Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What to sell Wednesday: Little Tikes Washer Dryer is on Every Girl's Wish List (Apparently!)

I have loved hearing how many of you ARE actually eBay experts now, making a real living at this!  Warms this girl's heart!  So you probably could tell me what I need to be selling!  And if you've got something good, let me know and write me up a nice guest post!

But until you share your nuggets here's one of mine. 

I hate to even write about it because it's a sore subject with me.  I passed one up a couple of Saturdays ago because I didn't feel like getting out of the car.  WHAT?

When I decided I was being a chucklehead I turned around to go get it and three minutes later...yup...that's right.  It was gone.  Chucklehead.

It's the Little Tikes Washer and Dryer toy.  It's hot.  It's old.  It's apparently on every little girls' Christmas list.






















Have you seen these in your thrift store hunting?  Gold I tell you.  We're talking buy it now at $150.00 and it's flying off the shelves.

You may be wondering how to ship this gem.  I'm here to say it can be shipped through USPS...I have done it many times...just needs a box that fits it perfectly (which will mean you need to make your own) and it falls into the acceptable dimensions without it being an astronomical cost.

Hope you find one before Christmas!  I'm such a chucklehead!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Reunion

I graduated from high school just over 20 years ago.  That's right, 20 years.

Twenty years ago my hair was big, I wore scrunchies and I pinched rolled my jeans.  And I was cool.  Or at least I wanted to be cool.  

That's me on the left.  It was drama class.  I wasn't going to hurt that poor girl with the stool, I promise!






































Ok so I wasn't very cool.  But I did like school.  I loved sports and writing and having a place to be, though I'm not sure I knew that at the time.  So when the opportunity popped up 20 years later to go back and reunite with some neat people I knew back then, I jumped at the chance.

Me, 20 years later










It was really fun.  But it made me realize that I missed out on some great friendships I let drop without a very good reason.

Here I am to say I don't want to do that again.  I don't want to let my friendship drop with YOU any longer.  A lot has happened over the past year and there are reasons why I disappeared...reasons I probably won't share specifically but my absence will certainly be addressed in the near future.  All I can say is thank you for all of the awesome emails you have sent me over the past year...every week (even last week!) many of you have written me asking me to not stop blogging...so I'm going to give it another try, ok?

I'm going to blog again about eBay and yard sales and bargains and Charlotte and the girls and all of my other crazy money making schemes.  Cause I had fun doing that and I think you had fun reading about it.  It may not be every day like before, but I won't stay away so long, I promise!  And I can't wait to hear what you all are up to.  I'm sure you're all eBay moguls by now *wink*.

Me, 20 years ago.  My hair was awesome and you know it. 



So let's not let anymore time pass.  Let's reunite and become reacquainted.  'Cause my hair changes moment by moment and I don't want you to miss it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Are You Ready for Christmas?

These girls are keeping me busy these days.  My sister in law, Melissa, took this beautiful picture.  You can see more of her amazing photography here.  


Hi there!

Are you making me a proud yard sale mommy and selling your toys like crazy?  I hope so!  It's time to get rid of everything you have and start fresh for the new year!  If it won't sell now, it probably just isn't going to sell!

Sell now so you have time to just enjoy Christmas with your family.  I'll list things this week but after that, I'm taking the month off.  Decorating, shopping, baking, card making, and just plain enjoying my cozy home and my girls are going to be at the top of my priority list.  Don't let ebay cause Christmas to pass you by!

Speaking of card making, tonight I'm getting our Christmas cards together on Shutterfly.  They're pretty much my favorite cards ever!  Despite the card companies bombarding us every year with deals and steals on cards, we always end up going with Shutterfly Christmas cards.

I always have such a hard time choosing our Christmas card.  It's something I look forward to every year, though, mainly because I know it is a picture I'm actually going to be in!  There doesn't seem to be too many of those...hmm...

I also use Shutterfly to make each girl a "yearbook," a photobook every year that highlights all the pictures and activities we've done in the past 12 months.  My vision is for my girls to head off to college one day and have 18 shutterfly photobooks under their arm, a history of moments both big and little.  The girls love these...and I think they might be their favorite Christmas gift!

I'm pretty excited to get our Christmas photo cards done!  My sister in law, Melissa, graciously took pictures of us over Thanksgiving...she's a pro and they turned out great.  She actually took pictures of the whole family...all 21 of us.   She deserves some kudos for turning chaos into a beautifully and artfully arranged picture!


All of the Shutterfly photo cards are so beautiful, I'm not sure which one to choose...but I'm off to do that now.

I'll be back soon.  Until then, list your little hearts out.  And then, mail each package off, wish it God's speed...then love your kids, warm your home, forget about ebay and enjoy celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday's Ebay Selling Tip: Kick the Tires

You gotta kick the tires.  Ok, so this probably goes without saying.  But maybe if I would have done a little more tire kickin' I wouldn't have had such a rough go of things last week.  What do I mean by kickin' the tires?  And what can we learn?  Here you go.

1.  When you're at a yard sale, see if what you are about to buy actually works or has the necessary pieces and parts.  The first step with this is to actually ask the seller if it works, has all the pieces, etc.  My cousin almost bought a wagon this weekend that was BROKEN.  And I can't tell you how many times I've asked a seller to go back in the house and see if she can't find those Pat Pat rocket action figures.

2.  Test your electronic toys BEFORE you sell them.  I am so bad about this.  I always assume it works, but sometimes it just doesn't.  At least if you know, you can be up front with your descriptions and there will be no surprises when your package arrives.  Though I must say, in all my glorious laziness, sometimes my listings say, "This toy may or may not work with batteries.  I don't know though, I haven't tested it!"

3.  Don't feel the need to send your toys with batteries.  You can if you want to, of course, but remember it makes your package heavier to ship (especially D batteries).  It is enough to tell your perspective buyers that the item has been tested, it works, and will require batteries.

4.  If you kick the tires and find something doesn't work or a battery compartment is corroded, don't despair.  Sandpaper is your friend and that is often all it takes to reestablish a working connection.

5.  If you are selling clothes, dress ups, etc., examine your item closely in natural light.  Look for rips, stains, tears.  How many times have I sold something only to find a missed stain when I'm packaging it up?

Do you have any kickin' the tires stories or tips to share?  Please do so in the comments!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My American Pickers

Pumpkin pickers, that is.

Give me a farm and a Carolina sunset in October and I'm a happy mommy.

Give Charlotte a new pair of kicks and a red wagon and she's a happy baby.

Give the big girls the promise of a hayride and what you have is simply the best...night...ever.




This part of Saturday is my favorite.  I love yard sales, but it's the on-a-hayride-watching-wheels-
turning moments that I love the most.  How many more years do I have before she no longer wants to wear her pumpkin bracelet to the pumpkin patch?

Refusing to believe they will ever choose to spend a Saturday night with friends over a Saturday night with mom and dad, I snap pictures of what I know are fleeting moments so I can revisit them again six months from now or a year...or ten years.

Happy pumpkin picking to you and yours.
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