Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summer doldrums

It's the summer doldrums and the yard sales have been pretty slow around these parts. I've been doing this for a bunch of years and I've never seen it this bad before! With the 4th of July holiday, summer vacations and the rising heat, local sales have dwindled down to a meager handful. Another problem is the increased usage of Facebook yard sales groups to sell stuff. While I've scooped up some nice deals through the FB yard sale group, I think it's also contributed to a downturn in actual yard sales being held. It's what you might call a blessing...and a curse! Oh well, all I can do is keep plugging away until Fall rolls around and the locals emerge from their air conditioned houses to host a sale. That's the plan anyway.

Although things are slow right now, prior to Memorial Day, the yard sales were running hot and heavy! One particular yard sale stands out because had a lot of good stuff at great prices! The sellers were well organized and had much of their things neatly stored in big Tupperware containers. I picked up a bunch of items, all for a few dollars each. Making it even more attractive, the sellers were empty nesters who were cleaning out their kids vintage Eighties era toys. As I perused their stuff, I learned they were moving South to a retirement community. This meant they were primed to sell their stuff cheap! Here's a few samples...

Eighties Barbie furniture
Poking around the various Tupperware containers, I came across one that contained a ton of Barbie furniture. There was even some Barbie Baywatch items from the Eighties TV show. Had it been Barbie furniture from the Sixties, I would have had a major find on my hands. But even though it was Eighties plastic stuff, at only five bucks, I couldn't resist. I bought the whole lot and listed everything a few days later on eBay. The lot sold for twenty five bucks. Not huge, but a twenty dollar profit for me. I think I could have squeezed a little more money out of the lot if I pieced items out individually. However, I don't have the time or patience for that, so everything went in one shot. I was satisfied with my twenty buck profit and moved on to my next sale.


Legos can be heavy!
Another deal I spotted at the empty nester's yard sale was a huge Tupperware container filled to the top with Lego pieces. Since the pieces dated back to the Eighties, I knew I wouldn't find any sought after Harry Potter pieces, but as I've said in past blogs, Legos are still Legos! I paid five bucks for the entire container and practically had a hernia carrying the heavy container down to my truckster. I listed the Legos not long after the sale. Here's a handy Dude selling tip; when listing huge Lego lots for sale, it's best to state the total weight in both the title and description. When it comes to selling Legos, the more pounds, the more money you'll make. My Legos weighed in at 22 pounds and brought in a final auction price of $104 dollars! Like I said, Legos are Legos...people just love to buy em!


Please don't eat the Polly Pockets!
While digging around another Tupperware container filled with various plastic toys, I came across some Polly Pockets stuff. The super small Polly Pockets figures are no longer sold, probably because kids were swallowing them or sticking them up their nose! Since they're no longer made, if I see them, I buy them. While it's good to buy the cases, the little figures are where the real money is at. Collectively, the more sets with figures and cases you can piece together to sell, the better you're going to do. Digging around the Tupperware container, I picked out every Polly Pocket case I could find, shaking each one to confirm they contained the little figures. All told, I came up with seven cases and more importantly, over twenty Polly Pocket figures. The empty nester charged me another five dollars for the lot. A few days later, I listed the Polly Pocket lot on eBay. The seven day auction topped out at $75 dollars! Not bad for something soooo small, right?

So that's a few highlights in this very slow summer season. How's the summer yard sales going for you? Hopefully a little better then what I've been dealing with! Pass along your adventures and summer scores in the comment section below.








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18 comments:

  1. Hey, you may not be able to make a big purchase your profits, but look at it as "beer money!" :-) For these dog days of summer! Love the finds & flips!

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  2. Hey, you may not be able to make a big purchase your profits, but look at it as "beer money!" :-) For these dog days of summer! Love the finds & flips!

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    1. Susie Q - Beer money is great way of thinking about it. I like your style...lol!
      Thanks for checking in...Dude!

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  3. Yard sales have been really slow around here too...I'm hoping they pick up soon! Looks like you've had some great sales! ~~Pam

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    1. Pamela- From comments, looks like I am not the only one dealing with the slow sales. Had some pretty good sales but definitely need to kick it up a notch. We need September to get here....Ha!

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  4. It's a double whammy. Yard sales are down and so are ebay sales. I haven't had a sale in over a week. :-/ Nice Lego score! I finally got on FB and joined a local selling group. There is a lot of activity there. I'm keeping my eye out for Legos!

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    1. Lorraine-You're right, my sales are down too. Doesn't help that my inventory is dwindling. Got some Fall seasonal stuff that I could post, but would rather wait until September. Good luck with you're new FB group. I am sure you'll score some nice stuff. (And sell too)

      Legos are a winner for sure. Hope you find some!

      Thanks for checking in...Dude!

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  5. Great deal on the Lego's! My sales are about one or two a day. I need to keep listing to stimulate the sales. At least that's what they say!

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  6. Our yard sales have been slow to non-existent ALL summer, and I agree that the Facebook sale sites have limited people having actual physical yard sales. I'm hoping that changes come September.

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  7. Good to see you posting. Makes us wonder when you are on the down low. We have had so much rain the last few months people are leary of planning ahead. I can look on Wed or Thurs for Fri sales and see nothing. Fri morning I have to check again b/c they will pop up. I agree the FB groups have kind of put a damper on yard sales. We have so many flaky buyers, I quit posting on those groups too. I think people jump on things just to say they want, go through all the arrangements and then they "no show". I am holding on to way too much stuff. May have to dump some at the thrift and just take the loss.

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    1. Ha! I am still here, just dialing back the amount of post for right now.

      FB sales are tricky, as are CL. When it works, its great, when it doesn't it stinks!

      All the formats-Ebay, CL & FB have different pros and cons.

      Thanks for checking in...Dude!

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  8. I've noticed fewer garage sales also, but we live in an area that has been inundated with rain this summer. Hoping for sunny skies and and great $ales to close out the summer :)

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    1. Kimberly- I hear ya! In my parts, weather was very comfortable today for July (low humidity). I saw a definite uptick in sales. Hope you see the same.

      Thanks for filling us in....Dude!

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  9. Same case in Seattle, we don't have the humidity up here but it's been over 90 every day for weeks now. Most people laugh at us but coming from a place where no one has A/C because it never used to get this hot in the summer. 90 outside is fine as long as the bedroom I'm trying to sleep in is 70, not 86! eBay has been super slow for me too, looking forward to a little cloud break soon!

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    1. Samantha-The humidity really can ruin a good yard sale-Ha! As mentioned above, we had some storms roll though and that lowered the humidity. The weather for todays's sales was pretty comfortable and I actually scored some decent stuff. Hope it stays this way, but we're only half way through summer, so not counting on it.

      Keep looking for that cloud break out there in Seattle.....Dude!

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  10. polly pockets....I had tons of those as a kid. They are also a sore spot. I sold the pollyville set only complete one on the internet down to the very last figure (my mother was meticulous!) sold to a reseller who said it came "damaged". long story she swapped my light up houses (4x) with filthy ones that didn't work and stole the bag of 50+ figures. Out $200 and the toy. I can't stand dishonest resellers its why people don't like any of us. Anyway now when I find them they sell quick for $9.95 per house no figures included (on etsy)

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    1. Grace- Wow-unbelievable! There's a few rotten people out there on eBay, but that stunt takes the cake! Once again shows you how us sellers are at the mercy of the buyers.

      Sounds like you do okay though on the house & figures. I've had good luck with them so, they remain on my BOLO lost.

      Thanks for sharing your story....Dude!

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  11. Thanks for sharing about the polly pockets. I've heard of them, but not familiar at all. So how did you know about them? Did you research them this time or already knew about them? Wish I had a photographic memory so that I could remember everything I see/read. :)

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