Yay first one to comment! Haha Anyway, I love these videos because I learn what sells and what things are. Much better than haul videos other ppl make. Thanks Ryanne. I do have a question for future commenters though, what do u do when your partner doesn't want to be a part of your ebaying? He just doesnt enjoy shopping or going to auctions or estate sells. So I feel like I'm constantly having to choose between eBay stuff and spending time with him. And he gets mad when we're tog and I'm wanting to list or take pics. I just feel like if I don't dedicate enough time to it I will never be successful and yet he seems to think I have so much time when he's not around to do it on my own. Its harder solo.
Emmy, great question!! May I share how I approach this sometimes very difficult issue? I let the relationship come first. PERIOD!! As every gentleman knows, "if she ain't happy, no one's happy." And while my wife loves thrifting and yard saling, the thought of taking photos and listing all day really turn her off. Plus, it's not what she does best. Her thing is community development, and ballet. Great. Let me be the wind under her wings and support her--and she does the same for me. She's supportive of my endeavors--she sees how much I enjoy it, and it's truly lifted our financial boat quite a bit.I work full time for a non profit mental health agency--horrible pay, but I love my work, it keeps me networked, engaged, and physically active. Solo ebay can be a lonely existence!! Last year I never got above 135 listings. I accept that. But my average sale was pretty high, and I did about $8,500 in gross sales. I'm at 154 listings as of today (Jan., 2015), hope to be to 200 by summer, and 300 by end of year. I spend time on really keeping things organized--making that work flow smooth.I'd much rather have a successful relationship with mediocre ebay sales than great ebay sales and a mediocre relationship. Just me, just my 2c., and I'm hardly in a position to give advice--just sharing thoughts and how it works for me.Coming to this understanding was a lot of work--on both our parts. But worth it.Again, big thanks to Jay and Ryanne--these podcasts have improved my game SO MUCH--and I've recommended them to a number of other people.Wish you all nothing but good things and a great year. No go list something!!Ikeboy (Paul T. from Northern Vermont and freezing)
Emmy, show him the money. Is there anything he would like to buy with the extra money? Is there anything of his that he doesn't use that you can sell to impress him with the benefits of selling on Ebay? Is there any mutual financial goal that you could dedicate your sales to? If that doesn't help to turn on the lights nothing will. Fortunately my husband is extremely supportive of my Ebay habit. He is also fun to shop with for anything anytime, even though he hasn't a clue about what to buy for resale. But he is No help at all with actually doing any of the work. Which is fine with me. He earns a lot more than I do. :-)
i like everyone's responses here. as you all know, jay and i work together in all our businesses, so i don't have that experience. and i wouldn't want to be with someone who doesn't at least support what i'm doing, even if the other person is not a part of those projects. emmy, what is not clear is does he support you in what you're doing even though he's not participating? i think that's the important part.
I have learned along the way, eBay is harder solo and it does take a lot of time to work it but it can be so gratifying when my net profit on a sale is good. People that don't do it really don't realize how much time it does take, I know I didn't until I got into it. I'm curious like Ryanne, does he support you even though he does not participate?
He says he's supportive but he also fears the instability of depending on it for income. He doesn't like my timing or method of getting it done but I'm not a early bird so afternoons are better for me. Unfortunately we require 2 full time incomes so soon it will be a part time thing for me when I start my new job. I would imagine he'll hate it even more then because all my time will be busy. He doesn't think its sustainable but he's always the one to fail by not trying. Not me. I see others making it work and think I could too if I dedicated more time to it. I just feel guilty being so wrapped up in eBay when we could do other things together. I'm just stressed trying to make it work right now. But time will tell I guess. If I can suffer thru the rough beginning and start bringing in a constant flow of cash he may be more ok with it. The irony of it though was he used to eBay full time a decade ago before he met me. He just sees it as constant work all day but I actually enjoy most parts of it. I don't see it as "work". But I still hold back because I fear going full force and it not working out and hearing him say I told you so. In other more subtle words of course.
Emmy, sounds like if you work hard at it he will come along for the ride when the money does come with it. If it makes you happy to do it then you should try and see what it becomes, you never know... it might work out but you'll never know unless you try. Keep your head down, keep listing and most of all don't get discouraged. As far as sustainable, Jay and Ryanne have opened my eyes to all the excess that is out there. eBay provides such a large customer base for so little cost. I know if I pick good items and work hard at it I can get to that next level, you can too.
My husband is supportive of ebay, but I have a young child at home with me all day, so I, uh, I guess it's sort of like a grumpy boyfriend? ;) I can't sink as much time during the day into ebay as other people can, because I need to do stuff with and for my kid. When I *do* have time to list and photograph, it's when my son is either asleep or occupied with something else. Maybe something like that will work out for you, Emmy. There's got to be times that your boyfriend is out with friends/watching something on tv you don't want to see/taking a nap/reading a book/etc. Do ebay things then. You can even schedule listings to start for the following day, if you know you are going to be out with him and won't have time to list that day.
It would be great for him to be supportive. However, I know you are not a morning person, but I would make myself a morning person so that I could get everything done that needs to be done during the day and then have time with him. If you get a traditional job, it will probably require you to be an early person too. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices to do what we need to. That may help.
If he is gone to work 8-9 hours a day can't you get your Ebay work done then?
I can tell you it is hard solo. For me what moves things along is having a few hours reserved, not short periods to list. I need to get into a rythm and design a flow of product like a factory assembly line. I know, what droll, "assembly line." But things are done that way our of years of trying everything else. I shoot pics, maybe a dozen, then do any cropping, rotating if necessary. Then list those items I have the pics for. If I have a lot of similar items, I use the "sell similar" option. After listing store the items in some kind of quasi-organized fashion so they can be found when sold. I'd tell anyone around me during this time not assisting me to not distract me unless they want to lend a hand somehow. I think a discussion with someone engaged in a common effort would not interfere whereas someone not engaging in my project would likely try engaging me in unrelated subjects that could constantly get my mind off the goal of listing my set number of items for that session. So your partner has to choose to help of bug off while you're listing.
Agreed. We work best when we can set aside 2-4 hours of concentration. We call it "getting on a roll". Once we start listing, we get into a zone and list a whole bunch. No way we could do our business if we only had 30 minutes here and there. As we always say, our success comes because we treat it like a real job.
Love this, as always! We're going on a weekend buying trip over Valentines day about three hours from here; I'm looking at everything! I live in one of those places where there is nothing much to re-sell, so this is a wonderful tool for seeing what's possible!
Those beads are still beautiful. I was afraid that because they weren't amber or bakelite, they would only sell for about $20 or so. Glad you're still able to get a decent amount of $ for them. It would have been awesome if they were!
Regarding the bangle bracelet, Ryanne, are you aware of the difference between Celluloid and just plastic? I couldn't tell from your comments. Celluloid is a very. Early form of plastic and is much lighter and more brittle.
Interesting Linda, thanks for that... I hope to find some beads that are worth getting this year.
Good luck David!
Ryanne, I just tried playing this in iTunes and there's only around 27 seconds of your video there. Thought you'd def wanna know!
if you watched the video, you'll see it's just a teaser. it says 'watch the rest at scavengerlife.com'. because the videos were too big for some people to download directly through itunes, i wanted to direct people to the blog for watching the whole thing. some of these videos are about 25 min. long. ha! didn't think they'd get that big, but it's fun to make them.
Thanks for that. Good to know.
Got my top rated plus status this month. Just a good milestone. Haven't been listing as much as I should as I've been focusing on getting my on site storage and office built. I'm excited the trusses and framing should be done soon. It's rather a large investment but having all of my items on sight rather than paying for storage will really help the bottom line. The main thing for me is separating eBay from my house, at least as much as I can.I cannot wait for the estate sales and auctions to get underway soon. I look forward to some great picking. I did find some great things at a yard sale last week. Got some really cheap office supplies.Throughout the winter your videos and podcasts continue to inspire me so keep em coming. I learn so much from them.Now to get some listing done!
I hope you'll post photos of your new work building. It's a big deal to invest like this for your business, but having a dedicated work building was instrumental for us making eBay a full-time income.
I would love to check out a few examples of a work building. Is it like a shed? Does it protect your items from the elements?
Yes, I will most definitely post photos when its done. Some things that I thought about when I went to do this. In my area a rental space would have been between $600-$1000 a month depending upon the area, then I would have had to commute there every day. This building project is 30 feet from the house. I also decided to go with a Gambrel attic truss design so that I could have an extra 3,584 cubic feet of storage space above the main areas. I'm also splitting it up into an office/work space with climate controlled bathroom, shipping, and photograph area. Then there is a 3rd area that will be a shop work area that I can use to do all kinds of projects for our house. We have been scavenging materials for a couple of years for the house but not having a place to work on them is not efficient. Overall I have been wanting to have a shop/work space for years, so I decided to go ahead and fund it and pay for it all upfront, no loans. :-) When done it should be a place that I can work efficiently. Over the last year I have been gathering items to sell so I will be able to have a good start with my inventory while I hunt for more. My girlfriend is super supportive on the project and has also decided to go in on it with me which helped triple the size of the original plan and add in a lot of extras.
Many people know but thought I would share. Polaroids did well for me this last year, I see them at estate sales all the time. I would pick them up for $1-$5 and flip them for $35 to $60. So make sure to keep your eye out for them at sales and of course do your research as some models are more sought after than others. Every one I found sold on eBay in a very short time (usually less than two days) and shipped really nicely in a free USPS priority box.
I won't do this often, but check this item out. I just listed. Found the candelabra at a Goodwill for $5. I can't decided if I've started them high enough or if I'm just over shooting. I'm biased about them because I love these things. Any thoughts?http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Candelabra-Palm-Tree-Brass-Copper-/271752481050?
hey alleni don't think these are vintage, probably a more contemporary piece from a Pier 1 type place. however, i believe they are a very popular style, the kind of tropical, southern, "antique" look. the higher end versions of these that have animals by "Petites Choses" sell for $200 for sure (and i only know this because i looked at completed listings for "palm tree candle"). but that is some vintage designer brand. and as others have said, these are pineapples, though i would put both palm and pineapple in the title and replace with candlestick rather than candelabra. and probably put them at $100 max with make offer. good luck! they are definitely cool looking. for sure.
Thanks for the advice. I made the changes. I'll give an update when they sell.
I'm going to take several more pictures.
These are meant to be pineapples and not palm trees.
I think that's bronze, not brass. Brass is goldish color. Bronze is that brownish color. The "Made in India" sticker doesn't suggest too vintage to me. Then again, it could be rare and in demand. You can always drop the price. But once you sell too low, you lose. The shots showing from the top, the top is out of focus - focus is on base. Try changing focus to center weighted of manual focus to smaller aperture. Or use spot focus and key on different parts till all is in focus. Lighting from top would eliminate shadow from top. Base (including label) is out of focus too. I'd crop that one maintaining original aspect too to bring it closer. Last one has base out of focus too. Same applies to shadow and cropping. I think I"d crop that one square aspect. ebay is a great opportunity to learn photo techniques. There are loads of youtube videos on settings like focusing options, light balance and lighting. Even quite specifically on photographing for ebay. There's a book "Shooting for Dollars" that's on nothing but photographing ebay ads.
I remember brass items in my grandmother's house with Made in India stickers on them when I was a kid back in the late '60s, early '70s. So Allen's candleholder's could definitely be vintage. (I can't tell what his candlesticks are made of)
I agree with Sue, above, that those are probably pineapples and not palm trees. I believe pineapples are a more popular motif so that's probably good news. To me, these items don't have the "vintage feeling," although that's totally a gut reaction and I can't say for sure. They could well be desirable as decor items whatever the age. I also think your items are more likely to be found if they're described as "candle holders" or "candlesticks" rather than a "candelabra."
I think your pics look okay. Speaking of pics though, I'm super excited to have gotten in my cheapo diffuser box, and my 2cords that let me move the flash away from the camera and snap them by not touching the camera. This should greatly improve my pics and editing time. Yay for me lol.
Thanks for all the input. I live in a palm tree area & have stood in the middle of a pineapple plantation field in Taiwan. They are not pineapples - wrong shape and wrong leaves. They do look like a variety of "squatty" palm trees. I like the idea to change out "candelabra" and will do that asap. They are definitely vintage but not antiques. The felt stuff under the bases is something that hasn't been done for many years. It looks and feels like stuff in my grandparents houses too. Newer stuff is simply open underneath. I'm going to get some globes for the next set of pictures but I'm not sure if I want have to pack and ship glass globes with the candlesticks. Although I just bought two pair of brass sconces at an estate sale this weekend that both have glass hurricane globes.
I found a bunch of photo slides marked from the 80s but they are all just sentences. After looking at several it looks like they are from Romeo and Juliet. A teacher probably had them. Any tips on how I should market these? I've never sold slides before but I know you guys do. On a side note, I picked up several vintage Wilton cake pans. I was excited until I got home and found a bunch on ebay all for cheap. I curse the first person who listed theirs that made every one else follow suit.
Sell them as a lot to save time, and just get your money back. And move on with a lesson learned. The cost of Ebay University.
I like that term "Ebay University". I know that sometimes when I buy an item that turns out to be a dud, I look at the cost of the item, and tell myself that it was cheaper than the cost of a college course to learn not to buy the item ever again. I guess I'm not the only one who looks at these lessons learned that way.
Just something to share. I posted a while back that I had picked up a bag lot of patches that could be sewed or ironed on. I bought the bag for 4 dollars with more than 30 patches in it. So far to date I have sold twelve for $213.20 and still have over half of them left. Most of them were Ski patches. So being patient with items does pay off. I was going to sell them in a lot but decided to do them separate and I'm glad that I did. They are easy to list, research and ship. So vintage patches are always on my radar now. Its a slow dollar to get but I have had fun researching them along the way.
Thanks for the tip on the Otter box clip thing. I have one I'm not using. Guess where it will be going soon.
After seeing the brass candlesticks it reminded me I have a question! Lol The other day I was at the thrift store with my Mom and she found two mid century silver tea pots for $2 each. I usually don't look at stuff like that because I just don't have the knowledge on how to decipher what's silver and what's not. Thankfully my Mom does! Anyway the one is "Oneida" and the other is unmarked. Does anyone else sell silver teapots like this regularly? And also is there a specific marking I should look for? I know on silver jewelry it would typically say ".925" or "sterling silver." I sell mostly clothes but I'm trying to branch out into more fun and funky items. Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you :)
you should look for sterling items, marked sterling or .925 or 800 (lower grade, but still valuable) like you said. i see a ton of silverplate kitchenware and i don't really think it's worth much unless it's truly antique. i pass on it if it's not solid silver. that's just me. i occasionally sell a silverplated item, but it's usually come in a box lot at an auction. maybe others have had better luck?
Good reading as usual! Between you and Richard McGee, I've learned a lot!
I wish I would've known you were selling a pudgy pie maker (pie maker). I have one but it would be nice to find another. We love making pudgy pies when camping! The newer ones are aluminum not as good. Love the podcasts! Keep em coming.
Hi Ryanne. I just watched this podcast (going from 1 to the latest and I am currently on this podcast). I am wondering how you test for amber. I Googled it and most of the tests I found don't lend themselves well to testing prior to purchase at a yard sale of thrift shop. The tests I've seen have to do with a black light between glass, acetone to see how it reacts or a hot needle (all I don't think I would try prior to purchase). Is there a test you can do prior to purchase?