Tuesday, November 3, 2015

What Sold Wednesday- October Numbers**updated

It's been a while since I've posted my sales, so I'll do my numbers for the whole month of October.

Number of Items listed: 3348

Sales for the month: $ 6000
Cost of items sold: 772.00
Fees, shipping, supplies, etc $1800.00
profit $3428.00

Number of Items Listed: 450
Sales for the month: $ 246.00
Cost of Items Sold: $ 9.00

sold: 1 item
Cost of items sold: 5.00
Sales for the month: 35.00

Number of Items Listed: 1520 (highest of the month)

number of items sold: 60
Sales for the month: $ 
Cost of the items sold: $ 80.00
fees: 215.00

goals for next month:
1200 items sent in to Amazon
1600 items listed on Ebay

*numbers rounded up to nearest 10

Gotta love quarter 4! 

**edited to add some sales highlights for the month, which I forgot to do earlier! 

Vintage Fisher Price Kid's pretend washing machine and iron (comes with iron and hangers, not shown) and I also got a few bonus hangers and an iron that I have already sold on ebay last year for an additional $30
paid $10 for everything last fall at the consignment sale 
sold on Amazon for $125.00

Top Ebay Sale: 
star glass pendant light
paid: $0, left behind by a tenant at a friends rental 
listed for 2 days at $99
took a best offer of $70.00 

sorry, this picture needs to be rotated and brightened, but it's late and I'm tired!

Gotta love flatware:

paid 1.90, sold for $66.75 to one person, who came back the next week and purchased some more of the same design.  

ok, this one wasn't a huge sale price wise, but I love to make money from things other people throw away. Got this for free at a teacher's garage sale. It's a big book (preschool and kindergarten teachers use these "big books" approx 17" tall for read alouds during circle time, so all of the children can see.) The cover was ripped to shreds and there were several pages with some damage, so I tore the book apart and listed it as a craft supply. It sold in less than a month for $20. Here's what the lady who purchased it said: wow! I've been looking all over for this-- my grandson's favorite book. I'm going to use the images for decopaging a chair for his room. thanx 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Follow up to Quarter 4 is officially here post:

Here's a follow up to my post here

What a crazy few weeks it's been at the Granny's Hoard house.  This spring I took a great class by Katharyne Shelton to learn more about bundles. If you are looking at a class to learn more about bundles I really recommend it. It's pretty reasonable as far as classes go and there is a facebook group you get access to aferwards, to give you great bundling feedback. I've been working on getting bundles up and going since April and boy did they pay off for me at Halloween.

Here is my screen shot from today. I forgot to take it on Halloween, when it was actually up to $6000.

When combined with my ebay and etsy sales, it made for a great month!  I'm working my tail off right now to get my Christmas bundles wrapped up and sent in. I'm hoping for even better bundles sales for Christmas. I will always be thrifter at heart, but I am really loving the multiples that bundles provides and the steady sales from them. 

I'll be back on Wednesday with a what sold Wednesday post, as I finally have some great sales to share! 

See ya soon! 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Things going on around here

I've alluded to it before, but I decided it's time to let my blogging friends know why I haven't been writing as much on here. It's a big deal to me to be sharing this with all of you , and even as I write this I have a have knot in my stomach.

If you have been reading this blog for a while you know that this has been a bit of rough year. I expected the biggest worry of being a stay at home/online selling mom to be money. But honestly, dealing with everything else this year has made money take a back burner.

Back in February I was diagnosed with depression. There were a lot of contributing factors, but after working with my therapist for several months she suggested that I look into my husband possibly having a Traumatic Brain Injury. He did hit his head and lost consciousness for less than an hour in a car accident when he was just 17 years old.
I spent several months researching Traumatic Brain Injury. I was skeptical and didn't know much about it, and then the day came when I came across this article on the internet and it changed our lives forever.

I spent several months talking to my husband about my suspicions and about the information I was reading about TBI. I also joined a wonderful facebook group for TBI survivors and caregivers. I've currently read about 27 books and various articles on TBI. It took several months but he did decide to look into it. One day he looked at me and said, "I can't remember what you told me about it, but I do remember that I agreed with what you said, so I think I should go see the Dr."

We started with a neuro psychologist for testing- it is difficult to diagnose a TBI right after the event which lead to it, let alone 23 years after the fact, but there are several things going on which do seem to point to a TBI.
so far we have begun treatment for vestibular dysfunction
and short term memory loss,
had an MRI, 
restarted treatment for sleep apnea (which can be a side effect of TBI) my hubby was diagnosed with sleep apnea after we first got married and had his tonsils and adnoids removed  and deviated septum fixed, which was supposed to fix the sleep apnea, but in reality didn't help at all. 
tested for hearing loss, meineiers disease (vertigo) 

at this point we are tying to rule out causes for his symptoms one at a time, but the one thing they all have in common is a TBI. 

My role in our marriage has changed a lot in these last few months. I understand more about why my hubby was acting the way he was and that it didn't really have anything to do with me, although it felt like it did (and sometimes still does.) I have needed to take over a lot more things in the household and in his medical care. I have become an advocate for him and I was the one to break the news to our families, because he asked me to. It was a very difficult discussion to have. 

In our short journey we have run into helpful Doctors and not so helpful Doctors. There are days I feel like his personal assistant more than I do his wife.  I have been frustrated and down and wondering how I am going to live with this the rest of my life, and how I going to help him accept that things aren't going to turn out exactly how we had planned. I have felt hopeless and selfish, and overwhelmed and tired, so very tired. 

But I have also discovered that God is always there, even in the darkest times.  That I believe without a doubt in the vows that I took when I said, "in sickness and in health, 'til death do us part." I have discovered just how deeply I love my husband and how proud I am of him for surviving this long, for dealing with things the best way he knew how. He continues to do everything asked of him by his doctors, therapists, and me, to try to improve his quality of life. Right now the vestibular treatments leave him nauseated and dizzy, and with a terrible headache by the end of the day. But, he still goes 2 times a week, very early in the morning before work, and does his excercises each day at home. I feel sad, too, for the years he has struggled with this and not known what was wrong with him. 

TBI has taken away many things from us, but it has given us many things as well. We have become more of a team, closer as a family and more appreciative of what we do have. There are so many people with TBI's who are no longer alive, who cannot function independently, who are addicted to alcohol, or drugs to deal with the pain. We have learned to slow down more and enjoy things at home, where it's quieter and give my hubby's overworked brain a break. We have learned that we are committed to staying together, no matter what. 

Facts about TBI:
each year in the US there are more than 1.7 million head injuries 
There are 5.3 million Americas living with TBI (that have been diagnosed)
Males have a higher rate of TBI, although the rates for women (and children) are growing largely in part to Domestic Violence and sports at younger ages
You don't have to lose consciousness to have a TBI
TBI's are hard to diagnose because the symptoms are different for each person, depending on what part of the brain was injured. 

memory loss
hearing loss/ sensitivity to sounds 
sensitivity to light
unable to taste milder flavors
inability to multi-task
easily frustrated/irritable
cries easily for no apparent reason (a commercial, or something that isn't really sad.)
makes impulsive decisions, including job, finance, relationships etc 
difficulty keeping friends especially those from before the trauma
sleep disturbances including night waking, light sleeping, sleep apnea, 
has trouble stay focused.getting motivated
lacks empathy for others
poor concentration


Friday, October 9, 2015

Quarter 4 is officially here

This is what my front porch looked like today (well, actually I added 4 more boxes after this photo)
all packed this morning before the UPS man got here at 1:00. My little girl has been sick for the past 3 days so I've been stuck in the house and not able to work out in my shop. So, today I decided to make it work and I brought in my supplies and made a lot of trips back and forth, but I got it done!
My Halloween items are doing great on Amazon and I'm ready to start hitting it hard for Christmas.

I've scheduled 2 UPS pick ups a week, and I'm hoping to have at least this many boxes for each pick up.

How did you spend your Friday?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Series: Staying Sane While Being A Stay at Home Mom (and selling online)

I find myself going a little crazy this time of year. I get overwhelmed and things feel hectic, the to do list seems like it will never get done. I know that in the next 4-5 months I will make the bulk of my profit for the year and I want to do it well. But it's hard sometimes.  I need to double the amount of things I get sent into Amazon and listed on ebay. Yet somehow I need to still manage to keep up on the housework and spend quality time with my family, especially with my husbands recent health concerns.

I'd like to start a new series about what I've found that makes things easier for me. I hopehat it will make things a little easier for another mom out there, whether working outside the house, a stay at home mom or a work at home mom. I'll post a tip every week of things that I find are working for me.

I realize that some things might not be the best for everyone. I live in a very rural area and it's about 45 minutes to 1 hour to the town where I do my shopping. "Going to town" is an all day event, where we pack a lunch and stay for the day. If you live closer to town, my tip for today might not make sense for you. If you have a great tip on how you make it all work, please share in the comments.

My tip for the week:
You're on the internet everyday anyway, why not make the most of it.

I order everything online that I possibly can. I can usually get it to my house before my next town day, often for less or the same amount it would cost to drive. I also don't have to drag one or both kids in and out of stores, and the days I do go to town, there is more time for things like going to the library, sourcing (more room in the car too.) Ordering things online also means less errands to run so  I'm not as rushed to get everything done in time to pick up my son from school.

Some things I have ordered in the last two weeks online:
  • items to sell on Amazon- ordered a case or more instead of driving store to store to find more
  • banker boxes- 140 of them to be exact, so I can organize and store more inventory (they qualified for free shipping, so I had them delivered. This way I won't have to lug them and the little one out to the car.) 
  • shipping boxes for Amazon, I ordered them online for store pickup and had my hubby pick them up while he was in town
  • library books for baby girl's homeschool preschool program and also some books to read about my hubby's condition, quick in and out with the library self checkout
  • Groceries- I usually use Amazon Prime Pantry. I already have a prime account for our tv, (instead of cable) and I had gotten a bunch of $5 credits for prime pantry with things I have been ordering anyway.  I belong to several facebook groups that will alert you when there is a good deal on something. I do have a stockpile in our basement, so I order multiples while they are a good price. You can fill a very large box that will ship for a flat $5 (or free if you have a promo code) no matter how much it weighs
  • Grocery and other items I have ordered recently: potato and corn chips .99-1.50 for a large bag (we donate these a lot for our church functions) beans, taco shells, vitamins, drinks, soup, soap,  shaving cream, drink mix, juice, shampoo, conditioner, and many more. You can also subscribe and save, so each month or whatever time limit you set, Amazon will automatically send you the items you need. We use this for toilet paper, baby wipes, pull-ups, vitamins, essential oils and supplements. Now that my stepdaughter is expecting in January, I have been having Amazon automatically send her some subscribe and save items as well.
  • Prescriptions- I have them on automatic refill from Walgreens and they ship them to us. Before I was having to go to town 2-3 times a week to pick up my kiddos asthma/allergy meds,  I have an extra backup of each med so if they get lost or delayed in the mail, I still have some. 
  • I buy a lot of my business supplies (packing tape etc) from one local store, but they sometimes don't have the amount I need (I try to stock up once a month) so now I just order a case online and them pick it up in store
  • I've also seen restaurants are starting to have apps where you can order online and pick up in the store or thru the drive thru. We don't eat out very often, but I think occasionally it would be nice to order our food, drive thru and have dinner ready when we get home. (especially if I forgot to put something in the crockpot before we left) 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Listen to my podcast interview at So you wanna sell on ebay

Back in June I was contacted by the podcast  http://soyouwannasellonebay.com/
I was nervous, but accepted and had a great time being interviewed by Ron and Ali.
It's been a long wait, but I am so excited to announce that my interview went live today!

We talked about how I've been selling on Ebay since 1997 (has it really been that long?!?) We talked about why I decided to be a stay at home mom  and knew Ebay was a great place to start. We talked about how my children (even the 2 yr old) and the rest of my family help me run my business. We talked about how sometimes people think I'm crazy when I tell them my job is selling on Ebay and Amazon. We even talked about avoiding your own hoard. :)

Be sure to head on over and listen to my interview and lots of other great ebay sellers. And if you are one of my readers, sell on ebay, and are interested in being interviewed, please let me know, I would be happy to recommend you to the show. I am a total introvert, but I really had a great time being interviewed and Ron and Ali are some of the nicest guys I have met.

If you haven't listened to them before, I highly recommend it! I love to listen to podcasts while I list or take photos. It's a great to multi task and learn information to help your business while you list all the things.

I'd love to hear what you thought of the interview, please let me know in the comments!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Catching up

I apologize for being MIA.
I have much to share, but don't really have the right words to share it yet. 
Things have been going on with my hubby behind the scenes for a while now. We are finally getting some answers, but they are hard to accept and adjust to. He is ok, it's not cancer or anything like that, but it is something that will shape and change our future from now on. It complicates things for me and changes my role in our household quite a bit. 

Right now it is requiring lots of appointments and time commitments for me, and lots of time on the phone to insurance companies and filling out paperwork. It will all be okay in the end, it's just hard to see that right now. Let me process for a little while longer and then I promise to share what's been going on. 

There is some good news, my friend with stage 4 lung cancer has gotten in to see one of the best Dr's and they were able to do a DNA test to narrow down the cancer she has. The kind she has is only found in 4% of people with lung cancer and there isn't much to look at to compare. It is easier to target with chemo that has less side effects, at this point only time will tell, but we continue to pray for her complete recovery! 

and more good news, I am finally got my TRS back today! It's been a long 2 years to get there, but it showed up today! It sounds like with the new defect rating system things should get a little easier from here on out, but I will still be keeping a very close eye on it!