Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Technicolor horses are the new faberge egg: adventures in reselling

Every few years, usually when short on income and long on free time, I begin eBaying with a frenetic pace and fervor usually reserved for marathon runners chugging Josta or junkies on coke binges. [Tangent: Is Josta still a thing?] The first time it happened I was in college and my limited dorm room space and proximity to the on campus post office awakened my inner online seller. At the time eBay was still a novel concept, and everyone knows I get a bit apeshit over a novelty! It seems the time is neigh for that fever to strike again.

It started because I was selling some things we found in the garage and some odds and ends that were dad's that held no sentimental attachment, and I quickly remembered that thrill of seeing some  thing from the back of your closet sell for crazy money! There truly is a hole for every peg...or a fool born every minute..or a diamond in the rough. [Tangent: So many cliches seem applicable here.]

Exhibit A: when cleaning out my garage, my sister found my old Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper, which for some odd stroke of luck, I hadn't completely embellished with white out pens and sharpie [Tangent: Doesn't every 11-year old, or 30-year-old for that matter, have a proclivity to not leave well enough alone with their office supplies. If a paint pen is placed in my periphery- something is getting festooned with bubble letters, dammit!] 


Since I follow somewhat trends, and had heard from Rae that those brought hefty bucks on the interweb. I decided to list it and throw in the assorted weird kitten folders that I used with it in its hey day [Tangent: I find it hilarious that I went through a horse and cat phase. I guess every tween girl does.]

I felt kinda sad about it because it was my prized possession during the most awkward years of my life, but hell, I need gas in my vehicle more than I need a technicolor horse notebook- so that pretty pony was gonna get listed! 

Within a day it had bids and a handful of watchers so I felt I was definitely gonna get a pretty penny. I can only assume that is how sports fans feel...the thrill of victory as the price climbed. It became all consuming and my friends and family were as baffled as I was.


to my sister.

Anyway, cut to today, it yesterday afternoon- IT SOLD!!!



$63!?!?! Are you kidding me? This single act affirmed that this is going to be my racket as I search for steady work. [Tangent: Telling people I'm in "entreprenureal sales" will be hella less embarrassing than answering "watch The Chew everyday" when people ask what I do.] In the last few days, I've sold about 14 things and I'm pretty sold on it. My best friend decided that since I'm now in EBay sales and my fella works in the warehouse at a big box electronics store that we are basically occupationally speaking the couple from The 40- year- old Virgin.

So far, I have done pretty well, but am always looking for hints and tips. Any words of wisdom from you skilled resellers. 

21 comments:

  1. WHAT THE HELL 63?!?!?! I gotta have a bunch of these hanging out somewhere.

    Also, why didn't I get first dibs at cat folders?

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    1. If I find anymore relics from my cat loving youth- they are yours!!!

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  2. I was coming to tell you that you have not only my permission but my ecstatic support in reselling the lunchbox....but after a quick search for "Lisa Frank lunchbox" on ebay....lol! Girl, once it sells I will tell you what I paid for it ;) And when it does, I will dance a victory dance with you!.... You make me wanna sell some stuff.

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    1. If anyone read's "Jerome's" comment, it was me.... sorry, no random pervy guy is talkin all black to Kimmie.

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    2. You know I had to list it after I got bank for the trapper keeper!!! But because I felt thankful for you- I got you some goodies on my last few outings!!!!!

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  3. $63!!! I need to go through all of my old stuff and see what I can sell!!!!

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  4. That is awesome! Good work, lady! I wonder who ended up getting with their 63 extremely expendable dollars. I hope you sell many more trapper keepers to the tune of a similar profit!!!!! :)

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    1. Their name indicated that they were a horse enthusiast....I feel like I want to interview them on the hows and whys. I feel like my adventures in eBaying is going to just be a psychological study on human behavior under wraps

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    2. YES, Kimmie. This must now happen.

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  5. Daaaaaaang! God, I hate selling on eBay but you might be turning my tide. p.s. I am STILL in my kitten and horse phase. I was recently at CVS going apeshit nuts over a kitten spiral notebook before I realized that my stupid old hands are too arthritic to write things down.

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    1. I used to be very BLAH on ebay too. It seemed like too much work, but now there are Apps and you can print off postage and leave it outside your door for the postman to pick up. It totally is in line with my hermit lifestyle.

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  6. I love the idea of you being the couple from the 40 Year Old Virgin. I mean.... it's uncanny. The jobs, I mean.

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  7. ok that is it, i have got to list my leopard one.

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    1. I KNOW! I thought of you pretty immediately...and thinking "THE MARKET IS SCREAMING FOR LISA FRANK TRAPPER KEEPERS!" I even looked for more at goodwill.

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  8. Oh man, I COVETED a Trapper Keeper. I just looked up the one I had, with a big purple neon heart on the front, and felt all warm and fuzzy. :)

    Also: SIXTY THREE DOLLARS WTF?! Don't you wonder who bought it? I bet it's some trust fund artiste Brooklyn kid who wears mismatched Punky Brewster style socks and ironic neon glasses.

    Also also: I wonder if a Trapper Keeper could be modded to comfortably hold an iPad? Hmmmm...

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    1. It had 5 "watchers" on it and I swear I feel the need to assess all of them. Search for Lisa frank on etsy sometime when you get bored. Your brain will concave and your spending habits will seem rational

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  9. want to sell stuff for me?? you could truly live out the 40 year old virgin dream

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    1. Always!! Seriously I get off so much when these things sell! Today I sold a couple more things and got so excited

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