Saturday, May 14, 2016

Great bargains for under a dollar!

A few blogs ago, I spotlighted some one dollar yard sale finds I flipped for pretty good money. Dollar bargains are nothing to sneeze at, but you know what's better? How about stuff that only cost a quarter or two? That's why I always keep some loose change jingling in my pocket when heading out to the yard sales. You never know when you're going to snag a deal with just a coin or two.  Here's a few examples of my quarter and fifty cents finds. Enjoy!

Country stars of yesteryear.
Are you a fan of old time country western music? You may remember that way before there ever was a Florida Georgia Line or a Luke Bryan, there was Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Check out this vintage deck of playing cards featuring all those great country western singers from back in the day. I paid twenty five cents for this deck at a church yard sale. Although I had no idea what they might be worth, how can you go wrong for a quarter? I am glad I did. They sold on eBay for $18 dollars. A pretty good return on a something that set me back two dimes and one nickel!

One ringy dingy
When it comes to dolls, I am not what you would call an "expert". With the exception of American Girl or vintage Barbie dolls, I'll freely admit I am in the dark on collectible dolls. But if the price is right, I'll always take chance. Fortunately for me, the price was right on this commemorative edition Bell Telephone doll. This gal is suppose to depict a telephone operator from the good old days. She was in the original box, and for only twenty five cents, I just couldn't say no. Prior to posting her on eBay, I did a little research on the doll and found out Bell Telephone produced several different versions of her. Each depicted a Bell Telephone employee from different eras. Called "Telephone Pioneers of America", they also made several others dolls including a modern day telephone repairman. Following my research, I posted my old time operator on eBay. She "connected" me with a caller who paid twenty dollars for her!


Everybody sells....some time.
Moving to more modern times, how about some nice rock band posters from waaaay back in the Nineties? Here's one of two REM posters I came across at a yard sale last year. The seller was a thirty-ish dude, who told me he hung these posters in his college dorm room over 15 years ago. Now married with a baby on the way, he decided it was time to part with his old college dorm room posters. At only a quarter a piece, I was a buyer. Even though REM broke up over ten years ago, they remain hugely popular and their music is still heard on the radio today. Preparing them for an eBay auction, I decided to sell both posters in a single auction. Why deal with two separate auctions, two shipping tubes and all the extra time and trouble? It worked out great. My quarter posters sold to a buyer in Germany for twenty five bucks.

Panasonic
Lastly, check out this funky transistor radio from the 1980's. I am a sucker for all types of old-school radios. From citizen band (CB) to police scanners to little transistor radios, if the price is right, I am buying. It's not just me who's into this dorky hobby either. There's plenty of electronic geeks out there willing to pay up for cool radios to add to their collection. In fact, I could do a whole separate blog when it comes to my radio flips. But since that would get kind of boring, we'll just stick with this one. Suffice it to say, radios can always make you some decent money. If you come across a name-brand transistor radio at a good price, it's probably worth buying. Generally speaking, the ones that fetch the biggest money on eBay were made prior to the 1970s by companies such as Panasonic, Zenith and Sony. The little Panasonic seen here cost me a quarter. I sold it on eBay for $19 dollars. See what I mean? Two dimes and a nickel put me just shy of a twenty dollar bill. Not bad.

So those are a few sweet examples of some quarter flips. How about you? Got a few examples of your own? Give us a run down in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by and good luck out at the sales!










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12 comments:

  1. Well, I will have to go all the way to a dollar on my flip. I found a vintage Vogue doll for $1 at a yard sale, and it sold for $50 (auction) on eBay. Not bad. I love your finds!

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    1. Isabella-A dollar into fifty? That's an awesome find & flip! I'll have to check Vogue dolls on eBay and get educated on them.

      Thanks for writing in and sharing.....Dude!

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  2. My favorite thrift had free bins at one time but they have discontinued them "under new management". I picked up an old keyboard one day. I looked like someone had spilled coffee or cola on one corner. I took it apart and removed all the keys, screws and cleaned the keys in the dishwasher. I knew the keys were popular for crafters to make panic buttons. Sold the keys for $10 to someone in New York City!! Trash to cash

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    1. Nice "repurposing" of the keyboard. Plus, you have the patience of a Saint to go through that dismantling and cleaning. Nice job...Dude!

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  3. For serious $ amounts I bought a "faux fur" womens jacket for a dime. It wasn't faux....it was real and brought me a best offer of $175. This past week I found American Girl doll clothes for .50 each. They won't bring tons but they are fun.

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    1. Grace-One dime converted to $175 dollars...that's a Grandslam! The AG doll clothes are always a sure thing too. Awesome flips, thanks for sharing them...Dude!

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  4. I bought a fur for $1--guy told me it was "not real. I have never paid for anything so quickly. I sold it for $50.

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    1. Ha! That's great. Fur coats can really make you major money...as you proven. Thanks for sharing the story...Dude!

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  5. What started my idea of flipping items was a Snoopy milk glass mug I bought for a quarter at a Boy Scout yard sale (my original plan was for my brother's birthday) but I curiously looked it up on eBay and realized I could sell it for $35 instead. I did have to find something else for my brother's birthday, though, which used up some of the $35.

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    1. Awesome flip! Your story is a good theme for one of my future blogs- Stuff you buy for personal use, then change your mind and flip for $$$. I got a few of those myself. Thanks for sharing your flip and giving me a new idea to write about in the future...Dude!

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  6. The country singer cards are so cool! I would have kept those for myself :D

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    1. I hear you, but I try not to get emotionally attached to any yard sale item I score. Can't make money if I don't resell them! : )

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