I’ve written about this before and here’s another example that my vintage Mrs. Grossman’s Stickers on Etsy are cheaper than the limited sets they are selling direct from the factory. I currently have in stock the dragonflies and hummingbirds, but I am selling 40 of the hummingbirds (in larger form) at only $12.95 and 90 of the dragonflies at $14.95. The factory is only offering an assortments of 20 short strips or 76 mods at $40!
And, of course, I have many more vintage designs available. Click on over to my Sticker Section on Etsy and see what you can find!
I sell miles of Mrs. Grossman’s Stickers in my Etsy Store that apparently I’m next to giving away considering the Mrs. Grossman’s Factory recently put out an email that they are selling only ten lots of vintage stickers (just like the ones I sell) for $50 each. The lots only contain 16 different varieties of 3 modules each which equals 48 modules. I generally sell multiple strips of modules numbering 48 and higher from $9.95 for the lots. And they, too, are vintage from 1979-1988. I currently have 137 listings in my Sticker Department alone. Not that I’m considering raising my prices, but if you want a great deal, you don’t have to order from the factory, head to my store on Etsy:
Just the other day I posted “Selling Stickers” detailing how I had gone back out later Saturday morning and found the guy from whom I had purchased stickers what seems like several years ago now. And when I got home and listed many of them and sold almost $200 worth within a few days, I thought, I knew I should have bought more. So what did I do? I emailed the craigslist ad of the garage sale. A day went by and nothing. But the next day I got a phone call. It was the Sticker Guy. Well, really his wife, but she passed me on to him and we set up a time to meet the next day. I was punctual, went on over, and I asked him how much for the whole lot which was about 5 boxes of different sizes. What is shown above is about half. He said a hundred bucks. I tried to hesitate. When he said, “Too much?… There is a lot there…” and I said, “Okay.” I had made a hundred bucks in a day off the first load I bought from him. And I would make $132 the night of listing just a portion of this lot. I asked him if he had worked for the company, which I thought for sure he had. He said no, he had bought a container years ago from the warehouse Mrs. Grossman’s had had in the area. He had had these boxes for years. Everything in them is from the ’70’s and ’80’s. And he was tired of dealing with them. I backed my car up to his garage, he reinforced the large boxes with duct tape, put on his moving gloves and shoved them in the back of my car. I felt like I had won the lottery. Need any stickers? Any specific requests, please don’t hesitate to ask. Most of the above, plus the first lot, are now listed in my store on Etsy:
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It was one of the biggest neighborhood sales of the year. I was a little apprehensive about such a large undertaking. 60+ homes on a Sunday morning. Could I do it and how? Sure I could, but first I needed to hit the ATM that was on the way. What would you know, but it was out of order. And then I almost backed into another guy backing out because my back-up sensors are not currently working. So I went to the bank down the way to pay fees to both that bank and my bank for using that ATM because my bank’s ATM was out of order. I think I’m going to email my bank about that. So I finally went on my way and decided to start in the middle, hoping that everyone else was starting at either end. Which they must have been because it was still pretty quiet. In the first little neighborhood I nabbed a very pretty garnet ring for myself from Czechoslovakia, the Jeep model for a buck, the German Hedgehog, German Sigrid Red Mouse, German Steiff Goldie Hamster all for 50¢ each, the Fisher Price Campsite for $2, and then I found a woman with some great vintage stuff: three Joan Walsh Anglund Dolls from the ’60’s of which I have a collection, a Lenci doll, a vintage Original Raggedy Ann in the box, a vintage Dakin Koala Bear, a vintage Beatrix Potter and a Madame Alexander Wizard of Oz Dorothy Music Box, all for $10. I was pretty happy at the start.
Creeping over to the next neighborhood, I only found the Pucci Pup for $1. Not far to another, I picked up the Rody horse by talking a very gregarious guy down to $5.
Backtracking to where most people would start, I found Fisher Price Little People at two sales for $1 a bag, then a pile of Cars Movie Shake N Go Cars and some Thomas Trains that I was fighting (really trying to be polite) with a grandmother who was commandeering the box. All of it for $15. Moving on, I found the motherlode of wind-up Robots, all for $12, but missed out on picking up a vintage Batmobile that had been sitting in front of me that the guy gave to his young neighbor. Across the street I picked up the Oscar Schmidt Autoharp (I sold another for $150) and a few Skylanders at $2 total. I also found a metal safe box full of vintage Mrs. Grossman’s stickers for $2, a Teeniest Tiniest Littlest Pet Shop playset for $1 and two Gameboy Colors at $3 each. And finally, 11 bags of vintage flocked teddy bears from the ’80’s like Sylvanian Families by Tomy, Calico Critters, Russ, pins, Josef Originals, Hallmark, etc. 11 bags for $10.
At the neighborhood nearby, I picked up my first of many Lalaloopsy Dolls, a Schleich horse, and a Curious George Taxi, all for $2.50.
Finally heading to the farthest end, I experienced major heartbreak when a person bought an entire playset packed with Littlest Pet Shops for $2, not to mention bags of Thomas Trains. I just wanted to cry. But I carried on and found a pile of Uglydolls at 50¢ each. I also picked up a vintage My Little Pony for $1. Then I was drawn to the sale where the lady told me just to take anything I wanted. I couldn’t do that. She had Littlest Pet Shops, Monster High Dolls, Lalaloopsy Dolls. The more I picked up the more I knew I had to give her. She had said $2 when I had half a bag full. By the time I filled it, I gave her $5 and she was happy. I felt only a bit redeemed for the lady who had taken the Littlest Pet Shops at the first sale of this part of the neighborhood. Almost heading out, I found the Fossil Emory bag for $5 and the Groovy Girl with chair, beanbag and clothing for $3.
At various other sales within the mix, I picked up the red doll dress for $1, the 2Chic Scarf for $1, the Power Rangers for 25¢, and the Goebel Cat with red ball also for a quarter. All spent is quite difficult to calculate when you’ve been to nearly 60 sales, but I think I spent around $90. Possible Profit? At least $1,500.00 if not $2,000.00.
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Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza
I went on a Friday so I was able to go about my business in quite a leisurely fashion not having the bulk of the impending week weighing upon my time limit. So I wandered from one end to the other and back again, making sure I had seen just about everything. Because I was all over the place, I have little idea of when I picked up what, so lets just run down the list here. I had quite a few grab bags which I’ve dismantled here, most were in the 45¢-99¢ range. Inside were a lot of McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys, most of which sell best if you own the complete set, but then again, people are always looking to complete their own sets with the one or two toys they’re missing. That’s where we can come in.
In a few other grab bags, I found some vintage gnomes from Japan, some vintage building blocks, a Norma Black Genuine Goose Egg ornament, a Hallmark mouse ornament, a Littlest Pet Shop Lamb, and a package of Mrs. Grossman’s stickers.
And in one grab bag I spotted a Barbie with more potential than any other. She’s a Miss America Quick Curl from 1972-3 in just-out-of-the-box condition. Hair still has the plastic around it, all accessories are sealed in a bag:
Over in ceramics, I picked up a USAF Academy mug, a BIA Cordon Bleu Frieda Versailles mug, a Robert Gordon from Australia dish, a Marjorie Sarnat “July” bell, some Kerstin Hess cups and saucers from Germany, and a small music box from Ardleigh Elliot. All were 99¢ each.
In the toy section I picked up a Victoria’s Secret 2003 Lucy dog for 99¢, and Fairy Winkles Cottage House for 99¢, a Fisher Price Chatter phone, also for 99¢ and a Corolle Les Cheries doll for $1.98:
And then, while walking by the men’s clothing, I spotted a really nice looking military jacket priced at $1.98. Turns out it’s a vintage Marines Infantry Jacket:
I also picked up a pile of jeans, a dress, a skirt, some shoes, a Fossil purse, a small black leather wallet with flowers and a Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirt, as I’m working with a new consignment store in town, hoping that clothes will sell better when people can try them on which is quite difficult when buying online. I spent probably $30-$40 on the items shown here, and hope to make approximately $400. We shall see as time will tell…
Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza
In my fast and furious endeavors to list everything in sight, I thought to myself… hmmm… those stickers I have hiding in drawers… and buckets… they’re likely worth something about now… I should check that out. And so I perused Etsy.com a bit to see that, yes, I was right, ’80’s stickers and the like were getting a bit of attention. And so I thought I might want to think about digging out those rolls of stickers I’ve had hiding for years upon years. Not to mention the sheets upon sheets and other stickers I have stowed away in three drawers of a cabinet somewhere in my home. I figured, if I didn’t know I had it before, good riddance, as long as it makes a tidy profit.
So I dug them out, organized them by Etsy Vintage (pre-1994) and barcode or Amazon worthy. Then I grouped them into sellable groups of approximately $9.95-ish each. If you’re going to bother, bother for what’s worthwhile. Then photography, each grouped in a nice display. Then the listings. Nevermind I had a million things to do that day so that my listings happened in the evening per usual. But here’s the funny thing…
As I listed all of my vintage stickers on Etsy, the little “CHA CHING” sound was going off on my Etsy iPhone App. Which meant I was making sales. And this was happening within minutes of listing some of the stickers. Which of course made me think I had listed them for far too little. Even though I was up to $155.00 within minutes of listing. But as a good soldier, I continued on…
Until I was inundated with Etsy “conversations” from multiple ’80’s Sticker people asking me what I actually had in inventory and what I was willing to sell it for… I had stumbled upon a potential goldmine.
If you’re like me and you have a super stash of sticker cash hiding in your house, dig it out and list it. You, too, could be hearing the “CHA-CHINGS” of the Etsy App or the email notification that a sale has been made on Amazon. Unless they’re proudly displayed in your albums from back when you were 12 (like mine are) the rest can go to people who will cherish them. You’ve lightened your load and brightened someone else’s day!
My Etsy Stickers
While deciding whether or not I was going to keep the massive rolls of Mrs. Grossman’s stickers I scored at a garage sale the other week, I came across the other rolls of Mrs. Grossman’s stickers I had stockpiled from garage sales years ago. However, the older ones are amongst the ancient designs of the teddy bear, the rubber ducky and the big red heart (if you’re reading a post about stickers, you probably know what I’m talking about).
Anyway, in the same black firkin bucket where I store these in my living room (don’t ask, it’s useful and decorative at the same time), I also found two ziploc bags I had filled to the brim with unopened sticker packages from the 1980’s, shown in the top photo, some of them made by Ambassador like these below:
But crazier than that, I was researching the Mrs. Grossman’s Duck stickers I had recently procured. I have two large rolls. Getta loada this:
For FOUR stickers! Let’s see, if I sold four stickers each week at $2.69 x 52 weeks (but I can probably keep this going for a few years), that’s $140/year. Okay, I know it’s not a mint, but it’s not too shabby when you consider I have several rolls of several different vintage designs. Multiply that by ten plus and we’re starting to talk money that’s worth the trouble.
And then we get to the Hallmark stickers. Whether in the package:
Or out of the package:
You’ll find that the three drawers of stickers I have might be worth a small fortune.
And just for kicks, boy was I sad when I saw this:
Because I probably totally would have bought it. Not that it probably isn’t exactly like my own sticker albums from the same time period. Pound for pound, though, it’s well worth it. So if you have any packs, sheets or rolls of old stickers lying around, dig them out. You may have another source of at least a little bit of income.