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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.
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!
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.11/28/2018 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.
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.11/19/2018 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.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.11/13/2018 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.11/12/2018 at 10:10 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 385: Not Responsible For Oven #51603
Items in ebay Store: 709
Items in Poshmark Store: 271 (also on ebay)
Items on Mercari: 470 (also on ebay)
Items Sold on ebay: 33
Items sold on Poshmark: 3
Items sold on Mercari: 0
Ebay Sales / COGs: $993.94 / $45.50
Poshmark Sales / COGs: $139 / $6
Average sales price $31.47
It was such a great week for me because I sold so many items that were either free, or I got at extremely low price. The low COGs were great. My highest sales were a red/black plaid Pendleton wool cape for $100 (got for $3), small needlepoint rug for $59, and another needlepoint runner for $110 that was very stained and beat up. I also sold two pairs of mens’ boots on Poshmark and a vintage 80s Express blazer. My goal is to have $10K in my store’s “savings” account by Christmas.
My strategy is to decrease my low-priced inventory and only buy things with low COGs that yield higher sales. Everyone’s dream, right? We are moving onto a boat next July, and we haven’t nailed down yet where we plan to store our few wordly belongings we wish to hold onto. That same “place” will also be where I put my ebay inventory and travel to in order to retrieve inventory and ship when we are docked. So I am focusing on downsizing my store in item numbers but increasing sales.
We do own a metal automotive garage in New Bern, NC. That is where we had most of our garage stuff/vintage 70s Jeep Cherokee with no engine, and extra furniture. We had 4 feet of water inside the building that swirled around and trashed it all. Lost the upholstery in the Jeep, lost all belongings in the building that were on lower level. It ended up being a $25K insurance claim; I didn’t have flood insurance but did have USAA’s renter’s insurance which covers your personal property anywhere in the world, so we received monies. That is where I was planning to store my ebay inventory, but we need to rebuild the inside, so I am shaping my store to fit the unknown situation. That means I can spend an hour in a thrift store, look up a lot of store on my phone, and put it back if I don’t think it’ll net $40 or more. It’s all education I suppose and I will get better at it. I enjoy the hunt.
My Store Week Oct 28-Nov 3, 2018
Total Items in ebay Store: 710
Items Sold: 17
Gross Sales: $698
Cost of Items Sold: $29.10
Highest Sale: $200 for lot of ribbon and medal racks from my 20 years of service
I cross-list my clothing onto Poshmark too and am beginning to list everything onto Mercari too.
Of the 17 items sold this week, three were sold on Poshmark ($108) and 3 on Mercari ($60).
I do like those platforms because after three days of receipt, no complaints allowed. But ebay has a much wider audience of course for weird vintage stuff.
I kept one ribbon/medal rack from my USMC service and put the rest of the ribbons/medals in a big lot and sold for $200. Going to Virginia to a store that creates custom orders for racks.
Had a GREAT sourcing week! I went to our Catholic thrift store on Wed and found two Kawano Kaoru woodblock prints from the 70s for $5 each. Solds range from $150 to $350 about. Also got 6 Starbucks mugs for 25 cents, which I normally don’t buy anymore, but for that cheap, I’ll sell them for $20 or so each.
Then on Thursday at 11 am I went to another favorite charity thrift store; they had changed their winter hours to noon opening! But the manager saw my 4 year old and me outside, so she let me in and locked the doors behind us; we are regulars there. I shopped the fresh stock for an hour alone! I picked up 5 USMC Dress Blue jackets and several green Alpha jackets and uniform pants for 1 to $3 each, total $33. I gave them an even $40 since it was nice to let us in early! Dress Blue coats can sell for $80 – $200 on ebay depending how good shape they are in…and how eager the Marine is to buy it for an event coming up.
I also did an online auction this week too, picking up on Saturday. I purchased 70 reel-to-reel tapes, Akai, etc. for $68 total. I hope to sell them in lots for $10-20 each based off Steve’s videos. I also bought two record boxes of 45s with jazz records in it that should sell for $10-20 each; I spent $23 for 100+ of those 45s in the boxes. So I went out of my traditional items this week on records, but it seemed a worthwhile bet.09/08/2018 at 7:58 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 375: New Beginnings in Concrete #48494
MDC, good point on the Chanel shoes. If Florence heads to SC, I am planning to go to a Chanel store in Palm Beach next week actually with both pairs, while sheltering with family down there. I am also going to list them locally on FB Marketplace too, to get them out of my inventory. Otherwise, I will likely pay for an online service. The original customer doesn’t have any receipts but says she bought them in NYC.09/08/2018 at 7:54 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 375: New Beginnings in Concrete #48493
Jay, I retired from the Marine Corps as an officer; 1998-2018. My DoD salary pension will be $45K a year. I receive word on Oct 1 what my VA Disability payments will be, which could be anywhere from $1800-3900 a month. I’m not trying to sponge off the government, I was a woman who joined in 98, got breast cancer in 2008 at age 33; the Marines were so great that they never considered separating me; I could still do my job of lawyering. So the DoD assumes my cancer was service-related (I deployed 3 times to areas with burn pits) and pays me accordingly. I had several side effects and resulting surgeries. Thank God I had two wonderful step-kids already and managed to have a miracle baby (my four-year old) before the last round of surgeries. After the experiences, I decided no way would I waste my life in an office after retirement, and so I am “owning my time” as you and Ryanne say. So MAYBE I will have a combined monthly pension of DoD/VA benefits of $5550 minimum – $7650 maximum. I find out Oct 1! A majority of it will be feds tax-free too. Sorry to go on. I am excited with my current ebay sourcing/nomad lifestyle.
09/08/2018 at 6:24 am in reply to: Size 5/6 with 28" waist is this girls, missy or womens? #48488
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College girls love those overalls! I sold an A&E one last month for $50.09/08/2018 at 6:21 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 375: New Beginnings in Concrete #48487
ThriftShift (Port Royal, SC)
8/27/18 – 9/2/18
Items in store: 791
Items sold: 36
Consignment payout: $170
I had a great week. The best sale was an experiment. I had bought 7 antique Thonet bentwood “ice cream parlor” chairs last November at an auction for $17 total. I sold them for $1,000 on this past Sat with free shipping. I had them as local pickup initially but changed to F/S two weeks ago to try and entice buyers. The sale was Sat afternoon, I placed the offer on UShip on Sunday night for $250 (to New Orleans restaurant from SC). An individual hauling a truck to New Mexico contacted me Monday afternoon, picked up 7 am on Tuesday, and put the chairs in the cab of the new truck he was hauling; he dropped them off to my customer on Thursday night. The $250 helped cover gas expenses for him, and was really no trouble. He said he does the NY to TX trip twice a month down the east coast and across, so maybe now I have a reliable POC in the future.
I also sold two pairs of Chanel shoes from my mother-in-law’s friend in Florida, but they are both being returned within a day of receipt for “fit” and “inauthentic”. Ugh. I had sold them for $200 each and sent the consignment to the customer already, so now they are “mine”. I re-listed at $390 each and will take an offer. I dislike selling these brand name items. I’ve sold a vintage Gucci briefcase before and had such drama with buyers. I’m not fighting the INAD on the Chanel shoes; it’s just not worth it with these buyers. If someone is going to pay $200 for a pair of ballet slip-ons, I don’t need their kind of drama.
This past week we also sold our house and put profits in our retirement accounts. Now I am retired at 42, my husband has his own consulting business that he loves, and we have a 4 year old/17 year old in a rented house. We plan to move onto a boat this June, so all cash from ebay and consulting gigs is mostly going to the boat renovation (wooden catamaran “Wharram Pahi 42” model) and monthly retirement account deposits. We are trying to live off pension income. My husband is going on a two week trip to PA from SC for a project, so I’m looking at online auctions ending in his area, and he wants me to find a UShip job for him on the way back down if possible since he will have his truck. I like the idea of covering travel expenses doing UShip. Once the teen is in college next fall, myself and the small one can travel with my husband too, and we will try UShip along with ebay sourcing.
July 29-Aug 4
In store: 751
Consignment payout: $23.75
Highest sales were a Vietnam fatigue Army blouse with great patches and 0-6/Colonel insignia for $129.00. I guess I had ignored the best offers on this! I listed it at $129 on this past Sat morning. While watching the “Incredibles 2” with family (for $4 a ticket locally!) from 1400-1530, I turned phone off; had two offers for $65 and $75, then one of them bought it full price during the movie.
Other high sale was perfume (Ralph Lauren Romance Body Mist) for $90; bought 50 of NIB tester
bottles for $10 at church sale on July 13.
I retired on July 13 from day job and now spend days with my 4 year old. It’s a lot of work; I had no idea. I am planning days around gym time, reading/“school”, meal preparation, listing and shipping, and taking her thrifting with me. So worth it though! I’m 42 and own my time now. No more Sunday night dread!