Thursday, January 14, 2016

How I Saved Over $9000 and Have Nothing to Show For It!

I've been thinking that with the name of my blog being "A Nickel Here, A Dime There" that I should write about how I do try to save some money here and there instead of just writing about the things I sell to make money!

One way I've saved money over the years is by cutting my husbands and our 4 boys hair. I think I started when my oldest boy was probably 2 or 3 years old. My husband had always gotten his hair cut some where or other and I'd watch the stylest and it didn't seem like it would be that hard to do so I finally talked my husband into letting me try it out on him! At the time (28 years ago) he had really nice, thick black curly hair so it was very forgiving if I did botch it up! It actually turned out pretty good and I was in business from then on! I figured it saved us $10-$15 every time I cut his hair. When our little boys got to be about 2 years old I would start cutting their hair also. I figured that I probably cut their hair about 8 times a year. I would aim for every 6 weeks or so but sometimes it would be more like every 8 weeks. I figured out how many years I've been cutting each ones hair, figured roughly $12 per cut (which it probably really would be more) and then came up with this rough estimate of how much I've saved......$9312.00! Not too shabby! Now wouldn't it have been  nice if I had actually put $12 per cut into a jar or savings account over all those years and HAD that money in my hands?!! Why YES, it would! Of course one of the main reasons I cut their hair was to save money because with a big family money was always tight and I figured if I could save money by cutting their hair, then we could use that money for groceries! So, I really did save that much money by learning a new skill but sad to say, it's not in the bank! :) I also have trimmed my girls hair and bangs over the years so I could add more to that figure also!

Here's the only picture that I have of one of the kids getting a haircut. This is our youngest boy 10 years ago. Keep in mind I was 9 months pregnant with our last child and I must have about had it as you can tell by the look on my face! Not a good picture! He did not like getting his hair cut either!

(This was in the middle of the haircut---not the finished product! )
Here's a picture of our boys about 4 years ago.
I think they look pretty sharp but I'm probably biased!
If you think you'd like to save some money this way then there are lots of YouTube videos on how to cut boys hair! Maybe I should look up a video too ....maybe I'd learn some new tricks! 
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Monday, December 7, 2015

Getting Organized.....

Other people...not me! I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with it's head cut off! But this time of year some people are on the look out for organizing tools before the beginning of the year. I just sold this 31 day bill organizer and I also have another one in my eBay store too! Hope it sells too!

31 Day Bill Organizer
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $24.95
I found this leather planner at Goodwill a couple of months ago and it sold a few days ago!

Franklin Covey Day One Planner
Paid $2.88 - Sold for $17.95
I found this nut bowl, cracker and picks at a yard sale a year ago. My in-laws always had one and this reminded me of them! I actually thought about keeping this but my husband is allergic to tree nuts now so I figured it wouldn't be so fun to have around!

Vintage Nut Bowl and Cracker
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $12.00
These Noah's Ark cookie cutters are extra big and they sold within a week or two of listing!

Martha Stewart Noah's Ark Cookie Cutters
Paid $3.88 - Sold for $17.50
Those are some of the best sales I've had on eBay this past week. I've also sold 23 jars and 9 clear vases in my Etsy shop
this past week 3 sets of buttons in my Etsy button shop. I'm loving having a few extra sales. I wish it would keep up!
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Just stoppin' in......

Hello everyone! Don't have time to say too much but wanted to just do a quick update on some good sales I've had lately!
I should have kept this beautiful cross stitch. It wasn't framed so it was easy to mail.
Bird Bath Cross Stitch
Paid $5.00 - Sold for $35.00

Vintage Cookbook
Paid $2.50 - Sold for $17.

4 Puzzles
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $10.95

I always love selling my blue jars and these went to a lady who has bought them from me before. I haven't had any jars break in ages but she emailed me and said that 2 had broken. She said it looked like something heavy had crashed down on one corner of the box. I sent her 2 replacement jars...shipping was $8.10 and the cost of the 2 jars was $2 so I was down $10.10 but I did file an insurance claim with USPS and it actually went smooth and I received a check for $15 so I guess I'm ahead $4.90! Of course the headache and extra work and time was just not worth it but at least I got reimbursed!

10 Blue Ball Quart Jars
Paid $10.00 - Sold for $74.95
Last winter one of my daughters and I went to an auction and bid on several old salesman button catalogs or whatever you call them. I thought these were so neat and my daughter got all excited in a bidding war and we ended up with I think 4 or 5 of these types of catalogs for $65.00, so yeah, I think we paid too much! I just love buttons and thought someone would think they are really unique...these that I sold are like new buttons! I think I started them out higher but I ended up taking $25 for them and I figured they probably cost me about $15 so not a great profit margin.

Vintage Salesman Button Catalog
Paid $15? - Sold for best offer of $25.00
Vintage Magazine
Paid 12 cents - Sold for $7.95
This next item was really neat....put a card in the "identiflyer" and press a button and you can hear the sound each bird makes! We played around with it for quite awhile before I listed sold within a few days of listing!
Birdsong Identiflyer
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $17.95
Loved these teeny bread pans! 12 of them sold for $19.95!

Miniature Bread Pans
Paid $1.00 - 19.95
This next item ended up being a BIG headache! Why would I say I would ship this worldwide? Very hard to find a box for...I ended up paying $8.00 for a box to ship it in! I did end up making $32.48 profit because since it was international shipping I got a big discount on the shipping. I don't think  I will buy these big things anymore! I think I was hoping to sell it on Facebook but that didn't happen.
Vintage Coleman Cooler
Paid $4.00 - Sold for $45.00

Elvis Monopoly Game
Paid $5.00 - Sold for $25.00
So, that's about it! I've had lots of little sales too and hope to have lots more this month! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Don't you just love my clever title? :) Life is busy as usual and I'm just stopping by to show a few of the better sales I've had in the past couple of months. I will try to post more in the next day or two! Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam
I'm going to be on the lookout for more finished cross stitch pieces in the future!
Lavender and Lace Cross Stitch
Paid $3.88 - Sold for $49.95

4 "Four Seasons" Cross Stitch Pictures
Paid $5.00 - Sold for $39.95

Pink Pyrex 4 Quart Bowl
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $29.95

Blue Pyrex 4 Quart Bowl
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $29.95

Vintage Smith Corona Typewriter
Was my Dad's - Sold for $75.00

Child's Play Rug
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $25.00
This pair of shoes was in a "free" box at a yard sale. They were muddied up and the guy just didn't want to clean them so I picked them up and made $25.00!

Mens Rockport Dress Shoes
Free box! - Sold for $25.00

Large Vanity Mirror
Paid $3.88 - Sold for $24.95

Franklin Covey Day One Planner
Paid $2.88 - Sold for $17.95

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 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! 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

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