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General updates - work, wife, ebay...

July 24th, 2022 at 02:42 pm

Things have been cruising along pretty well.


Thankfully my wife is feeling much better. Not 100% pain-free but able to do just about everything pretty normally. She's downstairs sewing as I type this.


We were able to go away for a few days earlier this month for our 30th anniversary. It wasn't the 2-week land/sea Alaska trip we had planned, but we had a really nice time just getting away and spending quality time together.


My last day of part time work is rapidly approaching. August 4 is my last shift and I officially become per diem on August 7. I've scheduled myself for 8 or 12 hours a week for the 5 weeks after that, either two 4 hour shifts or one 8 and one 4. One thing I'm planning to avoid is closing shifts as I find those the most stressful. So I'll be dropping from 3 days a week to 2 days a week which will be nice.


I've been getting more and more active with ebay, which has been the plan all along. This past week was very good as I sold 21 items this past week which I'm sure is the most I've ever done. My rolling 90-day sales jumped to 104 items. Averaging 1 item/day had been one of my goals and I hit it and blew right past it last week.


I continue to shop at estate sales and have gotten pickier about what I buy while also being open to buying more at one time. I've been working to increase the average sale price of my items which has been going pretty well. I'm not totally avoiding lower priced things as they can help provide steady cash flow but I have been moving into more items in the $30-50 and up range and less in the $15 and lower range.


Not too much else going on. All the usual stuff dealing with family, helping my mom (who will be 92 next week), and such. We have finally been getting back to some sort of social life after 2+ years of doing very little due to COVID. We had dinner with friends the other night, we're going out tonight with 2 other couples, and we have plans to meet other friends for dinner this week. It's nice to be seeing people again.


Ebay update

July 1st, 2022 at 09:57 pm

Somehow I've forgotten to blog for a while so here's an update on my ebay progress this year.

The 2nd quarter is over. It's almost comical to look at my results vs what my goal was at the start of the year.

Goal: $200/month average profit
Actual as of 6/30: $5,562 or $927/month average profit
Gross sales of $6,877

If you frequent the boards, you may have seen this story, but if not, I hit the jackpot a few weeks ago. I bought a crate of vintage bottle caps at an estate sale for $10. They turned out to be quite rare. I sold a single cap (there were about 1,650 caps in the crate) for $610! I won't get anywhere near that much for the rest but I have sold a few others for over $100 each. So far, I've made about $3,500 from the caps. I actually decided to sell off a lot of them to a collector/dealer. I could have made a lot more keeping them and selling them individually myself but I got a little overwhelmed and figured $3,500 profit on a $10 purchase was amazing and I didn't want to be greedy. If he can make some money too, I'm okay with that. And I didn't sell him everything so I still have a bunch to sell.

I'm trying to back off on buying a bit and focus on getting the stuff I already have listed. I want to keep hitting the estate sales from one company I've been dealing with a lot as they've gotten to know me and give me pretty good deals. Yard sale season is pretty much over as it's getting too hot. I'll work on selling stuff in the basement and garage (when it's cool enough to work out there for at least a few weeks and try to keep myself out of the other estate sales and thrift shops until I get some other stuff listed and hopefully get some more items sold.