Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Little Note of Encouragement

I'm so excited that so many of you are so excited.

There is money to be made here, no doubt about it.

Truth be told, right now the yard sale season is slow.  People are on vacation, it is so hot outside, and everyone is too busy to organize their life and their home.  So you might feel like you are waiting...

And waiting...

For that coming up consignment sale, or the big neighborhood yard sale, or to find that hot, sellable item.  It will happen.  Sometimes you might feel like you are just sitting on the sidelines...

Waiting for something to happen.
There will be some flops.  You might buy the wrong thing.  You might turn your nose up at the right thing.  But that's part of the fun, right?  It is for me.

Don't worry.  It will happen.  You will be there at the right place, and the right time, and it'll hit you right in the face and you'll know

it was all worth it!

Things to keep in mind:

  • Consignment sales are gearing up.  Sign up now to volunteer and to shop early.  This is where you can really build your inventory and not spend a ton on gas.
  • Fall yard sale season is around the corner.  Clean out a closet to store your ebay finds.
  • Don't get discouraged if you don't find "that great thing" next week or even this summer.  Most of the good stuff I buy comes from one or two yard sales where I buy everything they have!
  • You don't have to wait to sell EVERTYTHING at Christmas.  Many things still sell well now or will start picking up in September.
  • Don't get discouraged if you still aren't sure what to buy.  Spend some time researching completed listings on ebay, look through my posts, or search other blogs for what other people like to sell.
  • I'm working on putting together a printable list of the things I buy to resell and hope to have it available to you before the yard sales in the fall get started!
  • It is work, but the treasure hunting is fun...and watching the auctions go up is even more fun.
Part 3 of the show and share will be posted later this evening once I get home from my final work shift.  Have a great Sunday!


  1. Thank you :)

    I look forward to reading your blog every morning! I even did a whole post on my blog about how much I love yours!

    Yard sales have been slow around here too, but I'm having fun hunting at Good Will stores too!

  2. I also am enjoying your blog. As an eBay seller of almost 6 years now I totally agree that it is VERY easy to get discouraged. Just like with any new venture there is going to be a learning curve and it is going to take time and YOU will make lots of mistakes.

    The good news for people just starting out is there is now lots of help and advice out there such as your blog and mine (though I focus on the kids clothing niche) When I started I was on my own. The only help that was out there were measly poorly written e-books and some hyped up regular books. But now people can really make some informed decisions with the information and bloggers available. It is a new day in the eBay world.

  3. Thanks for the encouragement. I think being in the Pacific Northwest we have a very odd garage sale "season". Right now we are in the height of things, but the darn weather keeps raining on us, meaning lots of canceled sales. I'm going to hang on and wait it out.

  4. I love love love your blog! It has been 3 1/2 years of trial and error on ebay for me. I have mainly focused on selling clothing and have done well but obviously I was in the wrong genre! I just got a complete Blues Clues schoolhouse set at my local consignment store for $7 - I'm going to hold onto it until September and see if I can get a good sell price for it!

    Thank you so much for your helpful tips and what to sell posts!!

  5. I'm new to this and have a few questions. What do you start your listings out for? Also, what do you do with an item that doesn't sell?

  6. I am also new to this...I found your blog thru Money Saving Mom and I LOVE it! My question is how do you look up what items have sold for on ebay? Each time I do an ebay search I get items currently listed & I would like to know what they sold for recently. Also, I found the Fisher Price Bird Bath at a sale this weekend but it was missing two of the shapes. Would you normally buy something like that (it was $1) or is it not worth anything without all of the pieces? Thanks for your help...I look forward to your posts each day! Oh and I can't wait to see your LIST of things to buy...that will be so helpful. Will you give an average of what those items normally sell for so we have an idea how much we can pay and still make a profit? Jeannie

  7. Thanks for the encouragement! I know that i was getting a little discouraged with my 3 flopped Saturdays (missed deals, bought duds, you know the drill!). Yesterday I did a little bit better and it gave me a ray of hope. I'm thankful to hear that this is all normal and am also thankful for the gentle push to keep at it! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I found your blog though Money Saving Mom, too! I love it since I've been buying kids clothing at yard sales and reselling them for four years now. I haven't gotten into the toys niche yet but that's an exciting idea! I've never sold on Ebay before and have just recently started buying on Ebay (Ann Taylor clothing NWT for a fraction of the price? Yes, please!).

  9. Thanks so much Jen for the post. I like so many others look forward to reading your blog everyday.
    You are so sweet to help everyone else out.
    To anonymous, when you search for an item and it lists the items currently on sale just look on the right hand side of the page for completed listings and click on it and it will show you what things sold for. The items in red did not sell and the ones in green did.


  10. its not the right side of the page, its the left sorry...dont know what I was thinking.



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