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My Goodwill Store Haul, February 18, 2013

Updated on November 29, 2013
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The Monday Thrift Store Haul

Yesterday--Monday, February 18, 2013--I shopped at two thrift stores.

I spent $16.88 at the Goodwill Store in Walla Walla.

About a dozen miles to the south, in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, I spent 50 cents at the Adventist Community Services thrift shop.

Total spent: $17.38.

Here's what I got:

  • A Jo-Ann's nutcracker
  • A vintage decorative lead crystal candy bowl
  • 9 mugs, 4 of which are Starbucks mugs

Okay, so this is a cut and dry thrift store haul. Nothing really fancy. I wanted this social and entrepreneurial experiment to be as simple as possible.

The Mission

The mission is straightforward. We are going to determine how much of a profit we can make after a week of listing every item in an auction.

02/26/13 Update--I am implementing a contingency plan. In the event that items do not sell after one week of listing, I will tweak the price or modify something else about the listing for a second week. If, after two weeks, the items have not been sold, I will transfer them to a Buy It Now (fixed price) listing in my eBay store. Giving items a couple of weeks on the auction block is a good strategy since eBay will refund you the initial listing fee should your item sell the second time around. You also have the potential to pick up new viewers during the second week.

I adhere to the premise that everything I list will eventually sell.Because I have a Premium eBay store subscription, my cost to list a Buy it Now item per month is 5 cents rather than the Basic Plan cost of 20 cents per item.

The Challenge

The goal is to sell everything.

However, some things do not typically do well in auctions. Normally, I list my mugs at fixed price Buy It Now items.

What this means is that, in order for me to get a quick turnover, I may have to keep the starting bid low, maybe as low as 99 cents, which consequently presents the risk of losing money if an item gets a low amount of bids.

However, for the sake of illustration, I'm willing to assume that risk. That, after all, is a very big part of what eBay entrepreneurship is all about.

02/25/13 Update--Due to unforeseen circumstances in my work schedule, I was unable to list all of the items in this haul on the same evening or at the initial listing prices as discussed above. In the additional text and photo sections that follow, I will discuss any modifications to my pricing and listing strategy.

How This Hub Will Be Utilized

I will publish this hub on the evening of Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

However, I will be making key additions to it such as photographs that will provide you, the reader, with a closer look at each item; any significant progress in the listings throughout the next week; as well as any other pertinent information.

Okay, then, here we go!

A Change of Plan for the Sake of Edification

When I created this hub, it was with the intent of demonstrating a typical Goodwill thrift store haul--or purchases of items that I could potentially resell for a profit on eBay--within a relatively short period of time.

A second intent was to use the hub as one of ten articles for the Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge issued by fellow hubber, Karen Hellier.

Having accomplished the second objective, I've since had time to rethink the first intention.

First of all, I was unable to list all the items on the same evening, so what ensued was a sporadic listing of the items over the last week, with the last two items listed just tonight--Monday, February 25th.

The initial objective is still the same--to demonstrate that it is possible to purchase items at thrift store prices and then resell them for a profit. The only things that I have decided to tweak are the time factor I gave myself to accomplish the objective and the somewhat related factor of pricing strategy.

My goal, after all, is to teach those readers who have directly expressed an interest in (or are at least thinking about) selling on eBay what I consider to be effective strategies for supplementing and even replacing traditional job income.

Don't get me wrong. I'm definitely an advocate for fun and entertainment--even when it comes to serious enterprises such as making a living--but I want to be true to my mission statement of teaching others effective methods of doing this...and not relegating this venture to a mockery of entrepreneurial endeavors.

That said, here's what I've done so far...

Grandpa and Grandma Mugs Northwestern Products
Grandpa and Grandma Mugs Northwestern Products | Source

The Mugs--Grandpa and Grandma

02/18/13 Since two of the mugs were designed by artist, Sandy Tuzinski, and manufactured for Northwestern Products, I decided to list them together in the same auction. One mug was a tribute to Grandpa, and the other was the same for Grandma.

I listed both for a starting auction price of $9.99 with a Buy It Now price of $12.49. Shipping will be calculated according to the buyer's zip code, so this is not a Free Shipping listing.

02/25/13 Update: Mugs did not sell after the first week. I'm opting to bypass a second week of auctions and will instead place these in my store as a Buy It Now item with a $19.99 plus shipping price. I have one watcher.

Listing fees: $0.30 + $0.05.

Mickey Mouse Takes the Plunge (Walt Disney Mugs by Applause)
Mickey Mouse Takes the Plunge (Walt Disney Mugs by Applause) | Source
Dog Rubbing Human's Belly (The Far Side by Gary Larson)
Dog Rubbing Human's Belly (The Far Side by Gary Larson) | Source
Fox Software Mug
Fox Software Mug | Source
2006 Starbucks Holiday Mug
2006 Starbucks Holiday Mug | Source

The Mugs--Mickey Mouse; Fox Software; The Far Side; 2006 Starbucks Holiday

02/20/13 I listed four more of the mugs.

Disney theme mugs do fairly well on eBay. The brand name for this mug, Applause, is also a key word. I liked the frivolity of the artwork, displaying Mickey Mouse's exuberant face on one side of the mug and his backside on the other.

I purchased the next mug because I like the uniqueness of black mugs. I think it makes the artwork and logo stand out even more. Honestly, I don't know a thing about Fox Software. The orange silhouette of the fox and orange lettering give this mug a kind of Halloween aura.

I highly recommend The Far Side theme to eBay newbies wanting to engage in a mugs niche. In a forthcoming article, I will be writing about a sale I made of a mug with Gary Larson's iconic art and humor in record-breaking time. This particular mug from the recent Goodwill haul has a role reversal theme where a human is being patted by a dog.

The fourth and final mug that I listed on this date was a purple 2006 Starbucks holiday mug with a Christmas wish theme. This was the only item purchased on February 18th that didn't come from the Goodwill Store. Rather, I found it at an Adventist Community Services store in Milton-Freewater, OR.

Update: 11/29/13: 2006 Starbucks Purple Christmas Wish Holiday Mug sold for $20.69, free shipping. Net Profit: $9.70.

1995 Starbucks Mug (Jackal Designs)
1995 Starbucks Mug (Jackal Designs) | Source
2012 Starbucks Holiday Mug
2012 Starbucks Holiday Mug | Source

The Mugs--1995 and 2012 Starbucks Holiday

02/23/13 I listed the final three mugs, each bearing a Starbucks advertisement.

The first mug had a checkerboard look to it with alternating black and red rectangles taking up most of the mug's external surface area. Some of the rectangles had an illustration of a hot cup of coffee, and the others had the word, STARBUCKS, imprinted on them.

The final two mugs were identical, each bearing a red abstract Christmas tree on one side with STARBUCKS written sideways, adjacent and parallel to the handle. I listed one as an auction (with starting price of $9.99, just like the other mugs on auction) and the other as a Buy It Now for $19.99 plus shipping.

03/02/13 Update: The two mugs on auction did not sell during the first attempt. I relisted the red and black mug in a 7-day auction for a lower starting bid of $7.49. This was $2.50 less than my initial attempt. Again, I am using trial and error to find an optimal auction starting price for this item.

I relisted the Starbucks mug with the abstract red Christmas tree design in a 7-day auction with a starting bid of 99 cents. This way, I can determine if one price point works better than the other.

03/09/13: Neither mug sold after another week of auction. I relisted both at 99 cents for another week.

03/16/13: Again, neither mug sold. Fortunately, eBay is hosting free listings at this time, so I am taking advantage of this opportunity and am listing both mugs with a starting bid of $14.99 and a Buy It Now price of $19.99, with buyer paying shipping.

04/30/13 : I've relisted both mugs as store items at a nickel apiece.

05/09/13: SOLD the red and black checkered mug for $13.75 plus $10.25 shipping!

05/31/13: eBay's fee structure has changed. Cost to list for this month in the store was a dime apiece.

Listing fees: $0.55 + 0.35 + 0.20 + 0.10 +0.20.

2012 Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Young Woman Nutcracker Figurine
2012 Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Young Woman Nutcracker Figurine | Source

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Young Woman Nutcracker Figurine

Okay, so this elegantly dressed young woman toting the Jo-Ann Stores bag seemed rather out of place on a shelf with shabby chic home decor items. I was moved to rescue her from her temporary surroundings at the local Goodwill Store and see if I could successfully play orphanage administrator and place her in a nice home somewhere in eBay Land.

She's a tall female, standing a fraction over 18 inches. The message at the bottom of the pedestal notwithstanding, I truly see her as a figurine masquerading as a nutcracker. She's too delicate to be relegated to cracking nuts. Instead, she needs to grace a fortunate owner's mantelpiece or have her own space among geisha dolls, vintage jewelry, miniature village architecture, or whatever collectibles are worthy of china hutch showcasing.

The figurine had a retail price of $39.99. I decided to list her in an auction on February 25th for $19.99 with a Buy It Now price of $24.99. We'll see what happens.

Update: Sold for $19.99 + $13.58 shipping. After expenses, I netted $11.87.

Vintage Collectible Hofbauer Lead Crystal Bowl
Vintage Collectible Hofbauer Lead Crystal Bowl | Source
Closeup of Bird
Closeup of Bird | Source
A View from the Top
A View from the Top | Source

Hofbauer Lead Crystal Bowl

The Germans are noted for making some of the world's finest lead crystal masterpieces.

The last item I listed is certainly no exception. It is a Hofbauer lead crystal bowl. eBay hosts twelve images per listing for free, so I took a good number of pictures to highlight the gorgeous facets of this lovely piece when I listed it in an auction on February 25th.

At the local thrift store, I saw a middle-aged woman--herself another eBay seller--look at this piece and then set it down. I couldn't believe that she actually passed on it. Seconds after she left the area, I grabbed it. The sticker price said $6.99, a relatively high price for this store, but because it was a Monday, I knew that I could get 20% off, courtesy of the store's once-a-week senior discount. (Doing the math, that meant the piece would cost me $5.59 + 8.9% sales tax = $6.09.) I'll take that 90 cents savings any day if it means acquiring treasure like this.

I decided to put it up for auction with a starting bid of $9.99 and a Buy It Now price of $38.49. How did I choose that BIN figure? Someone else was attempting to sell a similar bowl for $39.99, so I simply plucked a number out of the air that was slightly less. Truly, it's not rocket science to strategize pricing schemes. It's really more about believing in God's providence, having a healthy dose of confidence, and providing excellent customer service.

Now, it's a matter of being patient. The nice thing is that I'm too busy repeating the entire process--thrift store treasure hunting, research, photographing, listing, selling, packaging, shipping--multiple times each week, each month, each year...that I simply have no time to watch the water boil.

Besides, I have lots of hubs to write...

03/03/13 Update: As of this date, there have been 10 bids, and the item is now up to $19.50. The sale of this one item will cover my costs for the entire haul, and the potential is still there for the other items to sell over time.

03/05/13 FINAL UPDATE: This item had a total of 13 bids and sold last night for $26.00. Including shipping, the buyer paid a total of $42.45. My total expenses came to $24.84 (cost of item = $6.09; listing fees = $0.45; PayPal fees = $1.53; final value fees = $3.18; and shipping expense = $13.59).

Net Profit: $17.61.

ROI (return on investment) = $17.61 divided by $6.09: 289%.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Peg!

    Tomorrow, I hope to reverse the process and report, similar to our YouTube peers, on things that have actually sold, hopefully weaving into these hubs an interesting behind the scenes human interest story. Thank you for your advice about the grouping. I did it with these because I already had a listing for a Grandpa mug. Still, you raise an interesting point. Aloha, Peg!

    Joe

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    Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Interesting experiment and great tips for finding items to sell and strategies for selling them on eBay. I did some selling in consignment booths, in my store and on eBay and had fun and a bit of success in each. What I did find through trial and error was that grouping items together, even ones that seem like a pair, may impact your target audience. For example, the Gma and Gpa mugs. As a buyer, I would consider purchasing the Gma mug but not both since my parents are divorced. It affects cost and shipping to buy 2 when you only need one.

    I love the lead crystal bowl and you made quite a great haul for your money at Goodwill. It is one of my favorite places for bargains!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    HI, Theresa!

    Because of your "no desire to get involved with eBay," I thank you all the more for stopping by and reading through the article. For me, it's a metaphor of hope for those who've been relegated, for some reason or another, to the fringe of society--a beacon of inspiration that things (and people) who have been cast away can suddenly be perceived in a rightful light...as having value and substance and worth The economic upheaval has been a tremendous burden on many, but if I can made a small difference by sharing what I am doing about it, then praise God for the opportunity to do so.

    Congratulations on your successes, both here on HP and elsewhere, and on being a grandma! That is so precious! Thanks again for your visit, Theresa, and I wish you the very best! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Quite amazing! I have no desire to get involved with ebay (full-time profession I love and spare time spent with grandkids and writing for HP), but now I actually for the first time kind of understand what ebay is all about. I would never have expected a hub about ebay to be fascinating, but it was! :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kathryn Stratford

    I know, my friend...I may have bitten off more than I can chew. Still, I gave her my word, and I will do my valiant best to keep my commitment. I gravitate to epic-length hubs, like the one i'm releasing later tonight, I hope, so it will be good discipline for me to pare down the word count and still produce a quality hub for 30 days in a row. I have a few ideas germinating, and if I can just pretend that I am back in high school or college with an essay or book report due every single day, it will help me have and maybe maintain a head start. The last challenge was the 10 Hubs in 10 Days one, and I procrastinated and did 6 hubs in the very last day. But the main thing is that I did it! Thank you for keeping in touch and being so supportive! Aloha! Joe

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Joe, you're going to be writing 30 hubs in 30 days soon?! I will have to stay on top of your hubs. Good luck! I am hoping to do the 10 hubs in 10 days challenge in October, but I can't imagine committing to 30!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @the girls

    I love your HP pen name...keeps me on my toes because I always initially think I'm writing tp a plural version of you. : ) You know, a dozen Hubs could be written about the unique HP pen names here on this site.

    Thank you for your kind words, my friend. You know what this means, right? You've reinforced me to keep on writing about eBay human interest stories. In fact, on June 1st, I'm accepting Karen Hellier's 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, so I'll be hard pressed to keep going back to the well. I just hope it doesn't run dry. : )

    Aloha, and have a wonderful day, my friend!

    Joe

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    the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    You always amaze me with your e-bay business acumen. Voted up and shared :-)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Thanks, Jim! I apologize for the lack of updates, but I am honestly reporting them as they happen. It appears the mugs and the nutcracker doll will take their sweet time. : ) Got lots of egg on my face, and I'm still wiping it off. Ha-ha! Seriously, I'm not discouraged...to every eBay item, there is a season...thanks for faithfully checking back every now and then. Have a great weekend. There's talk of snow in my area...been down with a very bad cold and was hoping to get out early tomorrow for a nice walk, but I'll have to wait and see.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    That was a great update! Congrats on that profit percentage!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kathryn Stratford

    Oh, yes, it does take patience, Kathryn. I have been selling on eBay part-time for about eleven years and full-time for the last year and a half. While there are fantastic periods of the year when it seems nigh impossible to keep up, there are also doldrum seasons when you wonder if something is wrong with the eBay or google search algorithms, etc. My wife started to sell in December and did quite well for the first couple of months...then things slowed down to a snail's pace...and I find myself echoing the same refrains I had to tell myself many a time..."it comes and goes in waves; be patient; hang in there..."

    All in all, though, the passion for selling on eBay has never died, and I am reinforced every time a fellow Hubber asks questions about the global online giant or--as has occurred recently--mentioned my hubs about eBay selling in their own articles. As many have said before me, the internet is the great equalizer, and because I was very determined to be my own boss, I'm finding the potential for a lot of personal growth and the opportunities to share my experiences with others. Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn. I am impressed by and very pleased with your acute perceptions.

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    That was very interesting. I have always considered selling things online, but I didn't know what to expect. You gave me a glimpse of how it works. Thank you for sharing this with us, and good luck selling more over time. It's nice that you got some of your money back, even if it did take time. I'd imagine it takes patience.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    Hi! Well, I finally sold one of these items tonight. After I crunch the numbers, I'll be posting the update. Thanks for following along, Karen, and I hope that one of these days in the not so distant future, I'll be returning the favor when you post one of those cool items from your Panama cruise.

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Love the updates on this hub. It's quite exciting to read about the whole process while hoping for the best for you in terms of making a profit.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Sometimes, one has to sit on these mugs for a while. I still believe, however, that everything sells at some point. Just gotta be patient. I'm just glad that the Hofbauer lead crystal bowl is doing well. Thanks for following along, Jim!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    These updates will keep me and others coming back to check this hub out! Great idea and a school for eBay wannabes too.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Mommymay

    Ha-ha! I know what you mean. My wife always tells me to hide my iPhone. But I paid good money for an item that's a proven excellent tool for the eBay seller, and it's not like the thrift store people are ignorant of the fact that their store caters to a lot of entrepreneurial types. So, I say, let others think what they want...continue to be as crazy as a fox! We're out to make a living to provide for our loved ones...to a quantifiable degree, we're doing our part to rub the economy on its belly...and let's not forget that we're supporting our local thrift store, its employees (many of whom were once on the fringe of society through no fault of their own), and thus our community as a whole. The way I see it, it's a HUGE win/win/win all the way around, and--as Joel Osteen would aptly put it--we have God's abundant favor in the process. Thank you for sharing and, in that sharing, motivating me to the nth degree, Heather!

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    Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

    I went through the mug department at the Thrift store with a fine tooth comb yesterday. I checked my mobile ebay while I was there...people thought I was crazy...next time, I will go with my gut and return anything that doesn't work! That should keep the straight jacket away!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Thanks for bearing with my half-baked style. Honestly, I was under the gun the night I wrote this and five other hubs just to get to the finish line in time. Even so, I knew that I would have had to revisit the hub to add the updates. Mugs do sell, but one has to be patient. That's why I'd rather list them in a store setting and just "forget" about them. The exceptions are the premium Starbucks mugs, like the city and country series, two of which are in your possession, Jim, and the offbeat ones (an example of which was featured in my Pink Panther mug hub). For this particular haul, I'm betting on the lead crystal bowl (which I have yet to feature as a close-up photo) to help me recoup my $17+ investment. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your great comments. I hope to never lose my sense of wonder and amazement over the uniqueness of the entire eBay experience because I so enjoy the same from fellow hubbers like you, Jim.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    This is even better than the the first "edtion." It's like a school for wannabes like I am. I hve looked at lost of mugs, but feel better armed now as to what to look for.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Mommymay

    This is one of those work in process hubs that I will update as the items sell. I modified the thrust of the article, re-thinking some of the listing strategies after it had already been published. My hope is that newbies will learn different tactics to choose from should the first or second not be effective. Anyone at this point can plug in key words and see the live listings on eBay. If the auctions don't score for me on one or two attempts, I will transfer the items to a Buy It Now status in my eBay store. No matter which way I go, however, I will commit to updating information whenever a status for any one of these items changes. It wasn't long ago when I had the same mentality...after I went full time with this eBay business, I totally got addicted to yard sales, estate sales, and thrift stores. My earlier hubs talk about my initial reluctance and ambivalence.

    Will now post close-ups of the remaining two items--the Jo-Ann figurine masquerading as a nutcracker, and the lead crystal bowl.

    Thanks for your great support, Heather!

    Joe

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    Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

    I totally did not see this hub! So.....What happened?!?! I learn so much by reading your articles and probably annoy my husband because I get way too amped to hit the thrift stores! Thank you for always providing a learning lesson with humor and heart. I am off to the thrift shop to buy MUGS!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    Thanks for the vote of confidence and for your continued support, my friend. I promise to report updates as they happen. Have a wonderful new week!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Goodluck Joe. I hope things are going according to plan. I remember going to Goodwill and other thrift stores whenever I visited LA. Hoping to read the results soon.

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    Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

    I love thrift stores. They can be full of so many useful things. We used to go to the city wide garage sales around my area and buy things to resell on eBay years ago - when it was less expensive to list. I always had fun because there's a thrill in the hunt. My favorite was a set of vintage children's encyclopedias I picked up for a dollar and resold for over 50. woohoo lol. :) Can't wait to see how your adventure turns out!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdegiulio

    Hi, Bill! Thanks for going the extra mile to find word about this one. I have a feeling it's been happening on a moderate to large scale, so I will ask HP for help on this. Your continued support means a lot to me because I like, respect, and appreciate your writing talent and output on this literary site. Almost time for my walk, but first things first...that initial cup of coffee! : ) Have a good one, my friend!

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe, You have this eBay selling process down to a science. Not sure how I missed this one, I also did not get a notification? Curious to see how things turn out?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    Updates will be on hand sometime tomorrow night. Don't understand why this lack of notifications glitch is happening. I asked a question about it on HP, and soon thereafter I started getting more hubbers' feeds in my email inbox. Kinda like someone at HP turned on a switch. Because you and I communicate often on HP, you would think our channels would be even more available to each other. Well, at least I'm getting your feed. Maybe it's just from my end...which may explain my low views. It sounds like other people are experiencing the same thing, too. Oh, well, it only encourages me to keep on stockpiling the hub inventory. : ) Thank you, in the meantime, for proactively seeking my hubs out.

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Hi!

    For some reason even though I am following you, I am not getting notified each time you write a new hub. I find that very odd as it only has been happening recently. This is an interesting one. And those filters must be contagious as I have the one on about everything being Hub related material! I am waiting to see if you have any updates on this. Do you have all these items listed? Please update us...Enquiring minds want to know...LOL!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @JPPhilips

    Thanks for stopping by, JP! Would love to hear how you're doing and what your niches are. I'm enjoying it a great deal, more so since my wife recently became a new seller. Best wishes for continued success on both eBay and HubPages!

    ~Joe

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    JPPhilips 4 years ago from SC Piedmont Area

    Interesting prospect. I sell on ebay also.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hang in there, Sarah! I'm especially curious about the lead crystal bowl. I think I found an identical one that did fairly well. I'll be adding more details as I list the items tonight for a week.

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    One of these days, my wife and I will be shopping there... : ) Jim, please remember to send me eBay item numbers for mugs identical to what your daughter sent you. Also, in the next 24 hours or so, I will be detailing the items in the Goodwill haul, including the four SBUX mugs I found. I'm hoping to share what little I know. LOL!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    The suspense is killing me... We are on the edge of our seats, or will be when we get back ftom Goodwill! There is a Goodwill and there are two St. Vincent's within about three miles from my house.

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    can't wait to see what happens!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bac2basics

    You know, I bet that there are some really cool looking collectible mugs in the Starbucks shops in Spain. : )

    I go through my daily routine with 2 major filters--one that sees HubPages material in everything, and one that sees stuff I can sell on eBay. Doesn't make me a well-rounded guy, but it certainly must be fun for people watching me! LOL! Have a great day, and thank you so much for faithfully tuning in to my hubs. Don't know if you've written a few lately, but I'm really concerned that I'm not getting more notices when people I follow write new hubs. I'll have to be proactive and click on your HP handle to see...

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, WND!

    You'll also read the comments and notes of appreciation I left for you on your respective hubs. We did it! YAY! Today, I'm going to take it easy and take care of things that I put on hold in order to finish the hubs. The sun's out, so it's going to be a beautiful walk. See you 'round the corner at your next hub! Joe

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Hawaii,

    Good luck in selling those on Ebay! It will be interesting to hear how you did, as always.

    Read on Karen Hellier's that you got your ten done! I will have to wait til I get home from work to read the rest. Congratulations.

    Now you can rest a little easier.

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    Anne 4 years ago from Spain

    Hi Hawaiian. I would never have thought of doing this to earn money, wow, what a fantastic idea. I am very interested to know how it goes, and wish you luck

    :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Hi, Lisa! So good to hear from you again. Don't know if there's a HubPages glitch or not, but if you've written any hubs lately, I haven't seen any notifications. I put out a question yesterday asking about this issue. In any event, thank you for dropping by to read and comment. Aloha, Lisa! Have a good rest of the week!

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    Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

    Aloha! I love the lead crystal bowl. I used to sell quite a bit of that in my home decor store. Those pieces are very popular. Can't wait to hear how you do! ♥-- Lisa

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