My sales totals continue to be strong, though this time around my success had little to do with eBay. A semi-regular selloff of precious metal scrap contributed over half my earnings, while sales to readers and other local buyers brought in much of the rest. eBay sales seem to decline once the warm weather comes, but the arrival of yard sale season (perhaps as soon as this weekend?) should offset much of that loss.
1. Gold and silver scrap: To a local business for 730$. I love selling off scrap. It takes very little effort and the payday always makes me feel like I just won the lottery. The scrap is largely composed of jewellery that’s broken, incomplete (ie: a single earring), or of limited value beyond its weight. A few old Canadian coins, a busted silver pen, a silver lid, and the silver overlay I harvested from a busted vase in Cote St-Luc was also included. Above is a photo of the silver scrap, and below is a picture of the gold. I also had a “maybe” pile, most of which turned out to be junk.
2. iPod: To a friend for 100$. I didn’t actually find this brand new iPod in the trash. However, I did salvage an old 1st generation iPod Nano in TMR a while back, and because the model had been recalled years ago Apple replaced it free of charge. I gave my friend a good deal, and I made a bit more than I would have selling the old one.
3. Perfumes: To a reader for 47$. A bottle of Hermes I found a couple weeks ago in TMR made up 40$ of that total. It sure didn’t sit around long!
4. iPad: To a friend for 80$. Another good deal for a local buyer. Found a few months ago in TMR.
5. Ditmar Urbach art deco “alienware” vase: To a reader for 80$. I knew this vase was somehow special the first time I laid eyes on it. The production quality was very good and the style unique. My instinct was correct, but I do owe thanks to my readers for helping me to identify its origins! Keywords are much more valuable than gut feelings in the selling world. Found a few weeks ago in Hampstead.
6. Birks 10k gold chain: To a reader for 180$. The scrap value was about 160$, but it was nicer than scrap so I added 20$ to that total. Found about a week ago in Ahunstic – the chain is at the bottom left of the photo above.
7. WWII-era RCAF leather photo holder: On eBay for 32$. Found a couple summers ago in TMR.
8. Sons of Pericles secret ritual book (1948): On eBay for 40$. I was actually a bit worried about listing this for a while, but over time I realized that none of this stuff is really all that secret anymore. Even if there is still a secret ritual in use, I figure they’ve probably switched things up a bit sometime in the last 68 years. Found a while back in Ville St-Laurent. If you’d like to see a few more pictures check out the eBay listing.
9. Waterman Expert pen: On eBay for 150$. A quick sale! Found about a month ago in Cote St-Luc.
Total: 1439$, 8913$ since the new year.