I had a nice surprise ending on an auction this weekend.
I paid $6.50 to mail it plus the listing and final fees,but I think we can all agree, the profit margin on this little find was through the roof. Yea!
Last Thursday I ran into the Super Cheap Thrift. I spotted this dog figurine on the bottom shelf, sort of upside down and uninteresting looking. But, I could tell he was older and he did something - he had a wind up key on his back - but what he did, I did not know. I thought maybe it was a music box. Since it was the Super Cheap Thrift, it was priced right at 55¢, so I thought I would buy it, and figure it out later.
I brought it home and started trying to research it and figure it out. I finally removed the plate behind the wind up key and discovered it say J Oswald Clock Movement. Hmmm....so it must be a clock, but how on earth do you tell what time it is? A little internet and ebay research helped me discover that it is a rotating eye clock. See those little white marks around his eyes? Notice that they are laid out like a clock. Then, inside the black of his eyes, you can see the gleam in his eye. If you see where the gleam is - you can see what time it is right now. So, in this photo it is between 2:00 and 3:00 in the left eye and 27 minutes after the hour in the right eye. So, it is 2:27. And it was when I took the picture! Cool.
A little more research, a few photos and I had him listed by Saturday night. I never even saw the first bid of $19.99 before it jumped to $28.00 and then up to $107.50 today. It doesn't end until Saturday night, so I think I will be spending a lot of time in front of the computer hitting REFRESH over and over until it ends.
It's really fun to find a little something at the thrift or sale, list it and have it be a surprise ending. It makes me not feel guilty about going to the thrifts and to the sales if I can make some money on a few things. it also doesn't make me feel guilty about keeping a few treasures too!