Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Giveaway Winner #2: Dinosaurs have a new home...Beware!

Beware Five Foot Mama...Dinosaurs are on the loose and on their way to you!  I'll be emailing you to get your info!

The winner was #16 out of 26 entries (my husband's comment didn't count!), according to the "truly random number generator" .

Keep checking back for our next giveaway...It's gonna be a good one!

When it Comes to Selling on EBay, Timing is Everything

My mother says I would sell her on ebay if I could.  That's just simply not true.

But I did sell my used nursing bras once.  And someone bought them.  For like, $23.  All together now...EEEWWWWW!

When it comes to selling your junk on eBay, timing is certainly everything.  Don't sell your swimsuits in November.  Don't sell your Christmas dresses in March.  And please, whatever you do, don't have your current listings end during American Idol's season finale like me...that would just be plain idiotic!  Sigh.  I digress.

Selling on eBay is often seasonal.  There are right and wrong times to sell things.  Here are a few guidelines:

January:  Toys!  Yep, people are still buying them.  And you are still getting close to top dollar because      people are still giving last minute or belated holiday gifts.
February:  Start selling your summer clothes!  Don’t forget Easter dresses.
March:  Sell small things that fit into Easter baskets, Spring and Summer Clothes.
April:  Pool and Beach items.
May:  Things that might make nice Mother's Day gifts, like your old Vera Bradley Bags.
June:  Things that might make nice Father's Day gifts, like...well, I never know what to get my father on father's day.
July:  Back-to-School Backpacks, lunchboxes, and your name brand children's clothes and shoes.  Personalized items are good too.
August:  Same as July
September:  Start to organize your toys for selling during the Christmas season.
October:  Begin to sell your Christmas and Holiday outfits, toys too!
November:  TOYS, toys, and more toys.  Holiday outfits, too.
December:  You'll get top dollar for your kid stuff, but don't cut it too close--allow enough time for shipping!

Please note:  It's always a good time to sell things your kids no longer want/need (and things YOU no longer want) to clean out the house and get rid of clutter.  There are always birthdays happening and moms out there shopping for gifts!  Often selling your things on eBay will bring you MUCH more money  than you can get by selling them at a yard sale.

I'll leave you today with one special What to Sell Wednesday item.  It's the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and it's as good as gold.  Do you have one of these?

If so, check out this completed listing! It just sold yesterday.   Now go sell something!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cookies...and Vintage Golden Books

I find myself in a familiar place on the sofa right now.  Baby is napping.  Breakfast dishes are piled up.  Guests coming for dinner and list making and shopping needs to be done.  Please note there are this many cookies on the plate right now:

Needless to say, there's a lot to do.  But cookies are important.

At my mega yard sale this weekend (ya know, the one where books were 5 for $1.00?) I bought 15 Little Golden Books.  I just couldn't help myself.  They were a part of my childhood.  Part of laptime with mama.  Part of quiet time in my room.  And when I see them at a yard sale, I just can't seem to pass them up.

When my first girl was little and my yard sale obsession began, I started to collect Little Golden Books for her.  I loved the vintage Disney ones:

And the ones with illustrations by Eloise Wilkins:

Some of the books from our collection are sitting on Charlotte's shelf in her room.  She loves to pull them all off and watch Mommy put them back on.

Whenever we take car trips, the big girls pack a little bag full of these to read in the car.  And if the house is quiet, and I'm not sure where everybody is, I often find the big girls curled up in Charlotte's chair with a stack of Little Goldens Books.

We have so many of these I had to put the brakes on my collecting, but now that I think about it, I'd love to pass down a big basket to each of my three girls.

Did you collect Golden Books?  Which were your favorite?  Do you still have any of yours?  If not Golden Books, what do you collect for your kids?

And if you know this girl, can you believe she is walking?

Okay, it's time to do something productive.  Would you like to see how many cookies are left?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Saturday's Spoils: Dancing Princesses, Disney, and Dora Yard Sale Finds

After a huge week last week, this week was a bit more tame.  But that's okay.  Each Saturday morning I thank the Lord when I find anything that my girls can use or I can sell to make a little extra money.  I found lots of little things here and there, but I did find one yard sale that made the gas money worthwhile.  Can you say spoiled well-loved?
All of this came from one yard sale.  
This little girl had everything ever made for Dora, and for Barbie and the Dancing Princesses.  You thought Ken was the man--he's got nothing on Prince Derek!  Ken just had Barbie.  Derek has 12 dancing princesses at his disposal.  The dolls look like they were hardly ever played with.  Every shoe, ribbon, crown, necklace, and accessory was saved.  My girls were never into Barbie...maybe this girl wasn't either!

At this same yard sale, books were 5 for $1.00!  That's $0.20 each.  I get excited when books are $0.25, so I was THRILLED to say the least.  We are huge readers over here so this was very exciting.  I bought a HUGE box of books, literally.  I'll give more details later on in the week, but one book I found I was particularly excited about:
Did anyone else LOVE this book?  I was a huge Sesame Street fan.

I hope you had a good weekend.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Inside Out: Sunday Best for Less Thrift Store Dress Find!

I love the chance to dress up on Sundays for church.  Is that weird that I am more comfortable in a dress then I am in shorts or jeans?  I was SUPER excited to find this darling blue pinstripe Gap dress at Goodwill for $3.49 recently.  It was  a couple of sizes too big, but even though I'm not a seamstress, I can sew a couple of straight lines (which is all it took to make this dress fit me!).  

I took the dress home and tried it on once more to see it in a better light.  UGH!!  I found little stains all OVER it, like this one:

I decided I would give some shout a try, since I couldn't return the dress!  Well, when I took the dress off, I noticed that the inside lining of the dress was a beautiful light blue color, and there were no exposed seams!  Plus the fabric was super soft and showed no wrinkles, and I loved the way the ruffles peeked through the lining at the bottom.

I took a couple of inches off the sides of the dress and put it on inside out and was happy with my new frock.  I had to get my husband to zip it up, though, since the zipper faced the inside of the dress.  

The big girls were off to the pool after church, but we stopped for a moment for some walking encouragment!

You can do it!

Yay, you did it!

Charlotte's dress:  $1 yard sale find.  The girls are wearing swimsuits from Target.  And somehow we all coordinated, but didn't plan it that way!
I'm excited to have a new comfy church dress for less!  Happy Sunday!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Favorite Finds Friday...Biking and Bitty Baby

I should be cleaning my house right now.  Or watering the plants.  Or menu planning, or clipping coupons...but instead I'm getting excited about tomorrow.  Did you know tomorrow is Saturday?  Do you know what that means?  Oh yes you do.  I just hope I'm not disappointed after last week's great haul!

Speaking of the great haul, I thought I would highlight my favorite finds from last weekend.  And, although I found lots of great things that will bring a great price for me on eBay, none compare to the joy it is to find great things for my girls (and guy!).

First, we have enjoyed this Kettler bike seat for the baby.  Our oldest was THRILLED for us to ALL go bike riding together for the first time!  I paid $10 (that seemed like a lot) but it looks like the retail on these is over $150!  I'm not thrilled about the blue color, but I will get over that.
This baby is IN LOVE with her Daddy!!

Our other favorite find has to be the American Girl Bitty Baby and her fabulous double stroller.  I paid $18 total for a blonde haired, blue eyed Bitty (matches my girl!), the Bitty Baby starter collection (comes with blanket, three outfits, bib, booties, and accessories), and the Bitty Baby double stroller.  Retail for these three items: $188!  I saved $170!

I was so blessed to find Bitty that actually looks like my girl!

Bitty is always on one side, Charlotte's collection of things on the other.

Did you find anything exciting this week at a yard sale or thrift store?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Giveaway Day! Playmobil and American Girl, Baby and the Beast Edition

Today's giveaway is super fun.  In fact, the girls were not happy that today's giveaway toy is, sadly for them, a giveaway toy.  But my kids know in our little world toys are here today and gone tomorrow, so they have to enjoy them while they last!

Please don't be scared of our new friend.

She's just protecting her nest.

Mama tried to intimidate the good doctor.

Then she tried to intimidate the baby.

But the baby showed her who's boss.

And tamed the wild beast.

And, as always, baby slobber is included.  It's just a little something extra I like to throw in.  However, if you're still scared, perhaps you'd rather play it a bit more conservative and just go for the books.

8 American Girl Doll Books are up for grabs, too.  We're huge American Girl fans around here.  With three girls that is no surprise.  In fact, we are even part of a neat American Girl Doll Book Club.

If you win the giveaway, you get to choose either the Playmobil set #4174 (Spinosauraus and Nest, with box and instructions), or 8 great American Girl Books.  It's your choice.  Here's how to enter:

1.  Become a follower of my blog!
2.  Leave me a comment to let me know that you did, and let me know which prize you'd like if you win.
3.  Check back next Wednesday night/Thursday morning to see if you're the winner.  Or, leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you. If you win, I'll send you your prize if I don't know you or give it to you next time I see you if I do.  Good luck!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

And the winner is...

According to the "truly random number generator" at, out of the 12 entries into the giveaway, #2 and #8 are my winners!  I decided to give both things away in honor of it being my first giveaway.

Congratulations Laura, you will need to sign adoption papers for nice little beaver kids!
And Congratulations, Tara...I hope you have some Jack and Annie fans.

I am currently contacting each of you to give you the details...thanks to all 12 of you who entered!  Check back tomorrow for next week's giveaway.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Giveaway Day! One man's junk could now be your treasure: Magic Tree House Books or Calico Critters!

By the end of yard sale-ing (is that a word?  if it is I don't know how to spell it!!) last Saturday I had a car full (well, a Honda Civic full) of stuff.  Certainly I have enough to share!  Each week I thought I would give away one special thing I found to a reader (and since there are only two of you, your chances are pretty good I would say).  To enter to win, simply leave a comment and let me know which gift you would like.  If I know you, I'll make it a point to see you soon if you win!  If I don't know you, I'll get your address and ship it to you!  It's that simple.

Are you ready?  Here's what you can win, Bob!

8 Magic Tree House Books!  Retail value:  $32.  My yard sale cost:  $2.
Who doesn't love Jack and Annie?

Or, if you would prefer, how about adpoting a nice little Beaver Family?
Meet Brother Beaver and Sister Beaver, of the Calico Critter Family.  Retail value:  expensive.  My cost? $1.

Charlotte is a fan!

Includes bonus baby slobber!!

A winner will be picked randomly next Wednesday.  Good Luck!

What to sell Wednesday, Thomas the Tank Edition: The Little Engines that Can (Earn you some money!)

When I go to a yard sale and see Thomas the Tank Engine stuff, I get excited.  Remember the magic formula I told you about last week? Thomas fits nearly all 3 of the ebay selling magic formula!  Thomas train items:

  • are expensive to buy new
  • are very popular and some pieces are retired and become hard to find
  • can be purchased at yard sales in a large quantities at a low price
Last week I sold a big box of wooden Thomas the Train items for $91, and I paid $15.  I sold a small set of Thomas Trackmaster items for $57, I paid $3.  If you can buy Thomas for cheap, it's worth it!

Tuesday's Ebay Selling Tips: Do Your Research!

Once you've decided to take the risk and try your hand at selling something on ebay, and picked out something that you want to try selling (for tips see my What to Sell Wednesday Posts) the most important thing you can do next is your research.  Research is essential for:
  1. Determining if what you want to sell will actually sell
  2. Figuring out the best way to list your item
How do you do ebay research?

Let's say you have a Little Einsteins Pat Pat Rocket Ship sitting around that your 5 yr old never plays with, and you want to get rid of it.

  1. Type the general name of your item in the ebay search box and you'll get a list of active items (auctions going on right now).  But this won't tell you what you need to know.
  2. Next, check the "Completed Listings" box in the left hand column under "Show Only".  This will show you what that Pat Pat Rocket actually sold for in the last 30 days.                    Show only
  3. Finally, sort the list by the highest priced items first.  This will show you the final sale price of the Little Einsteins Pat Pat rocket ships in the last 30 days.  This will give you a sense of what you will be able to sell yours for.  Maybe you'll get lucky, and the item you want to sell sells well, like this one.  Do you have a Pat Pat Rocket Ship sitting around in your child's toy box?  If so, you might want to think twice before you sell it at a yard sale for $1!!  The price listed in green is the actual sale price.  WOW!!
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