Make EBaying Easier!

When I first started selling on eBay, I literally had no tools besides a camera to help me along.  Since then, I have found quite a few things that have really helped my sales and made things easy-peasy!  First of all, for better pictures and higher sales I strongly advise you to get a white background (I use 2 white posterboards from the Dollar Tree, which are only 2/$1) and some sort of light set-up.  My boyfriend made my light set up with some castor wheels and some wood that someone had given us, so it was virtually free.  The pictures may be the most important part of the listing.
These are what I would get if I didn’t have such a handy boyfriend – you can get them for about $50 on amazon.
I can not believe that I have been eBaying so long without power banks!  These things have literally saved my life!  I used to have to cut my shopping time short because I didn’t have enough battery to look up everything.  I have three power banks and probably have enough battery to look up the whole entire thrift store now! 
I have three of these life-savers!
The last thing I suggest you have for eBay is sticky labels.  These are so much faster than cutting and taping labels on!  It doesn’t really seem like these would make that big of a difference, but trust me, they do!

You can order these on amazon, also.
The lights are a bit of a splurge, but if you are considering becoming a seller I definitely recommend getting yourself a power bank or two, some self-adhesive printing labels, and a clean white background.  Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be making a post with some recent flips soon!
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Make EBaying Easier!

First Video + June Update

June!  I love June!  It’s sunny and hot and my birthday month.  It’s also turning out to be a great eBay month so far!  I was doing extremely well the first week of June and pretty good – but not as good this week.  I am averaging about $70 a day and spending around 25 hours a week.  I’m pushing to get to that 40 hours a week, but I’ve started devoting a lot more time to trying to reach followers on my blog and instagram.  I bought 47 things today and will hopefully profit over $1,000.  It will take me two days to list everything and I will be ready for another thrifting road trip on Wednesday!  
Here are some of my flips:
Joe’s Jeans
Paid: $6.00
Sold: $24.99 + $6.35 S&H
Vineyard Vines Shorts
Paid: $5.99
Sold: $29.99 + $6.35 S&H
Miss Me Shorts
Paid: $14.41
Sold: $68.99 + $6.35 S&H
Lucky Brand Jeans
Paid: $5.99
Sold: $27.59 + $6.35 S&H
Also, I’m trying out something new today!  I made a little thrift haul – the quality isn’t very good, but not bad for my first video!  Check it out:

First Video + June Update

6/2/2015

I’m too excited about my sales today!  It has been one of my best days.  I had $254.92 in sales, which gave me a profit of a nickel over $180!  This has probably been my most profitable day yet.  June is really looking like my month to shine.  In the first two days of June, I’ve made about $275. 
Here are some of my flips from today:
KEEN Flip Flops
Paid: $14
Sold: $39.99 + $6.35 Shipping

Athleta 2-in-1 Skort
Paid: $5
Sold: $29.99 + $6.35
Here’s one of Steven’s flips of the day:
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5.11 Tactical Vest
He Paid: $8.50
He Sold: $39.99 + $6.35 S&H
I also made a $72.80 profit on a dress I sold!  
Tomorrow, Steven and I are going on a “thrifting road trip.”  We are heading up to the Milford Salvation Army and stopping at the Milford and Millsboro goodwill on the way home.  I have a good feeling about this trip, I think we will find a lot (wish us luck)!  I’ll post some of our finds tomorrow.
6/2/2015

Daily Sales Update

Hey guys!  As often as I can, I am going to try to give you my daily sales update.  So far today (I still have hope for more sales, it’s only 10pm!) I have had $131.95 in sales.  Not bad at all!  From this, I profited about $94.51.  Here was one of my best flips of the day:

Adriano Goldschmied Jeans
Paid: $6.36
Sold: $49.99 + $6.35 S&H
These jeans were a quick flip for me!  They were listed for only one day. AG jeans are really a hit or miss, some of them don’t sell at all.  It is important to always be up to date on current trends when you are an eBay seller.  Not only are these jeans super soft and amazing quality, they are very trendy right now.  Dark wash skinny jeans and distressed boyfriend jeans are some of my best sellers.  If I find more common brands like Gap, American Eagle, and Levi’s in these styles I will most likely buy those to resell.  I spend hours of my day scrolling through blogs and instagram, searching for new labels and keeping up with current trends.  I don’t consider this time spent on “fashion stalking”  to be working because I would be doing it even if I wasn’t a seller, I love it!

Daily Sales Update

Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday ya’ll!  I normally “sleep in” until around 9 am on Sundays, but today I woke up at 7 and decided to scout some yard sales with Steven.  We started off in Ocean Pines, where there are community yard sales every weekend, but we didn’t see a single sign, so we darted over to the flea market in Salisbury.  I was very surprised to see just as many vendors on a Sunday as there are on a Saturday.  I was able to score a pair of Miss Me jeans for $5, 2 pairs of Levi’s for $1 each and one pair of Levi’s with the tags still attached for only $2.  I figure just these 4 yard sale finds will bring in over $100 for me.  Not bad for doing something I love!  Yard sales are awesome! And they are not just for Saturdays!  Soaking up sunshine, shopping, and making money all at the same time, how could you not love yard sale-ing?!
After yard sale-ing, we went and caught some clams!  So much fun and free food, too!  We were able to fill a 5 gallon bucket to the top with clams, should make for some good clam strips tonight.  After clamming, I was pretty tired, but still set on going to goodwill.  Yesterday there was a 50% off sale at goodwill.  While I do love a good sale day, the best day is the day after a sale, when they put out all the new stuff they’ve been keeping off the floors until the sale ended.  I was able to score not one, but two Lilly Pulitzer dresses!  I was also able to find some high profit jeans and some items from Anthropologie.  I always look for items from Anthropologie when I’m at goodwill, they seem to always bring in decent profits from around $10 to $20.  
Here are a few of the items (not all) I scored today:
Oh, and here’s all the free food we “caught” today:
Sunday Funday

Recent Flips & Thoughts

Hey guys!  I am finally finished my last college class!  Preparing for the semester to end brought my sales down to about $1,500 this month, but now that I’m finally free, my sales should see a boost!  
Remember those KEEN sandals I bought at a yard?  Well, I sold them for over $60!  I made a profit of over $45 (this is after all the fees and shipping).  I’m so glad it’s yard sale season!
Here are some of my other yard sale flips from the other week:
Hollister Jeans
Paid: $1
Profit: $17.06
American Rag Top
Paid: $1
Profit: $6.27
These items I would never pay more than yard sale prices for, maybe $1 or $2.  I’m actually surprised at how much profit the Hollister jeans brought in.  Distressed denim is one of the things you should always keep your eye out for.  Isn’t it funny how people will pay more for jeans that are all ripped up?
This week, I increased my average profit per item from $15 to about $17, not much, but still something.  I’m hoping to bring in at least $200 profit by the end of the month, which means selling about 12 more items.  Right now, I have 107 items listed which is way under my goal.  I really haven’t brought in much this month because I haven’t bought much.  It goes to show, you get out what you put in.  My busy schedule brought my shopping to a bit of a halt, but thankfully it’s starting to pick back up again!   June comes with no excuses!  I no longer have to worry about class and can fully focus on eBay.  With this freedom, I plan on taking at least one trip to a goodwill outlet center in June. 
I’ve been talking to Steven (the boyfriend) about writing an eBook lately.  I’m not much of a writer, but he is amazing with words!  There are a lot of tips and secrets that I would be more willing to share in an eBook, including a list of very common brands that always resell.  There are about 3 brands of jeans that I find at goodwill every single time and can buy for full price ($7) and make about $15 profit.  
My profit per item isn’t very high, this makes me have to shop a lot more than other sellers.  My sell-through rate is about 50%.  This means if I want to make a $600 profit in a week I would need to list somewhere in the ballpark of 80 items per week, 100 to be safe.  For reference, today I broke a personal record and listed 25 items (go me!), and really it didn’t take too long, so this is very doable. 
Steven and I are also looking into relocating to sunny southern paradise, Florida, sometime in the near future.  We are not fans of the winter!  One factor in our search is the proximity to a goodwill outlet store, and the beach of course!  At these stores, clothing is sold by the pound so the average article of clothing is between $1 and $2, this is a lot less then the $7 average I’m paying.  This would allow much higher profit margins on individual items.  So, I’d be making more money (and would never have to brave the winter again)! 
Until next time!

Recent Flips & Thoughts

Saturdays are for Yard Sales

It’s finally that time of year, the best time of the year, yard sale season!  I love finding items to resell on eBay (and for myself!) because they are normally a lot cheaper than the local thrift stores.  Most of the time I can get clothing items for around $1, and today I even scored a like-new pair of KEEN sandals for $1!  For those of you who don’t know about KEEN footwear, you should definitely keep an eye out for them, a used pair in good condition can easily fetch you $50 on eBay.

These are the KEEN shoes I picked up!

When I am sourcing yard sales I will normally pick up things I wouldn’t ever bat an eye at at the goodwill, but because I can get a pair of Hollister jeans for $1, I figure I can make some kind of profit from them, and if not I didn’t invest too much.

Some of the yard sales today, each item was $1, and a lot was from American Eagle!

For those of you who don’t know, I just started living off my eBay income this year.  I quit both my part time jobs and started focusing more on eBay.  I haven’t been able to make as much as I wanted because I still had a class to finish.  Class is ending in less than a week (yay!), so I no longer have that excuse.  It’s finally time for me to turn my second bedroom into an eBay room and start working towards my goal of making $1000/week.  With all of this income I have been receiving with eBay, I must start tracking my profits better.  I am looking into purchasing the Easy Auctions Tracker spreadsheet so I will know exactly how much I make and will be able to track mileage.  This spreadsheet extracts everything from eBay and lets you know your profit or loss (but, hopefully not) using all the fees and shipping costs.  I currently use an Excel sheet that I made, it seems that each item is off by a little, never more than a dollar, but I would like to be as accurate as possible when tax time comes around.  I’m new to being a business owner and am looking forward to getting some tips from the small business center in Salisbury.

Saturdays are for Yard Sales