Monday, October 31, 2011

Those Special Sales That Make Selling Online So Gratifying

There are many reasons why I sell online. I started just to get rid of things I no longer needed or wanted, and then I started "thrifting" - looking for great bargains to resell. Some people sell as a primary source of income, others like me are hobby sellers. But that doesn't mean I spend any less time researching the history of items I'm selling, or looking for those great bargains to share.
But by far the most gratifying reason I sell online is when a buyer finds their perfect item. And that has happened twice this month. Things that were not just bought, but that had a special meaning to the person buying it.
The first was the 2009 Reproduction of the 1961 My Favorite Career Nurse Barbie. A gentleman bought it - and what a wonderful gift it was to be for his special gal! She had been a Hooters girl in college, a flight attendant and then a nurse. He had previously found a Hooters Barbie and Flight Attendant Barbie, and was delighted to find the Nurse Barbie to give her. And what a thoughtful man to find these special gifts. She is a lucky lady!  By the way, I actually have another of these hard to find Barbies - I found two at a closeout store! You can see it at I have other Barbie's too.
The second second item was a set of 12 Art Seminars published in 1958. These were designed to be a homestudy art course and each volume consisted of text and 12 large (10" X 13") full color prints of the paintings being discussed - a total of 144 prints in the set! A lady in California contacted me because she had some questions about the listing.  In talking to her, I found out that her parents had that set when she was growing up and they inspired her to study art for 6 years in college. At some point they got "lost". And now her daughter is in college studying art and she wanted to share these wonderful books with her. Isn't that neat?!  I have another set to list, Great Periods in Art. Watch for it!
Sales like these are a bonus! The gratification goes way beyond the money generated!

Feel free to share your special sales in the comment section below.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Video Highlights of my Fall 2011 Addoway Store

Autumn brings falling leaves, Halloween, Thanksgiving and before we know it - Christmas. I promise to help you with all your gifting needs by offering great products and fast shipping - because shopping should be x-citing!
Here is a short video highlighting some of the 500+ items currently in my Addoway store:

I am constantly adding new things so be sure to check back often! And you can save more by using combined shipping and AddoBucks!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

All That's Old is New Again!

America has no “now”…. Our culture is composed of sequels, reruns, remakes, revivals, reissues, re-releases, recreations, re-enactments, adaptations…and nostalgia record collections.
– George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1998

Platform shoes, zig-zag patterns, and so many of the styles of the 60's are back in vogue. Have you looked at small appliances like toasters lately? The retro look from the 50's & 60's are really popular. I think it is because people are looking for a simpler, more innocent time!

Many fashionistas shop thrift shops - not because they are trying to save money, but because they are looking for a unique look!

All of this got me thinking about how difficult it can be to get rid of things we no longer need. And the title of this blog hits the proverbial nail on the head!

For those of us who go thrifting to fill our stores, it would be easy to become hoarders. Balance between having items we can sell quickly, and keeping something we are sure will sell at a later date, months or even years from now, is something to always keep in mind when looking for items for resale. Not to mention storage space!

Some things that have recently sold on eBay will show why it is difficult not to keep everything:
A bundle of 100 vintage Pan Am cocktail napkins recently sold on eBay for $93.50
A rare Commodore 65 (remember those?) sold for $20,000
A rare Beatles 1963 album sold for over $18,000
Nine Flags Colton Mens Shaving Cologne Set 9 Bottles sold for $1350 - and some were opened! This was made in the mid-sixties!

Most of us thrifters won't be lucky enough to find items like these, but you just never know what will be the next hot thing to sell! And it is exciting to find items that others are looking for and make a few dollars doing it! As a seller, nothing makes me happier than the customer who is looking for something special and I have been able to fulfill her/his desires!

Be sure to browse through my Addoway store for many unique and value-priced items, both new and pre-owned!

Watch "Everything Old is New Again" from All That Jazz