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Old 04-03-2009, 08:11 AM
Location: mid wyoming
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I usually get one or two a season. Last year I put back together a dirt bike basket case. I bought it for $100.00, put about $150.00 in it. Sold it for $700.00. I don't count my labor, that is just time not spent in front of the TV vegitating. My second deal was I bought a set of depression ware glasses for $45.00. I put them on Ebay and got $220.00.
Now I have got burned and lost money, but not much. Those were learning experiences ha,ha.......
I'm still searching for that one thing that will make me my first million!!!!!!
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:25 AM
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I've had a couple of sales, made a little money. But nothing like your post.

I know people who do that type of thing and overall do well with it.
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Old 04-04-2009, 09:34 AM
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I knew of a woman and her daughter in law [mother of someone I knew] who went to every garage sale in the county. There were specific items they looked for, then they sold them on ebay. My friend said they netted 700-1,000/week. It seems like a lot of $$, but when it's split 2 ways, it was just a second income for their families. Plus they got to spend time together, the DIL was a stay-at-home mother, and their gas came out of the expenses.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:01 AM
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There are people who are savvy about what sells on ebay for best bucks, then they go to Goodwill and Salvation Army, find those items at dirt cheap prices, then put them on ebay. Mostly women's jeans, that sort of thing.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:13 AM
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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We have a booth at a local flea mkt and sell stuff that is worth alot for .25 and toys for .25. We sell more expensive stuff too but not much over 10.00 and a couple of pieces of old furniture for 50 to 75. After booth rent (open sat and sun only) and not counting time spent there (14 hrs) we have made 4500.00.
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:03 AM
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I have two female relatives who support themselves selling all kinds of little crafty things at flea markets. I think they go to craft shows and do better at those places. I know a man who makes a lot of money selling old barnwood furniture at flea markets that he makes. He usually gets the wood free, tearing down old sheds or other small buildings or people just give it to him. He makes benches, tables, shelves, chests, hutches, all kinds of stuff. It doesn't have to look perfect because it's rustic. He takes a trailer load once a month and usually sells out, making thousands.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:48 PM
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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About everything we own was bought at a yard or garage sale, but we don't generally resell the things we find for money. Occasionally we will find something and sell it on eBay but not normally. I think the last thing was a bulb tester for old tube radio bulbs which was picked up out of a "free" pile at a yard sale and sold to someone online for several hundred dollars.

For awhile we were buying interesting things with the intent of reselling them but the time involved to list them properly plus packing them to ship made it just not so worthwhile. Also eBay has changed their selling procedures and pretty much everything has to go through PayPal, now, I think. Which adds to the fees you pay to sell or buy things.
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