Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Best Sales this Week

Sales have continued to be slow. I attributed it to tax week when I listed hardly anything. Maybe one or two things a day if any. I learned a lot about doing my business taxes though and felt proud and relieved to get them done and in on time. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but it will certainly be easier next year if I keep better records this year. I've started logging trips to the post office and thrifts and recording purchases as I make them in a spreadsheet. Also recording sales as they happen. I always assumed everything would be saved in ebay and paypal for when I needed it but those records only go back so far. I think for sales on ebay it's only three months. So I had to do quite a bit of digging to complete the taxes but I got it done!

After I got the taxes out of the way I started listing, listing and more listing hoping to get the sales moving again and it worked! Yesterday I had a $133 day which I haven't seen in a while. I've got a lot of shipping to do today including a typewriter. My favorite thing to ship…not. 

So on to some of my best recent sales.

The aforementioned typewriter. I think I paid $8 for this one. Usually vintage typewriters go for more so I was willing to pay that. This one turned out not to be such a popular brand/model. But still a decent sale.  Isn't it cute? It sold for $47.49 plus shipping.


I purchased this Liz jacket off the Halloween rack at the GW after Halloween for 75% off. I guess they thought it looked costumey. Not sure what one would 'be' wearing this jacket. Any ideas…post um in the comments :) It was $3 or $4 and sold for 34.95 with fs

And another curler related sale. I bought these perm rods for $3 and they sold for $47.49 plus shipping. 
There were over 100 in different sizes in this lot. Definitely pick these up if you see them for a good price. I'd known of this BOLO for a long time but this was the first time I found a large lot.  Do people still get perms? I had many a perm in my early years. I can recall that smell instantly. I'm glad I left that phase behind never to return.  So those were my best recent sales. I'm hoping the uptick continues! The weather is finally warming up in Wisconsin so garage sale season is just around the corner. Hoping to find some interesting items this summer. Oh. I wanted to mention. Yesterday I was at Goodwill and saw my first ever book scanner working the books. He had a cart with a bunch of books in it and was scanning each one. He was a young guy. What I noticed the most is that he looked so furtive. He kept glancing up like he was going to be stopped. It looked stressful. If I ever take up book scanning I'm going to remember to try not to look that way. Heck I think if he hadn't been so nervous he would have looked like he worked there and was doing something official. His presence did keep me away from the books though. I felt like he'd probably caught all the sellable ones. Good strategy book guy!  Have a great sellin' week. 




8 comments:

  1. The costume for the coat....a target! But who am I to judge, I have a coat that looks like a rug.

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    1. LOL. That is a good possible costume.

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  2. I'm right there with you and those slow sales. I had to close my store for a few days because of a medical issue. I've been back open since Saturday and haven't had one sale.

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    1. I hope your sales pick up too Kim and your medical issues aren't too serious.

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  3. That coat looks like a piece of art. Nice sales! Talk about nervous in the GW, my hubby grabbed something off the cart before the clerk put it out. She didn't see him and I warned him that sometimes you can get in trouble for doing that, so he hurried and paid for it before anyone could say anything. lol

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    1. LOL. He's a fugitive of the GW gestapo. People grab stuff off the carts all of the time at our Goodwill before it's put out.

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  4. I don't know if it would work for jackets/coats & you probably know this already but when I have sweaters with loud geometric patterns I always reference Cosby in the title. That stuff has a huge following. Here is a search for solds using cosby sweater http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?clk_rvr_id=623480649774&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&_dmd=1&_nkw=cosby+sweater&_sop=13

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    1. That's a great idea Deana. I have used that keyterm for sweaters but didn't think of it for other clothing items. I think it would be a good keyword to try. Thanks for the tip!

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