Recent sales: December

After my recent auction success (which turned out not to be much of a success, but whatever) I decided to change a bunch of my older Buy it Now listings to auctions. I wondered if the auctions would get more exposure and clicks, and hoped that it would help clear out some old stock.

So far, it doesn’t seem like the listings are seeing much, if any more interest than they were beforehand. A couple have bids, so at least I’ll get rid of two things, but they’ll probably end up selling for less than I would have earned if I stuck with the Buy it Now.

Either way, it was a worthwhile experiment that goes to show the value of the Buy it Now listing, especially for niche stuff that’s unlikely to get a lot of views. My auctions end tonight at around 8pm EST so check them out if you’re interested! They’re almost certain to finish at a bargain price. If they don’t sell, most will end up in my yard sale pile.

December was a pretty good month for sales. I also calculated my total profit in 2017, which you can find at the bottom of this post.

1. Maruyama courting couple figurine: On eBay for 60$. One of the last pieces from that china collection I found a few years back. It was in great condition. Found in Ville St Laurent.

2. Vintage transit documents: On eBay for 15$. Found in Rosemont.

3. Vintage Paratrooper poster: On eBay for 25$. Four down, around 15 to go.

4. Christmas light lot (tested): On eBay for 45$. Testing all this stuff was a hassle, but the profit wasn’t bad. Mostly found in Westmount.

5. SAP textbook: On eBay for 40$. I’ve sold a few of my SAP textbooks now. Hopefully I sell a few more, but if not I’ve made a bit over 100$ for my efforts. Found in the Plateau.

6. Montreal Olympics slide lot: On eBay for 200$. The buyer seemed most interested in photos of the gymnastic events. Found in TMR.

7. Three brown bakelite light switches: On eBay for 60$. These were more valuable than I originally expected. Something else to keep an eye out for while picking!

8. Aurora Hastil pen with 14k nib, for repair: On eBay for 40$. It needed some fixing but still sold for a good price. Found in the Plateau.

9. Phillips LFH9600 digital memo recorder: On eBay for 120$. Found in TMR.

10. Krieger tidal watch: On eBay for 515$. It cost 35$ to get a new battery in there, which I subtracted from the profit. Krieger isn’t a particularly well known company, but they make quality watches and their tidal wares satisfy a niche market. Found in Outremont.

11. Superscope (Marantz) TDR-830 8-track player/recorder: On eBay for 90$. This machine needed some repairs, but Marantz stuff always does well on eBay. Found in Rosemont.

12. WWII Vickers ammo box: On eBay for 80$. This sold pretty quickly. Found in NDG.

13. Birks silver picture frame: On eBay for 40$. Found in Hampstead.

14. Birks silver picture frame #2: On eBay for 30$. This one was bigger but had no glass. Found elsewhere in Hampstead.

15. Ed Levin silver bracelet: On eBay for 80$. Found in the Mile End.

16. Boston Pops 1952 program: On eBay for 10$. I’m just glad this is gone! It had been on eBay for an eternity.

17. Zassenhaus 532 coffee grinder: On eBay for 250$. I would have loved to keep this for myself, but I can’t afford to own a 250$ coffee grinder. Found in Westmount.

18. Expo 67 construction photos: On eBay for 20$. Found in NDG.

19. Christmas light lot #2: On eBay for 40$. These sold on boxing day. Found in Westmount.

20. Christian Dior Poison soap bar: On eBay for 50$. Not bad for 30 year old soap! Found in Outremont.

21. Schuco Fex windup car: On eBay for 60$. I got neutral feedback for this because I forgot to mention in the listing that the winding mechanism probably didn’t work. My bad. If the buyer had contacted me directly I would have offered a partial refund, but I guess it didn’t bother them that much. Found in Westmount.

22. Round bakelite light switches: On eBay for 25$. More old bakelite switches. These were a little beat up, so I didn’t ask for much.

23. Yearbooks: To a reader for 100$. I gave them a deal on the yearbooks I had on eBay, as well as a beautiful art deco era “Old McGill” yearbook I haven’t posted here yet.

24. Drewrys bottle opener: On eBay for 15$.

25. Sherman bracelet: On eBay for 35$. I ended up giving a partial refund because I didn’t notice an issue with the clasp. A 15$ discount resolved the issue, however, and the buyer left good feedback. Found in Outremont.

26. Vintage Micronta alarm clock: On eBay for 30$. This had very big numbers!

Refunds:

1. Secret Dakini oracle tarot cards: -60$. These sold to someone in Germany but apparently they haven’t shown up. There’s no tracking number (tracking anything going overseas via Canada Post costs at least 40$) so there’s no way to say where it is. I can only hope that it shows up eventually, and that the buyer is honest enough to pay me again. Regardless, the occasionally refund is just a cost of doing business.

Total: 2015$, 27152$ in 2017. This bests my previous record by around 5000$. I credit an extremely successful yard sale season, as well as my consistently improving eBay skills for the great year. I hope to cross the 30k mark in 2018!

It’s worth noting here that my stated sales totals are the gross profit, and don’t take into account the eBay / PayPal / Etsy fees I pay for my online sales. So, my actual earnings are about 8-10% less on the things I sell on eBay and about 6% less on the things I sell on Etsy. I’d guess that I paid around 1800$ in fees in 2017 – I’ll figure out exactly how much when I do my taxes. No matter, I did pretty well for selling trash!

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Email: thingsifindinthegarbage@gmail.com. I often fall behind on emails, so I apologize in advance if it takes me a while to get back to you.

Recent sales – August

1. Yard sales: 1100$. I had three separate sales, one small (150$), one medium (350$), and one large (650$). I haven’t done the math, but I think I’ve set my own personal record for yard sale income this year, and it’s not even close.

2. Gold and silver scrap: 1400$. Speaking of records, this scrap haul is my largest to date. I already had a nice collection of junky or broken gold and silver jewelry going when I found this bracelet in one of the rich neighbourhoods. I saved a bit of other nice stuff there, like a Swiss Army watch (nothing super special, but quality nonetheless) when the homeowner drove up in an SUV and told me that there was nothing good inside, and to leave his trash alone. When I mentioned the nice bracelet I found (I didn’t mention that it was gold) he replied “oh” and then said “well, that’s the only good thing” or something along those lines. Just goes to show that when people, especially rich people tell you there’s nothing good in their trash, it should be taken with a large grain of salt. I wish I had been able to look through the other bags, but I did well regardless.

The bracelet itself was fairly scratched up and not made by a fancy brand. Regardless, it was marked 417 (or 10k) gold and weighed quite a bit. As a result, its melt value was around 600$, maybe a bit more. Basically, this bracelet paid my months rent and bills. I think it’s the most valuable single gold piece I’ve found to date.

3. iPod Nano 6th Generation: On eBay for 95$. More rich people stuff! Found in Outremont.

4. Vintage 1976 Olympics Patch: On eBay for 10$. Found in Cote St-Luc.

5. Anime DVD: On eBay for 15$. Only a few left now.

6. Vintage US military poster: On eBay for 25$. These are moving slower than I thought. Still, I’ve sold two for a profit of 50$, and I’m sure the rest will sell eventually. I think I have around 20 left. Found in Outremont.

7. Vintage Sony radio: On eBay for 60$. Worked great, found in Hampstead.

8. WWI war map: On eBay for 40$. This was made as a promotion for Sirocco, a company that made fans and blowers, some of which were used by the military. It was a pretty cool piece, I wish I had a better picture of it but I only have this old one from back when my photography skills (and camera) weren’t as good. Found in TMR.

9. Vintage Esidrix letter opener: On eBay for 10$. Found in TMR.

10. 1962 Beaconsfield High School yearbook: On eBay for 40$. I’ve discovered that yearbooks are a reliable, if long tailed source of income.

11. Sony headphones: On eBay for 55$. Found in the McGill Ghetto.

12. Encyclopedias of Freemasonry: To a reader on eBay for 90$. I never got around to mentioning these on the blog, but I found them in Cote-des-Neiges along with lots of other nice, but mostly newer books. These were published in 1921, and were pretty cool to look at.

13. Sangean radio, modded to be a ghost box: On eBay for 150$. Part of the “Very Rich People” series. Sangean makes good radio, but a lot of this models value came from the fact that it could be turned into a ghost hunting box. At first I listed it as found, but eventually I decided to do the modification myself as it’s a pretty simple procedure. I made an Instagram video of the ghost box in action if you’d like to check it out.

14. Vintage throwing knife: On eBay for 25$. Found in the Plateau.

15. Christian Dior Frisson sunglasses: On eBay for 35$. These would have been more valuable, but they had been repaired with glue. They did a good job, but it did reduce their value.

16. Sony Walkman charger with two vintage batteries: On eBay for 40$. Collectors will pay good money for the most random junk sometimes. I think the charger is relatively uncommon, and the batteries can be revived if you’re dedicated enough. Found in the Plateau.

17. Baume & Mercier empty watch box: On eBay for 45$. Just an empty watch box. It was in pristine condition, however.

18. Sony multiband portable radio: On eBay for 80$. Another cool vintage radio. Found in Hampstead.

19. Mother of pearl cufflinks: On eBay for 20$. I assumed they were sterling at first, but they turned out to be plated. Oh well, they still made me 20$.

20. Samsung Galaxy S4 for repair: On eBay for 45$. I originally sold this as working, but had to accept a return when it turned out there were some issues. I’m more familiar with iPhones than Androids, so I just didn’t notice that a couple of the buttons weren’t working as they should. So it goes! I made back the money I lost on shipping, as well as a bit extra, so it wasn’t all bad. Found in the Plateau.

21. Polaroid Cool Ray sunglasses: On eBay for 125$. Some Polaroid sunglasses are worth good money, while others aren’t worth much at all. Found in TMR.

22. Sterling silver bookmark: On Etsy for 25$.

23. 10k gold thimble: On Instagram for 120$. I sold this cute thing to a local buyer for a bit above scrap.

Returns

1. Universal remote control. I guess I didn’t test this well enough either. I lost about 15$ on the cost of shipping.

Total: 3634$, 18108.5$ so far in 2017. That gold scrap haul really buoyed my total, but I would have had a good month regardless. My eBay sales were also fairly strong, at least relative to this time of year. Usually, late summer is a slow period for us eBay junk sellers.

Recent sales – June

I’m a bit behind on sales posts so here you go. June was adequate if unspectacular. I didn’t have any particular successful yard sales, but my eBay sales were relatively high value items – I averaged around 80$ per transaction. A lot of the items came from the Plateau and Mile End neighbourhoods, and that spot with the vintage electronics provided a good chunk of the value. I certainly don’t get rich off months like June (or any month to be honest) but my profits were good enough to pay the bills and mostly neutralize financial stress.

1. Vintage 1944-1945 Montreal Canadiens Schedule: On eBay for 150$. I found no record of any similar schedules on the internet, so there’s a possibility that I found the only one left in existence. Who knows? At the very least they seem to be pretty uncommon. Regardless, I’m happy with the price I got here. This schedule, which was a bit bigger than your average business card, was worth around its weight in gold. Found in Villeray.

2. Five packs of Vintage MacDonald’s cigarettes: On eBay for 137.50$. I also sold another two to someone else for 70$. I only have a few left now. Unfortunately, eBay has since deleted my listing citing that tobacco sales are strictly prohibited. However, according to this page it seems that they allow cigarette sales as long as you say that they are being sold as collectible packaging only. I’ll have to call eBay to clarify these positions. Found in Villeray.

3. Sony Microcassette Recorder: On eBay for 40$. Found on St-Viateur in the Mile End.

4. Ortofon STM-72 Stereo Transformer: On eBay for 75$. I sold this one “untested, as is.”

5. Ortofon STM-72 Stereo Transformer: On eBay for 200$. I sold this as used, but I got a premium because it looked NIB, or new in box. Both were found in the lower Plateau.

6. Voigtlander film camera: On eBay for 25$. Found in Outremont, took a while to sell.

7. Vintage 1940s Jewish marriage certificate: On eBay for 35$. A neat find from Cote St-Luc. Also a slow seller.

8. Lizon vintage eyeglasses: On eBay for 20$. I was starting to think these would never sell, but then they did. Found in NDG.

9. Jackie Robinson 8×10 photo: On eBay for 60$. Found a while back in NDG but only recently listed. One of my garbage picking dreams is to find some Jackie ephemera from when he played with the Montreal Royals in 1946. Maybe one day it will come true.

10. Production Variance Analysis in SAP Controlling by John Jordan: On eBay for 65$. I was wondering if I had wasted my time listing that collection of slightly old SAP (programming) textbooks I found a while back. It had been a few months and not one had sold. Fortunately, I’ve now sold two for a prices high enough to justify the effort. Hopefully the rest sell at some point, but if not at least I made my three figures. Found in the lower Plateau.

11. Practical Guide to Sales and Distribution in SAP ERP: On eBay for 65$.

12. Tascam Porta-05 Mini-Studio: On eBay for 70$. I didn’t have the power cord for this, and new power cords were kind of expensive (at least 30$). Because of that I decided to list it “untested, as is” for what I thought was a pretty reasonable price. However, the buyer asked for a return because of some problem with the play button. That was annoying, because I made it pretty clear that the buyer shouldn’t expect the unit to work. On the other hand, I also screwed up by listing the condition as “used” (I’m not sure how that happened, brainfart on my part I guess) instead of “for parts, repair”. That meant I couldn’t reject the return outright – eBay states that things listed as used should be functional.

Anyways, the guy later said that his friend might be able to fix it, and I haven’t heard from him for around a month now. Maybe it’ll all work out. Found in NDG.

13. Vintage Order of Ahepa secret ritual: On eBay for 50$. Found a few years ago in Ville St Laurent.

14. Welch Allyn diagnostic set: On eBay for 90$. I got more for this than I expected to. Another item sold as “untested” – the battery had long since died, and I wasn’t going to go out of my way to replace it. Found in VMR.

15. Vintage 1920s / 1930s Westclox Big Ben alarm clock: On eBay for 70$. This was a beautiful clock but it ticked very loudly. Some people are into that, but I warned in my listing that others might not be. Found in the Mile End.

16. Sony TR-610 Transistor Radio: On eBay for 130$. I love finding old radios. Found in the lower Plateau.

17. Cross fountain pen, 14k gold nib: On eBay for 40$. Found in the Mile End.

18. NIB Logitech webcam: On eBay for 75$. This had never been opened. Found in VMR.

19. Nikon Coolpix camera: On Kijiji for 50$. Worked totally fine. Even came with the charger. Found in Westmount.

20. Vintage art: On Kijiji for 50$. I had this cool painting for quite some time. It looked to be painted on cloth, and was probably made in art deco times. Perhaps I could have gotten more for it on eBay, but it would have been a hassle to ship. I’m just happy it finally found a new home. Saved in Outremont.

21. Silver ring: On Etsy for 20$.

22. Yard sales: 225$. I had one mediocre and a few mini yard sales in June. I forget how much I made to be honest, but I think that’s a solid guess.

23. Vintage postcards from London, England: To a reader for 40$. These were part of that nice old collection I found in VMR back in May. There were more than what’s pictured above, and I still have the royalty postcards if anyone is interested in those.

Total: 1857.50$, 12459.50$ so far in 2017. Current projections put me at around 25k for the year, which would be a record!