I think I feel the need to report it every time this happens, which is silly. I live in a town of 150K+ people, so two or three times a year I sell something on eBay to someone who lives in the same town as me. Last night I was shipping items and up popped an address in my town. Out of curiosity I looked it up, and it is 3.1 miles from where I live. A tad further away than the Post Office it will be dropped off at, but not by much. Still curious (and at the risk of sounding like a stalker) I put the buyer’s name in FB and, whaddya know, we have a couple FB friends in common. It’s a small, small world.
Anybody recognize this guy? I have had luck in the past selling these character potholders, so I picked him up. I thought he would be easy to ID, but so far no luck. It is dated 1989.
Are my blog friends still out there? Both my boys started back to school last week. They are both in full-day school now, so I am giving myself a year to eBay full time and see how it goes. I’ve been thinking about writing more here, if there is anyone left to read it. I was so busy over the summer I wasn’t reading eBay blogs either, but I would like to get back to it. If you know of any new good ones (or oldies but goodies I may have missed) please let me know!
Update / P.S.
Can anyone tell me what kind (breed) of dog is this? It’s a My Twinn Poseable Pet, absolutely beautiful, and I can’t find another like it.
And I’m not talking about footwear.
We are currently visiting my brother’s family in the UK. Knowing my love of yard sales, my brother decided to treat me to their version! Basically, sellers all come to the same predetermined field and sell their goods next to their cars. Of course I loved it.
It was an interesting experience. Other than the fact that they were all in the same place (which is awesome), it wasn’t that different than yard saling in the states. An interesting mix of kids items, baby gear, tools, housewares, books, tons of DVDs, etc. I noticed a couple different people selling new in package items, one selling vegetables, but the majority seemed very yard sale-y. Most stuff wasn’t priced, which was kind of frustrating, but the things that were priced seemed super cheap.
If we didn’t have to worry about getting things home on the plane there were more than a few things I would have been interested in buying. (We pack super light, even with the kiddos – carry on only!) But even at that I couldn’t pass up this canvas at only 50 pence. (The seller said she was moving to Egypt, and was practically giving things away.) I can’t wait to hang it on our wall, but getting it home is going to be a pain.
All summer my oldest has been collecting the books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He now owns all but #2 and #10. He asked me to keep an eye out for them. I thought it was a long shot, but whaddya know:
I know, I’m a month late in the goal setting for 2015. Better late than never?
I took a look back at the goals I set for myself last year, and many are very much the same as what I would like to accomplish this year. 2014 goals are in italics, 2015 goals are in bold. They are:
#1) Keeping up with the boys.
(2014) 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.
(2015) I am definitely still a busy mama (boys now ages 7 and 3), and they are still my priority. But, things have changed in our family (most significantly my husband’s job), and I find myself needing to step up and fill some of the gap. The good thing is that I already had this in place as a way to earn an income. I now need to work on transitioning my thinking from being just a fun hobby to an actual job. The good thing is, keeping up with the boys doesn’t really have to suffer. I have two mornings a week when they are both in school, and usually have at least a couple of other mornings each week when my husband works later in the day so he is able to hang out with our youngest while I list. I try to keep our afternoons listing-free, but will often go back to it after the boys are in bed.
#2) Continue growing my eBay store.
(2014) 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.
(2015) I can’t remember when I hit 1000 listings, but it was months ago. I have been holding steady, but would like to work up towards 1500.
#3) Continue to branch out, but also list what I love.
(2014) 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.
(2015) This attitude worked well when eBay was more of a hobby job. Now that I am transitioning my thinking to a real job I will try to focus less on the smaller sales and more on items that can bring in bigger money. I will be very, very selective on anything new I purchase. Some of my unlisted inventory though will probably fall into the more-fun, less-profitable category.
#4) Tackle Amazon!
(2014) I’ve procrastinated long enough. I’ve sold a few things myself, but still haven’t ventured into FBA territory. This is the year.
(2015) Other than a few MF sales, I didn’t do anything with Amazon last year. For some reason I am feeling less and less motivated to get started with Amazon. Probably just resisting the unknown, maybe afraid of change. I should just send in one box and see how it goes. Maybe I’ll like it. Maybe this is the year?
#5) Continue attending my local eBay sellers Meet-Up group.
(2014) 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.
(2015) The time and date of the meetings changed at the beginning of 2014, so for quite a few months I wasn’t able to attend. Now, with my husband’s new schedule my ability to attend changes from month to month, but I have made it to the last few meetings, and still enjoy being able to go.
#6) Continue to write this blog.
(2014) 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.
(2015) Ditto. I still enjoy writing this blog, and reading all of yours. I’ve got a bunch of ideas for new posts for both this blog and my new one. Now to find the time to get them all written!
I am totally stealing this idea from another blogger I read a couple weeks ago!
- I remember when 40 sounded SO OLD. Ha.
- I’ve been happily married for over 12 years.
- I’m a proud mama of two boys, ages seven and three.
- I always knew I wanted to be married for five years before having my first baby, and I also wanted to have my first baby before I turned thirty. After a few years of being married I did the math, and realized that only gave me a window of three months!
- Our first son was born one month and one day into that three month window.
- When I was pregnant my biggest craving was for sour cream and onion Pringles.
- My parents lived in Italy for a number of years before I was born, and I grew up hearing stories about their adventures there, many of which revolved around their favorite pizza place.
- In 2006 (before kids), my parents, husband and I took a trip to Italy, which included spending a day in the town where they had lived (very near Venice), and we had lunch at their pizza place. My parents were thrilled that it was still there!
- Summer 2013 I got to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine, and attended a New Kids on the Block concert. You would think that after a couple decades of anticipation, there is no way it could live up to my expectations, but it did. I had an amazing time.
- While in college my love of boy bands was reignited, and I went to many, many concerts. I used my younger cousin as a cover (“I’m taking her to see . . .” *N Sync, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, etc . . .) I confess, I enjoyed them all.
- I spent the summer of 2000 working at Walt Disney World in the Animal Kingdom. I hated my job (renting out strollers and working at a couple gift shops near the entrance), and spent way more money that summer than I made, but it was also one of the best summers of my life. I played in the parks for free all summer, had a blast living with 2000 other college students, and met awesome people who are still my friends to this day.
- My favorite ride at Disney World is the Tower of Terror.
- It rained almost every day that summer, and one of our favorite things to do after a warm rain was go puddle jumping.
- I’ve been to Disney World three different years, Tokyo Disneyland two different years, but have never made it to Disneyland in California, even though it’s only a state away.
- I am slightly obsessed with musical theater, and have had season tickets for several years to the “Broadway Across America” series.
- I saw the Dirty Dancing musical just last week. (And I loved it!)
- My favorite place to vacation is NYC, where I cram as many Broadway shows as possible into the days that we are there.
- The last time we were in NYC we went to a filming of Jimmy Fallon’s talk show, and when he came out into the audience at the end of the show he gave me high-five.
- My husband was visible on TV in the audience shots, but I, sitting right next to him, was out of frame.
- I spent several months studying in France while I was in college.
- Sometimes I conjugate French verbs in my head, just to see if I still can. I have forgotten sooo much.
- While living in France I spent a long weekend in London and saw the Queen of England in person two days in a row. Both were totally accidental. (At a parade and a red carpet movie premiere.)
- On our first night in London, the hostel my friends and I were staying at caught on fire. We ended that night by sleeping in the booths at a bar down the street.
- I love Chinese food. Love. And am the only person in my family who will even attempt eating with chopsticks.
- In 2005, both American Dreams and Joan of Arcadia were canceled after having cliffhanger season finales. Two of my favorite shows ever. I’m still holding a grudge.
- I love audiobooks. I listen to them all the time, and average more than a book a week.
- One of my favorite books when I was a kid was The Boxcar Children. I’ve been reading it to my oldest this week, and he really likes it, which makes me happy.
- I can’t wait until my oldest is old enough to read the Harry Potter series.
- I’m a sucker for some reality shows, especially DWTS, the Bachelor and Big Brother. I know! But I can’t help myself.
- I love Skip-Bo, and play it with my boys all the time. Even my 3yo is a Skip-Bo-pro.
- Most Friday nights when we are all home we get a pizza and have a family movie night.
- I caught the eBay bug after reading a guest post by (the now defunct) Yard Sale Mommy on the Money Saving Mom blog.
- When looking at houses to buy in 2013, I knew we had found the right one the moment I walked into the big storage room downstairs. I have no idea what the previous owners used it for, but it is perfect for my needs.
- I don’t consider myself to be particularly domestic, but during the summer when cukes are in season I make my own pickles. They are delicious.
- I love watching gymnastics competitions on TV, and become a bit obsessed during the summer Olympics.
- I have a retirement dream of being able to travel each year to the national gymnastics championships to watch them and do some sightseeing wherever they may be.
- I very recently started a new blog, about life, money, budgeting (non-eBay) stuff: http://itscleanuptime.com/. I’ve only posted one time so far, but have a bunch more posts in mind . . . if I can ever come up with the password I so cleverly set for myself.
If you’re still reading, you’re amazing! That was a lot to get through. 🙂
A few weeks ago Margaret @ Live Like No One Else posted about how she saved some money by checking prices on both walmart.com and in the store. Which is great advice!
My oldest turns 7 today (!!!). We had a party for him last weekend, and he ended up with some serious birthday money. He and my husband wandered the Wal-Mart Lego aisle, and decided he would use all of his money on one big Star Wars Lego set he’s been wanting that comes with a whopping $90 price tag! I’m w-a-y too cheap to buy a gift like that (even for my own kid), which I guess is why he had to buy it for himself. Anyway, I had this niggling memory of her blog post of finding a cheaper price online vs. the store. I looked up the Lego set on my phone, and whaddya know, the online price was $75! Still a lot, but a decent discount. I found a couple employees talking together, and they both agreed that they couldn’t price match their own website (which I think is kind of crazy, but whatever), so we ended up ordering the SW lego set online, and he was able to get a second smaller superhero Lego set as well for his $90.
Ordering it online was a win/win/win for me. Lower price, delivered to our home, and I get all of the packaging materials to reuse in the future (like my free gift with purchase!) I’m not the only one who can get as excited about the packaging of my orders as I am about the actual items I receive, am I?
Also, as you’re shopping online don’t forget to make your purchases via Swagbucks to earn some additional points. I love getting rewarded for things I would be doing anyway. I got a couple hundred points from the purchase, just one more bonus in this whole scenario.
So, thank you, Margaret, for the tip. It worked out great for us!
Siiiick. That’s been me for the better part of a week. Not terrible sick, just a whopper of a cold that left me feeling tired, cranky, achy, and unmotivated. I haven’t listed anything new in days. And my sales are starting to show it. (AND I am way, way, way, waaaaay behind on my listing goal for the month.)
I started feeling better last night, just in time to get some work done with my consignment inventory. Thank goodness I had already gotten a bunch of it done a couple weeks ago! I finished getting things organized today, and will drop off tomorrow. Pretty much everything I take is non-eBay-worthy-just-wanna-get-rid-of-it. I price it dirt cheap because I don’t want to see it again. I’ll be happy to clear a couple hundred dollars, which I plan to use to pay for my oldest’s birthday party that I just booked for next month.
Yay, Halloween! So many of the sales I have had are Halloween-related. I think I may sell more Halloween related items in September/October than I do Christmas-related in November/December. They’re just flying out the door. Here’s one of my favorites, because of where it’s going:
The message makes it sound like it was a rush, but it really wasn’t. It should have gotten there with several days to spare.
On a related note, a week or so before I sold this costume I actually noticed that if you have tickets to the Oct 31st “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” that you can flip them on eBay. Check out completeds HERE. The tickets for the 31st are sold out, so I can’t tell how much they were originally selling for, but other nights are still available and are selling for around $75 per ticket (+ park admission is my understanding). Not a cheap night for the family, but it sure sounds like tons of fun! And I guess buying directly from Disney is a bargain compared to the eBay prices on tickets for the 31st!
I’ll do a Halloween-related post at the end of the month that includes more of those sales. I love selling costumes! Anybody have a fun Halloween-related sale to share?
Oh, summer, how I love you. Yard sales, blueberries, Big Brother. And yet, the days are slipping by in a jumble of park play dates and soccer and swimming lessons, and I am not accomplishing anywhere near what I think I should. Is it just me, or is it just life?
I made my listing goal for July, though! It was a low listing goal, and I made it with only two hours to spare, but I still consider it a win. July was decent to me sales-wise. I had sales every day, and even had one double-digit (just 10, but it counts!) sales day. This month I am going to bump up my goal a bit, but not too far. We’ve got a lot of family fun planned for this month, so I know things are going to be a bit hectic.
|Phoenix Folkmanis Puppet
Paid: $2 @ ys; Sold: $44.95 (second month listed)
|Janie & Jack 2T/3T Jacket
Paid: $3 @ consignment sale; Sold: $24.95 (third month listed)
|Classic Pooh Plush Lot
Paid: $3 @ ys, Sold: $27.95 (2 days later)
|James Jeans Maternity Jeans
Paid: $1 @ sale; Sold: $24.95 (7 days later)
|Left Behind Paperback Book Lot
Paid: $5 @ ys; Sold: $44.95 (30 days later)
Every year there is a ginormous sale at a church downtown. They have professionally made signs, and they put them up weeks early. (The dates are clearly listed, so hopefully most people notice and don’t go looking for the sale weeks in advance.) They have it outside in a parking lot and inside a gymnasium. Here are a few photos.
|A parking lot full of goodies!|
|Piles and piles and piles and piles of clothes.
But can you see the prices? Most kids clothes start at $3/ea.
|Another angle. Behind the clothes are a bunch of aisles of knick knacks,
some toys (more out in the parking lot), books, etc.
Sounds like a dream sale, right? Well, not so much. It runs Thurs-Fri-Sat, and the first day most prices seem sky high to me. Also, it’s stimulation overload. There is SO MUCH stuff. And kinda grubby stuff at that. But, I’m sure there are some gems to be found. With two kids in tow though I don’t have the time or motivation for a full-scale hunt. We stopped by Thursday afternoon. I’m not sure what their prices look like on Friday, but Saturday everything becomes much more bargain-friendly. This was part of a flyer they handed us on Thursday:
|Specials on Saturday:
Baskets: 5 for $1
Games & Puzzles: 5 for $1
Picture Frames: $1 each
All the shoes and purses you can fit in a shopping bag for $5
That sounds great! I wonder what kind of chaos it creates, though? Would it be worth it? I don’t know, I’ve never gone the last day. I did pick up three different games on Thursday for $2/each (by far one of the more reasonably priced items at the sale that day). AND one big score – a mostly full case of diaper genie refills – 9 in all for $4 total! A steal for sure. Happily my youngest has been potty trained for a few months now, so I will be selling these. They usually cost around $6 each, and I always found the cost kind of annoying – it adds up afterawhile!
On Friday I did find a one-stop-shopping sale that I loved. A couple was having a yard sale as a fundraiser to help fund an adoption from Haiti. The husband said that 16 families had donated things, and that more stuff would continue to arrive over the weekend. The prices were great, and it was nice to help support them in their endeavors.
|My youngest petting a baby tiger at a game park near my parents’ house.|
My mom has her co-workers trained to save all packing supplies for her which she passes on to me. It’s SO wonderful! This was the back of our Jeep when we left their house this morning:
|It’s completely full of packing supplies (boxes, air pillows and lots more!),
and a couple jars of the yummiest jelly ever.
In other news, for the first time EVER, plush is no longer my top selling category. It’s been taken over by women’s clothing (bested by a whopping 35 cents). I knew it was coming – I’ve been watching my women’s clothing numbers climb while plush numbers stay about the same. Clothes definitely sell more quickly for me, but plush will always be my true love.
Back I go to listing now. I am currently only a little over halfway to my listing goal of 200 for the month, which is definitely more than half over. I am going to keep at it and see how close I can get, but my goals for July and August are going to be completely different, and I can’t wait. Happy eBaying, everyone!
|Pyrex Pot Holder
I think we got this with a set of dishes we received as a gift.
Sold for $14.95 in about 2 hours.
|Dex Bear that makes womb/heartbeat sound
Paid: $1.99 @ GW, Sold: $19.95 (2 hours after listed)
|Folkmanis Bald Eagle Puppet.
Paid: $3ish at VV, Sold: $24.95 (14 days after listed)
Was in the bag with the bald eagle puppet.
Thought about re-donating (rough shape), but decided to list it instead.
Sold: $14.95 (5 days after listed)
I picked up 9 pairs of maternity pants for $1 each from a consignment store clearance rack. Most have already sold for around $15.95 per pair.
I love finding Blues Clues items. I picked these up at a yard sale last summer, and then procrastinated listing them because I realized the top and bottom were two different sizes. I decided to go ahead and list them as-is – if they had been the same size, I would have listed them for more.
|Blues Clues 2T/3T pajama set
Paid: 50 cents? at yard sale, Sold $9.95 (1 day after listed)
|Blues Clues Tickety Tock
Paid: $3ish at VV, Sold: $24.95 (listed since Nov)
|Rolie Polie Olie Lot
Paid ? @ ?, Sold: $39.95 (listed since Jan)
|4 Puppet Lot
Paid: $1 @ ys, Sold: $22.95 (listed since Jan)
|Goofy Snorkeling Plush
Paid: $2ish @ VV, Accepted $30 BO (listed since May, ugh!)