Welcome to Granny’s Hoard.
This blog is named in honor of my Granny Janny. She was the queen of garage saling and selling for profit before there was the internet. I’ve taken what she taught me about garage saling and made it into my livelihood.
I began selling on Ebay in 1998 while I was in college. It was a great way to make some extra money. I started with things around my house and also with some things that had come from both of my grandparent’s houses. I continued to sell on Ebay after college and added Amazon to the mix to sell my old text books. I graduated with a BA in English and Writing in August, and then September 11th happened. I couldn’t find a job in my field for the next two years. So I continued to sell on Ebay and Amazon and also opened a little flower and gift shop in my small town with my mom. I sold mostly craft and scrapbook supplies from our store.
In 2003, I decided to go back to school and got my Masters in Elementary Education and got a job teaching kindergarten at the school I graduated from. I got married to the love of my life in 2006 and sold things on the side and in the summer to supplement my teaching income until 2009, when my son was born. I took a break from selling to focus on teaching and raising my son until 2011, when my kindergarten teaching job was unexpectedly cut to part time due to small class size. In a panic I started listing like crazy on Ebay and Amazon and also discovered Etsy. I also started reading a lot of blogs that made me realize that some people sell online as a full time job. It became a wish of mine that I could stay at home and sell online to help support my family. A wish that I never thought could come true.
I continued teaching part time and eventually full time again. As I focused on growing my online business until 2013 when I had my daughter. A few hours after she was born I suffered some major complications that resulted in me needing 4 bags of blood and coming very close to losing my life. That was the day I decided I would do whatever it took to be able to stay home with my children.
Fast forward to April 2014, when I resigned from teaching and in August 2014 I officially became a stay at home and full time online selling mom. It hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
In August of 2015, my husband was diagnosed with a 23 yr old Traumatic Brain Injury. That diagnosis changed both of lives, but also made some things easier. I was so grateful to be able to work from home and help my Hubby in the day to day dealings of his life.
I currently sell on Ebay, Amazon, Etsy, and Bonanza. I have over 3,000 items in my Ebay store, and over 4000 items listed in the Amazon FBA program. Last year I sold more than I was paid as a teacher with my master’s degree. I get my items to sell from thrift stores, garage sales, The Goodwill Outlets, free piles, garbage days, family and friends, online and country auctions, retail arbitrage, and I still sell some items from my Granny’s Hoard.