Throughout the year, Ella accumulates thrifted items to bestow as holiday gifts to her out of state family, and it’s a holiday ritual for me to complain not only about helping to wrap all the presents, but also about shipping the multitude of boxes to Maryland and Ohio, the cost of which usually outstrips the value of the presents contained therein.
Still, it’s a family tradition for Ella, and far be it for me to stand in the way of her holiday cheer. However, as her designated wrapper, I get to see first-hand all the junk, I mean goodies, heading out of state, most of which I have no memory of Ella picking up.
Case in point, on Thanksgiving, she handed me a My Little Pony toy in a faded and slightly crushed box that needed wrapping. After checking it out on Ebay, I told Ella that her niece was not getting that vintage pony. It sold within a day for $60.
|I had to steal this My Little Pony from Ella|
In other toy news, most people have an over-inflated sense of worth regarding their precious Barbie collection, and try to price them accordingly. I was in a thrift store last week, and saw an unusual Barbie priced at $20, which is way more than I usually pay for dolls. It was pretty, though, so I checked it on Amazon, and was amazed to find prices north of $100. Naturally, I picked it up, and it sold for $100 yesterday to a customer in France through Ebay’s Global Shipping Program.
|Aine was too pretty to pass up|
I visited the same thrift store the next day, and saw another Barbie in the same series, and thought, cha-ching! Unfortunately, it was worth less than the $20 price tag.
Talk about fickle.
Overall, sales have picked up considerably since last week across all venues. Or course, it helps that I actually had time to list over my four-day holiday weekend.
Over at the antique mall, our booths are doing fairly well, too. In November, we sold $827 against a rent of $468, for a net gain of $359. With both booths bursting with holiday items, toys, and collectibles, we hope the coming weeks will prove fruitful as well.
In other booth news, after humble beginnings (small booth) in the spring and an ambitious land grab (large booth) in late summer, we are expanding into a little nook of a booth, perfect for books, and, if I have my way, all things geeky (my input) with a feminine touch (Ella’s input, obviously). It’ll be a work in progress in December, unfortunately, but since it only adds $68 to our monthly rent, we hope it more than pays for itself.
Weekend yard/garage sales have pretty much dried up around here so I’m hoping our Grasshopper and Ant philosophy that turned our house into a warehouse will keep our coffers full until the new year.
Happy sales everyone.