Friday, November 18, 2016

TODAY ONLY SALE


Just in case you aren't already a convert.  Amazon Prime is $20 off TODAY ONLY.  This deal only lasts until 11:59pm, Pacific time.  If you have been thinking about trying Amazon Prime out, now is the time. Eligible new members can join Amazon Prime for $79 plus applicable taxes for the first year.  Although the price in your cart will show $99, the discount will be applied at the checkout.

What do you have to lose?  There are a lot of benefits to an Amazon Prime Membership!

Here is a short list:
*Free 2 Day Shipping on thousands of items
*Unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video
*Unlimited Music Streaming
*Free unlimited photo storage
*30 minute early access to Amazon Lightening Deals
Get it now.  Just in time for your holiday shopping!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SHIPPING WILL BE DELAYED - The Flood of 2016


The picture above is not my house.  BUT, I happen to live in an area that is dealing with flooding as a result of Hurricane Matthew.  Fortunately for me, my home is not flooded and I have electricity and clean water...but it could still get worse.  Right now, my ability to move around the city is severely impacted, though. And as days continue to pass and we wait for the river to crest, my ability to move around becomes more and more limited. Depending on where you live - some places are better and some are worse.  Some people have lost everything. Its rough.  My elderly parents and my sister live in a city about 90 minutes away from me and haven't had electricity since Saturday.  This storm has been devastating in so many ways, but I am thankful that my family circle is intact.  There are so many people who are worse off - so I have no reason to complain,

This happens to be my second time going through a flood.  In 1999 my city was also flooded.  It was horrible and left a significant impact.  In some ways, that has resulted in me being a bit more knowledgeable about what to expect and how to handle it.  Once the river crests, I am hopeful that slowly but surely the waters will recede and things will get back to normal.  Going through an experience like this helps you to realize what is most important.

As far as Ebay goes, I have managed to list a few things and have even sold a few.  But I can attest to the fact that shipping will be delayed.  In the next 24 hours I may not even be able to reach the post office.  As a result of that, I am not hoping for too many sales.  I even considering putting everything on 5 day handling  - thinking things may be cleared up by then. We'll see how that goes.  Honestly, I have too much going on to really worry about it.

Have you ever experienced a flood?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Back on the Block


Hey!  Just wanted to let ya'll know that I am alive and well.  Although I have't posted anything lately, I have still been selling.  I'm not out here making a killing.....but I'm not trying to.  My goal is to have steady sales - and not to have a bunch of inventory everywhere.  So, I think I have been successful in doing that.  Here is a quick snapshot of some of my most recent sales.




Thursday, September 1, 2016

One of my Favorite Old School Ebay Tools

I am a visual person.  I like to see things….touch and feel them. This is good and bad. For example, I love Post-it notes.  At work, if there is something that I want to be regularly reminded of, I just write it on a Post-it note and stick it on the wall.  Currently I have about 7 notes on my wall.  That is the bad part.  Having a bunch of Post-it notes are not the most attractive wall d├ęcor.  Of course, I could do all of this digitally.  I am aware of that.  But there is just something about paper that I love…..I think that comes from the writer in me.

I really met my match when I discovered the Tabletop Post-it Pads.  These pads are the greatest… and I enjoy using them. Because I teach classes at work, they are helpful when discussing ideas and planning activities.  But now, I have started using them at home to help me keep track of all of my Ebay responsibilities.  Of course, any old sheet of paper will do – but you can’t beat the fact that you write down you listing goals, sourcing locations, research needs and to-do list all on one super-size 20x23 sheet of paper. What do you do next – tear it off the pad and stick it to the wall.  I just consider it my way of keeping myself accountable and on track.  Anytime I walk by my ebay storage room and see that Jumbo Post-it……..I know exactly where I stand with my goals for the week or month. 

With all of my mom duties, work duties, and family duties…..I have a lot to keep up with.  Truthfully, all of those other things generally come before Ebay.  As a result, it can be hard to keep the sourcing, researching and listing going….but I am determined. And these Post-it Tabletop Easel Pads are just one of the old school tools in my toolbox – LOL.  Maybe you should try them out!

What old school tools do you prefer?


Get your Tabletop Post-it Pad here!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SOLD!! Vintage Book - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


I love books.  Ever since I was a kid, I loved the escape that came from reading a good book.  Today's post is in celebration of the life of the late great Gene Wilder, who was the original Willie Wonka.   Some people may not realize that the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory existed before Johnny Depp had the role.  Truth be told, the Johnny Depp version kind of creeped me out.  I remember my daughter being scared to watch it by herself.  The original Willie Wonka with Gene Wilder was nothing like that.  It was cute and colorful and the characters were endearing.



I came across this book at the Salvation Army store.  I think I may have paid one dollar for it.  I have actually had it for a while, but recently it gained 3 watchers.  Today it sold for $52.99.  This is a vintage 1973 edition of the book by Ronald Dahl.  It has original illustrations and is in pretty good shape.  I really didn't give it any thought that Gene Wilder's death may have influenced the sale of this book, but I do recognize that trending topics often influence buying decisions.  Maybe I could have gotten a little more for it - but ultimately I am satisfied.  I hope the buyer is satisfied as well.

Do any of you readers remember the original Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

Rest in Peace, Gene Wilder.  You were a funny guy.

Get the original Willie Wonka movie here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Thrifting for the best deal on Property Taxes??

As you know, I am all about saving money for the college fund. Little did I know that moving might need to be one of my goals, LOL. Check out this information about 2016 property taxes. It is eye       opening. Where does your state fall in the ranking from low to high??




So are you considering moving????

Here's the source:  Wallet Hub   You can also check it out by clicking on the picture below.



Source: WalletHub

Monday, July 25, 2016

I won a PAYPAL Dispute and Chargeback

I have been away from blogging for a minute.  You know why?  I have had a disgruntled buyer who has been driving me CRAZY.  There is no reason to go into why he was disgruntled.  The bottom line is that I agreed to refund him once I received the item back from him.  Keep in mind that all of this happened about 60 days after his $300 purchase.  This particular buyer chose not to communicate through PAYPAL.  He kept sending me emails.  He asked me for my address in one of the emails, so he could send the item back. These emails proved to be crucial for the case.  You would think this refund was cut and dry, but it wasn't.  Things started to get a little crazy.

This buyer filed a dispute against me. I had already agreed to refund his money upon receipt of the item and.  I shared screenshots of this agreement with PAYPAL.  That case got closed in my favor.  The buyer then initiated a chargeback against me through his credit card company.  He thought I was trying to scam him by saying that I hadn't received the item.  He complained that I hadn't answered his emails.  It was a mess.  The truth of the matter was that I never received the item.  I made that clear to the buyer and to PAYPAL.  I shared screenshots of our conversations once again.  Apparently the buyer had no tracking on the item.  That case was also closed in my favor.  Still, no money has changed hands.

After this happens, the buyer notifies me that the package came back to him and I gave him the wrong address.  He says that it is written on the package that the address is unknown.  Of course, he is mad, says I am scamming him and not trying to give him his money back.  He says that he has my emails proving that I gave him an incorrect address.    I am so ready for this to be over....but I continue to keep my cool and respond to the buyer saying, "I don't know what was on the box, but the address that I gave you was correct."  He doesn't believe me and says he is going to turn me in to eBay and PAYPAL for this.  So I find some mail with my address on it and send him a picture - explaining that the address is correct.  He, in turn sends me a picture of the box where the post office had marked address unknown. In the meantime, he opens another case against me with PAYPAL.

So how did this end?  I responded to him saying that the address on the box was incorrect.  The buyer had made the mistake of putting my last name in the street address.  For example, if you name was John Jones, the package would have been sent to Jones Street.  After that, I received no immediate response.  About 2 days later, "I got another message saying the package has been sent....my apologies." The last PAYPAL complaint was mysteriously closed..... TRUE STORY.

It's not over though.  The package still hasn't arrive from across the country yet. I've got my fingers crossed.  Hopefully it will be here soon.  This whole experience has worn me out. Although, I will be returning the buyers money...the good thing about it is that I am doing it on my own terms. This was actually my first time dealing with a dispute and a chargeback. Although I was irritated by the whole process, I remained professional with the buyer.  PAYPAL and eBay are not just going in and and removing the money from my account.  I think that is the only positive thing that I have gotten from this experience.

Have you ever been on the winning side of PAYPAL??

Monday, July 11, 2016

For your funny bone.

Sometime things just strike me as funny.  I was browsing through Amazon today and I came upon these three items.   They just happened to tickle my funny bone so I thought I would share.  Each of the items came from the same business, Fred and Friends.  I don't know anything about the business, but I appreciate their sense of humor.  They had a long list of humorous items on Amazon that would be great for prank gifts or maybe even for a White Elephant Christmas Gift Exchange.  I don't know.....they just made me smile.  If you click on the pictures, they will show you the original Amazon listing.
















The first item really got my attention.  These extra large salt and pepper packets are actually salt and pepper shakers.  We are all used to getting those tiny packets of salt and pepper with our takeout orders.  Why not just get a larger version of those little packets for the house? It lays flat  and has some holes at the top for sprinkling.


Next are the muffin top baking cups.  Does anybody ever really like the looks of muffin tops?  You know....that  waist spillover that hangs over your pants.  Who wants that? This version is a totally different story.  I would love to have this type of muffin top - with frosting please!


Finally comes the EMT Human Organ bag,  If you look closely, you will see that it actually says emergency meal transport.  This one really sucked me in at first.  I was thinking, why would they actually sell a bag like this on Amazon? Yep, the joke was on me.  It is actually a lunch cooler.


Pretty cool stuff right? Just what I needed for today, a welcome distraction from my TO DO list.


What's going on with YOU today?  What is on your TO DO list?





Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Have you seen my MOJO?


For a few weeks, I have been feeling like I lost my MOJO.  Something about dealing with returns just takes the wind out of my sails a bit.  But today it is back.  Do you know what did it?  A thrifting trip.  Here's how it went.  While I was on my lunch break from my job, I decided to check out a few thrift stores.....Once I parked, I proceeded to get the things I usually take in the thrift store; money, keys and my smartphone.

For some reason, the store looked brand new to me today.  I walked in and it looked like there was SO MUCH STUFF that would be great for Ebay!  But you know what the problem was?  I was practically broke.   As I sat in the car with my keys and smartphone waiting to go in the store I discovered that I was low on cash.  I mean really low.  I came up with a measly $3.00 and some change.  Yep, I only had three one dollar bills on me.  I also had a checkbook and a credit card with me - but they don't take cards and I prefer not to write checks for this store -- cash only. ( I choose to think that helps me to curb my spending a bit.) So, because I know the prices for this store, I already had a plan for what I could and couldn't buy.  I checked out the knick-knacks and housewares. There was nothing there that I could afford for $3.00.  I looked at the books.  Didn't see anything that was interesting or vintage there.

Guess where I headed next -  THE BLUE BINS.  If you read one of my earlier blog posts titled, The Blue Bins are Off Limits, you will remember that I was not a fan of the bins.  Today, though, I knew that was the only place I could afford to buy anything from. So what did I get?  Two brand new pairs of men's shorts, size 50. Profit off these two pairs of shorts should be around $20 each so if all goes well, I should make $40 off of my $3 investment.  

How did this $3 investment help me get my MOJO back?  It helped me to see all of the things that I had to turn down that would have been great for Ebay.  As a result, I will make sure to have some cash in my purse the rest of the week.  I have a feeling it is gonna pay off.  I'm back on the thrifting track again.

What does it say about me that I spent my last three dollar bills on a thrifting trip? I'm not sure my husband, the anti-thrifter, would be pleased.
    

Monday, June 20, 2016

Returns and Scammers



I hate returns.....Wait.  Let me change that. I hate returns where I feel like I am being scammed. Ugh. I have have had two request for returns in the last month that total over $300.  I am bummed about it. Why are they returning it?  Damaged in shipping.  That's what they say.  Do I believe that they are being truthful?  Nope. So, although I am very professional when corresponding to my buyers about this, I am ticked off.  So excuse my while I vent.

One of the return request clearly looks like a bait and switch.  The other might have a little more validity - but I am still not convinced of the damage.   If it was damaged, why wait 45 days later to make a PAYPAL claim.  Why oh why do I have to deal with this?  If you want to scam me.....please do it with something cheap, okay?  If you want to scam me.......let me know in advance so I can really give you something to complain about.  If you want to scam me.....do it in a way that I don't feel like I am being scammed.  If you were a good scammer, I would be so irritated right now - because I wouldn't know that I was being scammed......GET IT??

Whew, I just needed to get that off my chest.  Just in case these two ridiculous return requests get the best of me and my ebay account....it's been nice knowing ya.

Really though, I hope this hit from Ebay won't be too hard.  I have way to much stuff I still need to get rid of...

Please send me some positive vibes.  I need them right now.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Who's Watching Wednesday - June 8

I still don't have a lot of action going on this summer with Ebay, but I'm ok with that.  Life in general is pretty busy for me right now and I don't feel like I have a lot of time to devote to Ebay at the moment. So, I am basically stepping back a bit until things slow down.  Althought I don't have a lot of sales, I do have watchers - so here it is again.  Who's Watching Wednesday.

It is interesting to see if watchers translates to buyers.  Based on this little experiment, only one of the items watched from my last post ended up selling.  Let's see what happens this time. Some of the items here were on the previous list.  Others are new additions to the watch list.  Just as I was preparing this post, someone bought the Eddie Bauer Shorts.....so they are no longer available. Maybe this is the week that some of the other "watched items" will sell too!  Wish me luck.

What does your watch list look like?

 View the items on Ebay.






Thursday, May 26, 2016

What's Being Watched!

Personally I have a love hate relationship with watchers on Ebay!  I realize that having watchers doesn't mean you have buyers.  But, I fall for it just a little bit every time....and  my optimistic self wants to believe that the watchers will turn into buyers.  Let's just say that I have been disappointed a few times by my optimism.

So here is what I have for sale that is currently being watched.


The Lane Bryant bra has been a surprise hit.  I had no idea it would attract so much attention.  It has garnered the most watchers.  The puzzle has quite a few watchers too. I am branching out a bit.  I have heard about people selling bras on Ebay.  This is the first one that I have ever listed - but it is clearly going to sell.  The question is for how much??  I had also head about selling puzzles on Scavenver Life, I think.  So I decided to give them a try as well. The Bra is going to go - because it is on auction, but it will be interesting to see if this one sells.

What do you think about watchers??

Monday, May 16, 2016

Have you Read "Silent Sales Machine" by Jim Cockrum?

I have been in a sales slump so I am trying to catch up on my research and reading.
Has anybody read the book Silent Sales Machine?  What did you think? It seems to be pretty popular around some circles. I am not here to promote this book at all.  It just happens to be one of many that I have on my Kindle right now.  I have seen it mentioned in various places, so I downloaded it as my free monthly book on Kindle. If I wouldn't have been able to borrow it through Amazon Prime, this would have been a $5.00 ebook and I probably wouldn't have even considered it.  Some ebooks are pretty good.  Others SUCK!! The jury is still out on this one because I just picked it up.

If you want to find out more about it, click on the picture below.  Consider this an Ebay book club moment.  If you have read it, I would love to hear from you.  Tell me your thoughts in the comments and I will respond in kind.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's my Ebay-versary


Happy Ebay Anniversary to me.  I have been selling on Ebay for exactly one year and I have learned so much.  When I started out, I was clueless about the process.  Now, I have my own war stories to tell.  I have had a couple of returns, a few partial refunds, some weird messages and my first negative feedback all in the past year.  I have also reached top rated seller, got rid of some of my clutter, had a couple of amazing scores and have saved a bit of money as a result. Overall it has been a pretty good ride....so I guess I will continue.

What was the first thing I ever sold on Ebay?  Here it is - a Nintendo 3DS MARIO KART Game.  I sold it for $10.50.  The rest is history.



I am looking forward to another year of learning and new opportunities to add to the college fund for the kiddos. Thank you, readers, for following me along this journey.

Are you selling on Ebay?  Do me a favor and shout out how long you have been an ebay seller in the comments.....

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mother's Day Wish List from a Reselling Mom!!

I have two lists for my family this Mother's Day. One is from their Ebay seller mom. The other is from their everyday cooking and cleaning and run ragged mom. Both lists have some things on it that would make me happy – so I will be satisfied either way. The Ebay mama would be supremely thankful if they bought me a new camera. Currently I use my phone camera, which is really easy. It is so convenient to use my phone – but sometimes my phone gets filled up with pictures that don’t really have a lot of meaning to me. I hate that. Phone space is at a premium these days and I really would prefer that the pictures that get that space are the ones of my family and friends. There is a camera that I have my eye on and it is wi-fi enabled. It is a Panasonic, which happens to be a camera brand that I like. I don't require a whole lot when it comes to cameras.  I am not a camera snob.  I envision that the wi-fi access would be beneficial to me – however it could also just be an unnecessary add-on that is just meant to attract more buyers. Anyhow – check it out and let me know what you think.  \

Actually…on second thought maybe I would be more satisfied with an Ipad Mini. That way I could use it specifically for Ebay and still do all of my listing on the app. The whole Ipad idea just came to me – but it is sounding better and better.   It could be my primary gadget for handling everything Ebay, which would definitely be a win.  Let me add that to the list too!

Another practical gift that I could use as reseller mom is a clothing mannequin. I think I have shared before……I don’t really like selling clothing. But it is readily available and somewhat easy to sell. So far I haven’t been using a mannequin. I have basically been putting the item on a hanger and hanging up and taking pictures. It hasn't been an ideal situation, but it has worked so far. I have checked out some mannequins on Ebay and on Amazon. Either site would meet my needs

I don’t want to invest too much in it – but I think that clothes can be styled much more nicely on a mannequin. Do you use a mannequin? What do you think is the best type to get?







My final Ebay seller Mother’s day gift would be a full tank of gas and the opportunity to go out thrifting one Saturday in peace. I don’t want to worry about having to clean anything, cook any food or wash any dishes. My family would take care of their own needs. I just want to see their smiling faces and waving hands in the rear view mirror.

Now, the cooking cleaning run ragged mom has simple, sentimental needs for mothers day. How about some cute charms for my Pandora bracelet? Maybe allow me the opportunity to just relax at home and eat cereal for breakfast and popcorn for dinner while my family takes care of their own needs. How about a trip to the beach so I can enjoy the sun while reading on the sand? How about everybody do exactly what I want them to do for the day. No fussing or arguing between the kids. My husband, the anti-thrifter, would be at my beck and call. No dishes, no laundry, no unnecessary stuff. I would really get to be in charge. That would be awesome……

Honestly, I love my family. They are more precious than gold to me. Being a mother is a blessing, even with all the trials and challenges. I wouldn't have it any other way. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there. Much love to you all.


Check out the items discussed in this post:

Best Choice Products Black Female Mannequin Torso Dress Form Display W/ Black Tripod Stand

Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display 2048 x 1536 16GB, Wi-Fi, 1.3 GHz, 1 GB DDR2, 5 MP (Silver)

Panasonic DMC-SZ10K LUMIX Slim Camera with Built-in WiFi

Friday, April 29, 2016

Whoo HOO! SCORE!



I just stumbled upon this in a local thrift shop. They wanted $7 for it.   It was dirty and dusty but still factory sealed.  Took the time to look it up on my eBay app and could barely get it to the register fast enough.  I got the pictures taken and got it posted.  It sold within 5 hours for $310 - including shipping.  The added bonus is that due to a recent ebay promotion, I should only pay $10 in listing fees and I will also get a little extra from being a Top Rated Seller.

I am happy!  This has made my entire week.  Even my husband, the anti-thrifter, was impressed.
BEST SALE EVER!!

What has been your most recent score?  Let me know in the comments!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How much for this piece of San Francisco history?

Ronnie Lott is a piece of San Francisco history.  He played for the 49ers from 1981-1990. He was an awesome player and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.  The 49ers won 8 division titles and 4 Super Bowls when he was playing for them.



When I found this Mitchell and Ness throwback jersey during a recent thrifting visit I was really unsure whether I should get it or not. I figured that Ronnie Lott wasn't currently on anybody's radar.  But the price was right.  I picked up this XXL jersey for less than five dollars.  I can at least get my money back, right? LOL.  In spite of it being a white jersey, it is spotless and in excellent condition. So what do you think? Is there any value in throwback football jerseys?  How much would you list it for? What determines the best price point for this item? Before you say, "Have you checked the solds?" Of course I have done that.....but I am sure that there are some "jersey guys" out there with expert knowledge. Oh, and while you are at it.....I also have a Rajon Rondo Celtics Jersey. He played with the Boston Celtics from 2006-2014......just thought I would slip that in at the end....LOL.  Does it even make sense to buy jerseys when players switch teams so much?

Please put all suggestions in the comments.  I'm looking forward to your feedback.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Diamonds and Pearls



Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life......OMG.  Prince is dead.  I am still in a purple cloud of confusion. This is a tough one....you're gonna have to give me a minute here.  No, I don't have any diamonds and pearls for sale currently on Ebay.  Diamonds and Pearls is actually the title to a Prince song.
Prince was HUGE in the 80's.  I grew up singing Prince songs and I really didn't even understand what some of them were talking about until I was grown and listened to them all over again. Lyrically, Prince was a BEAST!! He was a soulful rock star that who could wear leather and lace while strutting around in heels - and for many of us, that was mesmerizing. Pardon me, but I think I hear some doves crying right now.
James Corden is a fan, too! One thing that I love about James Corden.....he knows how to belt out a song with gusto! I'm the same way. I've been singing Prince songs that I can remember loud and proud for the last two days.

Prince's music was a thread in the tapestry of my life.  In celebration of him and the contributions that he made to the music world, I will be doing my eBay listings while jamming out to some of my favorite Prince songs.  You should join me.  Check out some of his albums below. For all of the Prince fans out there.....shout out your favorite song in the comments.

           


Monday, April 18, 2016

Can you spell slow? EBAY



Well. Ebay has been slow for me lately and I know why. So I am not complaining really.  I am just stating a fact. I really haven't done a lot of listing lately, so I know that doesn't help.  I also realize that I just have some pretty basic stuff listed on ebay right now. I don't really have anything mindblowing listed right now - so I just chalk it up to the fact that nobody is buying what I am selling today.

I also haven't done much thrifting either.  Wait, on second thought, I have had quite a few thrifting trips - they just haven't been very productive.  So you know what that means?  I don't have that much to talk about on the blog today.  I am hoping that the tides will change really soon.  In the meantime, I am just going to sit back and chill for a minute.  It's times like these that I am glad that I am not trying to make Ebay my full time gig.  I am thankful to have a full time job!!

Since things aren't too busy with me - be sure to check out my other blogging pals.

Mississippi Pickers

Granny's Hoard  

Flipping a dollar

Beach Thrifter

This final blog link has nothing really to do with Ebay - but I think it has some really interesting information nonetheless.  Check out Side Hustle Nation for some additional inspiration.

What's your story?  Are you a full time or part-time Ebayer?  What do you do during your slow seasons?

Friday, April 8, 2016

How I Thrift.....

It has been almost a year since I started selling on Ebay.  Back in the day I was hesitant to go shopping in thrift stores searching for treasures.   I can say now that I am completely over that.  Currently, I have a regular schedule of thrift store shopping.  In my area, I have the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity stores.  I try to stop by a couple of them on a weekly basis.  At this point,  I can be in and out in a few minutes if I don’t immediately see some things that catch my eye.  Here is what I like to look for when I am shopping.

Books:  I have always been a book lover.  Currently, I have more books than I need in my house – but unfortunately they are the ones of limited value.  The books that I like to find while I am thrifting are the old, vintage books.  I like to find children’s primary readers and old editions of some of the more popular books or authors.  Unfortunately, all old books aren’t good sellers.  I will be the first to admit that I have some that it looks that I will end up giving away eventually, just because they don’t seem to be generating any attention.  I do have some currently in my inventory that I am hopeful about.  You can check them out here.  


 Mugs – I always check for mugs just to see if I find anything interesting or worthy.  Sometimes I will make a purchase on a whim – hoping that it will result in a great sale.  That is what happened when I purchased these.  Just so you know, I do check ebay for completeds and for solds.  Sometimes the numbers that I find there don’t look so great – but I make the purchase anyway, hoping that the odds would be in my favor.  That’s what happened here.  I bought this Japanese mug and these Starbucks mugs. I ended up purchasing these because I had an attraction to them.  Hopefully they will sell eventually.

China – China is interesting.  I really am clueless about china, but I am learning. I like to turn it over when I see it and check out the manufacturers information on Ebay.  Currently I don’t have any china for sale.

Toys – If I am checking toys, I am just looking for something interesting. Plush is not something that I am really interested although I did purchase this gingerbread man recently…..and looking back at it I really don’t know why.  You can check out the gingerbread man here.   I am also looking for things that might still be sealed.  Remember the Cher doll I discovered not too long ago?  I bought a couple of board games, that I am hoping to sell soon as well – Carolinaopoly and Let's Buy Hollywood.  They don't seem to be quick sellers, though. I wish I could find more toys to sell that are in good shape. 

Clothing – I check clothing only after I have checked all the other areas.  I would prefer not to sell clothing at all, actually.  However, if I can’t find anything else while thrifting, I can usually find some clothing.  I don’t spend a lot of time in the women’s section.  I try to search the men’s section pretty good, looking for nice shirts, sports memorabilia and Levi’s jeans.  I don’t stray too much from these items.  Maybe if I did, I would be making more money. Hmmmm……definitely something to consider.

Overall, this is how I prioritize my thrift shopping.  These are the things that I sell most often.  I am not a big seller.  I am trying to keep things steady and have continuous growth.  So far that seems to be happening.  After I officially pass my one year Ebayversary I hope to set some new growth goals for myself.

In case you looked at some of my listings in the text above and see ways I can improve, please share them below. You can check out all of  my listings by going here. I’m still new at this and welcome your comments and suggestions.  How do you thrift?

Monday, April 4, 2016

March Madness.......


MARCH MADNESS!!!  Nothing beats the excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament. Of all the sports out there, I love basketball the best.  I grew up loving ACC basketball before it exploded to include what seems to be a million teams.  Back in the days of my youth, ACC basketball consisted of teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.  Those were the days when the ACC tournament generated so much excitement that the teachers would let you watch some of it during school.  Everything was abuzz during tournament time in my North Carolina town. I have witnessed some of the biggest fussing, cussing, throw-down debates between UNC and North Carolina State fans.  The UNC vs NCSU  and other instate rivalries continue today, but this year UNC has made it to the big dance.  UNC will be playing Villanova tonight.  There is no doubt about who I want to win.  Tar Heels all the way!!

In recognition of the Heels making it back to the NCAA championship, maybe you or someone you know would like to celebrate with a bit of UNC memorabilia, a vintage CAROLINAOPOLY game. In case you haven't seen one, it's much like Monopoly, but it has references to UNC buildings and landmarks. Check it out here on Ebay.  If there are any Carolina alumni and fans out there reading this post.......show your team spirit in the comments!

Go HEELS!!

Find it on Ebay!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ebay Equipment - Scales


Ebay selling doesn't require a lot of equipment.  As a matter  of fact, you could almost get by with just a phone or tablet.  Don't you have to have your own printer?  No, you can purchase your postage and save your labels to be printed somewhere else.  Do you have to own a scale?  No.  You can get your items weighed at the post office if you need to.  Now honestly, I don't recommend either of these scenarios, but it can be done.  There are people out there who literally started with almost nothing and now they have their own little Ebay empire.  Isn't that awesome?

When I started out, the one thing that I didn't have was a scale.  My first few items I sold with flat rate shipping without weighing anything at all. After losing money a couple of times, I realized that I couldn't really be successful on Ebay without purchasing a scale.  There were some scales that I considered, such as the Accucheck DreamRed Digital Postal Scale, the Smart Weigh Digital Shipping and Postal Scale and the Acccucheck All in one Digital Shipping Postal Scale that are posted using the affiliate links below.  I believe that any of these scales would have done a fine job - but I was particularly attracted to the sassy red scale.......just because it was RED!!!  Sometimes a little color makes all the difference, don't you think?
               

The scale that I ended up using however, was this one, a Robinair Slimline Electronic Scale.  There is a story behind why I began using this scale, however.  It definitely wasn't because of the price.....because it is UBER EXPENSIVE compared to the ones above.  I began using this scale for the best reason of all......it was FREE!!

You may remember hearing about my husband. I will call him the "anti-thrifter."  I wrote about him here.  He is actually an HVAC mechanic and this is the scale that he uses sometimes in his work.  It just happens to be perfect for me as well. I love this scale.  It is accurate and easy to use and comes in a carrying case.  As a matter of fact, it is not really a postage scale at all.  It is actually a refrigeration scale. Since I share it with my husband I consider it to be  his contribution to my Ebay experience.   It will weigh items up 110 lbs and runs on batteries.  The one thing that I don't like about it is that it doesn't have an automatic shut off.  I have run down my share of batteries with this thing.  As I said, it is expensive as far as scales go....but for me it was free. Besides all of its other good qualities that's what made it terrific. So, although I made my share of mistakes in the beginning, I am now handling shipping like a pro - thanks to this cool scale.

What scale do you use?  Tell me about it....

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Waiting for SPRING!!

At some point, you just get tired of winter.  I am at that point now.  I long for the opportunity to go to the beach, plant some flowers, enjoy a good cookout, and go fishing.  In celebration of the coming of Spring, I decided to make a last ditch effort to sell the winter items that I still had left.  Although I had no reason to believe that the winter coats would sell, I posted three of them anyway.  So far they haven't moved.
There were a few things that I was able to get rid of....and I was GLAAAADDD!  Here they are.

Izod thermal shirt
Talbot's sweater


Hilfiger sweatshirt


















I feel like I had the Izod Shirt and Talbot's sweater for ever.  When I have things that long I start to analyze why I bought the item in the first place.  In reference to the sweater, i thought it was cute and colorful.  As a result, I thought others would think so too.  Apparently not.  I was going to offer it to my daughter, since it was her size.  But she didn't think it was cute either.  Are you kidding me?  Am I that far off the mark?  Maybe I should just buy and sell things that are my size.  Anyway, goodbye cute sweater, you won't be missed. It sold for $16.00 including shipping.

The Izod shirt was flat out poor judgement.  As a new seller, I am still trying to develop an eye for the things that will sell well on eBay. Here is what I learned......Lacoste - Yes....Izod - no. I made the mistake of purchasing three Izod shirts/sweater at the same time, months ago.  I still have one left.  Ugh.  I now avoid IZOD items just based on that experience.  It sold for $12.99 including shipping.

I bought the Hilfiger shirt because I loved the red chenille letter H that  was on the front.  Eventually someone else loved it too.  This shirt wasn't in my inventory as long as the others, but I definitely didn't want it to stick around.  It sold for $27.50 including shipping.

I hate buying stuff and feeling like I am stuck with the item.  That's why I'm trying to be much more particular about what I purchase.  I don't have unlimited space for storage and I am anxioiusly awaiting the spring buying season.  I hear that winter things sell all year long.  I don't have that many more - but I'll still be willing to list them during free listing promos.

What do you do with your seasonal merchandise?

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Scam Prevention

You may remember that I wrote about someone trying to scam me out of one of my items.  That post can be found here.  In all truthfulness, my scammer was halfhearted at best.  Although this person was able to make a fake account and create some fake feedback to go along with it, they didn't try to seal the deal.  What I mean by that is they didn't try to send any payment, either fake or real, to purchase my item.  As a result, I waited……..Eventually I opened a case with eBay because the buyer had not paid.  It was only after they finished with the case that I was notified that the buyer was a fake. 

So it spooked me a  little.  I didn't immediately relist the item for sale, I waited a while.  Boy, am I glad that I did.  This cool mug from my childhood just sold at auction for $102.50 plus shipping.  I was shocked and amazed.  I was also a little nervous.  I really didn't expect it to go that high. It was paid for by the time I woke up the next morning.  Yaaasss!!  That’s what I’m talking about.

So after my first scamming experience, I decided that I would take an extra step and try to confirm some information about this buyer.  First I did a Google search of their username, just to see if that would come up with something.  That gave me some insight, but nothing major.  Next, I decided to research the Paypal address. I immediately identified that the address wasn't confirmed. I later learned that the address was for a business location that did shipping.   That didn't make me feel any better so the next logical step was to call eBay and PayPal .  I started with PayPal. They took too long to answer the phone so I didn't talk to them.  Calling eBay was next.  Someone answered pretty quickly and I explained that I wanted to check out my buyer, due to the previous scam efforts.  Fortunately, she was able to tell me that the buyer was legitimate, and had a good history with eBay.  That did it.  That was all I needed to know.  The item went out that afternoon.  I am hopeful that there will be no more problems with this mug.


I pray that it arrives at its destination unbroken.  I wrapped in bubble wrap and craft paper and put it in a box with air pillows. If a problem occurs I will update it here. If I could only sell things in this price range all the time…. For the record, here it is, Orange Blossom and Marmalade, from the Strawberry Shortcake characters.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

February Ebay Sales

February has been an interesting month for me.  The weather went from snow to tornadoes to sunny and warm and then cold again.  I have experienced it all in the 29 days of February.  I have also experienced some sales.  Nothing overwhelming - but I happy with them.  According to the numbers, things were quite slow in February.   I plan to recover in March. My goal for this month was to try to get rid of some winter things, if I could.  I actually didn't do so well at that, but it was all good.  Here are just a few things that I sold in February

This Carolina Hurricanes Jersey was in great shape.
It sold for $29.00.  My cost was 3.49.

Martial Arts Book - Really cool book that got snapped up quickly for $16.00.  My cost? 10 cents.


I was a little sad that my Angelicat Pillow sold.  First of all, I wanted it to sell for more money.  I put it on auction and it sold for the starting price of $10.  Fortunately, I charged enough for shipping to get this pillow all the way to California. It was a really cute pillow....I'm going to miss Angelicat.

Pioneer Wear Skirt - For some reason I thought "modest" skirts were quick sellers.  Maybe I thought the Duggar family might have been in need of another long denim skirt.  This one took a while, but it finally sold for $23.50.

I love it when I can sell people my old magazines.  All magazines don't have value - but I have been able to sell these without any problem.  I am tickled pink about that.



You may remember Cher from the post "Bring back the Seventies."  She sold within a few days of posting, for a best offer of $24.00.  Although I had it posted at $35, I was satisfied with that and let Cher go.  I hope she has found a good home.

That is it for this post.  What sale were you excited about in February? Post it in the comments.,