Sunday, July 4, 2021


I have had a couple of good sales this past week.  If you sell on eBay, you probably know that sales do slow down a bit for the summer. Meanwhile, I have been trying to keep listing at least 5-10 items a day and bulk up my store.  

This weekend has been a perfect weekend for that, tropical storm Elsa has induced a rainy weekend and with it being a holiday weekend, there are not that many estate sales to hit up. 

I picked up 5 Construction related books at a recent Estate Sale.  The average price per book was $8. 

This book is from the same lot.  I had an offer of $125 the first day it was listed.  I countered with $145 with no response.  I was starting to regret not taking the $125 but within 48 hours the book sold for full price. 

This sale was for TWO lots of the Royal Crown Bags.  They are free to me and easy to list and package


I like to part out vintage games.  This is from a vintage 1967 football game.  Typically, game parts or pieces are a slow dime, but this sold in 24 hrs.  You just never know.

I hope you had a few good sales this week! 

If you get bored, find me on TikTok.  @happygirlthrift   I share what I find and sell there on a regular basis.  


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Best Thing I Sold on eBay 2021

 Here is one of the "Best Things I Have Sold on eBay" in the last couple of months.  Typically I sellregular run of the mill items.  Mugs, hats, clothes, vintage collectibles. Bread and butter items as most eBay resellers would say. 

There are rare occasions that I am lucky enough to find rare "unicorn" items in the wild.  The first item is a softcover book by Popcorn Sutton.  If you watch Moonshiners on the Discovery channel then you would know all about Popcorn Sutton.   

He was an ornery moonshiner that several of the cast members on the show learned the moonshining trade from.  A legend according to those that were his students. 

I found a softcover book written by Popcorn Sutton and SIGNED by him as well.  After a little research at the thrift store I knew it was coming home.  The past sales reflected an unsigned book that had sold for around $300 give or take.  There was a signed copy on Amazon listed for $1300.00t

I listed mine for $1200 OR BEST OFFER.  It took about 3 months and several lowball offers but I finally accepted an offer for $700.  I shipped it insured and signature confirmation.  The transaction went smoothly and the buyer left positive feedback. 

The thrift store that I found the book at only charged $0.10 a book.  And it was half-price day.  My cost was a NICKEL. 

The "unicorn" sales like this are few and far between. But they are definitely fun!


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Numbers for Feb 23rd through March 1, 2021

This Plate sold in less than 2 weeks.  One of my favorite finds.  Paid $3.99 Sold for $32.99 Buyer paid shipping. 

Items in Store 1155
Items Sold:  15
Gross Sales: $$387.00
Cost of Items Sold: $23.90

Highest Price Sold: $ 105.00 vintage leather jacket 
Average Price Sold: $25.80
Returns: Zero
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $100
Number of items listed this week: 20

Monday, August 17, 2020

What Sold on eBay Aug 10 - Aug 16th, 2020 Trash to Cash

The week started out slow, but it did get better towards the end.   Let's talk about the first item, the slide viewer.  I try to get out every morning and walk the dog.  We walk around a two mile loop in a neighborhood behind us. About half way through the walk, ( a mile in) we pass by this one house that has been undergoing a big cleanout.  It has been going for a while and mostly it is just junk.  

Well, about two weeks ago,  I saw this box sitting on top of the latest clean-out.  It was in great shape and peaking through the semi-opened lid I see the plastic-wrapped slide viewer.  After a brief inspection, I pick it up and carry it home.  I looked it up on eBay and the solds revealed that it was selling for $30.00 - $40.00.

Free. Picked it up from roadside trash. Sold in about 3 weeks, and is on its way to Arizona. 

Carrying home the slide viewer on our walk. 

The box was a little damp with morning dew, but it dried out and was none the worse for wear.   

The rolling pin was part of the Forty Box Challenge. a large purchase of a post estate sale leftovers.  I probably paid about 0.40 for each item. I had it listed originally at $29.99 but took a best offer of $24.00. The rolling pin is on it's way to California. 

This is one of two sets that I found at a local Thrift Store .  They were in a bag, and luckily the sets had no damage.  The sets cost approximately $6.00 each.  The set was listed since 8/19 and sold for full price.  This set is headed to Illinois. 

I picked up a box ( plastic rolling box ) of stampin' up stamps at a garage sale for $10.00 in fall of 2018.  The stamps have been listed since 1/19.  I estimate each stamp cost me about a quarter.  This stamp sold for full price and is on it's way to New York.

Another item from the 40 box challenge and the average price for each item is 0.40.  It has been listed for over a year and is on it's way to New Jersey. 

This little flower pot was part of a boxed lot, it probably cost about 0.10 cents and it sold for $7.49.  

This is another freebie.  It's a TENT for a trampoline.  My daughter bought it about a year ago and never used it.  She was going to put it to the curb.  Good grief!!!  This is on it's way to California. 

I found this vast at an Antique Store that was closing down.  Everything was marked down 75% and I got this vase for $1.50.  It's marked USA on the bottom.  It sold for full price and is headed to Germany. 

I absolutely love to find and buy vintage games.  They are easy money if you want to take the time to part out everything.  I purchased this game, 13 Dead End Drive at Goodwill about two months ago for $2.99.  This is one of 4 parts to the game, and there are also the directions, and a game board that are listed.  The graphics are full color on the directions and a big plus is that the parts are easy to store once you break it down.  I typically don't keep the box, it is usually wore out. This piece is headed to California. 

This was a better week, there is one return coming back.  The red Le Creuset salt and pepper shakers.  The buyer thought they would be the miniatures.  No worries, they will be relisted. I still have lots to list from my last trip to Goodwill.  That should keep me busy this week. 

How were your weekly sales?  Are you listing?  

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Junk in My Trunk - What I Found at Goodwill

I visited a different Goodwill and was pleasantly surprised at the variety and the prices.  They had great stuff and I am sharing what I found in my video below.

Let me know what you think! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

What Sold on eBay Aug 2 - Aug 9th, 2020

  The summer eBay doldrums are here and my sales last week reflect it. Families are getting ready to start school and are having to deal with picking the right option for them. They may be trying to fit in a little family vacay to restore some normalcy to their life.  Everyday life is so different now, we all are trying to figure out our new normal.

Here is what sold this week: 

I found this set of salt and pepper shakers at a local Thrift for $1.00  I was running a sale in my store, so the customer got a good deal.  They are on their way to Brooklyn, NY

Fenton Hobnail is quite plentiful on eBay.  This was also on sale and is on its way to Virginia.  The item was free to me, part of a house clean out. 

This vase sold for full-price and is on its way to Rhode Island.  It was part of a large box lot I purchased in May 2019.  I probably paid 0.40 cents. 

One of the last few pieces of my jadeite Fire King collection.  The blows are on their way to Arizona.    

These salt and pepper shakers were originally listed for $19.00, I took a best offer of $14.00 and they are on their way to Wisconsin. This was part of a friend's donation of items to me.  No cost. 

Christmas sells year round!  This vintage Christmas ornament is part of a large lot  I purchased in 2018 at GW for $2.99.  The lot contained probably 20  -25 ornaments.   I had it listed for $49.99 and took a best offer of $29.00.

I have been listing more lately.  So far I have 896 items listed, and striving to get to closer to 1000 listings.  Storing my eBay inventory is a challenge, but I manage to get it all put away AND more important , I can find it when it sells. 

How was your week?

Sunday, August 2, 2020

What Sold on eBay July 26 - Aug 1, 2020

eBay was just a tad bit better this week.  The sales came in spurts.  Some days there were no sale and some days there were multiple sales.  I need to get started listing again and build up my store.  Currently, I have 868 listings.  Getting close to the 1000 number but have yet to hit it. 

How are your eBay sales? 

My Fire King Collection is slowing dwindling down to almost nothing.  This bowl went to its new home in North Carolina. It sold for full price, $36.99.

This vintage clown was part of a bag purchase at a local thrift store. There were eight items (mostly clown related) in the bag for $1.91.  I took a best offer of $20.00. 
It has been listed since March 2019 and is on its way to Texas. 

This is part of a fill a bag for $5 at a local mobile home park, this probably cost 0.25 It has been listed since July 2020 and is on its way to Las Vegas. It sold for $19.99

This piece of milk glass has been listed since May 2020 and is on its way to Arizona.  It was free to me and sold for $6.19

This Christmas decoration is part of a large lot of Christmas decorations ( a big bag) that I bought at Goodwill for $2.99  There must have been 20 or so items in that bag.  I have had it listed since December 2018.  It sold for $19.99 and is on its way to south Florida.  The listing had best offer on it but they paid full price. 

I found this plaque at a local thrift store for $1.00.  It has been listed since June 2020. **It is still pending payment** but I am hopeful. 

Corelle dinnerware is surprisingly desirable.  This is part of a Fill a Bag sale at a local mobile home park and has been listed since  Feb 2020.  It is on its way to Georgia.  I took a best offer for $24.00.  It was originally $29.99

This religious piece has been listed since June 2019, it is part of a lot purchase and probably was 0.$40.  It sold for full-price and is on its way to Louisiana. 

I love selling vintage game pieces!  These were from a vintage CLUE Haunted Mansion game that I picked up at the thrift store for $2.99 for the whole game.  I originally had them listed for $49.99 and sent out offers for $39.99 which was accepted.  These are on their way to California. 

This Martha Stewart Hole Punch was purchased from Goodwill for $5.99.  It has been listed since August 2018.  I took a best offer of $30.00 for it and it is on its way to Japan. 

A piece of the free Noritake sold for a best offer of $14.00.  It has been listed since June 2020 and is on its way to Canada.