Friday, March 18, 2016

My "Monthly" Update!

I tell ya, time goes so fast and I really do mean to post more often but then things just get busy! The past month has been so-so for sales. I did really well for a week or two and now the past week or so has been really slow. I guess that's the way it goes! I sold quite a few jars....47 to be exact, among other things in my vintage Etsy shop. I had 14 different orders for a total of $439.23. My button shop is slow because I just don't have time to list much but I did have 4 different orders of 9 packages of buttons for a grand total of $43.85. On eBay I sold 24 items for a total of $372.85. Here are some of the highlights!

Shoes! I love selling shoes! I'm hoping to find lots of them this year when yard sales start! This pair of New Balance shoes were $16.88 at Goodwill. I hated to pay that much but they were in excellent shape and I knew I could make money on them!



Mens New Balance Shoes
Paid $16.88 - Sold for $55.00 - Profit $31.52

I found these Under Armour shoes at a Goodwill in another town when I was buying jars from someone! These were $3.99 and were pretty dirty but they cleaned up well and I made $18.37 clear on them!
Mens Under Armour Cleats
Paid $3.99 - Sold for $25.00 - Profit $18.37

My dear sister is always bringing me some goodies when she visits! She brought this pair of really cute shoes and I sold them for $15.95. Thanks Naomi!

Womens High Heeled Mary Janes
Gift from my sis - Sold for $15.95 - Profit $13.18

Don't forget to pick up stitchery kits and even finished pieces...even if they are not framed!

Sunset Stitchery Party Time for Toys Kit
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $19.95 - Profit $15.60

Finished "Friend" Cross Stitch
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $12.50 - Profit $9.36

The "Friend" cross stitch did have a few small spots on it which I disclosed in the listing. I might have asked more for it if it wouldn't have had the spots.

Seems like I see these little lamp globes a lot at sales or at Goodwill. I've sold a few of them so far!

Milk Glass Lamp Globe
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $19.95 - Profit $15.70

My mom and I both used to collect porcelain dolls. Most of mine ( I really didn't have that many) got broken over the years from having kids around! My mom is downsizing a bit so she gave me this doll to sell. I don't think porcelain dolls are quite as popular as they used to be and I did research prices and settled on $19.95. I was surprised that she actually sold within a few weeks!
Porcelain Doll
Gift from Mom - Sold for $19.95 - Profit $15.89

Next up is this almost new London Fog ladies coat found at Goodwill.

Womens London Fog Coat
Paid $2.88 - Sold for $19.95 - Profit $12.78

So, these were a few of my "better" sales....I know....I figure my average sale on eBay is about $15.53 per item...way below what I would like but I'm hoping to change that with yard sales coming up soon! My average in my vintage store was $31.37 per order so that's good! :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by! ~~Pam








Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Latest Sales

Hello everyone! I always find it hard to think of a catchy title for my blog posts and I'm usually in a hurry so don't have much time to come up with something unique! Anyway, I can't believe it's already been over a month since I posted. I'm always thinking I'm going to try to update at least a couple of times a week and it just doesn't seem to happen! Life is busy! My third son is getting married in a few weeks and we went to a couples shower for him and his bride to be this past weekend. It was fun! So yeah, lots of busy-ness in the days ahead too!
 
I saw this crockpot at Goodwill a few weeks before the Super Bowl and figured it would sell for sure and it did! I hated to pay $6.88 for it but figured I could make at least $20 profit.
 
Rival Football Crockpot
Paid $6.88 - Sold for $35.50 - Profit $22.94
 
I'd been saving my used ink cartridges for a little over a year and finally listed them. I had started them at $85 for a couple of weeks because I had seen that some people were getting around $2.50 each for theirs. Then I had a 10% off sale which took them down to about $75. I got an offer of $50. We needed the money but I wasn't going to go that low. I countered it with $60 plus I threw in 2 more cartridges that I had already used since listing and they accepted that. Not too shabby for something that most people throw away or recycle!

34 Empty HP 61 Ink Cartridges
Sold for $60.00 - Profit $53.85
 
I've been finding some shower curtain hooks lately. It's surprising to me that people are looking for them on eBay! I guess I've always been the type to just buy the cheap less expensive ones at Wal-Mart or the Dollar store! Anyway, I thought these were really cute!

Frogs and Lilies Shower Curtain Hooks
Paid $2.99 - Sold for $14.50 - Profit $9.15



Snowflake Shower Curtain Hooks
Paid $ 1.88 - Sold for $12.00 - Profit $7.92

Star Shower Curtain Hooks
Paid $1.88 - Sold for $12.95 - Profit $8.90
 
These definitely aren't huge money makers but they're quick and easy to mail out and I figure like my blog name says....a nickel here, a dime there.......it all helps out!
 
This next item I'm holding my breath on.....I mailed it out using the "jelly roll" method....I've used it before and things went okay but I get nervous when I do it! This mug was going to California (from Iowa) so it has an extra long way to go! When I got this ready I thought I'm going to just start mailing mugs in boxes because I'm afraid the customer will just think it doesn't look very professional to send it the way I did! Do any of you use the jelly roll method and mail it in a priority padded envelope? I have to say that mine didn't look as neat as the guys in the linked video looked! The person should get it today so I'll let you know how it turns out!
 
Coffee Mug
Paid $1.88 - Sold for $12.95 - Profit $9.03
 
 
 
I don't know if I've ever mentioned it on here before or not but I love to make cards. In fact, that's the first Etsy shop that I opened in 2007....my Cardcrazy Card shop! Since then though, I've opened my button shop, my vintage shop and then started selling on eBay a couple of years ago. Who has time to make cards now? :)  I haven't had any cards in my card shop for a few years now. My last sold card was 4 years ago! So anyway, I'm terrible about getting thank you cards made or any card for that matter. I always have good intentions but then life gets in the way. I have all of this card-making stuff and I just hate to go buy cards when I could make them! But then I don't make them! So this past week I sat down and made a few with an idea I had seen somewhere. I downloaded this printable green stem picture which I don't even remember where I got it from and then added some buttons from my thousands of buttons stash! They are simple but cute! It took me a little over an hour to make the 4 cards. It would have been quicker but I took the time to actually sew the buttons on instead of just gluing them down. I mailed one to my mom, 2 of my sisters and my future daughter-in-law.  I need to figure out a way to carve out some time each week to enjoy this hobby again.
 
Well, that's about it for now! Thanks so much for stopping by! ~~Pam
 

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 it...it 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

Update!

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 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