Weird and Unusual--Selling Roadside Trash Found on a 10-Mile Walk on eBay
My Rogue Gallery of Found Objects
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
I might have been a day late, but I was celebrating April Fool's in a big time way yesterday.
At 8:15 AM, my wife noticed something different about my walking attire.
"Why are you wearing a backpack?" she asked...but what she really meant to say was, "You look foolish wearing that!"
Which I might have just taken as a perfectly appropriate compliment, given the scenario playing out in my head at the time.
You see, when it comes to employing innovative ways to shake off the cobwebs in order to bring a freshness to my dual passions of selling on eBay and then writing about the human interest, behind the scenes stories on HubPages, I'm all for playing the fool.
I'm crazy like a fox that way.
This altered mental state approach to life has gotten me in all kinds of scrapes and messes in the past, but when I hit the target (and there's no one more surprised than yours truly when that happens!), the elation is unsurpassed.
So instead of conveniently making up something, I told my wife the truth.
"I'm writing an article," I began, "about finding things along the roadside that I will then attempt to sell on eBay."
She gave me that look again. The one that said, Oh, my life would have been so different had I made different choices as a young adult.
In thirty years of marriage, I've come to know that look so well. Ah, I love this woman!
I continued, albeit in vain. Husbands never cease to amaze their wives with their stupidity,.
"Honey, I'm in competition with another writer."
I could have continued for another fifteen minutes, but the compounded look of confusion, veiled disgust, and hands thrown up in the air stopped me dead in my tracks. Not a good prelude to a long distance walk.
So I kissed her on the cheek and did my best impression of Robin Hood proceeding along on his merry way.
I make no apologies about my Walter Mitty secret life. Imagining I'm off to new adventures works wonders for this 60+ man who refuses to grow old.
The Hubs That Inspired Me
- 10 STRANGE ITEMS Sold on Ebay
If you think you know everything there is to know about Ebay...I bet there are still some secrets lurking that may surprise you. Here are 10 Strange Items Currently For Sale on Ebay!
- 10 Things you THROW AWAY that you could sell on Ebay...
We have all heard the saying
- How to make money on Ebay - selling broken electroni...
Everday across America, tons of broken electronics are tossed into the trash...These seemingly valueless items are hot items online and you can be making money on them instead of losing money!
Items Were Found Between Points A and B on this Map
So How DID This Crazy Idea Come About?
I've always believed that things happen for a reason.
To that end, I recently happened to be reading an eBay-niche hub written by mommymay entitled, 10 STRANGE ITEMS Sold on Ebay!
Now, I've known for years that people have attempted to sell weird and unusual things on eBay. Many have actually been successful in their endeavors.
It was high time I got involved in a similar project.
So I mustered up my nerve and wrote to Heather (aka mommymay), inviting her to a joint venture in selling items we find on our respective walks.
To my delight, she responded favorably and enthusiastically.
Long story short, we decided to kick this project off in early April.
At first, I played around with the idea of making rules. But the more I thought and continue to think about it, the more I'm convinced that this should be as fun and frivolous as possible...therefore, there are no rules!
The friendly competition is simple. We want to see who can successfully sell something that was found on the roadside during a walk. If we both sell something, which one of us makes the biggest sale?
The ultimate goal, from a writer's perspective, is to then write about the experience on HubPages.
That's it! Whether elated win or epic fail, it won't matter. What matters is that we each give it our very best effort and follow through on this social and entrepreneurial experiment.
At the very least, it just might provide our HubPages peers and readers with an entertaining respite in the otherwise busy and complicated lives we lead.
The Unusual Suspects
Before I share with you my list of roadside acquisitions, here is the sole caveat that I established:
No bottles or cans.
These are like the cliches of litter. In addition, a 10-mile walk wouldn't have been as enjoyable and recreational if I had to lug around a bunch of bottles and cans.
No, what I was after were things that were, well, different. The unusual suspects, you could say.
Without further ado, then, and in no significant order, here are the items I collected during my long walk to and from another state.
- 1 torn women's right hand leather glove
- 2 different types of tire tread
- 1 plastic thingamajig
- 1 empty Bic lighter
- 1 mylar flash party favor
- 1 smashed and empty container of Camel Snus smokeless tobacco
- 1 broken tail light, orange
- 1 Motorola cell phone panel
- 1 broken tail light, red
- 1 blue wrench-like item, perhaps something from a Legos set
- 1 shiny blue marble
Here's a Rough Draft of What I'd Write in My eBay Description
So here's the deal...
You've heard it said that one man's trash is another man's treasure.
Well, if that's true--and so often that notion is reinforced right here on eBay--then the roadsides of America must truly be mother lodes of extreme value.
I'd like to put that to the test, all the while making this a fun and win-win transaction for potential participants and spectators alike.
I write about eBay human interest stories on HubPages. In addition, I'm an avid walker. In a recent exchange with a fellow writer, we challenged each other to find items during our walks and post them on eBay.
Simultaneously, I will be writing an article about the status of our respective listings. I will also invite others to join us in this fun and social event.
Finally, 50% of any and all proceeds from my listing(s) will be donated to the Worthy Student Fund at the Name of the church goes here. It is my earnest prayer that you'll support this endeavor and have a really enjoyable experience as a result.
Okay, mommymay, I've Thrown the Gauntlet Down!
The gauntlet has been ruthlessly thrown down, mommymay! GAME ON!
Well, okay, if you insist, I'll try that again...
mommymay, the torn women's leather glove has been tossed at your feet!
Are you UP for the challenge?
- My Ebay Challenge - From the Roadside to PROFIT (I hope)!
So...you are wandering down the road and stumble upon MONEY. Maybe not traditional money but junk that can become treasure. Follow my junk as it goes from the roadside to cash in my pocket!
A Poll For Our Fellow Hub Peers Who Go For Walks
Have you ever done anything silly, crazy, or bizarre on your walks?
Roadside Find to Sell on eBay
I Wish I Knew How to ID Hubcaps
Stacking the Deck
Here's an update:
Got word via personal email that Heather (mommymay) picked up the gauntlet and is all the more jazzed and ready to counter with a left cross and a right uppercut. OUCH!
Bring it, Heather, is all I can say!
Just between you readers and me, I'm not taking any chances. Found this hubcap that's been lying in the same spot for weeks, so I believe it's abandoned and thus up for grabs in the public domain. I listed it today, April 6, 2013.
As with the other items, let's see what happens!