Sunday, March 1, 2015

BOLO ~ Flotsam & Jetsam (The Little Mermaid)

***photo borrowed from completed eBay listing***

The above picture is Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula's eels in The Little Mermaid.  It's not just the plush that sell well, also the pins, Vinylmation, probably anything you find that has them on it would be worth taking a look at.  Check out completeds here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Inventory Purgatory

It's going on and on and on. 

Does everyone else inventory their eBay goods?  Dare I admit that this is the first thorough inventory-ing that I have done since beginning my eBay journey?  I've been maintaining my 1000-items-listed goal for awhile now . . . which is a lot of inventory to go through. Ugh.  I can't believe how long it is taking me, actually.  Days.  

I was offered a free one-month upgrade to an anchor store.  It doesn't currently make monetary sense for me to have an anchor store. But I took them up on the offer anyway!  

I've been wanting to go through all of my listings and inventory for awhile now.  The free month comes with 2500 free listings.  The best part?  It includes GTC listings!  So I can end listings and "sell as similar" without it costing any money out of my pocket.  I've been adding best offer to items that have been listed around 6 months.  If something has been sitting for a really long time I'm dropping the price down to the lowest offer I would consider taking in hopes that it will sell and finally go on its merry way.  

I'm a list-it-and-forget-it kinda girl.  Obviously it doesn't bother me if things don't sell immediately.  It seems like everything sells eventually.

I store my items with other like items (all Disney plush together, all maternity pants together, all train toys together, etc).  It makes it easy to find things when they sell, but it's a real pain to find things in my online store when I am trying to end listings.  That is the most time consuming part.

I've already been seeing results, which is encouraging.  Some of the items I've dropped the price on have already sold, I've been getting offers on others, and my sales have remained pretty steady overall even though I haven't been doing any new listing, just re-listing.

What does your inventory, best offer, mark-down schedule look like?  I'd love to hear about it!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Favorite Five Friday, February 20, 2015

Sales are hopping!  At the risk of totally jinxing myself, the last few days have been great.  I had planned to get some listing done this morning but never got to it because I had so many items to get packaged up - a good problem to have.  This is the first really good streak I've had this year, surpassing my loose goals of 5 sales (or $100+ in sales) per day.

Here are a few of my favorites from this week:

Cleo Pinocchio Plush
Paid: $4 @ consignment sale, Sold: $29.95 (listed since October, 2014)

I listed a bunch of footie pajama lots in November (I'd guess at least 10 different lots, maybe more) and every single one of them has already sold.  The ones below I took out of my youngest son's dresser last week.  He hasn't been wearing them, is close to outgrowing them, and I figured I might as well get them listed before winter is over.

8 Pairs of Carters Footie PJs, size 3T
Paid: $8ish total @ various yard sales, Sold: $34.95
(3 days after listing)

Costumes sell all year long!  Whenever I find toddler-sized Old Navy costumes I always look them up.  Some of them can sell for pretty good money.  Baby sizes not as much (although there are always exceptions, like the cheeseburger costume I sold for $50 last October).
Old Navy Chicken Costume, size 5T
Paid: $7? @ consignment sale, Sold: $44.95 (listed since October, 2014)

I bought this hat last summer at a friend's yard sale.  I go to enough yard sales that several times each summer I wind up at yard sales of people I know.  I'm not a fan.  Either I feel bad because they don't have anything I want to buy (and I feel like I should buy something), or they know I resell, and I don't want them feeling like I'm trying to make a buck off of them.  Awkward.

VTG Smokey the Bear Snapback Hat
Paid: $1 @ ys, Sold: $39.95 (listed since November, 2014)

More maternity clothes, no surprise.  This particular skirt is an Australian brand.

Ripe Maternity Jean Skirt
Paid: $1 @ consignment store, Sold: $27.95 (listed since September, 2014)

And an honorable mention too! I have had this hanging around for-ev-er and had been waffling between listing and redonating it for months (it's from the '80s and shows its age a bit).

Snuffleupagus (Sesame Street) Christmas Stocking
Paid: $0.25? @ ys, Sold: $24.95 (5 days after listing)

What was your favorite sale this week?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

BOLO ~ Charlie Sifford Autobiography "Just Let Me Play"

(photo borrowed from Amazon listing)

Here's a BOLO for all the book sellers out there.  Charlie Sifford was the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour.  He passed away this month at the age of 92.  He wrote a book about this life called Just Let Me Play: The Story of Charlie Sifford.  As I type this the lowest price on his book on Amazon is $500, and on eBay they have gone as high as $250.  One to keep an eye out for!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Favorite Five Friday, February 13, 2015

I skipped last week's FFF because I didn't feel like I had many sales worth mentioning (just a bunch of clothes, which are reliable sellers, but not what I find to be most fun).

Here are a few of my favorite sales from the last week:

These pants have been hanging around for months waiting to be listed.  They are NWT Old Navy.  My hesitation to list them was that they appear to have a maternity panel waist, but nowhere on the tags are they listed as maternity pants.  So, I finally listed them explaining just that, and whaddyaknow, they sold in five days.

Old Navy Linen Panel Waist Pants
Paid: $3? @ ys, Sold: $24.95 (in 5 days)

I will usually pick up sheet sets at yard sales (or 50% off day at consignment sales!) if they are new in the package and $5 or less.  While they aren't always fast sellers, every set I've picked up has eventually sold for a decent profit.

Tommy Hilfiger Surf Board Sheet Set
Paid: $5? @ consignment sale, Best Offer Accepted: $35 (listed since May 2014)

I bought this at a rummage-type-sale just after Easter last year.  I had just sold some used Easter Thomas trains so I knew it would be a sure-seller . . . eventually.  Usually after 6 months or so I'll add "Best Offer" to my listings, but in this case I didn't because I was confident it would sell at full price before Easter rolled around again.

Thomas Easter Train Lot
Paid: $5 @ rummage sale, Sold: $39.95 (listed since April 2014)

I really like buying these Disney books, and I've sold several lots, but they are s-l-o-w to sell for a price that I'm happy with.   I only pick them up now if they're still in like-new condition and only cost around a quarter.

24 Wonderful World of Disney Book Lot
Paid: ? @ various places, Sold: $44.95 (listed since Feb 2014)

I've also had three Bonanza sales recently (a lot for me within a week's time).  The one below is my favorite, because it's adorable.  I picked it up for $1.50 a year or two ago after Valentine's Day, thinking I would give it to one of my boys the following year.  Then I came to my senses, and realized they already have way more stuffed animals than they know what do do with, and why should I add to that madness?

Valentine's Day Dog Plush
Paid: $1.50 @ Walgreens, Sold: $19.30 (within a couple weeks of listing)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

2015 Goals ~ Looking Forward, Looking Back

I know, I'm a month late in the goal setting for 2015.  Better late than never?

I took a look back at the goals I set for myself last year, and many are very much the same as what I would like to accomplish this year.  2014 goals are in italics, 2015 goals are in bold.  They are:

#1)  Keeping up with the boys.   

(2014) I am still a busy mama with two young boys (ages 6 and 2), and they will always be my priority.  I know how lucky I am that I am able to stay home with them full-time.  I am very thankful to have found a way to contribute to the family budget while being with them, but I also know eBay could take over my life if I'd let it.  Sometimes I will need to put eBay on the back-burner of life, and just let it simmer.  And that's okay.

(2015) I am definitely still a busy mama (boys now ages 7 and 3), and they are still my priority.  But, things have changed in our family (most significantly my husband's job), and I find myself needing to step up and fill some of the gap.  The good thing is that I already had this in place as a way to earn an income.  I now need to work on transitioning my thinking from being just a fun hobby to an actual job.  The good thing is, keeping up with the boys doesn't really have to suffer.  I have two mornings a week when they are both in school, and usually have at least a couple of other mornings each week when my husband works later in the day so he is able to hang out with our youngest while I list.  I try to keep our afternoons listing-free, but will often go back to it after the boys are in bed.

#2)  Continue growing my eBay store.    

(2014) I know it will be a slow grow.  But, I would like to eventually get my store up to 1000 items, and then try to hold steady.

(2015) I can't remember when I hit 1000 listings, but it was months ago.  I have been holding steady, but would like to work up towards 1500.

#3)  Continue to branch out, but also list what I love.  

(2014) It's gotten to the point where I feel like I could list pretty much anything, and I do.  And while I am always happy to find a hot item that sells for big bucks, I also enjoy some smaller sales too.  Some kids clothes or plush may not bring in a lot of money, but if I enjoy buying and selling them - then it's worth it.  I want this "job" to stay fun as well as profitable.

(2015) This attitude worked well when eBay was more of a hobby job.  Now that I am transitioning my thinking to a real job I will try to focus less on the smaller sales and more on items that can bring in bigger money.  I will be very, very selective on anything new I purchase.  Some of my unlisted inventory though will probably fall into the more-fun, less-profitable category.

#4)  Tackle Amazon!  

(2014) I've procrastinated long enough.  I've sold a few things myself, but still haven't ventured into FBA territory.  This is the year.

(2015) Other than a few MF sales, I didn't do anything with Amazon last year.  For some reason I am feeling less and less motivated to get started with Amazon.  Probably just resisting the unknown, maybe afraid of change.  I should just send in one box and see how it goes.  Maybe I'll like it.  Maybe this is the year?

#5)  Continue attending my local eBay sellers Meet-Up group.  

(2014)  I found it on a fluke, and have been attending regularly for almost a year.  Even when the topic of the month isn't something that I am especially interested in, I am always happy that I showed up.  There's something great about sitting in a room with like-minded people who totally get the eBay/Amazon/Etsy draw to selling online.

(2015) The time and date of the meetings changed at the beginning of 2014, so for quite a few months I wasn't able to attend.  Now, with my husband's new schedule my ability to attend changes from month to month, but I have made it to the last few meetings, and still enjoy being able to go.  

#6)  Continue to write this blog.  

(2014) I love reading the blogs of other sellers, and I am always happy to be able to pay it forward when I come across a BOLO.  I value the connections and friendships this blog has afforded, and for that I thank all of you.

(2015)  Ditto.  I still enjoy writing this blog, and reading all of yoursI've got a bunch of ideas for new posts for both this blog and my new one.  Now to find the time to get them all written!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Favorite (Three) Friday ~ January 30, 2015

This is the I-need-peer-pressure-edition!  None of my "favorite" sales are overly noteworthy, because I've been doing no new listing.  I couldn't even come up with five.  

I ended up being out of town for a couple days this week (my dad was in the ICU with pneumonia, but he's doing MUCH better now).  Is it just me?  Once I get out of my listing routine it can be hard to get back into it.  So I'm writing this post knowing I'll have to report back next Friday, with the hopes that it will jumpstart my listing and lead to some better sales. 


I've only picked up a handful of new items since the beginning of January, and the lovey below is one of them.  I bought it at the same time I bought the cow lovey I shared last week.  Those were the only two things I bought that day, and I turned the $7 purchase into $60.  Being on a strict budget is forcing me to shop smarter - not a bad thing!

I (paw) hugs bear lovey
Paid: $3 @ consignment store, Sold: $19.95 (11 days later)

Maternity clothes are still one of my bread and butter items - not huge profits, but I sell a few items every week.

Motherhood Maternity Green Pinstripe Pants
Paid: $2 @ consignment sale, Sold: $19.95 (listed since October)

Three Seasons of Entourage
Paid: $3 @ ys, Sold: $24.95 (listed since June)

Goals for the upcoming week: at least 35 new listings (an average of at least five per day), and that three of next week's "favorite five" will be from those new listings.