I’m eBaying it Again.

I used to be a pretty regular eBay seller a couple of years ago. I got out of the habit of selling and started only listing things every now and then when I found something that was perfect for eBay. eBay is such a different market than flea markets or antique malls. Once you’ve done it for a while you know if something will bring in three times as much on eBay than it would in your antique booth. Now that I don’t any other outlet to sell right now (I really do hope to get a new antique booth but I guess I’m going to have to put that off until after the babies are born) and I’m trying to clean out the extra clutter in the apartment, I have revved up my eBay machine. This is my third week now and here’s what I’ve got up there right now:

Sometimes you can find antique typewriters beyond repair for super cheap prices. Buy them if you do! Crafters and jewelry makers use them in their projects. For the most part, all you have to do is pop them off — and they come off without backs, flat, ready to be used in projects. Some typewriters aren’t that easy, and you need bolt cutters to cut them off — when that happens, I haven’t yet figured out how to file the metal stubs that are left down, but it doesn’t seem to matter to the people who buy them. I can usually sell these for between $50-80, and they’re very easy to pack up and mail. The two apothecary bottles are from that stash that I found about a month ago — I bought somewhere around 14 of them for $45; so far I’ve sold 4 of them for right under $150, so that turned out to be a good purchase. The red and blue woman is from a tablecloth. She’s already got 13 watchers and someone wrote to ask if I would consider a buy it now price. I usually say no because I’m not knowledgeable enough to know how much to put on a buy it now price. Right next to it is another tablecloth, this one brand new, with tags still on it. Last is a stack of six tablecloths that I’m selling as a lot — they’ve all got flaws, whether it’s a hole or a stain, so I’m selling them as “cutters” — the eBay term for using flawed linens in crafts. This auction got a bid right away and has quite a few watchers as well.

I’m trying to look ahead to eBay being a viable way to bring in some income while I’m on maternity leave. In addition to the readers who help me out all the time (I’m looking at you, Shara, Kristie ¬†and Roxana!) I’ve found the eBay forums to be really helpful — there’s a wealth of information to be mined there. I’ll try to report regularly on my sales so those of you who want to follow along can. I’m small potatoes, but every little bit helps, I’ve found! My user name on eBay is lj301 right now but I’m going to change it to Pretty Quirky next weekend after the auctions end.

For those of you who asked, the hats are still not listed! I’ve got to do some photoshop work to get them into collages since there are over 20 hats and I can’t fit all of those photos up on eBay. Next week, I promise.

September 22, 2010 - 4:46 pm

Shara Good luck with your STUFF. I need to get back to listing. I have several of those old typewriters, but the journalist in me can’t allow myself to take the keys off. But, then, on the other hand, I have purchased a few pairs of typrewriter key jewelry. Hmmmm…sort of a mixed message.