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
 

21 comments:

  1. I used the jellyroll method on one mug, and it broke. I bought cardboard boxes that fit inside a flat rate envie and use those, plus the boxes are good for small things that you need to put in a box for protection. About 25c each. Wish I could find free ones in the right size.

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    1. I've used this method a couple of times and so far so good...I'll see what happens this time. What size are the boxes you get and where do you get them if you don't mind my asking? I really would rather use boxes and it would be great if they fit in the flat rate envelope! Thanks! ~~Pam

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    2. Pam: they are called scotty stuffers. Here is a video on how it works. https://youtu.be/xpOn-zpKzrk
      I enjoy your blog.
      Kerylann

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  2. So nice to read of your recent sales. And thanks for sending me one of those charming little button cards. It was a nice surprise in the mail the other day! :)

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    1. Yes, it was about time, wasn't it? :-) ~~Pam

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  3. I was inspired by your shower curtain hooks sales. I have some red and white snowflake ones listed with two watchers. I just upped the price from 9.99 to 12.99 :)

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    1. I have a set of those too! I'm wondering if they'll even sell till next winter now! I was surprised that my blue snowflake ones sold though so who knows! Thanks for your comment! ~~Pam

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  4. super cute cards! I know about finding time for hobbies! Seems there's always something more important to do. I like photography and have made photo cards...but not in a looonng time. :)

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Yes, there always seems like there's something else higher on the priority list! ~~Pam

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  5. Hi Pam,
    I just listed my old ink cartridges too, I have 18 & my price is $30 so based on what you got for your lot my price should be about right, we will see. Those cards you made are so cute.
    Rhonda

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    1. Thanks Rhonda! I hope you get your asking price soon on your ink! ~~Pam

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  6. Love the cards and the crockpot. Very cute.

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  7. Hi Pam, I love selling shower curtain rings, I found ones recently that were brand new and looked like car tires. I wasn't sure about them as there were only 11 of them, not 12. But I bought them for like $1.99 and sold them for $20. Even though one was missing, I got great feedback that the buyer loved them.

    Jelly roll method - I've been using it from the very beginning..for me that is since 2013. I've mailed a lot of mugs that way and have only had one arrive broken. But I got my money back as PM comes with $50 insurance for Top Rated Sellers. I have no problems with it.

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    1. Thanks Margaret! I also found a set of 11 hooks awhile back not realizing when I bought them that there was one missing....they still sold! I might have to keep up with the jelly roll method. I haven't heard anything from the cup I mailed out last week so I'm thinking no news is good news! ~~Pam

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  8. Pam, thank you for the kind remarks about my painted suitcase. I love the cards with the buttons on them!

    xo Dianne

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  9. Love your blog!!! Thanks for sharing... I just started a youtube channel myself about what I have recently sold on ebay for $20 or more. I hope you'll check it out!

    Thanks again!
    ~Becky (Dorky Thrifters)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdJezDulkxs

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    1. I checked out your videos Becky! I love them! I will keep watch for your latest ones! Thanks! ~~Pam

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