01/05/2021 at 2:43 pm #84943
This is the 1st Quarter thread for 2021. Post your Challenge numbers here for the week starting Monday January 4, and ending Sunday January 10, 2021. Numbers must be posted on Monday 6, 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.
01/05/2021 at 2:50 pm #84944
For ease of reference, January Challenge Info:
This challenge starts on January 1st and runs through 31st.
Pick one box from your Death Piles. Size and content/quantity therein irrelevant. List EVERYTHING in that box. This goal is reduction of the Death Piles, and “box” is a term for categorization. Some folks have boxes, some have shopping bags, some have totes, some have drawers or shelves, and some have piles. Some… cough, yours truly, cough… have Option D: All of the Above! So whatever would qualify as one, shall we say BATCH of items, will be considered one box.
This month’s challenge is a lottery – for each box you empty you get one entry into the draw. At the end of the month, I will allocate numbers to each person and use a random number generator to draw first, second, and third places (although the same person cannot win more than one place), with one participation point to everyone who joins in the fun. Last day to post is January 31st, winners will be announced February 1st.
01/05/2021 at 2:53 pm #84945
Remember this? I posted it a while back, but to start the New Year off on a good beginning, I thought I would repeat it for your convenience. It may help you set yourself up for success.
8 Easy Steps to Eliminate Your Death Pile
1. Remove all items from your listing area except for the one item you’re listing. Have a dedicated listing space
2. Have a small “List Next” pile
3. List daily. Consistency trumps speed
4. Set up a listing sprint. 30/60/90 minutes – whatever works for you
5. Combine your listing practice with something you enjoy
6. Do not listen to content while you are listing
7. You don’t have to stop buying. All you have to do is list more than you buy!
8. Set up accountability
It’s your lucky day: #8 is covered right here in this thread!
Our very first Pop Up Challenge for 2021 is to create a dedicated listing space! It can be a table or bench in the corner of a room, or an actual dedicated space. Clear it entirely! You want nothing to distract you. Have it ready with a background for photos, some lighting, some measuring tools so that you can take dimensions and weight, and your SKU method. Once you’re done, post a photo for us all to admire! Uploading (a) photo/s gets one point! (This Challenge is about getting us all on the board. A good start!)
Those of you who remember I have an entire cabin, don’t feel jealous of my space. You don’t believe the chaos I have to clear up to score MY point! LOL
As a start to the year, this “pop up” challenge is going to run for the month of January, to give you all time to get it going. Post photos on or before January 31st.
01/05/2021 at 2:56 pm #84946
YEARLY GOAL NUMBERS!
In the Spreadsheet, I have a column with your total listings to date, and another that has your goal number. This number is calculated by multiplying the number of weeks of the year by the number of items you want to list per week. A goal of only 20 items per week will get you listing over 1,000 items this year! Please let me know what your goal is, and you can then motivate yourself to keep it up. Suggestion: look at last year’s goal and be realistic for this year.
01/05/2021 at 4:23 pm #84955
Happy New Year. I’d like to be in but with the understanding that you’ll just enter zero for me if I don’t post numbers. My goal is 10 a week. In theory will be more time for Ebay early this year. Thanks!
01/05/2021 at 6:48 pm #84959
Was my goal 20 last year? I think I will stick with that.
01/05/2021 at 8:37 pm #84960
My goal is to have a total of 1000 listings live on ebay by December. Allowing for my current listings and sell off. I estimate that I will need to create 1500 new listings this year. So, that’s my goal.
01/05/2021 at 9:21 pm #84961
Hmm, I think I’ll try for 15 per week. Thanks, Amatino, for posting the pop-up challenge. I need to do it, for sure.
01/06/2021 at 7:47 am #84968
I didn’t even make it halfway to my goal last year but I was insanely busy with my FT job at the time. And let’s also blame it on 2020, just because.
I’m going to aim for 35 a week. Kinda high but I need the motivation.
01/11/2021 at 11:06 am #85084
Good morning, all! Happy Monday! We had snow over the weekend and insanely cold temps (for Texas!) It supposed to be bitterly cold at night for this week. Brrrr!
Starting off my new year with my target: 15 listings. And with two sales, a sewing machine that sold the same day I listed it (on Bonanza!) and my first sale now that my eBay store is open for business again after 3 weeks Vacay.
Wishing you all a good week!
01/11/2021 at 11:33 am #85085
64 listings for me this week (off to a strong start).
1 death pile box done! At the bottom was a MCM atomic style barkcloth drape that had been sitting there for 4 years! It sold within a couple of hours of listing for $99.99. There’s gold in them thar death piles!
01/11/2021 at 12:19 pm #85089VintageTreasuresParticipant
10 new listings for me. And zero points for the January Challenge, but I’m working on it.
Amatino, please set my listing goal at 10 per week for 2021. Subject to change of course.
Wishing everyone a great week!
01/11/2021 at 1:39 pm #85092
18 new listings.
I have three vintage Realistic CB radios (untested) to list, and then I will have completed one death pile box.
Is there an age limit for a pile to be considered a death pile?
01/11/2021 at 2:15 pm #85095
I had 21 new listings last week. I nearly completed 1 death pile box, but I can’t log it yet. I have already sold a couple of items out of it for a total of $50. As Julie B says, there is gold in them piles we just have to mine it.
Speaking of Julie B., she’s on fire that is a lot of listings! Good job!
Everyone have a great week!
01/11/2021 at 2:56 pm #85101
15 for me, none for the challenge yet. Looks like everyone is off to a good start!
01/11/2021 at 7:12 pm #85111
15 for me. Working on a box of death pile bookends. Feels kinda slow listing these…
Great job Julie.
01/11/2021 at 7:22 pm #85112LibbyParticipant
- Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
I have 30 this week, even with my travels :-). I guess I will do 3,000 as my goal number for the year. Let’s go 2021!
01/11/2021 at 9:28 pm #85113Vintage LacyParticipant
- Location: Oregon
20 for me this week. I had a CRAZY amount of distractions so I am actually pretty happy with that number. I think I want the same goal as last year….40 listings a week. I was about 10% shy of hitting that magic 2020 listing goal number last year so I think I can accomplish it this year.
I’m about a third of the way done with a death pile box and hope to report next Monday that one box is finished. I thought I might get 2 or 3 done this month but it really depends on other factors. How’s everybody’s sales? Mine are really good right now and it’s keeping me burning the candle at both ends. People must be spending their $600 stipend.
Wow Julie…way to start the year off right! Very inspiring!
01/12/2021 at 10:30 am #85120
What a great start to the year! Everyone’s on the board! Fantastic. Spreadsheet updated and I guess it’s no surprise that Julie wins this week! 😀
All weekly goal numbers have been updated, but I have a problem with the numbers for Utahbill and Libby. You gave me an ANNUAL total, and the weekly numbers cannot match that total as a whole number. I put it in as the lowest whole number, so the annual total is going to fall short. Let me know to adjust as you see fit.
Sharyn, we use the term Death Pile for anything that is sitting in our to-list pile that has exceeded what may be reasonably considered an acceptable time frame for listing, plus a buffer. Each person’s time frame is different. Someone like Libby, for example, may receive a trailer load of goods at a time, (or an entire household of stuff, as she works on consignment) so her listing time frame might be a few weeks. I buy stuff on sourcing runs, and enjoy our local thrift store which is only open on a Saturday. So it would be quite reasonable for me to say that my listing time frame would be one week: clear each week’s sourcing before I go out next week. However, as we learned during the pandemic, having a buffer of stuff to list for the weeks when we can’t go sourcing would be a good idea. How big of a buffer is also a personal factor. Libby might want two trailer loads as a buffer because she lists high numbers. (Sorry to use you so much, Libby, but you’re the biggest lister here!) I have the space to rack up an entire month’s worth, but you might not have a lot of storage, so you only want to have a week or two. Therefore, each person needs to work out for themselves what is Current Inventory and what is Death Pile inventory. Not as helpful as an actual number, but hopefully the explanation will allow you to create an actionable timeframe.
Have a good week, everyone!
01/13/2021 at 10:58 am #85144
The number you calculated for me is fine.
Regarding the definition of death piles, you know one when you see one. 🙂
01/12/2021 at 10:32 am #85121
01/12/2021 at 10:53 am #85126
Gotcha, Amatino. I think you once had a challenge where the death piles had to be around a year old, but I can work with this better (not that I don’t have stuff older than a year 🙂 ).
I also want to thank Amatino for my challenge gift I received yesterday! This will be great for future online auction pickups. It might not show so well on the photo, but the ends of the shoes and hat are little balls! So cute!
01/13/2021 at 11:04 am #85145
They’re bells, they’re supposed to tinkle as you walk. But the ting-a-ling is really soft!
01/17/2021 at 6:41 pm #85220LibbyParticipant
- Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
01/17/2021 at 10:46 pm #85224
I listed 21 items.
I completed two death piles. One was the one that I finished up from last week, and the other was a pile of stuff that I accumulated in my dining room.
I’ve started on a bag of ties that I’ve had for about a year and a half. The problem is that I have a bin in the garage that I really need to tackle. Even if just to bring it in and clean up the items in it. These are things that require testing and research, so I grabbed an easy to do ties. BUT the ties don’t make much money, while this box of electronics will do much better even in parts/repair condition. I am posting this to keep myself accountable.
Finally, there was also a photograph your setup challenge. Here is mine. It’s in the hallway from the front door to the kitchen, so I have to put it up and take it down as I need it. I’m doing those ties, so the lights are set up high because I am photographing everything against the white poster board. On other occasions, I bend the poster board so that I can photograph an item against a white bottom and background.
01/18/2021 at 8:20 am #85231
17 for me this past week.
01/18/2021 at 10:15 am #85238VintageTreasuresParticipant
10 new listings for me – I’ve emptied and listed one death pile container. That feels really good; now I only have a bazillion left to work on – LOL!
Wishing everyone a wonderful week!
01/18/2021 at 2:28 pm #85243Vintage LacyParticipant
- Location: Oregon
41 listings for me this week. I’m still working on the one death pile box and have 15 books left to list before I can count the box as emptied. I’m hoping to get those done today since there’s no shipping today because it’s a holiday.
Sharyn it’s so much fun to see your set-up. It makes me want to share my space too…perhaps in the next week sometime.
Stay safe everyone.
01/18/2021 at 3:14 pm #85245
37 listings for me. 0 death piles completed.
Congrats to everyone who completed a death pile this week. It feels great to get through those!
I was distracted this week because I started this terrible, awful, no good Whole30 diet challenge with a bunch of people from my gym this week. It requires so.much.cooking. I don’t recommend it and I’ll never do it again, but I’m committed to finishing out the 30 days. I’m blaming it for why I didn’t list much the first half of the week. Almost all of my listings are from the weekend.
01/18/2021 at 11:22 pm #85253
I had 5 new listings last week. I don’t think this week will be much better, since I am out of town on vacation. It may be hurting my listings, but I sure am enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine in Tucson.
01/19/2021 at 10:10 am #85264
I listed 31. Getting back into the Ebay mood.
01/19/2021 at 12:47 pm #85270
I listed 17 this week, mostly at the beginning of the week, which was fortunate as, by Thursday, I was too sick to get up and do anything. I’ve had 2 COVID tests now in 2 weeks, both the Standard tests, not the Rapid Results, and both negative. The doc said if it’s not COVID, it’s probably just the Common Flu. First time in my life I’ve been happy to be called “common”! 😀
My “box” for this month is a trolley full of sewing machines that have been waiting months to list. I’ve got 3 left to finish up for the January challenge, hopefully I’ll get them done on time. Great going for all of you who have already finished boxes! It does feel good, doesn’t it? With me actually making my weekly listing goals, I’m hoping to make a dent in my Death Shed, which will probably keep me listing for years!
Congrats to Sharyn for being first on the board for the January Pop Up Challenge! Not for nothing are you the Challenge winner for last year! I love your set up. I’ve been thinking of changing my photography set up from a booth to a lighting space. That will be sometime in the future, though.
Empathies, Julie B. A good diet can be a blessing. A bad one is a horror of epic proportions! Wishing you the best for the next 30 days.
Spreadsheet updated. VL takes the win, putting herself on the board with a point. Nice going! We’re doing really well so far, folks. Today, however, is the traditional Day of Quitting New Year Resolutions. Did you know that? But you’re not a quitter! I’m sure you’re all going to keep going because you’re AWESOME LISTERS!
Happy holidays, Utahbill! Looking forward to those numbers when you get back!
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