If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you *might* remember that for a year or so I was using all of my eBay profits to pay off my student loans. (Mentioned here and here.) I started at $26,000(!!), and about this time last year had it down to around $10,000. I was super excited by the progress I had made. But, last August we made the decision that it was time for us to buy a new house, and we were lucky to be in the position that we could buy without selling our old house first. What came next was a l-o-n-g fall and winter of paying two mortgages. Not. Fun. During which all of my eBay monies were redirected to pay the mortgage on the old house. Happily, once spring hit, our house sold! And my eBay money is once again my own, or rather, Sallie Mae’s. I made another extra payment with some eBay profits today, and my total owed is now down to $5599.85(!!). I am so excited by this. I am on track to have it paid off by the end of the year. ***Happy Dance***
I have been struggling this summer to find any semblance of a schedule or routine. Ughhhh. For some reason I had the idea that during the summer I would have all this free time to get things listed, and I would be super, duper productive. Yeah, notsomuch. June slipped by and I feel like I haven’t made much progress in my goals in life or in eBay. Most days I try to get some listing in during the day, which is challenging being interrupted by my kiddos. It really isn’t the best use of my time. So, this month I’ve set up some new guidelines – I am only going to list before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m. The rest of the day, I’m letting myself off the hook – I may take some photos, or package some items up as time allows, but no listing. So far, it’s been great! I feel like I am getting so much more done throughout the day, and the vaguely guilty feeling that I should really be listing is mostly gone. This month I am setting my goal low at 100 new listings, but I have a feeling that even with my restricted listing hours I won’t have a problem exceeding that goal.
Sales at the end of June for me were great! Cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching. Beginning of July? Almost no sales. I’m hoping things pick up after the holiday is over. Below you will find my faster flips from June. I had some higher value sales this month, but none of them sold the same month they were listed, as these did:
|Monsters Inc McDonald’s Toy Lot
Paid: $1 @ ys, Sold: $17.95 (12 days later)
|Build A Bear Wolf (with outfit listed separately)
Paid: $2 total @ ys, Sold: $19.95 (same day as listed)
|Gap Distressed Maternity Jeans
Paid: $0.50 @ ys, Sold: $19.95 (8 days later)
I have no idea how much I paid for these. I might have bought them at a yard sale, sometime? They were on a shelf in my son’s closet, but he’s been potty trained for months now so we won’t need them for swimming lessons. I was going to list them on CL, but realized that Little Mermaid themed Little Swimmers are hard to come by now, so I decided to give them a try on eBay.
|Little Mermaid Huggies Little Swimmers
Paid: ??, Sold: $29.95 (3 days later)
I loooved sleep sacks when my guys were little. I like to buy these when they are around $1 each, and then I sell them as a lot when I have a few accumulated.
|Sleep Sack Lot
Paid: $4ish?, Sold: $24.95 (7 days later)
Paid: $0.50 @ ys, Sold: $14.95 (2 days later)
This is the first one I’ve found since that post.
|Fur Berries Plush
Paid: $0.25 @ ys, Sold: $24.95 (9 days later)
I came across a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University kit for $2 at a yard sale and thought I had struck a gold mine! Until I got home and looked it up that is. I decided to piece it out because that seemed to be the way to get the most money out of it. I still have a book to sell, and a CD with forms and such on it that I haven’t listed and may keep.
|Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Audio Book
Sold: $14.95 (1 day later)
|Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Envelope System
Sold: $12.95 (13 days after listed)
|Messenger of Love Bear Plush
Paid: $0.25 @ ys, Sold: $17.95 (23 days later)
Summer is here! At least it is for us. My oldest finished up school last week, so we’re easing into our summer routine. Or, trying to figure out what it will be.
eBay-ness was better for me in May than April, but still not as good as I would have liked. The problem, however, rested squarely on my shoulders. I barely made it half way to my listing goal in May. It was kind of sad. A few reasons (participated in a consignment sale, and yet another flu bug made its way through our house!, etc.) And maybe just a general lack of motivation. My lowest listing month in a l-o-n-g time. But, June will be different. Even though I didn’t make my listing goal last month, I am upping it this month, to 200. I am going to shoot for 10 new listings daily Mon-Fri. Can I do it? I’m not really sure. But, I figure if I aim high, even if I miss, I’m better off than I was.
This was an instance where I couldn’t find an exact same item listed, so I waffled between listing high and waiting or listing lower and hoping for a quick flip. I went for the quick flip, and quick it was!
|Toddler Size Mickey Hands
Paid: $1.00 @ ys, Sold: $19.95 (1 day after listed)
Don’t you love rummage sales where you can buy a bunch of things on the cheap, and after the first sale you’ve already made your money back?! That’s what the sale below was.
|Mini Boden Star Corduroy Pants, Size 6-12 Months
Paid: $0.50 @ MOPS rummage sale, Sold: $14.95 (2 days after listed)
|Blues Clues Plush
Paid: $0.50 @ church rummage sale, Sold: $14.95 (4 days after listed)
|Dawson’s Creek Complete Series – Factory Sealed
Paid: $2.00 @ ys, Sold: $39.95 (6 days after listed)
I found an identical Special Agent Oso a few months back and sold him for $20 on his own, so I was really excited to find all three of these.
|Special Agent Oso Poseable PVC Toys
Paid: $0.75 @ school gym sale, Sold: $39.95 (25 days after listed)
|Lot of 14 Left Behind Hardcover Books
Paid: $10 @ ys, Sold: $59.95 (15 days after listed)
Uggghh. I try not to complain *too much*, but geez, April was awful. My worst sales month since January 2013. I had about 2/3 of the sales that I had last month. I know eBay can be a bit of a mystery at times, but my listings are at an all-time high, and I listed pretty consistently all month long. I have a bit of everything in my store, at a range of prices. Why the crummy sales? Okay, okay, pity party is over.
It was rainy here last weekend so I didn’t get in any yard saling in, and the weekend before I went to four sales. All four had a plethora of clothing for 25-50 cents, so I picked up quite a bit, and I’ve been listing it for two weeks now. I’ve liked branching out into selling clothes, they sell pretty consistently, easy to store, ship, etc, but they really are a grind to list. Not much fun at all. Thankfully, a few have sold pretty quickly.
|Nike Women’s Athletic Pants
Paid: $0.25 @ ys, Sold: $17.95 (1 day later)
|Lynyrd Skynyrd Women’s Shirt
Paid: $0.25, Sold: $19.95 (5 days later)
|Columbia Men’s Convertible Pants/Shorts
Paid: $2 @ rummage sale, Sold: $24.95 (7 days later)
|Silver Walkstar FitFlops, Size 6
Paid: $2.80 @ VV, Sold: $39.95 + shipping to Canada (4 days later)
I bought another pair of FitFlops at VV at the same time I bought the above pair, got them home, and realized even though they appear identical, they are actually two different sizes. Darn it. I’ve heard of people listing shoes as replacements or for amputees, so I went ahead and did that. No bites yet, though.
|BABW Aladdin Lamp
Paid: $2.10 for bag of accessories @ VV, Sold (just lamp): $9.95 (2 days later)
|5 I Spy Hardcover Books
Paid: $1.25 total at rummage sale, Sold: $19.95 (3 days later)
I fell 22 listings short of my listing goal for April. I really thought I was going to make it, and then last weekend I came down with a miserable although short-lived flu bug. And then my youngest got it. Sometimes life just happens, huh? I am going to shoot for 150 new listings again in May.
In a couple weeks the consignment sale I like best that I usually participate in is happening. I still haven’t registered. I keep waffling on whether or not to consign. It’s kind of a time suck without a big payoff.
And, confession time, although I did quite a bit of Amazon related reading, I didn’t send anything in to FBA. Fail. There’s always this month though, right?
March was a good month for me eBay-wise, even being gone for an entire week over Spring Break. I met my listing goal again this month (and now have over 800 listings in my store, an all-time high). I’ve consistently been selling over 100 items per month, and making my monetary goal of $50+/day. I do want to eventually get up to 1000 listings in my store, and then just maintain that level. BUT I think it’s finally (past) time to also focus some of my attention on Amazon. So, my goal is to send two shipments into FBA by the end of the month. I’ve never used FBA before, so I’m feeling intimidated by it. But, I know that if I do it once, it will be so much easier to do it again and again. And I’m hoping for a little positive peer pressure, because now I will have to report back at the end of the month as to what I’ve actually accomplished.
On the eBay front, I am planning to get at least 150 new listings up.
|Build-A-Bear Indians Baseball Uniform
Paid: $2ish including bear, Sold: $19.95 (5 days later)
My 6yo has a pair of Keens he l-o-v-e-s, and I thought about saving these for him. But, the size is still a few years away. I decided to price them a bit higher than anything else listed to make it worth giving them up.
|Green Boys Keen Sandals
Paid: 3ish @ VV, Sold: $39.95 (13 days later)
My oldest used to be obsessed with Thomas, but he’s well past that phase now. I held onto the trains for my youngest, but he completely skipped the train phase and moved directly on to super heroes and Star Wars (to keep up with big brother). So, kind of sadly, I’ve started listing a few.
|2 Diecast Thomas Easter Cars
Paid: ?, Sold: $15.95 (4 days later)
|Ferdinand + Tender Wooden Train
Paid: an obscene amount at “Day Out With Thomas”,
Sold: $12.95 (3 days later)
Paid: $2ish @ ys, Sold: $54.95 (26 days later)
First thanks go to Samatha @ Fabule$$ly Frugal Mom for blogging about her finds of the day yesterday, because it motivated me to take a look at CL last night to see if any yard sales were happening in my area. It’s been months since I’ve looked up yard sales because they generally don’t start up around here until after Spring Break. But, I did notice one (and only one) listed in my area, and it mentioned both toys and “games galore”. Sounded good to me! It was scheduled to start at 9 a.m., and we got to their street at 9:05 where car after car after car after car was LEAVING. Bad sign. They must have opened early. A theory that was supported by all the people still leaving with armloads of stuff. But, I figured we might as well look. And I did find a few things:
They didn’t have prices on anything, were just taking offers. I took the 4 above items to one of the money-takers with $10 in mind. She suggested $7, deal! I think I will list the vintage Donald for around $30, Mille Bornes French Card game for around $35, and I may part out or just keep the Monopoly game because it’s so darn heavy. But the find of the day was:
Second thanks go to Late Night Coffee because I recognized it right away from this Dooyahavwun post. The one I found was still brand new. I snapped it right up! It looks like they are selling for as much as $50 on eBay, and there are some listed for $60 on Amazon right now.
Since I actually made my listing goal in February, which is rare for me, I am going to try to stretch myself a little further this month. Which is probably pushing my luck, because I will get almost no eBaying done during Spring Break, but here we go anyway:
February already! Week one of my brother’s family being in the states is already over. They left our house less than an hour ago, headed down to CA for the next week to visit some friends and more family. I feel like the pressure is on to get a ton of stuff done in the next week before they get back!
January was decent for me sales-wise. I had a total of 90 sales, and that included a week of my being on vacation and almost two full weeks with no new listings. I am hoping to get 100 new listings up this month, amongst all of the family fun.
Have a great month, everyone!
With the new year I have, of course, been thinking over the goals I would like to achieve in 2014.
#1) Keeping up with the boys. I am still a busy mama with two young boys (ages 6 and 2), and they will always be my priority. I know how lucky I am that I am able to stay home with them full-time. I am very thankful to have found a way to contribute to the family budget while being with them, but I also know eBay could take over my life if I’d let it. Sometimes I will need to put eBay on the back-burner of life, and just let it simmer. And that’s okay.
#2) Continue growing my eBay store. I know it will be a slow grow. But, I would like to eventually get my store up to 1000 items, and then try to hold steady.
#3) Continue to branch out, but also list what I love. It’s gotten to the point where I feel like I could list pretty much anything, and I do. And while I am always happy to find a hot item that sells for big bucks, I also enjoy some smaller sales too. Some kids clothes or plush may not bring in a lot of money, but if I enjoy buying and selling them – then it’s worth it. I want this “job” to stay fun as well as profitable.
#4) Tackle Amazon! I’ve procrastinated long enough. I’ve sold a few things myself, but still haven’t ventured into FBA territory. This is the year.
#5) Continue attending my local eBay sellers Meet-Up group. I found it on a fluke, and have been attending regularly for almost a year. Even when the topic of the month isn’t something that I am especially interested in, I am always happy that I showed up. There’s something great about sitting in a room with like-minded people who totally get the eBay/Amazon/Etsy draw to selling online.
#6) Continue to write this blog. I love reading the blogs of other sellers, and I am always happy to be able to pay it forward when I come across a BOLO. I value the connections and friendships this blog has afforded, and for that I thank all of you.
January is going to be a very busy month for me, so I am keeping my listing goal conservative at 100.
I logged into Paypal earlier and was thrilled to find that I am only 50¢ away from making my monetary goal for this month. YAY, December!
December already? How can that be?! This year has flown by.
I had pretty consistent sales this month, a total of 130. I am hoping to match that in December.
I came sooooo close to making my listing goal this month. In fact, I could have met it easily. I’ve been 20 listings away from completing it for days.
But, Thanksgiving preparations happened. Family came into (and are still in) town. I went to bed earlier than usual more than one night. I had a date night with my husband and some friends. And, and, and. So many excuses. But basically it boils down to the fact that I took some down time, and it was nice. But, I am refreshed, refocused, and ready to go. Bring on December!