Friday, August 28, 2015

How to Use Social Media And Hashtags To Bring Traffic To Your Ebay Listings

Its so hard to believe that I am actually choosing to learn how to use hashtags. I didn't think I would ever have a use for them. I thought they were only a fad or something funny; and for some that is all they are. For others, hashtags are there for them to organize their twitter, facebook, linkedin, instagram and pinterest feeds if not more. It was first started and perfected at twitter therefore twitter is the best way to use them in business.

Photo by Sujin Jetkasettakorn

What is a hashtag? (for the social media challenged)

A hashtag is a number or pound sign followed by words that do not have a space between them. You can capitalize a letter for separation but it is not necessary. Here are some for you: #vintagecollectibles #coffeecups #ChristmasBearCollectible #DanDee

How to use them for eBay listings!

To use them after you have listed an item on eBay you click on your listing and then look up in the right hand corner and you will see the social media icons. Now if you have any of these media like facebook or twitter or pinterest then just click on the icon and it will bring up a small discription of your item with a picture. Click right above it and you can add a message to go along with that. In the message you could say something like, "Are you a collector?" or "Please share with your owl loving friends", then add a hashtag that is relevant like #owlfigurines

You can do the same with twitter but just add the hashtag at the end of that one.

With pinterest you need to create a board that is relevant to what you are selling like "Owls" and then just pin and you are done. After you have finished all of this you will notice that your views have dramatically gone up! Congrats!

Please let me know if this is helpful to you below in the comments.

My other eBay articles:

My Ebay Journey Begins
7 Places To Find Shippimg Supplies...
Where To Look For Merchandice
Three Important Tools

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

70 Art Subjects For Home School

Photo by photomyheart at

1. eye ball
2. coloring page
3. humming bird
4. face
6. dog
7. sky scraper
7. Bible
8. soldier
9. cross
10. shoe
11. cooking pot
12. George Washington
13. piano
14. tree swing
15. church
16. hamburger
17. hat
18. cow
19. bicycle
20. boat
22. mansion
23. apple
24. bell
25. planets
26. front door
27. turkey
28. cel phone
29. old person
30. young person
31. pond
32. mountain
33. ocean
34. field
35. hospital
36. play ground
37. desk
38. science lab
39. doctor's office
40. bed room
41. closet
42. chicken coop
43. dog pen
44. color page
45. ducks
46. man with baby
47. woman with baby
48. child with flowers
49. vase of flowers
50. Noah's ark
51. Daniel in the Lion's Den
52. David and his sling shot
53. Mary and baby Jesus
54. Samuel on his bed
55. chariot of Fire
56. Talking Donkey
57. Lady feeding a camel water from a large pot
58. cube
59. sphere
60. monkey
61. kitchen
62. Shed
63. Alamo
64. Capitol of Texas or which ever state you are from
65. a cavern
66. a cabin
67. a path way
68. a forest
69. two doves

70. a rose

My First Wordless Wednesday

School Pictures for some of the zildren for Aug. 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Learning What to Look For

I have been on a crash course to learn what I can sell on eBay. I found out that I want to sell as many things that I can that are under 13 ounces because that is when you can send them first class mail which is cheaper.

Here are just a few of the things that we look for now at garage sales and resale of thrift stores when we am out. It is nice to be able to have this list now and I am sure that I will be adding more and more things to it as I go. Let me know if you have a small light weight item that you collect or that you have sold well on eBay. I need all the help I can get. I want to see this business succeed! God Bless you on your journey today!

Photo by Sira Anamwong

Light Items:

1. Books

2. DVD's

3. Puzzles

4. Perfume bottles

5. Salt and Pepper Shakers

6. Stuffed Animals

7. Clothing

8. Toys

9. Some shoes

10. Sun Glasses

11. Novelty Erasers

12. Specialty Pens

13. Caps

14. Specialty Scissors

15. Remotes

16. Certain clothing Items- Specialty Shirts and Blouses

17. Specialty Water Bottle

Note: Antiques in all or any of these items help. That and items made in Japan and Germany seem to sell well. So I am keeping my eyes open for those types of things.

My other eBay articles:

My Ebay Journey Begins
7 Places To Find Shippimg Supplies...
Where To Look For Merchandice
Three Important Tools

Friday, August 14, 2015

3 Important Tools You Need for eBay

Photo by stockimages at

1. A shipping scale that reads from under a pound to above one hundred.  If you don't you will not know how many pounds to click into the listing form and you will end up paying more for shipping than you anticipated. This is not good on the slim budget. Hmmmm. Was I speaking from experience here you may ask? Just trust me get one.

I found out that I could get one on an auction pretty cheap if I just watched a bunch of them and waited until there was a good deal and then I put my bid in at the last 5 seconds. Easy breezy! Try it and you will see. What you have to do is, (if you are new to bidding) just type your final bid in the bid slot then wait until the last few seconds and press the confirm bid.

2. A high resolution digital camera! I don't know where you want to get yours but we found ours some years back at Walmart on sale. I understand that eBay has a lot of camera deals as well, so you might be about to pick yourself and your family one there as well. Do your research and find out what you can get for a good price.

Now if your current cell phone takes excellent pictures you can start with that but my starting pictures were awful with my cel phone. I don't know what it is maybe all of the damage it has gone through over the years. Oh well. My other camera is great!  I just wish it was less back and forth with the card and the camera but for now it is a life saver, slowly but surely I am getting all of my pictures updated.

3. Good Lighting for pictures is also a must! Go for the natural daylight bulbs in your light boxes or go outside in the morning when there is good lighting and snap your pictures then. My husband is making me a super duper, light box set up but that will take him a little time. I will try to share that with you when he is finished with all of his upgrades.

This is not an all inclusive list but a must have list. Let me know your suggestions in the comments below. God Bless!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Where To Look For Ebay Merchandice

It may be obvious to you where to look for eBay merchandise but there are some people who don't see things all so clearly and may need a hint. Having many options opens a great big world of opportunity.

Photo by stockimages

eBay Sourcing:

1. Your own house. Clean out a closet and sell your clothes that are high end or still in really great condition and stylish. Look in the shed, garage, attic or basement for hidden goodies that are old and treasured to some. Go through the kids clothes, shoes and toys and don't forget the stuffed animals that they have grown out of.

2. The Thrift Store- Don't buy everything you see or everything that is on sale.
# 1 Rule: Make sure that the items you buy are selling on eBay from 8 to 10 times the price you buy them for or more no less! Also look around for other selling items and pick out the ones you have the money to flip. Just get a little at a time and work up to where you want to be. Your first sell you may have to wait a while on the actual funds to be available until you prove to eBay that you are going to be a good seller.

3. The Resale Store/ Consignment Store- At our resale store they have sales and you can find good deals sometimes. Just remember your R.O.I. strategy though. Rule #1: 8 to 10 times the money you spend or free!

4. Estate Sales- There aren't a lot of estate sales around my area but who knows I may jump into some in other areas one of these days!

5. Yard Sales!- these are so fun and a lot of times if you hit them right people will just offer you free items. Just this week I went back to a yard sale to look for a certain toy that my child wanted that we neglected to pick up and the lady there loaded us up with lots of free items. This will be great to supplement my children't birthday presents. I have three coming up in the next two months. They are not afraid of garage sale items and are excited to have more presents to open! This is a great way to stretch your dollar.

6. Auctions- We do have an action here where we live and I would love to be able to go there in the near future and find some steals. I hear that you can really do well if you wait for the thing that you are interested in and not get carried away. Also you can shop the eBay auctions and if you know what you are doing you can find some great deals from people who are just cleaning out and don't know the worth of an item.

7. Buying wholesale-online and reselling it on eBay. I plan on doing this at some time with a few items if that works out. Just to insure some steady income. They have a program where you can send in your items and have eBay sell them for you.

8. Consignment- Maybe you know someone who is not computer savvy but they have a lot of things in their house they would like to sell. This is a mutual win win situation if it is done correctly. Learn from a seasoned eBay store owner and coach, how this is done right. She has a lot of good advice.

9. Curbside- check out things that people have left on the curb if they look good ask if they don't mind you taking them. Sometimes it is obvious and other times it is not.

10. Craigslist- is a great place to check out the free stuff or find really good deals. I wish we had one in our area. I still may do this whenever I get going good.

12. Facebook- free or sale or garage sale pages. Like some of these pages and keep an eye on them for good deals.

13. City Wide Garage Sales- our city has one of these every year!

14. Outlet Sales- don't forget the #1 rule or you may go under.

15. Department Store Sales Events- just make sure to follow your #1 rule.

I am by no means an expert on eBay sales but I do a lot of research and I wanted to share what I learned with you. If you have any more ideas about where to source please leave them in the comments. Thanks.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Less Pain Is My Gain- Snarls and Tangles

Recently I started learning ways to restore doll hair for my Ebay business. It occurred to me that some of the same things could be done with my girl's hair. So here is what we have started doing to some of my more sensitive girls.

Detangling Steps:

1. Separate the problem hair into small sections about a half inch wide or so.

2. Spray with a little conditioner or water. Not runny wet just a little damp.

3. Brush it out a little so that it will work better. But not so much that your child starts to cry.

4. Heat up an electric hair straightener and apply it over the problem area. You may need to hold it there a little longer than normal. Then rebrush the hair and repeat steps one and three until hair is soft and manageable.

Let me know if you try this and how it turns out for you.

Note: If you try this on a toy set your hair straightener to the lowest setting.

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