If you’ve been around here for a while, then you’ve heard our conversations with Jena who is a long-time eBay seller (and also Ryanne’s mom!) This time we decided to have a discussion with Jena and her husband, Mark, who is planning to retire from his job soon. How will eBay fit into their “golden years”? Do they need the money or is the scavenger income just bonus? How do they plan to make eBay enjoyable in their retirement? Will it be weird to be working together? Tune in to find out….
Ryanne’s mom, Jena from Jumble & Clutter, sat down with us during the holidays to talk all about fabric. Jena has been making her own clothes since the 60s and has the “expert hand” at feeling out quality fabrics and linens to sell on eBay. We have certainly learned a ton from asking her to help us identify what fabric buyers might be looking for. All in all, we always try to look for all natural materials like wool, silk, linen, cotton and rayon (yes it’s natural, who knew?). Resources mentioned are How to do a burn test, TheBeddingLibrary.com Ralph Lauren pattern site and Tartan Plaid finder.
Jena will hopefully stop by to answer questions in the comments about selling fabric. Thanks Jena!
As many of you know, Jena is my (Ryanne) mom. She is also a prolific eBay seller and has turned half of her house, and all of her basement, into an eBay workspace for her store Jumble & Clutter. On a recent visit we snapped some photos of her work stations and storage. We joked many times that this was our favorite thrift store to shop in, since she essentially has as much inventory as a brick and mortar store. Our first interview of another eBay seller on Scavenger Life was with Jena, you can listen here.
Clothes in line for photographing and shelves of fabric, as tall as Jay.
Tools, models and more shipping supplies.
This is just one angle of the basement clothing racks. There are a combination of free-standing floor racks, which were purchased from a department store liquidation, and poles that are suspended from the floor joists.
The iron pole racks are suspended using 2×4 wood and metal strapping. Sturdy enough to hold heavy jackets.
Mens shoes, womens shoes. So many shoes!
Hats and more clothes racks.
I think we can all get some inspiration from Jena’s organizational set up. Boy is she tidy!
For more inspiration see Episode 32: Storage & Organization. Tips on How to Store and Organize Your Ebay Store Inventory.
To hear our interview with Jena see Episode 26: Interview with Jena from Jumble and Clutter
We have our first interview with long time Ebay Seller Jena from Jumble and Clutter, also, she’s Ryanne’s mom. We talk about how she got started, how she evolved from the early days of listing auctions on dial up to having a large fixed price store that is her full time job. Check out her Ebay store here. Check out GarageSale, the Mac software she uses to write and post her listings.