Sunday, March 29, 2015

Just Between Friends Spring Sale

I just finished a local Just Between Friends children's consignment sale this weekend and I am pretty excited about the results!
I know the Utah one isn't nearly as big as some of the other ones I have heard of, but either way, it's a great way for me to make a good paycheck and fast.  

This time around I brought 353 items. I sold 132 items and ended up making about $530!  
Some of these items were my kids clothes but the majority were items that I purchased at yard sales for .25-.50 cents a piece. 
I think that is a pretty good flip!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Taxes - No Bueno

Have you done your business taxes yet?
I always put it off until March, too much going on in February around our house. 
 
It's never as bad as I make it out to be in my mind but STILL...this year the results made me MAD.
WHY AM I DOING THIS?
 Extra cash flow?  Yes. 
Do I love doing it?  Mostly.
Do I think I am decent at it? Yes. 
Does it enable me to stay at home? Yes.
Do I HATE the inventory in my basement?  YES!

I've read that for a small business it's a good goal to have your profit be at least 20-25% of your totals.  
Mine is at 34%, so I guess I'm not failing completely.  

Have you done your taxes?  How are you faring with your totals?  Does it make you want to work harder or just give up?

I just gave up for 24 hours. 
Now I am back at it.
Ebay, I just can't quit you.
;)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Perspective

It had been a very sad week for our family, neighborhood and church family that came to an end yesterday morning when we learned of the passing of our sweet neighbor and friend. 

She was 27 and had been fighting lung cancer for almost two years.  
I hate cancer.  

Christina was just a light to everyone she came in contact with.  She was always so positive, so upbeat, she had a great laugh and you felt like you were her best friend when you were with her.  

She also loved music and was my daughters' piano teacher over the past year and a half.  I am so grateful that she shared that gift! 

Lauren is determined to have me find another teacher quickly for her because "Miss Christina wants me to keep playing and I know she will be able to hear me.

She leaves behind her husband and darling five year old son.  It's just heartbreaking. 
You can read more about her story here
I hope I have a good week - everything I make this week I plan on donating to their family. 
Please help by donating and sharing this link if you feel it is something you can do.   
Linking up to Ivy and Elephants 
Coastal Charm

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Call Me Nordstrom

FOUR returns in the last two weeks.
FOUR!!!

Whhhhaaaaaattttt is going on? 

Do they think my store with 430 items is Nordstrom?  
 Seriously.  
If it didn't fit, maybe you didn't read or check the measurements that I waste my time putting on each listing? 
 
We just had to pay $800 for car repairs yesterday and I've got a bill coming any day now for x-rays from Lauren fracturing her foot on New Years Day.  
Poor little thing had to wear a boot that weighed more than she did!

I'm still going through inventory and listing items that had fallen off.  
There were A LOT.  
???? 

A sale or two would be great right about now.  I keep reminding myself that we are only half way through the month.  It will be fine.  Right?  

Evil thoughts of getting a real J.O.B. have been going through my mind. 

How is January for everyone else so far?  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year Inventory Clean Out

I have let my inventory go all willy nilly on me.  
It's everywhere!  
I usually am super organized - mostly to avoid that dreaded "it just sold, now let me spend 2 hours tearing everything apart looking for it!" headache. (We've all been there, right?!)

I just did all my denim jackets (six were not even listed!) and now I am moving on to two bins of skirts.  
TWENTY TWO of which are not listed.  
What?  
Who runs this place?

They are just wasting space and not making me any money!  Somehow these items fell off my listings, I didn't re-list...who knows.  

I do know that I am not shopping this week or the next, I am just going through bin by bin.  Getting my inventory organized and EVERYTHING listed!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Vacation Settings

I never expect a ton of sales in December due to my type of inventory.  Let's face it, not a lot of people are shopping for used clothing this time of year.  I've only had eight sales since I turned my vacation settings back off last week.  

Even though I KNOW this - it doesn't stop my from HATING the bins of clothes that take up part of my basement.  It's one thing to know they are moving out as I bring more in, but right now it just feels like more and more keep accumulating.  

Listed these this week:
 
I LOVE this jacket, wish it was in my size so I could keep it!

I was going to go out today to do some Christmas shopping but my husband got called into work leaving me with the kids today.  Tonight we have his work Christmas party, always a nice dinner at a country club but a little forced conversation with people I don't know at all.  I'm not the best at small talk.  :(  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Vacation is Over - Sad!

We are back from our vacation - hard to believe this was my view in La Jolla, California last Saturday.  

We spent 4 days in Disneyland with the kids and then a quick stop to San Diego to see my cute sister in law and her family.  
We had such a fun time!

My store was turned off for over a week and it was BLISSFUL!  
I love the sales, but a break from all the listing, photos, shipping was much needed.  

We got home Sunday night and I was back to sourcing on Monday.  Spent today listing and getting the store up and running again. Making my Christmas lists and finishing up the shopping. 
 I love this time of year!