12/28/2016 at 11:45 am #8973
Anyone interested in pledging here?
I realized this holiday that I may be having to take on some nostalgic items from our dads’ homes sooner or later and maybe a dad himself, plus I’ve been scavenging beyond my processing time limitations. I also bought some pillows – they take up wayyyy to much space to store. Non living space storage is pretty maxed out. My husband’s been pretty great about it but would appreciate a bit more tidiness in the garage. So, time to stop thrifting. I’m pretty organized by item type, just need to list more. I don’t mind listing but like to do it in nice chunks of time. Scavenging is way faster.
12/28/2016 at 11:57 am #8974
I would be interested starting in February but right now I don’t want to miss out on all of the inventory people are getting rid after Christmas and New Years resolutions….
12/28/2016 at 12:52 pm #8983
You sound like me, ChristineR- my garage is (death) piling up too. I’ve already started my “thrifting abstinence”. At least until Jan 31, which is our area Goodwills’ 50% off day 😀
12/28/2016 at 1:19 pm #8989
I’d love to, but I don’t want to miss out on great inventory. I am trying to avoid larger items though. I’ll buy good shoes and clothing items all day long because they are easy to list/store/ship. I’m being more picky with bulky items lately. Just yesterday I decided not to purchase this sweet Rock-a-santa thing. The box was just too big for me to justify storing it for up to a year.
I can always just raise my minimum list price to reduce my purchases. I already pre-research every item before purchase so I’m not exactly buying dead inventory.
12/28/2016 at 10:52 pm #9046
I cut back shopping stops, but it will take me a while to catch up. So, I thought if I posted here it will keep me honest. I’m completely confident there is an abundance of stuff readily available for when I clear some room, plus things are not seasonal here. Join me anytime!
12/29/2016 at 9:59 am #9086
I’ve definitely cut back on shopping trips. I do the goodwill by my work once a week, and the one by my house once a week. Sometimes I might go once more, but that is definitely not every week. I spend about 30-45 minutes at each place. I used to go multiple times a week to both places.
Even with that very reduced schedule, I can walk out with a cart load every time. I’ve got shopping these two locations down to an artform. I’m an engineer – process improvement is what I do! 🙂
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12/29/2016 at 11:14 am #9101
I’m definitely going to be reducing thrift trips, working on death piles (some items will be listed and some will be donated) and improving inventory management. It won’t be a total true “no scavenge” month, for sure, but I need to get more things out (sold or donated) than in.
12/29/2016 at 11:46 am #9102
I’m in. I can’t say that I won’t make a trip to the thrift stores, but I can easily avoid auctions and yard sales this time of year (they just don’t have many auctions and yard sales in the snow are about no.) I have plenty of piles of death around. I just got a small photo box light set up so I have some new motivation to get listing. Well, listing once some work in the house is wrapped up. That is currently our priority. Just wrapped up the painting, now working on putting down the flooring. Fingers crossed we are moved in by mid-Feb.
12/30/2016 at 12:06 am #9139
I’m in, but it’s sort of unfair, because next week is the last auction until March in my area! :/ One of the local thrift stores is closing down in January, (owners are retiring). I am going to stop by tomorrow to find out when their last day will be.
After that, I guess I’ll be forced to list death piles until early March. 🙂
12/30/2016 at 11:41 pm #9217
I’m all in! Well, with maybe an occassional slip-up? I have a hard time running my weekly errands without seeing something I can flip. :-). But Christine you are reading my mind. A really interesting challenge would be to see who can keep from bringing home a single newly scavenged item the longest. (Excluding things like the wonderful chair with footstool and pillow plus big framed art piece that I scored for FREE this week, of course!)so we have to tell on ourselves if we fall off the wagon. I hope I won’t be the first!
12/30/2016 at 11:42 pm #9218
And no offense, ChristineR, but you have rather pointy ears. 🙂 however, cute!
12/31/2016 at 9:56 am #9230
I hope Evangeline Lily doesn’t mind me turning her into a trash elf.
Already hearing the siren’s call of the thrift when I drive by after work. But, staying strong. Thanks for joining up to those of you who are in. I listed my after Xmas clearance items yesterday and then sold something else immediately. Not listing sure probably didn’t help my December sales. I think it will feel good to see some space clear and have things get more manageable. I’m having to remind my family that I am really a very organized person. LOL
12/31/2016 at 6:44 pm #9239
Doing a mind meld!
01/05/2017 at 9:00 am #9591
Ugh…Came across a local auction house that is going to be doing an auction of THRIFT STORE SURPLUS!!! That is a double dose of temptation! Thankfully it is on a Friday night and I have a new wood floor to prep for sanding that night. But seriously, thrift store surplus auction. I feel like Homer Simpson near a donut right now.
01/05/2017 at 10:03 am #9601
Good job staying with the floors. Maybe we should allow a one time pass for events like that. But…it’s a slippery slope!
01/05/2017 at 10:20 am #9606
Slippery slope indeed. I am home waiting on a tile delivery so I’ve been using the time to photograph and get a few things listed. If I keep my focus on the house jobs, I’ll be ready to get back to listing more sooner. I have an agreement with the hubby to not bring anything else into the house until I can clear a bit more out so I have you guys to keep me in check and also him to give me the “I thought you said….” look at home!
01/05/2017 at 9:32 am #9595
01/05/2017 at 10:31 am #9607
I haven’t been to my local auction in over a month, Every Sunday at auction time, I look at the piles of stuff in the living room and just won’t go… Something has to change.
So.. I’m in the process of converting my spare bedroom to my listing office. This is where I will do listing only. The room I freed up in the garage is going to become yet more shelf space. Today I’m going to home depot to buy wood to build a freestanding 6′ by 3′ freestanding shelving unit which should hold 12 size able bins.
The garage will be for shipping and storage only now.
This will allow me to move attack the death piles and go on a “List it” or “Donate Purge”. I have so much room here to run my business.. I just need be be better organized.
I have about 1450 items listed now. I really need 4000 to hit my goals.
01/06/2017 at 1:54 am #9671
Good luck Joe. Reorganizing the stuff does help you realize how behind you are too.
01/08/2017 at 9:39 pm #9784
- Location: South Carolina
I am in the same boat and accept the challenge! I have been refraining from thrifting for a few weeks now until I get all my other inventory listed AND do some decluttering of my own personal items by way of listing. I must say it is not near as much fun as thrifting but it has to be done. Plus I am looking at the amount of expense money I will be saving while I’m in my period of abstinence, as a motivator. I would say I have about 1,000 items that I need to get listed, mostly clothes. Trying to whittle it down a little each day.
01/09/2017 at 7:10 am #9789
The house distraction works! At least for the buying side of the equation. 😀 This weekend was all about tile and I worked on that for 13 hours over two days so I didn’t get time to do much else. I did go and look at a light fixture that someone was selling on Cragislist, but that will be for the house. I had a thought that I could make a “quick” stop at the Goodwill, but I just went on home and put the hour into getting the tile down. It will be nice to get through the death piles when I can focus 13 hours on it over a weekend. Soon though, soon.
01/09/2017 at 7:49 am #9790
Good job. Just keep driving and do what you really should to do instead. That’s how it works. It is a bit painful in one way, but then one feels less guilty on the other hand. The piles will be there.
01/09/2017 at 10:31 am #9797
I’ve changed my mind – no more buying for January for me. I have too much to do and too much stuff already.
01/09/2017 at 6:51 pm #9884
Okay, I confess I gell off the wagon once last week. Spent $26 at Savers. My car dragged me there for going by too close. Some of what I bought was for me though. But I am checking myself back into Scavenger’s Anonymous Rehab. Meanwhile today I took photos, then spent hours identifying flatware patterns–ugh. That’s one reason I got a deathpile of flatware–it takes forever to identify and clean up. Especially the silver. But the last batch I did was well worth it! Back on the wagon!!!
01/10/2017 at 10:11 am #9938
I’m currently on month #2 of limited buying for Ebay. We’re already 10 days into January, and I’ve only spent $16 on stock so far this month! Starting to feel the anxiousness about buying wither away…if I really want to buy something, I just look at my death piles and think “nope!” It feels just as good to open up old boxes of items and sort through them. It is like buying them again for a second time.
I’m hoping to continue this for the rest of the year. It will have to be really good to have me spend a bunch of $$$$ on something at this point, but I’m sort of not feeling it at this point. I’d rather save than spend.
01/10/2017 at 4:23 pm #10006
Okay, I have my death pile destruction goal date of June 3rd. The local United Way teams up with the local University and the students donate clothing and hard goods for the sale. This year’s sale date is June 3rd so I have my target! Last year over 40 TONS of stuff was donated and some past years they had over 70 tons! It is a bag sale and last year it was $20 for a large cloth grocery bag full. I know it is still nearly half a year away, but I’m already excited for this event. I anticipate I will have my death piles cleared out well before that, but at least I know my final date.
01/10/2017 at 9:47 pm #10032
That’s an awesome motivator! About the same time our subdivision of 1000 homes has its annual garage sale. You’re on!
01/10/2017 at 11:11 pm #10036
Welcome back on the wagon Linda. I’m thinking of posting photos of my piles here. We have a University sale here too. I didn’t buy much last year and I’m mot sure I can clear out by then, but it would make a good milestone. It might be good to report what we wouldn’t buy again.
01/10/2017 at 11:32 pm #10037
Ha. We could post photos of junk we re-donated. Tons o’junk.
01/10/2017 at 11:33 pm #10038
photos of death piles would be cool! Then you can show progress along the way (first there were 10 piles, then 9, and so on).
I’ll be here cheering you on!
01/12/2017 at 1:02 pm #10163
I’m joining up! My goal is to take an informal inventory of how many items I have sitting around unlisted and then figure out when I can have them listed by. I’ll post that when I get it figured out. My inventory is a mess! Right now I have three items that sold that I can’t find.
I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube videos lately which have influenced me and spurred me on to join this challenge. The videos fall into two camps. A couple of people are like personal trainers and hearing them say to quit buying stuff if you aren’t listing it all!!!! has sunk in my brain. The other group of people whose videos I was watching are eBay reseller hoarders. They shop and shop and do haul video after haul video and hardly list. They keep talking and talking about how they don’t list but they don’t seem able to change that. It’s really depressing and I’ve had to quit watching some of them. So I don’t want to become that! Or if I am that I want to stop. So here I am. No more shopping until I list my death piles. Period.
01/12/2017 at 2:44 pm #10172
I listed three items from my death ‘piles’ today. I put ‘piles’ in quotes because I’ve really got more of a thin layer of inventory spread all over the house than a specific, organized pile. Three items listed, and hoping to squeeze in two more before everyone is home from school.
01/13/2017 at 6:46 am #10205
Went down to the new basement last night to take a picture of my death “piles”. This is actually a mix of listed and unlisted, but the majority is unlisted and donation items that need to get cleared out. All the brown boxes in the back are for a favor I’m doing for some family. My husband’s uncle passed away last year and had a massive model truck collection and this is a small number of them that I agreed to sell and the proceeds will go to build a walking trail in his community. Since most of this is stuff I WANT to list, I’m not sure it qualifies as “Death Pile”, but I just don’t have the time to list at this point……
I have other random unlisted items in various locations around the house that I just haven’t taken the time to pack up in the boxes. I had to get most of it “organized” and moved over when my parents came for Christmas since it was covering the room they stay in.
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01/13/2017 at 8:24 pm #10228
01/13/2017 at 10:40 pm #10239
Ryanne, that is our water manifold. It is like an electrical panel for water lines. Each water line gets its own port that can be turned on and off without turning off all the water. All of our water pipes are the pex pipes which are pretty much industry standard. I think Jay said you guys were getting ready for plumbing in the reno. Are they running pex? It is much more forgiving, can be bent (for the most part), and is cheaper than copper pipes. This is our third build that has used it. The first build was in 2006. The copper pipe coming into the manifold is about the only copper we have and that is the hot water line coming from the water heater.
01/14/2017 at 9:27 am #10263
i’ve never seen or heard of one of those. yes we have pex at our house. not sure what we have at the new reno. i thought it was pex-like. farmhouse is OLD so it’s copper.
01/19/2017 at 3:30 pm #10714
01/13/2017 at 10:12 am #10216
Well Short that looks pretty nice to me. “) At least everything is in bins, and you didn’t overflow them. Except for my Pyrex in a kitchen cabinet – excuse: making sets? – mine is all out of the living space, which looks much different than the crazy garage photos. It is fun to rediscover the backlog. Right now I’m working on some cool retro kitchen items. Selling a few of our things on Craigslist. Things are slow for me on Ebay even though I’m trickling in listings.
01/13/2017 at 10:42 am #10219
Honestly, I have a bin habit. I fill one up and just buy more. I have 4 of the black and yellow ones empty on the front porch. I figure it will be like Christmas when I get back to listing! I have a few things around the house that will be on Craigslist in the Spring.
01/16/2017 at 1:10 pm #10428
Posting here for transparency….went to goodwill and got 10 t-shirts for my t-shirt store. I only had a few unlisted t-shirts and since it is its own store, I decided getting a few wouldn’t be so bad. I will say that I spent $5 for the 10 shirts, already logged them into my inventory spread sheet, and have them in the wash right now. I have to go do some cleaning up in the new house to get ready for more tile work, but I have a bit of extra time today for item prep and photographing. I will get everything I have for the shirt store photographed today and have it ready to list as I get some time this week. My goal is 20 new shirt listings this week and 5 new listings for my main store.
01/17/2017 at 9:42 am #10517
Update: Got twenty shirts washed (except for the NWT) and photographed. Also managed to get 10 listed between last night and this morning since I had an extra hour at home this morning due to a school delay for weather. Feels good to make some progress on the piles, even if I just added to it a little. I have my next 10 shirts stacked next to my computer ready to go and the 10 drafts started. This set will push me up over 100 listings in that store. I think I’m going to pick out three items that interest me the most to put with two items I already have photographed for the main store.
01/17/2017 at 9:59 am #10519
Good job. It does feel nice to start getting some breathing room. I’m making slow progress with the piles myself. Working on more kitchen stuff – the better stuff not death. I put up a beautiful midcentury Arabia geometric platter this weekend for $100 that came out of someone’s storage unit. I look forward to sending it to someone who will have it out and use it. 🙂
01/19/2017 at 2:53 am #10682
The last auction I went to was January 8, and I haven’t bought any new inventory since. Woohoo! Then I checked auctionzip, and 2 new auctions have popped up -one in 2 weeks, the other the week after that. :/ It’s really tempting, because one of the plans for 2017 is to branch out to new areas. These are auctioneers that run auctions infrequently, too. Decisions, decisions.
I added 3 listings from one of my ultimate death piles: fabrics and linens. I buy boxes of this stuff, and then hem and haw about how to sort it and divvy it up for listings, (by color? fiber content? size? Ooooh, look, so pretty…I’ll just stuff it back in the box and not deal with it). In the future, I am only going to buy this stuff if I look at it and immediately mentally group it for a listing.
So I grabbed a box of it, made 4 piles of similar stuff, got 3 listed, and 1 has already sold for $30. Now I feel motivated to tackle another box of fabric.
01/19/2017 at 6:44 am #10683
I try to avoid looking at the auction listings, but it is SO hard not to. Good job on getting some of the fabric listed! A fast sale is always a motivator to get more up to see what else will sell quick.
01/19/2017 at 8:42 am #10690
I went a whole week without buying stock, only breaking it when I spent $14 yesterday. I am now considering thrifting again tomorrow, and going to an estate sale on Saturday. It is a slippery slope once you start buying again 🙁
I have been listing at least 1-10 items each day, sometimes 20+, sometimes 0. Still, I can see the new items already piling up and I need to process those right away in order to justify any new purchases.
01/19/2017 at 9:27 am #10696
I think I can only give out a free pass like once a week. LOL. Keep reducing the piles no piling the piles. I love that someone tagged this hoarding. Very motivating! 🙂
01/19/2017 at 10:02 am #10699
I tackled my hoard of scarves and shawls this week. Photo’d all 38 Sunday. Listed 10 Monday and 15 Tuesday. Couldn’t list yesterday, but plan to list the last ones today. We will be going to visit the 4 grandchildren in Hong Kong next wekk, so the girls, all teens, always love clothes. They even love thrifted clothes. Everything over there is SO expensive. So that was my excuse to stop at Savers after dropping off a pkg at Fedex.
I filled my cart with tons of nice things, and did buy a few things to resell–only 3 or 4 items. Came home and removed tags and washed 2 loads–had to handwash some of them. I now hope I can fit it all in my suitcase! 18 items for the girls in their fav brands–so darned cute! And several nice sporty clothes for the 12 yr old boy. I always let the girls take turns picking what they want one piece at a time–it’s like Christmas. Can’t wait!
So far I haven’t been perfect, but the piles are going away at a nice pace. (As Jay says, it’s hard to walk past $20 bills laying around when you are in a thrift shop!) I sold two huge bolts of lace on auction for over $50 that had been cluttering up my sewing room for years. It’s nicer to have $50 in your pocket than clutter!
01/19/2017 at 12:13 pm #10702
I’m a rock. No buying and no plans to buy for the forseeable future. I’ll likely roll this challenge right into February. I have enough on-hand to last me quite a while listing-wise. I’m also not listing right now due to so many other things going on. Still selling 10+ things a week which just makes more room in storage. Yay!
Keep it up everyone.
01/20/2017 at 12:50 am #10750
Well, one of my fabric death piles just committed suicide. I pulled out a big piece of vintage woven fabric, and the sheer black backing to it disintegrated into a fine, black dust that covered everything in the box. I debated washing all of it again, said “nope”, and dumped the whole box in the trash.
I did get 3 more lots of vintage linens listed before the other box did itself in. So, progress, one way or another!
01/20/2017 at 6:45 am #10754
Better to have that happen to you than to a customer as they are pulling it out of the box. It still stinks, but as you said, progress is progress!
01/20/2017 at 6:59 am #10755
I’m down to two t-shirts in my stack and I got 1 item listed in my main store last night and a draft ready for photos in the main store as well. Another busy weekend ahead with more tile, but I hope to take a break and get some of my larger items photographed out on the deck if the sun is out.
01/20/2017 at 10:58 am #10773
It feels good now that I’ve gotten used to the idea that I’m NOT going to thrift. There is a freedom to going out to run an errand and not having to make the decision to thrift or not..And it feels good each day when I ship to know that my pile has just been made smaller by that many items. It feels like a weight is being lifted and it literally is.
This weekend I’m meeting my sister for a day of thrifting and setting her up to sell on eBay. At first I was trying to figure out how much I would allow myself to buy until I eventually came to the conclusion I was not going to by anything! I don’t need to buy inventory just because I’m in a thrift store. I won’t use that excuse to buy.
01/22/2017 at 3:31 pm #10862
Zero thrifting by ME this week, (other than the book shelf I bought for my son’s room), but my husband went thrifting without me, and brought back several items! Oh no!
I also dropped off several boxes at Goodwill this week, after I decided we are not going to have a yard sale. It’s too much work for too little return. I’d rather be the person that stops at garage sales than the person that has garage sales!
01/22/2017 at 5:44 pm #10882
I’d like to say I still have a few hours left today, but I see it all going to the house. I met my goal of 20 shirts in the one store and then only got 1 item listed in the main store, not 5 like I had as my goal. I will see if I can squeak out another listing tonight. No postcards done despite doing nothing but watching shows on Hulu for most of yesterday. Just didn’t have it in me mentally to go work on the house or list, those days happen so I just try to regroup the next day if I can and move forward.
Got another 11 shirts today for this week. I counted up what I have on hand already and if I do another 20, I was going to be short. I figured since I met the one goal, I wouldn’t really be contributing to the pile in the long run.
Goals for the coming week: 5 items in Main store, 20 shirts in second store, 10 postcards in the third account. Sold a postcard today so that is a plus!
Happy listing to everyone!
01/29/2017 at 1:35 am #11351
I cheated this week, and stopped by the thrift store. BUT!!! I already have the 3 items I bought listed. I spent less than $3, and my $3 should bring me $75.
And it could have been much worse: I decided not to go to an auction tomorrow. I did a total re-org of my storage room, and once I had a clear picture of what I still had left to list? Yeah, I have plenty to work on here. I don’t need to spend any more money on inventory right now.
Finally got my kitchen counters cleared off today, too!
01/29/2017 at 12:59 pm #11359
I find it harder to say no to a quick thrift shop stop than an auction. I justified stopping at two yesterday on the grounds that they were far from home and since I was already going that way for another task, I might as well stop and then use the travel as a mileage right off. You did better on number of items! I spent about $20 on 11 and haven’t listed anything yet. That is a great potential return on your buys and congrats on getting the kitchen counter clear and other stuff organized.
01/30/2017 at 4:05 pm #11418
I’ve been very good but there is one of the big three rummage sales this weekend in my area. If my husband is working, then I’ll be kind of relieved. Even if I go, I know I will be a lot more selective than in the past.
02/04/2017 at 9:41 pm #11767
Ok fessing up that I cheated and went to the rummage sale. We only have three of these a year at the Fairgounds. It was fairly large, but they allowed volunteers to pre-shop last night I overheard. 🙁 Probably good for me in a sense because I picked up a reasonable amount of items – some barware, flatware, and vintage cartoon sheets. Enough to make it fun. Now, back on the wagon. I miss the thrift stops but plenty here to process.
02/04/2017 at 10:38 pm #11770
Okay ChristineR, you get the free pass this week! But we want to see the goodies. Now that I’m back from vacay I hope to work some on ebay this week, but I’m also having company for a few days. It’s always something. That’s why I love my little ebay business–I can always repriortize. People before profits!
02/04/2017 at 11:39 pm #11773
I know. We are hosting a Super Bowl party tomorrow and I just unpacked etc. from our vacation today – there goes listing on the weekend. My husband took the kids out to a game – a rarity & I should be listing! I’ve added my small haul to the death pile Pinterest page. ? http://pin.it/TDR9nwW
These silk Asian pillow cases look handmade but I’m not sure – out of my comfort zone. Pip aid $10 for the Gorges Briard bar tool set, vintage bar towel & picks. $3 for the Mcm flatware, $3 for the sheet set.
02/05/2017 at 10:09 am #11781
As I continue listing and continue not buying I’m seeing more bare real estate in my home which is feeling good.
Christine I have a large pillow doll to go with your strawberry shortcake sheets 🙂
02/15/2017 at 10:48 am #12612
Is anyone still doing the challenge?
It’s been 4 weeks since I joined. Little by little the landscape of my house is changing. I’ve sold a lot of things that had been sitting unlisted. Some were items that I didn’t think I should even list but given a chance before they got thrown into the donate bag they actually sold.
I’m not sure what the endpoint of this challenge will be for me. I want to hit a thrift store sooooo bad.
02/15/2017 at 11:33 am #12615
It is still my goal, but I’ve been out thrifting, just not as much and making sure I try and get the stuff I purchased up. It is hit and miss with listing for me, but I’m setting some time aside on Saturday just for it. I may even have a friend over for some drinks and eBay! I’ve been doing better with the smaller items and clothing so I’ll be focusing on that.
02/15/2017 at 11:58 am #12618
I’ve been a total fail at not buying–stuff is everywhere! ? Plus I went on a big trip, returned home and my son came and stayed with us a week, and then we are going on another trip in a week! However, I have made good progress on listing the old inventory and some new. So I’m feeling good! Looking forward to after our next trip so I can return to what I call my happy rut.
02/15/2017 at 5:54 pm #12658
New pledge from me, a little late to the party. I have a 8′ x 16′ shed, a spare bedroom, one entire wall of the garage, and multiple bins hidden under benches and tables in said garage all waiting to be listed. In my store, only 100 items listed. And in the house, one VERY annoyed husband.
I’m DEFINITELY in! 😀
02/15/2017 at 9:30 pm #12673
Lots going on here outside of my ebay life that I don’t blog about, but making some progress. In January I purged and organized our own stuff inside the house and listed some of it on Craigslist. I sold enough items on Ebay to need to consolidate a few boxes and I revamped my shipping supplies. Husband does not enjoy the shipping supplies in the garage but I only buy bubble wrap new. I’m also doing some maintenance on my old listings and reducing some prices.
Made it about six weeks and then had a couple of short rummage indulgences, but I’m totally still in. It’s been fun to pull out some cool items from the garage to list. I’m focusing on bulkier items and higher dollar items in this phase. I’ve also listed some bigger items on Facebook but the groups have gotten larger and so my listings seem to get buried there. Later on I will be getting a lot of matching bins from my in-laws home so my stored items should look more presentable and uniform.
02/17/2017 at 1:09 pm #12769
Christine this challenge has really helped me. As the piles go away I’m getting different ideas for how my workroom would work better. It’s getting easier for me to get rid of mistakes too. The more I do it the easier it becomes.
02/19/2017 at 2:26 pm #12869
Don’t look now, but I am starting to run out of stuff to list! I am down to 4 piles of stuff: a box of glass photo negatives, a pile of Dell server parts, parts from my old dishwasher, and a pile of random “other” stuff, which is some of my son’s old toys, a few shirts, a cast iron pan that needs reseasoning, vacuum cleaner parts, a queen size bedspread, etc.
This is truly the stuff I have been dreading, because it will be tedious to clean and list.
I really appreciate this challenge, Christine! I got a lot of stuff listed, (and sold!), and it has made me think about the types of things I buy. I definitely am more selective now, because I dont want to deal with piles of questionable stuff again.
02/19/2017 at 5:15 pm #12880
I’m out, temporarily. Had knee surgery and it’s worse than they thought, so I’m not listing anything at the moment. 🙁
Will get to it as as soon as I can.
02/19/2017 at 8:47 pm #12895
Okay, I’ve fallen so far off the wagon that they created a tombstone for me on the Oregon Trail…..
Anywho, yesterday was 50% off all Goodwill AND an online auction. Also, I was told about a previously unknown to me thrift store last week. So….yeah, I’m buying. I am, however, getting more listing done AND my sales are increasing so items are still going up and going out.
02/22/2017 at 4:44 pm #13122
Hey congrats to those of you finishing up already or making headway! I’ll be here for a good long stretch. Glad it’s not just me and my piles. Honestly, not a huge dent yet but I have sold off a couple of bins and I’m going to keep on truckin’ despite the multitude of demands on my time.
03/01/2017 at 9:05 pm #13669
Well I was on the challenge for a while..
Some may have noticed on another post that I recently bought about 20 boxes of NOS Hats, shirts and jackets. The death piles are much better organized, but, now I have Boxes and Boxes of NOS clothing death piles.
My main concern is listing. I need more revenue and I need to list. I’ve come up with a simple plan.. list 10 items a day…Every Single Day. Even with sales considered, that will give me at least an increase of 200 listings a month.
I need a workable solution and I think this is it. Some days I may list more than 10 and that is fine.. but 10 has to happen every day. That is my new pledge.. 10 listings a day.
I’ve got the clothing and a cache (hoard) of sewing patterns which need to go. I’ve also got a bunch of record albums and posters… There is really no excuse to not list my 10 a day.
I’ve also found that I need to scavenge at least once a week to keep my sanity and to grab the low hanging fruit…
Today I went to an estate sale and bought 5 or 6 items for $2 total.. when I was done listing them the total was $601. We’ll see what sells.. If I get half the $601, I’ll be a happy guy.
I love this country..
04/11/2017 at 10:26 am #16427
Learned about a new process for dealing with Death Piles and the logic works!
Get bins/large boxes and place them about. Slap a label on each one and sort your entire Death Pile inventory into each bin/box. All the women’s tops in one box, men’s shirts in another, jackets, coats, kids clothes, kitchen items, tchotchkes, each category has its own labelled box/bin.
When you’re done, pick one and sort it out again, this time by brand, then by item specifics. So.. using women’s tops as an example: all the Chico’s together, then by long-sleeved vs short sleeved, then by size. Color doesn’t matter.
The sorting takes time and sounds crazy, but here’s where it gets clever.
You photograph everything in each sorted pile, which goes quickly because your photography area is set up for that particular category. List the first item. Then use sell similar. So, back to our women’s Chico’s tops – first item listed is Chico Long-Sleeve Button Up Blouse Red Size 14. About 10-15 minutes to create the listing. The sell similar item would change Red to Blue and size 14 to 12, update condition and measurements, new photos. Less than 5 minutes. All the other information stays exactly the same: brand, category, store category, selling price, shipping.
For unusual and decor items, I’m sorting by category (music/movies/kitchen/art/decor/candles) and then by the background color I would use for photographs, as the set up for photos is time consuming.
I did a micro-sort last week and was stunned by how quickly it went. I’ve been scavenging for large boxes (Very Large Boxes) and am sorting like a madman! Trying to list during the day and sort death piles into their categories by night.
Ooooh, look! There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!
04/11/2017 at 11:43 am #16434
Good for you Amatino and good advice. Before the challenge I had already sorted my items by type though many of them are unique vintage items. This helps me also because I can clean items together before listing. It definitely helps photographing and listing go faster, especially if you have some boxes with very similar items. I also use the template feature for certain items I sell regularly. Good luck with your piles. It feels really good to get organized.
- This reply was modified 8 months ago by ChristineR.
04/11/2017 at 3:39 pm #16453
Thanks Christine. It does feel good!
Also… my death piles are bigger than I thought. I’m clearing by room and am astounded at how much I actually have. When it’s scattered around different rooms and buildings, it’s easier to underestimate it all!
05/26/2017 at 2:06 am #18591
So how’s everyone doing? I fell off the wagon for awhile. Hit a bunch of auctions, took a trip, got sick, blah blah blah. Then we did spring cleaning, and rounded up a bunch of our own stuff to sell. I’m back at listing death piles, and I’m down to the really tedious stuff that I’ve been avoiding.
I read a little of that KonMari book, and took a hard look at my death piles. I re-donated a bunch of things, which took care of one box of stuff. I got rid of all the clothes, except for 3 things. Pulled some pinch-pleat drapes out of one box, and discovered they had a mark on the bottom, so they are getting the axe. Pulled out a nice Gap duffle bag, and broke the zipper. :/ Bummer, but one less thing in the death pile!
There is an auction on Saturday, so I’m trying hard to get as much photographed as possible before then. Once I get the death piles conquered, I am going to look over my stagnant listings.
05/26/2017 at 1:04 pm #18610
I spent a couple weeks organizing all my organizable (is so a word!) stuff into large, labelled boxes scavenged from the Home Depot. The boxes are huge – and full! Clothes sorted by type, bags, hats, linens, all sorted. It really helped me to see how much I actually have. When it’s scattered in different places, it’s easy to underestimate how much you’ve got.
Then I started listing the stuff that’s not so easy to organize, mostly the odds like home decor or automotive. It’s been fun seeing the shelves clear of piles of “stuff” and convert to tote bins of “listed items.” Very encouraging!
But my Death Piles have been growing due to my community donations. Spring is nearly over, so it’s likely to slow down soon. Once I’ve cleared the shelves, I am going to attack those boxes and set myself a challenge to do the lot by this year! I thought I’d post photos of progress, just to make it easier to track. My hubs is going to throw a party when I’m done! LOL
05/26/2017 at 7:24 pm #18629
I started out for a few months being really good, then I nibbled a bit. I have definitely turned my buy-list ratio around except for like two weeks of binging. It is very hard to go totally cold turkey for long! I’ve also made my listing language very short so I am listing faster. Getting to it is a challenge and it will take a good while for me to get out from under. But, one advantage I find of having piles is that it’s really nice to have the like items grouped and be able to switch over to another type of item the next day. When I am feeling really motivated, I tackle some larger and more unique items. Keep the faith my challenge elves. It really is so much like dieting, which I am loosely doing for the first time in my 48 years. Buying = Carbs.
05/26/2017 at 9:04 pm #18635
ROFL, carbs! I like that! 😀
It made me chuckle to think this is the only thread where a “race to the bottom” is actually a GOOD thing!
06/18/2017 at 12:07 pm #19531
Struggling to get into listing. Had a great opportunity Friday to list for a while uninterrupted and I just didn’t feel like it. I did some organizing of inventory and pruning of unperforming listings. Will try to get my mojo back. The piles await!
06/18/2017 at 4:52 pm #19540
I dropped off of listing for a bit while we were getting moved in and we were getting ready for my husband’s extended overseas work assignment. I kept buying and now have piles all over. My dad built me some nice shelves and I have plenty of empty bins that fit perfectly into the shelves. I started listing more frequently at the beginning of June and have started to make some headway on the piles. I am still looking at the thrift stores, but I will only pick up shoes or jackets that will have a higher return. With the husband away for now, I get a few hours at night once the kiddo is in bed to focus on listing. I try to get a good amount of photos done on the weekend when I have good sunlight. I’m just taking things one storage bin at a time and will get through it one listing at a time.
06/19/2017 at 11:54 am #19576
Finally got my shelves sorted out and cleared a lot of the home decor items that couldn’t be “categorized” into a box. This week I have a Student Showcase coming up with my belly dance classes, so a lot of my time will be put into the event, but I’m ready to start tackling my Death Piles. It has been torture seeing all the garage sales and clearouts in my neighborhood, but I’ve been good and not attended any. Also, as expected, the community donations have slowed down to a trickle.
I see lots of Death Pile reduction in my crustal ball! 😉
06/19/2017 at 1:23 pm #19595
I’m jumping into this late, but I’m on board. I’ve gone out the past couple of weekends and every time I’ve seen an item to possibly pick up, I got a sickly feeling while thinking about all the stuff I haven’t yet listed, then I put the item back. I like to live pretty minimally, so it’s bugging me to have piles of things all over the house. I’m coming off recovering from a shoulder surgery, so I can finally start lifting stuff again (hooray!), which will help in the whole “organization” game.
While I don’t see myself going 100% cold turkey off of garage sales and thrift stores, some subconscious thing is pushing me to list and organize before amassing too much more stuff. The food/dieting analogy is great.
Then again, my neighborhood is having a city-wide garage sale this coming weekend…
06/20/2017 at 4:48 pm #19648
Great to read about others fighting the Perpetual Death Pile Plague like me! I was starting to wonder about my sanity, lol. An ebayer since 1999, put my own piles on hold for a 10 year period while I worked for an ebay consignment store – now that was fighting the pile on a full-time basis! Problem now is I can’t resist the thrifts, I know too much about just about everything. Will keep checking back in for inspiration!!
06/20/2017 at 5:31 pm #19650
I’m forcing myself to slow down on purchasing right now. I have LOTS of stuff at home that’s unlisted, and it’s sounding like we’re going to be moving in the next few months, so I don’t want to have to differentiate between listed and non-listed inventory during the move.
Trying to push through closets, boxes, and shelves of unlisted stuff, knocking out a few each day. I’m guessing I’ve got enough backlog for 200-400 listings, not counting hats (I’ve got a few hundred unlisted hats waiting to see their day).
07/12/2017 at 8:16 am #20296
tam from Tam’s Vintage & MoreParticipant
My death piles have death piles.
07/18/2017 at 3:48 pm #20465
About two weeks ago I bought an additional 250+ vintage books very cheaply at the auction… The problem is that about half of them are in German.. Talk about death piles. I’ve begun to purge the non-sellers, but it’s a project and a half.
I have eight or nine early Thomas Mann books in German and 4 signed Oskar Maria Graf books in German that I can find no comps for. I’ve been to the Ebay.DE site and it is difficult at best to navigate as I do not know the German language.
If anyone knows of a way to make the German Ebay Page English, I would be grateful.
07/18/2017 at 6:39 pm #20471
- Location: Portland, OR
Not sure what browser you are using, but in Chrome if you right click on the page you should get a link that says Translate to English. it won’t be perfect, but it may help a bit. I used this feature all the time in South America for airline webpages and it definitely helped. Good luck!
07/18/2017 at 7:36 pm #20473
Thanks.. that’s what I was looking for.
07/19/2017 at 8:31 am #20488
I’m back on the wagon. No more buying until I hit 1000 listings. I’ve also put my whole store on 25% off sale to spur sales, so that is a very lofty goal.
So far it is working on the sales front. I also crossed the 800 listing barrier last night.
I’m overwhelmed with unlisted inventory, but I also want to curb inventory spending to maximize my cash reserves over the next month or two. Vacation is coming up and I also want to buy a work truck.
07/20/2017 at 9:29 am #20528
08/13/2017 at 2:56 pm #21729
Congrats to those above making progress. Fun to see the empty box photo.
Well, I never completely feel off the wagon and I did learn to become very choosy about my purchases. This weekend my absolute favorite indy thrift had a grand reopening with all new inventory. It was painful but I decided not to go. I’m sure I would have picked up better merchandise than 70-80% of my vintage death piles. BUT, this summer has been absolutely chaotic with the kids’ schedule, deaths of friends and pets, surprise houseguests, vacation, kids’ online bullying, back to school prep, and all manner of other chaos. Very, very Ebay unfriendly.
Even though virtually all of my piles live in the garage, I have lots of cleaning out to do inside with our stuff and the clutter is getting to me. I’ve got a few boxes of holiday stuff to get up this Fall. SO, making a pledge again to resist the sourcing urges. There is just so much quantity available and so little time to process it!
Susanne Wells made a video I found interesting about a reality check on listing time relevant to my struggle and part-time or parent sellers without listing software or employees. Here’s a link in case anyone is interested. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijwIt6yi3UM&list=UU0jQVSDUTGLj83382j2DPMA&index=1
08/14/2017 at 9:28 am #21751
Wow. She takes two minutes to photograph? I wish I could do that. She says 30 items per hour to photograph and 12 per hour to list. If I could do that, my store would
08/14/2017 at 10:50 am #21757
I’m pretty sure that I’m slower than that even with my new bare bones descriptions. I thought the topic was interesting. It really depends on the type of item too. I love art and pottery but the research really slows me down. Bed linen photography slows me down.
08/14/2017 at 1:03 pm #21763
My actual photographing time is 2 minutes or less. It’s the cleaning, prepping, staging and such that drives it down.
If I’m doing shoes and they are great condition solid form womens slip on shoes, then yes I can easily crank out 2 minutes or less with 11 photos per pair. Actually it is 1 minute or less for actual photo taking.
If I have to tie the shoes, add a few seconds. If I have to put in cardboard shoe inserts so the shoe stands up right, add a few seconds. I have a dedicated table with photolighting and a drop cloth so my white balance and focus doesn’t ever need adjusted.
I move the shoes with one hand and hold camera at the ready with the other. The only time I set the phone down is when I flip the shoes over to photograph the bottoms.
Sometimes I’ll just crank through all my photos directly in the iphone photo app. I switch between square and 4:6 modes on the fly with a swipe. Then later while watching a show or something I’ll leisurely upload the photos to drafts.
Cleaning is not counted in my photographing time.
Another thing that slows me down just a bit is if I take photos directly in the ebay mobile app. There is always a few seconds lag between opening a listing and getting to the photos. I also have to manually crop the photos to square in the app as well as rotate 2-3 photos. I have it down to a science though, so even doing photos directly in the app, manually cropping, tying shoes and inserting shoe forms I bet I’m still right at 2 minutes or less average.
Last time I half-way timed myself while racing my wife I did 8 pair in 15 minutes taking photos in the app. This included quick reviewing and completing the draft to create the listing.
08/14/2017 at 2:14 pm #21767
I’m still attacking the piles and piles of books. Half the job is just creating the donation piles, which are getting pretty big.
I recently added another scavenger mobile to my stable. This one only has two wheels, so, although it has a trunk, it really limits how much I can drag home in one shot. It saves me a lot of gas and should enable me to keep the miles off my car especially for short trips.
Do I recommend buying a motorcycle to be a more profitable scavenger… No way. But it sure is a lot of fun.. and No, it’s not a Harley.
08/28/2017 at 11:06 am #22265
Came across a funny hiccup in the Death Pile Challenge – running out of storage for listed items! The Death Piles are sorted into giant cardboard boxes, but listed items are individually packed in plastic bags and stored in totes on large industrial shelves. Some frantic re-arranging of shelves to make space and I have a few more totes to go before I’m completely out of storage! LOL
11/17/2017 at 9:02 am #25757
I’m still at it as 2017 comes to a close. I have done some sourcing this year but really flipped my equation on its head. Just the last couple of months, I can see a lot of room opening up in my garage and closet and it’s WAY less hoarder like. Still a way to go but it feels really good to be getting things back under control. The time off from sourcing is letting me get perspective on the best approach when I allow myself to build inventory again.
11/17/2017 at 10:40 am #25762
I’m down two giant boxes, plus I cleared a stack of packaging material that I decided was just taking up space instead of being useful for packing. I also did a sort through and donated my low-sale items, stuff that would list for less than $10 or where shipping would just not be worth the hassle. I sold some old furniture at our town street sale. The garage is looking pretty good now! Still got about a dozen giant boxes in there, and then the shed. Won’t be done this year. 🙁
However, ChristineR is right that it’s given new perspective. As I’ve been listing and selling, I’ve been paying attention and working out what I’m likely to look for when I start sourcing.
Looking forward to reading other year end check-ins.
11/17/2017 at 11:08 am #25763
Wow! Two boxes. I’m so envious. I’ve got two boxes of flatware alone.
11/17/2017 at 1:27 pm #25770
Beginning of the year I sorted my Death Piles by category: all bottoms in one box, all men’s shirts in another, women’s tops, etc. The boxes are mostly large, like 30″ square or bigger. There were a few smaller ones. I admit to starting with the smaller boxes. *blush*
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