Monday, April 21, 2014

Shopping the House

I hope everyone had a very happy Easter Sunday! 
The Easter Bunny found my three and they had so much fun finding eggs.  We went to church and dinner at my mom and dad's afterward.  Now that we are all sugared out, I need to get back to work
The kids have been off track from school (we are year round here) so they go back tomorrow.  
It's a lot of fun having them home but I'll admit I didn't get much done.  They did help me out at a yard sale with some friends on Saturday morning.  
I made a whopping $40.25.  
FORTY DOLLARS! 
That is the WORST I have ever done selling at a yard sale.  It was fun hanging out with friends but I was a tad disappointed I didn't get at least $50! Booooo.

Since my kids absolutely hate going to thrift stores with me, I have been trying to shop the house to see what I can come up with.
 I bought this David Warren faux wrap dress years ago at TJ Maxx for $15 and never wore it.  I finally listed it and it sold a few days later for $54.00.  Not a bad return for cleaning out my closet! 
(I spoke too soon, a return has been started on the dress, grrr.)
I picked this GK Leotard for Lauren to wear to tumbling class at a yard sale last summer for 50 cents. She wore it once and it said it bothered her.  I've got it listed now and have 5 watchers on it so far. 

I have a church activity next Saturday morning that is going to keep me from going out to yard sales, so I'm going to have to look around a little harder for things to list.

How is the shopping going for you?  Yard sales are just popping up and I can't wait until 2 weeks from now when I can really hit some hard!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Taxes

 I REALLY hate doing my taxes.  
(who doesn't, right?)
I usually do my business side of them and then my husband does the rest.  But this year we are both procrastinating and I really just need to buckle down and get them out of my hair.  

Let's face it, shopping and having the phone go "Cha-CHING!" are the favorite parts about this business!

Things have been a tad slow around here, but I've still managed to have a few good finds and get some listings up. 

The best sale was my husbands old projector that stopped working last year. I listed it as is and for parts only...it sold 2 weeks later for $220 including shipping.  Not bad for something that was just taking up space!  
Back to taxes....grrrrrr!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Garage Sale Stories- Snooooze

What a train wreck I had this weekend.  The older boys were going to a Boy Scout Merit Badge Pow Wow so I was looking forward to spending the morning out with Greg and Lauren.  

Not so fast...her tummy hurt.  

I told her we would stay close to home and we drove by one place to only see tools and hunting gear.  Not my thing. 

Her tummy hurt more.  

Bleh...grandma to the rescue.  I dropped Lauren off so she could snuggle and watch cartoons with grandma and grandpa.  Then I felt super rushed because you just can't leave your sick baby girl with your parents for hours on end.  

Greg and I hit 3 more sales, he found some BeyBlades and I stumbled across a fundraiser sale where I sped shopped while Greg played his DS in the car.
This is about half my pile that I picked up for $35.  I ended up with 50 items, so it came to .70 cents a piece.  I have several winter coats, dresses, costumes, sweaters.  Most all of it is Old Navy, Gymbo and Carters. 

Last summer I would have left everything there, since there was nothing at that sale in my kids size.  

But this last month I went to the JBF Consignment sale and was baffled at all the so-so clothes people were grabbing up.  

They were loading their carts FULL of clothes I wouldn't dream of dressing my kids in.  
(I'm a little snobby though, so that needs to be considered.)


I realized that I come across awesome kids clothing all the time and just leave it since it's not in my kids size.  So I am jumping into the consignment sale arena and stocking up on items to sell at the next big sale here in August. 
 I think I have a good eye for it so we will see how I do!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Garage Sale Stories - A Slow Start

The boys were off camping, so Lauren and I went off to see what treasures we could find.  For some reason, with kids, that means crap.  I HATE the little things that Lauren picks up (2" glass unicorns, raggedy dolls, etc) so it's always a little slower to go when I am having to look at things she picks up and then constantly tell her no.  

She did find a really fun Barbie bedroom set that I said yes to, I am nice sometimes.  
 This was it.  Our entire haul.  Pathetic.  The dog door and the Jansport backpack were free at a sale where the guy was really just cleaning out his garage.  I'm thinking I can get about $40-50 for the dog door and the backpack is ripped, so I am sending that into Jansport for repairs. 
 I was frustrated after hitting all of three sales and dead ends, so we stopped by a thrift store.  I found a Paul & Shark NWT polo for $5.  FIVE!!!  I was so excited...these are really high end from Italy and do well.  Let's hope mine does well also!

This little guy was a darling jointed bear with a signed foot, so I picked him up for $1.  Still need to list him but he is a Canturbury Bear?  Hoping he might be worth something.

 There is a new CVS by us and I've never been in one.  Lauren and I stopped by to sign up for a card, I know a ton of people save big bucks shopping there but I'm not sure how.  The prices were sky high.  They did give us a fun goodie bag full of samples which was fun.  We picked out some new lip gloss and headed home somewhat defeated. 

I have had a great selling week - I just found these yesterday and listed them last night.  They look almost brand new!

I am in LOVE with this dress, I think the pattern is just gorgeous, all the roses and vintage feel to it.  Sadly, I am not a size 8 or it would be in my closet right now.

Hoping the weather continues to improve so I can go to more than 3 sales!  Maybe at least 8 next weekend?
Linking up to Ivy and Elephants

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Garage Sale Stories!!! YES!



Only had a list of SIX to go to - but I was one happy girl to see that the yard sales are starting up again around here!  
I took the two little ones with me and we set out to see what we could find. 
 Found 3 Guitar Hero guitars, they were about $2 and I can get about $18-25 for each of them.  My only problem right now is finding a box to ship them in before I list them.  
These are a pain to ship because of the weird size.  Any tips?
 I plan on keeping these for me - going to spray paint them but I'm not sure what color yet?  They were $5
 Same sale, got this galvanized candle holder for $5. 
 Some clothes!  I'm saving the kids clothes for the fall consignment sale and the rest I'm already starting to list.  Chico's, Lucky jeans, etc.  I paid $8 for this pile...here they are ready to buy:
This is SO pretty in person, I just love the ruffle front!
Hard Rock Cafe Copenhagen shirt, Large, it looks like it was never even worn! 
Not my best pictures, I was listing last night so the light was eh. 

It was really windy and my kids were freezing but we hit the last two and found this Cuisinart food processor for $2!  The motor works but the top bowl is cracked.  I've decided to piece it out and sell it that way, hoping to get about $35 out of it when all is said and done.  We'll see.
I saved the best for last!  I saw this and was walking over when another woman went over and started digging through.  BLERG!!  After a few minutes (and me freezing) I asked her if she was getting it.  She said yes, she thought her little girl would have fun playing with it.  
NOOOOOO!!

 I was sure she had no idea that this was a set of Candlewick Imperial Glass!  I only know this because when my grandmother died, she left her set to me and I am constantly trying to look for pieces to add to my set. 
 So, I fought for it.  
I know this is wrong but I went up to the lady in the garage and asked her about it.  She said her aunt gave it to her and she never used it.  I explained that I had the set and would love to have more pieces, how much was she wanting for it?  She said $5.

I felt sick.  

I told her it was worth a lot more than that, and I would be willing to pay more.  
So the other lady walks up and she asks how much for the set and the hostess tells her...
FIFTY DOLLARS! 

The other woman declines, pays for her silk plant and leaves.  Hostess then turns to me and says, "I really wanted you to have it since you have more pieces, could you do $15?"

HAPPY DANCE!  
I was SO excited!  I felt like a bit of a cheater so I hope karma doesn't come back and bite me in the butt.  
All is fair in love and at yard sales, right? 
Someone justify this for me please!  :)
I added 8 new salad plates, 8 dinner plates, a large serving bowl (which I did not have) and some other small odds and ends to the set.  I can't wait to use them for Easter dinner! 
Have the sales started up where you live?  Or are you one of the lucky ones that get them year round?  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I'm Back!

Trying this again, it's been awhile but life without a kitchen over the holidays was enough to send this girl over the edge!  We've finally finished 95% of our project, have had 2 birthdays, Valentines Day and the stomach bug for all five of us.  Good times.

It was a slower January for me but thank goodness February and March picked up with sales, granite counter tops are not cheap!  Here are some fun things that I've sold recently in my store..
Found this awesome vintage Caboodles, it was huge.  It also makes me feel old when things I remember using in jr. high are called vintage.  Ouch!  I picked this up for $3.50 and sold it within 3 days for $40.00 I might have been able to hold out for more but right now I'm in the mood for quick flips.  I'd rather have things sold and gone than sitting for months on end.  
Like this Diana Von Furstenberg dress that had been sitting in my laundry room since LAST summer!  I was too lazy to iron it.  I finally did and it sold within 24 hours for $62.50  I purchased it for $5 (I think?  It had been so long I forgot!  I know it was a steal though)
I belong to a few Facebook ebay groups and saw one talking about Ryen Spooner shirts.  I about died when I found this awful looking thing for $4.  I listed this right away and threw up the listing for $79.99 or best offer.  I was hoping for at least $40 for it.  You can imagine the happy dance I was doing around the room when I found that it had sold a week later for full price!

People who purchase full price and ignore the best offer option are my FAVORITE!  
Now I am gearing up for taxes...the worst part about this little job I love.  I know she doesn't actively blog anymore but I still reference The Resale Thrifter every tax time.  She has a great series on what to do if it is new to you and could use some help!
Linking up to Ivy and Elephants

Saturday, December 28, 2013

She Bought 8 Items!

That never happens to me!  
I rarely have a customer that buys multiple items.  But as we were out at dinner tonight I checked my phone and BOOM!  There they all were!  I was pretty excited about that!

I've been only getting a few things listed here and there this month but here are a few of my favorites that I'm hoping will go quickly!
 Kate Mack pink cheetah faux fur coat size 4T with velvet and crystal detail

I'm trying hard to get my inventory organized and making some plans for the New Year.  Just little things that I think would help business more.  How about you?  Are you making any changes to what you sell or how you sell it for 2014?