By Susan May
My husband is a huge World War II buff. I call him a nut but he prefers buff. Anyway, he wants to visit Iwo Jama. The Japanese will close the island to visitors when the last WWII veteran passes away. Most vets are in their late 80s so the pressure to go soon is on. After spending two kids through college and still having one in college, we are hunting everywhere for money to pay for the trip.
Like Tami Brothers wrote about in her blog Monday, I have a Barbie collection also. My husband has 1000s upon 1000s of baseball cards. Last Saturday was our day to think about selling. I pulled out some of my dolls and we started checking to see what they were going for on ebay. We laughed ourselves silly. My Christmas Barbies that were bought for $20 were going for $ .99. My husband said, “We won’t be getting rich off those.” I put them back into storage. When I complained that the dolls were taking up space, my husband said, “At least we don’t have to pay for them to eat.” What he didn’t know was that I’d just spent $40 for boxes to store the Barbies in.
My daughter called while all this high finance was going on and asked what we were doing. When I told her, she accused us of selling her Barbies to finance our trip. I explained we couldn’t even get to town with gas at $3.50 a gallon on what we would make off selling her dolls.
My husband’s baseball cards didn’t fare much better. At one time, he had a card that was worth $70 but is now worth $4 because the player got hurt. My husband has a 100 or so cards of another player that he had hoped would really pay off, they’re worth nothing now.
I did come up with a plan to make money off the Barbies though. If we sell them for $.99 and charge $10 shipping, we could clear $7 of the postage. Instead, like Tami, my dolls are in plastic tubs in the closet. We will try to sell them again around Christmas. I think the better plan to have enough money to send my husband to the Pacific is to pass a hat.
Have you ever planned to sell something and found out it is worth nothing?
One lucky commenter will win a Christmas Barbie. And I’ll pay the postage.