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
The carefree days of summer are quickly winding down around here. Little man started 2nd grade on Thursday and Baby Girl will start going to Preschool two days week next week. Which means I will have two days a week to devote to my business. Yay!
I plan on spending my first day stopping at my favorite coffee shop and then hitting the road to get in some much needed sourcing time! After running across this guide to summer antiquing on the invaluable website, I thought it might be fun to share with you where my favorite places to find inventory to sell on Amazon, Etsy and Ebay are.
Here are my 5 favorite ways:
Indoor Flea Markets- Right now I prefer Indoor Flea Markets to Outdoor ones for two reasons- I have a great place I go to that has 10-15 huge flea markets in buildings all lined up within 2 blocks so it’s easy to walk from place to place without having to get the kiddos in and out of the car a bunch. I also prefer the indoor flea markets b/c both kiddos and I are very allergic to cigarette smoke and people usually smoke at the outdoor fleas, but not the indoor. You have to dig deep sometimes to get a good deal, but I pretty much always come away with a car load of items to resell. I go there often enough that I know which booths to hit up first to find the types of items I am looking for.
What I dig for at an indoor flea Market:
Goodwill Bins/Pay by the Pound
I’m not able to go to the bins very often because the closest one is about 2 hours away, and it’s difficult to keep an eye on the kiddos while I dig. But I love the bins because I always find great items to resell for great prices! Even with a lot of other resellers there, I am still able to find something that will make money.
What I dig for at the Bins:
Dumpster Diving (as long as you have permission)
When I was brainstorming some ideas for this blog post with my hubby, he started laughing and said I had to include dumpster diving. He was laughing because we had only been dating a few weeks when he got a call from me asking him to come to the house behind mine and help me get out of a dumpster! The house behind mine had a huge roll off dumpster in front of it because the elderly couple behind was moving to a retirement community building and their kids were throwing pretty much everything away (so sad!)
So, every night for about a month I would roll my wagon over to the dumpster and take out things I could fix up or use to sell. (I had permission from the owners to look thru the dumpster as long as I didn’t make a mess.) Well, one afternoon I was able to get several large items, including a vintage baby crib, oak rocking chair, mid century modern metal TV stand, record player/stereo and 3 huge boxes of vintage books. I had so much stuff that I couldn’t get it back to my house by myself and so my hubby, who was at the time my very new boyfriend, was introduced to dumpster diving.
I live in a rural community and there are farm and estate auctions most weekends, especially during the summer. You can usually get the boxes of “junk” for really good prices because most of the people at the auctions are there for the farm equipment. I’ve been able to load up my SUV and the back of my dad’s truck for less than $100. It’s also a great way for me to spend some quality time with my dad. It’s a win-win!
What I dig for at Auctions:
This is one you have to use with caution. I am careful about who I tell that I sell online. Sometimes people will want you to sell stuff for them. (see this post) sometimes people will get offended that you sell things they give you. However, if you find someone who is willing to give you things to sell for little to no cost it can be a great way to get inventory.
What I dig for from friends and family:
What Sold Wednesday on Ebay/Etsy/Amazon, August 10th, 2016
I thought for my tip today I would share the best time saver I have found on Ebay. I should have figured this out a long time ago, so if you have already figured it out, you’re a step ahead of me!
Instructions on how to turn on your custom label are linked at the bottom of the post.
Instead of using it for a sku, I use it to put the banker box number the item is located in. I used to have to click on each listing and see the box number on the bottom of the listing- took forever! Now I just pull up the sold page and the box numbers I need are all in one place. I jot the numbers down on a scrap of paper and then off to my listed inventory area I go, ready to pull my sold orders for the day. On a busy day, I have figured out this saves me about 30 minutes to an hour of time!
Here is where it shows up on the listing page:
Here are some great instructions about how you can turn on the Custom Label feature on ebay here:
Now, on to the numbers!
Ebay: Yes, sales have been incredibly slow!
Yes, this has been me, more than once this month!
The usual summer hectic-ness has kept me away from the computer for most of June. I have to say that June is a month every year that really leaves me feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. Not being able to work on my business very much during daylight hours makes me very grouchy! (and sleep deprived!)
What’s been going on here? Here are a few of the highlights-
I am continuing to work on my shop/storage space. Kids play area and most of my photo area are done, all listed and unlisted inventory storage is done. Still working on clearing out my Amazon/Shipping Area, mostly by just getting items shipped that have been sitting around.
Had my son’s 7th birthday party, spent a week driving him back and forth to Pioneer School, and 2 days for him to attend a cooking and sewing class offered by our local high school.
My daughter also had gymnastics one afternoon a week. We live so far away from everything that just signing up for one activity takes pretty much a whole day.
Celebrated our 10th Wedding anniversary and spent my son’s birthday and our anniversary with medical testing for me. Apparently turning 38 makes everything start to fall apart!
At my physical I had a possible cancer scare and the Dr. found a heart murmur he hadn’t heard before. My brother was my age when they found his heart murmur, which resulted in open heart surgery to close a quarter size hole in his heart. Thankfully, the mass they found isn’t cancer! but may result in surgery sometime down the road. Still awaiting the official heart testing results, but unoffically it appears to be a murmur that shouldn’t cause any problems long term. Praise be to God!
Today we finished up speech/hearing testing for my daughter and she is going to qualify for some speech therapy, which means driving to town 2x a week for the rest of July and starting again in Mid-August, plus preschool 2 x a week. It’s going to be busy, but somehow we will manage!
I’m embarking on my 5th month of working on losing weight. I got really fed up and stalled in my weight loss with Weight Watchers (I lost about 20 pounds) and started a new plan called Trim Healthy Mama a few months ago. I am happy to report that I am now down 45 pounds and have about 30 more to go! I really put on a lot of weight when we were dealing with my hubby’s TBI diagnosis and I am happy to be getting back on the right track. And I am completely off of sugar and soda! (Which might also be why I am grouchy and sleep deprived!)
July should slow down some towards the end of the month (swimming lessons and bible school) and hopefully I can really get cranking on my Amazon inventory. I hope to have all of my Halloween and most of my Christmas inventory packed and ready to go in in August. I have a lot to do and it’s really hot in my shop right now!
I have another unhaul post in the works right now and I plan on getting it posted sometime this week. Sales are finally picking up for me and I hope they are for you too!
I had scheduled the last post to go live for what I thought was a long time in the future- so I would have time to revise it. And then one morning I woke up and I already had comments (love you guys!) on it and I realized it had gone live without me going back to revise it. Oops!
So, here is a continuation of my post about storing unlisted inventory.
Hubby and I spent Memorial Weekend cleaning out another large area in my shop, so I could get the shelves that he and the kiddos got me for my birthday. The area that we cleaned is circled in red. The red x’s are areas I’ve already cleaned and organized. I’m getting close!
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This a continuation of my first post about how I organize my inventory You can read it here. (Link)
I usually photograph one afternoon a week for a couple of hours. I photograph every week, even if I haven’t listed anything new- that way I always have plenty ready to go. There have been a few times the kids were sick, or I had extra time to list, but wasn’t able to because I didn’t have photographs done. If I have a stock pile of listed items I am ready to list at a moments notice. A couple of hours of photographing usually gives me enough to list for the rest of the week plus a box or two extra. I usually keep about 4 boxes of unphotographed inventory in my ebay room on this amazing shelf I have. I love it to store unlisted hanging items as well as 4 bankers boxes with unlisted inventory.
When I’m ready to photograph I grab a box off of the shelf and turn on my photo lights and my “studio’ is ready. I also have a 3 sided poster board for the background (I have a plug right in the middle of the wall where I take photos, and the board covers it well.) I also have a white foam board sheet for the bottom. I have both of these things set up on top of a old dresser and in the top drawers I keep my photo props (plate holder, foot forms, etc) so they are easy to access quickly. In the bottom two drawers I keep things like candles, perfume and other meltable/freezable items I have listed. My ebay room is heated and air conditioned, so they will be safe in there.
I also make sure to have an empty bankers box ready to go, so as I take out of one box to photograph, I can put it in another box when I’m done. That way nothing is sitting out with the possibility of getting broken- trust me I know this from personal experience.
Amazon continues to be slow for me- there were a few days when my sales for the day were less than $10, or sometimes no sales at all. Partially because I have not sent anything to the warehouse in over a month. I have been taking advantage of the slow time and getting my shop cleaned out and organized, so when the busy season hits again I will be ready to go. I am planning on sending in a shipment at the end of this week or the beginning of next week. Getting some inventory out will help make more room to clean and organize my packing area. It has been a lot of work, but will make things so much easier when it is done!
I have been able to get lots of listings up here, as you saw in my post yesterday. A lot of the stuff is not what I bought purposely to resell on ebay, but leftovers from my old craft retail business, as well as estate leftovers from my old house, both of my grandparents, an uncle, or things people have given me. I have also been listing my teaching supplies, as I am not planning on returning to teaching next year either (Yay!) and I said after 3 years I would start selling it all.
Since I have been clearing out my shop I decided to sell some of the big items on Craigslist. I remember why I don’t like it. Having to load and drive 45 minutes to town to meet someone and they don’t show up, or didn’t the right amount of money etc. My hubby has been trying to do most of it since he is usually in town several days a week. I am trying to go only once a week. I have been able to get rid of a lot of big stuff and have more I plan on listing soon. I’m glad to have the room and a little extra money too!
personal shelf from my old classroom- $25
singer sewing machine table $100
Decorations from our wedding (10 years ago this June) I was going to use them to rent for weddings from our retail/floral shop, but I just never did. Happy to have them go to a new home.
flower garland $10
Floral Basket- $40
2 candle screens-$100
2 large wall candle holders $40
Kids Consignment Sales: I signed up to do 3, but only ended up doing 2. I was able to get rid of a train table, lots of clothes and several large toys and make about $400.