Be Careful Where You Step in Hawai’i

 

Hey there thrifters, what’s up?!  Hope you’re doing well and having an awesome week so far!

For locals and tourists here in Hawai’i, I’m not sure if “awesome” is the word that we would use to describe the week we’ve been having but it’s definitely been an interesting one to say the least.

Okay, the good news first.

The good news is that we side-stepped yet another potential hurricane this past week.  Woo-hoo!!

The bad news is that the remnants of this system is wreaking havoc right now on the islands.  It’s SUPER hot and muggy (probably mild compared to other locations but it’s uncomfortable for Hawai’i standards) and there have been thunderstorms all week.

Plus, the sewer systems weren’t equipped to handle the sudden downpour of rain so that’s caused some rather unsightly  scenes across the state.

Here’s the front page of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser yesterday:

What a messThere’s been reports of manhole covers bursting with sewage, run-off spilling into the streets and into homes and apartments, and Waikiki Beach actually had to be closed because gallons of untreated sewage made it’s way to the coastline.

What made that Waikiki Beach situation even worse is that a few – actually, A LOT –  of tourist either didn’t see the signs posted or they chose to ignore it altogether and they still decided enter the water.  Yikes!  I hope they’re okay.

It’s actually much better today and it’s looking like it’s going to be a “typical” Hawai’i day.  But for how much longer?

Hurricane PathJust yesterday, ANOTHER storm system – Tropical Storm Ignacio – has formed.   It’s expected to strengthen into a hurricane tomorrow and it’s current forecast has it headed straight for the Big Island. This is crazy!  I can’t remember another Hurricane Season as active as this one.  Hopefully, this system starts turning away soon and we can dodge this one as well.

I haven’t had a chance to thrift much this week because of the weather but I still had a few decent sales to share today.  Like I said, the weather looks much better so hopefully I’ll get a chance to do some thrifting today *fingers-crossed*.

Please enjoy my latest sales and best of luck at the thrift stores!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Obey Aztec Print Hat

Obey Hat

Item Cost:  $2.99

Sold for:  $27.99

Victoria Secret Hawai’i Jacket

Pink Hawaii

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $27.99

Levis Denim Jacket

Levis Red Jacket

Item Cost:  $6.99

Sold for:  $49.99

Thrift Store Items to Resell on eBay: Monster Energy Apparel

 

Happy Monday thrifters, I hope you’re doing well and having a great start to your week!

After last week’s record setting numbers, the pace slowed down for me on eBay.  I’m still waiting on a few auctions to finish today but I can already tell that I’m not going to be pulling in the same amount of sales.

Oh well,  we need to be prepared for the ups AND downs on this roller coaster ride we call eBay, and it’s just the cost of doing business.

While I wait for those auctions to finish, I thought I’d share with you a brand that I’ve been having some pretty decent success with recently:  Monster Energy.

By now, I’m sure we’re all familiar with this company and if by chance you’re not, I can guarantee that you’ve at least seen this brand at the supermarket or in the hands of some teenager or business professional who’s looking for a quick caffeine boost.

Monstery Drinks

Monster is one of the major players in the Energy Drink industry.  I’m actually fan of energy drinks – probably a little too much.  I use to drink 1-2 Monsters per day before I realized just how much caffeine they put into one of those.  So now it’s more like 1-2 per week, which is probably a safer dose for me.

Their logo is one of the easiest to identify (and not to mention, one of the most awesome, in my opinion).  The “M” logo on their products was designed in such a way that it looks like animal claws were tearing through the can.

Monster Logo

In addition to their thriving beverage sales, Monster also sponsors and provides apparel for a variety of rally and motorcross drivers and many of these products are worth some decent money on eBay.

Check out some of these sales on USED Monster gear:

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Not bad, right?!

I found this Monster jersey a week ago and it sold for $34.99 within hours of listing it.

Monster Jersey

Monster has definitely been a pleasant surprise for me and their apparel has become an automatic purchase for me whenever I find them at the thrift stores.

I hope this helps.  Thanks again for all your support and best of luck at the thrift stores!

Meinard

My New 2-Day Record on eBay!! (A HUGE Milestone For Me)

 

Hey thrifters!  Thanks for taking the time to read this post and I certainly hope you’re doing well and having an amazing week so far!

It’s been a crazy past few days for me.

On my last post I mentioned that Hurricane Guillermo was on a course to potentially reach the island.  Thankfully, it took a much more northernly route than expected so, aside from a bit of muggy weather and a few more thunderstorms, we barely felt the effects of that storm here on the islands.

Crisis averted…that is until ANOTHER system, Hurricane Hilda, decided to form literally as soon as Hurricane Guillermo was passing by.

Yup, it’s been a busy hurricane season to say the least.  Guillermo’s route chances frequently and as of now it looks like only the Big Island will be affected so thoughts and prayers go out to everyone on that island.

My New Record:  Uncharted Territory

I left for a trip last Wednesday and I just recently came back on Monday.  It wasn’t a vacation or anything and it was strictly business so no pictures, sightseeing, or trying out interesting cuisine unfortunately.

I did, however, think it was a great opportunity to run another Sunday Blitz and boy was I rewarded for making that decision!

Today, I’m EXTREMELY happy to announce that I just reached an important milestone (for me, anyway).  Because of my sales on August 9-10, my new 2-day sales record on eBay is…$1,039.87!!!!

Here’s the breakdown of payments received.  This number is the total Paypal payment I received and it includes shipping as well:

August 9:  $127.47

August 10:  $912.40

Isn’t that awesome?! I finally made over $1000.00 in two days!!

As you can see, I barely made it over the mark and I was actually really close to not making it.  In fact, I was stuck on $982.84 on Monday night until the $57.03 payment arrived for this pair of Air Jordan’s:

xvI know this isn’t some eBay record or anything and there are some of you who have already surpassed this  milestone, but for me this is a big deal and I couldn’t be more happy!

RelatedCheck out my Single Day Sales Record

Here’s a picture of all the packages ready to ship:

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Don’t Forget About Standard Auctions Just Yet

The strategy I used to sell these items was pretty easy:  I used standard auctions for all my items and I set a low starting price of $9.99 or $24.99.  After that, I just let the auctions run on auto-pilot and I let the buyers decide whatever price the item was worth.

There was a wide range of ending prices but that’s perfectly fine because it still means that inventory is moving and payments are being received.  Payments are also still coming in so the final tally from those two days is actually much higher.

It’s been an amazing past few days and I just realized that I have yet to visit a single thrift store since I came back.  I’m definitely looking forward to paying them a visit and seeing what’s accumulated since I left.

With the $1000 mark checked off my list, it’s time to set my sights on even loftier goals.  The obvious next mark would be $1500 within two days but why stop there?  Screw it, I’m going to try for $2000 in two days!

Sounds crazy right now but who cares?!  Making $1000 in two days also sounded crazy at one point and look what just happened.  I know it’s going to take A LOT of hard work to  make those numbers a reality but I’m not afraid of that.  As a matter of fact, I’m going to start today with a couple of thrift store visits.  Why wait right?

It feels great to be back and these latest results have just lit a fire under me.  I’m super excited to head out and get going again and I hope you feel the same way.

Please enjoy some of my recent sales and thank you for all your support and inspiration – it means more than you know :)  Talk to you soon!

Meinard

Finds of the Week

Levis Vest

Levis VestItem Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $24.99

Vintage Brooklyn Dodgers MLB Jacket

Brooklyn DodgersItem  Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $28.00

Brooks Running Shoes

Glycerin

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $30.00

 Nike Air Max Running Shoes

Air Max Pink

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $52.00

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I Better Share These eBay Sales Before Tropical Storm Guillermo Gets Here

 

Hey thrifters, hope you’re having a great week so far!

I’m currently having a pretty awesome run on eBay recently but to be honest it’s a little hard to concentrate on that with the impending threat of a hurricane-turned-tropical storm later this week.

Hurricane GuillermoYup, Tropical Storm Guillermo is expected to make landfall sometime Tuesday night and then make it’s way down the island chain through Thursday.  Thankfully,  Guillermo had weakened overnight from 105 mph winds to 65mph but it still has the strength to cause some serious damage even at it’s weakened state.

Current forecast has the storm moving north of the islands but you never truly know how these systems will behave.  Hopefully, everyone takes it seriously (as they should) and they’ve made the necessary preparations.

Safety is always the prevailing thought in these moments but I’m always mindful of the potential impact that these storms have on my eBay business also.  The past storms have negatively impacted shipping on several islands and some of my eBay items were delayed in the process.

I’m sure customer-service will understand and remove any negative feedback I receive as a result of the storm but hopefully it never gets to that point.

In the meantime, please enjoy my latest Finds of the Week and please keep us in your thoughts and prayers this week.

Thanks again for all your support and have an amazing week!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Reebok CrossFit Training Shoes

The Reebok resurgence continues!  Click here to check out my other Reebok sales.

Reebok Crossfit

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $30.00

Under Armour Golf Shirt

Under Armour Golf Shirt

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $31.99

Nike Air Jordan XI Low

I’ve been saying this since Day 1 of this blog and I’m going to keep saying it until I finally decide to stop blogging:  You NEED to be selling Air Jordan’s on eBay!!  It’s one of the easiest brands that you could possible sell.  If you haven’t started yet, seriously what are you waiting for?  Dive right in, the water’s fine!!

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Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $89.99

 

Thrift Store Finds of the Week + Love Is In the eBay-Air

 

Happy Aloha Friday!!

The weekend is almost upon us so I thought I’d share some of my best eBay sales from this past week before all the errands, task, and I guess basically “life” in general gets in the way.

However, before we get into some sales, I wanted to quickly share a pretty cool story that I was happy to be a part of.

A buyer had a wedding anniversary coming up.  Unfortunately she wasn’t able to spend that day with her husband because she was out-of-town taking care of sick relative (much props to her for doing that also).

So she bought one of my items (an Ohio State Buckeyes jersey) as an anniversary gift for her husband and she was wondering if I could include an anniversary message in there for her husband.  I’m not going to mention what was in the message for privacy sake but I thought that it was an awesome gesture and I was more than happy to follow through on this request.

Honestly, I’m generally not fond of additional buyer request.  I have a streamlined process when it comes to shipping my items and it gets disrupted whenever I receive “special” request such as writing product numbers on the package, folding their items a certain way, etc.

I even had a buyer – after realizing that I’ll be shipping from Oahu, Hawai’i – ask me to include a handful of sand from Ko Olina beach so she could reminisce about the vacation she took there a few years back.  Yeah sure, I’ll get right on that.  I didn’t do it, that’s a big no-no here.

notebookHowever, when it comes to something like celebrating a wedding anniversary, who am I to get in the way of love?  I think I may have The Notebook a few too many times lol

How about you?  Have you received any “special” request from buyers?  What’s the weirdest one you ever received?  Technically, we’re not obligated as sellers to complete these additional task but what’s your policy? Do you do them anyway for the sake of the sale?

Thanks again for all your support and have a FANTASTIC weekend!!

Meinard

Finds of the Week

Tommy Hilfiger Rugby Shirt

(Always happy to see the tags still attached!)

Tommy Tag

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $40.00

Nike Durant Hyperflight

I sold this same shoe in a different color a few weeks ago.  You can check it out here.

Hyperflight

Item Cost:  $13.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Newton Running Shoes

newton IV

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

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And the Winner is….

 

First, I just wanted to thank everyone SO MUCH for participating in this latest giveaway!  The response has been amazing and I can’t thank everyone enough for sharing their experiences.

We’re In This Reseller-Thing Together

I don’t know about you, but for some reason it felt almost therapeutic for me to read about everyone’s challenges and hurdles.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not happy AT ALL that we’re facing these challenges.  However, it did make me feel at ease (strangely enough) that there are others who are facing the exact same issues that I’m facing.  It felt good to know that I’m not alone in all this.

So thank you again to everyone who participated.  The feedback I’ve received has been nothing but positive and I can’t wait to run Free Giveaway #5!!

So without further ado, the winner of this giveaway and a free pair of Nike Air Jordan III’s is….drum roll please…MAGGIE!!

Congratulations, Maggie!  I know you mentioned that there’s heavy construction around your Goodwill which is making it harder for you to visit the store.

Well, this time, this pair of Air Jordan will be delivered TO YOU so you can just sit back, relax, and wait for the thrift store items to come to you instead.

Congrats again on winning and enjoy the shoes!!

FREE Giveaway #5 Coming Soon

Thank you again for making this giveaway such a huge success.  The thrift stores have always provided me with great stuff and it feels good to be able to share those treasures with everyone else!

Don’t worry if you didn’t win this one, I plan on holding my next giveaway REALLY soon and I’m not sure (just yet) how I’m going to top this item but I will.

Have a great weekend everyone and be safe!

Meinard

 

 

FREE GIVEAWAY #4: Nike Air Jordan 3 III Fire Red ($100+ Resale Value on eBay!!)

 

Hey Thrifters, it’s Meinard here.  I’m SUPER excited because today , as promised, I’m hosting my next FREE Giveaway!

For those of you counting, this is the 4th Free Giveaway promotion that I’ve ran and it feels like the stakes just keep getting bigger and bigger, doesn’t it?!

I gaveaway a pair of youth size Nike Lebron’s on the first giveaway, a pair of youth Air Jordan 14’s on the second , and a pair of Nike Free Flyknit “Rainbow” on the third.

Those were awesome items and they were a lot of fun to giveaway.  However, I’m especially excited about this 4th one because one of you will be walking away with one of my favorite pairs of shoes ever:  A Nike Men’s Air Jordan 3 III Fire Red Cement size 11!!!

Here’s some pics of what you’ll be receiving:

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Fire Red Giveaway2

If you’re already familiar with sneakers, then these shoes really need no introduction.  However, for those of you not familiar with Air Jordan’s, let me say this:  You want this pair!!

The Air Jordan 3’s are one of the most popular sneakers in the entire Air Jordan line so you’re going to attract a ton of interest when you list this pair on eBay.

There’s some scuffs and creases from use but trust me, someone out there in eBay-land is going to want this pair!

Here are some recently completed USED auctions for this exact item:

Fire Red AuctionFire Red Auction2Not bad, huh?!

Is it FREE to Enter?

It’s ABSOLUTELY FREE to enter and you don’t have to spend a single dime!  I’ll even pay for the postage to mail the shoes (US only, no International shipping)!

I’m going to try something different with the entry process this time.  In the previous giveaways, you had several entry options to win the item but, this time, there’s only going to be one way to enter.

All you have to do is answer the following questions in the comment section of this post:

What are you struggling with the most right now on eBay or with reselling in general?  What’s that big hurdle(s) that’s preventing you from reaching your sales goals?

Frustration2I think this is a great question and I’d love to get a discussion going about the challenges that we’re all facing.

(Please note:  No cheating guys, you have to answer the question in order to be eligible to win.)

Trust me, regardless of the issues you’re having, I’m confident that you’re  not the only one facing them.

If you scroll down to the comments section I already wrote down two (2) issues that I’m having at the moment.  I’m pretty sure some of you can relate to them.

So, what’s causing you the biggest headaches right now?

Let the Games Begin

I’m super excited to give this pair to someone.  I’ve made a killing reselling Air Jordan’s on eBay for almost a decade now and I can’t to have someone else share in the excitement!

If you have a blog or if you know someone who might be interested in this giveaway, please share, follow, like, retweet or whatever else you need to do to get the word out.

The contest will officially end on July 24th at midnight so there’s plenty of time to enter.  I’ll be announcing the winner the following day.

Thanks again for all your support and GOOD LUCK!!!

Meinard

From Thrift Stores to eBay: Finds of the Week plus EUREKA!!

 

Hey Thrifters!  Happy Monday, I hope you had yourself a fantastic weekend filled with fun, laughter, and hopefully a few eBay sales sprinkled in-between!

I definitely had a few of each throughout my weekend (scroll down to check out some of my recent eBay sales) but first I am ecstatic, elated, overjoyed, and, most of all, relieved to announce that I have finally figured out what was causing the formatting issues that Mike  informed me about earlier.

EurekaAfter hours of researching Google,   attempting to fix code, trying to find a replacement theme that had all the bells and whistles that I needed…after all that…it was actually one, insignificant little plugin -that I don’t even use anymore, I might add- that was actually causing all the problems.

(I think my face actually looked like that when I finally discovered this! Lol)

All I needed to do was deactivate it and delete it from my account and all the problems would’ve magically disappeared.  I really wish I had known that earlier, it would’ve saved me HOURS of pain.

But oh well, the most important thing is that the issue is fixed and the site is working perfectly.  You can now scroll from page 1 to page 29 (yes, there are actually 29 pages of content that I’ve written over the years!) and you shouldn’t be seeing any more formatting errors.

Sorry for the long-winded update, I’m just that relieved that it’s finally over and I can move on to happier topics…like some eBay sales!!

FREE GIVEAWAY!! [Coming Soon]

It was a great weekend on eBay and, I’m not sure if it’s because of all the Back-to-School shopping buzz, but there’s been a nice upswing in sales and I’m definitely trying to pick up my listings to take advantage of it.

I also wanted to give you a heads up that I’m going to be holding another FREE GIVEAWAY this Wednesday.  I had a great time with the last FREE Giveaway event that I ran and we are definitely overdue for another one.

I’m not going to tell you what the item is just yet but I will tell you that this item is WAAAYYY more valuable than the last item that I gave away!  You’re DEFINITELY going to want to score this one!

Until then, please enjoy my latest sales and I’ll talk to you again on Wednesday!

Meinard

Finds of the Week

Vintage Nike Suede Running Shoes

Essential

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Mammut Hoodie Jacket

Mammut

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Vintage Colosseum Navy Midshipmen Hockey Jersey

Midshipmen

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Adidas Chivas USA Soccer Jersey

Corona

Item Cost:  $9.99

Winning Bid:  $59.99

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It May Be Time To Start Taking This Brand Seriously Again

 

Hey thrifters, happy Monday!

I’m still glowing from the rush of weekend sales and as I was looking over my eBay accounts trying to decide which item to share with you today I noticed something interesting.

Of course, there’s the usual suspects:  Nike, Air Jordan, jeans, jackets, and board games.  Pretty standard for me at this point and nothing unusual to report there.

What did catch my eye, however, was the sudden jolt of sales from a brand that I seriously considered was on life support for a long time.    This is a brand that I stopped purchasing for a long time – for personal & eBay use – but their recent increase in eBay sales and the success with their recent marketing efforts makes me wonder if it’s time to start taking them more seriously again.

The brand I’m referring to?  Reebok!

Here are some of my recent sales:

Sold for $24.99

Seahawks OnField

Sold for $27.99

Zigtech Shark

Sold for $30.00

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 Sold for $39.99Burleson

These aren’t mind-blowing numbers but they’re solid sales for sure, and over time those numbers will add up rather quickly if you find a lot of these items.

I’m a Nike and Air Jordan guy through and through but there was a time when Reebok was actually a major player in the athletic apparel industry.  They had Shaq and Allen Iverson on their endorsement roster but it’s been a struggle back to relevancy since then.

They we’re purchased by Adidas in 2006 and the company’s  market share in the sneaker industry fell from  8% (which is already pretty bad) to an even meager 2%.  They no longer supply the NFL with their jerseys and they stopped making cleats for European soccer.

They figured that they could no longer compete with the “big boys” of Nike, Adidas, and even Under Armour so they ditched the team sports and celebrity endorsement model altogether.  Instead, they decided to put all their efforts on the growing trend of unconventional sports like CrossFit.

Check out some of the recent sales on eBay for a pair of their USED CrossFit- inspired sneakers: Reebok CrossFitNot bad, right?!  According to Bloomberg.com, the recent success with these products has given Reebok the confidence they needed to try and compete again with the likes of Nike, Asics, and Adidas.

Honestly, they still have a long way to go but it seems like their strategies are working so far.  Time will tell, but in the meantime I’ve been enjoying the fruits of their recent efforts on eBay.  Keep it up Reebok!

Anybody else having success with Reebok recently on Ebay?  Any Crossfitters, Spartan Racers, or competitive runners out there who use Reebok products?  The reviews I’ve been reading sound promising.

Have a great week thrifters – keep putting in the work and great things will happen!

Meinard

From Thrift Stores to eBay: Finds of the Week (7/7/2015)

 

Hey there thrifters, I hope you had an amazing 4th of July weekend!

I certainly did.  I spent time with family and friends, did a little hiking, and I even found some time to just sit and relax next to this dock in a somewhat sleepy town of Hawaii Kai.

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It was a super relaxed weekend and it felt like time just didn’t want to move.  You ever had that feeling?  Where you check your clock expecting 2 hours to have past by and it was only 5 minutes?

Honestly, it was a great because it feels like time is one of those things that speeds faster and faster the older I get.  So it was definitely an awesome feeling to have time sit still for a few hours so we can catch our breath.

It didn’t last long but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

It was a holiday weekend but, as many of you know, there are no holidays in this business and I’m more than okay with that.   It doesn’t feel like “work” so why would I need a break from it anyway.  So I still went thrifting for a few minutes and I found some amazing stuff.  Some of them have even sold already like the pair of Nike’s at the very bottom of this post!

Overall, it was an awesome weekend and that little break was just the burn-out remedy I needed to charge forward again.

Oh, and one more thing before I sign off – and thanks to Mike for letting me know about this.  Apparently there’s a formatting issue that occurs whenever we try to scroll past page 1 of this blog.

I’ve been researching the problem but I have yet to find a solution.  I’m going to try a few more tweaks and hopefully that fixes the problem.  If not, I may have to consider switching to another theme altogether.  I’ll keep you posted.

Thank you again for all your support!  All the emails, tweets, eBay sales updates, and the general awesomeness of thrifters just blows me away and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of such a great community.

Have a great week and keep kicking @$$ out there!!

-Meinard

 Finds of the Week

True Religion Western Shirt

True Religion ShirtItem Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $36.00

Nate Burleson Seattle Seahawks Jersey

I’m not even sure if this guy is still on the team anymore.  Oh well, someone’s still a fan lol

BurlesonItem Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Adidas Running Shoes

techfit

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $40.00

Vtg Nike Air Max Uptempo 97

Uptempo

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $59.99

Nike Galaxy Basketball Shoes

Galaxy

Item Cost:  $9.99

Winning Bid:  $59.99

Ready to Get Serious About Thrift Store Reselling on eBay?

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Best of all, it’s absolutely free!

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