I love this segment! It's nice to see what the professionals are selling.Question: How do you know the fiber content of the fabric and do you wash it? I recently bought a few pieces but i'm not sure how to list it. I did wash it. I have a piece that has a paper label on it, which i removed. (Kept the label) I'm not sure that was a smart move. It smelled like OLD.I have some Ferragamo's but the prices on ebay put them at really cheap prices. They're like a suede, and like you said, very narrow. I still haven't listed them. (After i saw the prices i put them away for another day. That'll show them! Ha!)
i have enough experience to know what the fabric is, but if i'm unsure, i'll do a burn test-- http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/31497/how-to-identify-fabrics-with-a-burn-test. or even further, if i'm unsure, i'll be conservative on what i call it like wool blend, cotton blend or "silky" rather than silk.i don't wash fabric, unless it's really cool and needs it, but 90% of the time it's good to go.
Unusual sizes on shoes are actually an advantage. Much less competition with other sellers. Much harder to find. Much more likely to sell. I would not wash fabric if you are unsure of the content. You can Google how to test for wool, etc. but a bad odor is not good! You can also seal it in a bag with a couple of fabric softener sheets to get rid of the odor. I store my blankets and linens with a fabric softener sheet and people think they are so nice smelling when they et them. Hope that helps.
I think the big sizes are popular because Americans have gotten big in the past 30 years. But we find that tiny sizes sell less frequently. Narrow shoes (AA-AAAA) are a rare sale for us.
I think a lot of women wear the narrow Ferragamos by going a size up with a more narrow width. I rarely find Ferragamos wider than a AA.
Oh hell maybe those Ferragamos are modern day "foot binding" for the upper classes? LOL. Speaking of that I once found an actual pair of antique Chinese silk shoes for the real foot bound, sold them for $200, but damn they were freakish.
its nice to have visuals of these items. This is a good reference when im out picking and motivates me to be open for other things to selll. Well done. I like that you include the selling price.........nice to know what these things can go for.
Love the globes.I'm leery to buy the fabric! My thrift store has all of its fabric half off but I'm just so clueless, and I already have a bunch I have to deal with. My sister-in-law will be here on Friday, and she's very crafty and into knitting. I'm hoping she'll be able to help identify my stuff so I can get it listed!
Thanks for adding this segment to the blog! It's very helpful for me as a new seller to focus on other items to sell rather than clothes. Nothing wrong with clothes but it's very time consuming for me to list.
Everything takes time to prepare, photograph and list. This is why we say you shoud list what excites you. If it's clothes, cool. Or video games. Or art. There's just so much out there to scavenge and sell. We try to never be bored with what we're selling. These videos are good because it hopefully shows what we get excited by. The weird stuff!
Yep..Clothes do not excite me at all not even in my personal life. I'm definitely looking and branching out into other areas,
Its funny because I have a much better wardrobe now that I buy so much at the thrift store to resell... Oh, that gas a small mark and I can't sell it now? Right into my personal closet!
Ryanne,Do just by yards of fabric or do you buy vintage table cloths and curtain panels that can be used for sewing? I rarely find just plain fabric.
hey lisayes i also buy curtain panels and table cloths, they sell very well too. the fabric we find is usually buried in a bin or corner of the thrift stores. people think it's just crappy scrap. but there is gold in there!
I rescued a whole trash bag of really soiled and stinky old linens out of the garbage at a local thrift. I had to drive home with the windows open, the smell was so bad. When I went through the bag, I realized it represented the handiwork of several generations of the same family... saved edging and trims that had been cut off of old pillowcases, handmade laces, embroidered linens, etc., all the way through some latch-hook and other 70's crafts. As the smell rendered it all as good as ruined, I took a risk and threw most of it into the washing machine with a big scoop of oxiclean and then put it on the laundry line in the sun for a few days. It all cleaned up perfectly (less a few pieces that I was afraid to wash due to fiber content/dye) and I sold it as a large lot (as I felt a sentimental responsibility to keep it all together.)I haven't had as much luck finding or selling fabric as fabric. I've got some neat yardage listed but I think I need to change my listing title because it's barely getting any views or even any "impressions."
This sounds similar to our experience. All the fabric we have in stock and have sold has come from several large lots. Usually there's a house clean out and the family gets rid of huge boxes of fabric. Was probably collected by the grandmother who was the last seamstress of the family. One large lot we bought was from a designer who moved offices. He had huge rolls of fancy material he used to reupholster furniture for clients. $5 a roll!This is an example of learning about history through scavenging. In the 1960's and earlier, every US region had a mill that created fabric. Now that manufacturing has all been sent overseas. So if you can find yardage of wool or cotton cloth, it's like gold. Most fabric sold now is cheap and polyester. The designs often can't compare to the old days. And new fabric that is quality costs a fortune. We sometimes buy old pillow cases, table clothes, and curtains...but we find there's often a lot pf stains and damage. Raw fabric is great because it's usually been stored away and never used.
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PS .....i love book ends mostly because i reminds me of my nerdy self when i would get lost in the library in grammar school but its really cool that some sell sooooo well....
Globes have always been collectible, when I had a B&M store we once did a window full of vintage globes, they sold right away.
here is a recent ebay listing... http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=171478886274&alt=web ..these are the bikes that i love to find. Very few people want or know how to ship them.....they are getting hard to find....but you guys out in the midwest have all the luck.....most of these bikes are stored away in attics, basements, barns, storage sheds...... if you find one email me..as i buy.....or if you want help to ID it.... im all ears
This week in my store I averaged about 19.50 with my highest sale my dads old Nikon F3HP Film Camera. I put the camera on action and got 96.99 not what I was hoping for but that's the risk of auctions. Cost of items were 32$. I also subscribed to an eBay store (basic), I'm still getting use to selling on eBay but overall a great experience . I'm currently making a template to put in my description so I i don't manually type everything in. Thanks for the podcasts and hopefully in a month or so I'll keep better track of my numbers!
I was also wondering if you could share your eBay store. I would like to see how a professional store looks like (not like the ones that sell cheap plastic junk) thanks again for the podcast! It helps a lot
As we always say, email us and we're happy to share our store name. Our store looks like many others. I think our success is just about consistency.
Sounds good. Another question about returns. Have you always offered returns even when starting out? I'm just afraid that people would abuse the returns and I would get screwed over with paying shipping even if I do charge a restocking.
Yes, you should accept Returns. Some sellers complain all day and act like someone is stabbing them in the heart...but reality is that returns should never be more than 5% of your sales unless you are misrepresenting your items.And the truth is that any buyer can return an item no matter what--even if you say "no returns". If a buyer says the item is not as described, eBay has "buyer protection" where they will force a return/refund.So just treat buyers the way you want to be treated. Buyers are just like you. every once in a while you get a grumpy buyer, but that's cost of doing business. Keep listing.
Thanks for all the help! And happy holidays everyone!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Scavenger Life Friends. I wish you all a fantastic Thanksgiving along with a safe and VERY VERY prosperous Holiday Season! Sending you all a bit of L.A. Sunshine. It's 80 degrees here today!Debbie from Los Angeles (Burbank to be exact)
Hey, Debbie, the same to you! Hoping Jay and Ryanne habpven't been snowed in. At 4:00 pm its 34 degrees here with a dusting of snow. We are about to serve dinner. Thinking of you all and wishing you thankful hearts and loving times with family and friends.
Thank you, Linda. Your weather sounds more like what it should be like this time of the year. Here, if we want a dusting of snow, we have to spray the fake stuff on. Enjoy your holiday weekend and Happy Listing!Debbie from Los Angeles