It’s no secret that I love to sell plush. Some of the Paw Patrol characters from Build A Bear (and associated clothing and accessories) can sell well. Check out Zuma, Rubble, Rocky and Everest. Happy hunting!
A couple years back I used to sporadically watch reseller videos on Youtube, but that stopped completely when I was trying to juggle my own reselling with working outside the home 5 days per week. Since my job situation changed and I am spending the next year focusing on my reselling full-time, I have started watching Youtube videos again. And I am looking for recommendations! Who are your favorite Youtubers?
Bonus points if they are from the PNW (it’s fun to see what people are doing in my general area).
Bonus points if they sell things other than just clothing (it seems like all the resellers I watch focus almost exclusively on clothing, which I still like watching, but I personally source many other things).
Double bonus points if you are reading this and have your own Youtube channel. Definitely share that info!
But even if they don’t fit the criteria above, I would love to hear any recommendations you have for resellers you enjoy. Thanks in advance!
I had a question recently about how things are going on Poshmark. I guess my answer would be … slow but steady? But, yeah, slow. Here are how my sales have played out for the last several months:
July – 4 Poshmark sales
August – 15 Poshmark sales
September – 26 Poshmark sales
October – 24 Poshmark sales
November – 34 Poshmark sales (SO FAR…)
Up until this point my goal has been to average at least one sale per day. This is the first month I have actually hit that goal (and I still have a week and a half left to go in the month). The biggest reason I finally hit my goal is that at the beginning of the month I sent out offers to likers on every! single! item! in my closet that had any likes on it. It took a couple hours of my time, and resulted in 9 sales that day, which was definitely my highest sales day yet.
My daily PM routine is to:
~ crosspost at least 5 items from eBay
~share to parties as appropriate
~send offers to likers on any newly liked listings
~try to share my closet a bit at a time as time allows
I am able to do all of the above quite consistently, it is rare I miss a day. I have pretty much stopped making a specific effort to follow new people and share other people’s closets. From what I read and hear it seems like sharing my own closet should be the priority. Sharing my own closet often results in new likes on my items, which prompts me to send an offer to the liker, which occasionally results in a sale.
Who else is selling on Poshmark? How have things been going recently for you? Do you have other tasks you focus on that bring in the sales? What are your monthly sales goals? I would love to hear about them!
Today was a bit of a sad day. For years Value Village has been my favorite thrift, and most Thursday mornings I can be found at their $2 tag sale, looking for clothes to flip. In fact, Value Village is the only thrift store I visit regularly, and other than a rare yard sale find, the only place I buy clothes to resell. A couple weeks ago I found out that our local Value Village location is closing. I was surprised by how sad I felt. I have literally spent hundreds of hours there. It’s hard to believe by the end of the weekend it will be no more.
It’s not that it wasn’t making money. It was. The issue is the location, which until a couple years ago it shared with a K-Mart. Since K-Mart went out of business the other part of the building has sat empty. Word on the street is that our local hospital has bought the location and is going to use it as satellite parking. So, poof. Farewell Value Village. And at this point they aren’t looking at finding a new location, although I have already gone to their website imploring them to do just that. VV will certainly be missed in our community.
This morning I stopped in for my normal VV Thursday morning shopping. The entire store is 50% off, but there isn’t much left. Over half the store is already empty. What’s left is fairly picked over, and to be honest not that great of a deal anyway, at least for flipping. I really loved their $2 tag day, and could often fill a cart with NWT items I found throughout the store.
And so it goes.
Speaking of Value Village (and probably Savers too, for those of you that live in Savers territory) – if you are a Swagbucks user, you should think about linking your credit card for local rewards if you haven’t already. Every week after shopping at VV I would get an e-mail about points I had earned, which equaled 7% of my purchase price.
Each Swagbuck loosely equals a penny, which means I have earned at least $1778.42. (This estimate is actually low because I often redeem gift cards that are on sale, which cost fewer SB.) I have kinda fallen off the Swagbucks bandwagon lately so I haven’t been earning them as quickly, but my husband still regularly earns $50+/mo, which he usually uses as his movie money. (He most often redeems for Regal gift cards.)
If you are not yet on Swagbucks but are thinking about joining, please consider using my referral link HERE. If you use my link when signing up we will both get a bonus 300 SB (roughly equivalent to $3). There are dozens upon dozens of ways to earn SB in addition to shopping at places like Value Village – which I would be doing with or without the SB reward! (My husband got 800 SB a couple days ago for signing us up for Disney+.) Gotta love free money.
This was a new brand for me. I came across the sheep plush above at a yard sale at the end of August. I looked up the brand at the yard sale and was surprised to see the prices some of the plush can sell for. And surprisingly, this sold on Poshmark, not eBay.
Check out completeds on eBay here.
Since this is my year to resell online full-time, I am finally going to dip my toe in the Etsy pool. This is something I have been thinking about doing for years (and years and years). Honestly, Etsy kinda intimidates me. And I am not super into vintage … except when I am. Which is usually vintage plush. I bought a lot of vintage plush from my cousin last summer when she was having a yard sale. Most are currently for sale in my eBay store, and they do sell occasionally. I’ve been thinking maybe I should cross post some of it to Etsy as a little trial run.
Of course when setting up an Etsy store one of the first things you need to know is the name of your store. To which I have given no thought. Something cute or clever or punny? That has to do with vintage, plush, love or loveys?
Gladly taking any name suggestions!! (As well as any Etsy tips you may like to pass along.)
I have had a pretty decent sales week, but they were mostly bread-and-butter, slow-and-steady sales. Here are a few:
(New old stock) notebook paper. You can tell from the packaging that it is vintage. I wish I knew why they bought it, it’s so random.
They immediately left positive FB.
Paid: $0.50 @ ys, Sold: $14.95
(listed since May, 2019)
Benelton Men’s Wool Sweater Vest
Paid: $2 @ VV, Sold: $39.95 + shipping
(26 days after listed)
Elf on a Shelf loveys. Originally listed together, then someone asked to separate and I created a new listing … that they never purchased. Eventually relisted together, finally sold!
Paid: $3 on FB, Sold: $19.95
(originally listed Oct, 2016)
Princess & the Frog Tsum Tsums
Paid: $1 @ consignment sale,
(11 hours after listed)
This is a vintage Care Bears toddler-size sleeping bag. The buyer was super excited, she said it is the same pattern she had when she was young, and she is going to repurpose it into a baby blanket for a family member.
Paid: $1 @ ys, BO Accepted: $25
(listed since July, 2019)
I have sold a few granny squares blankets, I definitely have the best luck with the black ones.
Paid: $3 @ ys, Sold: $39.95
(10 days after listed)
Did you have any noteworthy sales recently? I would love to hear about them!
For the last week or so my sales have been steady and in the ballpark of where I want them to be. Which is great! Unfortunately I was sick last week and worked almost not at all for two days, and about half speed the rest of the time. Which is not so great. Any time my listing drops off I fear my visibility and sales will drop off too.
I really need to finish off this month with strong sales. In addition to all of the normal financial obligations I am trying to meet, I also purchased airfare for my husband and FIL to fly to Pittsburgh in a couple months to see a Steelers game. The Steelers are my FIL’s favorite team and he has never seen them before on their home field. This has been a trip my husband has been wanting to take with his dad for years. My husband is turning the big 4-0 in a few months, and I figured that was as good as an excuse as any. So off they will go! And I would like to pay for the trip with eBay-made-money.
So my goals for the upcoming week are as follows:
- List 12 new items/day on eBay.
- Try to have the 12 new listings completed before 8 p.m.
- Cross post 5 listings onto PM.
- Spend 1 hour/day (5 of the 7 days) organizing my storage room.
It doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but two days next week are inservice days from school for my boys, so it will feel like I only have a 3 day workweek. Ah well. And so it goes, we soldier on.
What are your current goals? I would love to hear about them!
My sales have actually been pretty strong this last week, but the items I’ve sold haven’t been particularly noteworthy.
My favorite thrift has been taken over by Halloween, which means there are fewer racks of clothes to look through. The past couple weeks I’ve been stretching myself by perusing some of the men’s items too.
NWT Saddlebred Sweater Vest 3XLT
Paid: $2 @ VV, Sold: $19.95 (4 days after listed)
This chevron print dress was so pretty.
The pictures don’t do it justice.
Cache Dress Size 0
Paid: $2 @ VV, Sold: $24.95
(listed since Aug, 2019)
Evan Picone Green Suit Size 12
Paid: $2 @ VV, Sold: $34.95
(listed since July, 2019)
Tis the season to sell coats.
I have sold several recently.
Forecaster of Boston Wool Coat, Size 14
Paid: $2 @ VV, Sold: $34.95
(listed since June, 2019)
I picked these up for a quarter each at a yard sale this summer, and they started getting watchers immediately after listing.
Paid: $0.75 @ ys, Sold: $19.95
(18 days after listed)
Paid: $3 @ ys, BO accepted: $29.99
(listed since July, 2019)
NWT Baby Gear Sports Blanket
Paid: $2.39 @ FM, Sold: $32.95
Listed since Nov, 2018
Paid: $2 @ ys, Sold: $49.95 + shipping
(listed since June, 2017)
This is a niche I would really like to explore more. It was a nice flip but it took a really long time to sell. The Recycleista blog did a series on selling flatware a few years back that I need to revisit.
How were your sales this week? And do you have any experience selling flatware? I would love to hear about it!