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!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Fickle Love

Oh the highs and lows of selling online!  Last week I was about to scream and throw all my inventory out into the garbage - sales were SO SO bad!

This week?  I have been doing a happy dance all week! 
Weekly sales before fees have topped out at $974.00

Dressers paid for and delivered.  Nightstands are on backorder - should be here by end of December.    

To top off the great sales, my local thrift store had a 50% off all clothing for Veteran's Day.  I was able to stock up and get quite a few new great items to list at great prices.

I've changed my listings up by revamping titles and lowering prices a tad - perhaps I was being a bit too greedy.  Whatever it is, it's working!  How are your November sales going?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

This is Pathetic

$28 in sales this week.

478 items listed. 
I'm listing at least 1-3 daily.
Great pictures, great listings, nothing has changed.

Except there are NO BUYERS.   This is honestly, the worst week of sales I have had since I started doing this as a job and was excited to make $100 my first week. 

I'm so frustrated with eBay right now.  I would call but I don't want to be on hold for 55 minutes like last time. 

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!