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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Awesome Randomness

I think one of the exciting things about ebay is that you never know what will sell or when it will sell. I have had some pretty random things sell in the last couple of days. It has been 90+ outside here in the South and I have sold flannel sheets and a flannel shirt. I'm always grateful for any sales but the last 24 hours have been awesome.

After my daily trek to the Post Office yesterday I had a day of heavy listing scheduled so I could get a day or two ahead with my "required" listing and take a day off to get some things done.

While listing my little fingers off I sold a Krups boiler lid from an espresso machine I had purchased at an yard/estate sale. I was assured that it worked. Well, it might have worked if I could have plugged the hole in the bottom where the water poured out. But since it didn't work I pieced it out. Thanks Gilldaddy!! I sold the frother, filter holder and the boiler lid for a total of $32.97 with free shipping and made about $20 profit.(I could look up the exact amount but I'm lazy today). I would have made an additional $10-12 sale if I hadn't dropped the metal grate that covers the drip tray, through the crack in the front porch. I didn't feel like doing a snake impersonation to reach the grate under the porch. That's OK because it will be a puzzle if the next owner of the house ever replaces the boards on the porch!! Glad to entertain future generations!!

Then I sold a flannel shirt. A Field & Stream shadow plaid.


Then I sold a set of flannel sheets, with little moosies all over.

Then a new/old silk blouse that had been hanging in my closet for a while. New, never worn. I purchased it because I loved it and just because it was 2 sizes too big didn't mean that I couldn't refashion it to fit. Well, that never happened. So I sold it.

And just as I was getting ready for bed I sold this intercom set.
I would like to thank the "gentleman" that emailed me a day or two after I listed this to tell me I was asking too much for the set of 3 intercoms. He graciously offered me $20 for the set.Thank you very much kind sir for your unwanted input and lowball offer.. I sold it for $45 plus shipping.

Because I have been getting sales overnight and early in the morning, and my inventory is upstairs, I have started taking my phone upstairs with me at night. I just turn the volume down really low and leave it in the bathroom so I can't hear it go off. I almost dropped the phone when I saw what had sold this morning.
It's a vintage composition doll. A 30" Effanbee Lovums doll with straight legs. Good condition with some damage, no wig and sleep eyes that worked but were old and cloudy.A hard to find size in 30" so I started out high at $250 and have reduced the price twice since then. I tried some free auctions and no bites. I have had her listed since Feb 2013 and she finally sold.
You may have read my previous blog about her. My SweetiePie and daughter (SmartA**) thought she was creepy and put a brown paper bag over her head. I admit she is creepy with the cloudy eyes but I knew she would bring some good $$. Paid $5 for her from a thrift store. She had an old child's dress on and a vintage gold filled bracelet. I listed the bracelet first and got $15 for it immediately. So my initial investment of $5 netted me $215 and about $165 profit. Not bad for creepy.
This is what she looked like before she got in her box to go to her new home. A Lovums Mummy.

And while I was getting Lovums ready I sold a NIB Bake Pop Kit. I guess that was just icing on the cake.
So to speak.

So even after SweetiePie made fun of Lovums I was really nice and took him out to lunch today after we dropped Lovums off at the Post Office. And since we discussed the "business" of Lovums today at lunch I think that just might qualify as a tax-deductible business lunch.

8 comments:

  1. Great sales on the doll! Not sure what kind of phone you have , but many smart phones have a night setting where it silents all notifications. You could program the time for it go into silent mode and when to come off it. While in silent mode, the phone still rings from important people on you list, but only if they call more than once.

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    1. My phone is an El Chepo so I don't think it has that kind of feature. If it is an emergency the family can call our old fashioned land line.

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  2. Great sales! I agree that the doll is creepy, but that is a creepy good profit you made!:)

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  3. Awesome flip on the doll. I have seen large dolls similar to that before, but don't know much about dolls with 3 sons. Thanks for the info. Glad you've had some great sales lately!! :)

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  4. Great sales. She looks funny as a mummy. I wonder what is in the packet in her lap? Her eyes ;) Nice that you had a lovely lunch courtesy of the creepy doll :)

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    1. No not her eyes, her slip and shoes. Kinda a pillow for her trip. I think if I had left her alone with my SweetiePie she may have had an eye problem :)

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  5. my t.s. prices their dolls so high it is crazy. I wish I could get some sales. Its been dead for me for the longest time

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    1. The name is on the back of the neck, just below the hair line. (On most vintage dolls that is where the info is, or on the middle of the back.)She had some damage but can easily be restored because all of the major pieces are there. This store was closing and the lady helping out the owner had no idea her worth. She wasn't priced so I asked and when she said $5 I couldn't get my money out fast enough. When she is restored, depending on the quality of the restoration, she could sell as high as $1200 to $1500. But probably in the $700 to $800 range. I wish I could have restored her but I know porcelain, not composition.

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