Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Yard Sale Daddy Doesn't Bring Me Roses...

He brings me boxes.  Okay, so he does bring me roses every once in a while, but nothing is sweeter to me than a big huge pile of broken down boxes he took the time to bring home from work.  If you're going to be a yard sale mommy you're going to need boxes.  Lots of boxes.  And you don't want to pay for them.

You also don't want to pay for all of your other shipping supplies, either.  I pay for tape (I buy the Target  or Home Depot brand) and big yellow envelopes, but I do not buy bubble wrap or bubble envelopes or packaging peanuts.   Instead of bubble envelopes, I buy a huge Sam's Club box of yellow (10x13 I think) envelopes, put the item in a ziplock type bag (I reuse the ones I get from yard sales and consignment sales, so I try not to use new ones), wrap it in newspaper to soften edges if needed, seal it up and ship (if it is small and flat enough to put in an envelope.  Otherwise, I use a box).



In the past few days I sold my Loving Family Camper for $24.99 (paid $4) and the vw Loving Family pink bug for $12.99 (paid $1).  Instead of bubble wrap, I used grocery and Target bags.  These are free, lightweight to ship, and it's good to reuse them for something!  Once I am out of grocery bags, I used balled up newspaper (we get the Wall Street Journal for free thanks to moneysavingmom.com).  Again, lightweight and FREE!


I also sold a Loving Family dollhouse for $22.99 (I paid $20 for the dollhouse plus people and accessories, the people and accessories are listed right now).  Because I didn't have a box big enough, I made a big box out of two same-size smaller boxes (this is a trick taught to me by a postal worker!).  I use Yard Sale Daddy's box cutter and made it fit (though I don't always need the box cutter to do this.

Also important to note, I try to clean things before I send them out.  I'll use Clorox wipes, or my favorite tool, the Magic Eraser.  The Magic Eraser can make a used, scuffed up toy look brand new.  It can even take permanent marker off of a toy effortlessly.  I highly suggest buying one to have around for cleaning time!

Once the items are packaged, I weigh them and head to my ebay sold page to print out labels.  There will be a little icon on the right hand side of the page next to your sold item that says "Print Shipping Label."  If you click on that, it will take you to a details page where you can put in the weight of the item (shipping addresses to and from should be automatically filled in).  Once you've verified the information, printing your label is just  a click away!  After I print, I affix it to my box and schedule a pick up at www.usps.com.



You also might want to have a good place to store your boxes.  If they're left lying around for too long, you run the risk of them turning into a robot!


I hope this information has been helpful.  No need to spend more money than you need to on shipping supplies.  Your toys and children's items will arrive safely without expensive packaging!

10 comments:

  1. I love that you use plastic bags for stuffing your boxes. Gald I didn't haul my huge bag of them to recycling yet. Another great post of info. Thanks!

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  2. It's amazing how creative you can be with shipping supplies. I love it when packing tape goes on sale. Also remember to try to keep the packaging light to save on postage costs.

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  3. Thanks for the tip on the Clorox Eraser and using shopping bags!

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  4. Thanks for the tips - especially the grocery bags - what a great idea. I always mess up on shipping costs - that's what got me the last time I tried ebay - hopefully I'll do better on my current auctions thanks to your tips!

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  5. My husband just brought me some boxes from work the other day. I am relatively new to eBay and I have tried hard to not buy anything other than tape. The other day I turned a cracker box inside out and used that for a small item that I wrapped very well. Thanks for the envelope/plastic bag/newspaper tip. I had been trying to figure out how to use envelopes.

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  6. You do the same thing I do. We save all of our plastic bags so I just use those! lol. Plus I love the free supplies you can get from the USPS through eBay. It's a wonderful worry free edition!

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  7. I have a question about shipping. What happens if your scale is off and than your postage is off. Does the item get sent back to you? Also when you chose the print label from eBay does that include tracking?

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  8. Great advice as always. I would add if you need LOTS of supplies then you can also purchase DIRT CHEAP right on eBay. I buy all my poly mailers and bubble enveloped for pennies. I put a post up with the eBay seller I use most for my shipping supplies. I just purchased a bunch for my huge Back to school clothing sellathon I will be doing this week. Here is the link with my post about ahipping supplies and common shipping questions. Hope it helps. http://www.savvymomstylishgirls.com/2011/01/30/3-common-shipping-questions-with-selling-childrens-clothing-on-ebay-and-online/

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  9. I also use the plastic bags as filler and I wondered if anyone else did. Now I know. Great post

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  10. Another great place to get boxes for free-- the mall! I pick up boxes from my mall's bailer ALL the time! I actually packed all of my stuff to move 600 miles solely in mall store boxes!

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