Ryanne posted about her trip to Vermont for the regional US Cup Tasters Championships where she came in 4th place. This is a huge deal since Ryanne went head to head with some of the best specialty coffee tasters on the East Coast. It gives her a shot to compete at the next competition before Nationals. You can watch the video where she was one of the few that correctly guessed all the coffees. We’re all so proud of her because it shows people how far she’s come as a roaster and that we take coffee seriously at Broad Porch. She put a lot of time into practicing to get to this point.
Ryanne competing also shows how we like to find things to do that mix community, space to refine our skills, and ability to make money and own our time. The specialty coffee community is big with a lot of stiff competition that focuses on quality and design. We’re super psyched to keep building our coffee company. It’s a fun way to spend our time.
We found the same excitement when we started selling on eBay back in 2008. There wasn’t much of a community (other than the negative eBay forums), but it was an exciting intersection between our love of scavenging and need to pay the bills. There were so many problems to solve that are now obvious: how much do we list? where do we store all this stuff? how much should we pay for items? how much should we sell things for? Every time we walk into our 40′ x 26′ building to pull sold items to ship, we see how we’ve into a sustainable business that has helped us build a life together.
We had decent sales this week on eBay. The weirdest things sell that make us try to remember where we found them: on the street, in the bottom of a box at an auction, in the corner of a thrift store under a pile of junk. We had faith it was valuable, took time to list, were patient, and now the sale pays our bills. It’s a virtuous circle where once one good thing starts happening, other good things happen, which cause the first thing to continue happening. eBay sales are an embodiment of how we live our lives.
Hope you had a good week. Consider buying the holiday blend that Ryanne is roasting: Matching Pajamas!
Our Store Week October 30- November 5, 2022
Total Items in Store: 9130
Items Sold: 25
Gross Sales: $1,339.24 (including eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)
Net Sales: $976.86 (minus eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)
Cost of Items Sold: $103
Cost of helpers: $80
Highest Price Sold: $225 (pair of curtains)
Average Price Sold: $39.07
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of items listed this week: 20
(Your numbers can be found here: https://www.ebay.com/sh/performance/sales)