Friday, May 8, 2015

Let's get small

Darth Vader & the gang
Garage sale scores come in all shapes and sizes. On some Saturdays, my finds consist of "smalls" that can fit in the front seat of my truck. Other Saturdays, my truck looks like I am heading to the town dump with stuff practically falling out my truck bed. Over the last few years, I've leaned towards bigger and bigger garage sale finds, even though they can be a pain to deal with. I think it's the influence of watching History Channel's, American Pickers. Those guys don't even blink an eye when it comes to buying the big stuff. Coke machines, antique cars, huge signs-if they like it-they buy it! But I don't have a warehouse like the American Picker boys. So on those occasions when I bring home something huge, I've got to move it fast! A good example are those humongous Star Wars figures I bought last month. After laying out twenty dollars to the seller, I could barely fit them in the back of Mrs. Dude's car. (My truck was off for the day.) Once home, they sat in the garage and were generally in the way all the time. Sort of like having house guests who refuse to leave! As mentioned in the previous blog, the things scared Mrs. Dude several times when she walked into the garage. Nothing more jarring then turning on the light and seeing Darth Vader staring at you! Fortunately, they didn't hang around too long. Using Craigslist, I sold the Star Wars fab four to a Dad who bought them for his son. He paid me $60 dollars for all four. A nice $40 dollar profit for me, and no more garage surprises for Mrs. Dude!

But although I've done pretty well with things that barely fit in the car, I get a bigger kick out of selling the small stuff. When it comes to yard sale finds, good things really do come in small packages! Smalls takes up very little space, both in your car and later on the inventory shelf. When it's time to sell, smalls are much easier to prepare for shipping and the postage is usually inexpensive. Give me a small over a big item any day of the week! To make this point, I've compiled a few examples of some great smalls I've flipped. 

Cats Eye, Cats Eye..Cat.umm.. oh dang! 
Here's a perfect example. Just a few weeks ago I bought this little bike odometer in the original package. The women wanted three bucks for it. Truth be told, I didn't buy it right on the spot. Instead, I walked back to my truck and recited the name of the product (Cats Eye) over and over in my head so I wouldn't forget. (The old short term memory ain't what it use to be!) Amazingly, I actually held onto the name just long enough to conduct an eBay price check on my iPhone. I discovered these little gadgets sell for good money on the auction website. Armed with this new info, I jumped back out of the truck and asked the lady if she'd take two bills for the odometer? She agreed, and I went home with what turned out to be a nice little find. A few days later, I sold it for a BIN price of $40 dollars! That's almost as much as I made on the Star War figures, but without the storage hassle!
A small dollar find

Here's another small, but mighty score. It's also what I call a MoneyintheGarage "heads up." When you're out and about
at the garage sales, keep your eye out for vintage firearms guidebooks and manuals. Gun collectors, outdoorsmen and hunters love these old guides and will pay top dollar for them. This particular book cost me a buck. It's an illustrated guide on how to prepare shotgun shells. Like the bike odometer, I sold this book on eBay for $40 dollars! Another awesome "small" find... easy to store and inexpensive to ship using USPS media mail. Better yet, no scaring Mrs. Dude in the garage...love the smalls!


Coach in the junk drawer
Lastly, how much space do you think a keychain takes up? Like hardly no space at all, right? Mrs. Dude had this Coach butterfly keychain hiding in her kitchen junk drawer for over two years. Originally received as a gift from some girlfriends, she used it for a short while, then upgraded to a larger keychain. After going on her Lia Sophia selling binge over the winter, she began tearing the house apart searching for more jewelry to sell! When she did, she found her old Coach keychain stashed away in the kitchen junk drawer. This butterfly keychain turned out to be one of her bestie jewelry flips, netting her $49 dollars. Since it was no bigger then the palm of your hand, the keychain fit into a small padded envelope. Shipping was easy and cheap. Not bad, right? Nearly fifty bucks....a lot of money for something condemned to the kitchen junk drawer. You gotta love smalls!

What kind of smalls have you made a ton of dough on? Sing the praises of the "smalls" in the comment section below !  


Pin It now!

12 comments:

  1. I sold 4 vintage Fisher Price Little People castle figures for $80. I was amazed the bids went that high, but bidders can be nuts! I also picked up a small Vogue doll at a garage sale for $1 and sold it for $50. Yes, love those smalls. I love reading about all your finds, Dude!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isabella-$80 for four FP figures is awesome! When I find them, they usually have dog bites (or kiddy bites) in them-ha! And I just checked out the Vogue dolls on eBay. Definitely will look out for those...great $80 flip!

      Thanks for enjoying the blog and for sharing your small flips...Dude!

      Delete
  2. When I was in college my best friend worked at a Hollywood Video. She brought home two huge Men in Black cardboard figures. Will and Tommy scared a lot of people walking into our dorm room over the course of that year. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kari-Ha! And those guys were full size men, so I could see your college pals jumping out of their shoes! I am not gonna lie- Darth made me jump once or twice. I finally turned him around so you saw the cardboard side only.

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

      Delete
  3. You're singing my song Dude! I love smalls! I think all online sellers do. I'm amazed at the price you got for that keychain. Wow! Nice flip on the Star Wars stand-ups too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lorraine-Smalls are the best, right? And yeah, Mrs/ Dude couldn't believe she had a fifty dollar keychain just sitting in a junk drawer. Gotta love it!

      On the Star Wars, I was kinda surprised no one scooped them up before me. It was probably because of their size.

      Thanks for checking in.....Dude!

      Delete
  4. I sold a Nintendo gameboy and Pokemon game before for like $50. I got it at the gwo and probably paid like $1 for it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nice! Those Nintendo games can be a major score if you know which ones to look out for. Thanks for sharing.....Dude!

      Delete
  5. I bought a small pouch with "a gameboy and a few games" in it for 5 dollars. When I got home and opened it, there were TWO gameboys in it. I sold one gameboy original for 31 dollars and one of the games for 20.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love it..two for one! And turning five bucks into fifty ain't too shabby. Thank for sharing the story...Dude!

      Delete
  6. My son has started turning his old video games into cash or store credit at http://www.gogamexchange.com/. He asked me to look for games at the thrift or yardsales so we can make some money. We are not ebayers (gasp, I know) so this is an easier way for us to resell. I am on the lookout for old Gamecube units and games, as those seem to be his money makers. I would not normally be looking for games or units, but now its on my radar.

    ReplyDelete
  7. My hubby found an old vintage Mario something or other for nintendo. It was 99 cents at goodwill. I sold it for $63. He has a lot of old nintendo games from when he was a kid, but he's not ready to part with them yet. LOL

    ReplyDelete