January – Month in Review
I ended the month better than I started. I sold 18 items in January. I was pleased with that. Somehow after that auction experiment, things started doing a bit better. After listing so many auctions that didn't sell, I was able to relist them again in the same month. This helped me to keep my listing numbers up and also resulted in a few more sales. Although, I didn't sell a lot of things at auction, the promotion helped me because I was determined to list as much as I could during the short promotion time.
So what did I learn? I don’t have a store so I have limited listings (50) each month. Anytime I receive a listing promotion, I should take advantage of it. Although I don’t typically sell using the auction format – why let the free listings promotion go to waste? Just because it was up for auction, that didn't mean that I had to give the item away. So I listed as much as I could, using the auction format. I got a few sales in the process and more listings in the pipeline. Somebody also tried to scam me – but that story is for a later post. Overall, January turned out better than it started.
So what did I sell?
I sold 18 items. The big seller was this Howard Miller clock that I sold as "nonworking. Although it was up for auction starting at $42, someone messaged me expressing interest and wanting to offer $55 plus $25 shipping. I was a little cautious at first, so I didn't immediately respond. After receiving a second message, I figure that the guy was serious and we ended up making the deal. Considering, I only had $10 in the clock, it turned out pretty good. It hasn't been delivered yet, but I'm hopeful that this was a solid sale.
My dad taught high school agriculture. As a result, he was the adviser for Future Farmers of America. He had some old medals that he had held onto. These things are about as big as a thumbprint, but I sold 10 of them for $30 overnight. I was shocked. They were vintage 80’s I think. Now if I could only find a few more. Anybody familiar with FFA?
Other than that, I mostly sold men’s shirts and sweaters this month. I was glad to get rid of them. They were attracting too much attention. Anytime it looks like I have “too much stuff” my husband gets a little rattled. So regardless of how much stuff I might have for reselling, it can’t look like that much, lol. My husband just can’t take the clutter. He’s still a keeper, though.
What was your favorite January sale? I’d love to hear about it.