Listing Challenge 2017 ~ Week Two ~ Turn That Stash into Cash!

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Well, the first week is done. How did you do? Did you turn some stash into cash? Or at least get some of it out there where it can be purchased…instead of sitting on a shelf or in a bin? (This post may contain affiliate links)

I’m pretty happy with how the week went. I felt like the challenge made me push myself a bit more and gave me a bit more of a focus.

Maybe you saw on Facebook, one of the groupings I started with is pictured here:

IMG-9400If you remember, the challenge I was focused on last week, was to grab 2 stash items for every 1 “newer” item I was intending to list. The stack of books in the back is called Value Tales and I’ve sold them before on Ebay so that’s where this stack went. I picked them up a couple weeks back at the thrift store.
The other 2 “stash” items up front are Dymo Label Makers. Old school fun!!
The Dymo Slimline is fairly rare but I’ve actually found and sold one before so it was a quick tweak and relist. The Dymo 1570…I’ve sold a few of those without the case and extras so that was an easy list as well.

DSC_0104So why were they on the stash?? Well honestly it was because I wanted to add extra rolls of tape and we couldn’t find the bag o’tape we’ve collected. Hubby knew it was around but I just had to wait until he unearthed it. So into the stash they went. Well he found the tape a few weeks ago so I knew my time had come.
DSC_0113And guess what? After being listed a couple days…they both SOLD! To two different people on two different continents…but within 3o minutes of each other. Isn’t online selling fun??
The Slimline sold for $46 and the Dymo 1570 chrome model sold for $54.

STASH INTO CASH, BABY!!

So that did help motivate me a bit more. I pushed a bit harder, worked later into the evenings and decided what to pull out and work on ahead of time. With my increasingly busy schedule and reduced time for working, this was essential.
One grouping was these craft kits.

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Some I had just thrifted recently but the others were in my bin of craft stuff. Some listed, some unlisted, some used to be listed but who knows what happened. I got about half of it listed in various venues but I’m still working on it. I’m a slow lister. 🙂

Another motivating factor is that Hubby re-opened his Etsy shop! Having someone else listing some of the backlog just takes so much of the load off. Plus, he can do the pesky stuff I was really putting off. Honestly, some of it were things HE thrifted so I’m glad he’ll take care of them. 😉

Check out his shop here: Metal and Tweed.

Well, I can’t put it off any longer. I’m sure you’re dying to know how I did with the second half of my goal. The *gulp* NO THRIFTING part.

I failed. But I failed stupendously. Because I scored this Bakelite bangle stack…just hanging there at Value Village with the other plastic bangles. I have it in my Mod Cat Treasures jewelry shop. You can see it here.
DSC_0001 (4)I’ll just say, remember I had to return a pair of jeans? So that’s really why I set out. And…and…Hubby was home listing…and thrifting is therapy…and…and…I didn’t buy much…and…and…dang it. I have no self control.

Oh well. There’s always next week.

Speaking of.

Here are my challenges for this upcoming week. Nov 8-14. Wed to Tues. 
If you care to join in, I’ll be trying to continue to pull from my stash while whittling away at the newer acquisitions.

My main challenge will be to LOT THINGS UP. Sometimes this is just the fastest way to move things. Selling things individually does make more money, but it’s slower. I think I will look at my different niches and see if I can make a lot for each one.
I have started a flatware lot. Stainless flatware. I have a box that I throw flatware in as I sort it out at the time of purchase. Mostly stuff that it still in great shape but is just a lesser known brand, unmarked, or not worth my time to list separately. These lots sell to camps, church groups, etc…I’m trying to make the lot of fairly good quality but clearly not really a resale lot. I have needed to do this lot for a long time…it’s overflowing…so this is the week!
But I think I’ll lot up some sewing patterns and maybe some jewelry. Sometimes it just feels good to move some inventory OUT.

Can you think of anything you can lot up this week? Let us know how your Listing Challenge is going!!

What’s Been Selling – A Follow Up to the Listing Challenge

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Wow, do I have some catching up to do or what!? There seems to be a few times in every year where my blogging just slows to a crawl…or more like a standstill. Summer. And December.
Quarter 4 is generally the best online selling season and around November and December I’m just focused on shipping and listing.
In November, (along with some of you) I tried to focus on listing some of my backlog of inventory.  The Stash to Cash Listing Challenge was fun…although I started out stronger at the beginning of the month…then life got busy! I’m sure that was true for most of you too. But I hope it inspired you to at least get some older stock moving.

It worked pretty well for me too. I dug out some older items and some of them sold. Of course, I wasn’t very disciplined about NOT thrifting but I managed to stay on top of those newer items pretty well. Some of those sold. And then just the increased activity in general led to some items that had been listed a long time finally moving on out. Here are some examples:
dsc_0032This set of billiard balls has been hanging around way too long. I won’t link to the Ebay listing since the link won’t last very long. But it sold for $75 and I got positive feedback so all is well. See that? $75 just sitting on my shelf. *shakes head*

dsc_0047-001This vintage cookbook by Esquire magazine is for the “pioneering male” and “for the woman who wants to be the perfect hostess”. It had fabulous illustrations by Charmatz. You can see some of them in the listing here. It went for $25 to an overseas buyer fairly quickly. Again, it was a book I picked up that I knew was awesome but for some reason just stuck it on a shelf.

dsc_0007I don’t remember where or when I picked up these copper measuring cups. But they needed polishing and things like that tend to slow me down and hold me up. lol. But I got Hubby to work on that for me…I got them listed and within a few days they were gone. Here’s the listing. Copper kitchen stuff sells well for me.

dsc_0052Speaking of copper, this match holder went super quickly as well! I just need to look for copper items I guess! It wasn’t too long ago that I picked this up but I didn’t list it right away. Finally did and it sold for $20.

dsc_0038-001This fabulous tile trivet is decorated with a design by Bjorn Wiinblad and again was an item that I dug out of one of my bins. One of those items that I thought “what? why in the world is this still in here?”. It was like thrifting all over again. 🙂 It also sold quickly (yikes, do you sense a pattern?) for $34.
Some of the other things that sold that I listed as part of my listing challenge were:
Walt Disney book and record lot.
Three vintage safety razors. They were in bad shape..I sold them as-is and they sold overnight.
An Avon tennis bracelet on Ebay. (more about jewelry in an upcoming post)

There’s a sampling about how beneficial it can be to attack that stash!! I’m glad I did. And I’m trying to continue to do so as well. How well did you do?

So a few of our upcoming topics on the blog. I hope to shoot out a couple more posts before the end of the year and then hit it harder in January again.
~ How many Etsy shops do you need?
~ A Vintage Education ~ Syroco products
~ Some fun thrifting finds!
~ And another Meet the Vintage Seller feature. Those are always fun!

Any other types of posts you’d like to see? Leave a comment!

Oh and as a side note, if I missed a sale price in one of my mentions or there are other Etsy sale prices you’d like to see, check out my post “How to Find Completed Sale Prices on Etsy”. It’s easy-peasy! 

LISTING CHALLENGE ~ Week Three ~ Turn that Stash Into Cash!

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Well, well. That was quite a week! I accomplished close to NOTHING with my goals. Oh well.

Shake it off.

I did get one listing done that I had been putting off because it was clothing and I didn’t want to figure out how and where to take the picture. I just put on my big girl panties and got ‘er done!

dsc_0001I’m not thrilled with photos, but they are done and this his and hers set is listed!

I can’t even remember what else I listed last week but I don’t think it was much. I never got around to the item I was thinking of last week that I’ve been putting off…besides the clothing item up above. No motivation and my health wasn’t cooperating. Plus it was a short week as we went out of town on Friday.

Hope you all made out better than I did!

So moving forward! Let’s talk about goals this week! I’m already a bit behind as you can see by the fact this is coming out on Tuesday!

Your CHALLENGE for this week:

LOT THINGS UP! Okay, so as you’re going through your older stash items you may come across things that were not so exciting to list on their own and so they got set aside. Or they were not really as valuable as you thought they’d be. Or maybe your minimum list price has gone up since you started thrifting and reselling. Or some items have damage that you didn’t see originally.
If you can find logical ways to lot them up, do it!
For example, damaged silverplate flatware can be gathered up in a “craft” lot. Ditto for broken jewelry.

I’ll give you another example. Years back I was into vintage buttons. I bought big lots and would sift through them. Very therapeutic. I sold smaller groups of them or sometimes single ones! It was fun. I still sell buttons here and there but not like I used to. Lost interest in the niche I guess. I may just go ahead and make lots again. Just to clear some space.
Here’s hoping I don’t get all into the niche again when I’m looking through those buttons!! lol

Here’s another example: Junk drawer lots! Yes, it’s a thing! All those little odds and ends and bits and bobs that you haven’t brought yourself to throw out….lot ’em up! Sell ’em!

So that’s your CHALLENGE for the week. Of course…keep up that ratio of 1 old stash item for every 1 new item…or 2 to 1 would be even better.

Pull out another item you’ve been PROCRASTINATING on!

And keep a handle on that thrifting! You’ll see progress…I promise!

Share your progress in the comments below and / or on Facebook!

LISTING CHALLENGE ~ Turn That Stash Into Cash!

Okay, so last post I mentioned the fact that I *may* have a problem with a bit of a backlog of inventory. The thrifting is just too much fun and I can acquire much faster than I can list and sell.

And I know I am not alone. Several of you mentioned in the comments that you’d be up for a listing challenge to help attack those backlogs!

In that last post I showed the items I dug out of a bin. So far I have sold the tartlet tins! That’s $24 (before fees) that is now in my bank account, not in a bin in my storage!

How much more CASH can I make from my STASH?? How much cash do YOU have hidden in those Rubbermaid bins and boxes? That’s the challenge for November! Let’s turn that stash into cash!

Join the Stash into Cash Listing Challenge! Got a backlog of inventory? Do you thrift faster than you can list and sell? We understand!

It can’t sell if it’s not listed…so that’s the first step.

For this first week of the challenge, I want you all to keep listing. By all means keep up with newer items that have come in. But for every ‘new’ item you list I want you to take one ‘old’ item from your stash and list it as well. I am going to do the same thing.

This is November 1st and already Tuesday so we will run this assignment until Sunday. Next Monday we will have another specific assignment for that week…and so on. By the end of the month we will see how much cash we’ve generated from our stash!!

Comment below if you are up for the challenge! Feel free to comment all week about your progress. I will also be running this challenge on my Facebook page so come join me over there! Over on Facebook you can share pictures of items you’ve uncovered and feel free to share the listing links there with us too! If you’re not a Facebook person, no worries…just share here!

Move It Out Monday….On a Tuesday!!

Move It Out Monday! The stories of an online reseller with an inventory backlog. Think PILES! And her adventures and attempts to reduce them!

No, you’re not going crazy. Today really is Tuesday. It reminds me of the Lego movie (I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it) where Lucy cries “Today will not be known as Taco Tuesday. It will be known as Freedom Friday….but still on a Tuesday!!!”

Anyway.

I have a backlog of inventory. I’ll admit it. I have discussed it here on the blog many times. I’m one of THOSE online thrifting resellers. Yes…the shopping is more fun than the listing. The more you learn and the more experience you get, the more you know you can flip. You go to the thrift store and easily find 10, 20 or more items to sell.

And I don’t know about you and where you live, but there are at least 10 thrift stores within 30 minutes of me and double or triple that within an hour. I have good intentions of staying out of the thrifts but there is one right NEXT DOOR to my grocery store. And I need those mileage deductions! Just sayin’.

But really, I AM doing better about the amount of new items I bring home. And I list those items right away. What I am working on now is making sure to grab a few items from my older bins and get those listed as well.

Last Friday, after I was starting to feel better after a nasty head cold, I dove into an older bin and pulled out some stuff I’ve had a little too long.

Vintage items to sell on Etsy. Part of my online selling backlog!

What is wrong with me??? This is cool stuff! I did get a few of the items listed over the weekend. (This post does contain affiliate links)

Tartlet Tins Made in Sweden

Tartlet Tins Made in Sweden

O & EG Royal Austria Open Salts

O & EG Royal Austria Open Salts

Bright Green Pocket Photo Album

Bright Green Pocket Photo Album

West Germany Pocket Watch Manicure Kit

Novelty Pocket Watch Manicure Set, Made in W. Germany

Love that last one. So did my 9 year old. I think he wanted to keep it. I asked him for pricing advice and he was quite ambitious. 🙂

Today I hope to get the last few items listed. The plastic fish trivet by Dansk is a fun favorite and the German language Edgar Allan Poe paperback book is pretty unique!

Along the same vein, I’ve been digging into my flatware stashes as well. I know I’ve got money just sitting there and it’s doing me no good!
Case in point:

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These two salad forks. I also have a dinner fork in this pattern. They are by Farberware and the pattern is called Seaside. Farberware is one of those brands that I don’t find very often and I was confused. These were part of a stainless flatware lot I bought awhile back. I think I had Farberware and Cuisinart mixed up in my mind. Anywho, its hard to explain my thought processes.
I am at the point where I need to just start selling items in bigger lots. So as I’m going through my flatware, I’m pulling out stuff that is just not worth listing by itself (to me, at this point in my life) but is still in good condition. These will go on Ebay in a large lot.
I was about to toss these forks into that lot but I decided to stop and do some general research on Farberware flatware. I came across this pattern and I was shocked at what the salad forks were going for.
I have these 2 forks listed together on Ebay for 59.99 and the dinner fork for 29.99. Crazy. And they were just sitting there in a box in my storage.
Shame on me!!

So that’s where I’m at. What about you? Do you list as soon as you acquire inventory? Are you slow like me?  It would be fun to do some kind of challenge, maybe in November…something about number of older items listed and how much money we make from them. Money in the closet or Shopping the Stash or something like that. Anybody in?