VIDEO: Scavenger Life Trip to IJ Hallen Fleamarket Amsterdam


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Last weekend we went to the "biggest flea market in Europe", IJ Hallen, and we decided to make a little video of our adventure. We didn't find anything too crazy cool, but we were able to find enough neat stuff that we'll resell and pay for much of our traveling expenses. Overall, we had a fun two days hanging out at a European apocalyptic looking warehouse buying old junk. Scavenging is the (other) universal language.

Scavenger Life Episode 148: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?

Our highest sale was a $225 pair of antique steampunk style safety glasses. Neat!

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This week we are finally back into a regular sleep schedule in Amsterdam. We attended the huge monthly flea market called IJ Hallen and you'll see more about that soon. People always ask us how we get all our flea market loot home from Europe. Since we are flying internationally, each person gets one free checked bag up to 23 kg or 50.5 lbs. The key is to use this handheld luggage scale to weigh each bag before you get to the airport so you don't get charged. It really works wonders when traveling. We've had a better week than last while selling on vacation, so that's a nice boost. Ryanne has been using Scraperella's YouTube videos about jewelry to learn more about the huge lots we see people buy. Also mentioned in research are Nail Polish Lemmings who buy one bottle of polish on eBay for $400 and up. Pretty amazing.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Our Store Week September 6-13, 2014

  • Total Items in Store: 3585
  • Items Sold: 51
  • Cost of Items Sold: $147
  • Total Sales: $2,358.61
  • Highest Price Sold: $249 (Vintage traveling case)
  • Average Price Sold: $46.23
  • International Sales: 5 (3 GSP)
  • Returns: 1
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $200

Q&A: Open Thread

Bad news dudes: no second podcast this week. All the traveling and jet lag has slowed us down. And no one wants to hear us talk just to talk (least of all us). This is Ryanne sleeping in the middle of the day (a horrible way to fight jet lag by the way).


BUT we are going to one of our favorite flea markets in Amsterdam, IJ Hallen, on Saturday and Sunday so the rest will be rewarded.


In the meantime, our store has been on fire this week even though we have delayed shipping. It feels good to be selling multiple items each day.  How's your store doing?

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Scavenger Life Episode 147: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?

Went from a wedding in NYC (that's Ryanne's brother and sister) to landing in Amsterdam in less than 24 hours. We need a nap. Serious luxury problems.
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Another week, another airplane to catch. We are on a traveling roll, having finished up our San Francisco and New York portions and on to Amsterdam for a month the moment after we recorded this. Our new vacation mode method has been working with the same results as the old one with only a few people needing refunds. How we’re trying it this time is change our handling time to reflect when we come back (we started with 30 business days handling), add a new banner that says when we’re coming back and message people when they buy. We just didn’t click the little ‘Vacation Mode’ ebay box. We’re hoping our customers will be ok with this. So far, so good. We got a question about the Global Shipping program and how it works- here is the link to that earlier podcast. Next episode will be recorded in beautiful Amsterdam. Hurray!

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Our Store Week August 31-September 6, 2014

  • Total Items in Store: 3515
  • Items Sold: 26
  • Cost of Items Sold: $95
  • Total Sales: $1,024.83
  • Highest Price Sold: $120 (Thai temple rubbing artwork)
  • Average Price Sold: $39.38
  • International Sales: 3 (3 GSP)
  • Returns: 2
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0

Q&A: Mid Week Open Thread




So the Wednesday podcast is going to be late since work has taken hold. As you see in the photos, Ryanne is the master of her digital domain while I'm something else entirely. This is us doing our "real job".

This is a good example for those of you who are thinking of quitting your full time jobs. It's not an all or nothing proposition. Many companies will still work with you as a consultant, or you may find that your skills allow you to work as a "hired gun" for short contract jobs. We love to work, but we also love to choose when we work. It's our eBay business that gives us stability. Thank you old dirty shoes.

I hear that eBay is down? I did have problems sending a message earlier, but we also sold two items and received several offers. Who knows. We just control what we can control.

Ryan Grant (our interview with him) over at Online Selling Experiment has posted his August numbers. I love how he shares his financial info about his Amazon business. I haven't taken a deep look yet, but it helps me some see how someone who sells on FBA buys and sells. It's the truth.

Okay, this is an open thread. Perfect for your burning desires. 

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    • We do allow anonymous commenters, but we encourage you to use your ID so people can get to know you. Plus you won't have to re-enter the code for each comment.
    • Be civil. People have different ways of doing the same thing. If we disagree, no big deal.
    • We are solution oriented. If you want to simply hate on eBay, go to the dark depths of the eBay forums where your hate can be polished like a precious jewel.
    • Please back up any issues with facts and specific links. We don't deal in rumors.
    • Comments are threaded (what?). So you can either reply to a specific comment or start an overall new topic.

Scavenger Life Episode 145: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?

Even though the week was slow, we still sold two Mid Century items for over $100 each, pushing our average price per item to $38. Nice!
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Having a slow week? You're not alone, trust us. We're hoping that the post summer vacation sales are going to start picking up. We didn't have a ton of sales, but we had some higher priced items sell, which kind of evens things out. Our t-shirt selling experiment has been picking up with about three t-shirts selling for $25-30 each this week. Speaking of t-shirts, a lot of people liked Ryanne's "Yes it's true, I'm not on Facebook" shirt from the last post. You can buy one too here. Etsy sent out an email this week about their new program Etsy Wholesale, where people can buy in bulk from individual makers. We thought that was a cool spin on the wholesale market. Jay also mentions another wholesale auction site that looked interesting called BidOnFusion.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Our Store Week August 23-30, 2014

  • Total Items in Store: 3551
  • Items Sold: 32
  • Cost of Items Sold: $97
  • Total Sales: $1,212.41
  • Highest Price Sold: $160 (Vintage bakelite necklace)
  • Average Price Sold: $37.87
  • International Sales: 7 (6 GSP)
  • Returns: 0
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $69

Q&A: Open Thread


So it's Friday. Does it even matter for those of us who sell on eBay? Every day is holiday, and every day is a workday.

I was researching some items for listing and noticed that eBay items weren't showing up on the first page of Google. Not good. This isn't new news, but it's starting to make sense now why things have been slow all summer. I hope eBay starts upping their game vs just pushing sellers to up theirs. Unless eBay is suicidal,  I bet they have teams of folks working on how to play nice with Google.

Anyway, this is an open thread. You learn anything new this week?

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  • We do allow anonymous commenters, but we encourage you to use your ID so people can get to know you. Plus you won't have to re-enter the code for each comment.
  • Be civil. People have different ways of doing the same thing. If we disagree, no big deal.
  • We are solution oriented. If you want to simply hate on eBay, go to the dark depths of the eBay forums where your hate can be polished like a precious jewel.
  • Please back up any issues with facts and specific links. We don't deal in rumors.
  • Comments are threaded (what?). So you can either reply to a specific comment or start an overall new topic.

Scavenger Life Episode 144: Being a Woman, Entrepreneur and eBay Seller- A Conversation with Ryanne


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Hi, I'm Ryanne. Jay interviewed me about being a woman, an entrepreneur and an eBay seller. How did I get this way? Well for starters, I was born. And second, my mom is all these things too. We mention our conversation with Dawn Ladd about a time when women faced major hurdles when starting businesses in the 70s and 80s. Our conclusion is that eBay helped level the playing field for women to start business in the late 90s and has continued to do so today. What do you think? Ladies can I get a 'what what'?

You can hear more about how we got started on eBay here

Scavenger Life Episode 143: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?

$5 horsehide leather jacket, waited a year but it sold for $500. Hurray.

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This week we had three weird and not so great things happen on eBay, so we have a bit of a rant. Not to worry, we're still positive about being eBay sellers and making a living online. We learned in last week's Q&A post that Glen has been able to get the Brother QL-570 Thermal Printer to work with a Mac and eBay labels, check out his step by step tutorial here.

And don't forget our new schedule. A new podcast every Monday and Wednesday. (Instead of both podcasts on Monday.)

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Our Store Week August 17-23, 2014

  • Total Items in Store: 3551
  • Items Sold: 37
  • Cost of Items Sold: $216
  • Total Sales: $2,031.74
  • Highest Price Sold: $500 (Vintage motorcycle jacket)
  • Average Price Sold: $54.89
  • International Sales: 5 (5 GSP)
  • Returns: 2
  • Positive Feedback: 29
  • Neutral Feedback: 0
  • Negative Feedback: 1
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $69
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We're adding a bit of info to this week's numbers- our household expenses and how much we need to make each month to survive. This helps puts our profits into perspective.

Monthly Expenses:
Home Mortgage $1190 
Loan payment for .5 acre lot: $340
Loan payment for 2 acres of land: $270
Student Loan: $190
Internet: $50
Phone Bill: $50 (for two cell phones)
Electric: $200 (for two houses)
Water: $35
Healthcare: $300
Gym: $59 (for 2 people-rural gyms are cheap!)
Home/Car Insurance: $160
Food: $200
Fuel: $100
Fun Money: $200
eBay fees: $1100 (average expenses to eBay)
TOTAL = $4600

We'd love for others to list their monthly expenses as well (even anonymously). Let's get a better picture what selling on eBay is all about. Maybe you're expenses are different? If you're selling full-time, what do you need to make to cover your bills? If you want to quit your job and just sell on eBay, what's the amount you need to make to leave that job? Dealing with a lot of debt? Unburden yourself in our cool waters.