Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Vacation for eBay Store

So much as happened since my last post.   I am back to work in a full-time position at a local high school, I work with children that have learning disabilities. It's a  position that I really enjoy and look forward to going to work every day. My day is split up, with the first half working with children that are on the lower learning spectrum. The second half of the day I work with children  Who have emotional behavior disorders.

 My eBay business has really been put on the back burner because of this new job. I recently put my store on vacation until the first of the year so I could at least enjoy my two weeks off during Christmas break from school.  I have purged  many items from my store that have been listed for over two years. I'm all about the list it and forget it concept, but right now I just needed to clean out a lot of items that I was just tired of looking at.


 I have not listed consistently in my eBay store for probably three months. In fact I don't know if I will keep my store open after the first of the year. Maybe with some time off and not having to have the stress of packing items up and getting them to the post office in a timely matter  I will change my mind. I always have more fun shopping and sourcing for items that I actually do packing them up. Packing  is such a chore!

 This is just a brief note to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! . I will check back in after Christmas.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Moving Right Along

Last Monday my listings were at about 454. Right now I am up to about 480 give or take. Planning to surpass 500 this week and attempt to get ready for the fourth quarter. My weekly numbers are at end of post.

 

Here are a few things that sold this week. Fire King Jadeite grease jar,salt and pepper set. This is from my personal collection. I use to have an abnormal obsession with all things Fire King.

 

Listed for 200.00 ( probably about two years) on sale for $180.00,accepted best offer of $150.00 buyer paid shipping. I paid more for the set YEARS ago when Jadite Fire King was the rage. It's time to let it go and move on.

 
I always pick up Amber colored glass. These were two heavy goblets, I think I paid $1.99 for the pair. Sold for $26.99 buyer paid shipping.

 

These are a recent purchase from Goodwill. $2.99 for the pair. Sold for $20.69 buyer paid shipping to Australia.
 
 

 

 

 

Six Flags Texas Giant mug with 22k gold by Culver. Paid .99 and sold for $14.99 the same day it was listed. Buyer paid shipping.

 

 

 

Goodwill had a plastic zipper bag of 16 pairs of pantyhose for $1.99. I picked it up last week and already one pair sold for 10.50 buyer paid shipping.

 

 

There were several pairs of Victoria Secret Panty hose in the bag, almost all of them have watchers. Makes you wonder why people are "watching" pantyhose.

 
This is a pic of me and Peyton. Peyton was hit by a car which broke his leg. Right before we could get him scheduled for surgery as he came down with Parvo which is a deadly virus if not treated.
 
He was treated for 10 days and is doing well. He is using his brok leg which has kinda healed. It may be too late to fix it now. But, he has a loving family that will take great care of him!
 
If you visit my store, you will see some of my listings benefit LEASH INC, ( throughout eBay giving works) a non profit very dear to my heart.
 
I invite you to help shelter dogs by selecting LEASH INC through eBay giving works. The funds raised help dogs like Peyton. At the very least, can you make it one of your favorites?
 
LEASH INC also sells on eBay under the name weloveshelterpets.
 

 

Sales last week:

$350.00

Items sold 9

Average selling price $39.00 ( the fire king sale kinda skewed those numbers)

 

  • How was your week??

 

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

List It and Forget It

Not too long ago I purged a huge amount of my eBay listings. It was close to 150 listings ( a mix of everything) items that I either re donated to the Thrift Store or gifted to a friend or two.

 

This morning a listing that I have had up for over two years sold. These two blue Mickey Mouse votives sold for $29.99 FS. I probably paid $2-$3 dollars for the set.

 

Notice the "quality" picture, blue towel on top of the grill with my old car in the background. Yep, that is a great eBay picture. Not.

 

This listing always had several watchers and usually and eventually anything Disney will sell. And many a day I would scroll through my listings to see which one I was going to improve or pull,this one was always on the list. Anyway, it just proves that eventually most things eventually sell even with a crappy photo.

 

 
I like to sell dinnerware but I am not a big fan of packing it up to ship. This time I used pool noodles to secure the plates and keep them safe durning shaping.
 
I cut a pool noodle down one side, then on the opposite side of the cut I take my scissors and cit in hash marks about every two inches or so. This make s it easier to wrap the noodle around the plates. Then I put them in a Large Flat Rate Priority Box and off they go.
 
These plates are Warren Kimble Coastal Breeze dinner plates. I both the set probably 12 months ago. When I say set, I mean the plates, salad plates, soup bowls, coffee cups and four sizes of teal blue goblets. Average price of each item bought that day was 0.83.
 
Sold for $29.99 buyer paid shipping. Cost $1.66 per set.
 

 

Here is a list it and forget it failure. Again, I probably had this mug for 18-24 months. It never had any watchers so I deleted it. I THOUGHT I pulled the listing when I deleted it. Apparently not.

 

Last week it "sold" for 24.99 FS. It's an understatement to say that I looked Everywhere!! Because I looked Everywhere!!! I had to refund the buy his money. I hate when that happens.

 

Oh well. What are you going to do?

 

  • How was your week?

 

  • Do you list it and forget it?

 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Central Florida Thrift Store Crawl: 2nd Time Around Super Thrift Store Eustis


This Thrift Store is located in Eustis Florida at the corner of Hwy 19 and 441. I have visited this store a couple of times in the past. It is a LARGE store with many, many items. It may have been a furniture store in its past life.

A wide variety of clothes, racks and racks of them.
Lamps, candles and plastic ware.

Kitchenware on the left and crafts against the wall.

Mugs. They had bunches, most were priced at a $1 or more.

This mug caught my eye, but after checking completeds I put it back.

Tons of books.

They had a room dedicated to Christmas. I like how they had the Christmas balls separated by color.

The large room in the back was full of furniture!

Furniture.

More furniture.....

I did buy one item. It was a Cutco wood knife block.

Cutco is a high value item and after checking completeds I picked it up for $5.00. Listed it the same day and it sold for 45.99 FS.

Overall my impression of 2nd Time Around Super Thrift Store is that they have a lot of items for you to search through. Some are priced out of my range as a reseller, but if you look hard enough you will find that treasure that will make your trip worthwhile.

The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Here are more Central Florida Thrift Stores.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's Been Awhile

Yes, it's been awhile since I have posted. I have been following my favorite blogs during my absence, Lorraine is always my first stop. I then jump around and catch up on Kim, and so many others.

We have been out of town for a few weeks on vacation, so my store was on vacation as well. Here are a few sales since we got back.
Five Forest Green 11 oz Tumblers sold for 74.99 paid 2.99 for set
Georges Briard Mosaic Glass Mid Century Tray sold for 34.99. Paid 2.99



Oneida Lady Hamilton 1985 Serving Pieces sold for 31.84

I bought the whole set ( forks,knives,etc.) and each piece cost about 0.20 cents each.  I sold a fork in December 2014. . I have had the set for over a year, in fact I was going to get the forks out and add them to my utensil drawer. Not now!




I was up to 700 listings but about two months ago I did a huge purge! It felt great :-) now I am at about 470 listings. Time to get listing and build up inventory.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thrifting Scores

Here are just a few of the sales I have had from the toy "collector" estate sale. This gut had a lot of stuff!!

 

This is a box of Walt Disney monorail accessories. I love finding Disney stuff at garage sales and thrifts. Eventually it all sells.

I paid $15.00 for the monorail set and it sold for $255.00!

Buyer paid shipping. And the buyer lives in the same city as me.

 

Elvis has left the building! I love velvet paintings.

Paid $2.00. Sold for $54.00 buyer paid shipping

 

 

This was in a box with other nuts and bolts.
Paid $1.00. Sold for $39.99 buyer paid shipping.
 
This was part of another monorail set that included the trains. Since there were pieces missing I broke the set up into seperate listings.
The set was $15.00 and you can see this set sold for $51.99. Buyer paid shipping.
 

Country bear jamboree ceramic bank, paid $1.00. Sold for $29.99

 

This is just a few of the sales. Overall, I am pleased with my purchases. I ended up spending close to $145.00. That was a lot if money for me to spend. Usually I don't go that high.

 

To date, I have grossed almost $600.00 from the items I bought at this sale. I can live with that.

 

Friday, November 28, 2014

I Went To This Garage Sale.....

My church ladies know I sell on EBay and are always looking out for garage sales for me. This particular sale was in a small mobile home park. ( 7 homes). The gentleman that owned this was deceased and his family was selling his treasures.

The front driveway,the front porch were full of stuff. Literally overflowing with his lifelong collections.
 
These pictures were from his 60 foot long shed in his backyard. The building was neat and orderly and contained a wide variety of Toys! lots and lots of toys. Talk about being overwhelmed!! I was!!
 

 

There was Disney toys and collectibles......

 

 

All types of transportation...........

 

 

 

And somethings I had no idea what they were..........

 

 

Dolls............

 

 

 

And then there was this in his backyard.......Mickey Mouse on a giant spring.

 

He stood at least 6 feet tall.

 

I did pick a bunch of stuff and will share what has been selling in my next post.