Growing up my Granny taught me everything there was to know about garage sales, thrift stores and how to get a good deal. Now, I'm all grown up, with a husband,a grown stepdaughter, a son and precious new baby girl and an unending love of reselling to help support my family. I'll share my thrifty finds, amazing deals, what sells (and more importantly what doesn't) on Ebay, Etsy, Amazon and Craigslist.
Join me as I sell off my Granny's Hoard and add to my own.
Ugh, where did all of the time go? I have spent the last two weekends listing as much as I can. I still have a lot of Christmas stuff that I don't think I'm going to get listed in time. I have to finally just admit it to myself, I can't do it all. I've forgotten how much time a crawling baby needs. For now, I'm just going to keep listing, my goal right now it just to list the stuff in my ebay room so I can walk around in there. My goal for Christmas is to get my store up to 500 items. I am currently at 477. My goal for Spring Break (April) is 1000 items and to get my ebay room organized so I can actually find things.
Here are some recent sales:
vintage multiplication cards
sold for $15 in less than 30 minutes of listing
and much to my surprise Christmas Sweaters are still selling. I had about 50 listed this summer and am down to about 10. I think I might need to add some ugly to them to help them sell better. I will continue to pick them up when I find them for $5 or less.
cost FREE- from my closet- hey kinders love anything Christmas- don't judge :) sold for $24.99
GDUB pound store cost about .25
sold for $15
Also picked up this Wedgewood 2012 Baby Boy Ornament, NIB at my local thrift a few weeks ago for 1.99
sold to Australia for 24.95 (he also paid $40 shipping!)
That was a few of the highlights. Going to get back to listing! How have your sales been?
I've spent the last four Saturdays at District Trainings, and am really behind on getting my christmas inventory sent it to Amazon. So I spent the day packing 25! boxes for Amazon. Pulled some muscles by my ribs lifting a 48 lb box. That's what I get for trying to stuff everything in it and save myself some boxes. I think I still could do about 15 more boxes before I would have everything sent in. I'm going to try to hit it hard again next Saturday, and if that doesn't do it, try to do some while I have some days off for Thanksgiving. It's harder to get things done now that the littlest one is crawling and into everything! She only wants to be on the floor, which in my ebay room could be a health hazard for her.
So, here is what I have been listing this week. I'm getting to the end of my Christmas items, although I did find another tote under a large pile of toys today. I'm moving on to winter clothing. .. well more realistically, I'm listing whatever is at the top of the pile(s) or on my desk, trying to get some room to move in my shop without having to turn sideways!
Vintage Youth Coca-Cola Coat (I actually found 2 of them at one thrift store)
Vintage Western Shirt Dress SOLD 32.95 11-15-2013
Long Red Plaid Coat
Vintage Western Men's Shirt
1950's Faux Fur Leopard Coat (someone needs to buy this soon, I'm about to keep it for myself, my granny loved leopard print and so do I!)
I'm advertising this as an Ugly Christmas Sweater, I might have to add some giant glittered snowflakes or something if it doesn't sell soon
How about you? Still listing Christmas, or moving on to Winter items?
I recently found some great vintage pieces at the gdub. My son was wanting to play outside on his playground on a beautiful fall afternoon. Sitting next to his playground is my grandpa's old 1950's truck that is waiting to be restored. I thought, why not take some photos for etsy using the old truck as a background. Entertain the kids and get some work done, awesome!
So, here are a few of my photos. What do you think of the truck as a background?
I think I'm liking the look, but don't think it will work so well in a few days when the snow arrives.
If you are interested in any of the items shown in the photos be sure to take a look at my etsy store, the link is on the right sidebar.
A few weeks ago I stopped by the new Gdub in my town. They put up a nice new brick building to replace the old small one in the old part of town. I'm sad that they closed to old one down, as it was very close to my work. The new one is clear on the other side of town.
I decided to make the trek to the other side of town to check it out and reward myself for a hard week. I was disappointed to see that they had raised their already kinda high prices, but I guess they have to pay for the new digs somehow, right?
I thought I hit pay dirt when I found a men's 4X COOGI sweater for $6.99. However, once I got home and started researching it, I began to think that it was a fake.
So, dear readers, can anyone help me out? Is this a fake or not? Light weight fabric, made in china tag, size 4x, embroidery on the sleeves, take a look and let me know what you think. I found one just like this that sold on Ebay, but I don't want to risk selling a fake!
It's been a busy few months. I am starting to adjust to the new job, but the 12 hour days and being away from my kids for so many hours is already getting old. I finally feel like I am catching on to the new curriculum a little bit and figuring out the kids, so hopefully the work load will cut back soon.
I got sick on the 3rd day of school and ended up with a 102.5 fever which turned out to be a very obnoxious sinus infection. I spent the 2nd week of school coughing my head off and then caught pink eye from one of the kiddos! My kiddos and hubby ended up with the cold/.sinus infection stuff too. We are all on our 3rd round of antiiotics. I am finally feeling a little better, but the littles are still fighting hard to get rid of it.
I haven't been able to get much done for online sales. I worked really hard this summer and got a bunch sent in to amazon and over 200 items listed on ebay, but I am already back to 430 items from over 600 in August. It's a good thing, just hard to keep the numbers up for the Christmas season. I spent saturday taking over 300 pictures and I am hoping I can get all of those items listed during the week after the kiddos go to bed. Right now I'm shooting for 5 new listings a day, or until my head hits the keyboard! I just keep telling myself one new listing is better than none!
I have school trainings for the next couple of Saturdays and then my hubby and I have 4 stores to fluff Christmas trees at. I'll tell you more about that in another post.
I'll leave you with a few good sales I've had while I've been away.
Creative Memories Scrapbook Page Refills (3)
Found at GW this summer, rediscovered at the bottom of a pile in my ebay room
paid 4.50 total
listed and sold within 1 hour for BO of $100.00
Always, always always buy Creative Memories Stuff when you find it.
it's not too soon for Halloween costumes!
paid 2.99 last summer at the TS, sold beginning of September for $24.95
Picked up this shirt for .99, didn't know if it was a good brand or not, thought I'd try it and see, since it was a Jimmy Hendrix brand shirt. Listed and sold the same day for $19.95
I have had people contacting me wondering if the flooding in Colorado is near me. So, here is an update.
Yes, the flooding on the South Platte is very near me. My parents live right on the river but so far have not been evacuated, although their road is closed and there have been neighbors who were evacucated.
While we do not have flooding around our house, there is extensive flooding (as in 19 feet above the top of the bridge!) nearly everywhere around us, preventing us from getting out from our house very far.
Last night my husband went to help an elderly man that we know who lives on the flood plain. He refused to leave his house and my hubby stayed and tried to talk him into going, by the time the man and his wife decided that maybe they should go there was 5 feet of water in the house. My hubby ended up staying all night in the flooded house with the elderly couple and was rescued by a white water raft specialzed team this morning. It took him 2 hours to drive the half an hour ride get home, as he had to drive around and try to find a bridge that was sstill open. I am so happy to have him home and safe with us. God has truly blessed us this year!
I have been having pretty good sales (especially for not listing much, the new job is taking a lot of extra hours!) but the USPS isn't able to pick up my packages right now. I have emailed customers to let them know and so far everyone has been very understanding.
I am planning on post again sometime next week with an update on the new job and some sales info!
Ugh, I have been in open case, return, scanned but not delivered Hell for most of August. I have had more cases opened on me in ebay these past couple of weeks that I have the other 11 years I have been selling on Ebay! Amazon wasn't fairing much better for me either. I was down to fair status after two negatives in a row. One may have been partially my fault, it was a book that I had listed as like new, from my very beginning days of listing and probably should have been listed as very good. Then I also had a product I sent in to FBA that when it was sent to the customer the box was empty. The customer has not returned the empty box yet, so Amazon will not look into my claim until they do, and will not change my feedback score of a 1 until then either.
My ebay problem have been coming mostly from USPS. I have had 8 items that have not been delivered, two were international, the rest were in the US. I am so annoyed when I fuffill my part of the deal, but then end up having to give a full refund because it says it's still in San Franciso, since June! or because it was never scanned and there is no tracking. I work so hard to get my packages out the next day, and it's very discouraging to have to refund because the item never gets there. There were also two cases where I contacted the person with a question before sending their item, to which they didn't reply. I refunded their money and then they were upset. Apparently, the ebay message system has been having some issues as well.
As of last night my Amazon account was back up to good, and knock on wood it's been a few days since someone has opened a case, so maybe things are back on track again. It's so scary when you are counting on that money to come in. In light of all of the people who got booted from Ebay last week, it's scary to think that if I am ever able to do this full time, what would happen if they closed me down!
How are things for you? Are your packages getting there?