I have about 30 purses sitting in my garage. Clutches, Shoulder Bags, Travellers, Hobo Bags, you name it.
I'll assume you don't know about Rage cards, because I didn't. Rage is a collectible card game like Magic the Gathering or Pokemon. Except you play werewolves. The cards are gruesome:
Turns out, they're also worth a fortune. The game is discontinued but still has an avid following. While little else sold, I was able to get about $600 for the cards. Not a bad day's work. I figured I would plan on making about $500 or so every Tuesday from now until the end of summer.
The next two weeks I rummaged through the boxes, smart phone in hand. I scanned bar codes and looked at what had sold on Ebay. Eyebrows raised when I snagged not one, but eight purses out of a lot. There was tuttering over a box of china I snagged.
My girlfriend blushed with embarrassment when I showed her my haul of plates and purses. Werewolf cards she could understand, but she suggested I stay away from handbags.
Still, I was unashamed. I figured I made about $30 an hour for the work I put into the box of Rage cards. Not a bad rate. Plus I had done my homework, everything I bought had sold on Ebay previously, for lots more than I paid. Easy money!
I spent hours doing the listings, sweating amidst faux leather in my garage. Somehow, I talked the girl into helping me. The auctions started and I waited.
Then a few things didn't sell.
Then many things didn't sell.
And when my auctions ended, most things didn't sell.
Apparently, I am a terrible Ebayer.
Now, one corner of my garage holds:
10 bobble heads
16 old magazines
5 pieces of vintage Samsonite Luggage
1 antique chocolate box
1 very creepy doll.
1 clock shaped like a cat
18 various books
3 framed paintings
12 collectible plates that no one wants to collect
8 different sets of china.
1 broken dream.
If it's too good to be true, it probably is.