The life of a junker is WAY less glamorous than people would think. We don’t go to auctions and find things in mint condition at “steal of a deal” prices. It’s often a lot more like this….
Boxes and piles of junk that have to processed. The set of nesting bowls I bought on a whim. They are in good shape..have a USA stamp on the bottom and nest perfectly. Well I don’t know if $3 was a good price and if I can make a profit on them until I look them up.
When looking on Ebay for prices, PLEASE don’t do what some people do….think that the asking price is what they are going to get in real life. If you ever check a price on Ebay, type in the name of of your item then go to the far left column until coming to search criteria. Check the box that says sold items.
For example I got the baseball bat you see on the table in a bundle of yardsticks. I bought the bundle for the yardsticks for $5…BUT now I have this baseball bat. It’s a Louisville Slugger. It’s Henrey Aaron bat. I looks on Ebay. I was all excited…Someone had one listed for $45. YAHOO…Jack pot. Nope. Actual selling price was about $10. Okay. That gives me a better idea of what I can ask for it if I take it to the antique booth. When pricing things, one of the workers there suggested looking up the SELLING price on Ebay and then make it a little less. For me, we don’t really have other baseball stuff in the booth…I’ll be happy if I get $6 for it.
In the picture above in the upper right corner is a box of jars. Did you know that old glass peanut butter jars are something that is selling. I went to a garage sale and bought the jars. They were filled with nails and screws as the previous owner used them in his shop. The jars were COVERED in dirt. I bought them for 25 cents each and will price them at $7 each. The dirt all has to come off first! Oh no glamor in this job at all.
The kitchen island and sink are covered with stuff. The dishwasher is loaded and running.
…and then there’s a box of stuff on the stove. See? Continue reading