Archive for July, 2010

How to get free shipping supplies from Amazon

Monday, July 26th, 2010

SWAGBUCKS IS awesome and fun. I am using it to earn 5.00 gift certificates for amazon and then using the certificates to buy mailing supplies for eBay.

Amazon has boxes for items other than priority like padded envelopes, and tape, etc.

It doesn’t take much time either. Try it. It’s FREE! Just click on the icon above.

I am assuming you already know about the free shippng supplies for priority mail. These are at usps.com. You just need to ship priority and all the envelopes and boxes, etc. are free. It makes eBaying a lot easier!

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WHAT NOT TO SELL ON EBAY…AT LEAST NOT THIS WEEK! Christmas tablecloth, etc.

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Yes, sometimes I have a few bombs that just don’t sell. I still believe that almost anything can sell on eBay though–you just have to present it properly.

beach frame

beach frame

Dollar store items. Sometimes they do sell for way more than a dollar! I bought these frames at the dollar store at  the Jersey shore. They are really nice! The reason I bought them is because I wanted to count my trip to the shore as a business expense if I found enough items to buy while I was down there–like going to yard sales and thrift stores, etc. Well, it didn’t really work out that way but I did buy a few things on the boardwalk to resell. I didn’t think I could get more than 1$ if I only sold one at a time so I put all 3 of them together. I didn’t sell them the first time around (starting price 4.00). The postage was for 2 pounds so that might have been discouraging the sale. I think I am going to relist them in my store though–at least for a month–and see if they sell. This is a good strategy that usually works for me.

CHRISTMAS TABLECOTH

CHRISTMAS TABLECOTH

A Christmas tablecloth in July. A lot of people know about the “Christmas in July” thing. It works on eBay too. This tablecloth did not sell though. I am going to use the keywords “Xmas in July” when I relist it and see if that helps. Try searching for “Xmas in July” and you will find a lot of items. I also have listed another really nice SANTA 1950s tablecloth that already has generated 3 bids in the first 24 hours I listed it. (auction is over on July 29)

santa tablecloth 1950s vintage

santa tablecloth 1950s vintage

Old Soap Opera Digest magazines—one at a time. I looked at other people’s auctions for vintage Soap Opera Digest mags. They were selling one at a time. Some sold for .99 or a little more—others did not sell. I listed 9 at a time and they are now at 25.00 with 2 days left.

soap opera digest vintage magazines

soap opera digest vintage magazines

It will cost me  a lot less in fees that way too and save me a lot of time by listing them all together. Check out any of my auctions at everythingvintagesteph.com and have a great day!

MY 3 FAV FINDS THIS WEEK: Willits saddle shoes, vintage dress patterns, and good old Liz Claiborne jeans!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
willits saddle shoes

Willits saddle shoes

I sold saddle shoes sold on eBay for 35.77. They were in very good condition–barely even worn. They are leather and are often worn as part of a school uniform. Here is where I found them— At the clearance section of the Goodwill store. They were setting right on the edge of the bin just waiting for me to pick them up. I did–and they cost me 1.50. How do I know what to look for? One of my tools is this great book  Thrift Store Goldmines.

vintage wedding dress pattern

vintage wedding dress pattern

My next favorite find is vintage dress patterns. I find a lot of these at local estate sales. No seamstress ever throws away a dress pattern! I think I found most of these though at my friend’s yard sale where she was selling things that her mother had kept over the years. I usually pay about 1.00 for a dozen of them. The goods ones are the older ones (1950s or earlier–and they usually are not dated), especially apron patterns, doll patterns, and unusual items. The dress patterns are pretty ordinary and I sometimes don’t even sell them the first time around. I think these went for more $$ because there was a wedding dress in the lot—not sure! Oh, almost forgot to mention—they sold for 42.09 for the lot of 10 patterns. This FREE newsletter has also really helped me in my eBay business. CLICK HERE.

LIZ CLAIBORNE JEANS

LIZ CLAIBORNE JEANS

These jeans are on auction starting tonight and will be over on July 20. The reason I am writing about them as my favorite is because I just sold a pair of jeans that I had listed for over a year! I buy most of my jeans at the Goodwill clearance for 75 cents each. I start them at 3-4$. Then if they don’t sell, I move them to my eBay store and start them at 9.99 buy it now but I also accept almost any reasonable offer. They often sell for 9.99 as these did–even after a year! I usually don’t leave them in there that long but I do sell almost all of them eventually.

I have learned what brands to look for by reading the THRIFT STORE GOLDMINE book and also by trial and error! Another trick of mine in knowing what brands are good (besides just doing research on eBay completed listings) is the outlet mall in my area. I don’t buy there because the prices are still too high for resale but I know what brands they have there and how much other people are willing to pay for them.

HOPE this has helped you in thinking about what to sell on eBay. Check my auctions and eBay store at everythingvintagesteph.com

RIDE THE DUCKS tour Philadelphia PA 2 QUACKERS

Thursday, July 8th, 2010
ride the ducks quackers

ride the ducks quackers

So they say when something big happens in the news, if you can sell it on eBay, then go for it! Well, this is my attempt to capitalize on that theory. There was an accident today on the Delaware river in Philadelphia involving the ride the ducks ride. It is a fun tour that drives you through the city and then goes onto the river and becomes a boat. I’ve been on it. They give you these “quackers” that kind of work like a kazoo to blow into it and make a quacking noise. They are very annoying but fun.

I saved my 2 from last year and had them in my “junk drawer.” So I got them out today and listed them on eBay. It’s a fun item and I hope they find the 2 people that are still missing as of 9PM this evening. Most of the people were not hurt badly but certainly it was very scary.

I even have a video on my listing to show how the quackers sound. Here is a link to the listing.     RIDE THE DUCKS

OR  here is just the video

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