanks for writing in....Dude!

  5. My neck of the woods is the South East. Our kids get out of school Mid-May and return to school early August. Around here, after July 4th is the milestone for the beginning of back to school. My ebay listing is kind of in line with large stores. When Walmart rolls out the pencils, paper, and binders, I roll out my back to school clothing on ebay. You always got to be ahead of the game. So, I start selling back to school clothing now, but I don't auction it off. I add back to school clothing to my ebay store. When mid-July hits, that's when the sales start booming. Moms are on the hunt mid-July through August. Hope this helps :)