Saturday, April 23, 2011

Trash to Cash

Months ago, I received an email from a lady who came across my blog and suggested that I drive the streets of Glendora before trash day with a pair of rubber gloves. In her email she told me that she had made $3,000 a month digging through garbage and re-selling it! thank-you! However, don't think I won't stop by your garbage if you throw away something sell-able--that is as long as I don't need rubber gloves to transport it.

Waiting to go out on Trash Day! 
Queen Size Bed Frame
SOLD in 2-days

Solid Oak Wood Dresser
Kids Desk and Chair Set
(re-painted after my own kids used it for the past 6+ months)
The Best Trash Find of the Year!
Kangaroo Climber
No Joke--in someone's trash! Thanks to Mo-In-Law for putting this one aside for me
SOLD-in less than 2 days

That's not even the last of it. In the past year, I've sold a leather recliner, bookshelf, wood chair, lamps, antique dresser, nightstand, another wood dresser, and probably even more than that! All waiting for the trash man!

A Big Month for Mommy Picker Sales! 
A couple good buys for some craigslisters and even better profit for the seller!

Pair of Wood Side Tables
Probable Yard Sale Selling Price: $15/$20 max
What I would pay at a yard sale: $10*
SOLD: $40

Super Big Pine Wood Armoire
Probable Yard Sale Selling Price: $30-$75
What I would pay: $20-$25
SOLD: $175

*Clearly, these items are worth far more than what I would be willing to pay at a garage sale! But, that is the secret to a great yard sale buy! Find items worth far more than what a yard sale brings and spruce them up for resale at a larger profit margin! 

NEW ITEMS from Mommy Pickers Clients

Antique Walnut Curio Cabinet

Antique Upholstered Chair on Caster Wheels

Solid Wood Wicker Chairs 
FOR SALE $25 each

Solid Wood Corner Curio

Check out our other great items for sale on Craigslist. Just type Mommy Pickers in the search box!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mommy Pickers Goes National

Well, sort of. That is probably a bit of an exaggeration! But, I am looking at it as "the glass half full." Anyway, hot off the presses and hitting mail boxes this week was the Spring Edition of CLU Magazine where I was extremely lucky to be among four alumni featured in an article entitled Embracing Change. In the article, I got to share my story of making the life-altering decision of leaving a well-paying job to venture out into what was a blossoming, but free-lance marketing career (thanks to my lady friends and mentors at The Spectrum Services Group) and stay home with the kidlets-or single kidlet at the time. But, life got in the way of marketing plus the overbearing recession led me to something surprisingly new. Click here to read the short article about how I got started with the Mommy Pickers gig! Thanks Cal LU for sharing the story! 

A Busy Weekend Leads to a Profitable Week

Stuffed to the max
We rung in the spring break holiday with a trip up north, which coincidentally happened to be the weekend of the city wide Morro Bay Yard Sale! I was sooo there, in my teeny tiny Honda CRV with barely enough room for any furniture. But, I managed (I almost had to kick out dear Auntie Pattie and Mom just to fit stuff in the car), and thanks to my fantastic Uncle who carted all of my awesome finds home, after two days of yard saling I found oodels of treasures and unfortunately, a lot of projects, too. 

I LOVE Chairs! Can't get enough of them. And, I nabbed this one and another similar one for $5 each. I painted one of them white one and shabby chic'd it and got a yard of charming and whimsical Beatrix Potter fabric to reupholster the seats, seeing as how they were going to be stored at Blue Chair Children's Bookstore
Sold $70 for the set of 2
Paid $10 + $10 for fabric (Original asking price, $20)

Solid Wood Bookcase
Sold $15 Paid $2
The great story about this one is that I bought it at a yard sale in San Luis Obispo, wasn't sure how to get it home so decided to try and sell it up there while we were vacationing. And, I DID! I made a good profit and got rid of it in less than 24 hours. That picture was taken at the actual yard sale! I got a call for it before we even got it back to the house. I felt just a teensy bit bad for the guy who was selling it for so cheap at his house when I turned around and sold it for 7x more while his yard sale was going on. 

Shabby Chic Nightstand
Sold $50 Paid $5  
Pictured without drawers...duh!
Unique Desk Armoire  
Sold $60 Paid $15 (Original asking price, $25)

Check out all of our great stuff, just type mommy pickers in the craigslist search engine to see the awesome stuff we are selling for people! 


16 x 6 Hubcap for Chevy or Ford Pick Up Trucks
Brand New and in Original Packaging
$500 for set of 4
Large, Luxury Ceiling Fans
$85 (2 available)

Spring is here and so is yard sale season! But, before you plan your next yard sale, think about how much you can get for stuff on craigslist!!! Call me if you want some suggestions on how to bring about successful sales! 

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