Here’s the story...

I tell my wife and friends all the time that I can start with nothing and turn it into 10K.  Now I have to prove it. I have gone to auctions, flea markets and garage sales in the past to buy items that I know will make a profit.  So, I kinda know what to look for. I’m by far an expert, but I’ve always had an eye for older unusual things. Whether it’s selling on Ebay, Craigslist or to someone I know that is looking for something specific… I’m good at making a profit.

Another Tit-Bit...

Now, I’m not into trash digging, but I’ve gotten a thing or two in my lifetime that someone has thrown away. It’s all fair game to 10k. I’ve been saying I could do this for a while and now is as good of time as any to try!

PSP ———- NOT A DEAD RABBIT!

 

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Was on my way to work and found this SONY PSP laying in the road…it was run over quite a few times, obvious by the road rash on the case, cracked screen and me picking up the battery door from across the street. I listed it on Ebay as a broken psp and was surprised to get $45 for it….this is just a quick blog to say keep an eye out for free money that may be mistaken as road kill…haha

The Naval Nazi Dagger

The Naval Nazi Dagger

The Navy or Kriegsmarine had 78,000 personnel. The famous among big manufacturers of daggers given to the Naval personnel was Elckhorn Solingen. The basic parts of a Navy Nazi dagger are:

1. Dagger pommel is a gold-coated eagle with wings folded, with a swastika sign at its claws.

2. Dagger cross guard has an anchor etched on its center.

3. Dagger hilt has twisted brass wire wound around the grip made of ceramic or ivory.

4. Dagger scabbard contains acorns or oak leaves with explicit image of an anchor.

5. Dagger blade contains markings of a superimposed eagle and swastika over an anchor. The company logo is also etched on the ricasso.

So, my brother in law had this dagger and asked me to sell it for him…We were hoping to get about $500 for it. Which is a good price for a piece of Nazi history like this. There are lots of Nazi daggers and swords out there…Here is a great website to tell you about them: http://www.2-clicks-swords.com/article/german-daggers.html … I listed it on Ebay (not knowing that Nazi memorabilia is absolutely not allowed listed on Ebay) and rightfully so, not knowing the history of how many jews this dagger may have stuck. Understandable…
So, after being removed by Ebay and a nice link sent to me by them explaining why it was removed…I listed it on Craigslist for $500. I received a few calls on it asking about condition and what was engraved on the blade, a guy from Texas (who must’ve been searching Craigslist pretty hard for Nazi items to find my add) offered me $300…I got the ok from my bro and set up payment through Paypal. Being that it had a dent in the sheath and missing some leather that was suppose to be on the sheath, some minor pitting on the blade and some wear to the dagger in general…it was a good deal. He got his money, the Texan got his dagger and everyone was happy….All in all this was really interesting to sell, I learned alot about Nazi daggers throughout the deal…(some of which came from the website that I gave you the link for)…There’s good money to be made from the right daggers…and people DO have an interest in buying a piece of history…wheather it was for a good cause or a bad one.

Super Awesome 1960′s Old Kraftsman Acoustic Guitar

IMG_3961I found this guitar on Craigslist. The guy initially told me it was a 1940′s Old Kraftsman Guitar, he was asking $75 for it. I talked him down to $60, although I would’ve gave the $75. I loved the nostalgic look that it had. Once I got it home and did some research, I found out that it was from the 60′s and missing the black pickgaurd that was suppose to be on it. I kept it around for a month or so, played it a few times (even though the strings were a mile off of the fretboard) and decided to flip it. I relisted it on Craigslist for $100 and got about 10 calls on it right away. A guy in Cleveland ended up traveling about an hour to buy it and was happy to get it. I then went to the Flea market for something to do before work and found a Yamaha 12 String acoustic. The guy had a price of $175 and I picked it up for $100. I love it, it plays like an absolute dream. I seen these go for over $300 on Ebay.
I recently seen a show on TV called American Pickers…two guys travel the country in search of old barns and houses to go through in search of things to buy and flip….hmmm, I think they need a third guy. That’s right up my alley and it seems they love to flip as much as I do….I think I will find their website and see if we can swap links.
Back to the Old Kraftsman guitar….If you want a guitar with a very cool sound, buy one of these. And for some unofficial backround, Gibson sold these with the Old Kraftsman name through the Sears Catalog I believe from the 30′s through the 60′s. I will start keeping up with my flips. I reached my goal and will be posting flips without a goal….for now.

1966 Remco Lost in Space Robot

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I found this 1966  Lost in Space Robot made by Remco in an attic and paid $10 for it. I also found some other interesting items. I honestly thought maybe someone would be interested, but never thought I would get 48 bids on it. It ended up selling for about $170. Who would’ve thought that a headless robot would be worth so much. I had lots of questions on the box itself. I’m guessing people that saved their robot, had it in the box sitting in the basement and getting wet and damaged as most items do at some point. So they’re needing a decent box to get it as close to original as possible. I also had questions on the robot, (are there any cracks, are the battery contacts rusted, and of course “do you have the head?”). So there is definately value in the robot also. If you have one of these, you have a true treasure.  If you have one of these with the box in good condition, you have a gem worth $400 and up depending on what kind of condition. If it doesnt work and you have a ripped box, don’t think you have junk…..You’ll still get a couple hundred dollars out of it.   I’ve noticed alot of the earlier robots are desireable. Whether it’s an early (50′s-60′s)  tin wind up from japan or Germany to a plastic robot from a TV show, you won’t have a problem selling it. There’s lots of robot collectors out there!

KISS 1978 Mego Dolls

kissdolls-1    I found a full set of 1978 Kiss Mego Dolls with Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Chriss. I bought these for $100. I sold them on Ebay for about $350. The Gene Simmons doll was in original package and sold for over $140. Paul Stanley was in a homemade box, made to look like the original. He sold for $97. The other 2 were just the dolls…I sold them together for $110. .  The good thing was,  they had all of their clothes and no broken elbows or knees.  I normally wouldn’t look at Kiss items, but knowing what I know now about prices and what people actually are paying for, I would buy it in a heartbeat for the right price.
     I’m just now reaching $7000 and am getting closer to my goal…..I’ve been very busy with everything going on and will try to keep posting my buys…I have a folder with pictures of the many items that have been sold…so, I have enough to post on here everyday for a month straight…..Until next time, please keep checking back and don’t forget you can advertise your site on my homepage and please leave me a comment.  Remember….unɟ ɹǝdns sı ƃuıddılɟ¡¡¡¡




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