Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Some of their classes include:
Body Combat, Grit, Body Vive, Body Flow, Body Pump
These DVD's might be hard to come by, but you never know!!!
Monday, July 28, 2014
Today there was a fight that broke out over the bins. It was ridiculous. Today was only my third trip there, and I had never been there when they were rolling bins out. It was like piranhas stripping a carcass clean. But you better believe when the next round came out I was right there in the middle of the chaos (the thrifting chaos not the fighting of course).
I had nine sales this week totally $196. I had three $40 range sales, one being these wooden plates. There are no seems, so they are made from a single piece of wood. They were hand made in Haiti in probably the 60's.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Sum it up Sunday will be Monday this week because we're traveling. In the meantime, how do you respond to buyers who message you with "pity" stories?
I've had a couple strange messages about illness and circumstances, and I'm never really sure how or if to respond.
My family gives charitably on or own terms. eBay is my business. Period.
Is there a way to politely respond? Or do you generally ignore these messages? I'd love to hear how you handle these types of buyers?
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
So, I was checking my seller dashboard and saw that I had a defect for a cancelled transaction. This was weird because I didn't have any cancelled transactions for any reason that would cause a defect (cancelled by seller for being out of stock).
So I checked the item ID and saw the situation. A few weeks ago a seller paid $11 shipping to California for a small bag I was able to actually send first class. I messaged her that I was sending it cheaper and sending a partial refund via Paypal. I did this because I was afraid she would give me low ratings for shipping (resulting in a defect) because they actual cost was so much less than $11.
Anyway, I accidently hit "refund" on Paypal instead of typing in the $6 and doing a partial refund! Oops. A couple back and forths with her and a new invoice was sent and she was VERY nice about it.
So why the defect? eBay automatically gives you a "cancelled transaction" defect if you refund the whole amount on Paypal! (Not for the normal return process - only in abnormal cases like this one).
So, for example, a buyer says a $5 item arrived broken, and instead of doing a lengthy return process on a cheap item, you just refund them: DEFECT!
The rep I spoke to was clear that they are still working out the kinks in the defect system, and she thinks this will drop off. But for now, beware when fully refunding a buyer!
If you have recently fully refunded someone (for a reason other than being out of stock or a return) I would love to know if that is showing up in your Defect Report. Thanks!
Did you know you can pay for Spell Casting services on Etsy? (I would be very wary here in case they work!)
You can also buy every product you ever need to take care of your... Beard!
And if you don't know the term Family Cloth, I am happy to introduce you to this phenomena most recently seen on TLCs Extreme Cheapskates.
... and finally if that last one grossed you out don't click here.
Please note if you love/use/make/sell any of these products... WHAT THE WEDNESDAY is all in good fun!!!
Have you come across any funny, unique, bizarre, ridiculous, or silly etsy or eBay listings this week?
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I earned my turquoise star for 100 feedback! That was exciting. I would say I get feedback from one out of every three sales.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Haha, I can laugh about it now. Well today that degree made me some money, and hopefully this blog post will help some other folks make some money too. Let's share the wealth:)
I hit up Family Thrift this morning with a budget of $15. But when I ran across a bag of NEW quality water soluble oil paints marked at $24.99 I blew the budget. I recognized these paints as being worth probably $150-$200 depending on the colors.
There are many different levels of quality in art supplies. I see "starter kits" pretty frequently while thrifting, and 99% of the time they will not make you money in resale. But there are certain brands and key words to look for when you see art supplies that could bring big money.
Quality Brands to look for:
Daniel Smith (water color)
and believe it or not Bob Ross brand
These are the biggies, there are others - so if you come across something that has a quality feel to it or is made in USA or Europe, give it a quick look-up.
What types of supplies to look for:
(the below are all linked to sold items highest to lowest)
Inking markers (used for manga and illustrations)
Used items do sell if there is still product left!
What to look for on the products:
For resale purposes, avoid anything marked, basic, beginner, student, novice etc. unless you have a good feeling about it (a huge lot of liquitex basic for $2 for example)
Professional, or artists quality are worth the most
Most quality brands are not made in China
I really wish I had known about buying and selling supplies on eBay when I was in school, I could have saved tons of money!!!
Sunday, July 13, 2014
I LOVE mugs, and always pick them up for reselling (and some to keep) - but it had been a couple weeks since one had sold. So I was very happy when this one sold within a few days of listing.
Friday, July 11, 2014
The Recyle-ista has a great three post series about "Flippin' Flatware" - I read her post and thought that flatware really fit the bill for what I need. Doesn't break, easy to store, and easy to ship! Not to mention, I really like bringing sets of things back together. Searching through those bins and pulling a set together can be very satisfying!
So far what I am finding is that people don't need/want what I call butter knives but what are technically the "modern hollow knife" - this knife is fairly useless and I can't say I blame people for getting rid of them. The forks and spoons bins at the thrift stores are usually bare, and the knife bin is always overflowing.
A few weeks ago I picked up this set at new to me Thrift Store City. I have avoided this thrift store because honestly it looks totally sketchy from the outside. But I decided to go for it one day, and I was rewarded. I found the below flatware and paid about $4.50 for the set. I didn't recognize the maker, but it had a quality feel to it. Also, I could make a service for four. So I went for it without even looking it up.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
One week we had the same guy all week, he was great, gave me a postal box and was super helpful. The next week he was gone, and so was my box:(
Well, over the past two months I have used the pick-up service at least 4x a week. And at least one of those times every week they do not pick up my packages.
I'm SO frustrated, because now a tracking number is not being scanned within the one day time frame - and it is going to start dinging me in August if this continues:(
I have talked to the people at the Post Office but I'll let this image tell you how that went:
Sunday, July 6, 2014
I went thrifting one day, and to an Estate sale on the afternoon of the fourth. Since the city had rescheduled the festivities and everyone's plans were cancelled the estate sale was PACKED - I picked up some stamps, a pair of Foot Joy golf cleats, and a walk-man.
I had some decent sales this week, one being this lot of Barnum & Bailey circus themed party "stuff" - invites, cupcake toppers, favor bags, etc. I got it all at CHKD a couple weeks ago. I had it listed in a few different lots, but someone wrote me asking for all of it for a summer camp party. I jumped at the chance to get rid of it all in one swoop. I profited $47 in the end.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
All of the below listings are COMPLETE and SOLD! :)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
All the numbers below are rounded:
Amount I spent on the items sold
I just want to mention that the weeks were all different this month
1 - $420
2 - $350
3 - $190
4 - $515
5 - $50
Timberland platform boots $80
Playmobil Slippers $1.50