Thursday, February 2, 2017

We Upgraded!

I'm so excited!  Yesterday we upgraded to the next store the Premium Store on Ebay. We are starting to sell better and we are looking forward to bringing home the husband! My husband is getting excited also. I'm trying to set listing goals of 12 to 15 items listed a day Monday through Friday and this is helping me to see improvements that need to be made. I have sent more items to the thrift that just aren't selling to make room for items that will sell because we haven't gotten our new storage facility yet although we are planning on getting it this month sometime or the next.

I would love to take some questions for those out there who are just getting started selling online. So if you are new to selling and would like to ask me a question I will do my best to answer as quickly as possible.

Recently one of the kids was out at their Papa's house and found this large cow bone to bring back for our sweet dog. She really loved it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Off To The Bins

We are so excited. Last night the husband loaded up the zildren and I and we took our first road trip to the Goodwill Bins! I have been wanting to go there for a long time but I am not used to driving in Austin traffic so I wanted my husband to take me first so that I can get used to going there. In retrospect I should have been driving and him directing me. Oh boy that probably would have been very scary for the zildren. lol.

Our van has been under the weather for most of the year so when we started getting it in good running order then it just fell in line in my husband's mind to step up our business with a trip to Austin to try out the bins. Anyway, we got there after much driving and a trip to Taco Bell. Before we went in we prayed and we divided into sourcing teams.

After getting the ok from a employ at the bins we allowed our children to take off and start finding great treasures and take them back to the cart that was parked in the center. I told them that they didn't have to get it approved and that I would look at it after we were done before we bought it.

I got really sore but we had so much fun finding great treasures. Some people would not like going to the bins because they are really messy and not always organized out just dumped all together but this was right up our alley and we are hooked.

We plan on eventually going there on a regular basis. My dear hubby is still working out some kinks on our van so that I will feel super safe. I also have some clothes from the haul that I need to get listed first as well. Here is another video for ya'll to watch.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Lots of Sourcing

What is sourcing?

Searching for the best deals so that you can add items to your Ebay store and hopefully make money.

There are many places that you can source to add inventory to your Ebay store:

1. Thrift stores usually stores that take in other people's cast offs. These are great but you really need to know your brands. Do your homework!

2. Resale stores (usually higher end brands and higher prices) Shop here when there are sales. One of my favorites has weekly side walk sales.

3. Garage sales. In the summer these are great! If you can hit a whole lot of these they can keep you going into the next seasons.

4. Close out stores. (like Ross, Marshals and T.J. Max for example) Take your phone and scan the price tags for shoes and clothes and such that would be worth you time and money. I wouldn't buy anything that you wouldn't at least double your money back.

5. Any retail store when they have clearance or sales. Although you must check on Ebay first to see if the item is worth reselling, many times they are not. The sale needs to be a high percentage off the original price!

6. Library book sales! I love finding some great books to resale. The kids like to read some of them before they are sold. Win Win situation!

7. Give aways. Check craig's list and your friendly neighborhood for people who are setting out unwanted items at the curb. Make sure they are free for the taking and then load up. We have found some great stuff although sometimes they need to be cleaned of course. Some we keep some we sell.

We have been getting in on a lot of sourcing now that the Christmas rush is over so that we can stock up the store. This is the best season for selling on Ebay and I want to fill the store with great items so that our income can go up and we can be closer to having Daddy home to work with us! We have found some great items. Clothes and stuffed animals and books. God is good! I only list the best items that I find for my customers and make sure they are in tip top condition so that the amount of returns are limited.  Of course there will always be the few that return because of fit or accidental ordering etc. but for the most part there are not many returns. Also I try to pack super well so that there is no chance of breakage. No one wants to find their item in a bunch of pieces.

The Zildren:
Lately I have been trying to take the kids with me on the sourcing trips because of the Holidays. They did a really good job looking for great finds. I will reward them if they find something good that will be a good seller. So they are eager to find a good seller. Almost too eager at times. lol 😉 We have a good time while we are out. And I can get them to do their chores pretty good before we leave.

We love getting out of the house and seeing new items and new faces. Its loads of fun but also pretty tiring at the end of the day because there is always photo shoot and listing to do plus cooking dinner and doing laundry and anything else that needs to be done. Yet it feels good to do what you love!

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