Tuesday, August 21, 2018

August Sales Update 2018

Hello, hello everyone! I just wanted to check in and let y'all know a few of my numbers from the month of August this far! Side note, I am officially starting nursing school on Monday, (100% paid for with scholarships this year, woo!) so I'm preparing for my numbers to plummet when I won't be able to work as much. Right now though, they aren't TOO bad. They aren't the best, but it is what it is! 

So far I have sold 67 items for a grand total of $2044.30. That number of course is before shipping costs, fees, and cost of inventory, but my numbers are definitely growing compared to previous years! My profit each month after expenses for the past little while has been right around $1,500-$2,000 a month, so I can't complain! I have been able to add to our savings account tremendously with this extra cash and we are paying down our debt as quick as we can! 

I hope you all are doing well and getting your inventory built up for Q4! It is right around the corner and I can't wait!! 


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Aww You Guys!!

Thank you all so much for commenting on my last post!! I have missed hearing from you all and it was so nice to know that I've been missed too! I really do miss blogging and talking to everyone, so I may just have to start back again! 

Here's my to-do list for today:

  • List 35 new items. (That's my ENTIRE death pile!!) I had over 750 items in my store, but I cleaned out and sold some mystery boxes over on Poshmark, so now I'm down to 420 active listings. My sales have dropped drastically since I cleared out some stuff, so I am trying hard to get my listings up before school starts back in two weeks! I struggle big time with finding inventory, so it will be hard for me to increase my numbers without an outlet trip or two, so I'm working on making plans to go soon! 

  • Return my couches to Kohl's. This has had me SO stressed out. I purchased a set of couches when they were on sale 3 months ago and they are absolutely falling apart! That was definitely my mistake when I thought Kohl's would have nice quality furniture... It's currently pouring the rain here, so they may not get to go back today, but I'm ready for them to go! Kohl's has a hassle-free returns program for those of you who don't know that! They will accept returns indefinitely as long as you have the receipt, even if the item is used! 

  •  Go to Lowe's. We are building a privacy fence in my backyard to keep my dogs in (and to avoid staring into the neighbors yard, country girl here, not used to having neighbors!) We need to buy some more lumber to get the pickets up, but again, pouring the rain. May not get to work any.. :( 

  • Inventory. I have been meaning to do this for MONTHS! For some reason eBay likes to accidentally delete some of my active listings and I have unlisted inventory packed away thinking it's up for sale! This drives me crazy! It takes a while to go through and do all this, but since my new system is alphabetized, maybe it won't take as long.

I hope you all are having a very productive day as well!! It seems like I'm doing a lot, but honestly, it's just a few things mixed with a lot of Netflix and eating! 

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Has it Been a Over Year Already? - August 2018

Anyone still out there? Has it been so long that no one ever reads blogs anymore? I wasn't even sure Blogger still existed when I logged on this morning... 

How has a year gone by since my last post?! I remember when I was posting daily and meeting so many awesome resellers along the way. Life really does get in the way of things. 

As a little update, I have no idea if I will start blogging again or if I will stick to Instagram (find me @theteenthrifter,) like I have been doing. I miss the long posts where I can give details about every little sale and what's going on in my life. I feel like I can't achieve the same results on Instagram, but I absolutely love the community over there. Who knows, but today I'm in the mood to write a long post and see if any of my peeps are still out there reading this thing! 

So let's begin with life. Skip over this part if you only want to see my sales growth since last year! I am in my 3rd year of college, completely paid for with scholarships, and I have recently changed my major to nursing with goals of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. School is about to become pretty intense, but I am so thankful that it is 100% paid for and I can use eBay as my stress reliever when things get tough. (Is that a sign of thrifting addiction?)  

I am married, 7 months on July 30th, living in a beautiful house that my husband and I bought last August, (I think I mentioned that in my last post... a year ago...) 

(My dress came from eBay. Gotta stick to my roots.)

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When we bought our house we were able to put 20% down and place down hardwood floors throughout the entire house! We have goals to be debt free ASAP! 

We also now have two wild animals dogs that we tolerate LOVE very much. 
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Our newest is Gracie, the Double Merle Australian Shepherd. She's special, that's for sure. Bella, the terrier/shih-tzu, isn't too sure about her just yet.  

And for the part you've all been waiting for... the eBay stuff!!

 I am able to pay 100% of our bills with my eBay income! My husband still works because eBay may not be forever, we are debt snowballing, and we love to travel and do all the extra things in life, but if anything ever happened, I know we would be able to sustain ourselves with eBay.  

My sales for July 2018 totaled over $3,000. Of course after fees, shipping, and cost of goods, I only ended up with a profit of $1,700, but hey, that's all we need to pay the bills! That amount was achieved by putting in MAYBE 10-20 hours a week, if that. So I know if you worked at it full-time, 40+ hours a week, that number would soar! 

I have definitely learned SO much since my last blog post. I have became more picky about what I buy and what I list it for. I also have a no death pile rule that is helping me tremendously! 

Imagine if everyone sold on eBay solely as a part-time, fun money job. We could all go on beach vacations at least once a year with these numbers! There is no excuse not to sell on eBay and I think even after graduating college, I won't be able to stop. It becomes an addiction that I am sure most of y'all can relate to and there is nothing bad about having that extra stream of income in case anything ever happens. 

That's it for my "I'm not dead" post! I am off to the TJ Maxx yellow tag clearance sale to see what I can find! If you are reading this blog post, please comment and let me know you're still here and how you're doing! 

As always, thanks for reading! 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May Sales Update Breakdown 2017

May 2017 Sales Update

Number of items sold: 124
Total Sales: $2,001.15
Shipping Costs: -$458.88
Ebay Fees: -$168.67
Paypal Fees: -$91.95
Commission Sales: -$52.65
Store subscription: -$59.95

Final total before expenses: +$1,169.05

Cost of new inventory: -$354.81

No where close to where I need to be... Off to list. 

P.S. My fiance and I may have just bought a house.. Definitely need to be making more than $800 a month now! Pictures to come! 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Sales Update

Good morning!

I'm back with a quick little sales update!! This weekend was GREAT! I ran another one day half off sale for Memorial Day and I ended up with around 20 sales! I wish I could have that many a day!!

I bought some pretty good things over the weekend to resell too! My best find was a lot of 13 1980s strategy board games. I should make a pretty penny on those. 

Today is a Tuesday, so I have to leave for work in 2 hours.. Where has the morning gone?! I wish I had more time to post details and actually have something worth reading on here, but I have to go and get some listing done. I'll try to have a better post for y'all tomorrow. 

Thanks for putting up with me everyone!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekend Sales 5/20 & 21

WOW! What a weekend!!! I had more packages going out today than ever before!! I shipped 27 items out!!! UNBELIEVABLE! I shipped my Friday sales out on Saturday morning, so this was just from Saturday and Sunday!! My gross sales total is up to almost $1,400 for the month of May, so not bad! I think I had a profit of around $200 for the weekend. Can't beat that! I wish everyday I could make $100! 

I don't have much time today, as I'm going to try to get around 50 pieces listed. My goal is to hit that $2,000 in gross sales before the end of the month. (I'm shooting for a little smaller goal since I don't think that 10K goal is going to be possible.) So I need to sell $600 more! I have around 100 pieces to list and I definitely have some good stuff! 

Here's two of my favorite finds from my Friday yardsaling trip! 

I found this Pier 1 mirror for $8!!! I LOVE it so much. It is HUGE! It'll look great in the house that I don't currently have... LOL I sent this pic to my fiance to ask if he liked it for our future home and he texted me back and said "Why would we need a picture of someone's legs?" ........ I don't think he was fully awake at the time. 

This was probably my favorite find of the day! It's a Sears Bonnet collection desk. It's a super cute piece that I could not leave behind. Especially for only SEVEN DOLLARS!!! $7!!! I don't know why it was still there!! I love the style. I think we are going to repaint it white, since the paint is peeling in some places. I may do a silver trim around the drawers. We will see. I'll be sure to post an after pic once it's finished. 

I'm seeking some help with this dress! I bought it at a fill a bag for $1 sale. It is handmade with no tags. I feel like it will do well on eBay maybe for a costume or just for someone to wear out. It's so pretty. If anyone has any keywords, or can take a guess at the era this dress is from, I would greatly appreciate it! I need a good title to get this beauty sold! It has that weird back and neckline and it has a rhinestone trim. Any help is appreciated!! 

So that's really all that's been going on with me. I'm going to go and get started on some listings!! 
Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you have a productive day!! 


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sales Update 5/19/17

Good morning everyone!! I had a great day yardsaling yesterday!! I found some AWESOME stuff. Our car was so loaded down that I could barely see out the back. It was GREAT! The first sale we stopped at had fill a bag with clothes for $1, so of course I racked up there. I found some Birkenstock sandals for $1.50 and some brand new with tags 2XL  Mossy Oak snow suit pants that only cost around $0.10!!  Those weren't even my best finds! I found me a pier 1 reclaimed wood mirror for $8 and a vintage desk for only $7!! I just need to find me a house now to put all this stuff in! I ended up spending around $60. So not a bad day!! I shouldn't have any trouble making that back.

I had 9 sales yesterday! Some pretty nice ones too! One of my favorites were the 3 packs of gum I bought at the dollar tree and then sold for $10 LOL! I never would've guessed!!! I'll have to start looking harder next time I go and see what else I can resell! 

Sales for 5/19 totaled $83.85, putting me at a grand total of $991.18 for the month of May. Still not where I want to be, but better than nothing. I need more time to list! 

I've started going to a PT facility on Tuesdays and Thursdays and volunteering so that I can get some observation hours in, and I absolutely love it! I just wish I had more time to work on eBay, because I have really missed it. I'm spending as much time as I can though on listing, so maybe those numbers will come back up soon. I'm planning on running a 50% off sale again this weekend on all my old stock and whatever I don't sale will be put up for the next yardsale we have. I'm ready to start fresh and hopefully that will give me a jumpstart in sales. I think if I have less items in my store that sell faster, and I continue to list daily to replace those sales, it will help me to make more money. We will see how it goes! 

If you're looking for my store, my username is eggbert2011! 

Thanks for reading!