To sell well on EBay, you have to be active. If you list new things every week, every day, you will be rewarded. The EBay algorithm makes perfect sense and is very fair. The more you list, the closer to the top of the searches you go. The more you list, the more you sell and the closer to the top you go. Don’t leave people hanging with questions. Always answer within 24 hours, otherwise the algorithm will knock you down a peg or two. Of coarse choosing the right things to sell helps a lot too!. The longer I’ve bought and sold things on EBay, the better my choices are in the things I choose to list and sell. Experience counts for so much, and you just have to do it, to make the mistakes, take a chance on something. Usually at yard sales, flea markets, estate sales etc, the prices are low enough to give something a go. I am getting better all the time. Making better choices. I have gotten better at seeing quality, being able to better distinguish between authentic and reproduction or fake. The prices I pay most of the time are really low, so I’m not going to lose very much. I only spend big when I am absolutely certain what it is, and that I will make good money on it. My knowledge of these things just gets better and better with experience.
Most of the things I buy cost me $1 and under and I sell them for $20-$30. This is my bread and butter. As the months and years roll by, I have been getting better and better at finding more profitable items.
Here are some bits I’ve sold over the past few weeks, and this stuff is available week in week out at yard sales, estate sales, flea markets etc when in season……Happy hunting.
VINTAGE MAPPIN AND WEBB B O A C Airlines 12 TEA SPOONS Sheffield England. Paid $1 at a yard sale in Grass Valley and sold for $30 on Ebay. Took 4-5 months to sell, but the right buyer came along and paid my asking price.
Fantastic Vintage Chicago Cutlery AC140 Chefs Huge Carbon Steel Slicing Knife. Paid pennies for this. Was bundled together with a lot of stuff at an estate sale in Grass Valley. Sold for $50. Took 4 months to sell.
Vintage Hand Painted Russian Leader Matryoshka Nesting Dolls – Set of 5. Paid $5 for these and thought I would get more for them, but sold for $40 on Ebay. Shipped via the Global Shipping Program to Belgium. Took between 5-6 months to sell.
Vintage Firestone Baseball Cap Velcro-back Adjustable Red/Blue. Paid pennies for this at a church sale in Paradise. Fill a bag for $2 !!! Sold for $15 on EBay. Took 1 year to sell.
Harley-Davidson® Men’s sz 13 Athletic Hiking Shoes Black Leather Boots/Sneakers. Found these in a free pile at a yard sale in Nevada City. They are a bit funky, but anything Harley Davidson sells…….I tried for $25 and got it! And the fella gave me a rave review. He loved em! Took about 6 months to sell.
Vintage Panasonic Electric Pencil Sharpener Wood Grain KP-77 Auto-Stop Japan. These are awesome pencil sharpeners. Paid $1 at an estate sale in Grass Valley and sold for $35 on Ebay. Took about 1 year to sell.
Vintage Cotton Tablecloth Hand Embroidered Crocheted 1940s Kitchen 36″x34 1/2″. Paid pennies for this with a bunch of other vintage table cloths at a yard sale in Paradise. Sold for $10 on EBay and took 2 weeks to sell.
Vintage Dark Blue Denim Heavy Fabric: 112″ x 58” New Old Stock. Paid $1 for this at a yard sale in Grass Valley. Sold on EBay for $20 in about 3 weeks.
Vintage Heavy Straw Cowboy Western Hat Sombrero Pigalle Mario Chavez Small. Paid $1 at a yard sale in Paradise. Had in the shop for 1 month and sold for $34 on EBay.
Vans Boot Saver Vintage Hanging Fishing Boot Dry Rack Advertising MN Lodge Decor. Paid $1 at a yard sale in Paradise. Took about 4-5 months and sold for $30 on EBay.
Vintage Miniature Painting of land/sky/marsh scape on Wooden Easel-Signed DB. Paid $1 at a yard sale in Nevada City. Took 3-4months and sold for $20 on EBay.
ANTIQUE/VINTAGE WOOD BOX WITH HINGED LID, HANDLE, AND LATCHES. Paid $1 at a yard sale in Paradise and sold on EBay for $40 and shipped off to Canada. Took about 6 months to sell.
Vintage “Standard” Heavy Duty Extending Shower Rod 40’s/50’s Made in USA. Paid 50 cents for this and would have got $100 but it was missing an end piece, so got $65 on EBay. Sold in under a month……This was ooozing quality.
Vintage Distressed Levi’s Off White Denim Jeans 32 x 26 White Tab Zip Fly. Paid pennies for these in a bag lot church rummage sale in Grass Valley. Took 3 months and sold for $25 on EBay.
The Unknown Leonardo 1974 hardcover Edited Ladislao Reti. Free at an estate sale on Mare Island. Took 9 months and sold for $13 on EBay.
Mens Red Golf club Shield Suspenders Adjustable Braces Button-type Vintage. Paid $1 at an estate sale in Grass Valley. Took about 6-7 months but sold for $25 on EBay.
Vintage Love-Field Potteries Dallas Texas 2 Gallon Stoneware Jug Crock. Paid $5 at an estate sale in Nevada City. Took about a year but sold on EBay for $75.
Vintage Leica Elmar Lens Ernst Leitz GmbH Wetzlar f-9cm 1:4 Nr 1213520 Germany. Paid pennies for this at an estate sale in Nevada City. I had a box full of bits and bobs, maybe 20-25 things and they said $5 for the box. Love that!!!….Sold in two weeks for $90 on EBay.
Antique Vintage Bamboo Printed 100%Pure Silk Fabric Torquise Hong Kong 146″x29″. Antique Vintage Floral Printed 100% Pure Silk Fabric Black Hong Kong 144″x29″….Paid $5 for both of these pieces of vintage silk and sold them for $100.
Westguard MENS BOILER SUIT OVERALL COVERALL MECHANIC COLLEGE WORK BLUE. Paid $1 at a yard sale in Paradise. Had it in my shop for about 9 months and sold on EBay for $25.
Harley Davidson Black/Gray Biker Doo Rag Head Wrap Headband Cap hat 100%Cotton. Was thrown in for free after purchasing a bunch of motorcycle stuff at a sale in Paradise.Sold in under a week for $13 on EBay.
Vintage Chinese Wood Display Stand Bowl Vase Figurine 6″ Dia Black 3 size. Paid $1 at a yard sale in Paradise. Sold in under a week for $15 on Ebay.
Hawaii Warriors Baseball Cap adjustable velcro Black/Green/White 90%Poly10% Wool. Paid pennies at a church sale in Nevada City. Took 2 years but sold on EBay for $8.
Vintage Off White Levi’s 501 Red Tab Mens Jeans 34 x 30 Reg Denim Made in USA. Always, always buy Levi’s that are made in the USA, especially old ones or white ones. Paid $2 at a yard sale in Nevada City and took a best offer of $100 (had them up for $125) Took a couple of months to sell had a bunch of offers in the $50-$60 range.
Vintage Chinese Carved Wood Display Stand Bowl Vase Figurine 6 3/8″ Dia Black. Paid $1 at the same yard sale in Paradise that I got the other one that sold this week. Sold in under a week for $15 on Ebay.