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How to Sell Vintage Print Ads on eBay

1946 American Locomotive Vintage Print Ad Sold for $9.98

1946 American Locomotive Vintage Print Ad Sold for $9.98

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The Premise

Are you retired and looking for a way to supplement your fixed income?

Are you in college, hoping to chip away at your mounting student debt?

Are you a young mom wanting to establish an online small business venture?

Are you an ex-felon, your skin toughened by one too many doors slammed in your face?

Are you a teenage entrepreneur, the next aspiring Donald Trump (without the iconic hairdo)?

Are you an established brick and mortar businessman looking for another viable stream of income?

Are you a homeless person, sick and tired of being sick and tired with the looks people give you as you sit on the corner outside the Safeway store, your pride and self-respect even more tattered and foul-smelling than the rags on your back?

Are you a HubPages writer in search of a niche business and the golden possibility of linking both passions to each other?

If you answered YES to one or more of the above, this article may be of some help to you. I don't promise anything magical. What I will provide you is a reason to leave your couch of self-pity, anxiety, boredom, or despair and give you impetus on your road to success.

Again, just so we understand each other, I want to make one thing very clear: This is NOT a get rich quick scheme! I'll provide you with the map of the route I took, but you, my friend, will have to do the walking! If you follow my advice, tweaking the process, of course, to fit your unique personality, style, and circumstances, you'll find this to be a profitable endeavor. If you slack on commitment and work ethic, you'll absolutely fail. I guarantee either side of this scenario. The proverbial adage holds true: You reap what you sow. So let's sow good seed on fertile ground, my friend.

And what am I getting out of this, you ask?

Alright, it's a fair enough question. And here's my fair enough answer.

This is the part where I talk to you about my mission statement in life. In the weeks and months ahead, you'll find me repeating, in the future articles yet to be conceived and created, this core element of what makes me tick.

My mission statement in life can be capsulized in a short and simple prayer--

May I be a positive difference in someone else's life today.

From that root intention stems all kinds of possibilities and opportunities on a daily basis, and my responsibility is to be mindful of when those openings occur.

That's what I get out of this.

1942 Coca-Cola Ad Sold for $11.00

1942 Coca-Cola Ad Sold for $11.00

1957 Ballantine Ale Ad Sold for $14.98

1957 Ballantine Ale Ad Sold for $14.98

And now...a moment of clarification...

Before we go any further, the purists among you will be fidgeting because you'll have this unspoken statement on the tips of your perfectionistic tongues: Yeah, but how in the world does he expect the homeless person to access a computer?

Let me tell you about homeless people, my friends. The emphasis is on the second word, not the first. They're people, and I respect them very, very much. But for the grace of God, I am one step removed from being homeless at any given second, and I never forget that for one moment. Should that misfortune ever happen to me, I will still be a human being with dignity and self-respect.

People who happen to be homeless are the most resourceful people I have ever been blessed to know. Given the misplaced priorities of our municipal, county, state, and national governments, they HAVE to be. I have no doubt in my mind that where there's a will, there's a way.

Okay, 'nuff said! Let's proceed!

1976 Campbell's Tomato Soup Ad Sold for $12.48

1976 Campbell's Tomato Soup Ad Sold for $12.48

April 1, 1946 Life--A Vintage Magazine

April 1, 1946 Life--A Vintage Magazine

Staples in the Middle of the Magazine

Staples in the Middle of the Magazine

Tools of the Trade: Pair of Pliers and Staple Remover

Tools of the Trade: Pair of Pliers and Staple Remover

Page Prior to Trimming

Page Prior to Trimming

Heavily Oxidized (Yellowed with Age) Page That I Won't Be Using

Heavily Oxidized (Yellowed with Age) Page That I Won't Be Using

Dahle 18" Personal Trimmer

Dahle 18" Personal Trimmer

Getting Ready to Trim the Page(s)

Getting Ready to Trim the Page(s)

Voila! The Trimmed Page

Voila! The Trimmed Page

The Modus Operandi

  • Find Vintage Magazines There are a variety of places where you can find old magazines. Yard sales, estate sales, church rummage sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, and homes of friends and relatives are great places to look for old magazines. You can do a search on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Craigslist, and other online sites. While ads can be gleaned from all kinds of magazines, I've had a good amount of sales with ads from Life, National Geographic, Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, Esquire, Fortune, Boy's Life, Photography, and Scientific American.
  • Prep Work Carefully remove the three or four staples from the spine of the magazine with a staple remover. You may also need a pair of pliers to remove the old and sometimes rusty staples. Stack the pages with ads that you want to post, and toss out the other pages.

NOTE: At this point, my waste not, want not eBay chum, Heather (aka mommymay on HubPages) would want me to tell you to toss those superfluous pages into a cardboard box to be used as filler packing material when shipping fragile objects.

  • Invest in a Good Rotary Trimmer Sure, you could trim the raggedy edges of your ads with a pair of scissors, but why torture yourself? Besides, with a good rotary trimmer, you'll save yourself hours of labor. Trust me--I learned this the hard way! The process is very simple. I place an unassembled cardboard box on a bed and slice all of my pages in five to ten minutes. You don't have to precisely measure each edge and mark it with pen or pencil for guidelines. Simply eyeball the entire edge for the amount you want to trim. As you do this, you can simultaneously do your quality control work, throwing away pages that are excessively oxidized, overly wrinkled, or have large holes. If you come across a tiny chip or two, you don't necessarily have to throw the ad away, but be sure to make mention of it in your description when you list your ad. Because a lot of customers matte and frame these ads, any blemishes on the outer edges are moot issues.
  • What about ads that are less than a full page size? I make snap decisions about the smaller ads. If my gut tells me that something looks unusual, quirky, campy, politically incorrect by today's standards, aesthetically appealing, iconic, or unique in any other way, I cut them out, too. Some sellers charge less for ads that are smaller. I don't do that. Taking into account that the smaller ads ironically take more work to prepare (including cutting them out by hand), I charge the same amount straight across the board. Respecting oneself is key, in my opinion, to respecting the buyer, the transaction, and the entire gamut of the eBay experience.
  • What about half-page ads? With half-page ads, I sometimes cut them to size. My recent research, however, has determined that many sellers leave the half-page ad intact on the full page sheet. If and when I follow suit, I'll mention in my listing the specific size of the ad as well as the dimensions of the full page. I also state that by leaving the ad intact, the buyer has the discretion of determining how wide he wants the specific uncut margin to be prior to matting and framing. Presenting options as win-win situations contributes to the overall goodwill and success of an eBay transaction.
1947 U.S. Brewers Foundation Ad Sold foor $12.48

1947 U.S. Brewers Foundation Ad Sold foor $12.48

Please Rate This Hub! Aloha and mahalo!

The Bottom Line

I have been selling vintage print ads gleaned from old magazines for approximately eighteen months. In that period of time, I've sold over 360 ads. That breaks down to an average of twenty ads per month. The prices have ranged from $2.95 to when I was first starting out to my current $12.48 per ad. I pay the shipping, so after expenses and fees, I'm netting roughly $8.19 per ad. Currently, I have 884 vintage ads and 188 contemporary ads listed. In addition, I have scores of articles and prints, also removed from the same magazines, that I am selling at $12 or more a pop.

There are sellers of these vintage ads that have been doing this for decades. Their inventory numbers are in the tens of thousands. On a daily basis, a lot of their items are unsold, but it doesn't matter because they're selling double-digit items every single day! It will take me years to match their inventory. I'm not sure that I want to because it takes too much time away from what I truly want to do--my writing. However, a point can be made that amassing vintage print ads over time will enable one to make a comfortable one-niche career on eBay.

I share all of this with you to underscore what I said earlier--If you follow my advice...you'll find this to be a profitable endeavor. By no means is it a get rich quick scheme. As promised, it is a gift of impetus to get you motivated and moving!

Got a tall cup of caramel machiatto here with your name on it. Come on in, take a load off, and let's shoot the breeze!

Got a tall cup of caramel machiatto here with your name on it. Come on in, take a load off, and let's shoot the breeze!

E Komo Mai! Welcome to My Other Hubs!

http://hawaiianodysseus.hubpages.com/

Comments

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on June 05, 2015:

@Blackspaniel1

Yes, check out some of these items on eBay. Simply type the key words, vintage print ads, in the search window. Have fun!

Blackspaniel1 on June 04, 2015:

This is an interesting idea. I had no idea.

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on May 31, 2013:

I will certainly do that, Bill. Gotta run and take care of some errands right now, but will hopefully get back to you later this afternoon or evening

Lizzy is something else! She has a great presence on eBay and some wonderful projects coming up in the near future. One thing about her...she gets a gumption to do something, and she's off like a firecracker!

I'm always glad to be of help to you, and I'm thankful that you asked!

Aloha!

Joe

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2013:

When you get the time would you email me buddy...holland1145@yahoo.com....I have some questions about all of this...Lizzy is trying to talk me into doing this stuff.

Thanks my friend!

bill

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on May 09, 2013:

@tillsontitan

Hi, Mary! You're very welcome. Just this morning, a woman bought two Pan American World Airways ads, dated 1945 and 1947, respectively. In the last three days, five ads were sold. I just wish I had more hours in the day to work on all my projects, do my walking, etc. The main point I wanted to make is that this is indeed a lucrative eBay niche. When I've searched the completed listings for the BIG-TIME vintage print ad sellers, they're making a killing selling, in some instances, a score of ads every single day. Why? Because they have huge numbers of ads in their inventory as well as the positive reputation. If I still had a youngster or two at home, I'd hire them in a jiffy! Ha-ha! Anyway, I'm glad you found this information interesting and useful! Thanks for stopping by, my NY friend! Aloha!

Joe

Mary Craig from New York on May 09, 2013:

Joe that was a GREAT answer! Thank you.

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on May 07, 2013:

@Elias Zanetti!

Good for you, my friend! I love your enthusiasm! eBay is something that I would want to do, no matter where I'm at on the globe. Right now, I'm facing an important decision...whether to upgrade to the highest level or stay at the middle range. As we "speak," I'm in the middle of crunching the numbers to come up with stats that point me in the right direction. As stressful as these times can be, I also know good things have happened when I'm willing to exercise faith. I felt this way just moments before joining up with HubPages, and--wow!--I'm so glad I did. Thanks for stopping by, my friend! Aloha!

Joe

Elias Zanetti from Athens, Greece on May 07, 2013:

Hawaiianodysseus, your post is written in an absolutely marvelous manner! Awesome! You did teach me an eBay trick or two after all! Thank you! :)

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on May 01, 2013:

@ignugent17

It is so good to hear from you, my friend. Thank you for your loyal support and heartwarming comments. Let me know if you ever try this out. Or if there's any other eBay-related issues I can help you with, just drop me a line. Thanks for coming by! Aloha!

Joe

ignugent17 on May 01, 2013:

You really know what you are doing. It is really creative and you can really get money out of it. Thanks for sharing yoru wonderful ideas.

Have a good day! :-)

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on May 01, 2013:

@seanorjohn

I believe in constructive competition and the significant role that it plays in establishing, maintaining, and stimulating a solid and growing economy. In addition, I also look around and see so many people losing their homes, struggling to survive, and--ironically--still magically thinking that maybe the government will bail them out of dire straits. Not gonna happen! So, even if in a small way, I'm all about sharing my testimony about what's turned it all around for me. It's not so much about vintage print ads or other things that I sell on eBay as much as it is about the key concepts that one can utilize to be less dependent on Big Brother and more self-reliant. With the healing that can come from that, we then have a responsibility to help others. You were perceptive to see this as a useful second income plan. It's part and parcel of my primary income plan. But if we "seed" a lot of little streams, they have the potential to become multiple streams of income. Thank you for sharing in this hub experience, my friend. Blessings and aloha to you from SE Washington state!

Joe

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on May 01, 2013:

@rajan jolly

My friend, I know you are well acquainted with the physical properties of water, especially when something has disturbed it. Our mutual friend, billybuc, has inspired me with his movement to make a difference for the good. You inspire me with your benevolent health and nutrition message. Others inspire me in similar ways. My contribution comes in the form of teaching and sharing about eBay. We put all that energy together, casting the proverbial bread upon the waters, as it were, and we build this magnificent tsunami of goodwill. This is the joyous connection of HubPages, and I am blessed to be a part of it all. Aloha and thank you, my friend!

Joe

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on May 01, 2013:

@Barbara Kay

You, my friend, are such a prolific writer and creative crafts enthusiast. I'm thus honored that I may have contributed in some small way to yet another innovative project for you to master. Thank you so much for sharing in this hub experience.

Aloha!

Joe

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on May 01, 2013:

@JayeWisdom

Thank you so very much, my friend--first of all, for taking the time to stop by and gracing my hub with your presence; secondly, for sharing your personal vignette; and, above all, for being a marvelous writer. Blessings and aloha from SE Washington state!

Joe

seanorjohn on April 30, 2013:

This may not be a get rich quick scheme but it certainly sounds like a useful second income plan. It is great that you are prepared to share such a lucrative niche market with those who ned to supplment their income. Voted up and useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 30, 2013:

Wow, Joe! This hub needs to get there at the top with the hub of the day! I respect your noble intentions of teaching those of us who need guidance on venturing out into the Ebay business and what a great set of ideas you have laid out for us.

Thanks and I'll be following you on this mission to educate the likes of me who'd like to do something different and succeed. Thanks for showing the way.

Voted up, useful and awesome. Sharing this as well.

Aloha, my friend.

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@bdegiulio

Hey, Bill, thanks so much for your kind words AND the thoughtfulness of sharing my hub with others. You're really good about that! I seriously have learned a lot about writing from reading and incorporating the best of the best here on HubPages. It's said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and I really beg to differ because I'm not only rolling over, sitting, and speaking...I'm actually writing! And having a ball doing it! LOL! Have a great evening, my friend! Aloha!

Joe

Barbara Badder from USA on April 30, 2013:

This sounds like an excellent idea. Thanks so much for the idea. I have a couple of magazines here from the 40's. Now I know what I have been saving them for.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on April 30, 2013:

This hub was very interesting to me, Joe, because I'm a former vintage ad and other ephemera collector. (I had to stop because the collection was taking over my house! I've since either sold or given away most of those items, keeping only my favorites.)

One of my favorite ads is a fashion illustration, complete with matching Borzoi hounds, from the 1920 issue of Circe, a French publication. I had it carefully framed with acid-free paper and glare-proof glass, and I enjoy looking at it in passing every day.

Your tips are great for niche selling on eBay (or etsy). Thanks for sharing.

Voted Up++

Jaye

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 30, 2013:

Hi Joe. How creative. You are one clever guy. Who knew that there was money to be made from old print ads? You for one, and good for you. This hub really had me fixated to your every word. Really, you have a way of keeping your readers interest right up to the last word. Just excellent. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc....

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@StephSev

You bet, Steph! Competition is a very healthy thing for our ecoomy, so when we do our part to share things like this, we're potentially helping a lot more people than we realize. Thank you for your feedback and loyal support. Aloha, my friend!

Joe

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@wetnosedogs

I know exactly where you are coming from, WND! : )

While failures are necessary for the sake of teaching valuable lessons, I'll take success any ol' day! : )

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@wetnosedogs

Thank you very much for your kind words and ever loyal support, my friend. I didn't know you used to live in Wisconsin. I had a friend, Jim, who turned me on to this pastry--I think it was called Kringles--that was shaped like the oval of a 440 yard track and had a super-rich layered crust with a delicious filling of blueberries encased within the crust. Anyway, just the mention of that one word, Racine, and look at me, off to the pastry races! The cool thing about the old National Geographics was they sometimes contained beautiful color prints of nature artists. Vintage magazines can be sold in four ways--as a whole; for the ads within; for the prints; and for the actual articles and stories within. As the world relies more and more on digital transmission of the written word as well as images, the vintage magazine (and its contents) will most likely rise in value. Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you and your beautiful pets at the next hub!

Joe

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@Karen Hellier

You know, it's really good to see your smiling face gracing our HubPages again, my friend! Welcome back! So now if you ever wonder, "Hmm, haven't seen a hub from Joe in a few days..." you'll have an idea what I'm busy doing. The prep work takes time, I admit, but it feels so good to see a sale pop up. I often go downstairs and tell my wife, "Honey, I just can't believe people are buying these dirty old pieces of paper!" I'm exaggerating on the dirty part, but it does blow my mind nonetheless! I'm just glad I didn't use Life pages for rolling papers in the sixties! LOL! See ya, Karen!

Joe

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@kashmir56

Hi, Tom! Wow, thanks for the enthusiastic and hearty support! That's really kind of you to share my work with your followers. I'm honored! Hope all is well with you and that you're having a wonderful week thus far. See you "...as we wind on down the road..." as our friends at Led Zeppelin would say. Aloha, Tom!

Joe

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@point2make

Hi, my friend! You are most welcome! And thank YOU for stopping by and sharing your kind comments. I wish you the very best, and if I can be of help at any time, please feel free to contact me at any time. Have a great week, and I'll see you at the next hub!

Joee

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@ologsinquito

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. You know, there is a huge market. I wrote this article with no concern whatsoever that I'd be hurting my or anyone else's share of buyers. eBay has millions of buyers, and of those millions, there are always museums, memorabilia fans, family members and relatives of an artist or a corporation executive or the main subject of the ad, crafts enthusiasts, nostalgia junkies, and others who are willing to find and purchase an ad. Thanks for your great question and loyal support, ologsinquito! Aloha, my friend!

Joe

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@tillsontitan

Hi, Mary! Thank you for stopping by, my friend. You pose a very good question. Simply, my shipping costs were determined by trial and error. Regarding large Life magazine ads (the newer magazines are much smaller than the vintage), roughly 14" x 10-3/8", give or take, I had to purchase (usually in lots of 100) 15 x 12 brown clasp mailers. I also buy, usually in combination sets if I can find them, 100 acid-free poly sleeves and 100 acid-free backing boards. I'm true blue to eBay and thus purchase from other eBay sellers. For those selling just a few ads, improvisation is the name of the game.

Anyway, I found out over time that the envelope containing the Life ads would weigh just over 3 ounces. So I pay the going rate for 4 ounces, which right now is $1.86. I give USA customers free shipping and charge international customers $9.75 ($7.75 to Canada). I like international sales because eBay doesn't charge a shipping fee on those. So I end up with more of the base $12.48 I'm charging per ad (whereas, with USA customers, the shipping costs come out of that base charge). I get about $8.19 per domestic ad sold; for international sales, I'm netting $10.29, give or take. I get charged a nickel per item per month to list it on my eBay store, so when I do my accounting, I approximate a shelf life of 5 months which comes out to a quarter for listing fees.

I may not have answered the question you intended, but suffice it to say, it costs $1.86 to ship a 4-ounce first class package and $1.69 for a 3-ounce package (with the latter, I also enclose a styro-foam peanut. Why? So that it counts as a package rather than a large envelope. And why is THAT important? Because the USPS does not provide a confirmation number (read: tracking label) for first class mail unless it is a package. And if I can't provide that number, eBay takes away my Top Seller Rating and the discounts, which amount to 20 percent of final value fees. Thanks for stopping by, Mary! Have a great week!

Joe

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@Radcliff

I'm glad you asked, Liz. I'm going to see if I can answer your question through an email via your profile page. If not, I'll return to this forum and send the answer out publicly.

It's really cool that, as a result of having read this hub, you now would like to get some of those magazines back from your dad. One thing to remember...study your competition by finding the exact same ad(s) on eBay and checking out how they are being described. As a talented Hub writer, you are going to do just fine. Narrative or bulleted form, long or succinct, really doesn't matter. Your own unique style will shine through.

Okay, so I'm going to attempt to send you an answer about shipping in just a few seconds. Aloha, and thanks for your loyal support, my friend! Looking forward to your next video! : )

Joe

wetnosedogs from Alabama on April 30, 2013:

Hawaii,

I meant continued success on ebay, though sometimes good luck helps. But your success is what counts. know what I mean?

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@xstatic

Hi, Jim! Good to hear from you again!

I like the Dahle 18" trimmer, Jim. I paid a little over $50 for mine because I wanted something of good quality from a reputable company that would last for a good while. I've sliced over a thousand pages on it, and the blade is as good as new...something about being self-sharpening. $50 or more seems like a lot, but I made the money back in no time. It literally has saved me thousands of man hours and leaves a much cleaner edge than I could ever get by hand.

Keep checking Craigslist under the categories of Garage Sales, Collectibles, or Books. Type the word, magazines, in the search window. I bought 1 lot of over a hundred Life magazines from a guy in Vancouver, WA, for just over a hundred bucks, including "free shipping," and I haven't even made a dent in the inventory. Each Life magazine has 20 or more ads. I keep my ads stored in those moving or copy paper boxes that have matching lids, the kind that carry 10 reams of paper, for example. I attach a post-it with the year to the first ad in each bunch. That way, when I make a sale, I just go straight to the post-it with the corresponding year and sift through that batch until I find my ad. The smaller sized ads are kept in quart-sized storage bags that I buy from a grocery store, or they can be kept in file folders. I keep the National Geographic ads, prints, and articles in a Tupperware set of drawers. I purposely didn't include how to ship these ads so that people could ask questions or figure it out themselves. Should you ever get started in this eBay niche, please know that you can ask me any questions at any time, and I promise to get back to you ASAP. Thanks, Jim!

Stephanie Marie Severson from Atlanta, GA on April 30, 2013:

Very interesting hub. I have to look into this. Thanks for the info.

Hawaiian Odysseus (author) from Southeast Washington state on April 30, 2013:

@kidscrafts

Hi, Joelle! I just did a search, and the only thing I found for an article about a first flight to the moon was from the NY TImes, and someone was asking $150 for it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any sold items that fit that description. The closest was about the first lunar walk, and someone got $19.95 for their newspaper copy. Go for it, my friend! You could always do a Buy It Now for a very high price and add a Best Offer option to it. Good luck, my friend!

Joe

wetnosedogs from Alabama on April 30, 2013:

You have done another incredible hub and step by step how to do it right.

And to think when I moved from Wisconsin to Alabama, I left behind a lot of National Geographics. I really have to search my packrat house to see if I have any such things.

Thanks for the tremendous write-up and best of continued luck in your ebay venture.

Mary Craig from New York on April 30, 2013:

Where were you when I threw out my old magazine ;) I have to agree with Bill, you made this so interesting to read and added your own warmth and humor. Now if I can only get moving!!

I do have one quick question though, how do you determine shipping costs for your eBay items?

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

ologsinquito from USA on April 30, 2013:

Hi Joe,

Good informative hub. There must also be a big buyer's market on eBay.

point2make on April 30, 2013:

Great advice and a great hub. Thanks for the tips my friend. I have never tried selling vintage ads on eBay........yet. Your hub answers my questions and I just might give it a try....thanks.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on April 30, 2013:

Hi my friend, another great informative hub and loaded with all valuable information . Well done !

Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

Karen Hellier from Georgia on April 30, 2013:

Oh my gosh...that's amazing!!! I never knew vintage ads could be sold on Ebay. I had no idea people were even interested in vintage ads. CRAZY!!! Thanks for giving me more fuel for my fire about selling on Ebay. And I love the way you started this hub, describing people that may be interested in it. Quite entertaining reading my friend! Voted up, useful and interesting!

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on April 30, 2013:

You're not gonna believe this--well, you probably will--but my dad gave me a huge stack of old Life magazines a couple of years ago to do just this and I gave them back last summer. It seemed like an impossible task to go through the magazines without my little one "getting involved", making things too aggravating. Now, I think I could do this without too much trouble, so I'm going to get some of those magazines back and see how I do. Thanks for always sharing such good eBay advice.

One thing I do want to ask: how do you ship them? Do you use a cardboard mailer, or do you sandwich the ad between pieces of cardboard and inside a bubble mailer? Or something else altogether?

You are so wise, my friend. I love your perspectives on life.

Aloha,

Liz

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on April 30, 2013:

Great hub with lots of very specific info! You are a man of compassion, ingenuity and talent for writing. I have found no vintage magazines as of yet, but this will push me forward to look for some. Is there a reasonably priced trimmer you would suggest?

Thanks for sharing this info, Joe!

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on April 30, 2013:

Very interesting article Joe!

You know... I have somewhere a newspaper from 1968 with the first flight to the moon..... from Belgium! Maybe I should look what it's worth :-) The newspaper is not in super shape as it moved transatlantic... and then 3 other moves.

Have a great day sorting and clipping those adds :-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 30, 2013:

Aloha, Joe!

How very clever my friend. I had no idea one could make that kind of money doing this. Bravo!

Above and beyond, you added just enough humor to keep this from being another "how to" hub, and you tossed in a personal mission statement that immediately won me over.

In other words, this hub is excellent and reflects very kindly on the man and writer that you are.

Have a great day my friend.

Blessings coming from sunny Olympia

bill

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