Some Exciting News!

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So this is something new and fun for a change! On this Tuesday, at 5pm PST, I will be the Guest of the Week on Thrifty Business with Jay and Nay!
If you are not aware, Jason Smith (of Thrift Hunters on Spike) has his own fun YouTube show which he co-hosts with Nadene Shearstone, thrifter and eBay seller extraordinaire!

Every week, they discuss thrift store finds and flips, shipping tips, funny stories and MORE. They generally have a guest of the week who approaches this whole ReSelling life from their own unique angle…and this week it’s….yours truly.

So tune in on Tuesday, Nov 22 at 5pm PST / 8pm EST! If you can’t make it that night, never fear! The show will be archived.
You can see the show here:

LISTING CHALLENGE ~ Week Two ~ Turn That Stash into Cash!

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Well, the first week of November’s listing challenge is over! How did we do?

Did you manage to list at least one older ‘stash’ item for every newer item you listed? Did any of them sell?

Here are my stats:
I am by no means a power lister. I usually work on my online selling for a few hours scattered throughout my week between other obligations. Some days I have more time than others. But then there is also a busy 4 year old bopping around, demanding my attention. 🙂
But I’m pretty satisfied with what I got done.

I listed 24 items total. 15 of them were from my stash. 9 were newer items, probably thrifted within the last couple weeks. Woot! AND…I only thrifted ONCE! And only brought home a handful of flatware pieces. Yay me!

Nothing from the ‘stash’ items sold. But 2 of the ‘newer’ items did. And…all that listing kick-started some other sales on both Ebay and Etsy. And that’s the point, right? Sell some stuff and clear it out! Selling items out of your inventory makes room for the stash items to be in holding until they sell.

One thing I learned is that most of my items in my stash are vintage and will most likely go on Etsy. Here’s a sampling of the items I pulled out and listed:

Listing Challenge Stash Items

I just saw how the flatware is in that collage twice! Silly collage program! And obviously too late at night for me to write blog posts!

As you can see, I ended up focusing on smaller stash items. It was easier to pull out boxes of costume jewelry (yes I said ‘boxes’ !!!) and have a bunch of items available all at once that didn’t really need cleaning or sticker removal or whatever.

But I want to change things up this week and really dig deep. The point of this exercise is to make space too, right!?

So here is the CHALLENGE for WEEK TWO:

  • Keep up with your listing momentum. Try to keep up with the 1 to 1 ration. If you can bump it to listing 2 ‘stash’ items for every 1 newer item..go for it! And if you’ve caught up…YOU ROCK!!
  • Limit your thrifting. (*bites knuckle*). I know, I know. But seriously. I realized that is really the ONLY way to make any kind of headway. As I delve into the stash it makes me slightly overwhelmed (I tried not to think about it) and it really does become a slight deterrent to bringing more home. UNLESS….there’s too good of a deal to pass up. (I’m an enabler) OR….Thrifting is the therapy you need to get you motivated to keep listing. It totally works for me. Hence…a listing challenge. LOL.
    For example, this weekend I’ll be out of town and will no doubt hit some out of town thrift stores. But that’s too good of an opportunity to pass up. (Plus think of the mileage!!)
  • Okay now for the main CHALLENGE of the week:
    Pick one item that you have been procrastinating on for months, years, whatever! Whether it’s the research that’s held you back or figuring out how to ship it…there’s some reason you keep skipping over that item. Get over it!! Just get it listed! Bonus if you can list 2 or more of those items.

Okay so there you go! Please continue to comment below! I loved reading the comments! Let us know how you did last week and what you’re planning for this week.

And of course there will be a Facebook thread for you to share photos and comments. I’ll be posting my CHALLENGE item there when I finally get it pulled out. I definitely have one in mind!

 

Hello August. And Other Random Musings from the Month of July.

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Aaaannnd….we’re back. Hello August. July…what can I say? You went by just about as fast as I thought you would.
Like I mentioned, July was crazy busy…and then it wasn’t. But I was exhausted!
We had family (my parents and brother with his family) come across the country to visit us. So there was the  prep for that. Nothing like company coming to get your honey-do list DONE! Poor hubby. He was burning the candle at both ends.
We all went together out to the coast and rented a house. It was so fun. And worked out great since my little place could not hold 10 people for that many days in a row.

Fullscreen capture 7312016 81224 PMWith a few other obligations and some other summer fun activities, there went July.

Online Reselling Biz

I had put all my shops on vacation mode with no items visible…just because I didn’t want to deal with it. I normally have a different approach to vacations but this time I just wanted to focus on the fam. It was nice. But selling things is nice too.
Right before we came back I opened everything back up and then as soon as the family left I tried to get active in the shops and renewing or listing new items. It seemed to work since I got some sales right away.
Here was a fun sale:
Fullscreen capture 7312016 83314 PMThese sealed Tiffany & Co playing cards had someone’s monogram on them but we figured there was a buyer out there for them. And we were right!
This was one of 19 sales for the month in my main shop on Etsy, (even with being closed for a week!) making July my 2nd best month so far this year. So surprising!
I was glad to see it though, after a couple slow months. It’s hard to write about selling on Etsy when you’re not seeing the results yourself!

I didn’t thrift as much this month…but you know I managed to squeeze in a few trips. 😉
This was probably my favorite find:
Jonathan Adler Utopia King & Queen vaseThis find is not vintage but has a quirky, Scandinavian modern look that I love. It’s by Jonathan Adler and I believe this design is discontinued. The vase is part of the Utopia line and this is the King & Queen vase, from what I can tell. King on one side, Queen on the other. There is one on Ebay that is running at auction. It ends tomorrow and so I’m waiting to see where it ends up so I can price accordingly.

So that was my month in a nutshell. Looking forward to some new projects and ideas for selling and for the blog. Plus, summer is not over! We have some more summer fun to enjoy before it’s back to school!

How has your summer been?

Online Selling Springtime Slacking

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.

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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.

Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers. Made in Japan. Online Selling inventory.

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!

Repro Mochaware jug 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.

Tax Day is Ov-uh! Celebrating with an Etsy Sale!

TaxDay
Well, for me anyway.
I know technically the due date this year is Monday, so it’s fabulous that I finished up 3 whole days early! lol

True Procrasti-nista fashion! (oh my…I think I have a name for a new blog, lol!)

So to celebrate, I’m running a sale in The Recycleista’s Retro Shop!

From now until 10pm PST on Sunday night…take 20% off EVERYTHING in The Retro Shop. 

How do you run a sale on Etsy, you may be wondering? Well, I use a site called Etsy on Sale. It works by using credits which you purchase through Paypal. The more credits you purchase, the cheaper they are. Every time you run a sale event, it uses 4 credits.

Want to try it out? Here’s a deal for you: Sign into Etsy on Sale and link your Etsy shop. Enter my referral code: JSCU5MZMYM and you will get 10 free credits!!
Now you may also be able to just use this link: Sign up for Etsy on Sale and my referral link will work. But if you see the place to put in my code, please feel free to do it!

Now, you could go ahead and sign up without me and you’ll still get 5 credits. But if you use the link or code above, not only will you get 5 EXTRA credits, I will also get 5 credits. It’s up to you!

Etsy on Sale also has a Tag Tool, where you can edit the tags in all your listings at once. Helpful if you join an Etsy Team and want to add the Team’s name to all your listings at once.

Such a big sense of relief to get Tax Time behind me! I can get back to listing and hopefully selling as the buyers also come up for air!

What’s your tax habit? Procrastin-ista or Punctual-ista??