04/01/2019 at 7:12 pm #59554
Just List, dammit!
Post your listing numbers here every Monday to be included in this challenge. For details on the challenge, please look at Trash Elf Listing Challenge 2019.
This is thread #2, beginning April for the 2nd quarter of the year.0
04/02/2019 at 2:52 am #59566
I’ll join in! This last week, I listed 39 items. It seemed like SO much when I was listing, but now seems like hardly anything. I swear, the pile of junk never gets any smaller!
On the plus side, I am almost done listing the 1400 books I bought at auctions in December and March. I also listed a box of fabric that I knew would become a death pile if I didn’t get on it right away.
Once those books are done, I am going to do a little dance, I swear.3+
04/02/2019 at 2:56 pm #59626
Welcome Liz, great to have you! You’ve been added to the spreadsheet.
Post photos of the dance. No photos – it didn’t happen! 😉1+
04/07/2019 at 6:46 pm #59851
Welcome Liz! Wow, 1400 books, you should be giving us all a run for the money if you are almost done listing those already!
Only 19 listings for me, it was a busy week. My plan to do 3 easy to list items each day fell apart on Thursday when I ran out of already photographed easy to list items. So I need to get more stuff photographed this week.
But this week I have to work on gardening (thanks to the previous homeowners who planted 16 rosebushes) so I expect another busy week. I did manage to get 2 of my higher priced items listed today after taking the time to finish the prep work.
Wishing everyone a great week!0
04/08/2019 at 9:47 am #59860
I was able to get lots of listing in this week for a total of 48.
I won’t have as much time in the next few weeks due to a few college related trips with my daughter (a senior in high school) and other personal stuff.1+
04/08/2019 at 9:57 am #59864
I am at 35 for the week! Oh, and I finally did my taxes! Yeah!0
04/08/2019 at 10:42 am #59869
No listings for me. The show opens tomorrow night…it’s already looking fabulous!0
04/08/2019 at 12:32 pm #59884
Wow, Sharyn – good job – I’m impressed!!!0
04/08/2019 at 1:05 pm #59885
Every once in a while 🙂
Although, it was at the expense of finishing up our taxes 🙁1+
04/08/2019 at 7:12 pm #59899
- Location: Southern California
Hi, good luck Lacy with your sale. Zero for me, but I did finish our taxes and my Ebay bookkeeping for 2018, plus have EZ auction tracker updated for 2019. Also got a lot of non-Ebay stuff done.1+
04/08/2019 at 8:41 pm #59908
Sheesh, Sharyn! Well done! It seems a bunch of us have a lot of off-eBay stuff keeping us busy! I’m also at zero this week. The hub’s business quadrupled in March and his business makes my workload heavier. While he does all the repairs, I do all the marketing, pick up and delivery, paperwork, etc. Chews into my time, big time! I’m also busy with show prep, only 8 weeks to go until our showcase and I’m madly working on planning, paperwork, preparations, and costumes.
For your giggling pleasure, my latest creation had me stumped. I unpicked it so many times, I had more pricks in my fingers than a tattoo artist with a hand tremor! Eventually, I found a solution that I liked and shared a photo with my daughter.
She said it looked like a stripper nipple tassel! I had to agree, but since it was one of a whole batch of them, it didn’t worry me. When I finally finished the set, I sent her another photo
This time she thinks it looks like gummy worms. My husband, wit that he is, now refers to them as titty worms.4+
04/11/2019 at 1:52 am #60026
I didn’t list a thing last week, and I have no good excuse for it!
I did get the last of the books photographed, so there’s that. I also took the junky books to the used book store and got some cash back.
04/11/2019 at 10:57 am #60037
SO sorry! Completely forgot to post the new spreadsheet link. Updated, Sharyn is the winner for last week. I was waiting for Liz on Monday, and forgot to log back in on Tuesday.
However, for future reference, you can always access the spreadsheet using the previous week’s link. The link stays the same and I update in real time, I just wait until Tuesday to add the point and post the link again for your convenience.0
04/11/2019 at 2:39 pm #60058
Cool! I thought, even with a good week, I might not win because of some really intense competition this year!
Last year, though, I managed a win against Vintage Lacy only because she got busy with all her shows. Otherwise, I would have lost easily!
Amatino sent me my prize a month or so ago, but I hadn’t to posted a photo yet. Here he is, helping me with this week’s listings!1+
04/11/2019 at 6:42 pm #60064
Awww, so cute! Sharyn, it must be wonderful to have a smiling helper! Although it does seem kind of unfair that the winners get helpers when the losers need the help more – just saying (because I didn’t win).
Amatino did you make that little elf dude? He looks professionally embroidered and sewn but knowing your mad sewing skilz I wouldn’t be surprised if you made him yourself. The only thing that could possibly improve him would be some titty worms.0
04/14/2019 at 9:58 pm #60166
VintageTreasures, thanks, but no. I was going to, but then I found some of these elves in a little store and thought they were too cute to pass up. And LOL. I’ll see what I can do to add titty worms next year. Perhaps I’ll sew some bellydancing elves! 😀
Zero for me this week. I’ve had a lot of running around, we have a freshly painted deck, and my second set of titty worms is finally underway. We’ve been invited to dance a gig next Saturday and the costume that I had 8 weeks to finish is now to be ready for the dress rehearsal on Thursday. My poor pincushions. Er… I mean, fingers. My poor fingers!0
04/14/2019 at 10:20 pm #60169
Yikes Amatino, that’s a lot of pressure! From 8 weeks down to mere days to produce that much intricate work, ouch. Good luck!!!
24 new listings for me. I got a reprieve on trimming the rosebushes due to the snow and cold weather here. So I had time for more listing than I expected. I’m hoping to keep up to this level even though it will be a pretty busy week ahead.
I just don’t know some (all?) of you made it to the number of items listed that you have. I’ve never been able to get above 230 something items. I must be a super slow lister, it takes up most of my free time to list 10 things in a day. Sigh.
Wishing you all a great week!0
04/14/2019 at 10:41 pm #60170
I was able to list 26 items this past week. That’s a bit more than what I expected, so I am happy with that number.
This week, I’m taking my daughter to two college visits. One is to a college she was accepted to, but didn’t visit yet. The other is one where she is wait-listed, and it’s her first choice. We have maybe one day where we’ll actually be at home, so I think any eBay stuff will just be packing and shipping.0
04/15/2019 at 11:07 am #60196
I made the post above as I was waiting for a delayed flight. It was cancelled at the end, so we canceled our trip. We still have another trip planned for later this week. I might be able to list a few items with my extra time.1+
04/15/2019 at 11:50 am #60198
- Location: Southern California
Lots going on still but I listed 8 items. Better than 00
04/15/2019 at 6:48 pm #60227
Vintage Treasures, according to the spreadsheet, you have listed 281 items this year. If you’ve managed to list that many items and STILL be at 230 items, you’re listing good stuff because it’s selling. You can only add to your numbers if you’re listing way more than you’re selling, or the stuff you’re listing isn’t selling! I’d give my eye teeth to be at only a couple hundred items when I’m listing a couple hundred in a quarter! Go you!0
04/15/2019 at 7:24 pm #60229
Thanks Amatino, that felt good! And if I was selling higher priced items, I’d really be in business! Of course judging by this weekend and today I’m not in business at all… Fingers crossed that’s due to tax season!0
04/15/2019 at 8:43 pm #60239
My listing average is closer to zero than ten, so my sales have tanked. I’m blaming me, but I have noticed that regular activity does spike the sales graph.
According to the numbers, you’re averaging 18 a week, or 3 a day for a five-day week. You’re actually doing great. You’re plodding along, but many a tortoise has won a race, right? If you really feel like you need a boost, set yourself a new goal of 20 a week, or 4 a day for a five-day week, or add one extra day to list 2 items. Small successes are huge motivators, large steps are a fast road to depression and failure. Take little steps and give yourself BIG high fives when you achieve them.
Numbers are unemotional and, sometimes, very, very cruel. Your numbers show that you’re doing really well. A consistent weekly listing average.
BIG HIGH FIVE!!!0
04/16/2019 at 12:47 am #60256
I was able to list 35 items this past week. I didn’t think it was that much, but I guess I was more industrious than I realized!
And…I GOT ALL THE BOOKS LISTED!!!1+
04/16/2019 at 3:11 am #60257
No listings for me again last week but we unloaded both trucks this morning and the show is over, except for about 15 hours of bookkeeping. A good solid spring show…not fantastic, but decent and I personally sold so much one of the two trucks was almost half empty. I am pleased.
Best sellers for the show….lots of furniture, vintage linens (especially tablecloths and hankies), old suitcases, vintage-inspired Easter, old galvanized tin buckets and other rustic farmhouse, bumblebee decor (a lovely line of watercolor signs in soft colors of yellow and gray with BEE sayings and images), and vintage gloves (perhaps for Easter or Mother’s Day events.)0
04/16/2019 at 11:29 am #60297
Well done, Liz, on all books listed. And you won this week too!
Vintage Lacy, how wonderful to have a great sales week. I have an opinion that people who attend these shows tend to buy more stuff that they would not have if they’d seen it online. Seeing stuff in person makes such a difference!
Spreadsheet updated, Liz won.
Last year’s other winners didn’t claim their elves, so this year’s winner can get one too. Then you can also have a happy helper like Sharyn’s. And, if you ask REALLY nicely, I might even add some titty worms for you! LOL2+
04/21/2019 at 6:59 pm #60604
Congratulations Liz on getting all the books listed! Way to go!
Amatino before I post my number for last week I wanted to address your comment: “Vintage Treasures, according to the spreadsheet, you have listed 281 items this year. If you’ve managed to list that many items and STILL be at 230 items, you’re listing good stuff because it’s selling”. This made me think and I figured it out: the reason I haven’t gotten over 230 items is because always did 30 day listings, not good til cancelled. And if things seemed like “duds” I just didn’t relist them, so lots of items were not actually selling, they were just expiring and not being relisted. Unfortunately!
Now that there are no longer 30 day listings I did make it to 253 active listings today. I think this is why people with small stores are up in arms about losing the 30 day listing option, because stuff they wouldn’t relist automatically relists, and they are trying to keep their “free” listings for better stuff that might actually sell.
Anyway I really appreciate your encouragement and hopefully I will be more careful about what I source in the future – knowing that I will have to go through and manually end things that turn out to be duds.
And I listed 40 things last week, see Amatino, your encouragement got me motivated, thank you so much!0
04/21/2019 at 8:55 pm #60609
Glad I could help! 😉
Actually, I keep EVERYTHING up in the store, even if I think it has no value or is a dud. As far as I’m concerned, it’s listed, I went to all that work/effort, and I’m not short on storage space. I’ve got such a large Death Pile, I figured everything can stay up until I have cleared my DP and THEN I’ll decide if I want to whittle any down. To my surprise, stuff that I really don’t think is going to move – does! It wouldn’t sell if I didn’t have it up there!
Thanks to Liz for my listing numbers this week. Because she played along in the Death Pile Support Group challenge, AND decided to go for a throwdown, I listed 9 items.
It was totally crazy this week. I worked flat out trying to get a costume finished, and had a gig to attend on Saturday. We fought so badly with the wind, we ended up laughing more than dancing during our veil choreo
We ended up with 10 dancers in total
Unfortunately, despite working like a crazy person, I couldn’t get the costume finished in time for the event, so it didn’t make its debut. I needed to add lining, to add the centerpiece, and to connect the straps.1+
04/21/2019 at 10:56 pm #60615
I also leave up stuff that appears to be a dud. Every once in a while, I sell something I listed in 2016 when I first started my eBay business.
On the other hand, I do get rid of inventory that I really am sick of looking at. Since January, I’ve been relisting the same 25 or so items each week as auctions. After they end Monday, I won’t be relisting again. They go to my town’s Freecycling event on the 27th.
Amatino – always enjoy your belly dancing photos!
As I mentioned in my last post, I never went on my first trip scheduled for last week because our flight was cancelled due to weather. That did give me a day to list, so I picked easy stuff and managed to chug out 12.
If all my inventory was so easy to list, I could be doing 60 or more a week!0
04/22/2019 at 3:41 pm #60659
Love the belly-dancing photos Amatino! Just beautiful.
I don’t pull so-called duds from my storefront either…I let them ride a long time, although I sometimes price adjust. I agree with Jay and Ryanne’s list it and forget it approach. However, my boyfriend tends to get impatient with his listings and pulls them in a couple of months if they don’t sell right away. I do sell long-tail items here and there, enough that it works for me. I still even sell books that I listed on Amazon 7 or 8 years ago, for decent money too, although I have been going through the Amazon inventory and finally pulling most of the very very old stuff.
I did 22 listings last week, after catching up on my sleep and sore muscles from the show, and starting a new little adventure, helping a buddy put on an estate sale, which will occupy me for the next two weeks as well. I get first pick on the estate, which is half the fun. It’s a filthy cluttery house, so that part’s not so much fun, and much of the treasures are down in the very spooky basement. I got goosebumps the first time I ventured down the narrow cement stairs. There’s a lot of 70s owner-made chipped pottery, but there are some treasures too.
Hope everyone has a great week!1+
04/22/2019 at 4:13 pm #60667
Vintage Lacy, your new venture of putting on an estate sale sounds exactly like something I’d love to do! I love digging through stuff, I don’t mind the filthy junky little thrift stores or hoarder house estate sales. For some reason I always think I’ll get a better deal or find some treasure that was completely overlooked by everyone else…Having first pick is amazing!
So I’m guessing that all of you who just leave all your listings up have bigger stores and are already paying for the listings on eBay with your bigger store subscriptions. I have the basic store so I’m always congnizant of paying listing fees for each listing over my limit of 250. Now that eBay is good til cancelled I’ll have a lot more items automatically relisting every month so I’m thinking about how those 25 cents per listing fees every month (over my listing limit) will add up over time.
Every once in a while something I’ve had listed a long time does sell, but I’m not sure it would be worth paying 25 cents for each listing over my limit over months or possibly years while waiting to see which $5.00 item sells… I think if I had higher $ inventory it’d be worth it, unfortunately I still have LOTS of sewing patterns in my death piles:(
Thanks for letting me know how you all look at it. It makes sense for higher priced items for sure. I need to work on not sourcing anything that I don’t know for sure will sell for at least $10 or more. I’m a sucker for the “it’s only a quarter, I’ll just buy it” when I know it’ll only sell for $5.00. Yup, hobby seller here, rather than smart business owner.0
04/22/2019 at 5:17 pm #60676
Vintage Treasures, I have listings up for a few dollars, like my magnets at 4.99 each with free shipping. Most of my stuff is small, and lower priced. I really struggled over whether or not to up my store to the next level and I don’t regret it. I have hovered around the 500 mark for the past year and I’ve not really felt the bite of the higher store subscription. I have enjoyed the extra shipping perks and stuff, though! LOL.
Yes, I’m leaving a lot on the table having a store sub for 1,000 items but only 500 up, and I do mean to get the other 500 listed – eventually. I want to clear my death piles! However, having 500 up has meant that I tend to get sales trickling in constantly, even when I’m an atrocious lister! What I did was bite the bullet until I got to 450 listings, then I sized up to the next store level. The monthly invoice didn’t really change much at that point and now I have the freedom to list it and forget it, without any concerns about my numbers.
To be honest, I would far rather be listing 100 a month and STILL be at 500, because that would mean I was selling at least 100 a month. That’s my goal – to have decent income from constant sales so that my store doesn’t actually grow in size. I don’t really want a store the size of J&R, although I do want the sales! Ha! Wishful thinking.
The idea of having to take care of 5,000 items is just… ugh! I’m a minimalist at heart, and this business is my contribution to keeping stuff out of landfill. For that reason, everything in my death pile is listed, even if it’s low dollar. One day, it will sell. My best days ever are the ones where I get an email from someone who bought something low dollar and uninteresting that I would NEVER have picked up myself but was in a box of stuff donated to me, and the buyer tells me how grateful they are that I actually had it, that they couldn’t believe they found it. One woman was absolutely shrieking with joy in her email, the shriek was coming through loud and clear in her message!
You list more than I do, so who’s the hobby seller, hmmm?1+
04/22/2019 at 7:57 pm #60695
Got 14 listed this week, I was traveling for the second half of the week. I can’t wait to read what you all have been up to, the pics look so cool.0
04/22/2019 at 9:31 pm #60699
Libby, I’ve got nothing for you for last week. Wanna give me a number to update the spreadsheet?0
04/23/2019 at 12:07 pm #60732
Thank you but I didn’t get a chance to track what a posted for the previous week! I’ll take a zero, probably wasn’t much more than that anyway. Love the photos! Looks like so much fun!0
04/23/2019 at 12:11 am #60703
I got 29 listed last week. I didn’t get as much listed as I hoped for because my son got himself good and grounded, which means lots of chores side by side with Mama. On the plus side, this place is now looking really clean, lol! Even my husband walked in today and said “Wow, everything looks really nice!”
I was able to list all of my already-photographed items this past week. I looked in my “pending” photo folder last night, and realized it was empty! Eeek! Now I need to get a new stack of stuff ready asap!0
04/23/2019 at 10:26 am #60718
04/23/2019 at 7:05 pm #60765
Wow, I can’t believe it! I shall be resting on my laurels this week, but hopefully not beyond then…
I went thrifting to celebrate my first legitimate win (my other point was due to a missed deadline by the actual highest lister) and after 3 stores and 2.5 hours found exactly 1 item for 75 cents. So, so much for celebrating, my time would have been wiser spent listing…
Amatino, I meant to tell you how beautiful the titty worms look on that belly dancing top! And to say how gorgeous all your dancers are; it’s fantastic to see dancers in all shapes and sizes and realize that one doesn’t have to have a “model body perfect” to be absolutely gorgeous.0
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