Sales have continued to be steady, but not spectacular. The one item that seems to be flying off the shelves are mugs. A few weeks ago I went through and re-priced all my mugs - about 70 in all. I like to try to sell most mugs for $15 but many had been sitting a long time and I relisted them for $6.99-$9.99. They were already listed, had been sitting a long time, and it was time to clear some space! The plan seems to be working.
These two English pottery mugs sold within a few days of one another for $8.99, and $9.99
When I was about 10 my Mom and I were in the Hamptons (where my grandmother was a school teacher) and as we walked by a man, she said "That's Billy Joel" - I looked right into his face and said "Billy Who?" We still laugh about that in our family, so when I saw this mug at a thrift store I bought it for my mom... but then I decided to sell it (sorry Mom!) it sold yesterday for $9.99
This Lillian Vernon mug was marked 1977. It sold for $6 after being listed for about 18 months. This price is why I don't buy mugs much anymore - especially Christmas themed mugs. But the lady was very happy and called the mug perfect in her feedback.
Not mugs, but beautiful cardinal glasses. Perfect for a winter tablescape. I would have kept these if it was a larger set. There was 3 tumblers and 3 tall glasses, sold to the same lady for $24.
Overall I don't by mugs as frequently as I did in my eBay beginnings, but I do always check to mug section because some can be very valuable.
I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, and that you're enjoying the holiday spirit. I love Christmas lights and have really enjoyed seeing them go up all over town.
November sales were slow overall, in fact it was the worst month I'd had all year. It probably had more to do with me listing next to nothing in Sept/Oct. So far Dec has been steady, because I started listing quite a bit at the end of November. Here's some recent sales:
This Drunk Teddy Bear sweatshirt from the 80's sold for $20
I got it at an online estate sale with a bunch of other clothes that all smelled like smoke. It took me literally 7x through the washer with vinegar, oxyclean etc to get the smell out!
This Atomic Star flatware serving set sold for $40
This is one of the first (maybe 200) items I ever listed on eBay. It has been sitting there forever (almost two years!)
It's a Veggie Tales Nativity set. I LOVE Nativity sets, and this one is super cute. It was missing most of the pieces though, and sold for only $12
This vintage Weebles circus set sold for $49 I paid $6? at an online estate sale.
That's it for now! Hope things are going well for you on and off eBay.
It's signed Vietri - a name to always look out for on ceramics.
No issues here, thank goodness!
Sometimes selling on eBay, just like any job, can be stressful. The difference with eBay is in the end I am my own boss, my customers aren't able to yell at me to my face and so I never take it too much to heart. October seemed to be full of eBay issues for me.
This pitcher and these canisters sold early in the month (perhaps late Sept).
I mixed up the labels and they went to the opposite buyers! Oh no, talk about anxiety. These are some fragile items which I'd made $80 on. Luckily BOTH buyers were helpful, kind and sent back the items promptly. I sent them both labels via priority mail, so the turn around was less than a week.
They've both received their correct items and one has left positive feedback. Phew.
The inexpensive items will always be the ones with issues.
I took a best offer of $12 free shipping on this tie. The buyer included some nice feedback extortion in one of his many messages. He finally returned the item, and his PayPal wasn't working so I'm still messaging him while he get's his info up to date. Geesh.
October FLEW buy and I bet I didn't list more than 20 things all month.
I gave the new app a few days, but unfortunately after missing several messages and best offers due to not receiving notifications, I really wanted the old app back while eBay irons out the kinks. I searched eBay forums and found the answer.
Thanks to Kyokat12 on the eBay forums for these easy instructions:
1. Uninstall current awful ebay app
2. Google search "old ebay app" and tap on the first website http://app-oficial-de-ebay.en.uptodown.com/android/old
3. Select the version on the right-hand side, version 184.108.40.206 (the last version before the new monstrosity)
5. Go to your Play Store home page
6. Click Apps
7. Tap the top left menu, then select My Apps
8. Under your Installed list, find the newly downloaded Ebay app, select it
9. Bring up the menu by tapping your bottom left pad (left of the phone home button)
10. Uncheck Auto-Update
I've been too busy cooking to blog. But I've found some time and here I am with a pantry reset update.
The last of the protein.
It's September! Can you believe it? In August we spent just about $500 on food - or an average of $125/wk or $16/day. We didn't decide to do the challenge until the 7th though - so that's a whole week of unemcumbered spending.
A search on my online banking allowed me to figure out what we spent this time last year.
August 2014 $1129
August 2015 $500
(I went to Costco yesterday the 31st and spent $118 on food that is counting towards September as we haven't eaten it yet)
I looked at May too, incase that insane number was a fluke, but no it wasn't:
May 2014 $1110
May 2015 $967
We had been spending about $250-$275/week to feed a family of four (plus animals). That's crazy! Not to mention we can't actually afford it.
The pantry reset has been time consuming. Mainly because it is still summer and the kids are home (snacking) all day - and once we ran out of the ready snacks (about a week in) it was time to make or bake them.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (use up canned pumpkin, cream cheese blocks which I had 4 of in my fridge for an unknown reason)
Copycat Golden Oreos (A HUGE hit, used up a bunch of margarine I had in the freezer from last Thanksgiving's homemade gingerbread house fiasco)
I've been baking bread, cookies, muffins and pies. I've made several crock-pot meals, and am eating lots of salad too. The quality of our food has gone up rather than down, even now when I'm getting to the dredges of what's left in the pantry. My personal problem is eating the cookies and popcorn I make the kids for snacks. I'm not a fan of goldfish, but these homemade goodies are hard to pass up!
Is this food revolution going to last forever? Have I bought my last loaf of HealthNut? Certainly not because I'm getting burned out. But I am happy to have found an area where we can greatly improve our spending habits, and eat a little healthier in the process.
My husband hates a particular habit I have. I'll rearrange a whole room, live with it for a week and then decide I can't stand it a second longer, then proceed to have him help me put it back to where it was before.
Well that is what I (mostly) did with my blog. While I'm rearranging I'm mopping under furniture and dusting knick knacks - and with my blog I did some house cleaning too. So it was not all a loss.
I started this blog as an eBay journal, and the new format wasn't conducive to "journaling" - so here we are back to basics and I'm totally excited about it.
The past couple weeks have been busy. We went on vacation. I've been listing consistently and have about 1020 items currently listed (about 20 on auction on my personal account are all my kids outgrown clothes). I've been having typical summer sales. I got a negative feedback (which I was expecting after the back and forth with the buyer). It was one of those, "if you aren't happy with the item send it back for a full refund," but since she'd already told me in another message that the (jacket) was "so cute" she obviously didn't want to send it back, and I gave her a partial refund, which she rewarded by leaving a negative and saying something to the effect that the jacket was horrible and smelly - I made the mistake of saying "excellent" when I missed a small stain. I did try to call and have in removed but in the end I know I misrepresented the item. Oh well.
I have been selling lots of shoes. I got about 30 pairs for $3 at an online estate auction! It was about a 45 minute drive to go pick them up (and the rest of the contents of the closet) but well worth it. I spent $28 total for an entire closet of stuff. It's been work, and it's only a third listed, but about 6 pairs of shoes have already sold including these Skechers Shape Ups:
Sold $27 paid $.10
I don't think they are manufacturing these anymore.
New In Box sell for up to $100!
Keurig Replacement Lid sold for $12.99
Sold the tank for $26, and another part for $6 too - all within three days,
I got the broken Keurig from my grandmother for free
Winter Jacket size 6XL
Sold for $100 to a buyer in Australia. Paid $10 at DAV
I've also sold several pairs of jeans recently too, so fall clothing sales are starting!
PANTRY RESET CHALLENGE:
After our vacation money is pretty tight this month, so we've decided to do a pantry challenge. You take an inventory of everything in your freezer and pantry and eat it all before buying more (we're anticipating this taking us a month). We uncovered about 35lbs of meat from the depths of our freezers and pounds of rice, pasta, and beans from the pantry. Luckily both my husband and I are decent cooks, but I have a feeling the last two weeks will be the real challenge when supplies dwindle! We'll limit our grocery spending to milk, fruit, and veggies. No store bought bread until we can't make it out of our pantry! I have a feeling I'll be logging lots of kitchen hours this month but that's okay it will be fun to see how much we can save by doing this. After reading many frugal cooking blogs, and other pantry challenges I do truly feel blessed to have a months worth of food in our pantry.
There are some items you may want to show multiple sides of in the main photo
For example the pen above is a high priced item (listed for about $75) - so I could justify spending a few minutes on a photo collage. This particular pen has a little carriage on it that I wanted to highlight. So I headed on over to picmonkey.com and made the above collage. It is an intuitive site and you should have no problem with this. You may have Photoshop already I only have it on my more powerful desktop - so it's nice to be able to do this "in the cloud" on my laptop.
Click on Collage on the Pic Monkey homepage
You will automatically be prompted to load your photos (not pictured).
Then pick the collage layout you want,
I like these side by side squares under "ducks in a row"
Then click back to the photo icon
Drag and drop your photos wherever you want them
Edit the photos (Zoom in or out) using the hovering edit button
You'll have the option of three file sizes, pick what suits your needs, and you're...
ready for listing in approximately 3 minutes or less!
This uniform top has great detail on the back,
but I hate putting the main photo as the back of an item. This solves the problem!
Do you use a similar method? I'd love to hear about it.
What items do you think it is helpful to display this way?
If you're reading this from a computer you'll see that over the weekend I revamped my blog! I dusted off the corner of my brain that used to write HTML code regularly and do web design for an area based non-profit Physicians for Peace - and got to work. Yes at times my head was close to exploding.
Here's an inside glimpse at what went into The New Look: This design is a template that I tweaked. It's more colorful and should make finding old and related posts more accessible. Godaddy is running a $.99/year domain name sale so I'm also the proud new owner of www.beachthrifter.com!
I created a new banner at picmonkey.com a fun site that you can do all kinds of quick/easy photo editing on.
You may notice that my ads aren't showing - because it will take a few days for adsense to approve my new name. If you've had trouble with this before, or plan on using a custom domain in the future here is a very helpful video on getting your ads turned back on:
Having a new domain also cleared out My Blog List :( I'll try to get them up again ASAP. Please comment with your current blog URL to make the process quicker.
I'm also including some amazon affiliate links. If you ever are interested in something I mention you can support this blog by buying it through these links - like the ones below:
This computer is my everyday go-to listing friend - it also did all the revamping.
I absolutely love it
So it's still the same old blog but a little prettier! And I promise not to bombard you with irrelevant ads and links. As always thank you for reading.
Hope sales were great for you this week. I had a decent week - no complaints. I'm up to 920ish listings. I had a fraudulent Paypal charge this week - the rep I spoke to said she could tell the number was pinned in somewhere. It was strange, but luckily I noticed the email from Paypal about my recent "Debit Pin Transaction" and knew something was up because I hadn't used my Paypal debit card in days.
This sold for about $13 this week I listed it as something like
Vegan/Vegetarian Thanksgiving Humor Cross Stitch
Any guesses what it's really about? Is it really vegan humor? I don't know.
Arbor Rose/True Rose pattern mixed lot
Sold for $35.99
This has been listed for about a year
as you can see from my old photo set up (on an ironing board)
Probably paid $4
These pants sold on auction for $76 and then I got the dreaded "I accidentally bid" message.
I relisted them BIN $75 and they sold a few days later to a costume house in California. Maybe they'll end up in a movie! Not bad for an item I found in the trash.
This plus some fish tank plants which sold for $5ish make my trash sales this week around $80!
I sold two of these (one black, one pink) I bought them at Marshalls on clearance for $10. They sold for $26.99 F/S - a profit of about $13. Not great, but not a total bust. I thought I could get more as the MSRP was $110-$120 on them. I still have one to sell.
In eBay and shipping related news:
A new and sustainable bubble wrap will be available within the year
Hope you're having a great day. Sales really picked up for me - maybe because I finally hit 900 listings. I've been home (listing) more this week and not at the beach at all. I will not be a victim of the first shark attack this year in VA. My heart and thoughts to those who have been injured and lost limbs recently. It's very scary.
Here's some eBay sales from the past week:
An interesting sale this week was these handmade felt and sequin church ornaments
That's how I listed them anyway, because I am not actually sure what they are. If you know please comment.
Sold for a best offer of $20
I THINK I paid $2
I sold $49 worth of these Accodata binders this week
Picked them up at the GWO for $.59 a pound, so maybe $1 for the box
Vintage office always does well for me
Also a GWO find 50x30 Oshkosh Overalls
sold for $62 on sale
paid by the pound probably $3.50
These two garbage find uniform tops sold internationally for $25 each
The one on the left is an old special warfare (SEALS etc) uniform top, the one on the right is a Navy "Johnny Cash" uniform top - neither are current uniforms and I assume the person throwing them out figured they didn't have value anymore.
I had steady but low $ sales this week. That is okay at least there were sales. This phone was my best sale.
Bakelite Monophone 40 - WW2 Era Shipboard Phone
Sold for a best offer of $130
I'd had this phone listed for a year at $300 best offer. I finally accepted $130 as I thought it was fair and I needed the money. I had another very similar phone - and I accidently sent the buyer that phone! Oops. Long story short we spoke on the phone (an eBay first for me), he ended up buying the other one too, and I shipped the correct phone too. So now he has both the phones and I have $160.
These were both found in the trash by a roommate of my husband's over ten years ago.
Island Teak Carving
Sold for best offer of $80
I've had this listed since the fall for $200. I obviously priced it too high because I was getting tons of views and watchers and nothing - I accepted this offer again, because things have been slow and I thought it was fair. I paid $10 at family thrift.
These two sales made up the majority of my income this week. The rest were items like this:
Sleeveless Hawaiian shirt sold for $9.99
In non-eBay news, yesterday we were swimming at the bay and then a man came and was crabbing from shore with raw chicken legs about 20 feet from us. (This is a extremely rude and dangerous to do on a beach where others are swimming). He'd been setting his traps for literally one minute and we called the kids out of the water sensing the danger that raw meat can cause. The man who was waist deep got out of the water and told us "Shark, there's a shark." At the exact moment the kids got out, we saw a fin and movement only a few feet off the shore, then the animal surfaced coming almost the whole way out of the water. It was a huge Manta Ray. It was about 4-5 feet and had the distinctive celphalic horns. It was really incredible, although we packed up and left because it left us all a little shaken. It very easily could have been a shark! Rays don't eat fish or chicken, so it was probably a coincidence that it was there one minute after the traps were set. (Unless a predator chased it who was frenzied from the chicken?)
Here is an incredible video of rays LEAPING in Mexico.
attention by reader and commenter extraordinaire Ree Cee
I rarely stop at yard sales anymore. Not enough bang for the buck - and while I know I am missing out on some items, there is an endless amount of stuff in the waste stream. I'd much rather go somewhere like a thrift store, estate sale, church sale, or flea market where I can source a bunch at once.
I know most of us like to keep our ears busy while we clean, photograph and list. I recently found Loyal Books a free public domain of 7,000+ classic books on audio! I'm excited about finding this website, and hope that you can pass some hours listening to it too.
I added a new page to the top of the blog, Listen While You List - a compilation of some podcasts and radio shows that I listen to regularly. A new find is What I Wore When - a Glamour Magazine podcast, these are short but interesting interviews with public figures reminiscing about what they were wearing when...
I've had all kinds of time to find these new podcasts because eBay has been S-L-O-W - I've been listing like crazy, and am up to 826 listings. Of the 50+ items I've listed this week, 40 of it was winter clothes, so those items are not selling (yet). I've been to the GWO frequently lately and I am finding LOTS of winter clothes as those are not selling at the Goodwill right now. I'm hoping that starting in Sept all these corduroys and leather jackets will fly out of my store. Maybe in the winter I'll find lots of summer clothes? I'm not a huge clothes seller - but I love classic GAP Sweaters, vintage jackets, and quality jeans.
Lamb's wool/Alpaca blend GAP Sweater
Paid $1 at the GWO
I've been so hungry for sales that I created a few sales this week that were big %s off. I even put all the items in my store that had 5+ watchers on sale for 30% - so far two of those items have sold.
I don't have any interesting sales to report. How are things going for you this week?
I did not post a weekly update earlier this week because I didn't have anything exciting to report. I listed like crazy, and my store had at the highest 780 items and is now down a few. 1000 is within an easy distance and my goal is to reach that number by the end of the month. These are some sales over the past 10 days or so.
Vintage JCPenny Helicopter Toddler Sweater
I got this sweater for $3 at Family Thrift
Sold for $24.99 to someone in Brooklyn who I imagine is very hip.
This silver plate set of serving utensils sold for best offer of $54
I paid $8 at Family Thrift - They have been listed for about a year
This vintage Naval Academy sweatshirt sold for $30 dollars
If you're politically minded this episode with guest Meghan McCain might be a good place to start - or if you're a recovering N*SYNC fan you might like this (my personal favorite episode so far) with Lance Bass.
Sales have been "normal" lately, although I did had one no-sale day this week.
How is eBay life treating you? Have you found any new podcasts lately?