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.


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


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. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fourth Quarter Push....Listing Goal Checkup.

It's the most wonderful time of the year....for retailers anyway. Hoping its profitable for everyone reading this. Sadly Halloween costume sales aren't rolling in the way they have the last couple years. Brick and mortar stores certainly have upped when their sales start....I have already seen a Target Cartwheel coupon for 40% off.

That being said, I set really low listing goals for myself. I knew September was the last real month I would have time to do anything (or energy; being that my job is in a busy strip mall across from an enclosed mall we will be completely nonstop through all of December).

My goal was 5-10 items a month for Etsy and 30-31 items a month for eBay. I haven't been sourcing for Etsy either....my midyear game plan became to focus on eBay; anything on Etsy is a bonus.

                                    My actual listing.....

 Month                  Ebay            Etsy
Jan                         21                  10
Feb                       21                   0
March                    34                 1                
April                        49                  1
May                          7                   0
June                       ?                    ?
July                          ?                     ?
August                      28                     0
September                146                     0

It doesn't help I forgot to record 2 months of listing....but I don't think it was much. I look at Septembers numbers and I have no idea where I got that energy from. It does help on my days off all 3 kids are in school. Plus even with that high of a number I have been making sure to take more time for myself and I am overall happier in 2016 than past years.

I wish my sales immediately started reflecting what I list but we all know that isn't the case.

Happy listing everyone!