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 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.

ebay 607.97
facebook groups 109.28
etsy 9.61
amazon 939.11


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


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.