Saturday, August 8, 2015

Summer sales, Jimmy Buffett & Margaritaville !

Is summer over yet? Hey, don't get me wrong, I like summer as much as the next person, but the garage sales this time of year are almost non-existent. As a result, my sales are way down. It's a pretty simple equation-no inventory-no sales! But as slow as it is right now, I am pretty confident the situation will turn around after Labor day. Once folks get home from vacation and settled into their back-to-school routines, the number of garage sales will start to rise again! (I hope.) In the meantime, it's amazing how many things you can get accomplished around the house when you stay off the computer! Between the house painting, yard work and home repairs, this dude has been a live action version of "This Old House." Although truth be told...I'd much rather be on my computer flipping stuff on eBay and Craigslist!

Pelican Case
But as much as I love to complain, slumping summer yard sales and home maintenance projects haven't completely shut down my eBay/Craigslist business. Oh, heck no! Using thrift store and Facebook finds, I've managed to eke out a few pretty good sales. Last week, I flipped two large Pelican cases snagged on a Facebook yard sale group. Pelicans cases are hard shell plastic cases used to protect computers, cameras and electronics when traveling. They're built so tough that if you tossed one off the Empire State Building, everything inside would probably end up unscathed. I purchased two of these bad boys for only $25 dollars each. A brand new Pelican case can retail for over $200 dollars, while used ones sell for around $75 on eBay. Researching them on eBay, I learned the more protective foam inserts that are inside the case, the more money they seem to bring. My set only had two foam inserts per case, but that seemed fine with my buyers. I sold both cases on Craigslist to separate buyers, making $75 dollars for each one. That was a nice $100 profit for yours truly!

Your very own Margaritaville
Here's an appropriate summertime flip...check out this huge Corona Beer/Jimmy Buffett banner. I found it at the local thrift shop,
paying only five bucks. If it looks familiar, you may have seen one just like it at your local liquor store. It's not hard to figure out that these big vinyl signs were probably an in-store display for Corona Beer. Personally, I never got into Jimmy Buffett's music, but I know plenty of "Parrotheads" who do. These Parrotheads love all things Jimmy Buffett, including tailgating at his annual summer concerts. In fact, I understand there's always a little bit of drinking at these concerts! (wink-wink) With that kind of devoted fan base, I knew I'd have no problem finding an eager Parrothead willing to pay nice money for this awesome banner. I posted the sign on Craigslist and before I knew it, I was meeting a buyer in a local parking lot. This guy was a player! An older gentleman with distinguished grey hair and a single gold chain around his neck, he pulled up next to me in a shiny, new Mercedes-Benz. He then forked over thirty bucks while telling me the sign was going to hang by the pool of his Florida vacation home....his personal Margaritaville!

Osiris can make you big bucks!
Saving the best for last, here's a sweet find I made at my Local Goodwill store. This pair of Osiris sneakers were sitting on the top of a rack right at my eye level. It's like they were looking at  me screaming, "buy me, buy me!" I've blogged about Osiris in the past, pointing out that you can make some serious money if it's the right pair. The company makes many different styles, some not as popular as others, so it's always a good idea to look them up on Ebay before shelling out any money. My decision to buy this pair was made a lot easier when I noticed they were brand new with a tag attached. Looking up the particular name, (usually found printed on the tongue) I found this version was extremely popular with buyers. Goodwill's price was ten bucks-a little pricey for a thrift store, but after all, they were brand new. When I got them home, I immediately  posted them on eBay using the auction format. The price rose and rose all week, topping out at an awe-inspiring $110 bucks! Now that's a lot of Dough-re-me!!!!  

Not a bad handful of sales for the dog days of summer. Now if only I could extrapolate that tenfold, then we'd be talking some real money! But fear not.... before you know it, fall will be here and Saturday mornings will be filled with an abundance of garage sales. In the meantime, the house painting and long postponed home repairs will continue. Not a bad thing, but not nearly as fun as flipping stuff on eBay and Craigslist!

How's your August going?  Share some of your major summer scores in the comment section below. 


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  1. Wow, great deal on the shoes! I'm taking the time to go through my market stuff and see what is actually worth listing. And found out a sports jacket DH got from a welfare society is a Le Chameau and they go for around 200 BP.

    1. Le-Chat- Congrats, nice score on that jacket! Yeah, always worth looking everything up prior to listing. You don't want to waste time and $$ on something that doesn't sell or just breaks even.

      Thanks for checking in...Dude!

  2. great flip on the Osiris. I shelled plenty of shoe money during my son's skateboarding days. Shoes were good for about 3 months but got shredded and couldn't be re-sold. I will be keeping an eye out for those now. I have been on a clean/purge mode the past 2 weeks. Lots of junk donated or trashed, but I made a nice amount of pocket money $10 and $15 at a time. Easy peasy when they come to you. I have a couple of lighted neon signs I need to list closer to Christmas. Put them on FB but no interest, guessing people are shopping back to school.

    1. Sorry, didn't see this comment until now. Still getting use to having to approve comments, (Due to spammers.)

      Good luck on that house cleaning, selling stuff for $10 & 15 can add up fast!

      Don't forget Craigslist for those neon signs. Good man cave type stuff...Dude!

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  3. I'm a bit behind on my reading! :) My parents used to own a bar when I was younger and the beer companies would always be giving away tons of promotional stuff. Lights, banners, etc. I too wish I had a crystal ball and a place to store everything they got. I would have been in the business of selling awesome vintage beer collectibles today. If only I knew! :)