I like to read some of the blogs written by ebay resellers -- they have lots of tips on things to BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for. Most of the stuff they sell and make a profit on are newer things I wouldn't look at twice during our yard sale runs, but I am trying to see beyond the vintage.
Lots of them focus on one particular thing, like clothing, or shoes, or toys or books. I especially like Jessica of The Resale Thrifter, Rita at Ms. Goodwill Haunting, Tristen at The Ebay Entrepreneur, and Rebecca from Late Night Coffee.
Fellow vintage girl Colleen at Fresh Vintage also has some good ebay stories to tell; her Lego finds are both old and new.
Rebecca has a Weekly LAF (List and Find) feature where she offers suggestions for what to list, what to put on sale, and trends to look for. She also has a Flippin' Friday feature where readers write in on their best "flips" of the week.
I have had a few flips of my own, like this Hull Little Red Riding Hood pottery and this Enchanted World series. More recently, I got this piece of an antique whirligig during our DC wedding weekend. I found it for $10, but thought I may be able to sell it for more, even though the figure didn't stay upright on his own.
I listed it on ebay when we got home and it sold for $36.
I was hoping there would be a last-minute bidding war, but I will take a quick profit on a part of an old piece of rusty metal any day.
Now where are those Legos?