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 
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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!

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.