Helping Thrifters One on One - The Personal Touch
As anyone who hangs around Thrifting With The Boys knows, Jason is into tiki mugs and all things Polynesian. Because of this, anyone with questions about tiki mugs asks Jason for help and guidance. On May 7th 2012, Lynnette Seymour posted in the Thrifting-with-the-Boys Facebook group a question about a tiki mug she had found for $2.25 at the Community Thrift in San Francisco. Lynnette had been shopping nearby at the two-story Thrift Town and while checking out, the cashier told her about the Community Thrift store. Lynnette headed over and while wandering the aisles, noticed most everything seemed overpriced. She stopped to look at what she thought was a vase. Thinking it might be tiki, flipped it over and noticed it said Toy Story 3. Lynnette figured it might be worth about $30 and purchased it
To give a little history on Lynnette, she has been selling on Ebay since 1997, but not seriously until 2004. Hair care products being her main product line. Then, in 2006, she discovered Lynn Dralle and went to Lynn’s first Boot Camp (where Lynn teaches people how to sell on Ebay). It was the best decision Lynnette ever made. Lynnette's day job is a meeting planner and worked that full time until the economy went into the dumper. She was then moved to part time and was able to keep paying her bills because of selling on Ebay.
Bryan Goodman and Jason Smith did a Teleseminar with Lynn Dralle in the fall of 2011. The 'Boys' talked about many thrift store items to search for including t-shirts, Hawaiian Shirts and all about tiki mugs. As a member of the Lynn’s Queen’s Court, Lynette could have listened live or downloaded and listened to it at a later time. Lynnette and her husband Curtis Stansfield finally downloaded it and listened in February. They got a lot out of the teleseminar and realized they could divide and conquer a thrift store. Before the teleseminar, she had never looked for tiki mug and had never sold anything tiki.
Lynnette brought the mug home, did some research and noticed one like it sold for $700 to benefit a charity. Confident she had something good, Lynnette figured her mug might not reach the same amount as one for a charity, but was unsure how much less. Lynnette was already a member of the Thrifting-with-the-Boys Facebook group but hesitant to post and ask about the mug. A friend talked her into posting her find and as soon as she did Jason got in contact with her immediately. Jason was excited to tell Lynnette that she had found one of the rarest modern tiki mugs. It is a Holy Grail for many tiki mug collectors like Jason.
Jason went on to explain that the director for the Pixar movie Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich is a huge fan of tiki mugs. The director had contracted Munktiki (Custom tiki mug company from Oregon) to make a custom tiki mug for him to give the crew as a Thank You gift. Only 500 were made and each individually numbered. The mug depicts Woody as a Moai tiki on side and Buzz Lightyear as a grimacing tiki on the other side. Obviously the crew member who received this wasn’t too fond of it and thus, it ended up at the thrift store.
After giving Lynnette the information Jason then offered her $400 for the mug for his own collection. Jason fully disclosed it was worth much more, but that was all he could afford. Lynnette politely declined and got ready to list it on Ebay. Jason helped her with the listing and told her he would be the first bidder and bid his initial offer of $400. Jason remained the high bidder for a few days, then got left in the dust. Leading up to the last minute of the auction, the mug had reached $712. In the last second it jumped to an astounding $1140.99
The same week the mug sold, Curtis, a 5th Grade teacher, found out he might not have a job in the fall. All the stars aligned perfectly for Lynnette to have this awesome return on a $2.25 thrift store investment.
Lynette and Curtis have been married for seven years. They don’t have any two legged kids, but do have two mutts. They met while volunteering for the ASPCA in Sacramento. Curtis does all the eBay shipping and Amazon FBA. Lynnette is thrilled with the ability to thrift shop locally and sell worldwide via her eBay store: Shyfleas Style Store.
Bryan and Jason are delighted to offer assistance at no charge to thrifters via their popular free Thrifting-with-the-Boys Facebook group. Ask to join today!
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THE 'THRIFTING WITH THE BOYS' BRA DONATED IN SUPPORT OF THE SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE VIA 'BLING MY BRA' 2011 AUCTION ON EBAY
Bryan and Jason entered this custom painted and designed: 'Starry Night' Bra and are excited at the chance of having it raise the most money of any 'Bling my Bra' entries. Please support this wonderful cause by generously bidding on this and the other fine Bling My Bra charity auctions on eBay. The Bra was designed by Jason's very talented assistant Maria.