02/09/2019 at 4:37 pm #56661
- Location: Fort Worth Texas
I’ve been living in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for 14 years now. Born and raised near Detroit Michigan. I am currently planning my escape from 18 years of factory life via reselling. I was raised somewhat a scavenger from my mom who raised us to shop at the salvation army, pick bottles off the side of the road for the deposit, and salvage anything from the curb that was still good.
I’ve scavenged here and there throughout the years but just start being more eagle-eye about it since this past summer. I shop at goodwill and scavenge in the neighboring wealthy neighborhood pre-trash day when I have the time but the I can only do so much since I’m on a short leash with the factory hours.
I download the podcast to listen to while I”m at work (its grunt work anyways, I barely use any brain cells there) and try to listen to other informational and motivation things while I’m working.
I’m a single mom, my kids aren’t too interested in learning reselling other than giving me something to sell for them.
I’ll have my 20 years soon and I”m really hoping, wishing, praying, and WORKING towards being able to take a pre-retirement package if its offered soon. If not, I’m going to try to maintain my new business as much as possible until I build up my savings to be able to walk away from that place. Its good money, but in many ways that I won’t go into it eats your soul. Not too good on the body either. Most of the older folks in there hobble around and have different work related damage to the body from all the repetitive work and other injuries. Well that’s my spiel (sp?).
I’ll look around and familiarize myself with the content so I don’t have to ask too many already answered questions.
Oh, and I’ve been selling just since June 2018, but I’ve been a buyer since 2001.5+
02/09/2019 at 5:22 pm #56662
- Location: Washington DC
Welcome Kenya! Things are usually pretty quiet around here on the weekends but it’ll pick up.0
02/09/2019 at 5:26 pm #56663
Welcome! It sounds as if you have a good plan. And a good outlook on the current situation by making the best of the boring work by listening to this and other informative podcasts.
I lived in the suburbs north of Dallas for a while and occasionally went to some thrift stores or church sales in Fort Worth. DFW compared to a lot of the country is good in that there are so many thrift stores and most are huge. And pricing, while higher than I liked, still was reasonable enough to find good buys. And the area was wealthy enough to have a lot of high end shoe and clothes brands show up in thrift stores — and if they weren’t as commonly known high end brand, the thrift store often didn’t mark them up.
Garage sales were really competitive, though, with lots of people showing up. When I went, it seemed like anything good was gone by 10 AM.
And I had very poor luck finding vintage items in DFW. So much of the area is new construction, that it seemed like the thrift stores and garage sales were mostly new items. And estate sales were mostly run by professional companies that marked up vintage items.
It is interesting how different things are regionally. When I was in the midwest, the prices everywhere seemed crazy cheap and there was a lot of vintage items. And the west coast has insanely high thrift store prices outside of special sales, but garage sales can be full of great items that people are practically giving away and likewise with estate sales run by family members.
Good luck with your ebay endeavors 🙂1+
02/10/2019 at 1:13 pm #56699
02/10/2019 at 9:46 am #56685
- Location: Virginia
Welcome! Here’s hoping you can get that early retirement buy out. (Spiel is the correct work)
All the basic advice the community gives would be pertinent here:
–Do your numbers so you know what your monthly expenses are.
–See if you cant get your monthly expenses down. There might be some fat that you could cut out.
–Now that you know your monthly expenses, build your store up to meet those expenses each month. That’s really where the rubber meets the road.
–If you left this job in Dallas, would it make sense to move to a cheaper location? It’s extreme, but if a job doesnt tie you to the area, you can do anything.0
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