Wanna Know a Secret?! Auction-Listings Still Work…Sssshhh

 

I know they’re not the popular choice for buyers in this “I have to have it NOW!” era of instant-gratification, and I know those non-paying bidders can make it a pain for you and me sometimes, but there’s no denying the fact – in my experience anyways – that auction-listings are still a legit format to use on eBay.

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of watching a bidding war take place and seeing one of your items jump $10, $20, and even $60 in those final seconds.

And when the system works – when the item ends and buyers pay like they’re suppose to – it always reminds me of why I began reselling in the first place!

This was a great week for auction-listings and I had great success in using them for my items.  Many of the buyers also paid immediately, even brands that are notorious for non-paying bidders such as Nike’s and Air Jordan’s.

I did have one non-paying bidder (actually, they have 1 day left to send their payment but their feedback history doesn’t leave me hopeful) but by and large the auctions were a huge success!

Hope you have an amazing weekend and I’ll talk to you soon!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week:  Auction Listings

Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers

Madden Wedge

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $24.99

Lacoste Sweater

Lacoste Sweater

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $26.99

Infant Air Jordan

xiiired
Item Cost:  $2.99

Winning Bid:  $31.00

Vintage Youth Air Jordan

XIIIlow

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $142.50!!!!

Just Another Manic Monday!

Happy Monday!

You won’t find too many people who will say that, but I definitely know a lot of eBay sellers – myself included – who are just ecstatic about the start of another week.

Why?

Well, the weekend just ended and while for a lot of people it means that the fun is over and it’s time to get to work, for sellers it usually means that the fun is just starting!

I had a bunch of auctions that ended on Sunday night and I was woken up this morning to the sound of cash registers (in other words, payments being received) going off on my phone.

And, trust me, I will NEVER get tired of waking up to that sound!

I hope you had just as great a weekend as I did.  It’s Monday, so that means I’ll be hitting up Savers for their 25% off and probably a few other stops along the way.

Have a great start of the week and good luck at the thrift stores!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

 Kevin Durant NBA Jersey

Durant

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $32.50

Michael Kors Denim Dress

Kors

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $34.88

Captain America Mask Hoodie

These mask hoodies are hot-sellers and they’re gonna be even more valuable the closer we get to Halloween.  Here are some of my best-selling mask hoodies.

Captain America

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $36.00

Nike Trainers

Woven

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Nike Youth Lebron James

Pool Party

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

As you can see, I LOVE selling Nike shoes.  I mean, even youth sizes like this pair of Lebron’s can still earn you a nice profit.  Check out My Reseller Guide to discover my step-by-step technique to finding these treasures at your thrift stores!

Chicos Floral Jacket

Chicos

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $42.00

And the Winner is…

ConfettiWell, another Thrift GiveAway is officially in the books!

A huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who participated and made it such a fun event.

I especially had a great time reading the answers on the comments section.  The question that I posed on the comment board (“If you could change one thing about eBay, what would it be and why?) was an open-ended question but the answers seem to focused on several topics including the new defect rating system, Cassini, negative feedback,  non-paying bidders, and more seller support.

These are all things that I’ve pondered and dealt with at one point or another – and I’m sure that thousands of other sellers have, as well – so, if we’re not able to change them, I guess I can take solace in the fact that you and I are trying to manage them together.

So, again, thank you to everyone who participated!

And, without further ado, I’m happy to announce that the winner of Thrift GiveAway #2 and this free pair of Nike Air Jordan’s XIV’s is…

GiveAway#22Entry #23, Cheryl!!

Congrats Cheryl, and it’s fitting that Rafflecopter (the giveaway program that I use) selected entry #23 as the winner since that was Michael Jordan’s number.  Funny how things work out!

Congrats again Cheryl!  You should’ve received a notification email stating that you were the winner, please reply back with your mailing address at  so I can ship your prize, thanks!

On to the Next One

I’ll be giving away more great prizes in the future so don’t worry if you missed out on this one – another giveaway will be happening REALLY soon!

Until then, be safe and have a great weekend!

Meinard

 

Thrift GiveAway #2!!

 

Happy Saturday and welcome to Thrift GiveAway #2!!

I am simply thrilled and blown-away by all the great people that I’ve met and all the support that I’ve received over the years, so these giveaway’s – and I plan to do these on a regular basis – are just my way of “THANK YOU”!

I really could not have done any of this without your support and encouragement along the way!

What Are You Giving Away

I remember driving to Savers one morning and thinking to myself that it’s about time that I do another giveaway.

As soon as I entered the store, this item literally caught my attention from across the store and I just knew that it was going to be the next prize!

This is a pair of Air Jordan 14 XIV Desert Pink size 4Y!

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GiveAway#22

GiveAway#24

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The 14′s are one of the most popular versions of Air Jordan’s and pink is always a highly-sought after color.

And don’t let the youth size fool you, these aren’t just for kids.  Female sneakerheads constantly scouring the kids sizes on eBay because 1) they can still fit them (a size 4Y is equal to a size 5.5 in women’s) and 2) they’re usually a little cheaper compared to actual women’s sizes.

Because of this, youth sizes actually have a very large market and they still command top value on eBay.

Don’t believe me?

Check out these recent auctions.  These Jordan’s are the same one’s that I’ll be giving away and they’re in the same, used condition.

Desert Pink Auctions

I can’t guarantee that you’ll have the exact same results but if they can do it, why can’t you??

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)!

To enter, please scroll down to locate the entry form on the bottom of this post.  Simply sign in with your Facebook account or email address and complete one or all of the following (further instructions found on the Giveaway Form found on the bottom of this post):

  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Retweet a Message
  • Answer the question by leaving a comment on this blog post.
  • Sign-up for my FREE 2-Week Mini-Course

Each one counts as one (1) entry so the more you do, the higher you chances of winning.

That’s it, and you will automatically be entered to win!  A random winner will be selected at the end of the GiveAway and the shoes will be shipped as soon as the winner’s shipping address is confirmed.

(Note:  I will be contacting the winner via email to confirm shipping address, so please use an email address that you frequently check.  If I can’t confirm a shipping address or if the original winner isn’t responding to emails, another winner will be selected.)

Thank you again for all your support and good luck!!

-Meinard
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Notice Anything Different? Plus, Thrift GiveAway #2 Update!!

 

I hope you’re having an amazing week so far!

It’s only Thursday but I feel like I’ve accomplished so much already because, after years of thinking about it and putting it off, I finally updated the look and feel of the blog!

This was definitely a long time coming.

I’ve been using the previous theme ever since the beginning and, although there was nothing technically wrong with it, I just got tired of looking at the same thing every single time.

Seriously, if I do nothing else this week I would still consider this to be a successful week because of the update - I’ve been putting it off for THAT long!

To be honest, I was a little scared to switch to a new theme because I’ve never done it before; I mean, what if I accidentally erase all my content for some reason or something?

But I’m so glad I did because I couldn’t be more happy with the new layout.  I think it’s more  modern than the previous theme and it just easier to look at.  Plus, as some of you have already mentioned to me, the content translates much better on your smartphone and it’s easier to navigate.  Win-win!

Oh, and I also changed my picture because I’ve been sporting a buzz cut for some time now so the previous picture was definitely out-of-date.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new blog theme and, when you get a chance, check out the blog on your smartphone – it really is a lot easier now to consume the content.

Time To Celebrate

With the launch of the new theme, I thought it would also be a great time for another Thrift GiveAway!

I held the 1st GiveAway a few weeks ago and it was definitely a lot of fun.  Congrats again to Oliver on winning this pair of LeBron’s!

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But if you thought that pair was good, it’s nothing compared to the next pair that I’ll be giving away.  I don’t want to share too much information but I will say this:  two similar pair recently sold on eBay for $99.99 and $79.95!

And you could win it ABSOLUTELY FREE!!

Excited yet?!

GiveAway #2 will start on Saturday and I’ll also unveil the mystery item that same day.  So check back and make sure you enter for your chance to win this amazing item.

Thanks again for all your support and I”ll talk to you soon!

-Meinard

 

A Quick Hello and My Finds of the Week

I have a few more hours until I visit Savers and Goodwill for the weekend so I thought I would just drop a quick note and say “Hi”.  I hope you’re having an awesome and (hopefully) relaxing weekend in your neck of the woods.

I also wanted to give another huge “THANK YOU!” to Jim for allowing me to share his latest finds with you.  His follow-up email has given me a nice jolt of motivation this week and it’s led to some pretty amazing finds.  Thanks Jim!

This week I plan on changing the theme and overall look of the blog so don’t be alarmed if you visit the site and it’s completely different.  I’ve been using this current them ever since Day 1 and it’s definitely time for a change.  I’m also itching to do my 2nd Thrift Store Giveaway so be on the lookout for the announcement!

Have a great Sunday and I’ll talk to you soon.

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Ecco Golf Shoes

I’ll definitely take a closer look at Golf shoes after this sale.

Ecco Golf Shoes

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Vintage Air Jordan

Anondized

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Rare Adult Swim Pants

This was my most memorable sale for the week – not because it was the most profitable, but because the pants were just so damn unique.  The colors we’re vibrant and the design/print (I’m still not really sure who that character is)  will definitely make the user stand out.

Adult Swim

Adult Swim 2

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Harley Davidson Shirts

Thanks to Jessica (@JMJ697MN) I learned that Sturgis, an annual American Motorcycle Rally, will be held on August 4-10th so now would be a great time to list all your Harley Davidson and other motorcycle-related gear on eBay.

Harley Lot

Item cost:  $6.99 each

Winning Bid:  $66.00

The Best Kind of Emails

Happy July 1st everyone - I hope you’re having an amazing week so far!  Can you believe how fast this year is moving?  Just like that, half the year is finished.  Hopefully you’ve had a great year so far and, I don’t know about you, but I’m planning on absolutely demolishing the rest of the year and finishing on a high note!  Joining me?!  I hope so!

To get the motivational ball rolling, I thought I’d share an update email (my absolute favorite type of emails)  I received a few days ago from Jim.   Jim was one of the earliest supporters of this blog and it was definitely great to hear from him again.  And, as you’re about to see, he’s been busy since we last spoke!  His email just filled me up with so much motivation and it was chock full of great sales and reselling advice that I just had to share it, with his permission of course.

So today, instead of sharing my Finds of the Week, I thought I would share of his instead.  Please enjoy and thanks again, Jim, for the extra shot of motivation and for letting me share your success stories with everyone!

Here’s the email:

” Hey Meinard.

Thought I would just say HI, haven’t spoke in a about a year, What you have tought me has made me a steady income.I think I bought your course like 2 or 3 years ago. Winter months are definitely better for me selling jackets, hoodies and ESPECIALLY Wool shirts, Pendleton, and Woolrich.  This has been an automatic $25 or more for each 1 find, paying $3 or $4,  even brands I never heard of were selling, it was so darn cold!lol!

This is something everyone can find at their thrift stores if they are in a part of the country with Winter!  Nooow I am stockpiling them for next winter.  I have 9 wool shirts stored away and 5 pairs of fleece or flannel lined pants. Each item I put away is $25 or more next winter. Nobody is buying flannel  or fleece lined pants now so I wait til they are 50% off every Wednesday at the Salvation Army in my area and pay $3 per pair. My Salvation army has 50% off 4 of the 5  colors every Wednesday.

Anyway, I love your weekly blog and I am on the lookout for those Nike blue tag shirts!  I haven’t found any of those Florsheim shoes you described yet.
I make about $300-$500 during the Summer I am guessing, and Winter time(Sept-April) like $800_$1200 month profit!
Like you say, You have to keep expanding your search. I really don’t sell any women’s clothing as they just don’t have any high end items like you find.  Sunday is definitely my best day too. I got 2 more bids while writing this letter. I just sold that Swt Sean john denim jacket for $40 and I got $16 bid on a pair of American Eagle plaid patchwork shorts (pd $2)! 

Thank you,

Jim”

Jim’s recent sales

New Ecko Ultd Sriped Shirt

Item Cost:  $3

Wining Bid:  $17.99

Vintage New York Yankees Athletic Jersey

Item Cost:  $3

Winning Bid:  $19.99

Bernie Williams Youth Jersey

Item cost:  $2

Winning Bid:  $19.99

Adidas Kevin Durant Jersey

Item Cost:  $1.25

Winning Bid:  $21.99

The North Face Jacket

Item Cost:  $6

Winning Bid:  $31.00

Fox Racing Moto Shirt

Item Cost:  $2

Winning Bid:  $24.99

Aeropostale Bowery Distressed Jeans

Item Cost:  $3

Winning Bid:  $25.99

Sean John Denim Jacket

Item Cost:  $10

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Under Around Men’s Hoodie and Sweatpants Set

Item Cost:  $3

Winning Bid:  $31.99

Izod Lacoste Plaid Golf Jacket

Item Cost:  $6

Winning Bid:  $38.99

Vintage Scottie Pippen Chicago Bulls Jersey

(This item sold in 1 hour!)

Item Cost:  $2

Winning Bid:  $39.99

I Wish the Weekend Lasted 5 Days!

I absolutely love the weekends!  I mean, who doesn’t right?!

But while most people look forward to 2-days of relaxing and spending time with family and friends,  I’m actually thinking how much money I can make on eBay!

In all my years on eBay, the weekends  – Sunday’s especially – are still the busiest and most active selling days.  It never fails.  I don’t know if there’s any hard data to back this up but it just seems that way to me.  This is the reason why I always make sure to have EVERYTHING listed in time for the weekend and why, if at all possible, I always try to end my auctions on Sunday night – even if means resorting to using 3 – and 5 – day auctions.

This Past Weekend Was AWESOME!

There’s no other way to describe it.  Not only did my auctions do well, but every buyer paid immediately; it was weird, it seemed like everyone was on their best behavior.  Not that I’m complaining or anything :)

On top of that, my Buy-It-Now (BIN) auctions were also hitting so it created a situation where it seems like my eBay app was making that “Cha-Ching” sound all day long (well, that’s how I imagined it anyway lol).

It was a great weekend and I was absolutely sad to see it end.

There’s definitely been an upswing in sales and bids recently on eBay and I know that several of you have had similar experiences.  That’s music to my ears and hopefully this is a trend that will continue.

I’ve been hitting the thrift stores pretty hard the past few days and I’ve been rewarded with some nice sales.

I’m also on the lookout this week for my next Thrift Store Giveaway prize so be on the lookout for the announcement.  I’m hoping to do another one REALLY soon!

In the meantime, I hope you guys are crushing it on eBay and beyond!

Talk to you soon,

Meinard

Finds of the Week

Vintage Nike Air Jordan

XXI

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $24.99

Shady LTD “History in the Making” Hoodie

This is another brand that you should definitely keep an eye on.  I try to stay away from most Hip-Hop brands (Rocawear, Sean John, FUBU, etc) but I make an exception with this one.  Shady LTD is rapper Eminem’s brand and they’ve been, by far, the most successful Hip-Hop brand for me.  His hoodies have sold pretty well thus far.

Shady Hoodie

Item Cost:  $4.99

BIN:  $27.99

Army Fatigue Cargo Shorts

Army

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $41.00

Asics Women’s Running Shoes

Running shoes are quickly becoming one of my biggest sellers.  Unlike basketball which is basically dominated by Nike and Air Jordan, running has a wide selection of popular brands for athletes to choose from and each brand has a loyal following.  This particular shoe has logged in a considerable amount of miles (it even had a stain on the toe box) and it still was able to sell for a great price!

Gel

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $49.99

Discover this amazing brand in My Thrift Store Reseller Guide

There’s a good reason why this brand made my “Top Thrift Store Items to Resell List” on my eBook – it’s really that popular and easy to sell!  I sold both of these items within 1-2 days of listing them – the vest on the 21st and the jacket earlier this morning –  and they’ve been practically a guaranteed $50 whenever I find them (depending on the condition, of course).

Vest

Jacket

Item Cost:  Vest -$6.99, Jacket – $8.99

BIN:  $49.99

Nascar Leather Racing Jacket

JH Design

Item Cost:  $12.99

BIN:  $59.99

How To Spot a $100 Nike T-Shirt

 

I’m always stressing the importance of expanding your brand knowledge.  If you just can’t seem to find anything at the thrift stores or if you’re eBay sales have slowed, then one of the best ways to break out of this rut and increase your sales is by expanding and widening your search during your treasure-hunts.

A few weeks ago I shared one of my favorite brands of dress shoes to look and it was great to hear that many of you have found and sold your own pair since then!

One that note, I want to share another valuable thrift store item that you should definitely be on the lookout for.  They’re worth a lot of money, but – and this should come as no surprise – you need to put in some work to find them.  Luckily, we thrifters are no stranger to that :)

It’s All Because of Running

Running has become somewhat of an obsession of mine for over a year now.  And if you’ve been following this blog then you know that I ran my very 1st Marathon in December 2013 (the Honolulu Marathon), I’m even more obsessed with running shoes than I am with basketball shoes (my running brand of choice is Skechers, which I find interesting since I always assumed it would be Nike or Asics), and I got into the habit of running 2-3 miles, 6 times a week (resting on Sundays).

So what that this have to do with finding a $100 Nike T-Shirt at the thrift stores?  A lot, actually.

You see, before Nike became the brand that Michael Jordan (and other elite athletes) have built, it was primarily a running and track & field company.  That was their primary focus.  It seems strange to think of that way because Nike has been an athlete-driven company (as oppose to a sport-driven company) for as long as I can remember.

These shirts are a reminder of that long-forgotten time in the company’s history so if you’re lucky enough to find a shirt from this pre-Air Jordan era than it could potentially be worth a lot of money eBay.

A Word of Warning

So why the heck did this plain looking shirt sell for a $100 recently?!

Nike Blue TagThat’s a great question.

But before I share with you how to spot these valuable t-shirts, I think it’s worth mentioning this important point one last time:  it’s not going to be easy!

It’s not that they super-duper rare or anything  (I actually found several of these vintage t-shirts already),   it’s because it’s going  to take a lot of time and effort to peruse through a rack of shirts.

By comparison, looking through jackets and shoes is a walk in the park because they’re typically spaced out enough that you can just “eyeball” it and still manage to spot a find or two.

But t-shirts, on the other hand, are a different story.  They’re packed together so tightly that you’re almost required to (painfully) look through each individual one if you want to find one of these items.

I’m just letting you know ahead of time that it might take some effort.  But on the bright side,  if you’re willing to put in the work then you also stand to reap the benefits!

Tag Your It!

The key to finding to finding these vintage T-shirts is the dark blue size tag that Nike used on all their items during this era (hence the name “Nike Blue Tag Shirts”).  Here’s a close-up of what they look like:

Nike Blue Tag4

And here’s are several auctions that recently ended:

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Nike Blue Tag6

Runners and track & field athletes go crazy over these shirts and they’re worth a lot of money (depending on the condition and graphics on the shirt).  Nike even used these blue labels on several Air Jordan gear before he became a brand himself, and those are worth some good money on the resale market as well.

Here’s a recent shirt that sold for $300!

Air Jordan Blue Tag

So what’s the secret to finding these?

Well, it’s the “secret” to success in just about any endeavor:  hard-work and perseverance.  If you’re willing to put in the time to look through the t-shirts at your local thrift store then you may just be rewarded with a  $100 sale on eBay.  I hope you’re up for it!

Good luck and please let me know if you come across any of these shirts at your local thrift stores - I’d love to hear about it!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week (June 16, 2014)

I think most people won’t share my sentiments but I’m just going to say it anyways:  I love Mondays!

There, I said it!

While everyone else is dreading getting out of bed to go to work, I’m actually excited to get up at 5am in the morning to get my coffee, turn on the computer, and get the day started.  Why the rosy outlook on Monday’s, you ask?

Part of Your WorldWell, the weekend just ended so that means I just spent time with family and friends who otherwise work during the week – that’s always a plus!  This past Saturday, I went to sing Karaoke with some friends that I’ve known since the 5th grade.  I’m not going to say how long ago that was but I will say that these are friends that I’ve known for  LOOOOOOOOONG time, so there wasn’t any shyness about singing my favorite Disney song as a child (“A Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid”).  It was definitely a good time!

Not only that, but the weekends are busy time on eBay so I’m usually riding a wave of auctions ending and payments being received which always gets the motivational juices going.  Plus, every Monday is 25% off at Savers (at my local stores anyway and hopefully it’s the same for yours) so it’s usually a big thrifting day for me and it’s a great way to get the sales week started!

Plus, I’m smiling just a little bit more today because the San Antonio Spurs just defeated the Miami Heat yesterday to win the NBA championship (sorry, I’m not really a big fan of the Heat).  Although, I would’ve liked for the Heat to win only because it will drive up the price of the Nike LeBron IX’s that Oliver just won from my 1st Thrift Store Reseller Giveaway.

I’m off to Savers later today to take advantage of their discounts.  Good luck with your treasure-hunting today and I hope your Monday is off to a great start.

Here are some of my latest eBay sales, please enjoy!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Honda Racing Shirt

Honda Shirt

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $26.00

Skechers Walking Shoes

Skechers GoWalk

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $29.49

Asics Neon Running Shoes

Asics Gel Noosa

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $33.00

Harrington Plaid Jacket

Harrington Plaid

Item Cost:  $6.99

Buy-It-Now:  $59.99

Vintage Nike Kobe’s

 Nike Kobe pop

Item Cost:  $7.99

Buy-It-Now:  $59.99

Check out My Thrift Store Reseller Guide to discover my Step-By-Step Guide to finding Valuable Nike’s just like these!