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!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pricing Our Inventory

 
Wow...posting 2 days in a row.....woo hoo! Anyway, I sold 2 items on eBay since yesterday's post so I thought I'd share. My family has been really helpful since my husband lost his good paying job a couple of years ago. He is working but probably for half the pay he used to get. Soooo, my oldest daughter who is out on her own will find things for me to sell from time to time to help us out. A lady she cleans for gave her 3 fur coats that she didn't want anymore. They wouldn't fit my daughter or me so I'm selling them. I don't know ANYTHING about fur coats! This one didn't have any markings or tags on it to say what kind of fur it is. Winter is almost over. I sold it cheap. I researched some coats and a lot sell for more, some sell for less. I don't want these hanging around all summer and we need the money. Sometimes we might wonder why someone prices their items for less than what we think they might be able to get. I think each of us has our own unique set of circumstances that plays a part in our pricing strategy. I only have about 280 items in my eBay store so far. We need the income and usually sooner is better than later! I think if you have a lot more items in your store, then you probably have the luxury of being able to price higher because you have so many things to sell that usually something is always selling and therefore you have money coming in consistently. Until I get more inventory, I feel like I'm doing the best I can. If I find out that this coat would be worth hundreds because it's a special fur then yes, I will feel sick about it! :) In the meantime, I hope the other 2 sell just as fast as this one! I listed all 3 last night.
 
Fur Coat
From my daughter - Sold for $29.95 - Profit $26.63
 
My sister Naomi has been really helpful in finding items for me to sell too. (Thank you Naomi!) She found 4 pair of these EMT Tacticle Pants for women and this is the 2nd pair I've sold.

EMT Pants
From my sister - Sold for $17.50 - Profit $13.46
 
Okay, thinking about it...I'm going to show the other 2 fur coats just in case any of you might be able to help me out as to what kind they are!
 


Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam




 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Weekly Update.....SLOW!

This past week has been very slow for me, at least as far as selling is concerned! I sold 3 items on eBay and 2 in my vintage shop. It's probably my own fault....things have been busy and I haven't had taken the time to photograph or list. I've GOT to get BUSY soon! Still looking forward to yard sales which should be happening soon....we had an 80 degree day the other day! Very nice!
 
30 Cassette Tapes
Paid $5.00 - Sold for $22.95 - Profit $15.60

Vintage Game of Life Game Pieces
Paid ? - Sold for $9.95 - Profit $8.33

GAP Shirt
From my sister - Sold for $9.00 - Profit $8.33

3 Ball Jars
Paid $3.00 - Sold for $21.00 - Profit $19.66

22 Ball Jar Rubbers
Paid ? - Sold for $6.95 - Profit $6.74
 
Well, that's about it! No button sales this week or magazine sales. I'm having a sale on my magazines with a 10% discount for the next few days. I have 73 in my store!
 
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam