Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Junk yards & salvage car parts

With the holidays over and winter settling in, it's a great time to literally "clean house" and make money at the same time. With that in mind, I'd like to post an occasional "MoneyintheGarage" special edition called, "Stuff from my house that I sold." Unlike thrift store or yard sale items, I am talking about personally owned clutter found in a closet, cabinet or the garage. I touched on this subject in an earlier blog, pointing out that finding good stuff to sell is just a matter of looking around the house. A great place to start is your "catch-all" cabinet. Most folks know what I mean by the "catch-all" cabinet. Inside is stuff you squirreled away, even though it clearly outlived it's usefulness. Why? Because like me, you don't know what else to do with it? Faced with this dilemma, you toss it in the "catch-all" cabinet. (Or a kitchen drawer...or hallway closet, ect.) Over time, you end up collecting a lot of interesting junk in this cabinet that can be sold on eBay. Here's one of my "catch-all" cabinet examples...

Like totally Sony...I am sure!
In a cabinet in our laundry room, I recently found this relic from the early 1990s...a Sony Walkman AM/FM headphone set. Prior to the advent of the Apple IPhone and its' ear buds, people actually walked around with these ridiculous things on their head. Don't get me wrong. Over the years I've worn my share of dorky fashions, including powder blue "Miami Vice" polo shirts and "Magnum PI" style short-shorts! (Hey, don't laugh...they were IN back then!)  But I can assure you of one thing. Even at the height of their popularity, this Dude never walked (or "jogged" as they use to say) wearing a goofy headset! I am not even sure where these "totally gnarly" headphones came from? I am guessing maybe my kids used them or they were a gift. Wherever they came from, no one in my family has be-bopped to Madonna or Duran-Duran wearing these Sony headphones in a long, long time!

Hoping the headset could be something I could sell on eBay, I untangled them from a bunch of cable wires and other forgotten junk stored in the cabinet. After liberating the headset from the tangled mess, I did some quick research on eBay. Guess what I discovered? There are buyers still paying good money for dorky headphones! With the possibility of some easy money coming my way, I photographed my Sony headphones and posted them on an eBay auction. How'd I do? After running a seven day auction, the old headphones sold for...now get this....fifty smackaroos!!! It's amazing when you think about it. Junk long forgotten in the back of a cabinet...turned into a fifty dollar bill! Another reason I love selling on eBay!

Salvaged spare tire
Here's another example. You might remember a few months ago when my Sonny Boy crashed his Honda into a telephone pole. Thanks to his safety belt and air bag, "Speed Racer" was fine. Unfortunately, the car was totalled. Knowing the car was destined for the junk yard, I went about trying to salvage anything I could before a wrecker showed up to tow it away. Mrs. Dude thought I was nuts for going through a wrecked car that had just been wrapped around a pole. But why let the junkyard have the stuff? Working quickly, I was able to salvage the spare tire. I also grabbed the car mats which were in very good condition. Thanks to my rescue mission, the salvaged car mats are now in Sonny Boy's 2003 Honda. As for the spare tire, I recently sold it on Craigslist for a twenty dollar bill. While twenty bucks may not be a huge payday, every dollar counts when you're replacing a car! (Interestingly, the guy who bought the "donut" intended to use it as a spare tire on his Mini-Cooper.)

That's just a couple of examples of my home-grown inventory. You probably have plenty of inventory laying around your home too. Whether it's in the "catch-all" cabinet or a salvaged spare tire... stuff to sell is all around you!

Have you sold anything salvaged from your house? Share the story in the comment section below....
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12 comments:

  1. Dude! Since hubby and I are "of a certain age," we decided to part with all our exercise videos. Walking is now our workout of choice. I sold our P90X program for $99.95, a bunch of Biggest Loser workout DVDs for $19.95 and some running shorts and tops. Everything was in great shape and it all sold pretty quickly. We have 3 really good yoga mats to sell on CL, some weights and possibly a punching bag too. Not sure hubby is going to part with that just yet. :-)

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    1. Lorraine-I checked your blog the other day-you're hitting home runs with all those sales! The sale of your workout DVDs are another great example.

      When you think about it, how often do you see people selling Workout DVDs and tapes at a garage sale? (It's like the increase of gym memberships after New Year. People have that initial motivation, then they stop going by February.) Same with those exercise tapes/DVDs. I see them fairly often, but never think to buy to them...until now!

      This Spring I am going to keep an eye out for them, especially that P90X DVD. That workout has been a pretty big deal over the last few years.

      Thanks for the idea....Dude!





      but never thought about flippingthem unitl you

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  2. Yes, with no garage sales around here again until late March-early April, finding good deals to flip can be challenging. I've been scouring our closets and cabinets for goodies. I do really well with our old books and DVDs and some clothes. Snatching that spare tire before the wrecker came was brilliant!

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  3. Books are a great idea, DVDs too! I've sold off a lot of my kid's DVD movies. Wrtoe a blog pice about it last year. If they don;t watch them anymore, why store them. right?

    Thanks for liking the spare tire story. You never know where you can make a buck-Ha!

    ...Dude!

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  4. I had a cordless Shark vacuum and the battery would not charge anymore. if you read the reviews, this is a common problem. Instead of throwing out the whole vac, I took it apart and sold the pieces as replacement parts. I sold the charger for $14.99 and the brush head for $19.99 I have the bagless container with filter and the handle left to go

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    1. That is genius! I am not sure what those things go for, but you made $35 dollars in just two spare parts-nice work!

      Sounds like the Shark Vacuum is going on my BOLO list!

      Thanks for sharing the story...Dude!

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  6. Feeling nostalgic now!! I had the same Sony Walkman headphone, I used to listen a lot of songs in my college days with this headphone, Thanks for sharing,

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  8. Shark vacuums work great but their butteries is not good with short life time. I mentioned about this problem in a my review, you can check it at bestcarvac.com

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  9. I’m impressed by what you are doing. Keep it up, keep it going. It’s always a pleasure to see new stuff coming up like this.

    Great share and thanks once again.

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