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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ebay Big Pay Offs

Okay, so I love a bargain. This is what usually happens to me...I go on the garage sale treasure hunt, I slowly walk toward the sale, I scan the set up, I see that magical item. This is the item that I know I totally do not need, want, or have any intention of keeping. I know I can turn around and sell it for a profit if, and only if, I can get it for a steal. It is almost the same at Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. except that you know the price when you look at the tag.

Thought I would share some of my successes. Let's see. There was this big green bottle shown in this picture. I paid $7 for that bottle. I sold it on ebay for $124.99!

Then I found a real Kate Spade bag brand new with the tags inside, but not attached at the Salvation Army for $3.99. I sold it for $59.

One of the Salvation Army stores that I frequent, has started having $1 clothing days on Fridays and guess what day of the week I am off? Fridays. I usually drop my little guy off at kindergarten, high tail it out to the SA store, spend about 1-1/2 to 2 hours rummaging through the racks and end up with about 15 or so items to sell. Most of these items sell for between $4.99 and $9.99, so my profit ends up being about $60-$135. Some items turn out to be duds and I end up taking them back to the Goodwill, but guess what? I get a tax write off for my donation. And, there are far more items that sell for more than $9.99 than don't sell.

You cannot beat ebay for a great extra money, stay at home mom, make your own hours type "job." Yes, it can be time consuming. Yes, you need to know what sells and what doesn't. Yes, there are some crazy, quirky people buying on ebay and, but life would be boring without a little drama.

Hmm, I just had a few items sell. I sold a costume that cost me 25 cents for $8.99, a $1 pair of Chico's pants for $14.99, a $1 Anthropologie jacket for $9.99, an outgrown by my girl Roxy denim jacket for $9.99 (which I originally bought resale for $4.99), a $1 spiderman costume for $4.99, a $2 Roca Wear wristlet for $4.99, a $1 gap maternity sweater for $8.99, and a couple of other items. Before ebay and paypal fees I have a profit of about $65. Not bad for a little extra time and is it really work if you love it?


  1. Wow! I wish you could teach me that!!!

  2. Congrats on the great finds. You're on the right track to making some great profits.