Saturday, March 15, 2014

Irish Times

Irish times are here...Saint Patrick's Day is this Monday! But when it comes to yard sales, the luck of the Irish was definitely not with me Saturday morning. To be honest, I wasn't really expecting much. It's still too early for any good, quality garage sales. But I made sure to stop by three sales advertised on Craigslist. They were notably only for one reason-they were the first garage sales of the 2014 season. The first sale was a complete bust. By the time I arrived, the house had been pretty much cleaned out. The remaining two garage sales were your classic repeat offenders. Both sellers held yard sales last year, so pretty much any good stuff had been sold long ago. I did take note of a Bey Blades stadium however. I blogged about these very popular toys last
Bey Blades keep on rockin!
year. Pointing to the empty Bey Blade stadium, I asked the kid selling it if he had any Bey Blades? (Bey Blades are glorified toy tops that spin inside the stadium.) The kid explained that he'd sold all his Bey Blades at a yard sale last year. As he told me this, it dawned on me that I was the guy who bought his Bey Blades! (D'oh!) Talk about a was like I was competing against myself! I also remembered that I made a nice buck on the deal, paying $10 for the whole lot and flipping them for $71 big ones! Since 
the real money is in the actual Bey Blades, I passed on the kid's lone stadium. But if you see Bey Blades at your local garage sales, make sure you buy them. You'll definitely make money flipping them on eBay! 

Finding garage sale "reruns" I've already plundered is pretty much how my luck ran on Saturday morning.  It's okay though, because with the weather improving, the quality of the yard sales will improve too! But since Saint Patrick's day is here, let's talk about some good "Irish" scores. I've flipped a few Irish things in my day worth bragging about. Here's two that made me some nice Irish green...

First up is this classic Shamrock sweater. I bought it at my local Saint Vincent's thrift store back in late
Irish Times Garb
In anticipation for Saint Patrick's day, the nice ladies at Saint Vincent's had brought out all the Irish themed clothing they'd been stockpiling all year. You would not believe how much green clothing was on this one rack! I have to admit, I haven't had the greatest luck selling Irish sweaters. In fact, a few years ago I listed an identical sweater on eBay and it didn't sell! But at only five dollars and plenty of time to sell this latest sweater, I was willing to take another shot. In order to avoid any chance of a no-sale this time, I listed the sweater right away for a "Buy-It-Now" price of $30. (Plus shipping.) I figured there would be plenty of time to tweak the price downward if the sweater didn't get any Irish love. That turned out to be a non-issue, however. Just two weeks later, with over a month to go before Saint Patrick's day, the sweater sold for my asking price!  I guess the buyer was planning waaay ahead for the high holy day!

Irish + State Police = $$$
Here's another awesome Irish themed score that I hope to repeat someday. I found this State Police baseball cap in the local Goodwill store a few years back. It had a very simple design on the front-an Irish shamrock and the New Jersey State Police insignia. The hat was brand new and had a price tag of only two dollars. Lots of law enforcement collectibles do well on eBay, but I knew this particular cap had two things going for it-the Irish shamrock, combined with the State Police seal. I listed the cap on eBay using an auction format. It seemed like a gazillion Irish law enforcement collectors "watched" the auction. The selling price bore this out. My Irish/State Police cap sold for $64 dollars! Saint Patrick was smiling down on me on that flip, for sure!

Have you sold any Irish sweaters or related Saint Patrick's themed stuff this year? Share them in the comment section below. While we're on the subject of making a few coins, let me also share an  appropriate Irish saying in these Irish times....

   "May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside!"

Happy Saint Patrick's Day......McDude! 

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  1. Holy Cow on that hat! That's awesome!! I didn't have a lot of St. Patrick's Day stuff in my inventory, but I did manage to sell a couple of coffee mugs for a decent profit.

    1. Pretty good, right? I've been looking for another one of those hats ever since!

      I'll have to look up Irish mugs on eBAy. Sounds interesting.

      Thanks for checking in...Dude!

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