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slankard

I need help trying to price this Christmas sleigh I built

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I built two of these Christmas sleighs recently, and I plan to listen them on Marketplace, Craigslist, and Letgo, but I don't know what to ask.  The plywood is 15/32 with two coats of Sherwin Williams Ext Wood Primer (expensive stuff) and two coats of paint.  It's reinforced with 1X4 ribs.  I've got around $55 in each sleigh and more hours than I want to admit.  It's pictured here with the Empire 40 inch Santa.  The body of the sleigh is 48 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 24 inches tall.  I thought about asking $120 for the sleigh alone, and maybe $150 for the sleigh and Santa.  Does this seem reasonable?  I'm taking a hosing on the hourly wage, but at least I learned that you can't make any real money off DIY Christmas projects.

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okay, obviously this should be under community wide announcements, not evil management. although a few of my former sixth grade students might consider my management style quite evil.

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Very nice. Did you end up being able to sell this? My neighbor told me he made one years ago and it is just sitting in his barn now. He gave me 3 inflatables free last year so trying to find the right words/time to see about letting me use it in my display for his viewing pleasure.

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