05/11/2018 at 1:16 pm #39692
The first thread was becoming so large, it was unwieldy. Starting a new thread for easier posting.
For those who want a quick reference what TETC is about: we have piles of stuff that aren’t listed. Piles of stuff is “dead money” because if they’re not listed, they’re not selling; ergo – Death Piles. The goal of this thread is to motivate you to list every week so that you:
(1) don’t add new purchases to the Death Piles (DPs) and
(2) clear the DPs that you already have.
We pair up as “Twins” to create a more personal challenge. Listing trends reveal the best pairs. For this reason, twins might be reallocated down the line if the trend shows a bad pairing.
If you wish to join the Challenge, you need to post your listing numbers every Monday. If there’s no single for a new Challenger, s/he will join a pair and they become a triplet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! And we’d love to have new Challengers! 🙂
05/12/2018 at 10:02 pm #39758
I’ll be the first to post….ZERO! As you know from my last post on the original thread, My daughter ended up in the ER last Sunday. Well, that turned out to be a virus, a stomach flu…ughhhhh. She has been sick for the last 6 days. Needless to say, my attention was diverted. Thanks to all those who wished me well. Hopefully I will have better news to report next week. thanks! Marjean28
05/14/2018 at 9:31 am #39839
Jeez, only one item this week. Some of the lack of listing was seeing old friends and taking a full day off for mother’s day, so happy reasons. My contract work is busier too. Would love a full day to list! I’m really lucky to have had decent sales the past few weeks while basically not listing. I’ve been taking all offers and saving for taxes.
05/14/2018 at 12:05 pm #39864
My numbers for this week May 6 – 12, 2018: 30 new listings. I was still out of town on Sunday the 6th. Sunday is usually a pretty solid listing day for me, so that didn’t help with my numbers. Then I had trouble getting back into the groove of listing after having fun for most of the previous week. Hopefully this week will be better for getting some listings done!
I hope all you Moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day! My fur baby decided my Mother’s Day gift was to vomit on my blanket while I was asleep under it on Mother’s Day morning. Nice!
05/14/2018 at 1:08 pm #39874
I listed 7 items this week. None of them are from last year’s death piles.
I have to say, most of the death pile items on my list are things I bought this year that need work. I only have maybe half a dozen items that are from last year. So, I made good progress! It is hard to report large numbers of death pile items when there isn’t much left!
Although, I should add, I have a box of clothing that I want to send into a consignment place, but they aren’t taking in new items right now. If too much time goes by, and they just don’t start taking new items, I might have to sell them myself. Then, I’m like 60 or more items in the hole! Nooooooo!
05/14/2018 at 8:50 pm #39929
May 7-13, 2018: 36 listed
I’m getting over a long cold. I hope to pick things up this week.
05/15/2018 at 9:35 am #39954
Wow, you guys are awesome! Marjean, hope your daughter continues to improve.
Zero for me as well. I’ve been going flat out off-eBay. I have a Student Showcase in 3 weeks and am making 3 costumes (top, bottoms, and belt) and, for example, one pair of harem pants has approx 1,500 crystals on it, each one applied individually by hand. It has been a looooong couple weeks of late nights, early mornings, and hole-y fingers! Fortunately, my array of other commitments all came to a close this weekend, so now I’m just down to the Showcase. I’m hoping to get a couple listings in this week, and have been fortunate to have orders continuing to trickle in, plus each week I do a relist of all my ended listings. Helps to keep the shop alive.
Looks like ice_queen has dropped out. I will need to adjust the pairings, but would like to give it another week to accurately see trends.
Week 19 (May 7-13)
05/20/2018 at 8:02 am #40456
Hi Trash Elves!
I have such a stock pile of goods now, I’m nearly entirely overwhelmed. On top of my death piles, which are really larger than I thought upon closer examination, 2 of my sisters are unloading their death piles on me, and there are more to come. I have a sister who just moved and is downsizing, and although she got rid of a ton of things before she left Washington DC to move to Chicago, there were more things she discovered she needed to get rid of upon her arrival to her new smaller home.
Then there is the case of my other sister, who is an excellent thrifter for herself! She has gone to the point now of picking up things from the store and not ever using them and now they are coming my way. Its not exactly hoarding, but it’s retail therapy gone awry!
My husband just calls them piles and when he thinks he is being funny, he’s one of those midwestern guys with sarcastic humor typical of Minnesota, he’ll just call me piles, or drop the word piles into the conversation and start to laugh. At least we aren’t fighting about it! 🙂
Despite picking up a full truckload of goods from my thrifting sister, I managed to have a pretty decent week listing. That’s because I completely switched my listing process away from using the phone app or even listing on the desktop version of eBay. I now add my listings to a spreadsheet and load them up through eBay file exchange. It’s working really well for me.
So, for the period of May 13-19, I listed 107 listings. The great things was that it took me half the time it normally would.
Happy Listing! Marjean28
05/20/2018 at 10:00 am #40465
Hi Fellow Challengers!
For the week of May 13-19,2018 I listed 58 items. So a pretty good listing week for me, but I’m feeling burnt out now, so I need to get my mojo back!
Marjean28 – I have a question re: your sister’s donations to your piles. Will you give your sisters any of the proceeds? My wonderful sister gives me awesome items to sell, but I give her the money minus the fees (my decision to do this, she is actually just giving me the stuff, but she is also paying to ship the items to me). And I give her “credits” actually, not cash, to use towards hotel & car rental when we meet up to go shopping together. So it’s a big win for me! I get to see her, spend time with her AND shop for inventory! Just wondering how you handle it with your sisters.
Happy Listing and Selling to All!
05/20/2018 at 10:00 pm #40491
Amatino – I don’t know if you meant to create a new topic for each week, but I figure I’ll post here since others have.
I listed 27 items; 2 were from death piles
05/20/2018 at 10:13 pm #40493
Vintage Thrifter, I don’t give my sisters anything. These were simply generous gifts from them.
05/21/2018 at 10:36 am #40528
Simply no time for Ebay this week. Zero for me. This week isn’t looking great either, but I’m hoping to list a bit. Also, happily I need to do some consolidating of my inventory in storage after clearing some of it during the past 6-9 months.
05/21/2018 at 11:14 am #40532
I did 92 listings this past week ending on May 20
05/21/2018 at 12:54 pm #40549
I thought I would come back from my trip and list like a mad woman, but it hasn’t worked out that way. A combination of worse jet lag than usual, and spending the weekend in the ER with my mom complicated things. Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans!
I listed 10 items this week, on Etsy, all from death piles.
On a brighter note, we did manage to find the ONE thrift shop in Venice AND figure out that it opened at the odd hour of 4pm. I found a stack of vintage linens and he found a couple of cool shirts for him. Another happy moment (among many) was discovering a morning one-day flea market a block from our hotel room where I found yet more vintage linens, including several lovely vintage aprons. Very happy to bring back all this loot in my suitcase! I love scavenging while travelling!
05/21/2018 at 1:30 pm #40554
Sharyn, yes, this is the new thread. The other was getting too big/long.
Vintage Lacy, does this shade of green look good on me? 😉
This weekend we had our “Spring” street sale (Spring? In May?) and I managed to offload a few items that I just didn’t want to bother shipping. Yay! However, a friend of mine offloaded onto me 4 (read that and weep!) boxes of mostly glassware that she’s getting out of her storage area following her separation pending divorce. I really didn’t want any more stuff, my DPs are seriously overwhelming already, but I didn’t have the heart to say no, considering her situation. So my DPs are growing, not shrinking. Even worse, listing this week was zero too. 🙁 On the positive side, the Student Showcase is now only two weeks away, and I am inches away from finishing the first costume. Literally inches… I have 3″ of beading left! 😀 I’ve done both harem pants for the other two costumes, and am halfway through the bra for one of them. Just the straps and some tassels and the bra is finished, with luck, by tonight. Phew! Then one more top and I’m done. Oh! Wait! I still have my costume to work on! *head smacks on table*
It seems that ice_queen has definitely dropped out, so I’ll have to reconfigure the pairings and create new sets. That means I have to recount the points column. I’ll post the new spreadsheet in a little while.
05/21/2018 at 1:39 pm #40555
05/27/2018 at 1:30 pm #41050
Posting early bc it’s a zero for me again this past week. My final week of Chaos before everything comes to a head next Saturday. It’s my largest Student Showcase so far, costumes must be completed by Friday for the Full Dress Rehearsal, and I have all the admin work for it too. On top of that, I have Financials due for the Board, and my other job just upped my work schedule from one to two days a week. Oh, and my husband just started a new business that requires I do his financials for him too. How come “a plumber never fixes his own pipes” doesn’t work for bookkeepers?
On Death Piles, I just received two huge carloads of stuff donated by my community. Some of it is meh-quality that I might just drop off at Goodwill, but there are some really cool things. 1950s stuff, motorbike helmets, Bose speakers. Can’t wait to get listing! I was hoping to start listing this week, but my TDL is up to 42 items already today, over half of which have to be completed this week, so it’s not likely. Hmmm… perhaps if I move ‘sleep’ from Must Do category to the If I Have Time one….? 😀
05/27/2018 at 1:51 pm #41052
I am traveling this weekend, so I made sure to count before I left. I listed 24 items and three were death piles.
One of those death piles items sold very quickly for $140, so it’s like, why did I wait so long?
05/28/2018 at 1:15 pm #41131
I listed 30 items and 10 were from death piles.
It felt great to be finally listing again. I especially love when you list something and it sells within a few hours! I went to the bins Friday, as a treat. So yeah, more to list because I did crazy good there.
Good luck Amatino with finally winding down your huge project…I can only imagine how wonderful it’s going to feel when you are done!
05/28/2018 at 1:54 pm #41134
12 items, 2 from death piles.
05/28/2018 at 3:45 pm #41140
24 items for me.
05/29/2018 at 10:05 am #41182
06/04/2018 at 9:08 am #41601
Good morning and Happy Monday!
VERY happy Monday for me, LOL! The show was a great success and folks really enjoyed it. Here are a couple photos. https://imgur.com/a/VslSBms
Ceteris paribus, I’ll start listing this week, my last week of zeroes! 🙂
06/04/2018 at 11:57 am #41630
Congrats on making such lovely costumes. Don’t beat me this week. “)
06/04/2018 at 9:47 am #41612
Awesome photos Amatino, you did an amazing job on the costumes, they are gorgeous!
Slow listing week for me, just 22. Summer doldrums but hoping for a more energized work week this week.
Happy listing everyone!
06/04/2018 at 11:55 am #41629
Felt good to list. I did indulge on a couple of thrift stops, so mostly listed that. 12 items, 2 from dp. I managed to squeeze in listing a couple of items 5 times this week, so I like that. I expect to have a slower time at my contract job during the summer and to be listing more. 🙂 I really need to reorganize my inventory and get back to listing a box of similar dp items.
06/04/2018 at 12:28 pm #41634
Amazing costumes! Amazing photos!
When I was younger, I sewed quite a bit. I made myself an Indian Squaw outfit and a futon cover when I was newly on my own. Since then, all I’ve done is repair and sewing my son’s patches on when he was in Cub Scouts. I just don’t have the time, and I can understand why you haven’t been able to list for so long.
I listed 29 items this week, with 3 from death piles.
06/04/2018 at 12:52 pm #41641
Wonderful costumes! You do beautiful work!
I have never made clothing but I used to be a folk art doll artist years ago and still love fabric and needlework. I got away from it when I opened my brick and mortar but I do know just how labor intensive it is!
I went to a fantastic vintage show in Spokane called Farm Chicks this past long weekend and did some picking along the way too. Great weekend, but no listing, alas.
I did 6 listings for the week. None from death piles. This week I’ll be putting it in high gear and hopefully do much more.
06/05/2018 at 10:43 am #41729
Thanks for all the kind words. It was hard work, but the end result was worth it. The show was such amazing fun and the ladies surprised me with a thank you gift box that was very generous.
ChristineR, you’re a whole 5 points ahead of me! I’d have to whoop you five whole weeks in a row just to break even! 😀
It looks like KatieScott and Marjean have dropped out. I’ll keep them in one more week to see if they pop back.
06/05/2018 at 11:04 am #41730
Thanks Amatino. Wow. I feel like half of the year is almost gone but I’ve only listed 272 items, and some are multiples. Makes me realize how much I was overbuying before when I started. It’s been a particularly busy Spring outside of Ebay. Summer should be better so hopefully I can get those numbers up. Thanks for tracking us.
06/05/2018 at 11:34 am #41732
Interesting that so many of us sew or used to sew! I’m not sewing much currently but it’s been a major hobby during my lifetime. I will say that I’ve sometimes not had the greatest results with fit in garment sewing. I’m picturing those belly dancing outfits having major costume malfunctions during the performance if I’d been the one sewing them – lol!
Vintage Lacy I’d love to see the folk art dolls you used to make! And ChristineR do you or have you ever sewn?
06/05/2018 at 12:10 pm #41735
My mom taught me as a kid and I’ve dabbled with my daughter, but no. It would be a nice sense of accomplishment to physically make a practical project like that, but I just don’t have the time. Sometimes I think it would be good to have a hobby like that, but really Ebay is my hobby with the bit of time I have for myself. I love to analyze and learn. I haven’t even read a book for the last several years…
06/05/2018 at 3:21 pm #41763
Is it too late to sign on?
I had a huge death pile, but have made significant progress the last three weeks. The problem started when I began to realize what better brands of clothing to sell. My piles of Levi’s and Chico’s started to acquire dust as I found new more desirable items. It got to the point where I had about 12 Ikea bags full of “dud” merchandise that had value but not enough for me to passionately pursue it.
Enter my college age son who starts his junior year this fall. (my main reason I sell on eBay)…
He came home and I trained him how to photo and list. I pay him every Friday for 100 items listed that week. It’s been three weeks now and he has listed 300 death pile clothing items. I have him through August and I see us finishing the death pile totes in about two to three more weeks.
Going forward I will only buy after I list everything that I sourced. Valuable lesson learned.
Last week between the two of us we listed 140 items.
This week so far we are at 60.
06/06/2018 at 10:52 am #41819
AtomicStar – welcome to the group! We’d love to have you! Just post your week’s listings every Monday and we’ll pair you up with someone who matches your trends.
Regarding my sewing, it’s my therapy! LOL! I discovered that working 15 hour days makes me less productive, not more, so it’s tools down at 6PM. I feed the menagerie, tidy up, and then it’s therapy time. It took me a while to set myself up with a sewing space that is organized and well arranged, but I can go there now and work on a project of my choice. Now that the costumes are done, I have to finish the shorts for my daughter and grandson, and then will do some patriotic quilted table toppers for 4th of July gifts that are sort of obligatory (long story). Finally, I need new clothes and will be working on my wardrobe. I don’t sew every day, but most weekends and quite a few evenings. I find the creative process relaxing. I usually have an audiobook running in the background and can keep myself happily occupied for hours.
06/11/2018 at 9:04 am #42123
The week started out well, but then petered out with other stuff taking over as it progressed. Bah humbug! Still, I managed to list 19 items, all DP, so I’m happy!
The race is ON, ChristineR! 😀
06/11/2018 at 9:27 am #42132
Hi, I was happy to finally get back to listing and should get some time this week too. Life is calming down and I had to rewrite my to do list since I got some things done. Listed 17 items, 7 from death piles and I’m clear of newly thrifted items so filling up a box from the piles this week.
06/11/2018 at 12:06 pm #42161
Congrats Amatino on getting back into the swing of listing! I too was able to get back into it and listed 34 items, 5 from death piles.
Went to a KILLER estate sale Saturday and scored big time and went back on Sunday for another round, when they were practically giving stuff away. Not well organized with almost no prices on anything, but in their credit it was a true hoarder sale and they were just almost overwhelmed with the sheer volume of stuff to deal with. They tried to sort it to the best of their ability, but there were many boxes not even opened or sorted everywhere. A true digger sale, which I love. The plus side to this is that there was tons of great vintage goodies and with nothing being priced people weren’t buying as much. The downsize is that while waiting for it to open yesterday I ventured around the corner of the garage and saw a huge mound of what appeared to be garbage but on closer examination saw that they had just been throwing stuff there they didn’t want to deal with. Some was paper garbage type stuff but I saw boxes of books, pool sticks and things like that. I grabbed a vintage tin can that was easy to access, but what a shame that lots of treasures are going straight to the dump. My fingers were itching to plow through the mound!
06/11/2018 at 1:25 pm #42175
Hey there Trash Elf Twins!
First of all, thanks Christine for answering my sewing question: I had a feeling you too had sewn at some point in your life. And Amatino I totally get going into a sewing room and being happily occupied for hours, that creative flow state is amazing to be in – hours pass like minutes!
Of course now that I dismantled my sewing room and made it my eBay room I’m itching to get back to sewing, but unfortunately I don’t have anywhere to set up my sewing room now. What I wouldn’t give for that super big house we had back in Chicagoland, but of course I’m much happier living here in the mountains being retired than I was when I was working the city.
Anyway, enough rambling, I got my listing mojo back on Thursday and I listed 35 things last week. Sales kind of stink though, which always hurts my motivation, so fingers crossed I can keep my mojo going.
Vintage Lacy, I’m so envious of your hoarder estate sale, that sounds like it was amazing!!!
Wishing everyone a great week ahead!
06/11/2018 at 1:33 pm #42177
I thought that this past week was going to be about finishing up the previous week’s purchase and then testing and listing some death pile items, but that didn’t quite happen. I saw boxes of books at my neighbor’s curb. Their house is under contract, and they will be moving in a few weeks. I grabbed all the books, which were easy to list.
I created 38 new listings, but only one was from my death piles.
My plans for this week and next will be on those death pile items that need testing. In addition, I have finally realized that the clothes consignment shop is just not going to take in new items for quite some time. I now have more than 60 pieces of clothing (most are death piles) to list. I want to go to an auction on Thursday, but, hopefully, I’ll limit my purchases.
06/13/2018 at 9:37 am #42375
06/13/2018 at 12:31 pm #42388
I did some organizing, passed on a church sale so halo for me. My daughter is around more often and sometimes with her friends in the pool, plus I have multiple drop offs so it’s hard making money at my job and on Ebay. We sat and watched a movie together yesterday after work/camp for the first time in a long time. But, 5 times I squeezed in a few listings last week, so I was very happy with that. Having a chopped up schedule really, really goes against my grain, but going to try to keep pecking away at Ebay over the course of the week. Also, it’s been encouraging to see space open up and to need to consolidate. I’m making progress and have cut way, way back on shopping. Good luck to you!
06/18/2018 at 8:58 am #42711
You’re welcome VT. I love to buy vintage fabric to sell even though I don’t sew. I’ve been lazy about listing it too so I have three boxes of death pile fabric. Does this category do well in summer? I’ve sold some craft kits lately (my favorite thing to list and ship).
I listed 27 items this week, 16 from death piles. Felt really good to get back to Ebay.
06/18/2018 at 10:19 am #42719
I had a number of non-eBay activities divert my attention last week. Then, a friend offered two office cabinets to help store inventory, for free, and my weekend was basically dedicated to bringing those home. I did do some photography, and I went to an auction on Thursday, but I did not get to listing at all.
So, put me down for a big fat zero!
06/18/2018 at 11:07 am #42731
ChristineR, you gained back the point you lost last week! 😀 This week I ended up being away for the entire day 3 days out of six, and spent two of the remaining dealing with property tax protests (we live in one of the highest property tax counties in the U.S., coming in the top fifth in the nation.) So my listing total for the week is… zero. Dagnabbit!
On the positive side, I’ve found a local teenager who is keen to photograph my clothes for me over the summer. We’re starting with a tote of only 20 items, with an option to build up to a maximum of 100 per week. This means I can focus on photographing other items that I prefer to do, as I really don’t enjoy clothes. I’m not sure how it will impact my listings, as I still have to do all the work, prepping the clothes, doing the research, taking measurements, etc., but the photos will be done for me. I’m going to create scheduled listings of each one, and then can upload the photos when I get them. At worst, it means I’ll have 20 additional items to list eventually. At least, I’ll have 20 listings per week. At best, I’ll have the 20 clothing items plus whatever I manage to get through myself. I really hope this works out! My goal for the year was to list 100 items per month and, with only 228 listings so far, I’m less than a quarter of the way through my “goal year”. With a little help for the summer, perhaps I can catch up and clear my clothes death piles. That will be bliss!
06/18/2018 at 11:42 am #42742
Happy Monday morning to all,
My goal I set for myself this year was to list 50 items a week, building up to 75 a week. 15 a day isn’t too hard, right? Right. As you can see by my previous numbers life gets in the way. However, I really knuckled down this weekend and listed 60 items. Really pleased about that.
That crazy good estate sale from last weekend…well I stayed up real late on Sunday night because I had a brilliant thought and couldn’t sleep for thinking about it. I decided to ask the estate sale promoter if she’d be willing to donate the remainder of the estate items to a fund-raising rummage sale that I am in charge of that happens the end of this month. It’s for an old Grange Hall that always needs to do fund-raising to stay open. It’s a vital part of the community.
She said yes, so I spent all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over at the sale packing up the leftovers and hauling them to the back room of the grange. Packing and hauling, packing and hauling. I bought 75 boxes from u-haul and used them all, plus some of my own. There was SO much good stuff left over…it’s going to be the best dang rummage sale ever! I was happy to do the work and do get the side benefit of getting to pick the sale before it opens….but it sure did eat up my week.
06/18/2018 at 5:44 pm #42761
Hello Trash Elf Twins!
I had a pretty good week for 6/10 -6/16/18, I listed 42 items. Vintage Lacy: 15 listings a day, wow! If you keep that up I’ll sure be hurting for points in this challenge! Luckily the motivation and camaraderie of this challenge is way more important to me than the points:) I really admire that you had the guts to ask the estate sale promoter for the left-overs at the end of the estate sale. I don’t think I would be able to talk myself into asking even though I know it would totally be a win for the promoter to have someone pack up and cart away all the unsolds. Imagine what she would have had to pay for an employee to do all that work!
ChristineR, I’m with you on the craft kits, those are my favorite things to sell also. So easy to photograph, list and ship! And I’m salivating over your boxes of fabric, although I’m not sure why since I have sooo many boxes of my own fabric waiting to be listed… I haven’t kept track of how fabric sells seasonally. I do know that most of my sewing buddies buy fabric all year long, and so did I when I was sewing a lot!
Amatino, goals? I’m supposed to have goals? Kidding! I guess mine are to list every day. I haven’t achieved that goal yet! And to buy better (higher listing price) inventory and be pickier about what I buy (rather than get caught up in the “it’s so cheap” buying frenzy). Working on it!
Wishing everyone a great week!
06/18/2018 at 8:25 pm #42770
My ears perked up when y’all started talking vintage fabric. I’ve had a love affair with fabric for many years. I do quite well with it on Etsy. Sold a piece of Christmas fabric just the other day. Haven’t put much of it on Ebay yet.
Vintage Treasure, 15 listings a day is a pretty lofty goal and one I am most likely not to meet…but one can dream. I too am enjoying the camaraderie and challenge! Thanks for the compliment…I just figured the worst thing she could say was no. But my gut told me she would appreciate the help in getting it out of there and she did. I kept expecting more workers to show up, but it was mostly just me, packing, and her husband throwing stuff into the enormous dumpster in the driveway. You should have seen the massive pile on the side of the house that they just threw there, waiting for the dumpster. I kept picking through it when I had a chance…pulled an old radio, a couple of old metal sprinklers, some old ephemera, a Charlie’s Angel puzzle…it was driving me nuts the stuff they were just throwing away. I finally had to just let it go and be happy that at least I was able to rescue as much as I could from the house. At least half of that would have ended up in the dumpster too. They just didn’t want to deal with it. I really had my scavenger hat on those days!
06/18/2018 at 8:54 pm #42776
I’m working this afternoon on a whole box of cartoon character coffee mugs from my earliest days on Ebay when I was scared to ship much else. Talk about eating your vegetables! I feel pretty determined to list myself out of this hole I made if it’s $10 or more. The next time I list I will switch it up to something I like better. I did list some patriotic stuff today, including some fabric.
06/19/2018 at 10:48 am #42819
Week June 11-17 https://imgur.com/ta1Tgwf
VintageTreasures, you really said it well. I find this thread so motivating and encouraging, even though I’m on the bottom of the pile. You guys are such fun to check in with each week!
ChristineR, that fabric! Drooooooool….
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