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07/10/2017 at 12:12 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 318: Spending Money Should Be Painful #20184
Items in ebay store: 457
Ebay sales: $585.20
COGs ebay: $53.25
Average ebay sale: $24.38
Facebook sales: $130
COGs FB: $80
Highest ebay sale: $71 perfume
Best sale/ratio: on Friday bought vintage American Optical aviator sunglasses for 50 cents at thrift store and sold for $50. Also bought more glasses for 50 cents each of Kate Spade, Chanel, and RayBan, which hopefully sell just as fast.
Biggest purchase this week: maybe $20K; may buy a 42 foot catamaran sailboat currently in Guatemala. It’s a Wharram wooden boat, which are really cool Polynesian style boats. Step 1 to living on a boat in 2 years. Paying cash and hoping to negotiate down $5K on inspection. Normally they sell for $80K or higher, but as a thrifty person, I had alerts out on sites and had a shipbuilder keeping his ear to the ground for us. He called on July 4, and we sent $2K via PayPal on the same day to hold it until inspection in Aug. Very excited! We could sail it across oceans.06/26/2017 at 8:01 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 316: Craigslist Road Trips- We Live For A Deal #19825
Beverly – I saw that ebay forum posting on shipping fragrances too. But I went and asked my postmaster on how to ship it. She stated as long as I am shipping individual bottles of 3.2 oz or less (like the airlines require), that I am OK to use Priority Mail (air-mail). I do have to mark “perfume 3.2 oz liquid oz” on the outside of the box. I like the 7 x 7 x 6 size boxes, so I am using Priority Mail!06/26/2017 at 1:09 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 316: Craigslist Road Trips- We Live For A Deal #19802
You can see my sold and current perfume listings to view the range I bought; I am offering free shipping on some of them.06/26/2017 at 12:23 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 316: Craigslist Road Trips- We Live For A Deal #19801
Regarding the perfume haul:
1. I have sold out of the “high end” Chanel and “low end” Versace. Now I have 58 bottles of middle road “Prada” and “Gucci” to sell from $29 to $79. I expect to definitely make another $2000. I will be setting aside about 5 bottles for our YMCA silent auction fundraiser.
2. Facebook: it was the constant messages and meeting up that sucked time Up. My husband and toddler were gone this week for work and grandma time, so I was a single person who could meet in evenings and at lunch, but it was a lot of work. Also, I must have had 20 people engage me in conversation and barter, but only four closed the deal. Those four bought 28 bottles between them, but it was a lot of work and I can’t do it with family back in the house now. And I had one real creep basically yelling at me for cheap prices. The fact they can see my Facebook profile or such just made me decide to delete it. I live in a small town and I didn’t want the drama!
3. I normally sell long tail vintage items and collectibles from estate sales, so this perfume was a new thing for me. I would do it again – there is a fall church fundraiser so we will see if they have any more. I’ve learned a lot from research of perfumes and now know to grab it when I see it for the right price. Though I did have a bit of a heart attack when I went to the ATM three times to get the money!06/26/2017 at 10:45 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 316: Craigslist Road Trips- We Live For A Deal #19793
Total Facebook Marketplace sales: $760 for 28 items
Total items on eBay: 448
Total ebay items sold: 40
Total ebay sales: $1284
Total of ebay + FB sales: $2044
Cost of items sold on eBay + FB: $478
I went big at a church sale which started at 10 am on Jun 15, Thursday; I took vacation time to attend it from work! I bought 103 bottles of cologne and perfume testers, unused, for $930. A department store had donated Chanel, Gucci, Versace, Prada, and Armani fragrances. The church was selling them for $10 each and then cut me a deal for 10 free. I listed them on eBay and FB on Jun 19. I sold 28 bottles locally on FB this past week for and 17 on eBay. I’ve already made back my money on the perfume purchase and still have 58 bottles left. FB was exhausting though so I deleted that post and am now selling the rest on eBay. I was glad I went big! I thought the church ladies would be upset with me but they were awesome and brought out more boxes for me to go through. Highest selling was Chanel Coco Noir for $92 and lowest is Versace Eros at $21.50.
Thanks! I don’t have a loupe, but I just ordered one off ebay! May go see a local art gallery too that is pretty friendly here in town.06/11/2017 at 9:28 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 314: Selling on eBay while in the Military #19284
Flavio, I’m proud of you. Keep up with the saving and being frugal. I retire at age 42 next July 2018 and will not have to ever hold a “normal” job again. I am a female attorney, active duty; however, I will not practice law again. I hope to supplement my retirement by earning $40K from scavenging, and travel to “nice” places (not deserts) and wake up at my own pace (not 0500). Ryanne and Jay, you are very inspiring and have validated my future plans. Our “low-cost” lifestyle plan is to move onto a sailboat within 2 years and have an on-land office for my husband’s independent business and ebay storage.
Flavio, I also give out ethics advice to military members who have secondary employment while active duty, so if you want my email to ensure you have no conflicts of interest per the DoD Regulations, or hear stories to avoid…you are welcome to contact me. Maybe we can share emails via Jay. Take care.
You can see my clothes and mannequin “posing” in my store if you want to look: lowcountryfashionfinds
I do pin them back for larger sizes but not in such a way that it’s ridiculous. My mannequin is a size 4-6 so if I have a size XL, then I will clip it just so it approximates the shape that it would be on a larger woman. If it’s meant to have a cinched waist, I show that with clips.
Thanks all! Still quiet so far…