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08/05/2019 at 11:06 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 422: Ready for a Recession at Any Time #65902
Total Items in Store: 569
Items Sold: 14
Gross Sales: $459.30
Cost of Items Sold: $29.99
Highest Price Sold: $85 (RL vintage blazer)
Average Price Sold: $32.80
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of items listed this week: 32
One of my consignor’s antique cameras was returned, that was $219 back to buyer. He paid for shipping though, and said it was his mistake (wrong size).
I had picked up 7 liturgical robes at a Salvation Army about 10 days ago for $19 each; I left two behind that were badly stained. So far two have sold for $85 each. One item from my consignor’s storage unit sold for $50 (a rusted out dinghy trailer).008/03/2019 at 1:46 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 421: Don’t Worry, Sell Trash #65821
Total Sales: $2130.97
Items sold: 15
4 items were consignments of which I get 50%: $1575.88
My items + consignment payout= $1330.97 to me but I reduced by $200 in exchange for two Eames chairs of Frank the consignor.
We moved from SC to NC in early July. We bought a hurricane-damaged house which is uninhabitable; the previous owner “Frank” was a collector who is 89 and left everything in the house. I have hundreds of items to list, mostly odd weird vintage stuff and old pottery. Most of it was upstairs so it was not flooded. He did have four special items that he had in an local junk shop for consignment, that he asked me to sell on ebay: 2 antique cameras, an antique Russian/Georgian sword, and he had vintage Cuisinart pieces in their boxes.
The short sword sold on auction for $1113.88. I had it listed for $750 BIN initially and had two offers of $350 within an hour (from same town, different user IDs). One messaged me saying “it’s torn up, it’s crap, I might as well sell to him…” I had done my research (I thought), but I decided that was a hint to put on auction. He shouldn’t have insulted my item!
Goal is to fix the house up by Nov 1, live on our sailboat and rent out home as Airbnb while we explore the oceans and come back to nest every six months or so. I keep my inventory in an old mechanic shop down the road from the new house, so it’s a good place to come back during renovations and eat, take showers, and list in the A/C at night before going back to our sailboat to sleep.
Highest priced items this week sold:
1) Sword at $1113.18 (consignment 50%)
2) 2 Hubbardton Forge former church iron sconces at $170 total. I had bought 5 at church yard sale for $25 total.
3) Two tablecloths and curtains of vintage Waverly pink bow fabric (80s looking) at $137. I had bought an entire homemade bedroom suite for $30 and still have 7 pieces left.
4) 7 Mikasa teacups for $108 total (were free)
Frank has ANOTHER storage unit where I found these Eames chairs (he told me he bought them in NYC in the 60s). He asked me to sell the contents of that unit too and take 50%. It has a 27′ sailboat, 16′ skiff, and about 100 other marine-related items. So I am also advertising to local sailors and dealing in cash. A lot going on!012/31/2018 at 1:24 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 392: No Alarm Clocks – We chat with Troy aka T-Satt about the eBay Lifestyle #54233
Thanks for the shout-out last week; I just got to listen to last week’s podcast yesterday. I hope no one thought I was dissing parents taking kids to school. I have a 4 year old and 17 year old, so one wakes up too early and the other has to be drug out of bed. But at least I and the 4 year old don’t have to leave the house running. I opened my PreK homeschool box yesterday while listening to the show, so that will be our regularly scheduled event each day now to make our “Plan of the Day” around, but I am so thankful we can take off still and teach her on the road.
Ebay items in store: 721; sold 12.
I sold a vintage GE mixer for $200 for an elderly friend, I don’t plan to take a consignment from that sale. It’s called the “Handy Annie” and was hard to research but finally found it on Worthpoint.
I also sold a 1980s denim acid-washed coat for $180. It is by Nike and was called the “Challenge” coat, apparently Agassi was their model for it in the 80s. That was only $5 at SA.
Poshmark: 251 items, sold 3 items for $49, COGs were $11.
Mercari: 592 items, sold 2 items for $40, COGs were $2.
I’m working on a pile of “smalls” items like more military medals, belt buckles, ink cartridges, that I picked up in mid-December and need to get listed. Tomorrow we travel to New Bern, NC from SC. We are going to do renovation work on our metal building/mechanic shop that was flooded from Florence for 3 full days. Epoxy the floor, repaint walls, trim work, install doors, security system, etc. It is going to be my ebay office and storage, our engineering business office, and a “crash den” when we don’t want to spend the night on our sailboat. I would so rather paint walls than have to figure out the numbers that T-Satt loves. Thank God my partner is an engineer and can do it. I space out when numbers talk starts.0
12/16/18 – 12/22/18
Ebay store items: 680 (ALL items on three platforms start on ebay, then are copied onto Posh and Mercari if appropriate)
Ebay Sold: 14
Avg price: $22
Consignment payout: $71
Poshmark: 285 items cross-listed from ebay
Mercari: 590 items cross-listed from ebay. No sales.
Total sales: $764
Items sold: 19
Avg: $40 an item
Returns: maybe one pending, buyer said necklace had broken clasp but I was waiting to hear back
High priced items were a NWT pair wool hunting pants “Codet” brand (Canadian) for $79, a ruby and gold ring for $122.50, a large wooden block knife holder for $65, large sealed ink cartridge in box for $70, and an Oriental fabric print for $50. I never thought that print would sell. It was part of an auction lot I spent $1 online for four vases, three framed prints and this fabric one. I sold two of the vases already for $80 and now this print. I’ve had them all a year. Eventually everything sells. I held tight on the high price for the ink cartridge. I priced at $80. I had offers of $25, 35 on Ebay and Mercari, but those were the “ink hounds” just like there are “silver and gold”, looking to buy cheap and re-sell themselves.
I haven’t done any outside scavenging for two weeks. Christmas was a blast staying at home with my family. We all edited our closets and belongings after receiving gifts, so I suppose I did scavenge our belongings and thus listed 23 items. The other bags filled a sedan and went to a local charity. Next week we travel to Sun Valley, Idaho for a work conference. Now that I am retired, I can go with my husband and take our 4 year old and we can stay for a week visiting family and staying at the resort hotel for the 2 day conference. We will use ebay money to have fun on the slopes there and the 4 year old will see snow for the first time (that she remembers). I love owning our time (my husband owns his own engineering practice and controls his time too). Not sure if there will be any inexpensive thrift stores in Ketchum, Idaho since it’s a resort town, but our family lives in other small towns, so we might find some gems too like R&J did.012/20/2018 at 8:48 am in reply to: Simplified Returns INAD – Obtaining Customer "Admissions" in Messages #53745
Report on: Atomic Starburst Casserole Dish return
Customer shipped the casserole dish back. I refunded via PayPal minus the $12.87 that ebay charged me for the shipping label. Customer opened a case and ebay gave them the money. I called ebay and the rep agreed with me and reversed the case; refunded me the $12.87. I don’t know if they took it from customer or whether it came from eBay’s coffers.
Re-listed the casserole dish; of course I blocked that buyer!1+12/18/2018 at 10:55 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 390: Building a Business to Build a Life #53664
Ebay store items: 674
Items sold: 16
Avg price: $67
Highest selling items: $200 vintage Coke advertising banner; $250 vintage St. John knit skirt suit; $295 gold necklace (consignment); $50 80s prom dress; $49 for 80s Natori lingerie gown.
Items sold: 3
Avg price: $44
Highest selling: $92 for Ben Seibel MCM brass bookends; can sell for up to $300 but mine were badly dinged up. I used the Mercari “Make an offer” to likers and someone bought right away.
Items sold: 5
Avg price: $22
Highest selling: $42 Doncaster 80s wool skirt (brands similar to Pendleton).
TOTAL SALES: $1,297.00
Most fun: $24 for “Marshall Junior HS” letterman patch from the 1950s; sold overnight after listing to Japan. Also, I am surprised by how quickly vintage Pendleton will sell on Posh. I usually pass on the Pendleton skirts and suits when I see them, since they don’t sell for much on ebay, but Posh users seem to pay $30-60 for a Pendleton skirt or cute skirt. I noticed that when researching the Doncaster skirt that I paid $1 for. I typically don’t pay more than $1-3 for clothing. The St. John’s suit was $12 at a charity thrift shop, but I knew it would flip for a high price. The Coke banner I bought for $75 hoping to sell for $400-500 but it turned out to be a fairly common banner. It was from an antique mall.
The gold necklace was a consignment item, so I will pay 50% to the owner. The buyer received it this week and already messaged me saying she doesn’t think it is 22k gold (it is, but not marked). So we will see if she returns it. I don’t pay the 50% to the consignment clients until 30 days has passed anyway.
I do feel like a millionaire. I live across from a grade school and can drink coffee in bed while the “car drop off” line snakes around the block at 7:30 am. We make our “Plan of the Day” over breakfast and aren’t running out the door. I don’t like to think of my life choices being justified by an hourly wage. My current bills are paid, our future expenses are planned out and investments made, so we shall enjoy life without regrets.3+12/10/2018 at 6:39 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 389: Journal of Career Escape #53060
Items in ebay store: 690
Items sold: 28
Highest sales: $200 for St. John Knits vintage outfit, $175 for 70s Woodblock print by Kawano Kaoru, $60 for French country needlepoint pillow. I paid $30 for the St. John outfit at charity thrift store; $5 for the woodblock print at charity shop; and $6 for the pillow at GW.
Items cross-listed in Poshmark store: 278
Items sold: 4 (women shoes, men shoes, leggings, velvet cummerbund)
Highest sales: $90 for vintage designer shoes “Rene Caovilla”.
Items cross-listed in Mercari store: 510
Items sold: 1 (vintage ring)
Sales price: $90
COG: 0 (was consignment)
TOTAL SALES: $1,222.50
Total items sold: 33
Avg price: $37
Consignment payout: $102.15 for ring, Legos, vintage tool, women shoes
I had another good week in sales. It was all stuff I bought for cheap at thrift stores.
My consignment client brought me some jewelry before Thanksgiving that she wasn’t able to sell to a jewelry store. I sold a vintage rhodium ring of her on Mercari for $75 in a few days. On Sunday Dec 9 I sold her gold bracelet with sapphires for $292.00 (not included in numbers AND the person hasn’t paid yet).
I’ve been thinking of smaller things I could store and sell on the sailboat, such as jewelry. I had heard someone say that GW sold jars of jewelry, but the GW jars here were priced at $79 each! I’ll think about it some more.1+
T-Satt, for the Poshmark labels, I choose the printer setting “Print 2 to 1” on my printer. So the Poshmark label gets shrunk by 1/2 but will only show up on the one label instead of the whole page. My postal carrier has no problem with it; the scan code still works the same.0
Items in ebay store: 630
Items sold: 25
Items in Poshmark: 251
Items sold: 5
Items on Mercari: 590
Items sold: 0
I had a great week on ebay, very pleased with the low COGs high sales. My store inventory is also down from about 700 at the beginning of November. The highest priced items on ebay were:
– USMC Dress Blues coat for $150, purchased for $3 in mid-Oct at thrift
– USMC Dress Blues coat for $75, purchased for $3 in mid-Oct at thrift
– 990 Silver Enameled Trinket Box for $337, purchased for $5 in early Nov at church sale
– Dollhouse construction materials for $98 (shingles, French doors, window-frames, etc). These were supposed to have been used by my father to build my dollhouse when I was small, but now I’m 42 so we let them go!
It was a real joy for me this past week to use my ebay banking account to purchase Christmas gifts, not touching our family’s other income streams. I used only ebay profits this year to fund purchase of (2) OneWheels for myself and my husband, to be used as transportation when we lived on a sailboat next summer; I also just spent $5K of ebay profits to purchase about half of our sailboat’s batteries and navigation equipment. So essentially we’re using ebay money to refit a tiny house on the water for my husband, myself, and our 4-year old daughter. I love knowing a $5 silver box paid for the 10″ nav screen I wanted!1+
Last October I found a set of four Nightmare Before Xmas plates at Goodwill in the box and sold for $100 in 24 hours! Definitely sell it still. I’ve sold mugs like the above too; someone will buy it. I just sold a rolling, singing Jack Skellington snowman for $24 too. There are some awesome snowglobes too from that line that sell well.011/28/2018 at 7:29 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 387: Do Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday Matter? #52435
11/18 – 11/24
Ebay sales: $571.35
Ebay COGs: $74.10
Items sold: 23
Highest priced: (1) USMC Dress Blue coat at $100 and (1) USMC Alphas coat at $68. I paid $3 each at a local charity thrift.
Poshmark sales: $340.00
Poshmark COGs: $16.25
Items sold: 6
Highest priced: “Joseph Hanna” leather duffel bag for $200 and Frye leather booties for $70. I paid $3 for the bag and $5 for the booties at a local church thrift.
Mercari: $25 for a J.Crew leather belt, was $1.50 at Salvation Army.
Total Sales: $936.30
Total COGs: $91.85
Total items sold: 30
It was a good week. I am decreasing my inventory but still making sales. Clothes were the big winners. I had some offers on vintage bookends, a vintage robot toy, and woodblock prints, but I countered and they did not buy. Those things are worth holding onto for the right buyer. I have no problem letting the lower priced clothes go though. I met my only consignment client again this past week too and she gave me jewelry to sell. I am examining the markings and testing the metal; some of it was her grandmother’s, so it’s worth the research. She brought them to the local jewelry store who said the turn in value was minimal, so it’s more about finding the right person who wants that vintage look. I will get those up this week.
Today I went into the Salvation Army at 2 pm with my 4 year old, and sitting right up front by the doors was a black leather chair and ottoman, mid century lounger. Gorgeous and priced at $39.99, so we applied our military discount and got the set for $36.00. The vintage label said “Westnofa Norway”. They sell for $400 – $900 on ebay with local pickup. I put it on Facebook already tonight for $850 and will list on ebay tonight. I will probably do local pickup there too and refer folks to UShip. I definitely don’t mind holding onto THAT Piece of furniture until it sells. It’s heaven to sit in.
I worked in my family’s business for 6 years, 13-19. We had a home heating oil business/gas station/deli/convenience store in Pottstown, PA. You definitely get to know the locals when you work in the service industry. I worked the deli and register. We had a lot of male Amish customers because of the construction jobs they worked, so they’d get transported in vans to work-sites, and they’d get our breakfast sandwiches. Reputation was key. There were lots of gas stations, but my Dad was friendly, employed local teens, and had little festivals in the lot next door with hot dogs and giveaways on holiday travel days. It was hard keeping older mature employees though in a service industry though; that’s one thing to think about. Management skills are important, and understanding you will likely have younger employees who are dolts, as I was. Truly, teenagers can be clueless, bless their hearts.3+
I did the same thing with uniform shirts. They were size XXS, about a 33″ size chest. I had 50 of them, which thankfully only cost $25 since I paid 50 cents each. I sold 12 on ebay in Sept and October for Halloween security guard costumes for women, but that’s been it.
My worst 2018 buys were from online auctions where the auctioneers weren’t so honest; and I didn’t preview so it’s my fault too. I bought a vintage metal car toy that had a great box and topside. The auctioneer didn’t take photos of the bottom which was completely rusted out and green, and really gross. I paid $100, hoping to sell quick for $500 based on the seemingly great condition, and ended up selling for $100 because of the actual condition. The other bad buy was $413 for five rugs, two of which were 12′ x 8′. Vintage, wool, gorgeous in the photos. When I picked up, they were already rolled up and put in my truck in a few minutes. This was in FL when I was visiting family. When I got home to SC, the rugs were stained in corners, had tears in spots…all of which NO photos were shown on the website. They took strategic photos. I sold two small rugs for $150 and would love to unload the big ones. I might have to give away though because of their condition. It’s not even a “good” distressed, just plain stained. And they take up space in my 10×10 unit. Ugh.011/19/2018 at 2:15 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 386: Is it Buying Season Yet? #51977
Items in Ebay Store: 691
Sold items: 27
Consignment payout: $78.15
Mercari items: 550
Sales: $45 (lot of Little People 70s vehicles and a musical Nightmare before Xmas Jack Skellington doll)
Poshmark items: 270
Sales: $117.60 (VS vintage 80s negligee set and a pair of Tod’s loafers)
My highest sales were on ebay: vintage wool toggle coat for men of the English brand “Gloverall” for $125, that was $1 at a Florida estate sale; a USMC dress blue jacket for $99, that I paid $3 for at a charity thrift; a vintage Belgian wool blanket (full) for $78.61; and 6 dishes for $100.10. The dinner plates were from the vintage “Atomic Starburst” collection by Franciscan.
It does take time to “share” on Poshmark and to list items on Mercari. I do those things at the gym usually when sitting on the bike for 30 minutes. If I had the space for a treadmill-desk in my house to walk and have a computer, that’d be awesome.
T-Satt, I had the same operation in June as your wife is scheduled, and my advice is to listen to the advice to rest. She can sit and copy listings from ebay to Mercari/Posh all on her phone and still be working, and don’t let her lift heavy things!
Mercari is pretty basic, but that basic-ness drives me a bit batty honestly. I haven’t found a way to easily locate items and “deactivate” them when I have sold the same item on Posh or Ebay; on Mercari I scroll through my items on my phone or do the “find” feature on the desktop of 50 items a page. There isn’t a “search your listings” feature. That’s my only complaint and hopefully I can find the answer soon.1+11/14/2018 at 7:30 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 385: Not Responsible For Oven #51658
Thanks Sharyn! Neat tool. It sold for $300; mine is prettier so I best get it up today for Xmas shoppers. Going back today to the sale to do more digging. I must have beat the “silver hounds” there yesterday.011/13/2018 at 8:14 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 385: Not Responsible For Oven #51648
Jay, I am okay with going into a thrift store and only finding 2-3 things, i.e. the “white whales”. My goal is different than others right now. I am interested in decreasing under $40 inventory and reducing my store # items from 700 down to 400 or so by next July. So while I do want to make more money, I have to balance that against my life goals next summer to move onto a boat and not know quite yet what state we shall call our “residence”. My husband I also have a corrosion control engineering business, so that is our main income stream along with my pensions.
I’ll update my weekly posts with how many stores/sales I went to, and what I bought. As an example, today I went into two thrift stores with my 4-year old. I paid $1 for a pair of wool NWT Codet outerwear pants that I priced at $79. I spent 30 minutes in there. At store #2, I spent $3 on a basket and Barbie for my daughter, nothing for ebay and spent 20 minutes in there; I put back items and researched more too. However on the way home, I passed a church “pop-up” yard sale on Tues from 11-4 (how random). I was there for 20 minutes. I paid $55 for a needlepoint bellpull, a large 990 silver trinket box, a small 990 silver trinket box, a 1960s pottery owl, and some Xmas presents. The same large 990 trinket box sold for something under $450 last month (the seller took best offer). So I spent about 70 minutes shopping today, I spent $56 and hope to make $600 or more on the trinket boxes, pants, and owl. How funny church ladies are – they charged me $10 for a new pair of pillowcases and then $5 for each 990 silver trinket box. I didn’t complain. Also, I live in a pretty Southern town with lots of church ladies! The Goodwill and SA don’t have much worth over $40, but the church thrifts and yard sales do.3+