Friday, December 28, 2018

Best Thing I Sold On Ebay Dec 2018 & a Link Up Party

Jumping back into eBay is a reboot for thrifting and listing for me.  I keep telling myself to take it slow and to look for items that are easier to ship and store.  Flatware fit this criteria.

I am new to selling flatware and I find it a bit challenging.  Currently, I thrift items from our local GoodWill.  On occasion, they will have bundles of flatware taped and plastic wrapped with pricing from $1.99 to $5.99 for that particular bundle.

Earlier this month, I found a bundle for $2.99, and I managed to pull out one of the pieces for identification.

They were marked Oneida USA and for $2.99 I took the plunge.  The pack contained 29 pieces, that were made up of teaspoons, dinner forks, soup spoons, knives and a serving spoon in the Oneida USA pattern Bancroft.

There were also a few random pieces of Splendide in the Cirrus pattern and Retroneu in the Prince of Wales pattern.  The popular brand is the Oneida USA Bancroft pattern.  The pattern ran from 1998 through 2004 and is now discontinued.



 I listed this pattern first as I had more of it to list.  A rookie error when listing is to price items too low.  I did just that with the teaspoons. Originally I listed a set of two teaspoons for $17.99  and immediately sold two sets.

I raised the price to $27.99 for the last set and they also sold but it took a bit longer.


 The dinner forks also sold, three for $24.99 and a set of four sold for $32.99.


Each piece cost me appox $.10 cents and to date I have grossed $121.95.

I researched the dinner knives for Oneida USA Bancroft on eBay and they are not selling at all when looking at the solds.  I doubt I will list them and may just use them myself.


I am pleased with my initial foray into reselling vintage flatware and am excited to find more profitable bundles of flatware at the GoodWill.

What have you sold on Ebay or Etsy this week?  Share your best flips here!

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2 comments:

  1. Good to see you posting again! Wow, so you took the plunge back into ebay! Have the selling hoops you have to jump through changed much? I don't have the stomach for it but I do admit that my heart still skips a beat when I see something in a thrift store that I know I could resell for a profit. But I just put it back and remind myself why I quit. Too much stress. Congrats on the flatware sales. That's great. If you don't already follow her blog, The Recyclista sells flatware and has posted a lot of info.

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  2. Hi Lorraine,

    Yes, I took the plunge back into eBay again. The hoops are still there, but I take them with a grain of salt. This time around I am not trying to take it personally, like why do they want to return my "beautiful vintage treasures" or is the buyer trying to pull a fast one with all the questions about an item.

    This time, I will try to keep my emotions out of the process and enjoy the process of thrifting and flipping. Also, I will try to keep in mind a better profit goal and be more selective. And thrift for stuff I like, not just because I can probably sell it and make a profit. Well, maybe that is not one hundred percent true, but you know what I mean.

    Honestly, I kinda missed the whole process.

    You always found cool stuff to flip and your styling of pictures was inspiring. You never know, you may come back to eBay too.

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