Archive for February, 2011

Should I use auction, buy it now, or fixed price format on my Tommy Hilfiger, Old Navy, Lee, Levis, Gap jeans, and vintage items?

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Old Navy jeans

Old Navy jeans

Good question! It’s one I face every time I list and I have come up with a few guidelines. I do have an eBay store with many vintage items and some great used clothing. I like to keep my store full of great stuff so sometimes I just list items in the store to get it more filled up. I have about 350 items in my store now and my next goal is 500.

However, I do like to list clothing on auction sometimes when I am not sure how much it is worth. The high end brands such as 7 for all mankind, Lucky, Diesel, should all go on auction unless you have researched a good fixed price. I usually don’t find these brands in the places I search for clothing!

Although the brands that have their own store such as Bass, Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Columbia, Gap, Old Navy are also very popular. Sometimes I will list these on auction if I have a unique pair but I usually put these right into my store with a fixed price of 9.99. Again, I am talking about used clothing for the most part and 9.99 is still a bargain!

levi jeans

levi jeans

I normally don’t bother with brands that are sold exclusively by Walmart or Kohl’s or other department stores. Although Route 66, Riders, Sonoma, and Faded Glory are popular, they don’t bring the prices of the other brands. However, I still might list those in my store and see what kind of response I get.

express jeans

express jeans

So, how do I decide?

1. Is it a higher end brand that is worth more than 9.99, even if used? Then put it on auction.
2. Is it a brand that has it’s own brick and mortar store? Then maybe put it on auction, but fixed price in the store might be a quicker sale.
3. Can’t decide? Then put it on auction with a buy it now of 10-15$ and see what happens!
You want to give the customer as may choices as possible.
And when it sells, thank yourself, don’t second guess your choice!

Karting magazines

Karting magazines

When it is a vintage item, always list on auction. I had no idea these mags from the 70s  would sell for more than 10$ EACH!

fbi shirt

FBI shirt

And this FBI shirt sold for 26.00. (I bought it for 85 cents).

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What are my antiques worth? Go Kart mags, braided rug, barrel purse, cookie jar and more!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
go kart magazines

go kart magazines

I was selling at an antique show this weekend in Allentown, PA. The weather was slushy and cold so we did not  have a very good attendance. However, I did sell about 3 times my table rent so it was worth the few hours I was there.  I would like to give a report on what I sold as well as some of the items I sold on eBay lately. The Karting News magazines above were sold for about 10.00 a piece. I sold them in various lots. They were all from the 1970s.

alien registration card

alien registration card

I had this really neat alien registration card from 1942. It sold for 5.00. I like paper items because they are easy to transport and mail.

vintage barrel purse

vintage barrel purse

This cool looking purse sold for 10.00. I think it is worth a lot more but… that’s always the story! I found it at a Goodwill store for 4.00.

vintage poetry book

vintage poetry book

This poetry book was dated 1905. It had a leather cover and you can see how the design is shaped like a necklace. That sold on eBay for 10.50.

vintage cookie jar

vintage cookie jar

I took this vintage cookie jar that I got for 5.00 at an estate sale. I actually got 2 of them for 5.00 because they were selling this larger one and a smaller one setting on top of it as one cookie jar. They are actually 2 pieces from a canister set. I priced them at 8.00 and 12.00 for the antique show but they did not sell. They got some attention though since they are really cute!

vintage braided rug

vintage braided rug

This last item is pretty unique! It is a vintage braided rug that was started and not finished. It has all the wool ready to go. Some of it was cut into strips and rolled up and other fabric was still uncut. I paid 3.00 for this at a local estate auction. I listed it on eBay starting at 5.00. It sold for 45.97. I was very happy! And hopefully, my customer was also very happy!

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