Description: It’s the time of year for Spring Cleaning. Why not learn how you can make money on eBay by turning your household items into cash when cleaning out your closet, house or garage.
Please join Lynn Dralle, The Queen of Auctions and published author of the "100 Best Things I've Sold on eBay" book series, as she shares her tips, success and insight for new eBay sellers, part-time sellers and even experienced sellers seeking additional advice.
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I look forward to learning from your advice Queen of Auctions. Can you also include how much time to spend on preparing item for sell. This has stopped me in my tracks in the past spending far too much time searching for items around my house, setting up proper background in which to photograph and what to include in description and disclaimers. My first experience must be first rate for my buyer and for myself.
I'm happy to see so many people excited for the workshop! It starts at 11AM PST. Lynn Dralle will be here to answer your questions about how to get started selling on eBay and tips on how you can determine what items around your house are little treasures.
Lynn Dralle here, The Queen of Auctions. Welcome to our online workshop What to Sell on eBay, Keep or Give Away when Spring Cleaning! I’m looking forward to answering your questions.
My mom is in town to help me get organized and do some Spring Cleaning. We finally have our eBay room completely dialed in and organized and now we are working on the rest of the house. Our goal by next week is to have it ready for the carpet cleaners. Wish us luck!
How do you know what to sell on eBay, keep or giveaway?
These days with everyone simplifying their lives, I think it is a great time to sell a LOT of things that you can find around your house.
Knowing what to sell……When I look at an item, I ask myself, is it worth $10 to someone else? If it is worth AT LEAST $10 to someone, it is worth listing on eBay.
Knowing what to keep….If it is something that you use a lot, enjoy as decoration or has serious sentimental value, I highly recommend keeping it. If it is something that is buried in the back of a closet and it hasn’t seen the light of day for months or even years, it is probably time to sell it.
Knowing what to giveaway….I don’t donate anything to charity until I have tried it on eBay. Unless, of course, it is an item that is worth less than $10. Then it is not worth our time to try it on eBay and it goes into a charity pile. Some examples, are my kids clothes (not in great shape and not good brand names), toys that are not complete, and broken or chipped dinnerware.
Now it is time to check out the different rooms in your house and see what you may have to sell on eBay.
As you may know, I have been very fortunate in my eBay adventures because my grandmother, Cheryl Leaf owned and operated an antiques store for fifty-two years! Fifty-two years...Can you imagine how much stuff I still have? I am probably the exception not the rule. But think about it, most Americans are pack rats and the first place to look for merchandise is in your own house, your parents’ house and your friends’ houses.
Get a big box and start a pile. You will be amazed once you start doing your research what sells and what doesn't! The exception is the RULE. You just never know—I am shocked every day at what sells and what doesn't. I was listing some incredible antique majolica jardinières the other evening and when doing my research I found that they only sell in the $20 range. I had a new creamer/sugar from Fitz & Floyd in the shape of a trailer and Nash automobile that was going for $44. Kitschy, unusual and strange often sells for more than authentic and antique.
In General you should be looking for the following:
1. Items you don't use or need anymore 2. Things in good condition 3. Items that are still in the original box (MIB-mint in box) 4. Anything with a brand name or signature 5. New or like new clothing-new with tags is great (NWT) 6. Unique or unusual things 7. Items that were very expensive originally 8. Shabby Chic, Vintage and Antique items 9. Items made in the USA, Europe and sometimes Japan 10. Try to stay away from items made in Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan
Garage: Toys, Sports Equipment, Hunting & Fishing items, Golf is really hot right now, Car Parts (a woman at a class I taught for the Learning Annex told me about a friend who got $8,000 for a rare car part!)
Attic: Look for antique clothing, ephemera (paper goods like Victorian scrap, letters and postcards)--you would not believe what old magazines can bring. My ex-husbands skateboard magazines from the 1970s sold for $20 to $100 each! Old toys, collections, anything that has been put away for a while. I just unearthed some vintage and antique lace tablecloths. I will be listing them this week.
Here is one of them that I think may sell for a lot.
Kitchen: China, Dinnerware, Silverware, Appliances, and Refrigerator Dishes are desirable now. Below is a Dualit toaster that I sold for almost $200?!! Watch for anything that has a brand name or is signed, Old Tins, etc. And don’t forget coffee mugs.
Bedrooms: Look in your closets for clothing with brand names that are in good to excellent condition, brand name purses, scarves, signed costume jewelry, and Bakelite. Look in your kids closets for clothing that is gently worn, brand names like Baby Gap, Old Navy, Gymboree, Hannah Anderson, Oilily, Tommy Hilfiger (I just sold a Tommy size 7 boys denim shirt with new tags for $16.49—I paid $7.99 at TJMaxx) all do well, NWT (new with tags) always does well.
Also look for bed linens that you many not be using anymore. My daughter outgrew her “Hannah Montana” stage pretty quickly. Here is her Hannah comforter/bedspread/quilt up for sale on eBay.
Check in your kid's toy cabinet-Look for brand names and anything you can put back in an original box. Little Tykes, Barbie, and Thomas the Tank Engine are all good. Think Trains, Cars, Dolls, Books, Airplanes, etc. Playmobil is another great brand. Some of these vintage in box sets can sell in the $100 range! Also look for plush stuffed animals.
Check out this huge stuffed animal that just sold for $10.00. It was my daughter's and I am thrilled to get it out of our house!
Bathrooms: Old perfume bottles, medical bottles and vintage (1970s) cosmetics. We sold a Faberge Dusting Powder Set from the 1970s in the original box for $25.00. Wild!
Bookshelves: Old Books do sell well. Look for unusual titles, author-signed and first editions. Also, look for magazines.
China Cabinets: Look for antiques, glassware/china/porcelain and pottery that are signed. Stemware like Waterford does great. Lladró, Precious Moments, Royal Doulton and Boyds are some popular collectibles now.
CD/Cassette/Record Cabinet: Yes, as we have found out even old LPs and CDs sell well on eBay. I sold a James Bond Casino Royale Album for $31.00! I have been doing incredibly well with used CDs. Yes, used CDs.
Here is an obscure CD from a musical that just sold sold for $12.24. Obscure sells!
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Hi there and welcome, I want to answer the first question about how long to prepare an item to sell. You need to have an assembly line system set up and do everything fast! The more you list, the more you can sell. Make sure you have a great area for photography in place. Notice my items taken in the outdoors on a wooden table. It works great. Lynn
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