Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tip Tuesday # 6 Google Drive

I first heard about this way of managing my ebay listings from the podcast Scavenger Life.

My husband is getting a little fed up with all of my unlisted inventory sitting around piles in our house and asked me to find a way to keep my ebay stuff out in my ebay room in my metal shop building.

Which I totally understand, I'm getting tired of all of the stuff around too. But I've tried before and have not had very good luck with listing items without having the item with me. I've tried writing it down in notebooks but it just takes too long.

My solution:
google drive 

It's an online way of keeping track of your inventory, pictures, etc. So you can list from anywhere and more than one person can access it.

I've been testing it out for a few weeks and it's been going great. I take photos and type up quick descriptions out in my shop. (I['m much faster at typing than writing)  Then I add the item to my to be put away tub and take my computer back into the house. Now I can list late a night or whenever or wherever I have time without having to take everything with me, I'm excited to try it out when we travel, I've been able to get more listed and things put away where I can find them when they sell.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Make it Monday- Make Ahead Muffin Omlets

It's Make it Monday at the Granny's Hoard Household.

On today's Menu:
Make Ahead Muffin Omlets- these are a great way to start the day and during fourth quarter (which is right around the corner) will allow you to get the kiddos off to school and then right to work, no mess to clean up, and a healthy breakfast for everyone!

Pintrest link to tons of recipes here:

Also on the schedule today:
Drop off Little Man at school (instead of sending him on the Bus)
Starbucks treat for Mommy (thank you swagbucks for the gift card!)

Baby Story time at the Library for Baby Girl - it's kind of ridiculious how excited I am about this- I used to take both kids in the summer and was always envious of the stay at home mommies who could take their kiddos all of the time- now I can do it too!

Quickly hit up retail and thrift stores for FBA inventory - I only have 6 boxes full of inventory for this week so far, I need to try to get 14 by Thursday or Friday.
Grocery Store
Home in time to meet Little Man at the bus stop

Tomorrow I have a massage appointment- only because all of the baby lifting and 50 lb FBA box lifting has taken a toll on my shoulder and neck. I haven't been able to turn my neck to the right for a week and I think the migraines are also partly coming from this. I hope to be able to shop before my appointment and be able to find enough profit to cover my massage.

Friday, September 12, 2014

BOLO: Leg Air Massagers and other sold items this week

I meant to post this on Wednesday, but the week got away from me before I knew it!
Here is a BOLO:
Always look up any made for TV items when you find them in the wild. Some are not worth very much, but lots can go for good profits. I paid $2.99 for this at my "secret" thrift store that not many people know about. After I got it home I discovered it was missing the ac adapter cord, I tested it with one of mine and it worked so I made sure to note that in my listing. Even so priced a few dollars higher than the other listings. It sold 5 hours later for $49. I had to have these type of boots on my legs after both of my c-sections and they made my very clastrophobic and drove me nuts. They feel like having two giant blood pressure cuffs on your legs. But they are good for preventing blood clots. I guess someone out there likes to use them! 

 Speaking of the "secret" thriftstore, I did see a box marked Amazon behind their cash register the other day. And today I heard the manager telling the girl at the counter that he couldn't keep up with his orders, that everytime he checked he sold something again. (I only saw 4 packages waiting for the post office pick up on the counter). I'm afraid they might catch on to more than books and cds for Amazon soon! I'm trying to be more careful about pulling out my phone to look things up while I'm shopping. Until they catch on  I'll keep looking for profits like this! The same day  I also picked up a kitchen cooking item for $29.99 - my 20% coupon for one item that I got for donating a few sacks before I went shopping. It's going on Amazon for over $199!  Now I just have to find a box that fits it for FBA. 

Sales have dropped a little bit this week, but I am still up from a month ago. Here are a few of my sales this week:
These are from my $2 auction box. I have already sold the other dishes for a profit of $100.  I had a best offer on these a few weeks ago, but the person ended up not paying. Then last night I got another offer that was kind of low, but I was going to take a little less than I wanted because she wanted to buy some other dishes too. The hang up was she wanted free shipping, which I can do as long as they fit in a large flat rate box, but were too big to combine shipping in one box. While she was telling me how I wanted too much I had  another person sweep in and offer only $2 less than my asking price, so I sold them to her. :) 

paid less than .10 each, asking $24.95, sold for 22.00 x 4= $88.00- large flat rate shipping

a few minutes later I had someone make a low ball offer on this shirt, I counter and while waiting to hear back from them, it sold to someone else for full asking price!

pendelton wool plaid shirt paid $4.99 two year ago, was listed and then when I did inventory I realized it had disappeared, so I relisted again a few weeks ago. Sold for $50, free flat rate shipping

and then I had another low ball offer of $12 for this vintage maternity shirt. I countered and while I was waiting to hear back, it sold to someone else for full asking price $24.95.  I purchased this shirt when I was pregnant with baby girl 2 years ago. I got it for a great price of $8.00 on clearance on etsy. Then I wore it for about 5 months of my pregnancy, and the sold it again for profit. Love that! 

Two lessons that have been reinforced for me this week. Price it the price you think it's worth and don't let people's lowball offers get to you. Also, while dishes can be slow sellers, and are a pain to pack, they are one of my bread and butter items. 

Also, I'm beginning to think that having an offer on an item makes it show up higher in the rankings. Have you had an item purchased while you were waiting on a counter offer? 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tip Tuesday # 5

Take advantage of everyway to get a discount.
I have been very busy decluttering my house and old stale ebay inventory. I bag or box it up and put it in my car as soon as the bag or box is full. I then take it to the only thrift store in my town that gives a 20% off one item coupon for each time that you donate. I figure at least my might help me find my newest money maker!

I also take advantage of any club or card the thrift stores offer. With my blue card from Goodwill I rack up a 50% off sale about every other visit, which means I can get everything in my cart for half off, when other people in the store can't. Love that!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Make it Monday- Stocking the Freezer

It's make it monday at the Granny's Hoard Household. I have dedicated a daily focus to my week to help keep me on track. This focus is in addition to my daily listing goal of listing $400 a day on ebay and sending out at least 14-18 x 18 x 16 boxes to FBA weekly. 
So far I have done fairly well at keeping up with my goal. 

Today's make it  Make it Monday's has two recipes, the first is pancakes:

Here's the recipe I used: 

The Best Whole Wheat Pancakes

Mix together:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 TB brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups skim milk

Bake on hot griddle, turning over when the bubbles appear on the top.
Makes about 10-12 pancakes.  We usually triple or even quadruple the recipe and freeze the extras first on cookie trays and then transfer to freezer bags. They are easy to microwave or toast in the toaster for breakfast the next day.  

and after looking at the price of Chocolate Milk for my son I looked on pintrest and found a homemade nesquick recipe. Cheaper and tastier too! 

Homemade Nesquik Recipe: 
2/3 C Sugar 
1/3 C Cocoa 
Pinch of salt

we use approx 2 tbsp for a large 12-16 oz of milk

I love stocking the freezer and cupboard with made from scratch, cheaper, and tastier essentials for my family. Makes the mornings go so much better too! 

What do you like to cook for freezer meals?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Reflections of a New stay at home online selling mama

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. Here are the highlights:
Little man's first day of kindergarten.
First consignment sale for kids items. (I took about 200 items!)
Last offical pay check from old job (August 29th)
New insurance card thru hubby's work (and another $400 a month bill!)
1 trip to ER for me, with what we thought was what hubby had a few weeks ago, but turned out to be one in a series of cluster migraine headaches. 2 shots later and 2 days of sleeping them off and I feel a lot better, but am trying to get more than 3 hours sleep a night- Dr's orders!
14 boxes to Amazon
an  unexpected check from the mineral rights on our property- which brought a lot of comfort and peace to both hubby and I- we both felt it was a confirmation and answered prayer that me staying home was the right thing to do

So as a stay at home mom I am still learning-
 how to get it all done with a little one who comes right behond you and messes it all up
how to spend less
how to explain to my 5 yr old why we don't have the money for this or that
how to let go of things, they will be there tomorrow to do
how to focus on the here and now with my family
how to prepare for the winter for my family- I would really like to learn more about canning, freezing, and grow a large garden next year-

Things I am getting better at
scratch/home cooking
letting go of clutter
doing a load of laundry everyday
keep the kitchen sink clean
going to town only 1 day a week (or less)
sourcing with a 1 year old

Things that staying at home have made better:
Hubby and I are more of a team and are communicating so much better, I have heard him stand up for me to his family- something that usually doesn't happen and complimenting me to other people- from my homemade from scratch chocolate pudding to my reselling abilities
more family time- we were able to go away for labor day for 4 days of camping and fishing- something I never was able to do b/c the start of school is so hectic

I love being able to stay at home. I love the extra time with my kids and hubby and rest of my family, even if it's while packing up packages. I hope that this time next year finds me in the same place!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

and now I can breathe a sigh of relief (for now)

I have been checking, checking, checking my seller dashboard to see when my new evaluation takes effect. I just looked and found this

A special protection has been applied to maintain your above-standard status in the United States program because your defect rate has been impacted by new defect types incurred prior to our seller standards announcement in March. This means that, although your current defect rate does not meet our above-standard requirements, you will be protected from below-standard consequences for this evaluation period.

it goes on to say 

When we announced updates to the seller performance standards in March, we wanted to ensure that sellers on a 12 month evaluation were not impacted by consequences of falling below eBay’s minimum standards as a result of the new defect types (as detailed below) that were  acquired prior to the announcement in March.   
With the new standards now in effect, sellers on a 12 month evaluation will be protected for the August 20, 2014 evaluation from selling limits or restrictions even though their seller status may be below eBay's minimum standards. We’re extending this protection to sellers when their status was impacted by one or more of the new defects under the new seller performance standards, which were  acquired prior to March 11, 2014.*
These new defects include:
·         Opened cases
·         Detailed seller ratings of 3 for item description
·         Returns because the item was not as described
·         Negative or neutral feedback
·         Seller-cancelled transactions
Sellers will receive this protection until March 20, 2015, and will be eligible to receive it for each monthly evaluation until March 20, 2015, unless they acquire defects after March 11, 2014  that cause their account to fall Below Standard. 
Visit your seller dashboard regularly to stay on top of your performance and status 
*Note this special 7-month protection will no longer apply if you have 400 or more transactions over a 3-month period and are subsequently evaluated on a 3-month evaluation .

now, back to my regularly scheduled program . . . .  listing, listing, listing.