Friday, February 28, 2014

It's Embarrassing.....

Why do I set these crazy goals for myself and then don't even come close to making them? My goal at the beginning of the month was to list 140 things, or 5 items a day. I thought that seemed do-able. Obviously if you look at my counter on the right you will see that it's not! Of course that doesn't take into consideration all of the stuff that happens in my everyday life. Life is busy! Life is crazy! If I have a day that I happen to sell more stuff, then I have to take the time to get the stuff packaged up and sent out...then there seems to be no time to list stuff! I've also been trying to work on our taxes this month....hoping to get them done in the next few days...they are taking longer than I figured. I hope we get a refund! Also, since we homeschool, I have to keep track of all of that and I'm behind on that it's all swirling around in my head and driving me crazy! So there you have excuses for not reaching my listing goal! Of course if I was super-organized and also felt better than I do I no doubt could have made the goal..........maybe I'll shoot for listing one item a day for March? :)

Yesterday morning I woke up and checked my phone and it said I had sold 2 things on eBay! Yeah! So I went to my eBay store and it showed several things that were paid for and I kept scrolling down and wow!.....someone had bought 13 things from my store!!!!! I couldn't believe it! I've never had that happen on eBay before! The total came to $122.85 not counting shipping! It sure came at a good time! Lots of bills due this week! I could use a few more orders like that! Here's what sold in case you're interested:

Big Strawberry Shortcake Plush
Gift for me to sell from my oldest daughter
Sold for $14.50

German Folding Ruler
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $8.50

Love Comes Softly Series
Gift for me to sell from Autumn (my oldest)
Sold for $12.50

Avon Coleman Lantern
Paid 10 cents - Sold for $7.50

Avon Pheasant Decanter
Paid 10 cents - Sold for $5.50

Avon German Shepherd
Paid 10 cents - Sold for $6.00

Vintage Salt and Peppy
Free off of auction table - Sold for $6.95

Vintage Sewing Case with Wooden Spools
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $10.95

U.S. Polo Assn. Shirt
Paid $2.38 - Sold for $9.95

Tommy Hilfiger Shirt
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $9.75

Mens Italian Shirt
Paid $2.38 - Sold for $9.75

Girls Bubblegum Jeans
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $8.50

Revolving Pictures Book
Paid $4.38 - Sold for $12.50
I made $92.50 clear on all of these things after the cost of the items, fees and packing supplies! I more or less gift wrapped each set of items like the 3 mens shirts together, the books, the Avon....etc...and put them all in a big box that I wrapped with brown kraft paper that has a white floral design on it. I figure it will be more fun for them to open the big box and have lots of little "gifts" to open! I hope they like everything! 
It's crazy.....I bought lots of vintage Avon last summer for 10 cents each and slowly but surely I've been selling it....very slowly....but yesterday I sold those 3 bottles with that big order and then I sold these too!
Avon Eiffel Tower
Paid 10 cents - Sold for $7.50 - Profit $7.31
This went to London!

Avon Calling Decanter
Paid 10 cents - Sold for $10.00 - Profit $7.51

Avon Piano Man
Paid 10 cents - Sold for $5.00

Avon Buffalo Nickel
Paid 10 cents - Sold for $5.00 - Profit on this and the piano was $10.53
These went to Canada!
So I think I've sold 13 Avon decanters so far and I have 16 left in my store. Still, I have made a little bit of profit on them!
Here's more of what I sold this past week on eBay:
24 Full Button Cards
Paid 25 cents - Sold for $6.50 - Profit $5.79

Vanity Mirror
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $14.95 - Profit $9.69

Anne of Green Gables VHS Tapes
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $10.00 - Profit $6.78
Little House on the Prairie Books
Gift to sell from my daughter - Sold for $27.50 includes S&H - Profit $18.10

Blues Clues Bedtime Blue
Paid 88 cents - Sold for $14.50 - Profit $11.18

Red and Cream Enamelware Pan
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $12.00 - Profit $9.22
Curious George Plush
Paid 88 cents - Sold for $10.00 w/free shipping - Profit $4.10
My Etsy Sales for the week were good too! Here they are:
Vanity Mirror
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $12.95 - Profit $11.68

5 Blue Ball Quart Jars
Paid $5.00 - Sold for $32.50 - Profit $23.77

4 Blue Ball Half Gallon Jars
Paid $4.00 - Sold for $45.00 - Profit $38.57

Vintage Embroidered Table Runner
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $5.00 - Profit $3.57
4 Pyrex Early American Nesting Bowls
Paid $15.00 - Sold for $28.50 - Profit $12.88
8 Shabby Blue Ball Quart Jars
Paid $8.00 - Sold for $37.50 - Profit $27.68
I also sold 4 sets of buttons in my button shop for a profit of $14.61. So, it's been a busy week! What I'd like to know is how do people that really sell a lot of stuff every week then have time to list more stuff? Seems like packing up lots of orders would take so much time that then it would be hard to find the time to list. I guess most people don't still have 5 kids at home so that might make a difference.....;).
Well, I need to get to bed. Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam


Friday, February 21, 2014

Lots of Sales and a Couple of "What Would You Do's?

Sold quite a few things this past week! Here are my eBay sales:
27 Rubber Stamps from my stash
Sold for $10.00 - Profit $9.41

11 Boys Shirts from a Friend
Free - Sold for $13.50 - Profit $9.58

5 Pairs boys jeans from a friend
Free - Sold for $13.75 - Profit $13.90

Boys Dress Clothes
Free - Sold for $10.00 - Profit $6.07

3 Pair boys jeans from a friend
Free - Sold for $12.01 - Profit $10.51

Baby Boy Gymboree Jacket
Paid $2.00 - Sold for $7.00 - Profit $5.00
This went to Chili!

Mens Nike Golf Shirt
Paid $4.38 - Sold for $17.51 - Profit $10.42
Hubby's Pepsi Leather Jacket
Sold for $30.00 - Profit $24.43

192 Scrabble Tiles
Paid $2.50 - Sold for $15.00 - Profit $10.16

Homer Laughlin Dinner Plates
Paid $1.20 - Sold for $12.95 - Profit $12.16

Vidal Sassoon Hot Rollers
Paid $4.38 - Sold for $19.95 - Profit $11.18
Lot of 16 Cards and Paper Crafts Magazines
Sold for $9.99 + $88.75 Shipping!!!
Profit $20.17
Now this is where one of the "What would you do?" questions comes in! I sold this lot of 16 older card making magazines to someone for $9.99. The woman is from Latvia! That's in England in case you're like me and didn't know that! It's on the continent of Europe bordering Russia....guess I was getting my "E" words mixed up! :) When I saw that she would have to pay that much shipping I thought she probably didn't realize it and would never pay. The next day she paid! It's hard to believe that someone would pay that much for magazines but she must want them! Anyway, the question is this.....she was charged the $88.75 according to the weight that I put in which was 14 pounds. That's what the actual package ended up weighing too. Since I am a top rated seller, I got a discount of I think 26% so the actual shipping ended up being $71.45. Would you refund her the difference, part of the difference or figure that you earned the discount and you should get to keep the difference? I kinda thought I should at least give her $10 back. Part of the problem is that on international labels they put the cost of the postage right there on the label so she probably will see it if she looks! I've had different people say that the person agreed to pay the price so that's it. What would you do?
Now here are my Etsy sales for the week:
10 Blue Ball Quarts plus 10 Zinc Lids
Paid $10.00 - Sold for $75.00 - Profit $49.28
Sold these 2 sets of jars for $48.50
Profit $40.88
Wonderworld of Science
Paid 50 cents - Sold for $7.00 - Profit $7.26
10 Blue Ball Quart Jars
Paid $10.00 - Sold for $65.00 - Profit $41.28
Now here is where the other "what would you do?" question comes in. This last jar order of 10 jars was placed yesterday. She said she really wanted them for next weekend because she was having a bridal shower for her sister and was going to use these for the flowers. I let her know that I would mail them out Friday. Today I got a note from her saying that it would be great if I could mail them out today and she wondered what the time frame for the shipping would be. When I got the package ready it said parcel select would be 2-9 days. The package is going to New York. I figured it would probably get there by next weekend but...who knows for sure. So I checked how much priority would cost and it was $4.34 more than what I had charged. I didn't have time to send them a message asking if they would want to pay the extra, so I was deliberating in my mind whether or not to just spend the extra and send it by priority mail so they would get them for sure. I didn't want to have to worry about it getting there in time. So, I went ahead and mailed them by Priority Mail. I sent them a note telling them what I did but I didn't even bother saying that it was extra...I tried to but it sounded tacky so I just forgot that part and told them they should get them by Tuesday or Wednesday. So the question....would you have spent the extra to make sure they got them in time? Or would you have hoped for the best with regular shipping? They apparently waited till the last minute to do their shopping so it's kind of irritating.....I was kinda hoping that by me telling them that I shipped them by priority  mail that they might ask if it was extra or offer to pay the extra but they just said thank-you, which is fine. If it would have just been some change or a dollar or so it wouldn't have been so bad. Oh well....just a question for ya! I shouldn't complain...I had a pretty good week!
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam

Saturday, February 15, 2014

3 Sales Since Last Time

I had 6 sales that I posted at the beginning of the week and then I sold these 3 items 2 days ago.
Ball Jar w/#13 on the bottom
Paid $1.00 - Sold for $15.00 - Profit $12.43

A year or two ago I had a "supply" shop on Etsy. I would buy scrapbooking supplies at a Super Dollar Store and then resell them. I never really did very well at it. Partly because I just didn't have time to keep up another shop. So, I have quite a bit of stuff left that I never sold. This is a lot of 17 clear stamp sets that I paid $1.00 each for. I was hoping for more of a profit but at least I got my money back plus a little bit. I still have more of these left to sell too.
17 Clear Stamp Sets
Paid $17.00 - Sold for $24.95 - Profit $4.13

I don't remember if I actually bought any of these lids or not. When I get jars from people there are always lids and extra lids thrown in with them so I'm counting these as "free". Maybe I could have gotten more if I would have waited till summer when people are canning. Maybe I should have divided the lot in 2 listings and I might have done better. This listing only had 13 lids and rings and they got $25.00. Ya just never know exactly what to do or what's going to happen when you list an auction! I had started these at a higher price 2 different times and finally the 3rd time just got what I had lowered the price to.
69 Presto Glass Inserts and Rings
Paid - 0 - Sold for $35.00 - Profit $31.37
I have 4 listings that have bids on them that end tonight. Nothing too exciting though.
We got more snow here this afternoon. Supposed to get a wintry mix of sleet and snow tomorrow night but then this next week the temps are supposed to be in the 40's so all this stuff will start melting! Yeah!!! I think everyone is sick of this winter!
Thanks so much for stopping by! ~~Pam