Tuesday, September 1, 2015

July and August Update!

I know....long time, no write! I haven't really had anything too exciting to share. Things have been slowwwww....at least on the selling front. Everyday life is anything but slow! I did have the goal of listing 100 items in August and late last night I finished listing 10 more things to make it to my hundred! Those 100 things were divided between my eBay store and my 2 Etsy shops. I am up to 325 listings on eBay which I'm glad of. I'd really like to get up to 500 as soon as possible. I really do think the yard sales haven't been very good this summer. Last winter I had big plans to get lots of good stuff to sell this summer and it just seems really hard to find anything around here!
 
So.....here are a few of the better sales I've had of the 46 items I've sold on eBay since the first of July.
 
Hot rollers always seem to sell for me. Here are 2 sets that sold recently:
 
Remington Hot Rollers
Paid $2.50 - Sold for $25.00 - Profit $18.78

Windmere Hot Rollers
Free from my daughter - Sold for $27.95 - Profit $21.41
 
I debated on whether or not to sell this chopper thingy.... my daughter works for a lady that didn't want it anymore and I had it around for quite awhile and finally tried to figure out how to use it. I figured I've been cutting up my own veggies and lettuce for ages and I'd rather have the money that this would bring than to have to figure out a place to store this contraption!

Genius Salad Chopper
Free from friend - Sold for $29.95 - Profit $27.07
 
This mug was only a quarter so I bought it and looked up the completed listings and realized it probably wasn't going to sell for a whole lot but I did finally give the "jelly roll" method of shipping mugs in a padded priority envelope a try. It must have worked because I haven't heard otherwise! I was really nervous mailing it out that way but I guess it got there okay!

Oklahoma Mug
Paid 25 cents - Sold for $8.95 - Profit $7.15

Lot of Flower Frogs
Paid $4.00 - Sold for $30.00 - Profit $21.40

Nike Shoes
Can't remember if these were given to me or if I bought them!
Sold for $35.00 - Profit $31.14

These Polaroid One Step cameras can go for quite a bit if they are tested. I didn't have any way of testing mine and I only paid a dollar for it so I listed it for $25 and got a best offer of $20 on it within a short time. I also sold a Polaroid Impulse camera after that but it was less money.
Polaroid One Step Camera
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $20.00 - Profit $17.02
 
I did get a call a couple of weeks ago from someone that had about 200 jars for me! My hubby and I went on a Friday morning to a town about a hundred miles from here and picked them up. Now I'm stocked up on jars for awhile! I actually sold 20 jars the next day so that helped to pay for the new ones!
 
I've also been selling more buttons this past month because I have been listing more buttons! Funny how that works! I'll never get rich on selling buttons but I love buttons and there's just something about sorting them and getting them ready that is just relaxing to me!
 
Well, that about wraps it up. Hopefully I will have more good sales to show soon! Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Monday, July 13, 2015

June Update

It's so hard to believe how fast time goes by and it's been several weeks since I've posted! Just thought I'd do a quick post to get you updated. Here are a few of my better sales on eBay in June:
Cutco Knife Block
Paid $5.00 - Sold for $42.50 - Profit $36.86

VINTAGE ERZGEBIRGE GERMAN WOOD VILLAGE
Had this for the kids - Sold for $59.95 - Profit $54.41

Reebok Zigtech Running Shoes
Paid ? - Sold for $29.95 - Profit $27.23
 
In June I sold 27 items on eBay for a total of $561 for an average sale of $20.77. My profit on these items after cost of item, fees, packaging and postage was $425.32
 
On my Down Vintage Lane Etsy shop I had 7 orders totaling $272.85 with an average sale of $38.97 per order....I sold 40 jars total for the month.
 
I only had one button order in June for 2 sets of buttons.
 
I've been trying to sell some things on Facebook to avoid shipping and fees. I sold 7 items totaling $122.
 
I figure my total profit for June was $840.54. I would love to be able to do that much every week instead of a month! Gotta try to work harder and also hope that the yard sales get better around here!
 
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Slow May

May was a slower month for me. Probably partly because I couldn't seem to get very much listed! Going to try really, really hard to work on that this month! I've never made my goal of trying to list 150 items in one month so I'm really stretching it to put up a ticker showing I want to try to list 250 items this month! Going to see what I can do. I have 269 items in my store on eBay right now. I'd like that number to be over 500 by the end of June.
 
Here's what I did in May:
Total sales in all my stores - $954.55 (eBay - $321.11; Etsy Down Vintage Lane - $628.65; Etsy Button Crazy - $4.50)
Total Profit after cost of items, fees and shipping - $776.26
 
I'm glad I sell jars! Definitely did better on those this past month! Here are the best things that sold for May:
 
Little House Books
From my sister - Sold for $35.00 - Profit $30.11

Little House "The Rose Years"
From my sister - Sold for $37.50 - Profit $32.33

8 Track Tapes and Case
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $25.00 - Profit $24.26

Indiana Red Key Mason Jar
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $22.50 - Profit $19.01

I sold 87 jars in May. (to several different people...not all at once!)
Paid $87.00 - Sold for $600.75 - Profit after fees and shipping - $484.47
 
So I think that brings me up to date. I've sold 3 items on eBay so far for June, which is one a day, which is better than the 19 I sold for the whole month of May.
 
On a side note, I purchased a 14 day course from Money Saving Mom that is supposed to help "Make Over Your Mornings". I've finished 3 days of the course so far and there are lots of good points to consider! It only takes 15 minutes or less to do each day and I'm hoping that I can really learn how to manage my mornings better. Sometimes the day just gets away from me! Maybe I can be more productive with my business if I can give this a shot! If you'd like to see what it's all about I have a banner on the top right side of my blog that'll link you to the coarse. If you choose to buy it through my link I would get a percentage of the sale and I would really appreciate it!
 
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam
 

 
 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

These Are MY Kind of Sales!

 
Just stopping in quickly to show a couple of good sales I've had! I found this cute little "Cozy Hugs" giraffe for a quarter at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago. He's microwavable and has a lavender scent...makes him nice and cozy to snuggle up with! I researched him and there weren't any for sale right then and there were a couple of new ones that had sold for about $35 so even though he is used he is in good shape and I priced him at $35! He sold for that price! Cha-ching!
 
Cozy Hugs Giraffe
Paid 25 cents - Sold for $35.00 - Profit $30.08
 
I found this Disney photo album the same day for a quarter! I figured someone who took a Disney trip might want this. It also sold within a few days for $17.50. I'm thinking I should have asked $20! It's an older photo album with the sticky pages but it still had the plastic around it!

Disney Photo Album
Paid 25 cents - Sold for $17.50 - Profit $13.85
 
So....they were 2 quickly sold items that I paid 50 cents total for, fast and easy to ship and a nice profit of $43.93! Love those kinds of sales!
 
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Got My Phone Back!

Thank you for all your comments the other day about my phone...I did get it back yesterday! The lady was kind enough to send it back and didn't even want any compensation but I did send her $20 for her trouble.

I have been listing this month even though I haven't kept very good track of how many items I've listed, as you might have noticed by my counter to the right....which says "0". So far this month I've sold 34 things on eBay with a total of $631.20 which is an average price of $18.56 per item. Here's a few of my higher priced sales:

Allen Edmund Shoes
Free from my daughters boss - Sold for $69.95 - Profit $62.11

47 Hot Roller Hair Clips
I forget how much I paid for these but I'm thinking they were just extra ones that came with another set of hot rollers
Sold for $22.95 - Profit $19.69
 
I found these Holly Hobby Needlepoint pictures at Goodwill for $7.76 for both of them.
Sold for $59.95 - Profit $40.17

Asics Tennis Shoes
My daughter Gabby found these at Goodwill...I think. She gave them to me to sell.
Sold for $44.95
 
I really love selling shoes! I found 7 pair last Friday out at garage sales. I've taken pictures of all of them and have a couple listed so far. Going to try to finish them up before this weeks sales.
 
 
Since the beginning of April I've sold 51 jars in various sizes for a profit of about $289.00! I also picked up 59 jars from 2 different people that answered my "looking for blue jars" ad. I also have another lady that has some for me that I have to pick up. I love the blue jars!
 
I have been trying to get some of my buttons listed too. I sold 6 different sets of buttons for a profit of $20.42. Every little bit helps and I definitely don't need all of these buttons sitting around here!
 
So, that about sums it up for the past few weeks. Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam
 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Officially CRAZY!

This is a picture of the pretty cell phone case that I bought awhile back. I love my cell phone. I use my cell phone a lot! Doesn't everybody? Sadly, my cell phone is most likely on its way to California! A couple of days ago I had 5 orders to get ready. 2 of the orders were jar orders and I usually sit on my den floor and wrap them all up, pack them and then wrap the box in pretty paper! Invariably, when I sit on the floor, my cell phone, which is usually on my desk, will ring. I am no spring chicken anymore and it's hard to get up off the floor to get my phone...soooo, I put the phone on the floor somewhere around me. I was in a hurry...I had a couple of hours to get 5 orders ready....the 2 jar orders were the time consuming ones. I wanted to get the packages to the drop off station before 5:00. I was in a hurry...did I mention that already? So, I got the orders ready and finished at about 4:30. I looked around for my phone and didn't see it so I just figured it was under all the mess that was still on the floor from packing and decided to find it when I got back home. Oh how I wish I had taken a minute to dial it up and listen for the ring! Instead,  I had my son take the packages to my van and my oldest daughter and I headed to the Mailboxes Depot and dropped them off. My daughter had been making supper before we left so it was ready to eat, my husband had just gotten home so he was ready to eat, my nerves were shot from hurrying around so much, so I sat down and tried to relax and we had a nice supper. Then I thought I better find my phone...someone dialed my number and we heard nothing.....my son went and looked in the van just in case I was really crazy and had actually taken it with me and didn't remember...I dumped my purse out on the floor to see if it was hiding in there....we searched the house...then I remembered that I had the "Lookout" app. on my phone that will sound a siren to help you find it. I got on the computer and signed in and activated the alarm, still didn't hear anything. By this time I am thinking....could I have accidently (absent mindedly) put that phone in one of my packages since it was sitting on the floor? If I did, could you imagine the people at the Mailboxes place hearing that? Or the guy who picks up the packages? Then I saw that you can locate your device with some kind of tracking thing so I clicked on that....sure enough....it was in Milan Illinois....the shipping hub about 40 miles from here......oh brother....yes, I am officially crazy! How in the world? I really have no idea what package I might have put it in but I'm thinking that (naturally) it's the one going clear to California and it won't get there till Monday! I did email all my customers and told them about it and 3 of them got back to me and said they'd let me know...hopefully it's one of those 3 that get it! The one in California, where I think it might be going to said she had to laugh (who wouldn't?) and said she'd let me know as soon she gets it (if she gets it). So, I will be without my cell phone for probably at least a week and a half, if I get it back, and if it's all in one piece! Maybe I could get a world record or something for this? Surely it's never happened to anyone else? :-) I had my boy run a few more orders in yesterday and the lady asked him if his mom mailed something the day before that made noise? I don't think the package would have been there when I sounded the alarm...it would have left them by then but maybe someone had tried to call me in that little bit of time that they had it. Anyway, I'm sure I'll be laughing about it someday....everybody else is! :)

Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Flowbee....BOLO


As I was cutting my husband and boys hair this afternoon I had one of the boys get the vacuum to vacuum off some of the hair on the other boys shoulders that I had cut. It reminded me of the "Flowbee" haircutting system that was advertised ages ago. I think I would like to have one! So I looked it up on eBay and sure enough there were lots on there for sale! If you'd like to see the completeds check here! Some have gone for $125!!! Something to keep on the lookout for this summer!