A few weeks a go I showed you some of my more unsuccessful purchases. Unfortunately for me, I have had some more since then. This is the flops #2!
While in Wellington, Somerset I was looking around a local junk shop. I have bought a few items from the chap here. He has a nice wall of dvd and video games to choose from as well as many out buildings full of other stuff. It was in one of the outbuildings that I found this Lego set. I had this set when I was younger and was one of my prize possessions. I think I let my heart rule my head because when I got it home I realised it didn’t have all its pieces and didn’t have any instructions. The stupid thing was that I actually looked in the box before I bought it. It isn’t a very desirable set as it is only a 4+ set with larger minifigures. I only spent a fiver on it, and I could probably salvage that back, but why not give the charity shop something they can sell for around £5 – £10?
The second item was something I actually bought in a charity shop, but sadly won’t be going back to one. I bought this arcade machine style thing with the thought of selling at Watchet where we have a pitch. It looked like fun. It isn’t old, but would have sold for a bit. Probably a tenner. The problem was when I took it out of its box and put some batteries in, it didn’t work. I tried all its modes and every way of getting it to work to no avail. It cost me £3, but because it doesn’t work I won’t bother giving it back to a charity shop. I will probably take it apart and try and salvage some of the electronics and dump the rest.
The next flop came from a charity shop in Exeter. They don’t have much stuff besides clothing, so I rarely go in there because I know nothing about clothes. Funnily enough I actually did buy a piece of clothing at the same time as this item. Admittedly it was only an England shirt. Anyway, the item I bought was a miniature Wentworth puzzle from the Donkey Sanctuary. It was only a pound, but when doing it I found it had a piece missing. Obviously this can’t go back to a charity shop, so my mum may use the different whimsies for craft projects.
The last item was alluded to in the Flog it posts. I had bought an Enid Blyton first edition in a charity shop a few years ago and sold it on eBay for a small profit. This got me excited and made me buy a load of other first edition Enid Blyton books. Well, I thought they were. I bought 9 more on the hope that they would make me a tidy sum. I worked out they cost me about £16. In the Flog It post I said that I had taken them for a book man to look at. He told me to take them to Tamlyns as they sell Enid Blyton books well. To cut a long story short, I eventually sold them for £10 at auction, and received a cheque for £8.08 in the post. I lost half the money on the books. I didn’t really mind as we had a nice day at that auction anyway. I certainly won’t be buying any more Enid Blyton books from now on though.
I hope you find these flop posts interesting and hopefully informative. I hope I don’t have to do another one any time soon.