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Today’s haul – November 24th

Yes, I know today is the 26th … don’t worry I haven’t lost my mind! I did the shopping for this massive trip on the 24th, spent 5 hours yesterday listing it, and am just now getting around to the update. But, it was worth the wait!

This past weekend was a major push of product for the local Goodwills with a huge preview sale going on Saturday. While I didn’t go to the weekend sale (those crowds are just too much for me) there was still plenty left on Monday when I did venture out. Four Goodwills and the picture above is the result. A very, very good day!

The best finds of the bunch:

The Gemmy Peanuts Musical Stocking – paid $2.97 and listed for $45.

The Coke Bear Plush – I paid $2.97 each and listed them for $35 each.

The Build a Bear Bumble plush – paid $1.97 and listed for $45.

Greg from the Wiggles singing and talking doll – paid 97 cents and listed for $45.

The Hallmark It’s a Wonderful Life ornament – paid $2.97 and listed for $38.

The Olivia Jack in the Box – paid $2.97 and listed for $45.

I found a bunch of Christmas Houses to list. While one Goodwill lost their minds and have them for sale for over $30 each the others had the same type ones for more reasonable prices and I picked up some. The Dickensvale houses I paid $3.97, $3.97, and $6.97 and listed for $45, $45, and $35. The St. Nicholas Square houses I paid $9.97, $4.97, and $9.97 and listed for $75, $55, and $65.

The Pooh animated skating pond – paid $6.97 and listed for $55.

The Peanuts musical snowglobe – paid $6.97 and listed for $55.

The Pooh tea set – paid $9.97 and listed for $55.

The Battlescortch figure – paid $3.97 and listed for $55.

The Bambi Snowglobe – paid $6.97 and listed for $55.

The Navy musical clock – paid $2.97 and listed for $35.

The Puss and Boots Sweet Talking plush – paid $12.97 and listed for $105.

I also got quite a few puzzles priced anywhere from $1.97 to $6.97 and listed most around $35 and some a bit higher at $45.

The day was not without duds, of course. Let’s take a look at those:

The Snoopy ice cream maker was missing a lid – paid $2.97.

The Bratz Fashion pack was worthless and damaged – paid $4.97.

As usual I wound up keeping some stuff too: The Christmas press on transfers (97 cents), the Snoopy christmas ornament ($1.97), The dog gift card holder (paid 97 cents), the Eeyore mini plush with santa hat (paid 97 cents). For the most part these items would have made little profit and were something I could use to dress up gifts this holiday season so it made more sense for me to keep them than list them.

There were some items however that I don’t want but really aren’t going to make me any profit. With so much stuff to go through I don’t scan every item anymore and mostly go by instinct or prior experience. It’s not foolproof though and sometimes I wind up with items like these where I’m lucky to just break even. Today it was the Feline Frenzy puzzle game which I paid $4.97 for and listed for $9.99. If it sells at that price I will make a whopping 16 cents. The Las Vegas panoramic puzzle and Melissa and Doug decorate your own cupcake bank were the same kind of thing.

So that was my day! Let’s look at the bottom line:

Total items listed: 60

Total Buy Cost: $257.22 (expensive day thanks to the one Goodwill getting a little crazy with their pricing. Unfortunately, this was also the Goodwill with it’s shelves overflowing with new items and collectibles so I tried to be careful in my selections and get the most bang for my buck).

Total Sales Value: $2122.64

Total Net Profit: $1348.39

I shopped for 4 hours on Monday (including drive time, etc) and listed for 5 hours yesterday (including breaks to keep my son entertained since he was off from school). 9 hours of work gives me a potential hourly wage of $149.82. Another great day!!

The boxes are currently on my porch awaiting UPS pickup and with that I am on vacation until next week!


  1. I am just curious if you live near a huge city. I always look at your blog and am just amazed! My Goodwills are lucky to have 3 old, dirty teddy bears and an open, torn Scene It game. They also have a bunch of open, missing-pieces plastic toys. Maybe once a year, I’ll find an unopened game. I live in what I would call a medium-sized town. We have all the major restaurants/shopping places. I guess I’m just asking if you think I should make trips to bigger cities…

    • Hi Tara! Not really … I live in Lancaster, PA in the suburbs but Lancaster City is nearby. Not a huge city though and I don’t go to a Goodwill in the city itself (I’m not sure if there is one actually). The ones I hit are all in the burbs around here… I guess I am lucky they are so good!

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