Thursday, October 2, 2014

This weeks Craigslist Flips

Now that school has started back up again, it's time for me to get back to business. To me, this is the best time to sell household items that people need. Freshman often need shower caddies, sheets, dorm decor items, and any space saving organizers. Returning students need items for their new apartments, usually routers, kitchen appliances, desks, and chairs. Also, being that the next two weeks will be filled with rush events, it is also a great time to sell heels and party dresses.
Incoming freshman also means brand new customers. These students are often less likely to haggle and will pay higher prices because they are still new to the school buy/sell system. As these students move through the year, they will become more bargain savvy. Beginning of quarters/semesters also always means Fafsa money for students. Although we would like to think most students spend this money on school supplies(textbooks, calculators, etc), they often splurge and go on shopping sprees. This often bites them in the butt when later in the quarter they are so money strapped they are forced to eat ramen for the rest of the quarter. Hahaha ^^. All in all, I believe that the next few weeks are the best times for me to sell.
The following items are all items I got for free on the free and for sale section of craigslist a while back. With further ado, to the sales!

1) graphic maps backpack-$9

I snatched up this backpack at the same place I got the sperrys from. I sold this the day after the second time I posted. I realize now that I posted a bit too early the first time(a few days before everyone got back for school). The girl I sold the backpack to even messaged me after to tell me she loved the backpack. :) So glad to find this backpack a good home. 

2) Shower Caddy(hangs on shower head and holds shampoo and soap)-$4
Got this guy from a free estate sale a while back. Being that so many students have just moved into their new places, I knew this would be useful for someone. Being that it's brand new with tags, the buyer definitely got a good deal and I got pure profit being that I snatched it up for free.

3) Made in Germany stein glass-$4
I grabbed this at another free estate sale. I definitely was hoping to sell it for more being that it's in great condition and made in Germany. Unfortunately, these stein glasses don't sell for much, even on ebay. I originally posted this for $5 but the girl haggled it down to $4. There's been numerous interested people who have messaged me but many ended up bailing. For me, quick turnover is often more desirable than making a few bucks more, especially when the price only differs by $1. After all, I do need the space being that I replenish inventory quite regularly.

And that wraps up my craigslist sales for the week. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I'll be posting again very soon. Until then, tata!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quick Flip: Sperry's Boat Shoes

On the weekends I have a habit of periodically checking the free section of craigslist. I live in an area near many wealthy neighborhoods and it is unbelievable the type of items people give away for free. My favorite posts consist of leftovers from garage sales and estate sales. Often, they still have amazing, high quality items that people did not buy because A) it was priced too high or B) it's a kitschy item with a specific niche market. I often think of these opportunities as treasure troves full of potential gold at no cost. This Sunday I was lucky enough to stumble upon a garage sale leftover post that was 10 minutes away. When I arrived, a lady had already picked through the items but I was still able to grab some great items before others came. One of the items I picked up was a pair of leather Sperry boat shoes(size 9 1/2). 

Boat shoes are hot right now, even crocs have their own version. However, The brand that started the trend was sperrys. These shoes usually retail for $80-$140, depending on the style. They are made of genuine leather, and it seems that right now almost every guy has at least one pair. Needless to say, I felt these would be an easy sell. After picking these up, I cleaned up the leather using leather CPR and scrubbed the bottoms using Ajax bleach powder, all while watching some netflix hehe. After a good scrubbing, the shoes looked almost brand new! I quickly posted pictures and these babies were sold within 3 days for $25. After having to move from my old apartment, I realized that the key to success is quick turnover. 

Hope you guys enjoyed this lil post. More posts to come! Tata for now :)

Much love,