Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Holiday season steals and deals !

Disney Castle Playset
Happy Mid-November! Time to rake the leaves, watch football and oh yeah, start selling Christmas stuff on eBay and Craigslist! I’ve been delaying posting holiday items for weeks now, but it looks like I can’t put it off any longer. This past weekend, I noticed some early signs of holiday shopping after re-posting a Disney Castle on Craigslist. The castle is part of Disney’s Monorail “Park Exclusive” playset. I scored a great deal on it, scooping up the Castle, plus two additional playset pieces on a Facebook yard sale group for only twenty dollars. I quickly sold the other pieces on eBay, but surprisingly, the castle received zero interest. I then switched tactics, auctioning off only the castle figures. They sold for $24 dollars, leaving me with just the lonely castle and it’s box. I then assumed I’d make a quick and easy sale using Craigslist. Boy, was I wrong. Despite multiple postings on Craigslist, the Castle was ignored by buyers. That was until this past weekend, when I re-posted the castle again on CL and received multiple inquiries on it. A few days later, a buyer finally e-mailed me saying he wanted the castle for his Christmas train platform. I met him in the parking lot of a nearby golf range and he paid me ten dollars for the empty castle. Not a ton of money, but I was happy with the ten since I'd already made plenty of cash from the castle figures and the other park pieces. After the seller paid me, I couldn’t resist turning his ten dollar bill into a basket of golf balls and hitting some sweet drives!

This story is a long-winded way of saying that if you haven't started yet, it’s as good a time as any to begin selling Christmas stuff! Buyers are gearing up for the holidays, so it’s time to post Christmas themed inventory from now until the season’s end. My holiday stuff includes the usual suspects; blow molds, ceramic trees, holiday inflatables and more. Here's hoping it will be a lucrative selling season! But before we completely dive into the holidays, let me take a quick look back at a few of my fall season flips. Check them out...

Department 56
If you’ve hit enough garage sales and thrift shops, you’ve probably seen plenty of Department 56 Christmas village pieces. But
how often do you come across a Halloween themed piece? For me, I‘d say almost never. That was until I found this Department 56 "Mickey's Haunted Mansion" at Goodwill. I paid just $6 bucks for it and felt pretty lucky. Not only did I conveniently find it just weeks before Halloween, but it also came in it's original packaging. Truth be told, I am not a big fan of Department 56 pieces anymore. Most of them seem to bring ho-hum prices. I really hesitate to buy them, unless I am sure it will sell for big bucks. But that’s not the case with a Halloween/Disney themed piece. I posted my Mickey’s Haunted Mansion on an eBay auction and it sold for a sweet $86 dollars! I need to find a few more of these type of Department 56 pieces, and less of the Heritage, New England and other too many to list Village pieces!

I vant to be on eBay!
In addition to Mickey’s Haunted Mansion, I recently flipped this rare Telco “Motion-ettes” Dracula for very good money. Let me share a little  advise on these animated rarities: if you come across a Telco Halloween animated figure you should leap at the chance to buy it! With the exception of the very common wicked witch figure, pretty much all other spooky Telco Motion-ettes characters sell for crazy money on eBay. Most stand two foot high and move back and forth when you plug them in. Back in early fall, I spotted this Dracula in his tell-tale orange box hiding in pile of yard sale junk. I made a beeline right to him and asked the seller how much? When she told me five dollars, I couldn’t get the money out of my pocket fast enough! ! Once I got Drac home, I dusted him off and made sure he worked correctly. I then posted him on Ebay where he sold for $90 dollars! At that price, even Buffy the Vampire Slayer would love this little guy.

Gobble, Gobble, Hey!
Let’s also not forget about the holiday that falls after Halloween and before Christmas...Thanksgiving! I will admit that when it comes to finding Thanksgiving themed items to sell on eBay, I haven’t had much luck. For me, I just don’t see much Turkey Day stuff at yard sales or thrift stores. However, last winter I did find a Thanksgiving Turkey blow mold at the Goodwill Store. It set me back $8 dollars. At the time, Thanksgiving was nowhere in site on the calendar, so I held off selling my turkey until we got closer to the holiday. It was worth the wait. It turns out that these big plastic birds can go for a lot of money on eBay. Recently, one sold for over a hundred dollars. I was hoping to do as well, but my turkey had some paint loss on the plastic, making it a little less desirable. Not that I am complaining. My gobbler sold for $75 dollars. After shipping costs, I made a profit of about $50 dollars. Not bad for a piece of plastic!

All great fall season flips, but now it’s time to move on to the holiday selling season. How’s it going with you? Sell any awesome Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas themed items? Share your story in our comment section below...

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