10/02/2020 at 1:06 pm #82098
This is the 4th Quarter thread. Post your Challenge numbers here for the week starting Monday September 28, and ending Sunday October 4, 2020. Numbers must be posted on Monday October 5, and then each week going forward. You do not need permission to join, just post your numbers and I’ll add you in.
For information and rules on the Challenge, go here.
10/02/2020 at 1:09 pm #82100
For ease of reference, October Paper Challenge rules, as posted by VT in our last thread:
October Challenge Info:
This challenge starts on October 1st and runs through October 31st.
The October challenge is paper. Anything made primarily of paper will count. Paper ephemera, books, magazines, paper party supplies like tissue paper decorations, invitations, stationery, sewing patterns, playing cards, posters, etc. Cardboard also counts, so board games would qualify for this challenge.
Points awarded for the most paper items listed during the month of October…first, second and third place.
10/02/2020 at 1:28 pm #82101
Thanks for all the kudos on the September challenges! They really helped get my listing numbers up and to clear up some items that had been sitting for way too long.
I have some outside interests that I have to focus on now, so I’m probably going to back off a bit for October.
VT: Question on the October challenge: If I list something that is in its original box, which is cardboard, does it count? I wasn’t thinking that it would, but I thought I’d ask.
10/02/2020 at 1:58 pm #82104
I’m excited for the paper challenge. I probably won’t post big numbers this week because I have a lot going on…but the rest of October? Especially since I’m not doing my fall show…well that just gives me a WHOLE lot more time to list! (evil grin)
10/02/2020 at 11:13 pm #82111
Pipe down, grasshoppers. *I* have already printed out 100 SKU labels for the paper challenge. One hundred! I has me a lot of paper items that could work for this challenge and I’m thinking this would be a great time to clear them! I have sewing patterns and magazines and those movie posters and books. When it was just sewing patterns I was like… um… but when VT listed everything that was included and I started looking around… I printed one century of labels.
I’m working on my last costume for the show tomorrow and then I’m ready. Hold my beer!
Gauntlet SMACKDOWN! 😀
10/04/2020 at 11:05 pm #82137UtahbillParticipant
Last week we were traveling and settling in to our new gig as campground hosts. So, my listing total was 0. 🙁 This week I am going to start doing some mobile listing and have some numbers to post. Sales have been good and my son is shipping for me back at home.
Have a great week everyone!
10/05/2020 at 6:37 am #82139
10/05/2020 at 8:54 am #82142
19 for me this past week. Finally got my daughter to college in Charlotte, and was so excited to pass Luray, VA as my halfway point! I am so excited to stay at the Scavenger Life Air bnb on one of my future travels. Now, to find some paper to list this month 🙂
10/05/2020 at 9:10 am #82144
I listed 33 last week; 5 were paper.
10/05/2020 at 10:53 am #82146ChristineRParticipant
- Location: Southern California
Made it back on board with 15 listings, no paper. I went to the thrifts once and have some retail arbitrage backed up so I really need to get moving!
10/05/2020 at 11:26 am #82148
It was a shock to see my number was zero as I honestly thought I had done a couple listings in the beginning of the week. Obviously not. However, I have a really good excuse! We had our show this Saturday and I was frantically finishing costumes.
There are 11 dancers in this photo. Eight of the dancers are wearing made costumes, only 3 are wearing bought costumes. I made three of the costumes, but one of the dancers had a family emergency, so she couldn’t make it, and only two of them made it into this photo. The other six ladies all came to classes where I taught them how to make their own. Most of them made their own skirt AND bra or top, but the belts are purchased. The purchased costumes are back left (blue), very back right (green), and middle right (red) so that you can see the fantastic quality these ladies produced. The two I made are the pink and blue in the middle row, both wearing purchased coin belts. And, of course, I made my costume. (I’m behind the camera.) We’re waiting on the photographer for the show photos and I will share more when I get them.
10/05/2020 at 11:44 am #82149
Awesome job, Amatino, thanks for sharing! I used to belly dance years ago, but I moved too far away from any classes and had to give it up. It was a lot of fun.
10/05/2020 at 1:02 pm #82151
16 new listings for me, 14 were paper.
Sharyn: You are correct, the original cardboard box an item includes will not qualify it for the paper challenge. I mentioned board games because the game board itself is made of cardboard. Many puzzles would also work for this challenge, but wooden puzzles would not qualify.
Wishing everyone a great first full week of fourth quarter!
10/05/2020 at 3:05 pm #82158
Thanks for responding, VT. That’s what I thought. The paper items I reported this week were books or posters. I did not count any boxes.
I’m not sure whether I have any more paper in my non-listed inventory, so that might be it. Or, perhaps I will source some!
10/05/2020 at 8:48 pm #82170
JR – I have a spare room. Visit any time and come shimmy with the Babes!
10/06/2020 at 6:04 pm #82227
10/06/2020 at 3:17 am #82183
You ever have a week when all of a sudden it’s Sunday and you have no idea where the week went? That was my week last week. It completely got away from me. We live in crazy times.
20 listings for me and none were paper….but the month is young. Some pretty serious competition this month but I am up for it.
Love the pictures of the gorgeous ladies!
10/06/2020 at 10:55 am #82202
Spreadsheet updated. Sharyn, you’re really on a roll ATM! You won this week, after a double win last month! Go you!
Y’all may have noticed that under the month challenge there is a number one as the month progresses. This is NOT the total items you have listed for the challenge – it is your participation point! If you mention in your weekly posts that you listed items for the monthly challenge, I automatically add the participation point. At month end, when the winners are announced, the points are amended for the winners to 4, 3, and 2 respectively. It’s basically a cheat for me to ensure that I don’t overlook anyone, but it has the side benefit that the Challenge Owner, WTMB, can then just look at the column for the monthly challenge to double check they have all participants included, if they want verification.
Don’t forget that I already have the Pop Up Challenge in mind for this month, but I plan to keep you all in suspense!
10/06/2020 at 11:18 am #82204
We are into the final run of the year, only 12 weeks remain. It’s a good time to take a deep breath and revisit our goals for the last push.
To help you I have gone through all the numbers and worked out some averages. Below you will find your initial goal amount per week and your actual average listing amounts. There is also a total for the number of listings you will have to do for each week for the remaining 12 weeks in order to achieve your initial goal.
Now, with an average listing of 6 items per week, the likelihood of me achieving 23 items for the next 12 weeks is pretty low. So I either will have a huge shortfall at the end of the year (demotivating) or can adjust my annual total to either 6 per week (meaning I should definitely achieve my goal) or, if I’m looking to stretch myself a bit, t0 8 per week, so that I have a more achievable average of 14 to work towards.
Please advise if you would like me to change your goal amount for this last quarter.
Totals (in alphabetical order)
Amatino averaged 6 out of a goal of 10 per week, needs 23 per week to make goal
ChristineR averaged 14 out of a goal of 20 per week, needs 39 per week to make goal
Julie B averaged 17 out of a goal of 40 per week, needs 117 per week to make goal
Junque Redux averaged 13 out of a goal of 20 per week, needs 42 per week to make goal
Libby averaged 59 out of a goal of 40 per week, needs to take a freaking break! 😉
Sharyn averaged 14 out of a goal of 10 per week, needs a short holiday! 😛
UtahBill averaged 7 out of a goal of 15 per week, needs 40 per week to make goal
Vintage Lacy averaged 39 out of a goal of 40 per week, needs 44 per week to make goal
Vintage Treasures averaged 23 out of a goal of 10 per week, another over-achiever! 😉
10/06/2020 at 6:03 pm #82226
Thanks for taking the time to figure this out. You can leave mine as is for now. I seriously doubt I will be able to make up for lost time, but it might serve as a good incentive.
10/06/2020 at 9:05 pm #82231ChristineRParticipant
- Location: Southern California
Ditto. I’m seriously suffering covid unproductivity but might manage to ramp up still.
10/12/2020 at 11:50 am #82367
7 new listings for me, all were paper.
Not the thrilling number I was looking for, but it was not a week for eBay.
10/12/2020 at 12:01 pm #82368
I love that you are a numbers geek Amatino…I am too. I had already run my own numbers to see where I needed to be. I also added in the fact that in December I am crazy busy shipping out orders and much less likely to list. December 2019 I listed a grand total of 21 items for the entire month! So I have adjusted my own personal goal for the next few weeks of 50 a week, if possible.
And….I listed 50 items last week so I managed to hit the goal. Only 6 were paper, so I want to do better on that this week. At least it puts me on the board.
It came up on Facebook memories that this last weekend last year I was busy setting up my show. A bit of a sad moment but I am cheering myself up by all this listing…it will benefit me down the road. Hope everyone has a good week ahead.
10/12/2020 at 12:31 pm #82371
33 new listings for me this week, 15 were paper.
Thanks Amatino for the weekly listing goals and actual numbers. Quite helpful since I’m terrible at even rudimentary math.
I do remember that I originally started the year with a goal of 39 listings per week to achieve 2020 listings in 2020, a great idea from (I think it was?) Vintage Lacy. But due to not being able to source as usual after Covid hit I lowered my listing goals to 10 per week. Glad I did so since I’d be (I think?) 640 listings behind at this point – LOL!
10/12/2020 at 12:40 pm #82376Julie BParticipant
- Location: Georgia
11 listings this week.
I missed last week! Work is absolutely insane. But I’ve resigned and after Nov 6th, I will own my time!
Yesterday I had planned to list all day but then I rescued a puppy from a busy street and we had to care for it until this afternoon when the rescue shelter opens. Anyone with experience with puppies knows that you aren’t getting much work done when you have a young, untrained puppy in the house. 🙂
10/12/2020 at 1:52 pm #82381
I listed 14 items on eBay. One was paper.
@Amatino: I have a question. You can read about my deal with Swap.com in my podcast post. In summary, I shipped in a box of clothing to them at the beginning of March. Due to COVID and a warehouse move on their part, my items didn’t start to get listed until last week. So, they have listed 16 of my items. You can see most of them at this link: https://www.swap.com/shop/?uids=1015704035.
You should see 14 because two have sold. If you click and more than 14 show up, it is because they have listed more items this week. If there is less, then more has sold. I will keep track of how many are listed each week. I expect that the rest will be listed this week or next. I have over 30 items left in their queue.
So, the question, do these Swap.com clothing items count as a listing? They don’t require as much effort as an eBay listing, but there is some work involved.
If they do, I listed a total of 30 items.
10/12/2020 at 2:32 pm #82385
10/12/2020 at 2:47 pm #82386
79 for me this week!
10/12/2020 at 3:35 pm #82390
25 for me this week, of which 4 were paper.
10/12/2020 at 11:24 pm #82409UtahbillParticipant
6 for me this week. Balancing my Campground hosting duties and mobile listing has been more tricky than I thought it would be.
10/13/2020 at 12:04 pm #82413
Spreadsheet updated. Libby returns to the win with a vengeance!
VL, yay for numbers! Do you see patterns too? I often notice patterns in numbers. SUCH a geek, me! Sorry that you’re missing out on your show again. It will come back, once the crazy is over.
Julie B, thanks for rescuing the puppy! So many people reckon “someone else will do it” and the poor dog ends up getting run over or worse. Big RESPECT to you for making the time. And CONGRATULATIONS on moving onto a new phase of your life. Looking forward to seeing how it works out for you.
Utahbill, most folks would say “no listings, I’m away.” The fact that you’re listing while you’re away gives you major brownie points, in my book!
10/13/2020 at 12:20 pm #82415crystalmoomomParticipant
- Location: WI
Well, I am brand new to this, but a challenge might be just what I need. Can I jump in now or should I wait for the next one??
10/13/2020 at 6:49 pm #82425
Jump in! Post your numbers on Monday for the weekly challenge, and include information on how many listings are paper for the monthly paper challenge (go to the top of this thread for information on the monthly challenge and there’s a link in the very first post of this thread for the weekly challenge.) We also have pop up challenges occasionally, so you have to keep an eye out during the week.
10/18/2020 at 5:31 pm #82577
Posting early as I have a full day tomorrow and won’t have time to log on.
Total of 12 listings this week, all paper.
It’s been a busy off-eBay week with dance classes starting with not one or two new choreos, but THREE! Not only that, we have a new Skills Assignment for our Advanced group, so I’ve had to do the pre-class work for that, as well as some much needed admin in the business. Also, my local quilt guild contacted me and told me to hand over my (one and only) quilt. It’s actually the 4th one I’ve made but the only one still in my possession and they wanted it for their quilt show that started yesterday (Saturday.) Trouble was it’s actually my working quilt. It’s on the bed, complete with cats, tea or coffee spills, general life stuff, yeah? And it’s a monster, clocking in at 110 inches square. I had to wash, dry, and iron that baby, finding and clearing any stains or marks, and then I had to design and sew on a label on the back. I did indeed design and print (on fabric) a label for it, but I cheated and used Heat & Bond. Magic stuff! I dropped it off in person on Friday morning, and they managed to lose it by 4PM Friday afternoon. You can’t make this stuff up! We found it, and it was up and on display in time for the show’s opening on Saturday.
Oh, and Himself was most offended. “What am I supposed to sleep under?” he demanded. Of course, we don’t have a blanket in the house. Not one. Nope. Even though I only made the quilt this year. Seriously? You really don’t know how good it is to sleep under a real quilt (not a Chinese knock off) until you sleep under one. He obviously appreciates it. Woot!
This week promises to be hectic off eBay again, but I’m determined to do more listings. I’ve got a whole batch of stuff to do for the paper challenge and have in the last 10 days received or bought a bunch of Christmas goodies that have to go up soonest. I think I’m going to have to take sleep off my To Do list and move it to my wishlist. Sleep when you’re dead, they say. That might be a little extreme. I’ll just allocate it as “hobby” time. 😉
10/18/2020 at 6:24 pm #82579
Rough week but 54 listings up, I am surprised because I hurt my neck and feel like I have been spinning my wheels! But things are shaping up now.
10/18/2020 at 11:09 pm #82586
crystalmoomom – Welcome! The challenges are a fun way to motivate oneself to list, at least for me. Give it a try!
Utahbill – I’m very impressed that you are mobile listing, I don’t even know how to do that!
Libby – You’re amazing! While injured you still get 54 listings done, more than I’ve finished on my best week ever. You’re my listing idol.
I finished 40 listings this week, 16 were paper.
The wildfire smoke here is so bad we can’t go outside at times – our AQI was 419 on Friday. It was like being fogged in, but it was dark in the daytime and ash was raining down. But being trapped inside does give me more time to list…
Now we have 2 wildfires within 12 miles of our house and we can see flames from our deck on our 3rd floor. The plus is that (as long as we don’t get evacuated) this should be a another good week to build up my store inventory.
Wishing everyone a great week!
10/19/2020 at 3:13 am #82587
Well it seems I talk a lot of smack for someone who can’t seem to get many listings done. I am failing miserably on the paper challenge. I have a ton of it to list but more pressing seasonal items came first. Good thing we still have 2 more weeks.
28 listings…and a big fat zero were paper. I’ve been in the glumps because of my show. I’ll feel better this week I think.
Amatino, yes I see patterns in numbers, but then I see patterns in lots of things.
VT, so sorry about the smoke. We had a few bad weeks of it in September so I can certainly relate. Please stay safe!
10/19/2020 at 6:47 am #82588
19 listings for me, of which 3 were paper
VT, hope you and your home are safe!
10/19/2020 at 9:02 am #82592Julie BParticipant
- Location: Georgia
33 listings this week.
3 were paper.
Hoping to list my heart out through 4th quarter.
Have a great week, y’all.
10/19/2020 at 11:27 am #82603
I was very busy last week with my part time job and our town’s freecycling event on Saturday. I delisted a number of items I don’t want to sell anymore. I am no longer running any auctions to get rid of uninteresting inventory (remember my challenge in the spring?) because of the higher listing limits that eBay now offers.
Anyway, zero for me.
I did start some listings this weekend in hopes of posting something, but the mobile app had a glitch where the photos were not uploading in the order I wanted no matter what order I selected them in. Now I have to go and switch them all around. Ugh. I hope that gets fixed quickly.
VT – sorry to hear about the wildfire smoke you have to deal with. Several weeks ago, it was a bit cooler and cloudy here due to the fires in CA. I’m on the opposite coast in NJ, so you know it has to be bad.
10/19/2020 at 4:28 pm #82613crystalmoomomParticipant
- Location: WI
Hello!! I’m new to the group, but decided it’s good for me to get involved in a challenge! We will see how I do with following up. Not my strong suit!
So… a little about me. I do ebay full-time along with a few other “side hustles” as my friends like to call them. We have an airbnb next door and also just started our own auction company. So… those three things along with an amazing husband, three amazing daughters and a mediocre cat, keep me very busy! My husband helps a lot with the photos which keeps me hustling with listings lately. I also just hired a helper to started today. She will work about 6 hours a week taking photos for me. I’ve had helpers in the past and it makes SUCH a difference in what I can accomplish.
So, for this week we did 45 new listings. I think only a couple were paper. I really dislike doing ephemera, old photos, etc, so maybe this will help me get moving on some of those. Overall, very happy with my results this week. That’s a high number for me! Hopefully more in the future with my helper. We will see!
10/19/2020 at 5:22 pm #82617
crystalmoomom – You’re in Wisconsin? I used to have a vacation home in Door County when I lived in Illinois. I loved it there!
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