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!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

My First Reselling Video!

Hi everyone!

I decided to make my very first reselling video today to see if I could help inspire someone to get out and make some money and have a great time doing it! I don't have the best camera or editing software but I do have information and would like to share with the community out there and maybe even get some help put there from kind folks who also like to see others succeed. Right now my husband hasn't been ab;e to come home yet but he is looking forward to that day when he can run the business with me full time. If you are interested and following our vlogs then come along and subscribe to our channel.
Here is the link to the video: video

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Honey Ham Cinnamon Rolls...What?

Honey Ham Cinnamon Rolls...What?

We didn't use the spice and glaze from a honey ham that we received from a family friend so I decided to make something yummy and delicious with it!
cutting the loaf

before they baked

Turn to 400 degrees

6 cups of flour
3 tsp. of yeast
1 tsp. baking powder
Large swirl of honey
4 twists of sea salt or about a 1/4 tsp.
3 table spoons flax chia powder
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
Warm 2 cups of milk
Spice package from honey ham (filling)
Glaze package from honey ham
1 and a 1/2 sticks of sliced butter (filling)

1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl then add the wet ingredients and knead until combined into a loaf. Leave that in the large bowl and cover with a towel on the stove so that it will stay warm while it rises.
2. Allow the dough to rise for about 30 minutes.
3. Flour a clean surface and press out the dough with your fingers until you have a nice large area to add your stuffing.
4. Add your butter slices all over the dough then pour on the spice bag shaking it evenly all over the top of the dough.
5. Roll from one end to the other into a log then begin to lengthen into about a 3" diameter loaf.
Then take a non serrated knife and cut into about and inch slices and place on a cookie sheet.
We used two cookie sheets.
6. Cook for about 12 minutes on 400 degrees.
7. Cut off a corner of the glaze packet and swirl on the topping on your rolls when they come out of the oven.

Enjoy warm or allow to cool.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Update On Hannah The Dog!

Hello animal lovers everywhere!

I just wanted to write and let you know that I have found small swarms of fleas on my dog each day after my initial full body rub down of pure coconut oil; so I figure the fleas are hatching and a few got away and hid from me some how so I have been diligent about reapplying the coconut oil everyday a couple of times once in the morning and once at night. She just loves her rub down and the oil kills them. She is so much more content yet she still has a lot of bites to recover from.

Her skin is soft and her hair is soft and extra shiny from these treatments. I still haven't heard from anyone yet let me know if you are trying this with us. Thanks!

Oh yes, the oily look to her coat goes away in just a short time and it just looks healthy and shinny.
I still believe this is the best method I have found to kill the fleas.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Natural Help For A Pet With Fleas

The Lord has been so good to us but not to us only even to our sweet dog Hannah! Our poor dog has been suffering with a flea infestation that we just could not get rid of no matter what we did. So I took to the internet and used my research skills to find a low cost efficient cure from nature or house hold ingredients.

I found one that said apple cider vinegar I had done that already so I knew that was not going to kill them maybe repel them and soften her hair as a conditioner.

I also found lemon juice but it didn't strike me as an ingredient that would do the trick because of its similarity to apple cider vinegar; believe me though I would have been happy to try it but I had ran out and bills were due.

Then I searched some more and found that many people had had success with coconut oil rubbed into their dogs fur or given to them by mouth.  I decided that because of all of the health benefits that I had heard of from coconut oil that I could sacrifice my small container of yummy pure coconut oil to help and heal my poor dog. It may not work, I told myself, but at least she would feel better on her sore body.

So I started at the top of her head and went to the bottom of her tail then I started on her chin and went to the hind area. After that I started seeing some paralyzed fleas I decided to start on her stomach sides and then I hit the legs because I saw them hiding there. When I started putting it on my dogs legs she was so happy about that; she was licking it off just about as fast as I could get it on. I just had to laugh because now she had some on her inside too. Yeah!

The next day I checked her for fleas and there are zilch - non- nada! I couldn't believe it I tried looking in various places where they like to hide and there was not one measly flea. Hurrah for coconut oil as a flea killer! I will now recommend it one hundred percent!

How to apply the Coconut oil:

1. Get a spoon and fill it with coconut oil I used a large one so I could just take a bit out at a time just keep it hidden from your dog and if you have a larger dog like we do you may need a partner to help with turning your pet or getting them to remain lying down.

2. From the Head to the tail. Take teaspoon amount and rub it between your hands when it melts then massage it into your dogs fur until it gets down through the hair to the skin.

3. Next repeat step one and two until your dog is covered from the neck to the hind parts. The sides of the dog, the legs and paws and the ears.

Let me know if you try this and when what happens with your animals flea problem.

This is the oil we used.

This is the dog trying to eat the oil and licking the spoon.

Here she is posing real nice for her picture.
One happy, content dog!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Amputee Shoes

Hi everyone! I know I have been away from the blogging scene for a while but I have been super busy with the Ebay business during this 4th quarter time period.

I wanted to let you know about a little project we have started of selling Amputee shoes in our store for Men Women and Children . If you have a friend that is looking for just such a shoe then please let them know about what we are doing.

We are excited about what the Lord is doing with our home business and look forward to when my husband indeed is home with us making our business run as smooth as possible. He has all kinds of wonderful ideas that are in the works and that makes me happy!

I hope all of my friends and family are fairing well this holiday season. We have had some rough times lately but God has met our every need and continues to do so every day! Praise the Lord!
Here are just a couple of our shoes.

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