For those of you seeing this for the first time I am flipping throughout Lent and donating all of my earnings to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. My current LentFlip inventory is now at 7 items. The key to a successful flipping business is to have diversity in the items you source and I’m excited to show you what I’ve got!
Since initially posting about this endeavor I’ve stopped to think about what I’m doing. I had always been planning to flip for Lent but was actually a bit hesitant to make it all public. I’ve just recently begun using this website, I’d say about 3-4 months ago, and there’s a sure risk and vulnerability associated with a personal website. You’re posting things about your life and opening yourself up for everyone to read. With this website I’ve not only opened up the door to what’s going on in my life, but with this LentFlip in mind I feel I have ripped the door off its hinges. It doesn’t matter where I post this (Facebook, Reddit) I guarantee people will follow either because it’s hopefully interesting or it’s just interesting enough to see if I fail… or succeed. I can only imagine how many people followed Jesus in this way. Anyways… off my soapbox. Here are da goods!
Before I share the goods, this is what happens when it ice storms in Texas and everyone is too scared to go outside and drive... You get a Thrift Town all to yourself! Luckily I spent about 5 years in Minnesota.
Picked up this Akai GX-4000D Reel to Reel for $30. I went on the first day of an estate sale and saw this guy sitting on a coffee table with other old electronics. I’ve never flipped a reel to reel before so this is a definite first for me. I simply looked at it, checked to see if it had all of its parts (knobs, switches) and then plugged it in to see if it worked. I had to look up how to feed the tape and only have it working in this capacity…
Pretty sure I’ve got the wrong size tape or the speed setting is just off. I’m no reel to reel expert by any means so if any of you have some insights they are much appreciated. Regardless, I have shown it working very well and have checked and seen the insides to be super clean and free from grime. Ebays completed listings have it last sold from $150-325. Looks like Ebay is the best avenue to sell this guy despite it weighing 30lbs. Going to try for $200-250 for this one. Super fun find for me. Haven’t listed it yet.
Next at the same estate sale I picked up this Yamaha PSR-500 Keyboard for $62 (made in 1991 I believe). This thing is super awesome. I literally spent about 20 minutes jamming out on this thing last night. Pretty sure Emily had a good time watching me as well. Ebays completed listings shows three of these sold in the past week for $115-150 shipped. No homerun for me here but will certainly make the church a decent profit. I threw it up on Craiglist for $150 and waiting to see if anyone bites. If not, I’ll for sure put it up on Ebay because there’s clear evidence of people all of the country wanting it. I just don’t really want to deal with the hassle of shipping this bad boy. Whatever it takes though.
This Pendleton Hat was pretty cool too. Found this at a thrift store for $1. Saw that it was made out of 100% virgin wool and figured it would be worth some cash. Put it up on Ebay yesterday and already have 1 watcher on it.
Grabbed this N64 console for $6 at Texas Thrift. Untested should get around $20… hopefully. Listed.
Rockband PS3 Stratocaster for $2.99 at Texas Thrift. Should get $25. Listed.
Last but not least I picked up this very old Universal Ball Bearing Wringer B381E for $27. My research shows that this is certainly from the early 1900’s. Super cool piece. Not sure if I want to get rid of it but I think it’ll go for $130 on Craigslist. I’d put it in an antique booth if I had one. Haven’t listed it yet.
What I passed up on and now regretting!
I passed up on this Schwinn Varsity bike. I think it might be from the 70-80's. I don't normally do bikes at all but the Bonafide Hustler has certainly inspired me to get into them. Watching his videos and doing a little research I think I can at least double my money on it without doing any work to it. Since Edmund Mitchell lives a few minutes away from that Thrift store, I gave $45 to him to go back and get it for me... or see if it's still there. He's so sweet.
Current Lent Inventory:
· Quick-Sorter Royal Sovereign CO-1000. Paid: $3.99. Listed on Ebay: BIN $34.99 (w/ $7.55-$15.99 calculated shipping)
· Akai GX-4000D Reel to Reel. Paid: $30. Unlisted.
· Yamaha PSR-500 Keyboard. Paid: $62. Listed on Craigslist for $150.
· Pendleton Hat. Paid: $1. Listed on Ebay: BIN $29.99 (w/ $5.85 calculated shipping)
· N64 console. Paid: $6. Listed on Ebay: BIN $19.99 (w/$7.55 calculated shipping)
· Rockband Guitar. Paid: $3. Listed on with another Rockband Guitar: BIN $54.99 (w/ $10.95 calculated shipping)
· Universal Wringer B381E. Paid: $27. Unlisted.
Current Profits to go the Church:
Edmund and I had a very busy weekend doing ministry so I haven’t been able to go out sourcing for inventory nor been able to list items as quickly as I want to. I’ll be better at it now that this weekend is done. Since some items do take time to sell I will be holding onto everything that I buy during Lent and will continue to count profits to the Church if they didn’t sell within the season of Lent. I hope you’ve enjoyed this despite not having completed a sale yet!
Until next time, have great flips and a blessed Lent.