Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WE ARE DEBT FREE!!!!!

ok, so not our personal accounts so much yet but there's hope now, but our business is completely 100% debt free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


We started 2016 with over $16,000 in credit card debt to our business (a horrible story I don't wish to rehash  but most of it is posted within this blog in the last couple years). Sadly we ended up in default on it due to low sales, medical issues, not listing enough, sourcing too much, a 28% interest rate plus fees, etc. and ended up working with a collector but I made my last payment this morning!!


To those who have followed my journey, thank you all so much for your kind words of encouragement throughout the journey.....they all did mean so much to me.

Now that we have that burden off our back, we are excited to save more, give more, pay off our personal credit cards faster, do some much needed home improvements, and probably my favorite, enroll our kids back in gymnastics :D



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Every Resellers Dream....the Motherload

So, as the family and I were eating at a restaurant on Sunday, I ran past a yard sale post with a girl sized American Girl suitcase for only $5. Me, well being me, asked if she had any clothes, dolls, or accessories. The yard sale closed at 2, we couldn't get there until 2:15 but she would hold the tote of clothes for us.

The lady included the tote for me also as she had no bags and I needed the tote. Bitty baby, Bitty twin, and American Girl stuff galore. 75% of this is branded and tagged American Girl.

I would have gladly paid $50-100 for this tote. The price it came with....$5!!! No that's not a typo. The cost of a 5 buck Dairy Queen lunch. My daughter and I had a blast sorting through this tub. I decided to post a Facebook flash sale before listing on eBay (which I haven't done yet). By the time I went to bed I had $125 in profit. I'm up to over too and I still haven't sorted 1/4 of the tote. Not shabby.

Here are some of the better pieces.

 Lindsay was the first Limited Edition Girl of the Year (in 2001). She is pretty sought after and because of her age, the shoes are often in crappy condition from play....there was a manufacturing defect that showed up with time and use. These sold instantly for $37.

 Shoes very much are a thing. These are Girl of the Year Jess's meet sandals. These haven't sold yet but I have sold several no problem at $20 per pair.

 So this hasn't sold either yet. But it's super pretty. Trying to get $20; it's a little high for the market but super cute.
 ....and the rest of Lindsay's meet outfit (minus the sweatshirt). Also haven't sold this yet but shooting for $20-30

Ruthie's PJ's. $15. Not a super lot of $, but Ruthie is retired and can be pricey and the PJs are cute.



Sunday, October 16, 2016

BOLO Candy Land Castle and a Quick Sale

So this week has been rough. Sales are way down on both Amazon and eBay (I haven't had any extra energy to list) , we had some car problems (thankfully more inconvenience than expensive), and this is the 3rd time in 3 months that our household has been dealing with lice. Except this time it was me who had it and not one of the kids. Fun fact, 44 states have chemical resistent lice; I kinda think that's what we are dealing with. It was bad enough for me that I took a razor and shaved all my hair off (think buzz cut guard 1 LOL). I wish this happened in April when its not quite so cold out Ha. Insult to injury I was exhausted when paying some bills and accidentally overdrafted (ok so this has only happened like 3 times in my life). Not the end of the world, but $100 in fees later I am frustrated.

So needless to say I'm exhausted and ready to head on vacation for a week....but that doesn't happen to February. So I'm going to keep plugging along.

For a quick sale, look for Cards Against Humanity. We sold our set for $50 within a week.

We loved this game for a while but the novelty has worn off....plus this isn't a game to play when kids are around. They used to be order online or print your own only but I saw them at Target the other day. This game actually already made us $. We originally had only the big box and 2 small boxes. Someone on a local site needed one for the next day (and they weren't sold in stores yet); I offered to sell mine to her but told her I needed full price as I was going to repurchase. She was happy to get them; I waited patiently for a great sale and ended up with all 7 boxes for $5 less than she gave me. Not too shabby. To purchase this set retail is about $90.

And then a little BOLO....Candy Land Castle.

This first time I bought this I didn't realize it was a fast $40 flip. My kids LOVED it and played it several times. I have found 3 of them in all of my travels but I have never paid more than $1. (oh and BTW this is Amazon's stock photo not mine).

Hope you all are having a better week than I am.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Septembers Numbers

Well it's that time of the month again! Since most months I'm happy with the profit, I'm FINALLY glad to do these rather than dread them.

Income

ebay 1032.44
amazon 1674.81
etsy 57.39
facebook 78.00
other (sold wrapping paper and preemie clothes on a local site....the facebook category i save for national BST sites) 33.00

Total income
2875.64

Outgo

COGS 898.79
Shipping 296.27
Sellery 100.00
Supplies 42.18
Ebay 116.77
paypal 46.52
etsy 4.20
amazon 733.64
refunds 8.75

Total Outgo 2247.12

Total Profit 628.52

Obviously not quit my job worthy but I love the extra income with one of us always being available for the kiddos.