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Yard Sale May 18Th North Wales, Pa


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Hello:

  Our neighborhood is having a multi family yard sale. Our family is trying to raise support money for a daughter going to Cambodia for a month on a missions trip.

 

So along with all sorts of unneeded household items, I am planning of selling some Christmas items I no longer need or want in my display. I have some inflatables, some misc. lights, a few blow molds, some wire frame soldiers that stand about 4 ft. tall, have led lights and plastic beads, I have other misc. lighted/plastic wrapped dolphin, penguin, seals. I also have some never opened rope lights (mostly multi colored).

 

Naturally I want to ask a fair price, but not sure what is considered fair. All the inflatables for instance are used and in various states of small holes, maybe some faded, all a little dirty. Is there a way to figure out what comparable items sell for (eBay?).

 

Not even sure if there is a market for this stuff in May? Any thoughts will be appreciated.

 

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First off i'm sure there is a market for everything. one of the best places to sell what you have is  right here. A lot of the collectors here like them dirty. also if you search Ebay for price idea's around the top of the listings of items for sale is a tab that says sold listings this could give you an idea what things have sold for. I would worn you that Ebay prices tend to be on the high side but not totally out of control.

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Mike is correct Ebay prices can be high for at least two reasons. One is the competitive/auction effect that you wouldn't have at a yard sale and number two is that Ebays commission is 12 to 15 percent of what you sell something for. So let's say I was selling 6' snowflakes on here for $300(shameless plug, :)  ) if I was listing them on ebay, I would list them for at least $350. But Mike is correct that it will give you a ballpark price of what to ask for them. You may be surprised, some inflatables can bring in $300-$400!!!! I thought I was hitting a home run selling a Grinch inflatable on here for $200 until I saw on Ebay that it was selling for over $300, so it is always good to do your homework.

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Thanks for the tips.

 

Wow, I have a Grinch, plus a Grinch in a Sleigh. I also have a Garfield that I won from Jason Jones that I believe never went into production. Maybe I should just sell those items here. I don't imagine those coming to a yard sale will appreciate these items?

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The yard sale will be Saturday May 18th starting at 8am. I am going to pull some inflatables out today and tomorrow and try and figure out what I want to part with. I will post whatever I deceide to sell in the next few days here in case anyone wants to make a purchase. My address is 134 Thames Dive. North Wales, PA 19454 (This is Montgomeryville PA if anyone is familiar with the area).

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First off i'm sure there is a market for everything. one of the best places to sell what you have is  right here. A lot of the collectors here like them dirty. also if you search Ebay for price idea's around the top of the listings of items for sale is a tab that says sold listings this could give you an idea what things have sold for. I would worn you that Ebay prices tend to be on the high side but not totally out of control.

From what I've seen lately eBay prices are definitely "totally out of control".

 

Mike is correct Ebay prices can be high for at least two reasons. One is the competitive/auction effect that you wouldn't have at a yard sale and number two is that Ebays commission is 12 to 15 percent of what you sell something for. So let's say I was selling 6' snowflakes on here for $300(shameless plug, :)  ) if I was listing them on ebay, I would list them for at least $350. But Mike is correct that it will give you a ballpark price of what to ask for them. You may be surprised, some inflatables can bring in $300-$400!!!! I thought I was hitting a home run selling a Grinch inflatable on here for $200 until I saw on Ebay that it was selling for over $300, so it is always good to do your homework.

The prices on eBay will give you an idea of the extreme upper limit of prices.  People shop at yard sales for bargains.  If they see eBay prices they will just leave.

 

Naturally I want to ask a fair price, but not sure what is considered fair. All the inflatables for instance are used and in various states of small holes, maybe some faded, all a little dirty. Is there a way to figure out what comparable items sell for (eBay?).

 

Not even sure if there is a market for this stuff in May? Any thoughts will be appreciated.

I think there is a market for these things even in May but as I mentioned people attend yard sales for a bargain.  I think the suggestion to offer some of the items here on P.C. is a good one.  You could aways offer them in your yard sale and if there aren't any "serious" offers on them then you could try them here.

 

TED

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Yard sale is Saturday. Haven't done much planning as far as Christmas stuff for sale yet. I guess Saturday will be a free for all if anyone that shows up is interested in Christmas items. I will blow up a few and and display few blow molds. We have been blessed with other friends items to sell so our yard will be pretty full of household items, a little furniture etc.It does seem to make more sense to sell inflatables here, so after the yard sale I will display a few here and see what happens. I was a e-Bay seller for years and I just put up in my yard whatever I liked, some for many years and some for only one year. Got involved with LOR a few years ago, but still mix in a half dozen inflatables and all my other yard decorations, blow molds. Getting old and tired of putting it all up and taking it all down, just figure if I can sell some stuff it won't be there for me to install, plus I have stuff in my shed, my garage is full, my basement stuffed and I have stuff stored at my auto repair shop. I am praying for some Christmas enthusiasts to show up! 

 

I am at 134 Thames Drive, North Wales, PA 19454

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