This and That Shack

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Money Monday

I want to start out by apologizing for being MIA for a few weeks. I've had a good reason, though. I've had some health issues that forced me to have a minor surgery last week. I even had to shut my store down for a while. The good news is that I'm feeling better, I'm back open for business, and hopefully, I'm back to checking in with all of you weekly. Since sales have been sporadic, I'm just going to share some of my better sales from the last 2-3 weeks.
I purchased this Microsoft Basic 6.0 Professional Edition Software from a garage sale for $2. It was unopened and factory sealed. I usually do pretty well with software, but I had no idea how well I would do with this one until I got it home and looked it up. It sold within two hours for $200!! I probably could've held out and gotten a little more, but my first round of property taxes are due soon, so I was happy to take this :)

Remember those ceramic Christmas trees from the 70s and 80s? I purchased this one from an estate sale a few weeks ago for $2. It sold on sale for $43.49. Buyer paid shipping.

Gotta love those Little Einsteins. I purchased this Little Einsteins Rocket Ship at a consignment shop for $10. It was more than I wanted to pay, but I knew it would sell quickly for a decent profit. It sold within a few days for $40 and the buyer paid shipping.

That's it for me. How have your sales been? Please chime-in in the comments. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Money Monday and Consignment Sale Bust

That children's consignment sale I mentioned last week- as my title says, it was a bust. The sale was advertised as starting at 9:00 a.m. We arrived at 9:00 a.m. to a full parking lot and a jam-packed selling area that we are told had been shopped since 7:00 a.m. Instead of making them wait, they let the early birds in early. Once inside, we browsed the selection. Although everything had been well picked over, we managed to find a few items and then we went to find the check out line. The line to check out ran all around the inside of the building. If you've ever been to Toys R' Us on Black Friday, you get the picture. After standing in line for five minutes and it not budging, we realized it was definitely not worth it. We would spend half our day in line for these few items. We promptly sat our items down and got out of there.
Besides the consignment sale bust, our thrift shop shelves were pretty bare this week, too. I think people are donating less and planning their own garage sales. The good news is that a few neighborhood sales are planned for next weekend, so if the weather holds out, it might be a good sourcing opportunity.
As far as this week goes, I sold 27 items. I'm still waiting for payment on one of those items. Because of not being able to find much inventory this week, I only listed 6 new items. I have a total of 578 active listings. Included in my sales was this Cashflow Board Game. Definitely be on the look out for this one. It was developed by the guy who wrote Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I paid $4 for this at GW and it sold for $39.99 at auction. Buyer paid shipping.

Also, always pick up those baby lovey/teethers at the right price. I paid $2 for this Monkey Lovey Teether and sold it for $19.99. Buyer paid shipping. Children lose their loveys or they accidentally get destroyed. Parents can't find the exact one in the store anymore and they head to ebay to find them. They will pay good money to replace these items.

Keep an eye out for IQ Baby Knock Knock Blocks. I paid $0.75 for these at the thrift store and sold them for $19.96. I covered shipping, which was hardly anything because they weigh nothing.

That's it for me. How was your week? Any BOLO's to share? How has sourcing been for you?
As always, thanks for stopping by and chiming in! :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Money Monday and Schedules

Business was steady this week. I sold 25 items, and I listed 24 new items. I didn't source as much as I normally do this week, so I didn't end up with a lot of new inventory to list. I'm saving my sourcing money for a huge children's consignment sale at our state fairgrounds next weekend. I do really well with toys and plush, so I'm looking to fill my van at this sale.
I've written before about dinnerware. I sold this Johann Haviland Blue Garland Coffee Pot with Lid on sale for $39.96 this week. Buyer paid shipping. I paid $4.00 for it at a local thrift shop.

I took a best offer of $60.00 for this Cobalt Sunflower Tea Set. I covered shipping, which was pretty cheap since it just went to the next state over. I paid $7.00 for this at the thrift shop.

Keep an eye out for Calvin Klein dinnerware. I paid $5.00 for a large basket of several different pieces at my local thrift store. I sold several pieces this week including these dinner plates for $19.99. Buyer paid shipping.

I thought I would also share my schedule with you, which is always a work in progress :)
Sunday into Monday I catch up with reading all of your blogs and write my blog post for the week. On Monday I also usually make a trip over to the town east of us to source at their church run thrift shop.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I list whatever I purchased on Monday. I don't keep a backlog of inventory that needs listed. Once I bring it home, it gets cleaned, photographed, and listed within a few days.
Thursday is an off day.
On Friday, I hit the town to the west of us, where I source several thrift shops. I also hit any Friday garage sales in this town while I'm there.
On Saturday mornings I finish up with garage sales. I list Saturday afternoons, and if I have any leftover inventory, I will list again Sunday afternoon.
I pack everyday, and ship everyday except Sunday.
So what does your schedule look like? How were your sales this week? Any BOLOs to share?
As always, thanks for stopping by and chiming in! :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Money Monday and Points of Interest

Sales were a bit better this last week. I sold 15 items. I listed 31 new items. At the time of this writing, I have 614 active listings. This first item took a while to sell. I purchased it from a garage sale last summer for $5. This Mickey Mouse Marionette sold on sale for $36.54. I covered shipping. Speaking of sales, did anybody else run St. Patrick's Day weekend sales? I did, and things seemed to pick up a bit.
If you grew up in the 80's, you might remember The Girls of Canby Hall books? I found this lot at a thrift store for $9.00. I sold it for $29.95. Buyer paid shipping.

Points of Interest
  • Ebay released their spring seller update last week. As of now, I would still qualify for TRS status under their new guidelines, but I'm still not sure what to think of it all. I guess we'll see what happens. Click here to read more about the upcoming changes. Any thoughts?
  • The eBay Scavengers have a new interview up with Brianna, aka Breezy from Life of Luxury Fashions. Van from Thrift Core also has a new interview up. This time she interviews Sally Keiser from Sally Ann's Mobile Boutique. I love reading about other people's business models. I always seem to learn something new that I can apply to my own business.
  • Frank, from Fruzie's Collectibles blog is back. He's had some health issues that have kept him away from the keyboard, but he's back and sharing what he's been up to and some future plans.
  • Lorraine, at We Are Clamco blog, shared her Box Bonanza. Besides ordering free Priority boxes from USPS, where do you  find your boxes?
  • The eBay Selling Coach shares her top 10 BOLOs to sell on eBay and Amazon. Do you have any to add to this list?
That's it for me. Your turn. How were sales this week? As always, thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Money Monday and How I Came To Sell On Ebay

Other than a couple of sourcing trips, I pretty much took this week off from ebay, and my sales showed it. I only listed 3 new items, and I sold 10 items. I spent most of the week working on some much needed home improvement projects. However, I'm all set to list, list, list this week :)
One of my nicer sales this week was this Department 56 Fezziwig Figurine. I picked it up for $4.00 at the thrift store and sold it for $34.95. Christmas definitely sells all year.

As I was pondering what I would write about this week, I realized that I had never shared how I actually came to start selling on ebay.
My ebay story began with a dance. Prior to ebay, I was working as a part-time writer and full-time homeschool teacher to my three children. My husband's job as a public employee paid the bills, and the little bits of cash I made here and there for writing gigs paid for our little extras. My oldest daughter, Madison, has danced since the age of three, and now at sixteen, dances for our local ballet company. Dance is her passion and her chosen career path. She eats, sleeps, and breathes dance. In February 2013 she was accepted into Nashville Ballet's summer intensive program. She was beyond excited to get this opportunity. The only problem was that it was going to cost over $3,000 to attend the 3-week program. My husband and I knew what an incredible opportunity this would be for her, and we wanted her to have it, but we didn't have an extra $3,000 sitting in the bank to pay for it.

While brainstorming different ideas, my husband remembered that he had several boxes of toys in the basement from his childhood. Since they were just collecting dust, we decided to try and sell them on ebay. They sold, they sold quickly, and they sold for great money! We made over $1,000 selling his toys in just a few months. After our success with the toys, we wondered what else sold on ebay. I began searching for and reading as many ebay blogs as I could find. I joined facebook groups dedicated to ebay and watched youtube videos on everything ebay. I began sourcing yard sales and thrift shops and listing like crazy. In June, I opened my store, This and That Shack, and I quickly followed that up by earning Top Rated Seller Status. In July, our Madison attended the Nashville Ballet Intensive, where she had the opportunity to dance with and learn from some of the best in the business.

Over the next several months, I expanded my sourcing to storage unit auctions, antique malls, and the clearance racks of brick and mortar stores. I work, on average, about 20 hours per week. I try to list a little bit every day. My sales have continued to grow, and I'm averaging about $1500-$1800 profit each month after expenses. While dance is my daughter's passion, ebay has become a passion of mine. I love sourcing and listing cool stuff, and I love hearing from happy customers that I helped them find exactly what they were looking for. It' the most enjoyable and lucrative part-time job I've ever had, and I 'm grateful for the opportunity. My family is grateful, too. They're enjoying many more little extras since I started my new endeavor. As my children get older and continue to need me less, I plan to continue to grow my ebay store into a full time career.
Your turn! Please feel free to share how you began selling on ebay. Don't forget to share how your sales were this week.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Money Monday and Mentors

I sold 37 items this week. I'm waiting for payment on two of those items. I listed 47 new items, and as of this writing, I have 600 active listings. I sold quite a few older toys this week. This first sale was a fun one. I actually had one of these when I was little. I found it at a thrift store for $0.66. This 1972 Fisher-Price Happy Apple sold for $19.95. Buyer paid international shipping.

I also sold this incomplete set of 1971 Mattel Tuff Stuff Alphabet Blocks for $29.95. I covered shipping. I purchased this set at a thrift store for $2.00.

I paid $1.00 for this Vintage Galoob Touch and Tell Math game. It sold for $19.95. I covered shipping.

I picked up this Vintage V-tech Little Talking Scholar for $1.95 at the thrift store. It sold on sale for $17.36. I paid shipping.
  I also wanted to write a little bit about mentors today. I read lots of blogs and listen to lots of podcasts every week in an effort to connect with other ebayers and to educate myself. In doing so, I've found a handful of sellers that sell the same types of items that I do. They've been doing this much longer than me, and they are making the income that I'm working toward. I've become a dedicated student of these few sellers. I visit their stores every week. I check out their new listings and also what sold for them in the last seven days. I study their listings, photos, policies, and pricing strategies. I then try to apply what I learn to my own store. Do you or have you ever done anything like this? What criteria did you use to choose which seller(s) you would study the most? Do you feel like it has benefited your business? How were your sales this week?
As always, thanks for stopping by and chiming in :)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Money Monday and Working For The Weekend

I had 26 sales this week, and almost all of them came over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Thank God for good weekend sales! I listed 42 new items this week, and at this writing, I have 592 active listings. I issued one refund this week, but if you have to give a refund, this is the kind I like. A gentleman purchased some DVD+Rs from me. He realized immediately that they weren't the ones he needed and messaged me before they shipped. I happily refunded his money and we canceled the transaction- no harm, no fowl.
A few weeks ago, a friend cleaned out her basement and closets and invited me to come and shop the items she wanted to part with. I packed my van for $100. This is a sampling of some of those items that sold this week:
Dansko Leather Mules sold for $51.00 at auction. Buyer paid shipping.

Home Trends 6 Pieces Canister Set Granada Pattern. Sold for $21.74. Buyer paid shipping.

Large Wicker Picnic Basket. Sold for $24.99. Buyer paid shipping.

Wedding Church Candelabras Set. Sold for $14.95. Buyer paid shipping.

Norelco Natural Sounds Sound Machine. Sold for $8.69. Buyer paid shipping.

Size D Pool Filter Cartridges. Sold for $9.99. Buyer paid shipping.

This is just a sampling. I sold enough of her items this week to not only pay for the investment, but I started making a profit, and I have lots more to sell. So..... if you have a friend who is about to start spring cleaning, don't be shy. Tell them that their trash might be your treasure! :)
Your turn. How were your sales this week? Have you ever purchased inventory from friends? On this same topic, do you or have you ever done consignment?
As always, thanks for stopping by!