Sunday, October 12, 2014

Counting (spending) Chickens...

Before they hatch!
Guilty...and now I am stressing about money.  Gah.

I just booked our family trip to Disneyland in December! 
 I always use Get Away Today - they are simply hands down the easiest company to work with when booking a trip to Disneyland.  (And no, they don't pay me a dime to say that, but they should, I tell everyone I know!) 

I have always paid for our Disney trips in cash from my ebay store earnings.  It's a great feeling knowing that the trip is paid for before you go, down to the spending money, etc.  

So I need some money for that.  Just a little.  ;)

And I bought this on Friday:
Two dressers, a mirror and two nightstands.  We've been using cardboard boxes around here since our remodel and I'm ready for furniture!  We have been married 13 years and have never bought a bedroom set - before we used my set from Ethan Allen that I got when I was 12.  TWELVE.
It's in my daughter's room now.  

I got a great deal on the set at 45% off 
(otherwise it would have never had been in my price range
and paid for half of it in cash upfront.  Which means I need the other half of that money in four to six weeks.  

Uhhhhhh....shoot.

I currently have 503 items listed and not a lot of money to buy inventory.  So I am going through a lot of stuff lying around the house and trying to list those things first.  I'm also listing a lot of things on local yard sale sites on Facebook.  We have some pretty good ones here - I made $40 yesterday just selling some soccer cleats and a fish tank.  Small change sounds like just that until it starts adding up!

I have a few high priced items in my store right now - it would be REALLY great if some of those would sell and quick!  

I did get my check from the JBF sale - I made $664.00 this time!  LOVE that sale!



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Just Between Friends Fall Sale

I was so pleased with my results with the local JBF sale in August that I decided to go for round 2.  The same woman who runs the sale by my house also runs the one 40 minutes North of me.  
So I took the items I had left over and already tagged, revised a few and started adding to the pile.

I ended up with 326 items to take. Mostly kids clothing, a LOT of books (early readers/level type) and some toys and shoes.  

Instead of bartering, I did a volunteer shift when I dropped my items off and then I did the pick up one as well.  I figured since I had to drive there, I might as well stay and get some more money back on my check.
The back of my van was FULL.  Happily, I only brought around 100 items home - and made about $650.00 in the process.  The sale is really well run, not too big that it's out of control and all the women who I've met volunteering are so nice.  

This is all going to our Disney vacation this winter - and as far as the JBF sale goes, I'm hooked!



Friday, September 12, 2014

Who Knew!?

That consignment sales were so easy?  
(A lot of you knew that already I'm sure!)  
It was seeming like such a pain and I hated having the piles around here getting ready, but now that I have one under my belt, I'm hooked.

I took 203 items to my first Just Between Friends sale, sold a little more than half of what I brought, and made $502.00!!  

I did work one volunteer shift as well as I bartered by bringing some postcards around to a few local schools.  It went great and I was thrilled to get that check in the mail.
This was the first sale, about 75% set up, a lot of bigger items came in later.  Nothing like some of the other ones I've heard - they are huge.  

Ours is pretty small at this point.  I think our marketing here leaves a little to be desired, but maybe that is just my PR major coming out?

There is another sale coming up here shortly where I am taking my previous items as well as a lot more.  Kids clothes has been such a slow seller for me on eBay that I would rather these cute Gymbo clothes go somewhere else besides my storage room! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

My Favorite Sound!

cha-CHING!!

Nothing motivates me more to list than hearing that sound!  I was so happy to wake up to five sales and then have two more this morning.  

Still not super enthusiastic about doing the JBF consignment sale coming up - I don't know if I like having all this stuff  hanging around here all summer.  I hope it pays off when the sale comes and I can cash a nice sized check. Any sort of check? 

This is what I'm hoping will sell this weekend...
 J. Crew XXS shorts - ADORABLE!!
 I have over 20 watchers and yet these won't sell!  
Buy some cute shorts people!
 Quacker Factory Butterfly Shirt - Large.  I love this brand!  I always pick this up when I find it.
We have a family event to go to in the morning.  Not sure I'll be able to go to any sales.  Forcing me to finish for the sale and list some things I already have.  
Shopping is always the fun part, isn't it? 

Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Slow sales and no thrifting

We love summer around here but it seems like my kids short break has flow by!  We are year round school so it's only six weeks.  We have had cousins visit from Georgia and friends from Oregon, along with all the usual family parties and happenings...so garage sales and thrifting took a back seat while I focused on cleaning up our basement to make it guest worthy.  
Which you all know means hiding the junk in bins until you can get around to listing it!

I sold these shoes that I bought two weeks ago for $3 fairly quickly. I wasn't wanting to keep these around all winter for an extra $5-10 so I listed them at $19.99. 
Speaking of which, I have a rule of thumb that I use where I try to get at LEAST four times the amount for something I paid.  So on these, I wouldn't list them for anything less than $12.  Which would still hardly get me anything after fees, but it wouldn't be a loss either.

I've been digging around listing some older items too....
 Clarks Indigo Sandals - I would keep these in a heartbeat if they were my size, so cute!

While I'm waiting for these to sell, I sent these three back to school...
My daughter had a different first day for first grade, so no I didn't send her to school with crazy hair like that.  :)  One is ALREADY home sick today and the other tried to fake it this morning.  They are trying to convince me to homeschool them and I'm still not sure how I feel about that! 
Linking up to Ivy & Elephants

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Garage Sale Stories July 12th

Dan was a brave soul and took our 9 year old up to Cub Scout Camp.   Greg is usually the one to wake me up to go while my oldest, Graham hold zero interest in this interest of mine.  But I promised him a doughnut and we got off to a very late start.  
Not much of a haul I know, it was SO HOT.  I couldn't stand the thought of being out there digging through boxes of clothes.  Bleh.

The desk it's all sitting on is new, I've been looking for one for my front room and saw this on a local Facebook site for $50.  Dan needs to reglue one of the legs, but other than that, I'm pretty happy with it!

I got the 2 super nice plush pig and dog costumes for $2 each and she gave me the baby toys for free. Car seat cover was $2, Bebe Sounds was $1, Clarks were $3 (like new) and the cute baby cowboy boots were $2.  

Certainly not my best trip out but I had a lot of fun with my 11 year old and got to hear him sing in the car.  Priceless. 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Patience Pays Off!

Remember this Paul and Shark shirt I grabbed for $5.00? 

After several low ball offers thrown at me, I accepted an offer for $130.00 on it.  I was hoping for a tad more but my windshield broke and the cash will come in handy to replace it this month. 

I also sold the blue Garnet Hill dress for $55.00...another one I'm glad I held out a little longer for a higher price.  

Still pleased with flips like that!  I wish they all were this great!
Now if I could only get this Roberto Cavalli dress to find a home, I would be tickled pink!