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How I Laid An Egg On eBay

Updated on August 25, 2013
This and subsequent prints are from Birds of America, copyright 1917
This and subsequent prints are from Birds of America, copyright 1917 | Source
Cheaper by the Dozen
Cheaper by the Dozen | Source
More than Enough for Easter
More than Enough for Easter | Source

Actually, it's more like--How I Laid 9 DOZEN Eggs on eBay.

But before I explain that, please bear with me for just a few seconds while I pause for this disclaimer.

I'm a newcomer to HubPages. Half the time, I'm tripping over my proverbial schoolboy laces, sometimes even getting flagged for things I truly don't understand. If what I create comes out sounding more like a blog post than a hub article, it's simply the way I roll.

The recent tidal waves in our once superior economy made it necessary for a lot of Americans to travel outside the box in order to survive. I'm one of those Americans.

It's part of my mission statement, then-- my life purpose, if you will--to share with/teach/mentor/learn from/identify with others in similar straits. The best way I know how to accomplish this is to write about my personal experiences. In so doing, I hope to make a small yet resonant difference.

That said, I'm constantly keeping my entrepreneurial antennae finely attuned to finding unusual income opportunities.

One such opportunity emerged one day when I was browsing through a bookshelf at The Country Store in Walla Walla.

I came across this book with a very tattered dust jacket. Surprised at how heavy it was, I laid it down on a nearby display case, a bit concerned that maybe the weight of the book would crack the glass surface.

Written in pencil at the upper right corner of the first blank page was the price--$8.50. My atrial fibrillation kicked into gear.

The staccato racing of my heart increased when I saw the 1917 copyright.

The ugly book cover belied the treasures I found within. There were approximately 100 beautiful color plates in pristine condition, all crafted by the same diligent and talented artist, Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

In addition, there were dozens of black and white photographs of various birds peppered throughout the book, along with a handful of photos depicting the scientific team perched high up in the trees or along cliff walls as they themselves photographed the birds.

Finally, there was a special section--the images of which you're viewing in this article--showcasing the various colors and sizes of the 108 birds of America.

We come now to the crux of this hub: I almost threw the egg pictures away!

What in the world was I thinking?

Well, for one thing, I was dwelling on the beautiful artwork of Senor Fuertes, visualizing the work involved in tearing the book up and carefully removing the lovely prints, trimming them, taking digital photographs, loading the images onto my laptop, writing the listing template(s), and putting the finished product up for sale on eBay.

For another--silly me!--I thought, Ah, why go through the trouble of saving these? It's hard enough trying to convince someone to buy pictures of birds...who'd want to buy pictures of eggs?

You're beginning to understand something about me. Half the time, I truly don't know what I'm doing. More often than not, I actually write these articles (as well as my posts for a personal blog) as I go . In other words, the written account is almost as fresh as the experience itself.

It behooves me, then, to really tap into this zen concept-- a la The Secret --of seeing the actualization of something...the actual finished product...long before it happens.

The only event that persuaded me to keep the egg plates was the epiphany of cerebrally seeing them SOLD to a satisfied eBay customer.

Simply put, See your success before it happens!

This entrepreneur happily reports that this mental affirmation truly works.

Just four short months ago, with--admittedly--a good measure of doubt and trepidation, I forced myself to imagine that I could be successful selling dirty pieces of paper (postcards and vintage ads, for example). I've now grossed over a thousand dollars selling stuff I've torn out of magazines and books.

For me, it was a huge step of faith to get started. True to the law of inertia, however, once you achieve momentum, it gets easier to keep the train rolling.

So, back to the eggs.

A few days ago, a woman in California bought the egg prints for just under twenty dollars. After fees, I made a little over fifteen bucks. With just one sale, I had paid for the entire book and a couple of soy vanilla lattes.

This is just one of hundreds of stories I hope to share with you in the coming months. Thanks for dropping by and for your patience in reading this.

As for me, I gotta go lay another egg somewhere...

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, WND!

    Yes, I'm still in awe, a little over a year since I began this new niche, as to some of the things that I've thrown away in the past but am now selling for a decent chunk of change on eBay.

    As always, the welcome mat is out for you whenever you decide to get started on eBay. Consider my dozen years of experience and humble inventory of eBay know-how to be a free resource for you to tap into at any time. Okay?

    Best wishes, and have a great weekend! Say hi to Roscoe and gang!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    You are definitely on a roll and I truly hope your ebay adventure keeps up. Amazing what people will buy. I have to dig around at home. I know I got stuff more than books. Best to you.

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