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Night-Night! Sleep Tight!

One of my first stops in every thrift store, in my quest for inventory, is the pajama section – mainly women’s and children’s. Whether they be character or holiday-themed, cute, comfortable pajama sets are awesome sellers. One brand name in particular to be on the lookout for – Nick and Nora. Nick and Nora’s whimsical, if not bizarre designs all seem to be highly sought after on resale venues.

Nick and Nora Butterfly PJs

Nick and Nora Butterfly PJs

Women’s Nick & Nora summer pajamas, sock monkey butterfly theme

Purchased at Goodwill: $3.00

Sold on eBay at auction: $28.99

Profit before fees: $25.99

Gucci, Gucci, Goo!

gucci

Men’s Gucci denim jeans – missing rear button covers
Paid: $8.00 at Value Village
Sold at auction: $48.00
Profit before fees: $40.00

Shox Therapy

Long time, no post! That doesn’t mean the flips haven’t been happening – I’ve just been too busy to write about them.

Nike Shox. I don’t know what it is about these shoes, but people love them – even ones that are used and show wear. So when I saw these…

Nike Shox

Nike Shox

… at my local thrift store, in hardly used condition and a hard to find half size… I couldn’t get them into my hands fast enough.

Men’s Nike Shox
Paid: $6.00 at United Volunteers
Sold at auction: $51.01
Profit before fees: $45.01

New High Score…

As a mother of four characters of my own, I’m all too familiar with the value of characters of a vintage/hard-to-find/discontinued nature. So when I saw this circa 1988 Nintendo Mario and the Legend of Zelda comforter at my local Goodwill…

Mario/Zelda Comforter

Mario/Zelda Comforter

I couldn’t haul my shopping cart to it fast enough. I had recently sold the matching sheets, so I knew the comforter was likely worth a fair chunk of change. Check out the chunk of change I cha-ching’ed!

Mario/Zelda comforter from 1988
Paid: $10.00 at Goodwill
Sold at auction on eBay: $91.00
Profit: $81.00

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

Long time, no entry! My apologies. With four sons, a full time eBay business and a crazy, chaotic household, there isn’t much time for blogging. Since I last updated, selling has had its ups and downs. It seems as though it comes in waves – I’ll be so busy with sales that I can hardly keep up, then I’ll go days with nothing and I’m frantically trying to get new stock acquired and listed.

This marks the midway point of the winter season. Coats and jackets have proven to be good sellers for me. I continue to look for name brands, obscure designs, larger sizes and items that are new with tags still attached. Here are some of my outerwear flips from the past few months:

London Fog trench

London Fog trench

Women’s London Fog trench coat
Paid: $6.49 at Value Village
Sold: $36.00 on eBay
Profit: $29.51 before fees

Chico's Chamois Coat NWT

Chico's Chamois Coat NWT

Women’s Chico’s Chamois coat NWT, originally sold for $158
Paid: $19.99 at Salvation Army
Sold: $49.99 on eBay
Profit: $30.00 before fees

Women's Psalms CIV retro houndstooth coat

Women's Psalms CIV retro houndstooth coat

Women’s Psalm CIV retro houndstooth coat
Paid: $3.49 at Value Village
Sold: $34.99 on eBay
Profit: $31.50 before fees

Men's 4XL Everlast fleece jacket

Men's 4XL Everlast fleece jacket

Men’s XXXXL Everlast fleece and faux leather collegiate-style jacket
Paid: $0 (My parents took me thrifting and were kind enough to pick up the tab! Regardless, it was still only $19.99 at Salvation Army in Kansas City)
Sold: $31.00
Profit: $31.00 before fees

Boys XL 18-20 reversible Nike coat

Boys XL 18-20 reversible Nike coat

Boys XL 18-20 reversible Nike coat, actually purchased for my son. I labored under the delusion that he might actually like something I picked out for him, but since it was orange (God forbid), he decided he would rather freeze… but that’s another blog entirely.
Paid: $5.20 at Salvation Army
Sold: $19.99 on eBay
Profit: $14.79 before fees (not bad for an item I never intended to flip!)

Yee Hawww!

This time of year, parents all over are scrambling for the cutest possible Halloween costume for their little ones. If the costume isn’t available ready-made, they’ll piece them together on their own. Keep your eyes peeled for not only costumes themselves, but accessories that can be used with costumes – and advertise them as such in your listings.

When I spotted these toddler-sized boots from across the store, the first thing I thought of was “Jessie” from Toy Story. Upon further inspection, I discovered that the boots were brand new, never worn and were genuine leather – both good selling points.

I imagine these here boots will look might cute on a young ‘un!

Red Boots

Red Boots

Old West Leather Boots
Toddler-sized 12-18 months
Purchased at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store
Paid: $2.00
Sold at auction on eBay: $21.83
Profit before fees: $19.83

Not Too Baaaaaaaaad!

Shari Lewis Lambchop Crib Sheet

Shari Lewis Lambchop Crib Sheet

If you’ve ever seen a juvenile character bed sheet – any size or piece – and thought to yourself, “I didn’t even know they made Bucky Buttface sheets!” I highly recommend picking it up. Or better yet, if it’s a character you’ve never even heard of, chances are, it’s rare and someone out there is desperately looking for it. I had long since forgotten about everyone’s favorite missing sock: Lambchop, when I found this gem.

Shari Lewis Lambchop Crib Sheet from 1992 (evidently, quite rare)

Bought at Goodwill for $2.00
Sold at auction on eBay for $31.68
Profit before fees: $29.68