Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Sears Craftsman tools for free.

What a strange summer it’s been so far. Very few yard sales, thrift shops requiring a face mask. It’s been a summer like no other. Where once a typical Saturday in the summer would have a dozen or more garage sales, now I am lucky to find one. The thrift shops are still a decent source for inventory, but it’s hard to closely examine stuff when your glasses are fogging up due to your mask! But things could be a whole lot worse, so I am not complaining. Instead, let's keep it on the bright side with a few of my recent noteworthy flips.

Sears Craftsman Power Washer
When it comes to summertime, one household task I don’t mind tackling is power washing the house. Locally, contractors charge around $250 dollars or more to powerwash a house of my size. That’s crazy money! To me, it’s an easy job that I’d rather do myself. I am just a big kid, so splashing around in the water with what’s basically an awesome gigantic water pistol is fun! So instead of shelling out big bucks to someone else, I scored a Sears Craftsman power washer for fifty bucks on my Facebook yard sale group. Brand new, this bad boy sells for about $350 dollars, making my Facebook score a pretty good deal. Once acquired, I went crazy blasting my vinyl siding, driveway and sidewalk. It's amazing what a good power washer can do. I washed away several years of dirt and grub, leaving the house exterior clean and fresh. Once the job was done however, I really had no interest in storing the power washer until next year. In my mind, I can always go out and score another power washer when the time comes. So with the vinyl siding barely dry from blasting, I posted the power washer back up for sale on the Facebook. Only this time around, I bumped up the price to $75 dollars. Still a good deal for a buyer, plus I would stand to make some extra money for my effort. A few days later, I sold it to a local homeowner. As an extra bonus, I delivered the machine right to his house and demonstrated how to start it up. (Lucky for me, it started with one pull.) After all was said and done, I made 25 bucks and was able to completely powerwash my home for free. A pretty good deal all the way around.
Another bread maker?! 

Switching over to items I bought strictly for flipping, we have this bread maker scored at my local Goodwill store. Now, should you take a walk through most any thrift shop, you’ll probably agree that bread makers have become the equivalent to an unwanted weed growing in a garden. Used breadmakers are an annoying constant in most thrift stores, taking up important shelf space better used for other things. I also wonder how much space these clunkers are taking up in landfills across the country? For that reason, I am not a fan of the modern, home-use breadmaker. But despite my strong animosity towards them, I actually found one I wanted to buy. This particular model (Zojirush) was brand new in the box. It even had some extra tools and the original instruction manual. Obviously not your run-of-the-mill, used thrift shop bread maker. Also important was the price...only $18 dollars! I couldn’t pass it up. Just to be sure I was getting a working bread maker rather then a lemon, I plugged it into a wall socket to test it. After a few seconds, the heating element began to warm up. That was all I needed to know. The bread maker came home with me and was posted on eBay a few days later. I set a "Buy it Now" price of $120 dollars and it sold a few days later. With it already packaged in the original box, it was an easy item to ship. Just like that, I was up one hundred dollars! A nice flip on a thrift shop item I normally pass up on.

Sony New/Old Stock 
Speaking of  stuff that’s new in the box, let me brag a little about this recent sale. A local Facebook seller posted this semi-vintage Sony dictation machine. This was one of several items I purchased from the guy, who was in the middle of settling his father’s estate. The Sony dictation machine dated back to around 1995 and was basically, new/old stock. Apparently, his father bought it, but never got around to taking it out of the box. Instead, it sat untouched for many years. It caught my eye, particularly at the low price of just five bucks! At that low price, I quickly claimed it. In my view, any technology, no matter how old, is going to worth some decent bucks if it's mint in the box. The most likely eBay buyer would be someone who stubbornly sticks to using old technology, or someone who just enjoys collecting "old school" tech stuff. Lastly, since it’s mint in the box, it should work perfectly. For these reasons, I scooped it up. I posted it on eBay with a very bold "Buy it Now" price of $150 dollars. Admittedly, it didn’t exactly fly off my eBay shelf. Several months passed with me lowering the price until I finally sold it for $65 dollars. I guess I overestimated the “hot” market for 1995 Sony dictation machines! But no worries, it's all about making some bucks and moving on. The dictation machine headed out the door and I put $60 dollars profit in my pocket!

That’s a few of my recent summer sales of late. How’s your sales going this summer? Fill us in using the comment section below.

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