28 boxes of inventory sent in this week
28 boxes of inventory sent in this week
What Sold This Week on Ebay/Etsy/Amazon- October 10th, 2016
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:
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
I see a lot of questions in my facebook groups and online about how to make selling online work when you have young children at home, especially in the summer. I currently have a just turned 6 year old and a 2 year old. I’ll be honest and tell you, it’s never easy for me to find the balance between work and family. I always feel like there is more work to do, that I need to list more, ship more. . . the list goes on. And at the same time that I should spend more time with my kiddos. But I try to do as much as I can while they are sleeping or playing independently, and I know that they still have more of my time and energy then they did when I was teaching. I love the flexible schedule, that I can be there when they need me to be and that I can still make money while we travel or go on vacation. (Thank you Amazon FBA!)
We’ve been on summer break for a few weeks and this is schedule that is currently working for us. I have it posted on a wall in our dining room. Having a visual reminder really helps my 6 year old have a better day because he knows what comes next (and doesn’t ask me a million times!) The schedule has also made the interruptions during my work time less. They do better when they know they have a guaranteed amount of time with my full focus everyday, and are more successful at playing independently during my work time.
So, here’s the schedule that’s working for us right now. Hope it gives you some ideas that help you.
7:00 Mommy up, coffee, Flylady routines, pack packages that sold overnight and print labels
8:00 Kiddos up, dressed, breakfast, chores
8:30 “School Time” 2 yr old- letters, colors, shapes, name,
6 yr old- my son is pretty advanced for his age, so I try to expand on what he will be learning in first grade and keep him interested in learning. We read everyday and work on advanced phonics, sight words and comprehension, then each day we also have a different focus. Monday is writing, Tuesday is History/Geography (we’re currently studying Pioneers and Oregon Trail and chose our vacation destination to visit some places connected to the Oregon Trail) Wednesday is Art, Thursday is Technology and Friday is Science
9:00-12:00 We head out to my Ebay room (outside in my metal shop building in my yard) depending on the day and the weather, my kiddos play outside in front of the shop where I can see them, or I work from their playground, or if it’s too hot or raining, they play inside the shop, painting, playdough, etc on their little picnic table where it’s shady.
During this time I pack FBA boxes, take photos, package, pack orders, etc, I do not create new listings during this time. (too many interruptions)
12:00- head inside for lunch for everyone
12:30- DEAR time (Drop everything and read) I read to them, they read independently and I try to read something for myself too!
1:00 nap time for baby girl, quiet boxes for little man, ebay/amazon listing time for Mommy, and chores, like laundry, mopping, dishes, etc. I also get dinner started if it’s a crockpot night.
2:-2:30 journal/writing time for Little man
3:00 baby girl up, snacks for everyone
3:30 independent play, chores, tv time
4:00 get started/finish dinner, kids free play
6:00-7:00 Family time
7:30 Kiddos to bed, Mommy chores, clean up, time with Daddy
9:00- Mommy work time- listing, blog writing, packaging Amazon boxes, etc
12-1:00 Mommy to bed
Yes- I know that I should go to bed earlier, and some nights I do, but for me, this is m best work time, I can get more done in these few hours, then I do most of the day, due to limited interruptions from my family and I get to watch the TV shows I want to watch!
This isn’t our every day schedule, as we have “town” day to run errands, swimming lessons twice a week, playdates, etc. But when we are home for the day, this is our schedule.
What does your schedule look like, kids, no kids, older kids, full time job, part time job, full time seller, share it in the comments below!
I think I am finally back in the groove of things and will be able to post more frequently!
So here’s a short recap of what I’ve been up to the last month.
Yesterday my son turned 6 years old. (sob)
Today is my 9 year wedding anniversary!
I am going to be a grandma (well, actually a Granny!) in January.
We are back from our family vacation, where we went to visit my stepdaughter, see some historic Oregon Trail sites (my son’s request for his birthday- love that kid!) and source (let’s just say the camper was a little full on the way home)
and I have some big news to announce in a few weeks. Yay!
My plan for the rest of this week is to package and ship the items I bought on our vacation to Amazon, I have some really good profit margins in there and I want to get them in before the price drops. The UPS man comes to my house on Friday for pick ups, so I had better get busy! I also am hoping to get at least 20 items listed on ebay, prepare for my son’s birthday party on Saturday and spend a little date night time with my hubby.
My sales look pretty pathetic this week because I put everything on vacation mode except for FBA. I wasn’t sure about internet connection where we were going (it was awful!) so I didn’t want to keep my ebay store open and take the chance of someone being mad about the extended shipping time.
Number of Items Listed: 2308
Sales for the week: $ 91.81
Average price of items sold: 22.95
It’s Make it Monday at the Granny’s Hoard Household.
On today’s Menu:
Make Ahead Muffin Omlets- these are a great way to start the day and during fourth quarter (which is right around the corner) will allow you to get the kiddos off to school and then right to work, no mess to clean up, and a healthy breakfast for everyone!
Pintrest link to tons of recipes here:
Also on the schedule today:
Drop off Little Man at school (instead of sending him on the Bus)
Starbucks treat for Mommy (thank you swagbucks for the gift card!)
Baby Story time at the Library for Baby Girl – it’s kind of ridiculious how excited I am about this- I used to take both kids in the summer and was always envious of the stay at home mommies who could take their kiddos all of the time- now I can do it too!
Quickly hit up retail and thrift stores for FBA inventory – I only have 6 boxes full of inventory for this week so far, I need to try to get 14 by Thursday or Friday.
Home in time to meet Little Man at the bus stop
Tomorrow I have a massage appointment- only because all of the baby lifting and 50 lb FBA box lifting has taken a toll on my shoulder and neck. I haven’t been able to turn my neck to the right for a week and I think the migraines are also partly coming from this. I hope to be able to shop before my appointment and be able to find enough profit to cover my massage.