Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Rare Glimpse

Into the madness! LOL

I thought I’d share some pictures of my garage.

This is about as tidy as it gets and still it appears to be organized chaos.  Oh well.  I try.

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We are a family of 5 living in a 3 bedroom 1100sqft house.  The garage is my “workspace”.

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Approximately 30+ storage totes… all unlisted eBay inventory. :(  Ugh.

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My little table of stuff I’m working on tagging for my retro antique booth.

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My “system” for collecting lots and sets of children’s books for selling on eBay.

Consists of two sturdy 6ft bookshelves and two 6 ft banquet tables.  I scored all four pieces at thrift stores for a total of $60.  They are very very handy for this purpose!

I’ll admit I’m becoming a bit of a book hoarder.  But I have a good excuse!  I keep collecting them because I’m trying to create the “ultimate” lots.  LOL  For example, why sell 30 Thomas train books when, if I wait, I might have collected 50 to sell for better money.  Ahhhh!  Often I’m my own worst nightmare.

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A couple more book pictures.  The items under the table are large items for reselling at children’s consignment sales.

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All of the stuff on this side of the garage is “organized” storage for the next consignment sales. 

I was shocked yesterday when I got all my totes labeled and realized I already have 15+ totes full of Fall clothing to sell.  Yikes?!

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Trying so hard to be organized!

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The second book shelf full of more series that I’m collecting for the “ultimate” lots! ;)

All the other random stuff is just ours.

I have to check myself when my kids park their bike in the garage and I get frustrated… where the heck else are they supposed to put it?! lol

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And this sad little perspective is a snapshot of my corner in our ebay/office/baby room.

These are the items that are currently listed for sale on eBay.

Yes.  I know.  Ugh.  I do the best I can and try to stay happy and sane in the process!

So that’s my eBay/consignment sale/antique booth reselling madness.  Can you relate?  Or am I just totally bonkers?

Oh, and don’t actually tell me I’m bonkers please.  I feel vulnerable posting these picks and sharing this with strangers so if you say something mean I’ll pretty much for sure never share this kind of “dirty” info again!  I’m a chicken like that.  But at least I’m an honest chicken!

Bawk Bawk! :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Treasure Hunting Heart Can Hardly Take It...

There are FIVE yes FIVE neighborhood wide garage sales within 2 miles of my house this weekend?! 

This honestly causes me a little bit (or a lot) of anxiety because...

HOW AM I GOING TO BE 5 PLACES AT ONCE?!

LOL!

My husband won't be home so I have to head out Friday morning with the kids in tow.

I'm really excited!  I'm sure I'll run out of money pretty fast.  And I hope the annoying creepy old Grandpa type reseller guys that drive 50mph though neighborhood streets and practically run you over parking and jumping out of their trucks at every garage sale don't mess with me because I'm on a mission and have no problem secretly letting the air out of their tires to slow them down... ;)

p.s. If you are a man and resell, don't be offended.  The above statement doesn't describe you unless you drive dangerously fast and are rude and will trample anyone in your path to get what you want.  If that does describe you... you suck! lol :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I’m convinced.

If I didn’t have three children to care for and a husband out of town for anesthesia clinicals 4 days per week…

I think could make some serious BANK selling full time on eBay.

I’m tellin’ ya!

I have tubs and tubs and tubs of items to sell in my garage, and because I do research before I purchase 95% of what I sell on eBay, almost all of my inventory is probably a sure sale.  It’s just a matter of taking the time to photograph and create listings and doing the WORK to get the items sold.

I guess I feel kind of passionate about this maybe because in today’s economic climate we always hear about how people are out of work and drawing unemployment (not saying that is wrong btw) etc.  But there are so many ways (perhaps unconventional) to make money… Amazon, Etsy, eBay, Consignment Sales (not just as a seller, heck start your own sale… it’s the most genius business model on the planet), blogging (no money in that for me ha ha), etc.

I’m convinced!  The American dream is still there for the taking.  But we have to WORK and we have to teach our children to work, so that we aren’t raising an upcoming generation of losers who just want the world handed to them, and who aren’t raised with the word ENTITLED tattooed on their forehead.

Whew.  I feel better! LOL

So here are some of my favorite sales from the past few weeks.  Pretty much as fast as I can list this stuff… it sells!

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Ralph Lauren Leather Coat Paid $20 Sold for $62

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Garfield Tea Kettle Paid $3 Sold for $87

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Vintage Mugs Paid $2 Sold for $35

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Thomas Diecast Engines… this is hard because some were my sons, I’d say paid about $50 Sold for $176

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Tidmouth Sheds Paid $10 Sold for $60

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Big Wooden Train Set Paid $28 sold for $121

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RC Hiro Paid $10 Sold for $50

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RC Toy Story Car Paid $20 Sold for $76

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Frank the Combine Paid $4 Sold for $71

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Kelty Convertible Stroller and Carrier Paid $50 Sold for $140

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Huge lot of Loving Family Dollhouse Stuff Paid $15 Sold for $135

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Potty Elmo Paid $7 Sold for $40

 

Even though it has it’s share of headaches and annoyances… I LOVE eBay and being able to sell there is a huge blessing to our family!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Had a great Easter eBay Weekend!

I had all of this plus two more boxes that weren’t in this picture yet for my mail carrier to pick up this morning…

I wonder if she hates me?! LOL

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eBay was very good to me this Easter weekend.

How were your sales?

I’ll try to get another post with some of the great items I sold soon…

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Such a Savvy Easter Bunny


Even the Easter Bunny knows how to save a buck or two or one hundred!

All items are new, like new, or very gently used.

Curious George books, Baby Einstein movie, matching sisters Children's Place shoes, Dockers sandals, Children's Place tie, Trackmaster train and car, two Leapster games, Zooples, Leapster 2 and case, ALL purchased for way way way less than retail from thrift stores, garage sales, and consignment sales.

Candy and toothbrushes were new and full price but the Webkinz were deeply discounted during an after Christmas sale.

What a stud muffin that bunny is. ;)

Happy Easter to all my treasure hunting friends!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Consignment Sale Recap Spring 2012

I’m very happy with my stats this season!  Here is how I did:

Dropped off 640 items

Sold 596 or 93% !!!  My check should be approx $2515

Of the 272 girls clothing items I dropped off, 94% sold.

Of the 113 boys clothing items, 98% sold.

Of the 91 toys, 97% sold.

Of the 54 pairs of girls shoes, 85% sold.

Of the 16 pairs of boys shoes, 100% sold.

Of the 38 maternity clothing items (size L/XL), 82% sold.

Of the 19 baby equipment items, 100% sold.

Of the remaining 37 miscellaneous items (bedding, books, games, movies, decor, sports equip, and more) 78% sold.

How did you do selling this Spring? :)