Tagged: Trash Elf Twins
12/12/2017 at 1:14 pm #28665
Who is your Trash Elf Twin? Find someone who matches your store in a few ways, create a challenge, and measure your results for the course of the year. This is designed especially to create incentives to list more and clear the Death Piles. Working against just one other makes it more personal than the general Podcast postings. And you can add a reward element, if you wish, for extra motivation.
E.g. ChristineR and I have similar sized stores, we’re both working our way through Death Piles, we’re both in the south, although on opposite coasts, LOL, and we both have similar time constraints, although for different reasons.
Post your T.E. Twin here and if she/he accepts your challenge, you’re in!
On January 1st… oh, okay, sleep in then. Sheesh. Where’s your enthusiasm? 😀
On January 2nd, post your current number of Active Items and photos of your Death Piles (or some other way of measuring.) Decide between you what your goals are and what the end of year reward will be for the winner. Make it not too painful, but enough of an incentive that you’ll be motivated.
Each week, post number of items listed and amount of Death Piles murdered.
Let the Games Begin!
12/12/2017 at 1:15 pm #28666
(This is kind of a cheat as she’s already accepted in another thread, but in the spirit of the game…)
I challenge ChristineR!
12/13/2017 at 1:23 pm #28717
Hi Amatino, I’m lousy with setting goals (because I feel a lack of control over my time) but accept your challenge. Interestingly, I listed a bunch of Christmas death yesterday since my work is closed due to the fire. Usually it is things that come up keeping me from listing but we are stuck indoors. My death pile photos look much better than the last time I posted them in early 2017. Will be good to compare next year.
12/12/2017 at 2:02 pm #28668
Retro Treasures WVParticipant
My twin doesn’t come here anymore. Boo!
Fred’s Premium outlet. We started at about the same time and our numbers emulated each other. He was specializing in clothing and took amazing pictures. His numbers started to take off, and I was using him as my “bar”. I even started to switch over to clothing more because of him. I think he left about a year ago. A lot of people left after the forum change due to login issues and others left after the election. Always sad to see excellent contributors leave.
12/12/2017 at 9:18 pm #28687
12/13/2017 at 12:31 pm #28705
LOL, Habnab, challenge her anyway! Think of the incentive! 😀 I’m with you on the constraints, though, I’m adding another job off eBay as we got nailed badly by the hurricane and I’m just not making enough on eBay.
Has anyone tried to invite Fred’s Premium back? It would be nice if we could get the good ones to join again!
12/20/2017 at 10:04 am #29134
Two weeks until the end of the year. Found your Twin yet? It’s easy. Check out the podcasts and see who has a store similar in size to yours. Challenge them! Remember, it’s just a listing/Death Pile challenge, you don’t have to sell the same products or compare sales numbers. Make 2018 the year you kill your death piles and make a killing with your listings! 😀
01/02/2018 at 11:35 am #29704
Hey folks, seeing as the Twin idea is a bust, how about just challenging anyone? Doesn’t have to be a similar store, just somebody who wants to be motivated to list and wants to reduce their Death Pile. Measurement metrics are number of items listed each week, and how many of those items were DP items.
Challenge anyone you’d like to make your twin.
ChristineR, my Death Piles are so scattered, I’m not sure how to catalog everything for the Challenge, but I’ll try to get photos up by tonight of the largest bits! Um… can I just log one outdoor cabin 8×16′ as Death Pile 1 and not photograph it? It’s packed to the ceiling with stuff and the photographs would just show a jumbled stash similar to a Hoarders Unlimited show! 😉
01/02/2018 at 6:32 pm #29744
Hey ChristineR, it’s Twins Time!
If anyone ever wants a major Death Pile motivation, take photos of everything and share them on the Interwebz. Cringe! Well, I started it, so I just blocked out any PII and will cringe anonymously behind my monitor. LOL
Here are my Death Piles. As you can see, a right hodge podge. As mentioned earlier, my outdoor shed is DP 1 and there’s a photo of it sitting, all alone in a field. It’s 8′ x 16′ and FULL! 😀 In total, there are 14 DP Zones with anything from one box to a hodgepodge of mixed items.
Each Monday, I will post the total number of items listed, and how many of them are DP items. Shall we work our challenge as percentage of listed items is DP? So, if we list 100 and 70 are DP, we get 70% for the week. If we list 10 and 7 are DP, it’s still 70%. That will make it more of a weighted average, and less about actual numbers. I’m okay with that or with straight numbers, either way.
My goal is 5 per weekday, or 20 per month; of which I hope to list 90% DP.
01/03/2018 at 12:29 pm #29782
Sorry I’m a day late. I was hoping to get in and consolidate my piles and boxes plus firm up a bit of organizing, but didn’t happen. I’ve saved last year’s pictures and annotated some of them Here and created a new board for 2018 Here. I definitely made progress last year, but there is lots left! I notice I love to pick up fabric items but have been avoiding listing them.
I’m not doing much scavenging or RA lately, but we should keep track of the % of death piles with our weekly numbers. Monday I got to list and I have everything new RA listed. I also did some mark downs on some listed Christmas and 15 month marked listings. A few things sold right after. I’ll probably start on a box of death next time I get the chance. I’m wary about setting specific listing goals but I’ll try to do listing sessions 2-3 times a week. That would probably be an improvement. If it goes well, I’d like to make that every other day listing at least a couple of items. It would be wise to schedule listings and launch them daily, but I feel compelled to launch them right away even though I know this. Good luck with this week! Gotta go to work.
01/03/2018 at 4:44 pm #29803
OK, I don’t know if I have a twin, but I do have death piles! Some of it is stuff that I need to fix or test. Some of it is stuff that I recently purchased either at auction or a recent rummage sale. The last of it is stuff that was recently given to me at my year end trip.
And I can’t seem to keep from buying new stuff. Going to auctions gets me out of the house, so I hate to give it up! I need to list, list, list!!
For your viewing pleasure:
01/04/2018 at 7:34 pm #29877
You guys are making me feel better about my DPs! LOL. You have as much as me and it’s as haphazard. Love you all! 😀
Sharyn, perhaps somebody will offer to Twin with you. If not, and if ChristineR agrees, we can Triplet until a Twin turns up.
01/05/2018 at 7:05 am #29882
Of course, all are welcome as far as I’m concerned. At first I really missed those quick stops at the thrifts, but the guilt and need for order has set in so the shopping urge is not as strong. When I do shop I’m far more likely to walk out without buying and I really try to think twice and only hit on items worth my time. I realize I just can’t process everything there that has value, so I’d like to stick to the stuff I personally think is really cool.
I found that I really like taking a box at a time up to my listing space and then when I bring it back down it feels really rewarding. I appreciate having piles because I can switch over to anther type of item for variety. Good luck to all!
01/08/2018 at 12:14 pm #30027
Rather ignominous start for me considering I started this challenge! LOL. Last week just threw stuff at me that bumped eBay waaaaay off the To Do List. Oh well, when you start at rock bottom, unless you hire a payloader and start digging, the only way to go is up!
#items listed: 5
#items from Death Piles: 5
%age DP: 100%
New Inventory purchases $21
01/08/2018 at 12:22 pm #30031
Week #1 – Ok, not great for me but I’m feeling Ebay motivated.
2018 Death Pile Challenge:
Number of Items listed this week: 24 including some multiples
% from piles (includes a few older one off RA purchases that sat unlisted): 100%
Number of listing sessions: 2 – really want to get this # up. I need to get to listing more regularly.
Other Ebay Tasks:
Organizing boxes, recycled materials and piles: half day; inventory of all new RA ltems, all new items listed or relisted this week if ended: 1.5 hours. Lower dollar Christmas items spun off on auction or deep discount, some ended. Valentines and St. Patrick’s Day items boxed for listing next along with wool items and ski clothes (not much of any of these types so wanting to list this week). I’m going with the one box at a time / bite of the elephant approach. Feels satisfying. Good luck this week!
01/08/2018 at 7:21 pm #30064
Wow, you did well, ChristineR! Great job on the working on the business part of it!
I started working today but got ripped away with a medical emergency. I’m rehabbing a dog and it got into a fight today. Unfortunately, I don’t think she can be successfully rehabilitated, so now I’m in a fight to save her life. If we can’t keep her, the chances of me finding a home that will suit her are very slim, and she’ll have to be euthanized. 🙁
But.. it’s only Monday. Great things can happen in six days!
01/08/2018 at 8:05 pm #30069
I listed 30 items last week, all of which were part of my death piles. yay!
I had wanted to go to an auction, but we had a snow storm that day. There was an online auction, but I decided that the drive and the prices weren’t worth it. So, I didn’t buy any new inventory. yay!
BUT, there is another auction on Jan 16, and another online auction that ends on Jan 18. Oh boy. Let’s see if I can be careful and only buy stuff I think will net me $30 or more.
In the meantime, I’ve got this week to list. Let’s see what kind of dent I can make!
01/08/2018 at 8:05 pm #30070
Sorry to hear about your doggie – that’s awful. Just take it day by day.
01/09/2018 at 11:29 am #30120
YTD Running Totals after Week 1
ChristineR Listed 24 DP 100%
Sharyn Listed 30 DP 100%
Toni Listed 5 DP 100%
Winner this week: Sharyn! Well done!
01/15/2018 at 9:41 am #30471
#items listed: 10
#items from Death Piles: 9
%age DP: 90%
New Inventory purchases $0
Still nowhere near target, but at least I managed to double my listing numbers!
Flat refused to go anywhere that would entice me to buy, so no new inventory this week.
I asked my hubs to unpack a bunch of old computers in the shed, figuring it would be easier to sell the parts than the whole PC. The key word there, though, is “old” and it ended up with the stuff going into auction instead of GTC. I figured if I put them out there as a virtual “giveaway”, they’d go quickly. After he’d done all the work stripping them down, I felt too bad to say “nah, they’re not worth much, I’m just gonna chuck ’em!” 😀
01/15/2018 at 12:56 pm #30503
# listing sessions 4 yeah!
# items from piles 32
# Items listed 41
% from death piles: 79%. I listed all of this week’s thrift buys so did not add them to the piles.
New inventory purchases: $20 thrifted plus one online RA purchase $150. I did treat myself this week to a stop at my favorite thrift. Needed a treat by Saturday. Also didn’t do much RA after Christmas because the discounts were stingy, so picked up some multiples this week when they did additional mark downs.
Two boxes of death up and down the stairs this week! Partly got done because my other job was spotty due the freeway closure. I will have less time this week.
01/15/2018 at 2:10 pm #30523
Nearly doubled your listings this week too, ChristineR! 😀 Great job!
01/15/2018 at 2:13 pm #30524
I listed 34 items, all from death piles. I didn’t buy anything, and I have hardly bought anything since mid December.
However, I have an auction tomorrow, and I may bid in an online auction that ends on Thursday with a Saturday pickup. I also have other stuff going on during the week (for instance, today is MLK Day and my kids and husband are home). So, my listing numbers will not be as good next week.
I did take photos of some larger stuff including some dreaded electronics. I didn’t get to listing them yet, but they will be this week. I’ll be very happy to get them moving. I buy electronics because they sell well, but I put off the testing when I know I have easier stuff in my piles. I like selling electronics – including some of the interesting discussions with buyers – but the testing just takes too much time.
01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm #30533
YTD Running Totals after Week 2
ChristineR Listed 65 DP 89.5%
Sharyn Listed 64 DP 100%
Toni Listed 15 DP 93%
Winner this week: ChristineR
Sharyn: 1 Pt last week + 1 Pt for 100% this week.
ChristineR: 1 Pt this week
Amatino: 0 Pts
YTD Winner: Sharyn, 2 Points!
Well done, ladies, keep it up!
(Sez me, from the bottom of the barrel!) 😀
01/15/2018 at 10:03 pm #30536
You set this up for inspiration, right? Like I said, this week I’m not going to be able to list as much. You can beat me, just list, list, list!!
01/16/2018 at 9:34 am #30551
LOL. Thanks, Sharyn. Actually, I’m amused, not depressed.
It tickles my weird sense of humor that I’m the one who started this and does the weekly runnings, but am at the bottom of the race. However, it’s only week two of 52, so you ladies better up your game. I’m just getting warmed up! *waggles eyebrows threateningly* 😀
01/19/2018 at 9:31 am #30765
I just stumbled on this thread. I have been pulled away from eBay for a variety of reasons, the biggest being I’m going to list my house on Airbnb for the Super Bowl. So, I’ve been painting, sewing new curtains, decluttering, buying new linens, etc. once the Super Bowl is over, I’ll be back at eBay heavily and have a huge goal for myself to list 2500 items by the end of April. I hate working alone, so any manner of company or support during that process will be welcome. My death piles are overwhelmingly large, like many of yours. My biggest challenge is taking pictures and inventory management. I can’t remember where I put things so I need to inventory as I put everything away. This leads to listed piles and death piles. Good grief. I’ll pop my head back in after the Super Bowl.
01/19/2018 at 9:37 am #30769
Good luck Marjean28! Come join us when you can!
01/22/2018 at 6:28 pm #31101
If anyone wants to join in, please feel free. You’ll be paired up on an First In First Paired basis. It’s not about sales, or how many items you have in your store, it’s about listing and Death Piles. How many items did you list this week? What percentage of them are DP items?
I personally find it very motivating! Every week it’s in the back of my head that I’ve got to keep listing and hitting those DPs. I’m loving this Challenge!
01/22/2018 at 8:49 pm #31117
Amatino – I received an email with your DP stats, but I don’t see it here. I think it disappeared.
I listed 28 items this week, and all were from DPs. I thought that I would list less, but I had a box of ephemera that was already photographed and easy to list.
I also listed some electronics and other larger stuff. Yay! Very happy about that! I do have a concern with an old radio, and I am planning to hit Steve Shultz with a question after he posts his What Sold video.
The only bump in the road are three online auctions ending Thursday! We’ll see what happens …
01/23/2018 at 8:33 am #31127
Hmm…. The Edit Goblin gobbled again, it seems!
#items listed: 21
#items from Death Piles: 21
%age DP: 100%
New Inventory purchases $0
Those ^ are mine. Slowly getting my listing numbers up!
01/23/2018 at 9:04 am #31131
# items listed 35
# times listed 8! (sometimes only got like 2 items done, but I tried often)
items from death piles: 31
% from death piles: 91%
Current week is insanely busy and my numbers will be tiny.
01/23/2018 at 8:13 pm #31192
YTD Running Totals after Week 3
ChristineR Listed 100 Ave DP 90%
Sharyn Listed 92 Ave DP 100%
Toni Listed 36 Ave DP 96.5%
Winner this week: ChristineR. Yowzer! Great round number there! LOL
Sharyn: 2 Pts last week + 1 Pt for 100% this week = 3 Pts
ChristineR: 1 Pt last week + 1 Pt this week = 2 Pts
Amatino: 0 Pts
YTD Winner: Sharyn!
Well done, ladies, great going! You’re setting the bar high for me. 🙂
01/23/2018 at 8:16 pm #31193
Sharyn, what are you doing with the stuff you buy at the Auctions? Are you going to put it aside and only work on your DPs?
Perhaps I should have explained that DPs are anything you had in stock at the end of last year. New items purchased this year are new stock and won’t be Death Piles until next year.
I’m trying to list my items purchased this year within a month of purchase so that I never add to any Death Pile. So far, so good. Only have about six items that I bought this month that I haven’t listed yet. Woot woot!
Wait… if I wipe out my DPs this year, I won’t be able to participate in a Challenge next year! 🙁
Oh well. I’ll think of a new challenge then! Yay!
01/23/2018 at 10:23 pm #31195
Amatino – Like you, I don’t want to add to my death piles, so I need to list anything I buy within a reasonable time.
The stuff I bought last week is a lot of about 280 new women’s pants in two colors and a number of sizes. I started creating a listing, and then found that I need to go through Selling Manager Pro to do variations. Right now, I feel like tackling my DPs rather than figuring it out. I will get to it in the next week or so.
My death piles are all stuff left over from last year. I didn’t do too many auctions in December, so what I have left are things I had put off, hadn’t had time to tackle, have to test, or have to get over a mind block issue.
Today, I went through a pile of computer equipment that had been given to me and was taking up some significant space. Much of it was cheap Dell stuff from early 2000’s. I’ve decided to donate the majority of it, and I’ll be making a trip to the Goodwill tomorrow. Unfortunately, that doesn’t count towards the challenge, but I’ve gained some maneuvering space!
01/24/2018 at 6:45 pm #31234
LOL. It does if you strip the computers and sell the parts! 😀 That’s what I did with my donated PC’s. I was given about 8 of them, and they took up two shelves, just sitting there, like giant dust bunnies, sniggering at me. I kept putting off listing them, daunted by the amount of info I would need to list the accurately and the idea of the entire shipping process and cost. Eventually, it dawned on me that they could be parted out. Mother boards, sound cards, modem cards (they were that old), DVD drives, floppy drives, RAM cards, power supplies, and case fans, all listed in lots. The sound cards went the same day, the mother boards went next. The scrap metal from the cases went to recycling. Cleared my shelves, got some new sales, and added to my DP for last week. WIN! Woot woot!
You got a teenager and a screwdriver handy?
01/24/2018 at 9:08 pm #31245
I thought about it, and then just decided to drop it off at a donation center earlier today. Maybe if I had your encouragement first? I just wanted it out of the way. Maybe next time.
01/29/2018 at 12:39 pm #31524
#items listed: 37
#items from Death Piles: 7
%age DP: 19%
New Inventory purchases $48
Best listing week so far, but very few from DP. I got a lucky break on Monday and scored a bunch of RA items for only $1 each, and listed them all to avoid any carrying forward to a new Death Pile. So my entire inventory purchase for the week has been listed, as well as a few DPs. I’m happy.
Just wish I could double or triple that listing figure!
01/29/2018 at 4:17 pm #31571
I listed 27 items: 18 were from death piles, which is 67%
I tried bidding on some online auctions, but I was outbid on everything. Or, I should say, that I let myself be outbid when I realized the trip wasn’t going to be worth it. Good news for death piles!
01/29/2018 at 7:47 pm #31595
I just shipped on Ebay this week while doing other things, so it’s zeros for me across the board. At least I only bought one item for resale.
01/30/2018 at 2:10 pm #31647
YTD Running Totals after Week 4
Winner this week: Amatino.
ChristineR Listed 100
Sharyn Listed 119
Amatino Listed 73
YTD Winner: Sharyn
You’ll note I dropped the DP %ages. It was turning into a math nightmare. Hope that’s okay.
01/30/2018 at 9:41 pm #31678
Not a big deal on the percentages.
I hadn’t looked really close at the numbers. Are you basing “winners” on total items listed, or only those from the death piles?
I had thought only death pile stuff counted, but now I see it is total. I guess if we make progress it doesn’t matter from which pile.
01/31/2018 at 8:02 pm #31743
I find y’all to be highly inspiring and want to jump in too. If I post every week, perhaps it will help me stay more accountable. Been in the glumps lately and when I get stuff actually listed it feels so GOOD…so by God I am going to set some goals and keep going. I don’t necessarily want to be part of the contest but nice to have the company. So here’s my 1st week’s accomplishment:
Amazon – 0
Ebay – 2
Etsy Store 1 – 25
Etsy Store 2 – 5
Total listings accomplished: 32
All were from death piles.
Onward and upward!
01/31/2018 at 8:19 pm #31748
Welcome, Vintage Lucy! Sounds like you had a good week listing!
02/05/2018 at 11:29 am #32139
Thrilled to have you join us Vintage Lucy. You’re now twinned with Sharyn.
In answer to your question, Sharyn, I use the DP percentage as part of the points system. For example, one week you were the only one with 100% DP listings, so you got one point for that week, although ChristineR had the highest numbers for the week. So she won the week’s challenge, but you got a point for the YTD challenge. But for the YTD, to do a running %age is becoming a bit of a math headache. Running the points system is easier.
02/05/2018 at 11:30 am #32140
#items listed: 16
#items from Death Piles: 15
%age DP: 94%
New Inventory purchases $8
Bombed out this week as I went down sick. Dragged myself out of bed to make my goal of 500 Active Listings before the end of January, and then sort of collapsed for the rest of the week.
New inventory was only one pair of men’s dress shoes, one pair of rubber galoshes and two boxes that I should have looked at better before buying. They’re only $1 each, but I’m not sure they’re going to be worth listing. They’re called Vaultz, will have to do research.
02/05/2018 at 1:20 pm #32164
Thanks Sharyn and Amatino! I certainly have been more motivated since joining the group.
(side note: my name is Lacy, not Lucy ) 🙂
Amazon – 17
Ebay – 10
Etsy Store 1 – 5
Etsy Store 2 – 4
Total listings accomplished – 36
Total from death piles – 12
The week got away from me for one reason or another, and then I took a fun little train adventure Friday and Saturday but we need adventure in our life to keep things balanced. So I am happy with 36, although my goal each week is 50 and eventually 75. Good for you Amatino…listing while you are sick is quite a feat! My hat’s off to you!
02/05/2018 at 1:36 pm #32171
Lacy – oops! My mistake on the name.
I’m running late today and haven’t calculated my numbers yet. I hope to get to it later today, but could be tomorrow.
02/05/2018 at 8:58 pm #32224
OK, I got my crap together.
I listed 32 items, 24 were from death piles
I finally spent some money on new inventory; $12.10 in an online auction. I have a number of photographs that I took late last week, so I won’t be working on these right away. I’m currently taking stock of what I bought and listing it in my inventory spreadsheet.
02/06/2018 at 11:06 am #32278
After a good start I am super busy outside of Ebay last two weeks. No listing and all zeros for me. To boot, I went to one of our big three annual rummage sales this weekend and one estate sale down the street from my house. Good thing I don’t have time to go to many estate sales! I basically bought one large grocery bag worth of stuff – a few multiples – so about half of what I would have bought in the old days of creating piles. We have family in town this week and work is busy, so I hope to list a bit this coming weekend. I also have taxes and bookkeeping for last year to tackle. Oye!
02/06/2018 at 12:57 pm #32297
YTD Running Totals after Week 5
#1 Winner this week: Amatino.
Vintage Lacy: 36
#2 Winner this week: Vintage Lacy
Vintage Lacy would also have won last week, as she listed 32 to Sharyn’s 27. Looks like you have a serious challenge here, Sharyn! You two are well matched. 😉
Sharyn Listed 119+32=151
ChristineR Listed 100+0=100
Amatino Listed 73+16=89
YTD Winner: Sharyn
02/06/2018 at 1:00 pm #32301
Vintage Lacy, my sincere apologies on the name error.
02/06/2018 at 10:31 pm #32358
Thanks, Amatino, but no need to apologize. It’s all good in the Scavenger hood. 🙂
This is really fun, and oh so inspiring. So glad to be part of a group of like minded and friendly peeps.
02/07/2018 at 2:16 pm #32440
Ok. I’ve read the thread and would love to join a supportive challenge, but I’m a bit confused. Do you need a twin? How do you find one? Just read the podcast numbers thread?
I currently have 579 items in my store and am on a big push to try to hit 1000 by March.
So far this week (starting the 4th), I have listed 43 items. My goal for the week is 120 so I better get cracking!!!!
02/07/2018 at 2:24 pm #32445
Amatino is the one “running” this forum subject. What she will probably do is put you with one of the two groups we have right now. When a 6th person arrives, she’ll twin you with that person.
She’s the boss, so we’ll let her make the decisions. The idea was to have a “twin” you would track against.
@VintageLacy – I don’t even know if we have similar sized stores. I pretty much sell on Ebay and currently have 1129 listings. That number has been drastically going up and down lately because I’ve removed and/or grouped some lower priced items. How many total listings do you have?
02/07/2018 at 8:08 pm #32476
Sharyn – I think we aren’t that far off from each other, although I have my inventory spread over 4 different places.
As of this moment:
Amazon – 1130 listings
Ebay – 318 listings
Etsy shop 1 – 202 listings
Etsy shop 2 – 112 listings
I have been selling on Amazon for ten years, Etsy for four years, and Ebay a year and a half. It goes up and down a lot for me too, depending on the season and what else I have going on.
02/08/2018 at 1:33 pm #32528
Oh twinnie….twin…twinser…where are you? 🙂 Well, I’m back and here to share my woeful listing data and confess about my death piles needing to be listed. Here’s what I have listed since getting back into the listing swing:
94 items since Saturday, February 3rd. of which 53 were from death piles. Of the stuff I just listed, 7 items sold within 24 – 36 hours. That feels good because it validates the items I sourced as being good.
I’m happy to be paired with anyone, regardless of store size, goal, or other criteria. I’m just interested in an accountability partner of some sort 🙂 Thanks Amantino!!!
02/08/2018 at 3:27 pm #32538
Marie in FloridaParticipant
I may be in. I’m an extremely slow lister. If I list 10 in a week that would be amazing. I guess I don’t prep ahead. So then I have to clean, delint, photo and finally list. Lately I’ve been grabbing a few items from my worst room and listing the basics as a draft. I just took the pictures for 4 of them. Hopefully I can list those today?
I have a basic store. Since I run over my 250 “free” listings, I often will start a listing as an auction. Currently I have 333 items. Back to work
02/08/2018 at 5:07 pm #32551
Helloooo newbies! Thrilled to have y’all join in.
Okay, the idea of the thread is not how much you have in your store; it’s hou much you PUT in your store! 😀 Those of us who started out here have huuuuuge Death Piles (DP) and we don’t get to list as much as we’d like. In order to kick our collective (and virtual) asses, we agreed to a challenge. And thus the Twins Challenge was born. Originally it was about matching stores, but as the idea has morphed in practical terms, it’s purely about how much you list. We show percentage of DP listed because the challenge was to clear the backlog. It’s all about motivation. Look how much I’ve listed, and look how much was DP. Woot woot!
We were doing dedicated challenges, but now we’re just pairing up new challengers as they come on board. If we have an uneven number, the “extra” person will get tagged onto my Twin team and we’ll become a Triplet team until a new challenger turns up.
At the end of each week, each team gets a winner. There’s an overall YTD winner as well that works purely on points. New folks are welcome to submit their entire year’s listing numbers to be added to the YTD, if they choose (and have tracked those numbers), or can just be added in from their personal starting point. The idea is to keep this simple, if at all possible.
Right, we now have a new Twin and a new Triplet formation. Going forwards the Twins are:
Twins #3: ice_queen and Marjean
Marie in Florida will join ChristineR and Amatino (me) to form the Triplets, until a new person joins in to allow us to twin you off against a challenger.
Let the Games Begin! (… in best Hunger Games voice…)
02/08/2018 at 5:44 pm #32555
I really need to put a fire under my ass. I’d love to twin up with Marie! Can I include the items I list on etsy also? Some items are cross listed but I’d only count that as one listing, obviously. 😉 ATM I have 25 items listed on etsy and 19 on ebay. I’m very new to ebay and still learning the ropes. My death pile is extreme. I’d be too embarrassed to post pictures. I stopped buying many moons ago. I need some accountability or I’ll keep procrastinating. I think a minimum of 10 a week is doable with my schedule.
02/09/2018 at 7:59 am #32584
Good Morning ice_queen!
How are you today pard? I wanted to see if you’d like to exchange emails. I think if we both reach out to Jay, we can do it that way. I’ll send him an email now to ask for yours. Anyway, my goal for today is to keep myself from going out sourcing and list…….ugggghhhh. It’s like eating my vegetables, an acquired taste! When will I get that candy hangover feeling from buying and want kale instead? LOL
02/09/2018 at 8:02 am #32585
02/10/2018 at 7:43 pm #32677
Hey Punk, welcome!
So now we’re up to 4 Twins! Woot woot!
Listing is listing, even if it’s not on eBay, but cross-listing one item is just one item, even if it’s listed twice.
This is starting to snowball. Perhaps we should have our own thread, Jay? Call it Listing Challenge or summat? 😉
02/10/2018 at 9:06 pm #32684
Thank you, Amatino!
I look forward to the accountability. I’m hoping to have over 150 listing on etsy and enough to make it financially feasible to open an ebay store by May 1st. I haven’t allowed myself to scavenge in quite a while. But I’ve got the itch and my favorite church sales and auctions will be starting mid May. I will admit I still pick up free stuff and buy things we need, if I know where I can thrift it.
02/12/2018 at 9:34 am #32746
Regrettably easy numbers this week for me. I’m listing new purchases so as not to add them to the death piles. Listed only 9 items, none from death piles. I think I will have a better week this week, even with the kids out for the holiday weekend.
02/12/2018 at 1:23 pm #32794
So, this week wasn’t great but I’m trying. I seemed to list more on Etsy, just because it seems easier for me atm. I also had a few items that were alike which made it quicker with tags.
In the week of the 5th thru the 11th I’ve sold 3 on Ebay and 2 on Etsy.
I’ve added 4 new listings to ebay which minus sales brings it up to 20 listings.
On Etsy I’ve added 14, minus sales brings it currently up to 28 listings.
So 18 listings created. Taking more photos today, then off check on a summer house and after that wait tables. The side work sucks but I love serving food.
I purchased nothing. These are all dp items. If I buy, I have to list it withing a week.
I’ve been listing small, easy to ship items. That’s the way I’m heading into selling this time around. I find it so much easier.
I’ve also changed up my storage solutions. I use to just use the shelves in my office but that sometimes required dusting items off. 🙁 And sometimes I’d have to search for the item, not fun.
I’ve also been doing my spreadsheets daily and not weekly or monthly.
02/12/2018 at 2:00 pm #32806
#items listed: 0
#items from Death Piles: 0
%age DP: 0%
New Inventory purchases $0
My entire week was a big fat zero with me still down sick. Total bust for my targets. Bah humbug!
Didn’t think you’d win a week with those numbers, did you ChristineR? 😀
02/12/2018 at 2:17 pm #32814
Amazon – 19
Ebay – 18
Etsy Store 1 – 2
Etsy Store 2 – 6
Total listings accomplished – 45
Total from death piles – 19
I went to the bins twice last week. Twice! It’s a sickness, I tell ya. There are hardly any estate sales this time of year, which are my bread and butter so I have been getting my picking itch scratched by the bins. However, it’s SO much more fun to find treasures than it is to list and I am bringing it home faster than I can list it. And I really don’t want my death piles to keep growing…they are huge already. So I have put myself on time out and am staying away from the bins for the rest of the month. I am getting closer to my goal of 50 a week and this week I actually tackled some items that are more challenging to list instead of being lazy and only listing things that are super easy to list.
Punk, you are doing really well…keep up the good work!
Amatino, so sorry you are still sick. I am sure when you get better you will blow all of us out of the water.
ChristineR – Hey, you got 9 items listed. It all adds up!
02/12/2018 at 2:39 pm #32818
I had been really good for a while, but I’ve been feeling the itch lately. Rummage and church sales are my favorites and I get an alert from Craigslist in my email when one happens. There are not too many rummage sales each year, so maybe I’ll catch a break. The worst was that estate sale up the street from my house. The 9 items were all craft kits that should bring over $100 each. If I let myself go to estate sales I know I would get hooked but maybe couldn’t process it all. I’m saving that as a reward for the death plies purge.
02/12/2018 at 2:58 pm #32821
I listed 24 items this week. All but six were from death piles.
I could tell I was a bit slower than previous weeks. I did have non-Ebay stuff to take care of.
The prices for both online and live auctions this week were high, a blessing in disguise. I did buy one item. HOWEVER, I will be going to the bins for the first time on Thursday. A colleague from my old job lives near there, so we made plans to meet up. It will be about an hour’s drive for me. Hopefully, I continue to be careful and don’t spend too much.
Right now, I’m listing jewelry, which is easy to photograph, but takes a little time for good descriptive words and occasional research.
02/12/2018 at 3:05 pm #32824
I think I’m off on the timing of this information. My numbers for last week (which I counted through Sunday, Feb 11) were 96 items listed and about half of it was from death piles.
02/13/2018 at 12:06 pm #32895
Just waiting for ice_queen and Marie in Florida to list their numbers and we can do the week’s tally.
02/13/2018 at 1:24 pm #32900
Hi. Sorry. Flu hit our house, we seem a bit better now.
Marjean28, sorry to be a sucky partner right out the gate. Lol
My email is email@example.com
I’m ok posting it here, feel free to email me.
So, this week was supposed to start
From death piles: 13
New inventory purchased: $1.25 (lol)
02/13/2018 at 6:30 pm #32932
I know how that feels, ice_queen. I’ve been out of action for the past couple weeks!
I don’t think Marie in Florida is ready to play yet, Punk, so I’ve added you to Twins1 and we’ll be Triplets for a while. If you want to give me listing figures for the five weeks prior (if you have them) I’ll update your figures.
New folk, I’ve tried to pick up your prior listing numbers from your posts above. If I’ve erred, please let me know.
#1 Winner this week: Punk
Vintage Lacy: 45
#2 Winner this week: Vintage Lacy
Vintage Lacy: 68+45=113
#3 Winner this week: Marjean28
YTD (in alphabetical order)
Amatino Listed 89
ChristineR Listed 109
ice_queen Listed 103
Marjean28 Listed 190
Punk Listed 18
Sharyn Listed 175
Vintage Lacy Listed 113
YTD Winner: Marjean28!
Wow, winner, straight out of the gate! Well done! Looks like we have a challenge on our hands
02/14/2018 at 10:04 am #32973
I’ve listed all of my new purchases (so as not to add them to the piles) and I am back on the piles again. Going to go to some fun midcentury china and lamps next that I have been avoiding like the plague. Shouldn’t we only get credit for DP items in this challenge Amatino? I think someone brought that up before.
02/14/2018 at 11:14 am #32981
I’ll go with the popular vote on that one. The idea was to motivate you to list, list, list. My thinking was list all your new items, so you don’t add to your DP, and list as much of your DP as you can. So, keep listing!
If you want me to change it to DP only, I can do that. Tell me if you want to do it that way.
02/14/2018 at 11:43 am #32983
It sounds like most of us are still shopping a little bit (but a lot less than before) and I’d rather not make you redo the #s, so I’m ok as is. Yes, I was tracking # times listing and just remembered that was my goal.
02/14/2018 at 12:32 pm #32984
So this begs a question.
Most of my items were from a shopping trip I took several weeks ago. I haven’t really bought anything since.
But I don’t count those as death piles bc I am just still working through the huge mound from that trip. What I consider a death pile is stuff that’s been sitting in a box a long time that I REALLY don’t want to list. Lol.
I’m ok with the challenge being either way. However, if it is a DP challenge in particular, can someone clearly define DP? Thanks. 🙂
02/14/2018 at 1:10 pm #32987
I tend to call them my piles, because unlike R & J I did not cherry pick the best items out and leave the others sorted by type. I simply overbought for a good year and a half and didn’t have an organized method of listing. So, there is good and bad in my piles, easy and hard to list items, but all of it’s been sitting over a year since I cut way back on buying with the no scavenge challenge. Now if I do allow myself to shop, it’s gotta be listed first, then back to the piles. My goal is not really to win the challenge but to stay pretty true with keeping the outflow up and listing more often every week than I was before.
02/14/2018 at 4:13 pm #32997
My problem (and I’m loosely calling it a “problem”) is that my parents brought me several car loads of stuff from their friends this past fall. They live in an active adult community where their houses have limited storage space.
I’ve caught up quite a bit this past month, although, I’m far from finished. I think that the higher prices at auctions have helped keep my purchases to a minimum. Also, I’m getting better at rounding up the cheap stuff and donating.
One of my parent’s friends lost some weight and sent me several bags of clothes. I’ve decided to send most of it into a online thrift store called Swap.com. I’ve used them in the past when their policies were much better. Now, I’ll only get about 30-50% of the purchase price, but I’ve decided the loss of profits will be worth the gain in time and storage space. I’m assuming this won’t count towards this challenge since I’ll be cheating in a way. I do have some work to send the items in, but not the time it would take for staging, photos, and listing.
02/14/2018 at 5:03 pm #33001
I don’t care either way. I am just happy to be motivated to list, whether it’s newer items I just picked up or older items. I was under the impression that death piles were essentially anything picked up last year or older, but I could be off base on that. Perhaps a clear definition of what a true death pile means would be helpful. At least 6 months old? Or a few months? Lord knows I have plenty of it…no matter how we define it.
02/14/2018 at 7:52 pm #33010
- Location: South Dakota
To me a death pile is items purchased wth the thought they were easy money but you’ve now lost some interest after finding out they will take some effort and will not be the goldmine you had hoped for.
02/14/2018 at 8:01 pm #33012
Steve – I have a pile or two of electronics in my death piles. I know that they are good money because I see the stuff you sell. However, I keep putting it off because of the time I need to test them. I’m always going for the easy to photograph and list items.
I started testing a DVD/VCR combo months ago, but I didn’t have any blank tapes to test the recording function. Someone gave me some blank tapes, but I keep putting it off. I have a bass amplifier, a few receivers, speakers, and some things I’m going to have to research to figure out what the hell they are. DVRs? Music systems? Ugh!
02/15/2018 at 8:20 am #33046
Hi All, I’m in this thread for motivation. I need it. I’ve been buying junk and selling it online for quite a while. I’ve only sold a handful of items on ebay because for some reason it scared me. I guess I bought into all the horror stories. I also followed ebays crappie advice of listing items with low starting bids, items sold for super cheap which left a bad taste in my mouth, years ago. That’s on me. I didn’t do my research. The only other venue I’m using now is etsy but that may change in time.
I’m really here for inspiration and motivation. You all amaze me! I enjoy these forums because there’s no drama or bs. I have hoards of stuff that needs to be listed. H.O.A.R.D.S. Mostly stashed in the office, basement, barn and an outbuilding. Going through some of these boxes, bags and bins is like Christmas. So, I really shouldn’t buy more but if I do, it has to be listed within a week. It also has to make a large profit.
So, it doesn’t matter to me either way. My numbers this week will suck. I’m filling in for someone on vacation through next week. And sitting two houses. Life in punks world, atm.
Wishing you all many new listings and Big, easy to ship, sales to all!
02/15/2018 at 11:51 am #33076
I bought some items last Sunday that I threw in bags or placed on top of other unlisted items. Some, I see multiple times a day. Others from that run, I have not seen since. I consider items purchased and unlisted in that short of a period of time to be part of the death piles.
I feel that to an extent it is sort of a frame of mind. I don’t see it, I’ll eventually get to listing it, but it’s not listed yet. Since I don’t realky care about when I will list it, it is part of the death piles.
Yesterday, I listed items purchased from 2 months ago, a month ago, a day ago. They were all from the death piles, other than the ones juuust bought. I was actuallt proud of listing some items from the day before, that’s sort of rare for me.
(not a hoarder, just can’t keep up sometimes. All of the unlisted piles are as neatly organized as the listed)
02/15/2018 at 2:19 pm #33092
For the purposes of this challenge, and only for this challenge (the definition may be different for anywhere else on SL), a Death Pile is any item purchased and not listed before Dec 31, 2017. Yes, that was only six weeks ago, but the idea is if it’s not listed, it’s money lying dead = Death Pile.
The overall challenge is to list everything: all your new purchases this year plus everything you have piled everywhere. Virgin clean spaces!
In order to do that you can:
– not buy anything this year at all and only list DP
– buy less than you list so that you’re clearning DP on a gradual continuous basis
– just list. The DP will get sorted. Or not.
The likelihood of anyone listing everything they have is remote, at best. But what’s a challenge for? 😉
Just list, dammit! 😀
02/15/2018 at 10:39 pm #33158
I love that! “Just list, Damn it!” Too funny! How about this one (for a Trash Elf T-shirt): “Give yourself a raise….just list, damn it!”
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