Friday, June 29, 2012

How I work estate sale purchases

Just wanted to share how I purchase and resell my vintage jewelry via estate sales. Today I bought a vintage lot about 100 pieces. here are some images of what I got!

Now since I bought the entire lot she gave me and exceptional deal roughly comes out to 20 cents per item. Sadly I can't use every single item so I sift through and only keep the items tat are resell-able in my Etsy shop leaveing me about 45 pieces for later.

I than take what is left over and make 2 LOTS to sell on Ebay to quickly get my investment back

 Lot 1 is some brooches and a few rings that might be missing stones or wouldn't fetch a worthy price on Etsy but there are many people who upcycle these items into their own works of art so selling it on Ebay it will sell fast and I can get a majority of my initial investment back. you can view this LOT HERE
 LOT 2 is a mixture of bracelets and necklaces and a few other things. This lot can be SEEN HERE!

Now if both lots sell at the starting price i will make a majority of my investment back leaving what I sell on Etsy as pure profit. If they sell for the Buy it now price I will already be ahead of the game.

Being able to sell of a chunk of a LOT helps to quickly recuperate the investment money so I can go to the next estate sale and get more. This LOT is a small example of what can be done buying through Estate or Garage sales. But by selling off these items and getting my initial funds back I can also keep my prices more reasonable in my Etsy shop and hopefully sell things faster!

Hope to see you out and about at the Estate sales, I know I am hitting up a few more tomorrow!!

Happy Hunting!!!



  1. WOW! I have PILES of stuff I don't want to sell on Etsy but got as part of lots at sales. WOOHOO! Now I know what to do with them!

    Thank you,


  2. Great post! Very informative and interesting read!

  3. You know your stuff, Bil!! Great post!
    Mary in MO

  4. Great work Bill! I love some of those pieces you picked up. I will definitely be watching your store!

  5. Very interesting Bill. You must have quite an eye to be able to buy a box lot and see that there are gems that will sell on Etsy. Nice!

  6. Thanks for the fun article. I loved seeing the treasures you found!

  7. Great information Bill. I also enjoyed seeing your treasures!

  8. Great article, Bill. I do the same thing you do. I keep a large zip lock bag on the floor next to my work table. I throw pieces in that bag as I sift thru Lots that I've bought. When the bag becomes full, that's when I separate it into Lots & sell them eBay, too. If the pieces in a lot are nice enough, tho (LOL), I'll sell it on Etsy instead.