Good Morning to you!
Having finished the latest project, I thought I might post a few of the projects I have completed in the past 2 months. All of the items in the clip were purchased for anywhere from $5.00 to $ 20.00 other than the last trunk in the video which I spent $ 100.00 on at an auction due to the provenance that came with it and the obvious possibilities I saw by restoring it and flipping it for around $ 350.00 – stay posted I will let you know how that works out!!
Years ago, I started doing EBay as a way to make a few extra dollars to fund backpacking and hiking trips and have an income that would allow me to splurge on Ultra Lite Gear. I remember my first hikes/ learning lessons, heavy packs, heavy tents, heavy sleeping bags etc. Ultra lIte is expensive! But at 68 years old, I do not want to carry a 40lb pack. Think if it came to that I would stay home and watch your you tube videos!! ”
I write this only to encourage those of you who are anticipating a long hike this summer, and I know that 40% of those hikers are recent college grads with out jobs yet, and 40 % are like me, retired and on a limited income. The other 20 % are working and can afford to do what they need to do including staying at the Hampton Inn. I know, I see you there when I pretend to be a guest and go in for the free breakfast!! That was me reading the paper that wasn’t lying outside your hotel room door!!
I started off with $ 25.00 and headed out to garage sales and became a world class haggler, of course I also plied my marketing and sales skills in building a relationship with the seller, Dale Carnegie style. ” Oh there is a boat in the backyard. are you a fisherman? I fish ….and ….” or ” are those golf clubs I see hanging in the garage…did you watch the Masters last week ? etc etc…” Usually that would ease the negotiating slightly, if only because they wanted to get rid of me!!
Auctions became a place to find EBay items and usually at the very end of the auction…sit on your wallet!!! wait wait wait…and the end things go cheap..
The third spot is estate sales. Usually the 2nd day things go for 1/2 off the marked price. Then you may also be able to negotiate that as well. You will have to find the estate sales companies that you can build relationships with and stick with them.
After selling for a while and learning what sells, you can start to do drive by’s at the thrift stores and every once in a while you will hit the golden nugget.
There is a book out titled ” 100 things I have sold on Ebay. ” I found that helpful in my beginning stages.
Anyhow…just throwing out some ideas for those interested in trying to pick up few dollars for that Ultra Lite Equipment.
Happy Trails to You