Monday, September 29, 2014

I've Been Gone A Whole Week! Catchin' Up on Sales 9/17-9/29

Hey everyone!! I'm back from my trip to Mackinac Island in Michigan!! I went last Sunday with a group of senior citizens from Tennessee. We had a BLAST! I took a whole week off from school, eBay, and blogging, but I'm glad to be back! It was absolutely beautiful up there! The weather was perfect and I got to spend my week with some of the best people. 

I did not put my store on vacation the week I was gone. I left my parents in charge of all the questions and shipping. Boy was that something. I am a total control freak when it comes to my eBay business. I like to know how much money is being spent, where it's going, how it's being packaged.. It was super hard for me to go away knowing my business was in their hands. They managed it well though for the whole week! And of course, the week I am gone, I had more sales than I've had probably all month! I've decided I need to go on vacation a lot more... 

I had a total of 26 sales since my last sales update! 
I am super excited about that number! I wish I could get up to around 100+ a month, but I'm happy with the 50 monthly sales I'm getting now. 

I picked up these infant John Deere boots from a girl on our Facebook yardsale site. Paid - $2 Sold for - $19.95 +free shipping

My mom picked this costume up for me a couple months ago. It's a homemade scarecrow costume and it cost $2. I wasn't sure how to list something homemade.. So I listed it for $19.95 +free shipping, and it sold within hours.. Maybe I priced it too low? Who knows. 

Here's another costume! I bought this Transformers costume for $2 at a yardsale, only to come home and find out that it had two holes in it... I listed it cheap and it sold pretty fast for $9.95 +shipping. 

I sold this Harley Davidson cap for $9.95 +free shipping. Paid $0.25

These Twinkle Toes were my sisters, they sold for $14.95 +shipping. Our mail carrier picked them up, then marked them delivered in Kentucky instead of Florida.. So of course I received a crazy message from an enraged buyer... Thank goodness I got that straightened out, and they left positive feedback as well! 

I sold this KJV leather covered Bible for $19.95 +free shipping. Not sure what I paid for this. Probably $0.50? 

Here's yet another costume! This Disney Tinkerbell costume was given to me from my grandma. It sold for $9.95 +shipping to Canada. 

I sold this belt buckle for a friend, it sold for $19.95 +shipping to Italy! 

Here's the rest of the things I sold these past 12 days (without pics!).

  • ACE Grade 3 Hardcover Book - $5 +shipping
  • 1 tube 340 Covergirl Naturelux Makeup - $7.95 +free shipping.
  • 3 tubes 340 Covergirl Naturelux Makeup -$23.85 + Free Shipping
  • 2 Tubes 335 Covergirl Naturelux Makeup - Best offer - $14 +Free Shipping
  • Lot of 12 Vintage Piano Sheet Music Books - $5 +shipping
  • Lotus Flower Wooden Abacus - Best offer $7 +shipping
  • Girls size 7 Denim Jacket - $9.95 + shipping
  • Mcoy mini glass jar - $5 +shipping
  • Wooden Box Coffee Grinder - $30 +free shipping
  • Two Diner Style Coffee Mugs - Best offer $10.50 +shipping
  • Womens Faded Glory Jeans - $7.95 +free shipping
  • GAP Size 0 Denim Skirt - $14.95 +free shipping
  • Girls Speechless Dress - $9.95 +free shipping
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Table Decor $9.95 +shipping
  • Briggs New York Black Blazer - $19.95 +free shipping
  • Using the American Quarter Horse Book - $9.95 +shipping
  • Merona Orange Womens Skirt - $14.95 +shipping
Here's something else I sold... I received it back in the mail today, with a sticker attached saying undeliverable address.. I sent the buyer an email saying that I believe the address provided was wrong, and that I'd reship for $X.xx or refund her purchase less any shipping and fees... I hope I did the right thing with that situation! This dress sold for $9.95 +free shipping.

Also! If anyone one reading wouldn't mind.. Please check out my store and my listings HERE.. Let me know what I need to do to improve the quality! I'm really searching for pointers on taking pictures of and listing clothing. I also would like any tips on listing templates. I think they would be so handy to have and use, and also make my listings look so much more professional. I just can't figure out how to use them in my listings.

Thanks everyone for reading! I hope you've had a good few weeks as well!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Trash to Cash Thursday: Household Items

Hey everyone! It's trash to cash Thursday! 
Here's a few common household items that sell for some pretty good cash! 

100 EMPTY Toilet paper rolls sold recently for $10.50 +shipping. That's some decent return on all that toilet paper we buy! It all adds up! Check it out HERE.

If you have a baby at home, you may want to consider collecting all those baby food jars! A lot of 70 jars recently sold for $55.60 +shipping! Check it out HERE.

So before you throw out what you think is "trash", look it up on eBay! You may have some extra cash in your trash! 

Thanks for reading everyone!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What to Sell Wednesday: Fall Decor

Hey everyone! Fall is in the air! This is by far my favorite season! It's so colorful, and cool, we get to bring out the sweaters, and boots! My favorite part would definitely have to be the baking and sweets!! Or.. No.. The FOURTH QUARTER!! EBay's #1 selling time of the year! Everyone's online for holiday shopping! Here's a few things that sold this week for BIG money! 

A lot of 1,000+ fall leaves.. I'm thinking easy money! Check it out HERE. They sold for $295.99 +almost $90 for shipping! CRAZY! 

Here's a lot of FIVE pumpkins! Grown in KENTUCKY! They sold for $125 +shipping! WOW! Check it out HERE.

**Update** Reader Marci let me know these are NOT real pumpkins! That title they used is deceiving if you're like me and don't know what "faux" means! They look so real! 

Some crazy prices for some easy to get items! I guess people will pay for anything! Let me know in the comments below if you like my new post!
Thanks for reading!

Sales Update 9/11-9/17

Hey everyone! I'm back with a quick sales update! I have had 5 sales since my last post.. Just 5. And TWO buyers haven't even paid! What's the deal! I guess it's because eBay has been down A LOT this past week.. Who knows. Whatever it is though, it needs to stop! Fourth quarter is here and sales should be going strong! 

Here's the 3 items I've sold this week that have been shipped out! 

This microwave plate sold for $14.95 +Shipping.

This Cracker Barrel coffee mug sold on sale for $7.46 +shipping. 

These Eastland shoes for a best offer of $6 +shipping. I definitely could've gotten more. I don't know what I was thinking. 

That's all for this week! Horrible sales week. I need to get listing before I leave for Michigan Sunday! Hopefully I'll have some better sales this weekend.. 
Hope you all are doing well!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quick Sales Update 8/25-9/10

Hey everyone! I'm back with a quick sales update! I'm so sorry my posting has been so sporadic. I have been so busy with college and ebay lately.. I'm also fixing to go to Michigan for a week! Lots going on... I'm going to try and get you all caught up though! 

Here's what I've sold since my last post: 

I paid $0.25 for this Daytona cap. It sold for $9.95 +shipping to a company that buys U.S. sellers items, and ships them overseas. I thought that was pretty neat. 

Here's a case where Walmart items sell! This denim jacket is Faded Glory, and it ended up selling for $14.95 +shipping.

These boots were my sisters, but they were too big. They sold for $19.95 +shipping. After selling, I saw the same pair for $39.95... Oh well. 

I bought this sealed Pit game at Goodwill for $0.50. It sold for $19.95 +shipping. 

This cross stitch kit sold within a few minutes for $20.95 +free shipping. I bought this one for $6, but I still made a little. 

I picked up this Starbucks travel mug for $0.25 and it finally sold the other day for $15.95 +free shipping. 

Another ornament sale! This one sold for $16.99 +free shipping. I figured that each ornament cost me approximately $0.64 each. I've made a killing! I'll try and figure up total sales on all my ornaments soon. 

Here's another Walmart item! This really makes me think I need to go shop the clearance racks at Walmart, and try and find character specific pieces.. Does anyone else do that?? 

This Hello Kitty dress sold for $19.95 +free shipping. 

Here's my vintage Jansport backpack! It sold for $20.45 at auction +shipping.  

Lastly, we have a bar of soap that Derek picked up for $0.50. It sold at auction for $12.10 +free shipping. The lady that bought it even asked if I had anymore! Definitely a BOLO! 

I've been selling a lot on the weekends, and  practically nothing through the week.. I'm trying to list my inventory and get ready for the holiday rush! How about you all? How's sales? 

Also! Another quick question. Are the new selling standards affecting any of you? I've heard a lot of sellers saying their accounts have been shut down completely. I have lost my top rated seller status, by 0.92%. I'm trying hard to get it back up and praying I stay above that 5% line! 

Thanks for reading everyone! 
Have a great rest of the week!!