Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A baby stroller trend

Over the weekend, I finally completed my trifecta in that awesome trash pick carried out last month. If you remember the story, I liberated three perfectly good household items thrown out by my neighbor. They included a beautiful wood high chair, a nice table lamp and a fancy Maxi-Cosi stroller. My neighbor has a history of tossing high-end things to the curb, even though they're in perfectly good condition. Pretty crazy, right? But I am here to save these items from the landfills...and to make a couple bucks too!

Last month's salvage mission began when Sonny Boy grabbed the stuff for me as he walked the dog. When he came home, I knew he had found some nice stuff. The table lamp now sits on a table in our family room. I sold the high chair in no time at all, making an easy $40 dollars. The stroller took a bit longer, but I knew it would eventually sell. To paraphrase a famous Bon Jovi song...I've seen a million strollers...and I've rocked them all! Instep jogging strollers...Baby Trend double strollers, or a Graco-it doesn't matter. There's always a buyer looking for a nice baby stroller. I wrote about flipping baby strollers in my blog last year. With a string of profitable flips behind me, I posted my latest trash-picked stroller on Craigslist. Here's how it looked:


  Maxi-Cosi Perle Stroller - $50



Maxi-Cosi Perle Stroller in very good condition. Nice and clean from a smoke free home. Sells for $150 or more in many stores. Below is the catalogue description:

The Maxi-Cosi Perle Stroller provides deluxe light weight and comfortable transportation for children with style and European quality. A full featured umbrella stroller that accepts the Maxi-Cosi Mico infant car seat. From 6 months + up to 40 lbs.
Aluminum frame and compact fold.
Multi-position reclining seat with canopy and window and adjustable footrest
5 point padded harness
Weathershield and reflective trim


Despite my confidence, it wasn't easy at first. My Maxi-Cosi stroller lingered on CL for over a month. But if you live anywhere between Canada and the Southern states, you can probably figure out why..... SNOW!  Even though it was a pretty good deal, who wants to buy a stroller in the middle of a brutal winter? So the stroller sat...and sat...and sat. Until something very important happened around these parts. The sun came out!

Not coincidentally, it was our first beautiful weekend of 2014! The snow had all melted, and temperatures were a spring-like 60 degrees! Heck, I even spotted a few robins around my backyard feeder! Just like the returning robins, I received an e-mail from a buyer asking if I'd accept $40 dollars for the stroller? Since I paid absolutely nothing for the stroller in the first place, I wasn't about to turn down her offer!

The young mom showed up about an hour later. Thinking it would be a bit awkward for my neighbor to see me selling their trash-picked stroller, I tried to conduct a quick, quiet, transaction inside my garage. This did not happen. Mom threw me a curve ball, asking that I give her a demonstration on how to open the complicated stroller. Since I had no idea myself, it was bluff time! My usual tactic is to happily agree, while pointing out that my wife is really the expert on this stuff. This serves as my "cover" when I can't figure out how to open a stroller. As I dreaded, this was exactly what happened with the complicated Maxi-Cosi stroller!

Along with the high price tag of this stroller, comes a complicated unfolding scissor legs construction! The whole system was baffling me! As the young mom quietly watched in amusement, my wrestling match with the stroller ensued. I began searching for any clips that would unlock the legs and allow them to unfold. This approach calls for tugging on anything that looks like a handle. After a couple minutes of tugging and pulling, I must have finally hit the right clips. The legs unfolded! The stroller then opened up into all it's glory. With the mom now satisfied, it was time to fold the stroller back up. This meant an all new struggle...only in reverse!

While it sounds easy, I always have the worst luck trying to coax a stroller back into it's folded position. After some huffing and puffing, I was only able to get the Maxi-Cosi stroller partial closed. Hoping she'd take some pity on me, I asked the young mom if it was folded enough to fit in her car? At this point, the stroller sort of looked like the letter K, half opened and half closed. Looking at this mess, the young mom was way too polite to call me an idiot. Instead, she just sort of smiled at me. Taking her reaction as a definite NO, I began wrestling with the stroller again. I was just minutes away from calling in Mrs. Dude for back-up, when the dumb stroller finally closed it up! (Whew!) At that, the mom handed me two crisp twenty dollar bills. As she drove away, I reminded myself to practice opening and closing my next stroller...before the sale!

The wrestling match with the stroller not withstanding, I made out pretty good in my three-for-one trash pick. It took about a month, but I was able to transform curbside trash into eighty dollars. (And a nice table lamp.) You can't beat that deal!

How's your winter flips going? Has the cold weather affected your sales ? Share your story in the comment section......



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10 comments:

  1. Good sale and thanks for a good laugh too!!

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  2. Love all your great hints. Your writing always cracks me up!

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    1. Thanks! Making money on all this stuff can be awesome, but the funny stories are that little extra that makes it all interesting!

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  3. OMG I had a good laugh. If it makes you feel better my kids are 3, 5, and 8 and I still wrestle with every stroller I pick up! Sales had quadrupled plus over February of last year so I am pleased. I checked out a new site a blogger had mentioned in a post. Bought a lot of store returns (baby items) and completely held my breath as they could be in any condition. Much to my pleasure the vast majority were new sealed with damaged boxes. Over half have sold on Amazon within the last 24 hours. So Im a happy clam but waiting with anticipation for yard sale season to start as I didnt do much saling last year. But in Philly PA area I dont think warm weather will ever start :(

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    1. Glad I am not the only one wrestling with strollers-Ha! That site you are using sounds pretty interesting, nice substitute for your yard sale finds, right? Maybe if it rally takes off a complete new source of inventory for you, who knows? Keep us all posted.

      And don't worry, Spring is just a few weeks away! (I hope)

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  4. That's hilarious! I shouldn't laugh, though. I'm a mom of three, and I still get frustrated with the opening and closing of baby equipment or almost anything that needs to be assembled and/or disassembled :)

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    1. It's crazy, right? By now you'd think they would have invented an easier stroller to open-oh well!

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  5. Good story. I guess we have all had that problem with equipment. I know that I have.

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  6. Maxi-cosy, I haven't use stroller of this brand but it looks good.

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