Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What sold Wednesday Nov. 12th

I'm a week behind, since I didn't post last week, so I'm combining some of my best sales for the last 2 weeks.

vintage shower soap dispenser new in box
pd 3.99 sold 54.95

commuter mug, paid .99 sold for 19.95 (I sold one a few weeks ago with original box for $34)

fabric ornament panel- pre cut 

free from my mom, I sold three different sets of these fabric ornaments for a total of $54.

I continued to sell lots of leotards this week. I think close to 20 across all of my sales channels. I upped the price a few dollars and it has slowed down a bit since then. I'm not sure if it's because they are down in the listings, or due to the price increase. I may lower them a bit again after Christmas. I'm getting lots of positive feedback on them, and multiple sales to the same person, which is great! Apparently the UK has a shortage of thong leotards, as I have sent 10 of them across the pond this week! 

Also, on a side note, don't be afraid to sell things with flaws, as long as you clearly note the issues in the listing. This coat had a quite a few including, rips stains and a large hole. I found this cool red plaid wool hunting coat in the Halloween section of a local thrift store I paid $7 and it sold in a few short weeks for $35.  I haven't gotten feedback yet, so hopefully he read the description  well. 

My computer has been acting up the last two days and it's taken me over 2 hours to get this post done. So I'm going to stop here. I have tried everything I know of to the problem, but I am still not having very much luck connecting to the internet. I have tried chrome, firefox, IE and Safari all with little success, they just keeep freezing and shutting down. I think I'm going to have to cave and take it to the repair shop on Friday. 
Although if I had my choice we wouldn't be going anywhere the rest of the week, it's -4 outside right now,  it was 60 degrees two mornings ago. In Colorado, we say if you don't like the weather, just wait 2 minutes, it will change!  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Consignment Sales

I have been busy busy busy this past week sorting things for the consignment sale I signed up for. I was hoping to make enough money for Christmas gifts, but we had to take my car in for repairs to something with some kind of case- (sorry, car parts not really my thing) and the 3rd try to fix a problem I'm been having since the flood (yes, last year!) Let's just say it involves a large family of mice and me having to vaccum out my car every time before I go somewhere.  Happily, my car is finally mouse free (they finally figured out they chewed all the way thru the firewall!) and sadly the bill for both things was almost $500! Ouch!

I took my 250+ clothing items to the consignment sale last Monday and when I went to pick them up this Monday found out I had sold everything except 4 items! I made enough to pay over half of my car bill and have another sale closer to home next week. 

Why am I mentioning this?  Well, several reasons:

First the pros:
consignment sales are great places to get rid of old inventory, your kids outgrown clothes, toys etc
you can use the money you make to buy them bigger clothes, and repeat, repeat, repeat, 
For example I spent about $100 on baby girls first set of clothes and then keep using the money I make from selling them to buy the next size of clothes.
it makes for empty boxes and totes that you can now store your ebay stuff in! 

the cons:
mostly time- for all of the time it takes to price it all, its not a great ROI, my hubby correctly points out that I could make way more money listing or shipping to FBA
the time to sort, wash, iron, tag, haul store etc
having to find or buy hangers

I however, was happy to make some extra much needed money with things that were just taking up space, and my children had already gotten use out of. For kids clothes, it's the best money I've made, and I could have made more if I had volunteered also. I have almost 10 empty bins to store ebay stuff in and I am happy.

I am however hard at work again with digging up some more items to take to the sale next week, since I was planning on having a lot of stuff to take from this sale. I hope I can at least make enough to finish paying for the car bill. I am going to try to take the toys, books and baby gear I didn't get priced last week to the sale this week.

Ebay, Etsy, Amazon and Bonanza have all picked up a lot in the last week. I sent in 14 more boxes to FBA last Friday and my first box was checked in about an hour ago and is already selling!
I hope to have another 14 boxes ready to go in by this Friday. I will update on what's sold later in the week.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What the heck Ebay?

I promise to come back later today and post some what solds for the week. But I had to take a minute and update you on the wallpaper negative. I did get a defect earlier this week, I have called ebay three different times and they will not remove the negative, as they say it's my fault,the wallpaper must have a problem. It was new in the package and the negative isn't not about the quality of the paper. The wallpaper did have a problem, the person installing it!

So I am going to be adding this disclaimer to all of my wallpaper listings.

* depending on the texture and type of the wall you are applying wallpaper too, additional wall paper adhesive may be required. Please make sure to read wallpaper application instructions oroughly before attemtping to apply your wallpaper.

I was also thinking of including this

Instructions for appling prepasted wallpaper
  1. Fill water tray with lukewarm water and set it on the floor at the end of your table.
  2. Completely immerse the rolled strip (pattern side in) in water and slowly pull it out, pattern side down, unrolling as you pull, laying it on the table.
  3. Once you've pulled the entire piece out of the water, look for dry spots. If you find any, sprinkle a little water on them with your sponge and work the water in lightly with your fingers.
  4. Fold the top of the strip back to the middle of the strip and the bottom back to the middle, being careful not to crease. Allow 10 minutes in this folded position for wallpaper to "cure."  
 An alternative to the water tray method is to use an "adhesive activator" for pre-pasted wallpaper. It's applied like paste and eliminates the need for soaking each strip in water.
 I don't want to say anything about not refunding if the paper doesn't stick, as I think they would just say something else was wrong with it to get a refund. 

What do you think?  Suggestions? Changes? Other ideas for covering my butt for future problems like this? 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Make it Monday: Healthy Halloween Party Ideas

I was in charge of coming up with some healthy Halloween treats for my son's kindergarten class. Here's what I came up with:

Pumpkin Water Bottles

supplies for water bottles:
orange paper strips, small (or large) water bottles, green pipe cleaners, glue dots, orange drink mix
remove original paper strip from water bottle, add glue dot and apply paper strip, twist green pipe cleaner around the lid and secure drink mix with it. twirl pipe cleaner by wrapping around a pencil

and fruit cup Jack O Lanterns, simply add a face with a black sharpie

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Update: Leap of Faith

So far I've gotten 9 different styles/colors of my excercise wear and have had 2 sales already!  They both were this bright floral print leotard thong.  I almost didn't get these because of the print and the thong, but I'm glad I got them. Hopefully the other styles will start flying off of the shelves soon.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What Sold Wednesday

I spent the morning sorting my huge find all over the driveway.

I've gotten almost all of the single color and size ones photographed and I hope to have them all listed by the end of next week.

Here's a quick run down of my sales this week. It's really picking up and I've sold a lot of large items this week. A pain to pack, but nice to free up some room in storage.

1970's Bedspread paid $7.00 half price day sold in two weeks for $49.95

Macrame Swag Light paid $4.99 sold for $30, listed for two years

Charlie Brown Twin Flat Sheet paid 1.47 sold for $39.95 in one day

Boyds Bear Firefighter Throw  paid $3.99 sold in two months for $34

Mid Century Modern Suitcase paid $2.99 sold in a week for $24.95

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tip Tuesday # 10- sometimes you've got to take a leap of faith

this post could also be titled- What did I do?

Either I hit pay dirt today, or I just wasted alot of money. I'm really hoping its the first scenario!

I visted the local Gdub in my town on the way to a well baby check up.  I was cruising quickly thru the Halloween costumes when I happened upon several hundred NWT excercise/ work out wear items. I had purchased a few of them this summer and had really good results. Since they were in the Halloween section they qualified for my club blue Halloween Costume 2 day Discount.  I ended up grabbing two carts and loading up and I even left a few behind. I now have approximately 200 excercise work out wear items to list. I think it will go fast, as there are several of the same design, just different sizes. I am hoping for nice weather tomorrow so I can sort them out on the driveway and figure out exactly what I have.  I paid $1.00-$2.00 a piece and expect to sell them for $18-$39 a piece.

So I am now either $400 in the hole or I am about to sell over $4000 dollars. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith.

How about you, have you ever taken a leap of faith?