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General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Clothes- how does everyone do?
« on: July 06, 2012, 02:12:24 AM »
Thanks to everyone for a lot of great feedback and information. I've got some new tricks to try now. I surely do hate to toss out money.
And to The Teacher... how did you do at your sale yesterday?

General Storage Auction Talk / Clothes- how does everyone do?
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:17:44 AM »

I've accumulated a lot of clothing these past few auctions. Just wondered what methods everyone around here utilized to move them all? I've been eBaying like crazy on the name brands (which is great), but losing my shirt (pardon the pun) at the garage sales I've had (where they either get trampled to death, or sold for next to nothing).

I don't do fleas (we don't have decent ones where I live), so am hoping for some ideas.


The Treasure Chest / Re: Bought a Gamer's Card Shop!
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:10:11 AM »
Thanks, Smitty, I'll look them up.

I had some Warlord cards mixed in there, too, sold them for $200 or so, so far.
L5R is releasing a new series this year, I might get lucky there too. Already sold two of the original card art paintings I had. Each one brought $75. Not too bad.

Thanks again for the tip!

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: 10 x 30 ..... Lots of Stuff !
« on: June 21, 2012, 01:48:54 AM »
Great update, thanks, Movie.

eBay / Best Sellers on Ebay
« on: May 26, 2012, 11:53:05 PM »
I'm compiling a list of all the Ebay best-sellers.
Would like to see what your ideas are.

Here's a good list of clothing best-sellers:

    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Eileen Fisher
    Michael Simon
    Brooks Brothers
    Tommy Bahama
    Juicy Couture
    North Face
    Ed Hardy
    Harley Davidson
    J. Jill
    True Religion Jeans
    Diane Von Furstenburg
    Lilly Pulitzer
    Under Armour
    Nike (Golf/Athletic Wear/ Dri Fit/Fit Dry)
    Adidas Climalite/ Climacool

Kids Brands

    Gap Kids
    Janie & Jack
    Boden/ MiniBoden
    Hanna Andersson
    Patsy Aiken
    Kelly’s Kids
[I found the above list here:]

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Washers & Dryers and Bedding
« on: May 26, 2012, 03:53:58 AM »
So how does one go about sterilizing a mattress?

Whoever said this was hard dang work was dead on. It used to be an old joke that no one ever made big money digging ditches...well sometimes this runs a close second. It can wipe you out and eat all your spare time watching your ebay sales, wrapping stuff up and sitting in line at the post office.

But it's also a good time sometimes, and definitely can make you some decent money. If my family wasn't pitching in from time to time though I really couldn't do it. A note of caution: you will run out of space very very fast. Get a small warehouse space, extra garage, or large shed.

And lastly, I feel like changing my username to "booksaremybane". Any seasoned auction goer will know what I mean...

I just ran into a website for, wondered of they were worth the money to subscribe.
Anyone have an opinion?

They claim a 15 million item database (that was back in 2009).

Check it out, let me know what you think!

Time spent researching an item before you sell it can be a good investment. In 2007, one eBay seller was probably happy to attract a winning bid of $300 for a single bottle of vintage beer. But imagine how that seller felt when the buyer - who knew exactly how desirable the 1852 beer actually was - turned around and sold the same bottle for $503,000.

When it comes to selling online, knowledge is power. An antiques and collectibles marketplace called WorthPoint not only offers a place to buy and sell, but also provides information so sellers can write accurate descriptions with market prices. And that, says its CEO Will Seippel, enables sellers to get the highest possible value for their merchandise.

"To me, it's the data that helps educate a buyer or seller," says Seippel. "You can talk all you want about marketing and finding the right place to sell something, but you have to go back to a more fundamental question: doing research so you can understand what it is you are trying to sell and what its true value is."

A newly developed version of the WorthPoint site gives buyers and sellers plenty of ways to gather this sort of information. Right now, they have access to the half million items in WorthPoint's database. In March, WorthPoint will add the database of past descriptions and sales on GoAntiques, a live auction-style marketplace acquired by WorthPoint in 2008. And after that, the site will add a full one-third of eBay's sales records for collectibles, purchased from Terapeak and "spidered" in as sales are made. The result: the "Worthipedia," a database of 15 million items.

On top of that, buyers and sellers have the ability to "friend" one another in the same way Facebook users do. A group of experts called Worthologists are available to answer questions about specific types of collectibles. And people whose business it is to sell antiques and collectibles, such as dealers, have the option to create a home page on the site where they can, for example, publish a calendar of upcoming sales and other events.

Seippel, 52, who lives in Atlanta, is a collectibles dealer in his own right. He started out as a member of the New England Antique Dealers Association with his own brick-and-mortar antique store. He has no nostalgia for those days, however. "I hated people coming in and taking stuff apart, trying to find little faults with them so they could get a lower price," he says. "I loved the electronic marketplace as soon as I found it. To me, this is a huge amount of fun."

His five children also collect; his oldest son likes Pez dispensers in particular. Seippel is an eBay PowerSeller, and he estimates he has sold more than 10,000 items in that marketplace. Collecting rare coins is his particular passion, so he has been actively involved on both sides of the sale with understanding his merchandise thoroughly and accurately estimating its value. And he knows his way around a database. He was involved in managing PC products and software product lines as well as other technology for Digital Equipment Corporation, and later helped United Airlines turn around their data-intensive reservation system. He has also managed some of the world's largest database technology building oil drilling earth models with some of the world's most data-intensive models at Halliburton.

He estimates traffic on WorthPoint has grown by as much as 4 percent per day since purchasing GoAntiques. While GoAntiques was primarily oriented toward professional antiques dealers, WorthPoint puts out a special welcome mat for individual buyers and sellers. You can buy a membership for as little as $3.95 per month that will allow you to place up to five items for sale at a time.

But there are plenty of marketplaces around where you can sell merchandise. WorthPoint is special because it provides so much information in such a user-friendly format. The database is easily searchable, and there are numerous ways to quickly pick the brains of experts and other members of the user community. "WorthPoint's first goal is to educate people," says Seippel. Being able to find merchandise easily is another, he says; accordingly, WorthPoint has spent time developing a "taxonomy" in which objects are logically organized.

WorthPoint is still a work in progress. There are plans to assemble a huge searchable database. Another improvement on the horizon is providing prospective sellers with a "virtual room" where they can learn exactly what an object is and identify auction houses that might be interested in selling it.

Where others see a gloom-and-doom economy, Seippel anticipates a bright future. "Between WorthPoint and GoAntiques, we attract 1.4 million unique visitors per month, which is pretty good for a company that's been around for two years," he says. "Some people say collecting is dead, but I don't think so. I think it's a great time to be in business. Data is so important to people. For consumers in this economy, getting the right price is more important than ever."

The Treasure Chest / Re: Bought a Gamer's Card Shop!
« on: May 07, 2012, 04:00:59 AM »
Thanks, Lockerfreq!
Been buried with researching everything. The Warhammer metal miniatures are selling really well on eBay, I've almost burned through the three boxes I had of those.

Had an easy $45 come to me last week- it turns out eBay will buy back used and broken electronics. I found an old iPod 4G in the unit, even with a cracked screen eBay gave me $45 plus a pre-printed paid shipping label. Can't beat that.

Try soaking in Oxy-Clean for a day or two in a rubber-made tub, then wash again.

As for the jacket, I had a leather that had been near a camp fire and really stank. I sprayed it with fabreeze, did everything I could think luck. One year later I pulled it out again and all the smells were gone. Maybe just need to let it air naturally.

The Treasure Chest / Re: Bought a Gamer's Card Shop!
« on: April 28, 2012, 10:40:47 AM »
Thanks, craigslistauction, I had no idea about the coins. Yeah the shop keeper was meticulous about everything from stock to care of his personal items. The coins were in a cloth bag.

I'm swamped with all this stuff, appreciate all the tips.I have a tote box of binders with Legends of the Five Rings cards inside. My son tells me no one plays that anymore, but eBay says differently. Also have L5R original art, certified, which is also selling on eBay. Doing my research on the shipping at the moment. USPS flat-rate is looking like my best bet so far.

I'll update this thread when I start to move the product.
Again, thanks!

The Treasure Chest / Re: Bought a Gamer's Card Shop!
« on: April 26, 2012, 05:14:39 PM »
Thanks, Marty! I really appreciate the info. I'll list the Legends stuff on eBay and see what happens.
Yes this unit has been fun. There was also a bag with 32 silver dollars and other bags with Susan B Anthony's and quarters, dimes, etc, a stereo with speakers, laptop (broken), computer games, a game cube, Nintendo games, some great T-shirts, a decent couch, shelving and a display case (already sold that), comics, a lot of "rules" books in hardback, fantasy novels (Terry Brooks, stuff like that), a stack of McFarlane's Dragons, packages of plastic sheaths for the cards, dice, etc. I'll be here a while listing it all.

The "common" cards might be hard to get rid of, a box of 3000 or so weighs a lot, not sure I'd want to ship them.

PS- I should have said the Legends cards are "Legends of the Five Rings", not the Magic Legends. I also have "Dark Heaven Legends figurines. You can see now why my son is disappointed, he was looking for Magic Legends. I still think I can sell these. There's a market for everything, just have to find it.

The Treasure Chest / Bought a Gamer's Card Shop!
« on: April 26, 2012, 09:57:19 AM »
Had a great time today, picked up three units (one for $5 and one for $20, both clean, zero trash, with salable items inside) but my really BIG haul was the inventory from a   gamer's card shop I picked up for $500. Everyone was looking at the boxes and saying "those look like Pizza boxes", but I recognized them because my son plays Magic and he has several boxes just like it.

I could see Magic cards stacked in little piles around the room, professional shelving, and nice, new white boxes all stacked neatly. Took a chance, came up with brand new  figurines, models, graphic novels, gamer's books, and some really nice signed gamer's artwork. Not sure of the best way to sell it all yet, will be calling local shops and cruising eBay today to see. There must be several thousand Magic cards, all in boxes and many of them in plastic sheaths. My son was pretty upset when we opened the boxes, most of the "rares" appear to have been removed before-hand. But there is still a market for all these great cards, I don't think I will have any trouble selling them.

My one trouble is that there is a HUGE collection of "Legends" cards that apparently aren't popular anymore. Not sure how I can sell those, any advice would be appreciated!

Reality Shows about Storage Auctions / Re: storage wars observation
« on: April 20, 2012, 03:00:49 AM »
Matches: True. Though I'd assumed that the staging, casting, etc. was done by all the shows. Are you thinking not?

Thanks, all, for the feedback. I guess the only option really is to wade in and see how it works out.

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