Tuesday, September 29, 2015

5 Watchers, 1 Vintage Book - Can You Guess What Happened at Auction?

So.....this first edition book, Lord Of The Flies, has been up for auction for 10 days with a starting bid of $79.  As of 8:00 this morning, I have 5 watchers but no bids.  The auction ends today at 7:00 pm.  What do you think is going to happen?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sentimental or NAH?

I will admit that I have a sentimental streak.  There are some things that just have a special place in my heart.  Those are the things that will never, ever be posted on EBay.  However, there are some things that I have held onto for no apparent reason.  When you have kids, you just end up with STUFF.  I still have clothes, books, and toys that my children clearly have grown out of several years ago.This results in me having extra clutter around my house.  Personally, I can deal with a little bit of clutter - but it drives my husband CRAZY with a CAPITAL C.  He likes things to be neat and in order.  So I am hoping that Ebay will help me to be a clutter-killer.

Let me tell you, the struggle is real.  Although I have all kinds of odds and ends that I want to sell, sometimes I just cant keep myself from buying a good deal.  It's ridiculous, I know, but I have a feeling that some of you reading this might have the same problem.  We need to start an Ebayers Anonymous......The good thing is, these new things typically don't have any sentimental value or strong attachment to me.  They just need to be posted and sold.  The bad thing is, new purchases certainly don't help with clutter.

The picture above is one of my favorite sales. Dick and Jane books are reminiscent of my
 childhood.  In spite of that, was I sentimental about it?  Surprisingly, NAH.  I had every reason to be sentimental about this book, but I just wasn't.  It was my mom's book.  She was an elementary school teacher who took particular pride in teaching children how to read.  This was one of her textbooks.  It was tattered and torn and well read.  I sold it on Ebay for $17.50.  I was surprised that it sold for that amount, but realize now that it might have sold for more. Dick and Jane books are classic!!

What about you?  Are you sentimental or NAH?  How do you deal with organizing your ebay stuff?

College Fund Thrifter

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Blue Bins are OFF LIMITS! WHAT??

I remember my first trip to the Goodwill Store.  I didn't know what I would find, but made a quick beeline to the books.  I knew that books were safe.  The only things that books suggested about me was that I like to read.......

Since that time I have made numerous trips to Goodwill, sometimes going twice a week.  I have moved past being the woman that was insecure about shopping at Goodwill.  This store isn't particularly large, but I am always surprised by the interesting things that I find there.  I have gotten to the point that I can browse through the racks and immediately see the things that pique my interest.

In spite of my comfort level with Goodwill, I still leave the blue bins alone.  Of course any good thrifter knows that the golden ticket just might be found in the blue bins. So why do I avoid them?  For me, it's personal.  I just don't want to dig through and touch all of that stuff trying to find the great deal. It's a growth process, I think. I am not a germaphobe or anything, but I am really particular sometimes about what I want to touch.  I will dig in dirt, pick up worms and do all kinds of other stuff.  But for some reason, digging through those blue bins just doesn't make the cut.  I'm sure that it's mind over matter.  But unless I experience a major change of heart, the blue bins are off limits.

Am I alone in this?  Does anybody else consider the blue bins to be off limits for similar reasons? When you are thrifting, do you find that they are some things that you just don't want to touch?  Let me know in the comments.

College Fund Thrifter

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Price is Right! Wrong

I think I have Ebay paranoia.  I feel like I am the person at the yard sale with the highest prices and nobody wants to buy!  What do you do about that?  I am a comparison shopper by nature.  But whenever I look at prices on Ebay for items that are comparable to mine, it appears to me that my prices are reasonable.  When I look at sold and completed listings too – it seems as if my prices are reasonable.  Then why aren't the items that I have listed selling??  I have got to figure this out.

Ebay has slowed down to a crawl for me.  I have sold 1 item in the last 2 weeks.  I have 80 things listed. Not a lot, but that is more than usual for me. I guess the problem for me is that I don’t have the right merchandise.  I’m still trying to figure out what it takes to be successful at Ebay.  I am trying to figure out the right prices, the right listing times, and the right products.  Somehow, I think I am missing something….who knows?  Maybe the key to it all is becoming more and more focused and not just throwing spaghetti on the wall to see if it will stick. 

Maybe it’s the time of year.  Everyone always talks about the 4th quarter sales.  I am wondering if I need to do something different so that I can benefit from 4th quarter sales too. All of this is making my head hurt.  And on top of that, my clutter free  husband can take a lot more stuff just laying around the house. So what am I saying?  For the moment, I am discouraged but not defeated.  I can do this!  This is just a bump in the road!  No pain, no gain! I’m going to keep on pushing.  Stay tuned and watch me win!!  Nothing is going to keep me from earning my baby’s college money!!

Help me out!  Send me your suggestions in the comments.