Many scavengers who live in cold climates fear winter. The cold weather means no more yard sales or flea markets which can be a huge source of awesome finds. Scavengers who live in 12-month warm climates don't have this problem. But they usually deal with high prices and tough competition because the warm living means high density populations.
Winter is our favorite season for eBay because it means uninterrupted work. No more distractions like yard sales that start as early as Wednesday some weeks. During warm months, we also buy much more than we can easily list. At a good auction, we can easily buy a carload of stuff that will take 3 weeks to photograph and list. So we're never worried about a lack of inventory in the winter. We always have TOO MUCH. It's a great problem to have.
Winter also means we have less reasons to leave home. Our town gets quiet. Less outdoor chores to do. No gardening. No cutting grass. Just sit by the wood stove and list all our cool items on eBay. The shorter days of light also keep us more focused. We know it gets dark by 4pm (sometimes even 3pm?!), so we take photos efficiently during day light.
Since we like to travel in the summer/fall, winter is when we bulk up our store. We can dream of our travel as we work hard listing. Then when we travel in the summer, we can let our eBay store sell on autopilot for up to two months with little drop of income while we enjoy ourselves. (Love 30-business day handling time!) Our next trip is in April (Portland and New Orleans), so we have five months of pure eBay living to prepare.
Hope Winter treats you well.
In this podcast, we mentioned the following links:
--I see more and more articles about people working towards Early Retirement. This article talks about "Super Savers". Guy saved $1-million by the time he was 35.
--And check out our other podcast about running a vacation rental.
Our Store Week November 8-14, 2015
- Store #1
- Total Items in Store: 3986
- Items Sold: 42
- Cost of Items Sold: $85
- Total Sales: $1,732.85
- Highest Price Sold: $175 (Vintage Danish Modern Side Table)
- Average Price Sold: $41.25
- International Sales: 2 GSP
- Returns: 1
- Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $60
- Number of items listed this week: 49 ---------- Bonanza: $100 jacket ----------
- Store #2
- Total Items in Store: 684
- Items Sold: 10
- Cost of Items Sold: $12
- Total Sales: $389.92
- Highest Price Sold: $80 (vintage hat)
- Average Price Sold: $38.99
- International Sales: 0 GSP
- Returns: 0
- Number of items listed this week: 66