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?

Monday, October 20, 2014

I have to tell you, because I know you will understand.

No one in my family understands what this means, but I know that you will.

Finally, in the blue instead of the red!  I'm barely in the blue, but next month some more defects should fall off and then I should be fine, if there are no huge problems this month, (knock on wood!)

and on an odd note, no defect has ever shown up for the wallpaper guy negative that I got over a week ago. I was going to call ebay and try to fight it, but I'm not going to bring to their attention if they didn't notice, so as long as it doesn't show up as a defect, I'm going to let sleeping dogs lie.

I apologize for not having a make it monday recipe today. I had to run some errands in town and didn't stay home to make stuff today, so I'll try and post something later in the week. Hope evaluation day brought a smle to your face too!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Warning Vent Ahead: Come on people, read!

Ugh, had it with people who don't bother to read the listings.

Two days ago I received a negative feedback (no previous communication) that stated the wallpaper the person bought from me wouldn't stay on the wall.  After communicating with the buyer, I found out he didn't read the directions and put the wallpaper up incorrectly. I will be calling ebay on that one. It arrived in the condition I described it in, what the buyer does after that I have no control over!

Then today I received two inquiries on items they claimed were not as described. One on Amazon and one on Etsy.

The Amazon listing was described as:
acceptable condition, gently used, has a name written on the back in black marker, plastic slightly discolored from storage

the customer wrote me today stating the item wasn't new and had a name written on the back-

umm yeah, I know!

and then the etsy listing which said (and also is shown in the photo)  :
12 matching pairs and 8 lone pieces

I just got an email from that customer wondering why there were 8 pieces that didn't have a matching piece. 

Some days it just never seems to end...... and now back to listing,