Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Free Listings!

YAY! I got another offer from eBay for up to 5,000 listings for free from now until the 3rd; this includes Buy It Now which I use most of the time anyway. Needless to say I am going to be a listing maniac the next couple of days.

I am not sure how its possible but I just keep finding old items that I never bothered to list! I guess I am doing my spring cleaning early because I've been on an organizing kick and pulling out a bunch of old items that I was thinking of just re-donating but then when I got this offer I thought, eh, why not give it 30 days and see if I can at least make my initial investment back.

Yesterday was photo day, I spent quite a bit of time taking pics and then editing them so all I have to do now is research and list the next few days. It had been about 4 days since my last sale so I was excited this morning to find 2 things that I almost sent packing had sold and made me a profit!

More Starbucks mugs! These I didn't think were even going to go for $10 but I ended up getting a best offer for $18 with free shipping this morning, so I took it and shipped it off within an hour.
I think I finally got all of my mug stockpile that I mentioned in my last post listed. I have 2 more to do today and then I just get to kick back and see what happens! So far this month I've sold 10 mugs, that is a nice dent in the collection but there are lots more to see go!

I bought these Richard Caruso rollers back last June! I actually bought the whole hairsetter but it was broken so for the $4 I spent on it I figured I'd list the rollers as extra pieces to add to someone's set. They sold overnight for $14.99 with free shipping and off they went this morning as well!

My goal is to list as much as possible the next few days and hopefully I'll have a lot to ship out, the more you list the more you sell right?! I've never sold more than 5 items in 1 day, would be so nice to break that record sometime soon!

Friday, January 18, 2013

{The Pic Free Post}

I don't understand why Blogger has decided to hate me but I can't seem to upload any photos to my posts from my computer! Is there some sort of update I missed or thing I need to do? Why do you hate me Blogger?!

Anyway, I have had a STELLAR month so far sales wise, shocking actually! Its not so much the high profit just the high number of sales. Most of the things I've been selling have been sitting around in my storage room/Mason's bedroom for months just because I didn't feel like getting around to listing them because they weren't high dollar items. Well since I haven't been finding a lot of high-dollar treasures lately, those low-dollar storage items have been selling like hot cakes!

I have a mug buying problem. I buy any and every Starbucks mug I find and other mugs I find to be cute or possibly worth something. Most of the time I don't even look them up before I buy them anymore which has led to quite the stockpile of mugs. So this month I made it a goal to list every single mug in the room and see what happens. So far I've sold 6 mugs, have 8 currently listed and about 10 more to get listed before the end of the month. Maybe I can make a big dent in that collection. Plus, I've kind of started to be picky again and actually look up completeds before I buy... sometimes... :)

Also a tip that probably everyone is aware of but somehow I tend to overlook it: Really examine mugs before buying them. I can't believe how many times I've come home with a chipped or cracked mug because I didn't run my fingers along the tops & bottoms or notice that a handle was cracked. If it's dirty or stained that can sometimes be fixed. The ceramic portion on the bottom of mugs that usually doesn't have glaze can easily be cleaned up with a magic eraser. I can often make an old dingy mug look almost new again with that little trick.

I haven't found a lot of excellent toys lately but have had a few things I was holding onto because I didn't think they would sell well. I was wrong, toys are still hot and worth the effort! I had found one of the infamous Pat Pat Rockets a while back for $3 but it was missing the lid that folds down and didn't have any figures with it so I just gave it to my kids. They loved it and played with it a lot but when I happened to come across a June and Annie figure at VV earlier this week (and when Annie sold overnight for $11) I decided that I might as well give it a shot and see what happens. So I included June with the rocket and was shocked when it sold within 30 min for my full asking price of $39.99! I certainly never pass up any Little Einsteins toys even when they are in terrible shape they have always been a consistant and quick dollar for me.

Some other things I've sold this month have been a few vintage goodies on Etsy, some flatware and other little toys; all things that have been in my storage room for months and I never bothered to list them because something else more exciting came along and got listed first! I am still going through my back stock of inventory trying to list everything, it's not going to sell itself afterall, but I'm also still out hunting - I can't stop! Yesterday I had a very exciting trip to Value Village and spent too much but hopefully I'll double or triple what I did spend.

You never know what you are going to find and it's the thrill of the hunt that keeps me going in these cold winter months with no garage sales, so as long as I can keep up my goal of listing within a week hopefully I can keep everything organized and we'll have an excellent year!

How have your sales been this month? Find anything super exciting out there hunting??

Sunday, January 13, 2013


I miss garage sale season! Who's with me?! I still have at least 2-3 months of off-season to go before I start seeing sales again.

Nothing too great at the thrifts lately either so I've been trying to list all my backlog of inventory while I have free time, sales are slow too so I guess it's just time to hunker down, stay warm, drink coffee and curl up with a good book!