What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fastest Sale EVER

Last Thursday I made a ten minute run to a yard sale at the other end of my street.  The ad said they had 50 tackle boxes and lots of lures.  I know nothing about fishing stuff, but I figured if they had all that old stuff, maybe they would have some other old stuff too.  I was wrong.  Just a lot of stuff in general.  So, I dropped any hopes of finding Vintage and just looked at what they had instead.
When I spotted this basket tray wrought iron thingy, I thought it looked like Longaberger.  I see Longaberger at sales a lot, but it almost always has $20 or $30 prices on it.  I always look at the price though, because you just never know.  This was priced at $4.00 and included the basket, lid, fabric liner, plastic liner, wooden divider, two smaller dividers, wooden tray and wrought iron tiered holder.  I knew it had to be worth more than $4.00, so I picked it up.  

When I paid, the lady said, "I never did use that thing."  I asked what it was for and she said, "I thought Bagels and stuff".  I didn't think that was right and I was glad she hadn't used it.  When I got home, I did some research and discovered that is was a Charging Station and Mail Sorter.  One had recently sold for $128.00 and there was one currently on ebay with a BIN of $104.00, so I decided to list mine at a BIN of $100.00 just for fun.  I thought someone would bid on it and that would be the end of my BIN.  I started the auction at 20:30:29 and it sold at my BIN price at 20:34:08.  That is less than four minutes!   I can't even imagine how the buyer found it that quickly.  But, I am glad she did!  After shipping (I undercharged a couple bucks because I ended up needing a bigger box that I anticipated), ebay fees, PayPal fees and bank fees - I still cleared about $80.00.  Not a bad return on my ten minute stop and  four minute sell time!


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  2. I love how she thought it was for bagels.

    I bet the buyer had the keywords for the item on an email alert that is set up via eBay. I have a few items like that.

    Congrats on the sale! & that is definitely the fastest one I have ever heard about...

  3. Wow! Now that was a deal and a great sale and profit for you!

  4. I would say that is good money made.

  5. Holy Cow! I'd say thats pretty darn fast!

  6. Shara shoots....she SCORES...and the crowd goes wild {insert wild crowd sound here}. Not only a great buy, but a great AND amazingly fast turn around and sale. Wish all our buys & sells could go so well. *e*


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