I know, I know, I know. I’ve been slacking! When I moved this blog over to WordPress and vowed to take it more seriously I really thought I wouldn’t have slumps. And my slumps have extended a bit beyond blogging and into my online selling too.
Of course, that’s unrealistic. Knowing myself as I do. 🙂 Plus there’s just been a few other things going on in my life…imagine that! So in advance, I’m accepting all of your forgiveness…with thanks! I hope to get the ball rolling again soon.
Hubby and I have been toying with the idea of buying a house and so we began that process to see where we stand. We were going to go ahead with it….and then sat down and really talked it out. Hubby just started a new business so they won’t consider his income until it’s been going for 2 years. We had a backup plan but in the end we decided to wait. We’re going to further reduce our debt and get more of a down payment saved up. More about all of that later. Hopefully the market will be a bit more buyer friendly by then too.
In any case, all of that was extremely distracting to my blogging and online selling! I was focused on income so I have been working my online shops as well as I could. But, this is a super slow spring…not sure what’s up. I’ve heard so many reasons for the slowdown…the Election being the main one. It just seems slower than usual. Which can be a bit of a downer.
I ran a few Ebay auctions of older items and I think that’s helping keep things alive over there. Haven’t sold a ton but got Ebay woken up again. A bit.
Etsy is still slow this month. My main shop is ridiculously quiet. It makes it hard to write How to Sell on Etsy posts when you’re…..not!! lol. I’m not super worried. I’m trying to take my own advice from a few posts ago. You can see it here.
Of course, I’m still thrifting ! That never changes. I’ve found some interesting items to sell and so that does help recharge my batteries. When the buyers come back, I’ll be ready!
Last week at the thrift store, I came across someone’s Salt and Pepper collection. Mostly made in Japan from the 1950s. This thrift store prices things kind of high, so I had to cherry pick.
Look at those teal atomic teardrop beauties! I’m still researching. Similar ones that are made of wood and lacquer were made by Takahashi. Mine are ceramic however. The girl and boy are UCTCI and still have their stickers. You know me and my Japanese stoneware!
The hardboiled egg is just FUN! And the donut shaped ones need more research too. They have a sticker “AES Japan” and they are very Pop Art. Hard to resist!
I also love it when I thrift by my gut and get a pleasant surprise. This jug was one I picked up at Goodwill based solely on how interesting it looked. It turns out to be a 1990s repro mochaware jug made by Winthrop and Swann. I learned enough on my smartphone at the store to know it was worth picking up. But further research at home showed that one sold for over $100 last year. Woot! Glad to know I haven’t lost my thrifting eye! 🙂
And so we go on. Online selling is not for the faint of heart but I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I feel better already having broken the ice on the blog again. And if you’ve signed up for my newsletter…I promise to deliver SOON! Look for it in the next week.