The other thing that I think is making a difference is I've been putting higher prices on things. On the advice of other sellers mostly over at Jay and Ryannes I see that I need to ask more if I want to get more. I may be undervaluing my items. So I'm starting out higher when first listing something. And things are selling at the higher prices! It's amazing and yet a little scary. I have this fear that people are going to get their item and think they paid too much for it. So along with listing something almost every day I think these new habits are helping my sales.
So here are some of my best sales from the past week.
I bought this set of hand painted bird wall hangings as part of a $1 bag sale. I took a best offer of $40 for them plus shipping. I was asking 79.99 for them. What?! Part of my higher pricing strategy. They took just a couple of weeks to sell.
I paid a dollar for this vintage super bowl hat at an estate sale. Sold for $39.99 plus shipping to an overseas buyer.
These vintage tv trays were free to me. A friends parent died and these were going to go to the thrift store as none of the kids wanted them. They sat around unlisted for about a year because I was nervous about packing and shipping them. They sold about 1 week after listing for $59.99 plus shipping. I used UPS for the first time to ship them as that was much more reasonable than USPS. Luckily I had a perfect box from a sink I purchased a couple of years ago and some sheets of styrofoam to pad them. It wasn't the nightmare I envisioned.
This last sale was a nice little surprise. It's a piece of vintage unfinished embroidery. There were threaded needles still in it. I got it at an estate sale for very little. This was something I bought more out of personal emotion than thinking it was a great find. I'm from the midwest and I just thought it was cool. I wasn't sure how to price it and couldn't find anything quite like it to compare so I priced it at $24.99 plus shipping which I thought was pretty high. It's not very big at only 16" long. It sold within a week!
So my lesson learned was to push my prices a little higher than what my "instinct" says. And to quit avoiding my trickier inventory and just get it listed. It can't sell if it's sitting and waiting for me to make a 'perfect' listing.
Do you undervalue your items? or avoid listing weird or hard to photograph or ship inventory? Tell me about it in the comments :)