Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Rush!

Well my busy photography season is finally coming to a close and I can breathe a little easier now! I did over 30 mini sessions since the week before Thanksgiving plus regular sessions on top of that! Needless to say I'm exhausted but my new camera will be paid for in January and 1/2 of my new website design is already paid off, thank you Christmas card photos! We even managed to get in a few good shots of my own family this year!


In online selling news things have been pretty dead with the exception of a few International sales on Etsy and odds & ends on ebay things are non existent. But I have to admit, I kind of like it. I had one instance of something being broken where I had to file a claim and it stressed me out so I'm actually a little glad things are slow on this front these days. I haven't even been buying for eBay anymore since I'm trying to cut back on things I put in my storage area although I did find some cool Star Wars Polly Pocket dolls yesterday that I may have to auction off this week!

Its also given me a good chance to really concentrate on the antique booth selling as well. November was the best month of the year for the store I sell at and the best month of the year for me as well! I had over $500 in sales! It felt really nice to do very well my first month in the big spot and I hope it continues! I need to sell more furniture, that's where the real money is! My issue these days is finding time to source. I have pretty much one chance a week to shop and I feel like the thrift store prices have skyrocketed on vintage in the last year to where there's no money left to make a profit. If I have to spend $75 on a dresser before I buy paint and put hours of labor into it there's no money left to make a profit with when I am finished. This means I'm really going to have to step up my game in the summer yard sale season and make sure I buy lots to stock up for winter months as well.

On the semi-good news side, we got a new car! This one is a Pilot and I literally fit an antique dresser in the back with my kids in their car seats as well, score for more hauling space! The downside to this? I was in a nasty car accident on the 21st of November that totaled my car. Luckily no one was injured other than myself; my kids were both in the car with me when I was hit and the only problem we've had is getting my back back to health from the whiplash. It wasn't my fault and their insurance company gave us a decent payout for my old car. I guess all things happen for a reason but man, it was not great timing let me tell you! Here's a pic of the new beast - I love it!


I'm excited for our annual Christmas trip to Lake Chelan this coming weekend! Its a great chance for us to just stop the hustle and bustle and spend quality time together as a family. Mostly because there's really not much to do there in the winter other than sit in the hot tub, make gingerbread houses and watch endless hours of Christmas movies in front of the fireplace! Oh, and theres 3 really sweet thrift stores that I'll definitely be hitting up, I need inventory!

I do apologize for not having much time to blog lately, I'm hoping in the new year that will get better. I want to show off my refinishing projects and my booth space more as well! I hope you'll keep coming by and checking in! For now, I'll wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy beginnings in 2015!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hello Holidays!

And just like that Thanksgiving is next week! I can't believe it is here already and Christmas is just around the corner! In keeping up with tradition, Christmas continues to overshadow Thanksgiving, ultimately trying to take over the holiday all together by luring people to actually go out on shop for Christmas gifts on Thanksgiving day. No Thank You. I will be comfortably sitting at my family's homes gorging myself on too much turkey and pie to even think about heading to the big stores that evening. While I have gotten a bit of a head start on shopping, it can certainly wait until a day that is not designated for spending time with family, watching football and EATING all the food!

There's my two cents on that I guess! Now, holiday sales for me, that is another thing all together! I started early as well and listed a few Hallmark Ornaments that I grabbed cheap at the beginning of the Christmas craze and listed them right away!


 
I bought the Owl and the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown ornaments together in a grab bag at Value Village for $2.99. Charlie Brown sold the day after Halloween for $19.95 with FS and the Owl sold a couple days later for $9.95 with FS. About $17 profit after all the fees and shipping! Not too shabby!

I paid a little more than I like for Belle and the Beast at $5 but I had a gut feeling it was a good one and that it was! They sold within a little more than a week for $39.95! A great flip!

I am hoping my Dark Knight ornament that is currently listed will sell as well, fingers crossed as always! I have a few $100 items up on the internets right now that I'm really hoping someone will just have to have and it will help a lot with the Christmas budget next month!

In other good news, my first month in my bigger space at the Antique store is going swimmingly! I have already made rent for the month and beyond so we'll see if that $400/month goal will happen over the next 10 days, I'll keep you posted after I get home from gorging myself over Thanksgiving Break! Mixed in with all the selling mayhem I have also signed myself up for 2 full days of Holiday Mini sessions with my photography business! 30 families spread over 2 days and each family gets a 20 min session with 15 images all promised to be edited and delivered by the first week of December -- I have officially lost my mind. But it will be buying me a brand new shiny camera come January! The new year is going to bring a lot of new things for both businesses and I CANT WAIT!

Happy Thanksgiving All I hope it is filled with much pumpkin pie, turkey and happy family! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Buy Vintage, Save the World

Hello! Just wanted to check in and show off my new space at the antique mall! My new space is located right next to my previous space but this one is about 3 times the size and just at the bottom of the stairs into the basement! My booth is the first space you come to at the bottom of the stairs so I am really trying to make it pop so it is eye catching and inviting. I want people to want to look through my items!

I moved 1/2 way in on Halloween and even sold a piece of furniture on Sunday so I am already almost 1/2 way to making rent for November. (Please God let this have been the right move for me!) I spent 3 hours at the shop first thing Monday morning moving in my furniture and rearranging so it looks fabulous!

Here are some photos of my space!

 Used my old spring from my crib when I was a baby as my new vintage linen display!

 Vintage Rocking Horse from the 50s that was a re-pop of a horse from the 1800s, a great piece!

 Found this chalkboard design on Pintrest, I'm hoping it will help people choose to buy instead of just browse!

 I even added a Christmas Corner! Who doesn't love vintage Christmas items!

This chair will house some homemade scarves starting next week!

What do you all think?!

I'm going to be heading back to the shop again this week to add a few more things before the weekend and will take some more photos! Are you interested in seeing more items that come into the shop and online? I started my very own Facebook page for my resale business today! I'll be featuring my booth space hopefully weekly with new additions, my refinishing projects and also fun thrift store stories and adventures, much like this blog but more often hopefully! I want to generate traffic to the store but also have a place to feature more items that I find!

If you are on Facebook, please go "Like" me and follow my page!! CLICK HERE!

Happy Hunting!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bit the Bullet

I did it, I bit the bullet and agreed to move to a much much much bigger space at the Antique Store... The rent is going from $60/month to a whopping $230/month! Its insane, I know. But the space is about 10'x10' and the amount of junk I'm going to be able to shove in there is going to be incredible!

What I love about this shop is that its not just antiques and vintage that; its more of a "lifestyle" store so its a mix of old and new. Those cool things you see on Pintrest that you want to make or do? You can find those kinds of things or the things to make the things at the Whitehouse so I'm hoping that my new sales goal of $400/month isn't going to be too ambitious.

Right now my goal is $150 minimum and I've surpassed the goal every month except one and I've never not made rent. The lady in the space now needs to downsize so we are switching and she says last month she pulled in $600 -- my fingers are crossed and hoping I'll be able to sell more furniture in this space now as well so I can sell more of my project pieces like this chair...



This is another item that I picked up off the side of the road for free. I didn't even sand it just wiped it down, painted with an awesome mint chalk paint, distressed and waxed it; then recovered the seat with a cool coral and navy print. Mint and Coral is super in right now so I'm hoping it will do ok and sell quickly!

Speaking of selling quickly, that cute dresser I refinished from my last post sold within a week for my full $100 asking price on craigslist!

In other news, consignment sale season is finally a wrap and it was my best season yet! Between 2 sales I'm bringing home over $700 just by selling my own kids outgrown clothing and yard sale finds! I probably invested only around $50-60 in the items I bought to resell. I probably should keep better track of what I do spend but its so little that most of the time I only pay about 25 cents - a dollar per item. Now to start collecting for the spring sales! I also dropped off all of my leftover fall clothes at the consignment store today so I should be able to pull out even a little more before its all said and done!

Sorry I don't really have any exciting sales to show you from the online world lately. I have sold a few things, mostly bread and butter stuff you've all seen before but I have been getting consistent sales and I'm almost totally caught up on all the old inventory!

I'll leave you with a BOLO today; this was a pretty good find! I originally purchased it to rob it of its tiles so when I looked it up I was pleasantly surprised!


Be On the Lookout for these big guys! There are 6 games in 1 cool wood box and it is HEAVY! I paid $8 for it, luckily it was new and never used other than the box being all bunged up and it sold within less than a month (Once I finally listed it, its been sitting in my kitchen for months!) for $100 with free shipping! It was heavy though as I mentioned so the shipping was a big one at $35, after fees and shipping my profit was $42 though so totally worth the hassle of shipping! I probably could have held out for more money but I was happy to see it go it took up a lot of space!

Happy Almost Halloween!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Keep Chugging Along!

The photographer's "Tax Season" as I call it is just getting underway for the year. I call it that because so so many families contact me during this time for family portraits which is wonderful and I love doing it, but man, its busy! Most of my weekends are filled with photo shoots then my weeks are filled with editing of those shoots and not a whole lot of time for everything else! I love photography, but sometimes really wish I had a slower pace of life and a little more time on my hands to do things like this:

 
I got this absolutely awful dresser last week at the VV for 10 bucks. My friend even made the comment, "You paid for that?!" But after a little sanding, some chalk paint and a bunch of money spent on cool knobs its now an adorable little shabby chic piece of furniture that will hopefully fetch way more than $10!
 
I love painting furniture and frames and I am also having so much fun sourcing for my little antique booth and creating pieces to go in there. Things were a little slow the last month or so. I still made rent but my check was small. I get my next check today or tomorrow so we will see how September went, really hoping for another big month of sales in October especially since I'm considering moving to a bigger space. This would double my rent at least if not much more so my measly $150 sales goal every month would have to at least double that.
 
Its not a lot of money but let me tell you - the peace of mind is so much nicer! There is no shipping, no positive or negative feedback, no returns, no photo taking or even really dealing with customers at all other than my work in shop days which are lots of fun and a nice "Mommy Break"! I like it a lot and I feel like I'm shying away from the online world a little more just because the stress and pressure of selling online is so much greater. I'm constantly worried about returns and bad feedback so much so that I can't even enjoy when I get a good sale!
 
Speaking of online selling, I'm continuing to move out my inventory, they haven't been huge sales but sales non-the-less, I had 7 "Cha Chings" over the last weekend. We are hoping to move into a new house sometime in the next 6 months so I've been in the process of Operation Prep The House. Which means packing things away and trying hard not to bring more home. This is also the nice thing about having a space to sell at because when I get new inventory for the store I can just bring it there right away vs storing it til it sells!
 
Well there's my adventures in Re-Sale for the week, I'll leave you with a couple of fun costume sales I've had and hopefully you all are having great weeks as well!
 

These are 2 Disney Store costumes I bought for a slammin' deal last week. They are both in excellent condition so I messaged the lady and asked if she would sell me both costumes for $20 ($10 each). She agreed so I ran and picked them up the same day and listed them the next. Pocahontas sold within a week for $28.95 with free shipping and then Rapunzel sold the day after for $34.95! I made about a $25 profit on both costumes after shipping and fees. Not too shabby!
 
They are shipping today, both to U.S. addresses (I've had a few international issues lately so I'm nervous about them now) and I risked my Top Rated status and marked no returns on Halloween costumes because of my Little Einstein's costume debacle last year and that I have heard people return them after Halloween so hopefully for the sake of my nerves these costumes go to 2 little girls who will love and use them well!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mugs, Mugs, Mugs!

Anyone else having a rush on mugs these past couple of weeks?! I literally have almost sold out of all my mug supply! I am actually looking in my cabinets for more to see if there are any I want to sell from my personal collection!

Bought this Starbucks Sumatra Tiger mug at a yard sale for $4 over the summer and it went into that  "save for fall bin" and got forgotten about! I usually don't pay that much for mugs at yard sales ever but this one still had the price sticker on the bottom and was brand new. Sold about a week after I listed it for $30 giving me a profit after fees and shipping of $16!

 Bought this one at Value Village about 2 or 3 weeks ago for $3, it was my inspiration to get all my other ones out and get them listed, sold within a week for $35 with free shipping! Nice $22 profit after fees!

 Ariel I have had for a while, she's too cute and I figured Naomi would love it if she never sold. She sat for about 3 months with no activity. I lowered the price to $20 last week and she sold right away. I only paid 70 cents for her at a little thrift store so it was a decent $10 profit after shipping. It was a Disney Store mug, Disney Store is just one of those sure fire brands. It may sit for a while but worth the wait!

Here's another Disney item I have had for a while! This is Pocahontas' friend Meeko. I paid $5 for him at a consignment sale over a year ago for Naomi. She never played with him after the 1st day so I decided it was time to clean out and Meeko went to a new home this week for $19.95 with free shipping to California. Not a great profit on this since it wasn't really bought for resale in the first place but I'll take a couple of bucks profit on an item over donation any day!

How was your week? I'm busy listing costumes today; hopefully its a good week or two with those!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Is Here!

Well I think Fall has definitely arrived here in the Pac NW! Its been raining non stop for about 2 days straight now but the nice thing about it is that since I'm stuck inside I can get to all that work I've been putting off. I changed the Scentsy out to a fun fall scent, spaghetti sauce in the crock pot and I've been "Gettin' it done" all day which includes listing away with all that inventory I've been saving up.

I tagged 210 items for the Fall consignment sale and I'm taking literally a car load full to the convention center tomorrow morning! I am excited for this sale I have a lot of items, most are outfits and nice name brands so I'm hoping this will be a great paycheck for me. I plan on taking all my leftovers to another sale at the end of next month as well. Yard sale season was very good for clothing items this summer!

Last week I did a bunch of listing of old items and I was beyond happy to see some of them leave to new homes! I have a couple of fun items to share with you guys today!


This took me a little while to figure out but it is a French butter keeper by Emile Henry. I guess it stores butter inside the lid and doesn't need refrigeration. When I found it I had no clue what it was but I know Emile Henry can be semi-valuable so I grabbed it. This was at my favorite sale of the year at a small fire station in Central Washington. It is INSANE at this sale, I'm talking hundreds of people there at opening and people literally running to grab items they've spotted. I ran for a cute table but it got picked up and I got almost knocked over trying to get to it! The reason the sale is so popular is that it is by donation - meaning you pay what you think is fair. I picked up a boat load of items at that sale including this little guy, a bunch of vintage smalls, a mid-century ottoman, lots of toys, a pair of Keens and Chacos and much more! I paid $20 for what I purchased and then I've already sold the ottoman at my shop for $25 and now this little gem sold for $25 with free shipping! I should be able to sell the 2 pairs of sandals in the spring for at least $50 each as well.


Little Einsteins ALWAYS sells! I bought this costume last year and it sold almost overnight. Only problem - yeah it got returned for fit -- grrrr. But by the time I got it back there wasn't enough time to sell it again before Halloween. I kept it listed through Christmas with no activity or offers so I packed it away and stored it all year, which in my small house it took up good storage real estate, this guy is big! I was very happy that it sold the day I relisted it this year. I listed at $75 and it sold with a best offer of $60 plush shipping to California. It cost $15 to ship 2 states away, I told ya it was big! So glad its finally gone to a new home and its also the reason I say no returns on costumes now. 


This is one of the things I forgot I had purchased earlier this summer! We bought it for a whopping 30 cents when we were in Idaho visiting my dad and when I got home I just stowed it away. Well I'm glad I did, it sold within a day and a half for $49.95 plus international shipping! After all the fees and stuff I made just over $36, I'll take that any day! Now lets just hope I don't get a message saying it broke on its way to Costa Rica, fingers crossed!

Hope fall sales are in full swing for all my fellow resellers out there!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Balance

I am finally getting back into the swing of things now that school is in session and I'm home enough to be able to get things done! I even got some stuff listed and sold last week; which after 2 months of almost no online sales it was nice to package things again and take them to the post office!

My goal this week has been to get all the items for my upcoming fall consignment sale next week organized and tagged. I accomplished that goal today and have 1 week to go through the kids rooms and my storage areas one more time before the sale! So far I have almost 200 items going with a value of over $1,000. Granted I would only get 65% of that if 100% sold at full price but still, that would be so awesome.

Sales in the shop have been slow and steady. I have not had a month yet that I didn't make rent but I've decided I need a bigger space because my area has so much in it that I think buyers don't look much because its crowded and overwhelming. I'm working on sourcing more expensive items and things I know will be sure to sell. This week I brought in all of my fall and Halloween/Thanksgiving items and even sold a couple within the first few days. I have made rent already for September so all is well on that front!

I took time today and went through my ebay storage area, aka my sons closet! I had so much that I've just been shoving in there and waiting to list that I had forgotten about! I photographed every item I came across and now I'm going to spend the rest of the day listing listing listing! I finally feel like I have that time and motivation back so lets hope for good sales from all this awesome stuff I forgot I had!

Here's some of my sales from the last two weeks! Enjoy and happy selling!


Vintage Pendleton Blanket - Bought for $6 at Value Village - I stored without listing for a few months; finally listed it and it sold within 3 days on Etsy for $60 + Shipping to Alaska! The review said it was perfect for cold Alaska weather!


This sweet vintage hankie caught my eye at a yard sale over Labor Day weekend. I himmed and hawed over it for a while as the lady was very firm on her $5 price tag and said it was very rare. I finally caved and shelled out the $5 thinking I loved it whether I sold it or not, the graphics are just so cute! After a little research I found out it was a promotional hankie for lipstick from the 50's and was quite rare! Having never sold a handkerchief before I figured I would list it high and take a best offer. Much to my surprise it sold within a week for my full asking price of $49.95 to a buyer in CA. Proof that you should always go with your gut feelings!

 
Clancy Bear from Pottery Barn Kids - he sat and sat for a long time on ebay but finally sold to a buyer in FL for $35. Not a big profit but I was glad to see him head to a new home since he took up a lot of storage space!

 

Better get to listing, I hope I have a nice long list of sales to show you all next week!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Here We Go!!

Oh how I would love to have stayed forever... I call this my Lake Powell Easy Chair! This and a paddleboard is where I lived for 3 days at the end of our journey two weeks ago and I'm already missing the relaxation I found on that trip! Even though it was a crazy trip it was still so fun with many family memories made!

We started our trip in Vegas, then drove all night to Page, AZ. From there we borrowed my cousin's RV and drove around Arizona, New Mexico and Southern Colorado for 9 days just the 4 of us! We saw lots of cactus, cliff dwellings, Tombstone, the Very Large Satellite Array, rode the train to the top of Pikes Peak and ended our trip back in Page for 3 days on a house boat in Lake Powell! I even got to go to one antique store in Mesa where My Dear Trash sells her awesome furniture! It was a whirlwind 2 week trip and we had soooo much fun!

But Here We Go! Back to Fall, Back to School, Back to Work!


I can't believe I have a 1st Grader on my hands! She and I both were very excited for school to be back in session and I'll be even more excited next week when Mason starts his first year of preschool! Two days a week with 2 free hours? Whatever will I do?? I fully plan on those being my sourcing days since there are so many thrift stores nearby his school!

In the resale world things have been dead as a doornail for the month. I did make rent and do well last month at the shop which is good but online I sold 3 things all month two of which were on Etsy on the last day of the month! I have to say, it was kind of nice to not worry about shipping and feedback and listings but man the corner of my dining room is starting to get buried and to the point where its stressing me out to look at it so I need to get to listing and moving some inventory!

Bring on the Fall Sales!! Oh and consignment sales are coming at the end of the month too, I can't wait, I drug in all my bins for this today to start organizing and I think I have more this fall than I've ever had before -- 5 BIG bins full of clothing, costumes and toys. I am hoping for a huge paycheck from all this work!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Relief Grief and Summer Adventures

Good 'ol Wall-E made it safely to Israel and I finally received positive feedback on the transaction! I was just a little freaked out about that sale going south so I'm relieved that it is over and I can move on to the next!


I also recently was looking back at my posts and realized that I forgot to post when we lost Max at the end of June. It was right after school let out, the day after to be exact and life has been very busy the past month or so mostly because I don't like sitting around at home with him not here. He bounced back when we got him on the meds but took a huge downhill turn 1/2 way through June and basically told us he was done, it was the hardest thing I have EVER had to do in my life and would not wish that pain and suffering on anyone. Its also something you can't prepare yourself for even if people tell you over and over how hard it will be to let go of your pet.

I miss his nails walking on the floor and greeting us at the door when we come home so I have purposefully been scheduling things away from home all summer to avoid missing him so much. We've gone camping twice, taken a trip to Idaho to see my dad, a road trip to Canada, rafting in Oregon, spent a couple weeks in Leavenworth and now next week we are taking off on a 2 week trip around the southwest. Most of these are things we couldn't have really done with Max so I end up missing him so much more when we get back home and I realize that he's really not here. I have a feeling once school starts and we are home again and back on schedule that it may really sink in; hopefully its not a bad winter. We all miss him terribly.

On a brighter note, we have had an amazing summer of adventures so far, hence the absence of postings as well. I can't wait for our trip to the Southwest next week and wish we weren't flying so I could turn it into a sourcing trip, maybe a couple flat rate boxes will have to find their way home if anything amazing turns up! I am also pleased to say that I met my sales goal plus some for the month of July at the shop! I said in my last post that I'd love to see a $200 month and I think I ended up with around $205 in sales so I'm a happy camper!

Taking another little haul down to the store later today which will include this chair re-do I just finished last week; I love refinishing old furniture and was so excited to refinish this old chair and trying out upholstery for the first time! I had the paint and batting already, got the chair for free and paid about $3.99 for the cute chevron fabric!

What do you all think?!