No! They’re also for….beer! No just kidding. What I was thinking was they’re also for making profit! I know many of you have heard of this, thought of this, or have done this yourself, but it’s something I want to revisit.
The Moose Drool mug in the picture was one of our own..but purchased at Goodwill of course! My husband grew up in Montana and we had enjoyed a glass or 2 of Moose Drool when we visited his family. I saw the mug one day and thought my husband would like it. In our quest to sell anything and everything, my husband came up with this mug.
We listed it and as you see, my $.29 investment yielded $13.50.
That’s the great thing about mugs. They are in plentiful supply and generally are only $.25-.50….maybe even less at yard sales.(unless your thrift store has caught on, like mine did and priced all Starbucks mugs at $2 or more!) They cover all sorts of subjects and people like to collect them.
My problem in the past had been that I only tried to sell mugs at auction. I’d run it for a week…and if the right ‘John Deere’ aficionado didn’t happen to be browsing, the mug wouldn’t sell. I’d say…oh well and try to unload it at my next yard sale.
But having an eBay store changes everything. For a lower cost, my mugs can sit and wait for the right buyer to come along!
What’s your input? What successes have you had with coffee mugs? I’d love to hear!
I thought from time to time (ok I guess my title commits me to weekly!) I would share one of my successful eBay sales stories. Part of my thrifting adventures involves looking for items that are begging to be matched up to new owners. And ok, my goals aren’t completely altruistic…we need to pay our bills! We are in the same boat as many of you.
This is a young boy’s navy blazer with brass buttons that is made by Talbots Kids. It was a size 14 regular. Found it at a thrift store for a couple dollars. I didn’t buy it the first time..went home…remembered to research it..found out it was probably worth selling…returned the next day and was fortunate enough to find it. I’m not usually that fortunate. (When we get on our feet again I AM getting internet on my phone!!!!)
Anyway, the blazer sold for $42. My pictures aren’t even that great. I’ve been playing around since we’re living in my folks’ spare room after our move. My setup isn’t that great, but I took a bunch..all the details, buttons and tags. Talbot’s Kids in general is a fairly good seller..as part of lots..or outerwear and jackets separately. This blazer sells consistently for good prices. You can see the current completed listings here.
I thought I’d start with a recent find…and recent sale. I’m not sure how tacky it is to boast about prices..buying and selling…so I think I’ll leave those details out. Suffice it to say, I found these great Fire King Restaurantware pieces at a Goodwill Outlet and recently sold them in my Etsy shop. Would’ve kept ’em..but we are living with my folks at the moment. (We’ve recently moved cross country AND are unemployed…so selling my finds is the practical thing to do right now) Space is also at a minimum.
These milk glass beauties have a nice brown scrolly trim. I love the fact that these are grill plates..nice little divided sections so your green bean juice doesn’t drain into your potatoes.
Have you ever been to a Goodwill Outlet store? If you have one nearby, and can go, be ready. Dress in casual, comfortable clothes. Bring gloves if you’re concerned about sanitary conditions. Items are in bins. (Clothing, bags, accessories) You get these huge rolling carts and you start digging. Throw whatever you want into the bin. When you check out they WEIGH your cart, subtract the weight of the cart and you pay per the pound for your items. Usually about $1.67/lb. I once bought a scarf and figured it was free, it was so light.
Our Goodwill Outlet has another room with non-clothing items. They are 50% off. Books I think have set prices for hardcover and softcover.
If you can make it, it’s definitely worth it. Just bring your sneakers and leave the toddler at home!
Ok..the idea for this blog has been brewing for awhile…and I’m sure it will still be a work in progress. I have a list of ideas of possible posts swirling around in my brain…maybe it will help to get them out.
- my thrift store scores
- crazy/cool/unique things i see at thrift stores/garage sales
- my flips…things I found and resold at a higher price. Therefore tips for you! Things to keep on the lookout for at thrift stores.
- thrift store items (TSIs) or found objects… repurposed, reused, renewed either by me or by you or by someone else.
- when we finally settle into our new home..be it apartment or (please oh please) a house of our own…my adventurings in outfitting it with handmade, second-hand and of course vintage items. How more green can you get than thrift store shopping???
- cool things other people found at thrift stores
Ok…that helped. I will probably blog about all of it! Please stay posted!