ufAnother lady from church called me recently to ask about us selling some items for her. Before I get to the items, I have to let you know about how we first became connected.

Three years ago we moved to Boynton Beach, Florida. On one of our first Saturdays in town, I hit a few yard sales. One of them was at this lady’s house. I was wearing a t-shirt supporting my favorite team, the Oklahoma Sooners. As I looked through her items, I picked up a few collectible items for the Florida Gators. She asked me about being an Oklahoma fan buying Florida stuff. So we talked a little about college football.

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cameraRecently we were contacted by a couple in our church who were downsizing. Now in retirement they were moving from a large house to a much more intimate dwelling. They asked if we would sell some of their stuff for them. One large closet contained photography and film items from a previous generation. We sold several smaller items like microphones, film, etc.

But the best item was an antique Bell & Howell 16mm movie camera. The camera shot film through three different lenses. It attracted quite a bit of attention when we listed it. I even had a few questions from a Hollywood director. I was able to find his info on the IMDB website. I had others who offered to buy only one or two of the lenses.

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USPS & FedEx

August 29, 2014

Formerly the United States Postal Service (USPS) was our exclusive shipper for items we sold on ebay. No longer. Now we use both the USPS and FedEx.

Had the bureaucracy of the federal government agency not been so laden with red tape and nearly impossible to navigate when problems occurred, I probably would never have taken a dime away from my business with them. But after wasted phone calls with customer service and a Post Master who could not fathom that the customer might have concerns, I was on the lookout for another option.

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I almost had to pry this set of collectible dolls from Suzie’s hands. Thankfully they were a consignment piece which meant that we would have had to pay significantly to keep them.

The set represents Snow White and each of the Seven Dwarfs. They are a limited edition set from the Ashton Drake Gallery and represent the world of Disney collectibles. They are made of porcelain with some jointed limbs to arrange the dwarfs in various poses.

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IMG_3552First of all, let me apologize for the lack of recent posts. Except for some time in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas with little internet access, I really don’t have a good excuse.

Last month I wrote about a thrifting outing at a West Palm Beach thrift store. My key find was this Harley-Davidson jacket. Because we have had wild success with other Harley-Davidson apparel (you can click on the “Harley-Davidson” tag at the bottom of the article to see the other big sales), I was excited to find this jacket in excellent condition. Turned out it was co-branded by Harley and the Ford F-150. It was a limited time, commemorative jacket. I paid $29.99 for it the day after it was made available at the thrift store.

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Prince, who was formerly known as “the artist formerly known as Prince”, sings about an item from a thrift store. In fact, he made the item the title of his popular song.

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armaniWe had one of our largest sales in quite some time. This sale was for a 19″ tall figurine by Giuseppe Armani in Italy. The piece is titled, “Lady With Mirror”. It is numbered and one of 5,000 pieces. Armani also signed the piece.

The final feature is that it in the Capodimonte style made famous in Italy. She is a nice, elegant figurine. A customer in Illinois thought so, too.

The interesting thing about this sale was the pricing. This is one of the few listings that we used the Best Offer feature (I promise – more on that in a later post). The reason we used it was due to the wide range of pricing on the few listings for this piece.

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Keeping my eyes peeled for thrift stores while driving has obviously carried over into my television watching. While watching a season one episode of Law & Order, I noticed this New York City thrift store across the street from Sgt. Max Greevey (left) and Detective Mike Logan.

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