6 boxes of inventory sent in this week
6 boxes of inventory sent in this week
Audiobooks are my new favorite sanity saver. After watching and reading my new favorite blog/vlog, I started thinking about ways I could get more literature into our day without having to just do read alouds all of the time. (Which I still do at least 30 mintues a day)
I checked a few audio books at the library just for the kids and I to listen to in the car (we have almost an hour drive each way to the closest sizeable town) and discovered some wonderful side effects I hadn’t planned on. Now we listen to audio books all of the time and as a work from home parent I think you might find audio books useful too.
Here are the ways audio books have saved my sanity:
Here are some of our favorite audio books:
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First, I unload the kids (I usually have at least one with me) give them snacks/drinks/bathroom break and get them settled doing something outside (if the weather is nice enough) or find them something to occupy them inside while I unload. Sometimes they will help me sort the items- depending on how long our day has been. I’m hoping to have my storage area cleared out enough by winter that I will be able to pull the car in and unload in a more protected area. Unloading in the snow, rain, or strong winds is no fun!
I start by backing up my car to the driveway as soon as I get home from sourcing, whether it be thrift store, retail arbitrage, garage sales, trip to my mom’s- whenever my car is loaded with inventory. I line my driveway with empty banker’s boxes that I store just inside the door for unloading days.
I also have some empty totes ready to go for Amazon inventory and a laundry basket for items for the house/family. I often combine sourcing days with grocery shopping, and I am always on the lookout for things for my family or one of our many projects (homeless bags, Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, Awana prizes for our Church, School Donations, etc)
Then I start filling the banker’s boxes as I unload the car. It doesn’t matter what goes in the box, I just try to fill it up using all of the space. I continue filling boxes until the car is unloaded.
Once all of the boxes are loaded I carry the boxes into my shop and place them on the first set of shelves for unlisted inventory. If the item is too big to fit in a box, I use the top shelf of all of my storage shelves as oversize storage. If the item will freeze, melt, or otherwise be hurt by storage, I have a few shelves and drawers in my small ebay room that has heating and cooling for safer storage. Also, at this point the boxes stay unmarked (you’ll see why in a later post)
(in the week since I took this picture, this whole section has been listed and moved to the listed inventory shelving, woohoo!)
I was sick last week and had to go to the Dr. Then I had 2 hours to wait until the prescription was ready. Since we had already been to the grocery store earlier in the week, my little girl and I went to the Goodwill to browse. I haven’t been to the Goodwill in a couple of months and the pickings were pretty sparse. We were lucky enough to find the 50% off sign on jackets and outerwear and scored a few fun items. All of the items were listed with a best offer option, so while I hope they sell for full price, I’m expecting to sell them for $5-$10 less than what I have listed. I will let you know in future posts when they sell.
Vintage Women’s Puffer Vest paid 2.00 listed for $49
This is what my front porch looked like today (well, actually I added 4 more boxes after this photo)
all packed this morning before the UPS man got here at 1:00. My little girl has been sick for the past 3 days so I’ve been stuck in the house and not able to work out in my shop. So, today I decided to make it work and I brought in my supplies and made a lot of trips back and forth, but I got it done!
My Halloween items are doing great on Amazon and I’m ready to start hitting it hard for Christmas.
I’ve scheduled 2 UPS pick ups a week, and I’m hoping to have at least this many boxes for each pick up.
How did you spend your Friday?
I find myself going a little crazy this time of year. I get overwhelmed and things feel hectic, the to do list seems like it will never get done. I know that in the next 4-5 months I will make the bulk of my profit for the year and I want to do it well. But it’s hard sometimes. I need to double the amount of things I get sent into Amazon and listed on ebay. Yet somehow I need to still manage to keep up on the housework and spend quality time with my family, especially with my husbands recent health concerns.
I’d like to start a new series about what I’ve found that makes things easier for me. I hopehat it will make things a little easier for another mom out there, whether working outside the house, a stay at home mom or a work at home mom. I’ll post a tip every week of things that I find are working for me.
I realize that some things might not be the best for everyone. I live in a very rural area and it’s about 45 minutes to 1 hour to the town where I do my shopping. “Going to town” is an all day event, where we pack a lunch and stay for the day. If you live closer to town, my tip for today might not make sense for you. If you have a great tip on how you make it all work, please share in the comments.
My tip for the week:
You’re on the internet everyday anyway, why not make the most of it.
I order everything online that I possibly can. I can usually get it to my house before my next town day, often for less or the same amount it would cost to drive. I also don’t have to drag one or both kids in and out of stores, and the days I do go to town, there is more time for things like going to the library, sourcing (more room in the car too.) Ordering things online also means less errands to run so I’m not as rushed to get everything done in time to pick up my son from school.
Some things I have ordered in the last two weeks online:
Back in June I was contacted by the podcast http://soyouwannasellonebay.com/
I was nervous, but accepted and had a great time being interviewed by Ron and Ali.
It’s been a long wait, but I am so excited to announce that my interview went live today!
We talked about how I’ve been selling on Ebay since 1997 (has it really been that long?!?) We talked about why I decided to be a stay at home mom and knew Ebay was a great place to start. We talked about how my children (even the 2 yr old) and the rest of my family help me run my business. We talked about how sometimes people think I’m crazy when I tell them my job is selling on Ebay and Amazon. We even talked about avoiding your own hoard. 🙂
Be sure to head on over and listen to my interview and lots of other great ebay sellers. And if you are one of my readers, sell on ebay, and are interested in being interviewed, please let me know, I would be happy to recommend you to the show. I am a total introvert, but I really had a great time being interviewed and Ron and Ali are some of the nicest guys I have met.
If you haven’t listened to them before, I highly recommend it! I love to listen to podcasts while I list or take photos. It’s a great to multi task and learn information to help your business while you list all the things.
I’d love to hear what you thought of the interview, please let me know in the comments!
Our busy summer is finally winding down. My son started 1st grade today so now it’s just me and the two year at home most of the day. I’m ready to hit the ground running and get some much needed inventory listed for the Christmas Rush. I’ll post more next week about our new fall schedule, but for now, onto the sales for the week.
Number of Items Listed: 2225
Sales for the week: $ 392.04
Average price of items sold: 17.00