Saturday, September 16, 2017

Just Keep Listing

I have to fight myself to list everyday now but it's a good problem to have. I have been selling so much I have a hard time both listing and shipping. It's been a great problem to have though. My Halloween goal is currently 864/1000 so I guess we will probably blow this one out of the water.

I belong on a facebook site for all the "hot" toys. I talked about in the last post how I don't personally sell them as I have been the parent for too long. However, I am familiar with 1 gentleman in our area who cases every Toys r Us, Walmart, and Target within a 2.5 hour radius. It's super frustrating. My daughter wants this 1 limited edition $5 car for Christmas; they sell for $200-800 on Amazon. When he posted at my Target buying 3 of them (it's guestimated to only be 1 out of 100 cars or so) about 10 minutes before I was in the store, I was super pissed. He's got this warehouse of sorts and all the "good" posted deals are gone long before I can get to them....I'm sure he isn't the only one (funny story on his facebook page he complains about another reseller getting to toys before him).

So yeah, I'm already frustrated about that. Called and talked to the manager. They are already aware of him (he stands outside the door an hour before open) they have to have loss prevention follow him around so he doesn't use self checkouts etc. They said they will call me when another comes in but won't hold. Well I'm not about to get into a physical altercation and I don't really want to wait an hour before fucking open so I'm not sure my daughter will get it or not.

Hubby is constantly asking me (in reference to Facebook) why I keep putting myself through this. I'm super cranky this year (more on that in a minute) and I see literally dozens upon dozens to hundreds of toys being held hostage. I get its a way to pay bills but for the love of all things good UGH!

I know it's a want not a need and I am a reseller too. But when is greed greed and not a way to make a couple extra bucks.

On another note, sourcing has been pretty good and yard sales meh. I don't know if I don't like them as much or if there quality and quantity are legitimately down. Getting inventory up for Amazon will certainly ease my stress a little.

I know I don't talk about my job much. I hope there are very few of you who know for what I chain I work for. We got a new General Manager maybe 3 weeks ago. It was an ex assistant manager who left badmouthing the company. Anyway long story short, they are an absolute nightmare to work for. She is a former assistant manager and came in after like 6 months thinking everything would be the same....think bull moose in a china shop. I get text after text after text how the restaurant is in the shitter and it is all my fault (I ran the store between GMs for 3 weeks and our scores were substantially higher). I don't have a good stress management tool and ADHD so thoughts never stop running through my head and I actually had the biggest panic attack of my life due to her. Like completely shut down ended up at the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. I know I can't work like this anymore and hubby wants me to start an HR claim for harrassment. She is blocked on my phone currently. Anyway have any advice for how to deal with a shitty coworker?

Happy sourcing! Reselling is currently keeping most of my sanity intact.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August Totals and a Fun Goal

So I'm all about little fun goals......this year was the first year we went all in going crazy buying seasonal items for the following year. So we are oozing Halloween items from 2016. So we set a goal of $1000 in gross sales for Halloween seasonal items. As I continued to list on both Amazon and Ebay I realized this goal might be a tad low but I'm going to run with it anyway. Soo.....I started a tally going back 90 day on how much sold and on what marketplace. I'm going to update each month from now till October's totals just for fun. Depending I may do something like this for Christmas too but I have a feeling I may be too busy.

Halloween goals- $1000 in gross sales
eBay $275.70
Amazon 238.34
total to date 514.04


So we are approaching the very beginning of the buying season (although in my experience it really is the last week of September) and I'm already halfway to my goal. I've started doing little things like this because I've been really discouraged at work lately and I need to find a way to keep myself motivated.

I almost passed up on this dress because I didn't want to put out $5.00. It sold within 2 weeks for full price of $24.95+ shipping. 

But now on to the regular numbers.....

August was nice to see numbers increase. I listed more consistently on eBay which I'm sure helped. (did they change anyone else's selling central format? They did mine I guess it's in beta but after getting used to it I love it). Amazon sales are slower than I would like but we are working on sending in several more boxes.I hope 4th quarter really rocks it with sales.

Income:
ebay 801.73
facebook 0
etsy 10.90
amazon 1000.52
other/swap 27.90

outgo
COGS 354.11
shipping 305.00
sellery 100.00
supplies 37.11
paypal 37.14
ebay 109.75
amazon 412.50
etsy 4.64
refunds 25.69

total income 1841.05
total outgo 1385.64

total profit 455.41

those amazon fees never cease to bug me :D

Here's to hoping September is awesome!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The "hot" Toys of 2017

I don't really sell many "hot" toys for Christmas just because I feel bad for the parents looking for them.....that's not to say I never sell any.

I don't sink tons of money into them as some "hot" toys notoriously flop and I got burned bad 1 year. However, here's a few things (according to speculation on the internet/toy stores/facebook sites dedicated to this crap) if you are out and about

***note none of the pictures are mine; they were used off Yahoo images**

 These are Cutie Cars by Shopkins. They as of this point are nearly impossible to find and are double the price on eBay/Amazon. They are super duper cute; my daughter bought some with her birthday money and I bought some more for Christmas. I searched for a week for these. They are die cast; single cars are $4.99. 3 packs are $12.99. There are 3 limited edition cars going (actually selling for) over $200 on eBay. She played with them for 5 minutes but loves Shopkins so if the 3 pack I bought spikes up to stupid $$ I will sell; otherwise in her stocking they go.I will say for cheap toys there is great attention to detail.
 These are interactive "fingerlings". There is also a unicorn and sloth set to be released later on which are supposed to be harder to find. Of these the white and black are harder to find and are double the price on Amazon. I have a couple to resell but I am concerned as the paint tends to peel off the fingers fast. Fun fact, Gamestop sells these and since most people don't think to look there there are more color choices. Retail price $15; buy from Walmart and they have exclusive little bonus stands.
 These are interactive pets with "blind bags" will you get 1 baby or twins? My daughter isn't interested and sadly there was a "hack" that went around the internet. If you twisted open the package you could feel the "babies" and could be sold as "guaranteed twins". When I went to Walmart, the whole case had obviously been tampered with. I call that theft and I have heard of at least 1 report of individuals being banned from stores by loss prevention. Don't do it....it's sleazy at best. These I think are around the $5 price range
 This is Luvabelle; there is also a Luvabeau boy doll. It's AI and to me scary as hell. But are supposed to be a big hit. But at $99.99 they aren't entering my house. Heck you could pay me and I'm not sure they would come in. There are stories of high tech toys "spying" and I'm paranoid (and with the exception of American Girl, dolls have always creeped me out)
 He's back.....and it's hotly debated whether he will be hot. He's $94.99. He's not nostalgic to me and is another one I'm gonna skip on.

 Ok this is an $80 one I wanted. It's the classic SNES console with built in games. After the NES was so hot last year and discontinued immediately, I didn't want to take chances. I called before preorders were being taken and I missed the date.....all spots were filled within 45 minutes. So the chance is slim to none I will get one for the kids. Oh well. It's time to pull out the actual Super Nintendo and games from the closet and teach the kids how to blow into the system.
The rumor is for $300 MSRP you will be lucky if you score one at this price. It's a handheld unit and TV console built into one. We might do the Wii U but not this. We tend to stay a generation behind to avoid the costly price tag.



And that's it. I'm sure there are "hot boy toys" but I haven't heard of any. I require of my kids a Christmas list by October 1st so I have plenty of time to budget and find crap.

4th quarter selling season is around the corner!

Monday, August 21, 2017

...and the breakthrough

It must be officially end of summer/back to school. After a horrible couple months, I have had Christmas like sales the last few days. It's been a breath of relief honestly. I know the ebb and flow but I think (and I know its not just me) is this the year reselling died? Do I need to find another side hustle?

I sold more in 2 days on eBay than I did the entire month of July. Amazon finally cracked too.

....and my best sell.

I am going to withold the picture for now because it just shipped and I don't want to jinx it. I found an alarm clock (NIP, discontinued) at a yard sale for $1. It was from around 2008 ish. It's just a plastic cheap made in China alarm clock (retail price was only $20). The last couple on Amazon sold for $50; great return. Sent it to FBA and forgot it. We do have an auto repricer who checks an updates up to 500 listings an hr. Because there was no other competition the repricer seriously jacked up the price (would have manually corrected it had I known). So what to my surprise when it sold for $196! Yes that's not a typo.

So I'm praying buyers remorse doesn't kick in and it gets returned.

At that point I would have been happy with a $10 sale....LOL. Great way to kick off back to school retail arbitrage money :D

Hope all your sales have picked up too!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

July's Totals

I will admit, I thought July was going to be an absolute bust. The sales were painfully slow. After losing over $300 (not debt fueled) in June....I was prepared to lose a bit more in July.

Income
ebay 201.12
facebook 0
Etsy 17.90
amazon 578.72
swap 66.70
yard sale 140

income $1004.44 (see that's really really bad. even January and Feb had over $2500 each in sales)

outgo:
cost of goods sold 153.99
shipping 69.35
sales tax 24.07
sellery 100.00
supplies 2.83
paypal 10.09
ebay 58.28
amazon 234.79
etsy .30
refunds 9.16

outgo: 662.86


total profit 341.58



Sales tax no longer has to be filed every quarter for us but 2x a year based on our sales which is fine by me. I feel like lots of people don't buy online when they see they have to pay sales tax. We only charge for PA residents.

Cost of goods sold started out with a return from the previous month so that definately helped keep it in line. $100 was American Girl dolls; the rest was on Amazon inventory.

With cold weather approaching soon and a good handle on current inventory I am legitimately concerned I don't have enough to keep me going on eBay through the winter. So I took off 3/4 of the Saturdays in September. Yup I'm that person. Lots of situations not appropriate for the internet but I'm really frustrated with my "real" job so it's time to take care of myself for a while.

So thankfully my worst fears for July didn't come to fruition. Hope you all are having a profitable summer.

Monday, August 14, 2017

An Old Bolo Worth Repeating....Not Everything is as it Seems

I wrote a post about this a while ago here

I realized I never actually put the final selling price for the toy. It was around $103.00 or so with another $40 to ship it to the UK. Unbelievably crazy. My kids all loved that show and it super nostalgic to me now.


A few week ago I ran into another set.





They had tons of Nick Jr toys; had I the time, space, and motivation I would have bought them all as the price was right. I limited myself to just these. Sadly they don't go for quite as much as the last time I sold them.

The small car I hope to get $10, the big car with figures $50 and the 2 stuffies together $15 (they are slightly stained). I paid $5 for the lot so that would be a pretty great investment. They have only been sitting waiting to be listed for around 2 months. LOLOLOL.

Patpat rocket from Little Einsteins is still selling for upwards of $50. I've only found 1 that was $2 and sold the next day for $99.99 (I think....a few years ago).




Oswald my kids were never really into (and I couldn't stand it) but the toys are nothing to sneeze at. A plushie just sold for $97. This 7 pc PVC set sold for $149.99

So kids toys are nothing to sneeze at. Thankfully a lot of scavengers overlook these cheap made in China toys and the "valuable" ones are often left at the end of the day.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Goodbye Summer....Hello Halloween Sales!

Well only 2 weeks left of summer.....the kids are excited to go back (and so is mom!) School supplies are bought, backpacks are packed, middle school orientation day is requested off from work, and I think we are all set to go. I've never been one to buy new clothes at the start of school; I buy lots of clothes for Christmas....except shoes. This is the first year a child has asked for brand name clothes. He really wanted Nikes.....so mom that I am went and found some for $22. I have a weird thing about used shoes so they were new :D

Anyway on to the sales front. Unfortunately not as many kids clothes sold as I hoped they would. I did sell my youngest son's backpack from last year. He never liked it and only used it a few months. It sold within 24 hours for $14.99+ shipping. I am a brand snob when it comes to backpacks. LL Bean's have a lifetime guarantee and my kids are rough with backpacks. (it is common courtesy to only exchange a backpack purchased directly from them. it is encouraged not to exchange items purchased at yard sales etc.)







I try to have all my Halloween stuff listed by December; this year was a fail and I'm sure we missed out on several sales. We are frantically trying to gather the rest of the Halloween stuff and list it/ship it to eBay. In 2 weeks I have listed about 90 items (thats a TON for me). It's about halfway done. On eBay, I have 45 costumes currently listed at about $1400. In addition to tons and tons of Halloween stuff listed on Amazon. I figure probably $4000 before fees. We would love to make about $1k after
fees. We typically spend about $500 on new Halloween inventory each year.

Here are some of my favorite costumes.





The banana one I actually bought for my son who never wore it. I love the lion costumes. Being raised in New England, I can appreciate a warm costume.

And these are considered Lularoe "unicorn" leggings. The selling price over the summer was around $40. I put it up for $50 OBO. I already received an offer for $10. I paid $10 for them.....worst case senario I will wear them before sell them for that price. They are the most comfortable, overpriced leggings I have ever worn :D


In other news my attic is now 75% organized into 3 sections: eBay listed (and Etsy), eBay unlisted, and Amazon FBA for later (seasonal etc). It's so nice to have some resemblance of organization back in my home. Eventually we will have a yard sale section as well but I am not ready to tackle that for at least 2 years.

I will eventually do a what I found/what sold post but for now sales are really not exciting.

Take care all and happy thrifting!

Monday, August 7, 2017

An Updated Review of Swap.com

OK guys, fair is fair. 1 of my last posts was about Swap.com. Because of the lack of communication, I was on the fence about them. The original review can be seen here

However, my payout went to the wrong Paypal account. When I logged back into my account, I noticed the Paypal and communication email addresses were switched (my bad). When I corrected them, the communication became awesome. (everytime I sold something, when my next paid out was etc).

My new only downside (and for me its a minor one) is the site isn't completely user friendly and can be confusing to navigate (but then so can ebay/amazon/etc). Also I see no where to get the gross selling price and the listing fees (my books have separate line items as the fees typically are tax deductible). So I am just listing the net on my books I guess.

I am fairly confident I will use them again. Still working on the final numbers but to date paid outs (both I have received and is pending) is close to $75 for "dud" inventory. Not too bad. I only sold $100 (or less) on eBay in July.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Slow Summer Slump

Well it's official.....back to school is less than a month away for my kiddos....less for those in more southern areas of the country I've heard. That means 4th quarter is right around the corner.....and hopefully more sales.

I don't know about all of you, but sales have been BRUTAL this summer. Before shipping fees, I sold all of $112 in July on eBay (with about $7k listed). Like 8 items. Amazon was give or take $400. We all know its slow but when Amazon has 0 sales for 6 days and eBay goes for a few weeks, I get legit concerned.

I'm hoping for a HUGE Halloween. We have so much Halloween listed on Amazon, dozens upon dozens of costumes for eBay and lots of baby clothes!

After that is Christmas. We spent about 1k at 70-90% off that I'm just praying for great returns......because then spending hangover comes.

Right now my NWT Justice (primarily) clothes, backpack, and lunchbox sales have picked up a little bit.

How is everyone else doing sales wise?

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Just for Fun

I got home from work today and had a little motivation to take pictures for eBay. I absolutely hate taking pictures (i get headaches from the bending etc) so I procrastinate as long as possible. I knew hubby wasn't super happy with me for buying some American Girl dolls last night so I'm trying to list them as fast as possible.

So with an empty house, I settled in to start my picture taking.

creeping....

I'm sure she doesn't notice....

Yup....right here on her lap is perfect. 



meanwhile the cat pulls no punches. 


Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Getting hit with a VeRO claim

For those not familiar with eBay's VeRO complaint system, it allows a Verified Rights Owner to complain that a seller's item is counterfeit. eBay removed the listing gives you a slap on the wrist (unless it is multiple times) and doesn't allow you to relist the item (usually).

Amazon has the same type of system....except "big brands" (sony, monster, beats by dre, disney and apple are the worst offenders) tend to heavy hand it and just have their lawyers send cease and desist notices.

It's been a long time since I have had an eBay claim (and it was Dunkin Donuts ground coffee. Please tell me how you counterfeit that. It's not like there is a huge following of Jelly Donut flavored coffee). I did get one last week on Amazon.

I get that items that are counterfeit should be pulled. However, if it's a legitimate item purchased from them, I feel that gets into corporate greed. Especially it proof of purchase can be verified. (for point of reference I am pro-capitalism anti-socialism). But I am so incredibly sick of greed everywhere.

As a rabbit trail, we are studying how to eat healthier and GMOs/sugars/carbs/etc on our diet. And we are being offered more and more crap that is literally killing us in the name of making a dollar.

Anyway back to the vero claim I got. Remember all the star showers I bought at Target for 90% off. Yup....we spent $15 to get it there only to have the listing blocked a week later and have to pay to have them returned. Insult to injury, instead of putting 1 in a box they slapped a return label on the outside damaging the box. I have to file a damaged claim.

So the guys contact information is this

name @bulbhead. com

Please have you heard of the bulb head brand? Because I most certainly have not.  So now I have 13 of these. I am hesistant to list them on ebay as the same person is probably trolling there too. I am going to wait until the end of October before I give up and sell locally.

Who's been hit with a rediculous vero claim?


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Review of Swap.com

So back in March, I was thinking about sending some "reject" inventory to swap.com. After asking you all for advice, I decided to go for it. Worst case they reject everything and I am out $10 shipping.

So....off a box went of about 30 items; most are NWT except for the clothes. I am told I would receive an email to price once they receive it (they have 60 days). 65 days go by and nothing. I email customer service and receive a response 3 days later stating it has just been accepted for sorted and would be a few more days. I would receive another email once it was completed. I never received that email and completely forgot about it.

So....I guess they auto priced it.



They have a "shareable" link. The pictures are pretty good.

Once I noticed my items were live I adjusted the price to "sell for a lower price for a quick sell. I don't feel like $6 for a used skirt is a great deal but that white dress pictured is $27 but has $125 (i think) price tag on it so thats great.

Overall after fees selling 7 items I have made $40 after shipping fees were taken out.

I'm not happy with the communication; listing and forgetting it isn't a great business model when your inventory is in someone elses hands.

I won't be using them again (probably).

It was easy to use which is nice but the lack of communication really is a deal killer for me.

Monday, July 10, 2017

A Mid year Checkup

So apparently I never set goals for 2017; I guess that's the best way to not reach them. So I am just reposting the 2016 goals post. The original post is in black, the 2016 results are in red and the 2017 so far are in blue. Then underneath I will give my mid year 2017 numbers.
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I thought it would be fun to take a look back at 2016 goals and how they were met. I haven't actually set up any 2017 goals yet....they are forthcoming but I had the flu this past week. 

Amazon:
* Eventually by the end of the year make $75-100 per day in profits. We did until July then they fell off to about $20 a day We made about $35 a day in gross sales before fees. 
* Continue to list Fulfill by Merchant as the situation allows for (although I typically do this). I don't do this anymore as I have a hard time shipping on time and I don't want to risk my account health. Still don't do this.
* Source 2-4x a week. Right now his preferred source is retail arbitrage; this is clearance season. Moving past that he is going to begin looking for hole in the wall local places. Usually about 1-3
 times a week; this works for us :D  About 2x a week. This seems to work well without being overwhelming. Now that we are done paying off business debt and working on personal debt I am calming down "gazelle intensity" and focusing on quality of life. 
* Items shipped either same or next day. (we have shipped out 3 small shipments so far. In less than a week we have had $412 in sales....will make a separate post about sales soon). He is pretty confident on how to navigate Amazon's Seller Central. I am currently (and will continue as time permits) helping him ship items. I will also continue to help him shop (although he checks everything in my cart before we buy). This is, after all, the fun part. We do about 1 shipment a week. We found it to be way more cost effective to do large shipments. We shoot to do that. WIthin the week for sure. 

eBay:
* List 1 new item a day. (hence the low goal comment before). Most months were between 5-140 so I think overall I hit the goal.I don't keep track of listing the way I used to but I'm sure I'm around that. 
* Source only from yard sales as money allows (again the fun part). Yes only went to a small amount of yard sales this month. Honestly I have been to maybe a dozen yard sales this year. This year is a year of purging and refocusing myself. I will probably go to some Saturday though.
* I have at least 3 full tubs and my car trunk still full of unlisted clothes; I also have both kids closets full and 5 totes of listed clothing. As profitable as clothes can be its overwhelming to me right now and I tend to procrastinate.....So no more clothes unless its something that I seriously can't pass up (believe me with clothes its few and far between). Better than in years past but I still have a ton on clothes....but to be fair a good amount in my kids that I'm selling also. Still tons of clothes (a lot are the same). But I have been focusing on listing and clothes have been about 75% of my eBay sales the last 3 months. 
*$500 in gross sales a month. $400-1000 so yes this is a win. $400-1300. Check.
*In general just to be more selective about what I buy. This also I call a win; each year there are less and less duds.Purging is done and I have gotten way more selective about what I buy. No more $5 sale items. $10 items depends on what it is. 2016 I sold lots of $3-10 items. No more of that. 

Etsy:
* List a total of 5-10 a month. Nope I think I maybe listed 5 things all year.Not adding much just relisting. 
* Become more picky about vintage.....alot of that means learning more. Didn't buy either. Don't have time to learn something new. "vintage" right now means my childhood (90s....and no Pogs :D )Nope nothing nada. Unless its very select vintage Pyrex. 
* I bought a few (and I really mean a few) things to try my hand at Etsy crafting again. The price was unbeatable. However, its on the back burner for the near future. I have inventory to list before I can bite off more than I can chew. HAHAHAHA. Sold the stuff. Nope.Never again. The last of the ribbon is in my relist from yard sale pile. 

General:
*Pay off busines credit card by June. December but the main thing is it is paid off. It's been gone for 6 months and what a sweet relief it is!
* We lost around $3k in 2015. would like to make $7k in profits. That would be an increase of $10k A profit of $6756.02. I would call that a win. More on that below 
*Blog more consistently. Sorry guys.   Sorry not sorry :D Although I do miss you guys. 



2017 Mid year numbers 

Income: 
Facebook 944.95
ebay 4378.87
amazon 6354.83
etsy 62.93
other 9.71

total income 11,751.29

outgo 3060.40
accounting 275
advertising 18.60
car 285.01
entertainment 40.28
shipping 1898.99
sales tax 42.48
sellery 600
supplies 130.87
consignment 26.09
paypal 268.17
ebay 617.60
amazon 3092.56
etsy 8.56
refunds 308.50

total outgo 10673.11

total profit 1078.18

I wish the profit were more but I think most of us resellers can agree that the vast majority of the profit comes from 4th quarter. In addition (not including sourcing) we spend maybe 10 hours a week on this. This is more "hobby" again as I have a decent paying job. 


Thursday, July 6, 2017

June Numbers

This month is the first month that has me beating my head against the wall.

(Just before we start in May, Amazon "lost" about $300 worth of inventory so we were credited for it. In June they "found" it deducting the $300 back out of our account which really screwed us up.

Income:
 eBay 561.78
Amazon 556.29

Income 1118.07

Outgo:
COGS 432.80
Shipping 216.50
Sellery 100.00
SUpplies 68.36
Paypal 27.88
ebay 61.35
amazon 472.49
etsy .40
refunds 52.12

Outgo 1431.90

net loss 313.83

at least this is the first loss of 2017 and none of it is debt inspired.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Day After the Yard Sale

Well, after 2 previously rained out attempts we FINALLY had a yard sale. Crappy hot weekend with threats of rain as well as a holiday weekend. And man was it ever a bust. I was hoping for enough money to board the dog for vacation; we didn't quite make it but its $140 we didn't have before.

I spent about 4 hours in total gathering items for the sale and labeling items. I wish I had purchased a few more tables. Tables get more views then items on the ground on tarps for sure.



At the time I took this picture, this was about half the inventory for the sale. Between working at 5am and then dragging totes around, I am absolutely beyond exhausted. It's good exercise I guess. But being so busy I missed the deadline for the local paper ad and I didn't realize till now that my Facebook ad didn't post to many groups. The foot traffic was horrible; we ended up only with about 2 dozen people. For all. that. work.

My in laws were in a hurry to get home so they grabbed the items they wanted to keep and told us to sell what we could online and donate the rest. They had out some beautiful teak wood 1970s salad bowls I am hoping to get $30-50 for. Other little things like Philadelphia Eagles Monopoly etc. The rest, we gladly take the tax deduction.

I was exhausted (and sun burnt) after sitting in the sun all day but I knew that the tomorrow me would thank me for organizing and donating everything up front instead of dragging it back into the house. Remember the ties I bought years ago? The 311 I had left all got donated. I can't wait for those tax deductions. Suddenly, I'm almost positive I'll be itemizing. In all 3 entire van full of stuffs went to the thrift with 3 tax receipts. I still have 1 more load to take over but they closed before I got there.

Sure enough, today's me is super thankful for yesterday's me actions. More than half my attic is empty; in doing a huge purge I was afraid I would seriously decimate my eBay store inventory. In reality on 30 or so items were removed from the store.

The biggest win in this was being forced to sort my attic; almost $400 of Amazon inventory was "found".

But it will be a LONG time before I do another yard sale.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Getting ready for a yard sale.....christmas is the theme

So yard sale Saturday if all goes as planned. Issue is that my attic is so fill and miserably hot it is hard to organize. So I've started taking all the christmas items and prepping them to send to Amazon.  Next is Halloween costumes for eBay!

Our target had these 90% off but instead of in the christmas section they left them in the home endcap with bath towels so it was a major win for me.

Hoping for no rain on Saturday. Happy thrifting everyone!

Monday, June 12, 2017

BOLO Simpson's Holiday Express Christmas Train Set

So if you have followed me long enough, you know I hate shipping anything I have to bubble wrap, and decorative pieces in general. Just not my thing.

However, I went to a yard sale on the next street over and came across TONS of Simpson's stuff at a wicked cheap price. I didn't get most as I have more than I can list already. I picked up a NIP Aladdin DVD, a piano keyboard bench (I'm going to set up a music stand and bench in the corner so my little trumpet and clarinet players have a proper place to practice) and lots of books for the kids all for $7.

Then I spied this.





The Simpsons Holiday Express Christmas Train. Limited edition hand numbered blah blah blah. I know the Simpsons is popular and Christmas figures/trains/villages are popular and for only $20 why not? Worst case senario I throw it in my own yard sale (and it came in a nice tote).

I got 20 trains (18 have certificates of authenticity), and another 4 that have pieces broken off and once hubby glues them will be sold as damaged/repaired.

The lowest piece I have seen on a buy it now is $20 (sold during the summer). Most pieces only have 1 or 2 listed and the average price is $50. A couple pieces have none listed and I plan on listing for $80; all will have best offer.

Overall I should make $500 (easily) to $1000 (pushing the max of the high end).







Here's a couple of my favorites just for giggles.

Also picked up a Christmas and Halloween outdoor inflatable decoration at $5 for both. 




Thursday, June 8, 2017

May Numbers

Here's the May breakdown

ebay 611.23
facebook 45.95
etsy 19.47
amazon 969.33
other 9.71 (this was a usps refund for a broken candle)


Spent:
cost of goods 350.35
taxes accountant (this was actually april but forgot to add it in 275
advertising for a yard sale that was rained out 18.60
car 56.87
licenses 10
shipping 183.63
selling expense 100
paypal 27.04
ebay 72.21
amazon 371.88
etsy .35
refunds 77.04

income 1655.77
outgo 1542.97

total profit 112.80

I've become accustomed to better profits than this so I'm a little dissapointed. I don't know know about all of you but eBay was unbearably slow for me in May; June has come on with a bang. I have a yard sale planned for last week in June/1st week in July so I am running 1 final 50% off sale until the 18th to try to clear the last minute clutter.

Also mid June-mid July is about time to start sending Christmas inventory into Amazon.

Also no costumes have been listed on eBay from last Halloween yet.

And our Rue 21 goes out of business their final day is June 18th so I'm trying to get there on the last day to scoop up some sport team related stuff.

But for today its the kid's first day of summer and we are celebrating with Philly soft pretzels and dying their hair with kool aid :D

Happy June everyone!

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Spark for the Flame....Just for Fun

I did a little Amazon sourcing today. I don't do much anymore; I (by choice) am working 6 days 65 or so week hours (overtime isn't always a thing and we are trying to get debt paid off faster). It was the ho-hum-drum stuff.

Until Cha-ching!

This is quite possibly the tackiest bathrobe I have seen but it should net us about $30 per robe and we bought 4 at $4 each.

Then I rarely look at books. I also didn't want to buy more as my cart was full and I didn't want to get another one. Then a book series caught my eye. At $11 each its definately out of my comfort zone. But the results from Profit Bandit took my breath away. They all sell from between $90-400; all have average selling prices close to $200. Sorry to be obscure but they will be a BOLO for a later date. I bought they all.....or at least I tried to. The manager came up to me at checkout and refused to let me buy them all. Sigh. I've never understood that; I'm TRYING to give you full asking price. Hello? Oh well I bought 20 for $180 and if all goes well will make a few thousand profit. Not bad; not bad. Oh yeah that's why I do this :D



And just for fun......
I turned 30 this past March. And so I got my camera card with the license renewal but it took me 2 months to go sit at the DMV.....actually it took half of my first day of vacation. Fun fact, I couldn't buy my own alcohol for 2 months. I was denied because my license was expired. Hubby was seriously amused by this.

I know this has got to be some kind of sin, but I actually really like the new picture (top). The bottom looks more like a mug shot. I was really close post-miscarriage which is why I look so horrid.

Happy thrifting everyone!




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Some Sales

Sales year over year are dismal. Yes I know it's effort related but geez I'd love to be debt free right now and magically selling everything overnight would really help. I know that's unlikely but a girl can dream right?

So some sales. There isn't even anything exciting to share the big find. All bread and butter items. Ebay is shoes, swimsuits, and baseball pants (my only regret with sports authority is not buying more). Etsy is 1 random item a month it seems. Amazon thankfully is a lot of older inventory clearing out.

Sorry guys but this really is the most exciting things I have.
 These are cheap Disney Halloween jewelry. I think I paid something like 50 cents way back 3 or 4 years ago at Target. I had Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Tiana, and Snow White. They sat so long on eBay that I put them on Amazon as a last ditch before I donated them. And most sat forever. Out of the blue, I have sold 4 pairs of these Cinderella ones for $15 a piece (it's about $9 and some change each after fees). I'll take it. I believe I only have Snow White left. I have decided for the most part against buying Snow White items. I feel she is so classic that young kids want to be the cooler princesses. Yes or no....thoughts?
 This is amusing to me. I found this one bag of black jelly beans in with the regular ones 70% off after Easter. After doing a quick scan and finding they sell for over $20 a bag, I dug for more but sadly only came up with 1. It sold within a couple weeks for a little over $15 (again about $9 and change after fees). I paid 80 cents. I wish I knew the people who had money to spend $20 on a bag of jelly beans LOL.
These Toms though....they are duds. I thought Toms were hot and a great higher up brand. Nope. I have over a dozen pair that have sat.....and sat....and sat.....I bought them for $5.50 a pair at Sports Authority; I have sold a single pair on sale for $18.50. I won't lose but man I could have bought 10 pairs of baseball pants for each pair of shoes.....and the baseball pants flew off my proverbial shelves (more like flew out of my totes making sure the size/color I needed was on the bottom each time).
Also fun fact, Toms is apparently 1 of a dozen retails most likely to belly up next. (Gymboree also made that list which surprised me....then others like Kmart and Sears just didn't bring the shock factor).

I'm trying super hard to list a couple things each day to bring in sales. It's worked so far 3 consistent days....I know its not much but I don't think I have listed at all in over a month.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

I'm on Vacation....April 2017 totals

sort of. From my not so 9-5 job anyway.

I wish vacation looked like this.



Since my week runs Wednesday-Tuesday, I'm just about halfway done. Today was a planned yard sale for us; however, the rain had other plans. Oh well. We rescheduled until June sometime.

eBay somewhere along the line has taken a backseat for me. It just doesn't hold the allure for me it once did. I'm still doing it just not nearly at the intensity of yesteryear. More often than not, I haven't even been out yard saling because I don't want more stuff in my house....and when I do, it's common not to spend more than $10.

I'm so glad we went out Friday morning though. Hubby went with and spotted a brand new in box Kenmore air conditioner (5,000BTU) for only $25; we need one for this upcoming year so that's $100 saved or earned depending on how you look at it. (and without having to ship it) ROFL.

We also did some much needed furniture shopping. It's getting delivered tomorrow so that's pretty nice.

My daughter's room is prepped and ready to be painted tomorrow. We bought paint from a going out of business Sear's hardware about 2 years ago for most the house. I hope to paint the kids rooms before I go back.

Also prayers/well wishes are appreciated. I had an odd medical result and am headed to a specialist on Tuesday. The moral of the story is don't ignore pain for months. Haha. She doesn't think it's major so I am going with that.

The best thing about vacation is I have found a love of Zumba. Since I have become a mother, I haven't had a "hobby" that I sincerely loved. There are multiple classes a week at the Y where I go, so it's nice to do "me" a little bit again now too (and a subsequently found a love of Lularoe leggings too...never at full price of course).

I'm trying hard to gather motivation to list on eBay. It seems harder and harder to do these days. I'm so thankful my 2-3 hour/day commute to work is done; I didn't go back to my original store but rather went to the store closest to my house. This is a blessing in pretty much every way possible. On a "high traffic" day, I may take me 5 minutes.

Fun sale fact. 2 weeks(or so) ago I bought 3 Harley Davidson coats for $50. I took a best offer of $50 for the first 1 this week. I wanted to hang on for more but figured the $50 in my account looked more appealing.....so off it went to FL.


and now on to April totals.....
So the nice thing is when credit cards aren't used it's pretty impossible to not turn a profit. Remember last year....and the year before when profits were not a thing? Well, 2017 is the year of decent profits....especially when combined we "maybe" put 40 hours a month into the expenditure.

Income
ebay 607.97
facebook groups 109.28
etsy 9.61
amazon 939.11

1665.94

Outgo
Cost of Goods Sold 199.66 (I don't like this number so low but with being so invested timewise into Panera it was a necessary evil to not become so overwhelmed).
auto expense (tail light was out. Glad we noticed before the police did) 6.14
shipping 238.72 (184.35 ebay, amazon 30.42, facebook 23.95, 0 etsy)
sellery 100
consignment 26.09 (i told a friend I would sell a nerf gun on consignment because I didn't want to buy offhand and I felt this was the best way to do it)
paypal 36.74
ebay 77.43
amazon 434.79
etsy .17
refunds 52.18

1171.92

Total profit April 2017: 494.02

Profit/Loss 2017
January 278.07
February 804.07
March 450.19
April 494.02

pretty happy with that.

Happy hunting everyone!



Friday, May 5, 2017

A promising yard sale find

These days with the every increasing price of postage and limited storage space, I try to stick to items I can either sell local or they can go first class.


Dude at Money in the Garage Blog has talked about inflatable yard decorations and how he has had success flipping them. Personally I have never found them either at all or a decent price to flip.

This past weekend was different.


Sorry I definately didn't realize this picture was so dark.

4x 8-9 foot Christmas inflatables marked at $5 each (each has a store tag of $70+). Also included was an extra air pump which will go into my yard sale next weekend. I talked them into $15 for all 4.

Not too bad....I can probably get a bigger tax write off if it comes to that.

:D

Sunday, April 16, 2017

I need some new blogging friends!

I don't have time to blog much but I do love to read blogs....and it seems like all my blogging friends are short on time too!

So....I need to add some new reads to my roll. If you have a  thrifting and reselling blog (or have a favorite one I haven't found yet) please leave me a link so I can add it.

Thanks a million!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Happy Yard Sale Season!

So I totally didn't plan on going to yard sales until mid May to give me a chance to 1) have my own yard sale and 2) mid May I have a week vacation I plan on using to tame the inventory monster.

This morning a yard sale was advertised and had pictures of rollerblades. My oldest who loves to rollerblade broke his the end of last year. Being that it was 5 minutes away, I took the chance and he and I went over to check it out.

The good news: they were exactly his size. The bad news: she was out of her ever loving mind wanting $15 for a pair of used kids rollerblades. I mean goodness gracious I can go to Walmart and get a pair for $25-30. And she wasn't budging. (I wish I had paid more attention to the advertisement because this is one of the houses I have blacklisted for outrageous prices and only go if I have time but they are always on the bottom of my list). After walking away, she came to me and said she would take $10 (which I still thought was high but more reasonable). So my little buddy got rollerblades and a couple books.

I poked around. She hemmed and hawed over every price (like it was seriously rediculous....you aren't doing me a favor). She wanted $20 for each coat (more on that in a minute) I offered her $39 for both (only because I didn't have an extra dollar).....and it took her several minutes to decide.

I know most yard sales aren't like this but it wasn't a good start.

OK I'm done complaining now. Here's what I got (at a great price)

 This alarm clock is discontinued. Its going on Amazon for $50 (I paid $1)

 And wow was there Harley Davidson stuff. At halfway decent prices too. This is a size XXL mens (big sizes have always sold better for me). It was $20
 Harley shirt $2
 Womens Harley coat $10
 Harley Mens coat $20
Have you ever noticed days of yard saling you find tons of the same thing but none for the rest of the season? I didn't find this at the yard sale today (i bought it 2 years ago) but I found it while cleaning today (it's build a bear and worth less than $10)

I probably won't go out for a few more weeks but it was a good start. I'm hoping for around $100 per jacket would be nice.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tax Season....How to Save a Buck....or Not

I absolutely love our CPA from last year. He's super thorough and initially set up our LLC. However, his firm has grown drastically since then (I'm really happy for that) but there is no secretary just several CPAs. Last year our calls and emails were ignored for weeks at a time and given that its a half hour away its not just a head over and ask whats up.Our taxes weren't filed till June or July. It was bad....and super stressful.

So this year we decided for stresses sake to just go to Liberty Tax. They are $30 cheaper than H+R Block. The whole time I got this vibe that I'm not comfortable with them knowing what they are doing. She has to ask her boss who will call me (and when I call him he's extremely rude to me) who then has to call headquarters. Then they tell me I owe federal taxes because of the business and want me to fill out all these extra papers (they sounded suspiciously like bankruptcy papers). This didn't seem right and by now the feeling is overwhelming so I just take my stuff back.

By now H+R Block wants over $500 to do my taxes (they wouldn't honor their initial quote of $350 because I didn't make an appointment on the spot).

So off to Google we go. I went to the one a mile from home with good Google reviews and an A+ BBB rating. They are FANTASTIC. My taxes didn't faze them at all; and they have a guarantee that if it is in by March 24th it will be filed by the due date.

Took 2 weeks. That's it. And the difference in taxes of what the 2 places found was about $3,000. And it was only $350 to file. So saving $20 almost cost us $3,000. My oh my, thank goodness for gut instinct.

Unfortunately we didn't plan well for self employment taxes and do owe money; thankfully it isn't much and a good lesson to plan ahead for next year.

So....moral of the story plan ahead and don't take the easiest option.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

February Totals and Random Fun Facts

Sorry guys this is really late. Last week I turned 30 so now I'm feeling really old.....I mean 30 is when you are actually recognized as an adult right?!

Nothing like celebrating my birth month with great sales....specifically on eBay. It came out of nowhere but I am thankful. Amazon is way way down over last year; however we have been spending way less on COGS. Hubby hates to shop and I don't have time.

Anyway, there are a few stores HATES to source at (think baby stores, craft stores etc). I can't blame him; I'm not crazy about car stores, hardware stores, electronic stores etc so we make a great team.

I hit up 2 of these stores last night and man now is a great time to source. Both stores had overflowing clearance sections with more clearance in almost every aisle!!! I am a little concerned we are not spending enough on COGS to keep us moving in the right direction on Amazon.

Anyway, February MAY have been the best month in recent history. The business (now being debt free) is paying for a large part of our bills.....and we are now starting more agressively Dave Ramsey's baby steps.

February:
Income:

ebay 1213.24
facebook 275.50
etsy 17.90
amazon 1301.86

income 2808.50

Outgo:
COGS 414.71
Car expenses 222.00
entertainment 17.28
shipping 436.46
selling expenses 100
supplies 33.76
paypal 63.13
ebay 126.49
amazon 576.07
etsy .30
refunds 14.23

outgo 2004.43

total February profit 804.07

Not too shabby. I'm hoping to step up our COGS to around $1000.00 a month (99% amazon. Yard sales are cheap and I have a TON on ebay inventory still).

Now that for the last half a year of so I have been turning a profit, I really do want to say a huge heartfelt thanks to those who followed me and gave encouragement when I had no idea what I was doing and was bleeding money every month.

My computer died and at the same time I was offered a free older computer. It's slow and won't last forever but it saved us $300 for the time being!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

New Way to Sell

Has anyone heard of Swap.com? I am considering trying it out. I am emptying out my closet and have lots of "old" eBay inventory that I'm interested in sending in for a shot ( I don't like threadup....I wrote a review last year I believe) .

They are much like seasonal consignment sales but don't charge quite as much in fees (30% plus a set fee) plus the seller pays for inbound shipping. No pictures, no descriptions, no shipping......https://www.swap.com/

Any thoughts?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snowed In....Some Recent Sales

So we were supposed to get upwards of 2 feet of snow....we got a lot of sleet so I don't think that will happen. The kids love it.....my job decided yesterday morning to close for today and a delayed opening tomorrow; I love my job a little more for it. Cinnamon raisin bread makes for a great snowy day breakfast.

Amazon continues to do well.

However, eBay has been hopping lately with sales (or at least compared to usual). Lots of it can be blamed on Sports Authority sales. Here are some of my better sales lately.

 This costume I paid $2 for and was dissapointed when it didn't sell this past Halloween. It sold for $17.50 plus shipping. Costumes do really sell all year round. I haven't had a chance to list this past years Halloween finds yet on eBay. All the Amazon Halloween finds have been shipped already and most have sold already (suprisingly).
 Justice girls underwear. I paid $4.50 for the lot at the store. Sold on auction for $14.95 plus shipping.
 Girls Speedo Swimsuit. NWT. Paid $4.50 at Sports Authority. Sold within 2 weeks for $19.95 plus shipping.
Justice size 7 sundress. Paid 50 cents at a yard sale and my daughter wore this maybe a million times (seriously it was 1 of her favorites I think it was every other day). Sold on auction for $8.95 plus shipping. Not bad. A few sales like this make the cost of clothing children a little more bearable LOL.


These cost me $15 on a local yard sale site. I almost didn't buy them because I didn't want to spend any more money on eBay inventory and Lalaloopsy doesn't do as well as it once did. I broke it up into 2 lots and within a month the top picture sold for $59.95 plus shipping and the bottom sold for $12 + shipping. So glad I bought. It was a  pain to ship though.

I absolutely hate selling clothes but I am muddling through the unlisted inventory to start getting rid of it. I still believe that clothes have the best profit margin but so much more work.

How are sales going for all of you?