Saturday’s List

I love a good list!  They keep me motivated and on track. Yesterday was a good day, all of my things to do were accomplished successfully.  The weather was still warm, about 90 degrees which has been better than the 105-degree temps we have been experiencing for the last week or so. Those temps are just too much.

My daughter, her husband and two kids have been living with us since mid May of this year.  They moved out of their house, put it up for sale, gave away or sold most all of their furniture, home decor, dishes, you name it.  They want to downsize from a 2800 sq feet home to a live a life in a 5th wheel RV.

Their house had a contract in less than 10 days, and the closing will be Tuesday.  Then, when they get the funds, they can pay off two vehicles, the RV and credit card debt and basically start over.  The last month and a half has been lots of fun having the grandkids and their parents right down the hall.  For the most part, all has gone pretty smoothly. We take turns preparing dinner, my daughter keeps her side of the house clean and my son in law is a great cook.

They are planning to stay with us when they get the RV and living out back.  Luckily we have an acre and there is room for everything, the RV, the extra vehicles and the kid’s trampoline.  My daughter works 7 days on and has 7 days off.  They are going to travel on her days off and probably homeschool the kids.  We will see what happens with all that.

Back to getting busy for today with a list of things to do:

  • Continue to go through the closet with the goal of listing the clothes or recycling to Goodwill.
  • Clean and organize my eBay shipping supplies.  
  • Sweep front porch and organize the plants.
  • List 10 more items
  • Garage sales in the AM

We are expecting a buyer from eBay to pick up a vintage Trolley (located in the lower right corner of this picture.  He is traveling from Alabama on his way to Disney.

My husband’s job is always remodeling and upgrading.  He gets to bring the industrial stuff home, otherwise, they would just throw it out.

The buyer might also be interested in the hook in the upper right corner, he said he wants to have a look at it when he gets here.

Update:  He bought the hook too! 

Time to get busy with the day!  Hope you all have a great Saturday!


Things To Do Today

Lists keep me focused.  When I write things down, things get done.  While on summer break from work there are many things that need to get done at home.

  Organizing and going through the closets is on my radar as is repotting a Christmas cactus from its original plastic container into its permanent pot that is being reused and repurposed from a previous Christmas cactus that was moved into a bigger pot after Christmas.

  • Pick 10 items of clothes I haven’t worn in 6 months (or longer) an list on eBay.
  • Repot Christmas cactus
  • Pack up and ship sold item for eBay before the mailman passes by
  • Trim the front hedges
  • Run to Goodwill with donations of unsaleable items

That’s about it for the day.  There are daily chores, laundry,  run the vacuum that are going to get done as well. 

The heat is miserable and oppressive. So it’s best to get out early and get things done or wait for the evening when the sun is setting.  When running errands, I will stalk parking in the shade to try to keep the car cooler.  It may be a placebo effect, because it is still hot as heck regardless. Oh well, that is summertime in Florida!
Happy Friday!  What are your plans for the day?

Listing Daily

While enjoying my summer break I am making a concerted effort to grow my eBay store. My current subscription allows 1000 listings monthly for a base price of around $70-$80 per month. The actual monthly bill is more that the base price, as you have to factor in the fees that are charged when your item sells.

I am spending most of my time listing items I acquired through a purchase I made on Facebook Marketplace in May of this year. An individual posted a picture of 40 packed USPS boxes, two lamps, and several framed pictures for $100. Her stipulation was that the price was for all the items including the boxes sight unseen, just take pay the lady and take them away.

40 boxes filled with leftovers from an estate sale

It has been almost a month and a half since I picked them up, and most of the boxes have been opened and gone through with about half of the items going to the Goodwill. The items I took to Goodwill were damaged, or in my opinion, not adequate for resale in my store.

That being said, there are still a LOT of items that I will be listing, have listed, and I am excited to see how they do in my store. Currently, I have added at least 200 items from what I call the 40 box challenge. I would estimate that there are at least 300 to 400 more items that I can list from this particular purchase.

As of now, about 5 items have sold from the the 40 box challenge for an amount of approximately $60 gross. Breaking even on the purchase will be a relief and then it will be list,list, list and wait for the sales patiently. Thats just the name of the game when it comes to eBay, list and be patient.

I look forward to reasonable weekly encouragement and information related to eBay with a podcast from Jay and Ryanne over at Scavenger Life. They have been selling consisently on eBay for at least a decade with great success in their eBay business and their other businesses. I would recommend listening to them if you want to learn more about running a successful eBay business.

My listings are up to 514 with a goal of 750 by the end of July. Sounds attainable, right? We just do the best we can every day and keep it positive! Earlier this year I did write down goals for my eBay store with regards to the number of listings, expected income, etc. I will share them in an upcoming post. Life does get in the way of plans, but we will continue to make it work.

If you have an eBay store, are you building up your inventory?