Thursday, June 11, 2015

Trip Report!

Oh NO!!


One of my favorite thrifts up north CHANGED! Not sure what happened. Different management? Prices were hiked way up and the store was a mess. The books were on a shelf two rows deep so you couldn't see the books in the back row. I used to love to shop for books here because they charged $5 a bag for books. Bins were so full you couldn't pull the bin out to look in it. Oh well. Move on. 
I did spend $2.11 on two neckties and a mug. 

Another of my favorite thrifts changed as well since I'd been there. They went from a regular Goodwill to a clearance center. Everything except clothing was 50% off the ticket price. Woohoo! They get cast offs from other Goodwills in their district. So that was fun. I bought a few items. 

At another of my favorite thrifts I found this B Kliban rubber stamp (pictured below). I realize my photo isn't very good. It was one I took with my phone. BOLO all B Kliban items. Books, sheets, greeting cards etc. Very collectable. Here are recent solds. I've got this stamp listed for $34.99 plus shipping.  See this rare stamp.  I've also sold two Kliban books in the past. If you don't recognize this cartoon cat he was created by the artist B Kliban who died in 1990. He originally did cartoons for Playboy magazine. 


I ended up only spending a total of about $60 visiting my fave thrifts up north (five in total). Not much. I'd hoped to find some more things but I got plenty of bread and butter items. I also got some free stuff to list from my sister. She doesn't want any money from the sales, just told me to save the money I make to pay for gas to come visit her more often :) Win win. 

While I was gone (six days) I left my store open and just changed my handling time to five business days (per Scavenger Lifeusing the bulk editor. I had a great sales week with over $300 in sales. I did list a few items from the road on my phone but there were days when I didn't list anything. It made me feel a lot better about taking six days off to know that I was still making money. In the past I had put my store on vacation with invisible listings so as not to lose my Top Rated Seller status but made no money. This works much better. I had 18 items to ship when I came back home. I did 16 today and will hit the other two tomorrow….when I find them. 

I learned about a new tool while I was visiting my sister that I have to have as an ebay seller who sells clothing. It's a snag fixer for sweaters and other knitted items. My sister showed me on her own sweater how she pulls a snag through and it looks like it was never there. And it's cheap!!


7 comments:

  1. Wow, you had so many sales while you were gone. That's awesome! Great idea about the latch hook. I fix pulls using the head of a pin, but I think the hook probably works much better. Love that cat stamp. I remember that artist.

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    1. I've never packaged that much stuff up in a couple of days. I couldn't find two things which stressed me out but finally found both this morning.

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  2. Cool tool! Congrats on your sales. It's so nice to be enjoying a nice vacation and still be earning a nice pay check :)

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    1. Especially when you can visit a thrift store while on vacation and it's considered work :)

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  3. It sucks when your favorite hunting spot vanish! And yes, one of the perks of reselling, getting money remotely ;)

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