Friday, February 20, 2015

This Weeks Update

I hope everyone is staying nice and warm! It's been freezing here the past few days! I just wanted to do an update since my last post. I have had 21 sales this past week! These Born shoes were the highest profit of the eBay sales.
 
Born Mary Jane Shoes
Paid $8.88 - Sold for $27.50 - Profit $16.68
 
For jar sales I had an order for 10 of these half gallon jars with a profit of $72.15 on those. I ended up selling 28 jars total this past week for a total profit on them of $190.60!
 
 
Next up are my button sales! I sold this lot of button cards for $22.50. I sold these plus 8 other sets of buttons for a total profit of $50.69. My total button sales for February so far is $81.00. I've really been trying to list more buttons this month. Speaking of buttons, my daughter and I went to an auction the other night that probably had as least 50 feet of tables full of buttons! I will do another post on the ones I bought.....didn't get nearly what I would have liked....there were too many rich button fanatics there apparently!

 
On with the magazines! I sold 3 this past week bringing my magazine profits up to $640.89! I have definitely figured out that the sporting magazines like "Hunting and Fishing" sell better than say the "Farming" magazines. I wish I had more of these but I only have a few left. I do have LOTS of the Farming ones so hopefully there is a collector out there somewhere! I did have a guy recently buy some magazines from me and I checked his store and he sells the advertisements from the magazines! He has thousands of them in his store and it looks like he does pretty good! Maybe I should take that up instead of selling the whole magazine!
 

 
So, those are the highlights from the past 9 days. Here's the breakdown since Feb. 11th:
Items Sold - 21
Total Gross sales - $437.95
Cost of inventory sold - $44.27
Total profit after fees and packing supplies - $346.12
Average price sold - $20.85 per order
New inventory bought - $112.68 ($60.50 for buttons...yikes! )
New items listed so far - 102.....I might actually make my goal this month!!!!
 
I need to try really hard to get my profit up to at least $500/week. Those numbers above are for 9 days so actually that would figure out at about  $269/week average. Gotta work harder!
 
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cushie Elmo

This BIG Cushie Elmo measuring 27 inches long was my one sale from yesterday. I found him at a yard sale last fall for 50 cents. I looked him up on eBay and there weren't any listed! I googled him....didn't seem to be any anywhere! I was excited! I think I started him out at $59.95 but it might have been higher...I don't remember for sure. He sat, and sat, and....I lowered the price...and he still sat....I've had him listed at $24.95 for quite a while. He sold last night. Now here's probably a good reason to just sit tight and not worry about lowering your prices....the nice lady left me this message...."You have saved me! Couldn't find this anywhere and my 4 year old sleeps with it every night." I don't know if something happened to the one she had or if she just needed to replace it because it was getting tattered but someone like that might have been willing to pay the higher price when she was looking and couldn't find another one! Anyway, I'm glad I had it for her and I hope they like it. I guess selling something I bought for 50 cents at a price of $24.95 isn't too bad!
 
Today I had errands to run, people to talk to, supper to cook and laundry to do...I listed one thing! A  magazine for $8.95...whoopee! I did sell 2 sets of buttons but I haven't even got them packaged up yet. It's 12:34 a.m. and I'm heading to bed! Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam
 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Busy, Busy!

I've had a busy few days since I last posted! I've had 17 sales in 4 days!! I think that might be a record for me! I have really been trying to list lots. I've taken tons of pictures and almost need to take a ton more!
 
Here's what I've done since Friday:
 
Friday - listed 3 items totaling $21.95
              sold 5 items totaling $102.90
 
Saturday - listed 2 items totaling $9.75 (buttons)
                 sold 3 items totaling $28.00
 
Sunday - listed 3 items totaling $75.40
               sold 6 items totaling $102.60
 
Monday - listed 7 items totaling $121.85
                sold 2 items totaling $30.90
 
Today I listed $97.40 and have only sold one thing for $25.95 (so far)
 
I have listed $855.40 worth of stuff so far this month so for 10 days that's an average of $85.54/day so not too far off from my $100/day goal! I'll have to try harder though! Here's what sold:

 
2 Enamelware Refridgerator Dishes
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $15.95 - Profit $14.10

Nike Womens Shoes
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $15.95 - Profit $12.88


2 Hunting and Fishing Magazines
Paid 24 cents - Sold for $19.00 - Profit $15.99

Haeger Oval Planter
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $10.00 - Profit $7.30


2 Country Gentleman Magazines
Paid 24 cents - Sold for $18.00 - Profit $13.11
 
I just LOVE selling shoes! This was a nice big pair and a pretty good profit too! I can't wait till yard sales start up because I will definitely be on the lookout for shoes this year!

Nike Air Max Ken Griffey Shoes Size 13
Paid $4.88 - Sold for $45.00 - Profit $33.84

Pampered Chef Mini Cookie Cutters
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $7.95 - Profit $5.80
 
My total profits on the old magazines is up to $617.82!!! I bought about 300 old magazines in May of 2014 and paid $36.00. I've sold 89 magazines so far so that figures out at a profit of $6.94 each which doesn't seem like a lot but it does add up! Still have lots of magazines listed and lots to list too!

Hunting and Fishing Magazine
Paid 12 cents - Sold for $9.50 - Profit $7.94

Boyd Mason Jar
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $12.95 - Profit $9.38

176 Bingo Numbers and Markers
Paid 25 cents - Sold for $17.95 - Profit $15.40

9 Mini Angel Food Pans
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $12.95 - Profit $10.08
7 Ball Quart Jars
Paid $7.00 - Sold for $52.00 - Profit $45.50

Avon Eiffel Tower
Paid 10 cents - Sold for $9.95 - Profit $10.33

Ball Jar with #13 on Bottom
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $15.00 - Profit $

8 Pink Buttons
Paid 25 cents - Sold for $2.25 - Profit $1.36
 
Well, it's really late and that's about it for now! Thanks so much for stopping by! ~~Pam

Friday, February 6, 2015

Thursdays Sales

I sold a few things today. Nothing really big but every little bit helps!
 
Air Jordan Size 3XL Mens Shirt
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $19.95 - Profit $13.97

Vintage Hunting and Fishing Magazine
Paid 12 cents - Sold for $9.00 - Profit $7.35


2 Sets of Buttons
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $7.90 - Profit $7.17
2 Clear Half Pint Jars
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $13.00 - Profit $13.27
 
I didn't get as much listed as I hoped....I listed 6 items...1 on eBay, 3 on DownVintageLane and 2 on ButtonCrazy. I sold 5 things as shown totaling $49.85 so not a big day but I guess if I sold that every day it would be almost $350 week which I would gladly take right now! My goal is to sell at least $100/day. I can't wait till yard sales start up but that's practically 2 months away! I have noticed that since I've been listing more the past few days I've been selling more so I just need to keep at it! I really would like to get at least 3-5 sets of buttons listed every day so that they will start selling. I have 108 sets of buttons in my Etsy shop right now but I have SO MANY buttons that I could be listing. They aren't a really big ticket price but they're still sitting around here just waiting to be sold so I might as well try to sell them!
 
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday Update

I kept really busy today...lots of this and that and I also took tons of pictures! I think that is my least favorite part of this selling business and I've heard lots of sellers feel the same way! But, I guess it's got to be done! I took pictures of 23 items. I listed 10 of them tonight! I had a pretty good day as far as how many items I sold but they weren't very high dollar items....total sales was $75.85 for 7 things!
 
My sister Naomi loves to go thrifting and she's been finding things that she thinks I might be able to sell and bringing them to me when she comes for a visit. I actually got lots of those items photographed today and I also sold 3 things that she gave me. This next dress is a maternity dress she found. I should have pinned the front before I took the pictures but it sold after just being listed a couple of days!

Liz Lange Maternity Dress
From Naomi (my sister) - Sold for $10.95 - Profit - $9.45
 
These shoe stretchers came with the mens Florsheim shoes that she gave me that I sold a couple of weeks ago. I realized after I sold them that I must have accidently clicked on "free shipping" ... I could just kick myself! I don't think I actually clicked it....I sometimes use someone else's listing to "sell similar" and then I forget to unclick their free shipping. It's happened to me a couple of times here lately...got to be more careful about that!

Vintage Shoe Stretchers
From Noami - Sold for $15.00 - Profit - $7.16
 
And here's one of the many mens shirts she brought to me. Thank you Naomi for all the things you've brought for me to sell.....it helps so much!

Cabela's Mens Sweatshirt
From Naomi -Sold for $12.00 - Profit $9.35
 
My youngest sister had been looking through my vintage shop and spied these next 2 items and she wanted them for her new kitchen d├ęcor...she's going for a partly country/cottage look. She's very talented if you'd like to take a look!
 
Cute Chick
Gift to sell from one of my sisters - Sold for $10.00 - Profit $10.00

Vintage Gold Egg Plate
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $10.00 - Profit $9.00
 
Tigger Rattle/Lovey
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $8.95 - Profit $9.08
This Tigger is going to Canada and I actually made a little on the shipping.
 
Nike Team Baby Outfit
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $8.95 - Profit $7.03
 
Well, that's about it. I did list 10 things today for a total of $123.75.
 
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam
 
 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tuesdays Sales

I sold 6 items today.....here's the stats.....
 
3 Atlas Half-Pint Jars
Paid $3.00 - Sold for $17.95 - Profit $13.06

Hound Dog Figurine
Gift from one of my sisters - Sold for $19.95 - Profit $12.42
 
Avon Coleman Decanter
Paid 10 cents - Sold for $9.95 - Profit $7.74



3 Sets of Pearl Buttons
Paid 75 cents - Sold for $13.50 - Profit $12.54
 
 
So Monday I listed 5 items total...1 on eBay, 2 on DownVintageLane and 2 on ButtonCrazy. Total of items that I listed is $103.10......that's the price I have them listed at...not the price I paid for them!
 
Tuesday I listed 8 items total....4 eBay, 2 DownVintageLane and 2 ButtonCrazy. Total of items that I listed is $118.10.
 
I guess I'm figuring that I'd like to (need to) sell at least $100/day eventually so I should list at least that amount...I know...it needs to be way more but I'll shoot for that right now!
 
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Monday, February 2, 2015

Snow Storm and Last 24 Hours Sales

We got a nice little blizzard Saturday and Sunday here in Iowa....about 12 inches of snow! It looked so pretty out my kitchen window this morning though! The trees were just gorgeous with the snow on them.
 

 
 
Sunday proved to be pretty good for me! I sold $157.90 worth of stuff! That stuff cost me $20.00 so not too bad! Here's what sold!
 
 
Weekly Reader Books
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $14.95 - Profit $10.53

10 Blue Ball Pint Jars
Paid $10.00 - Sold for $49.95 - Profit $31.74

Womens EMT Pants
From my sister - Sold for $22.50 w/fs - Profit $14.17
Little Boys Suit Size 6
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $15.00 - Profit $15.09
 
6 Blue Ball Quart Jars PLUS 3 Milk Glass Vases
Paid $7.50 - Sold for $55.50 - Profit - $45.56
 
 
So Sunday I listed 11 items total...9 on eBay and 2 on ButtonCrazy. Total of items that I listed is $137.65. I know I never seem to make my listing goals but I just have to try a lot harder because we really need my income to help out so I've got to crack down on myself! I'm going to shoot to list at least $100 worth of stuff a day....we'll see how it goes...thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam