Archive for January, 2011

16 inches of snow and I still mailed my eBay packages

Friday, January 28th, 2011
snow storm

snow storm

The day after the 16 inch snow storm. First we had 6 inches. I shoveled the driveway myself so Lee could get the car in when he got home from work. We had an afternoon reprieve of no snow. And then it really started. About 2 inches an hour for most of the night. Luckily the storm moved through quickly or we would have gotten twice that amount!

snow storm

snow storm

So today we shoveled out. I still got all my packages mailed for my eBay customers! Lee and I were shoveling the driveway when the mailman came. We noticed that he couldn’t stop at everyone’s box because their mailboxes were still plowed shut from the street plows. So was ours but we shoveled it out. I handed all my packages to the mailman today. Off they go! All 7 of them. Somewhat of a slow day. Leaves more time for shoveling.

Hawaiian shirt

Hawaiian shirt

Newly listed in my store at everythingvintagesteph.com. Dreaming of Hawaii!

Sourcing for eBay: Bill Blass, Disney, Gap, Lands End, vintage pyrex, vintage pixie!

Friday, January 21st, 2011
local estate sale auction

local estate sale auction

I had 2 great shopping trips this week to get more items to sell on eBay and at my flea market and antiques mall booth.The first trip was on Monday. I went to an auction in Leesport, PA. It is held once or twice a month in a large room at a farmer’s market. My bill was for about 150$ and I came home with a VAN load of stuff!

vintage pyrex, vintage pixies

vintage pyrex, vintage pixies

Everything from vintage pyrex to vintage pixies! I should be able to 5-7 times my $$ on this van load alone. In some cases, I bought an entire table’s worth of “junk”  for 1.00. That is great flea market stuff.

vintage kitchen gadgets

vintage kitchen gadgets

vintage games

vintage games

From vintage gadgets to vintage games! The games should be worth about 10.00 each or so and the gadgets 5-10 at an antique sale and less at a flea market.

Bill Blass, Disney, Gap, Lands End and more

Bill Blass, Disney, Gap, Lands End and more

My next shopping trip was on Thursday—to my favorite Goodwill clearance store. Where every piece of clothing is 85 cents each. I found some great brand names and even a few items with the tags still on them! I have at least 20 pairs of jeans plus t shirts and caps, career pants, and even some Tommy Hilfiger shoes that look like new! I spent about 70$ on all of the items and if I sell each one (and I probably will over time in my eBay store) I will get anywhere from 4-10$ a piece (maybe more if I auction a few of the better choices).

Tommy Hilfiger, Denim & Co, Lee jeans

Tommy Hilfiger, Denim & Co, Lee jeans

So visit me at everythingvintagesteph.com to see how my items are doing!

Should I open an eBay store? Should I upgrade my eBay store?

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
grasshopper shoes listed until Jan 6.

grasshopper shoes listed until Jan 6.

This is a question I struggled with for a while and I have advised others on it so I decided to write about it. I started selling on eBay in 1998. I opened my eBay store about a year later. Why? My initial reason was to have a “dumping ground” for all of the items that didn’t sell on auction. Many of my auctions would start about 3.00. If the item didn’t sell, I would move it into my store and mark it at 9.99 or “best offer.” I would often sell it for 9.99! This proved to me that I just didn’t have the right person looking for my item the 7 days that it was on auction.

This was a no-brainer for me. I paid 15.00 a month for my store and only had to pay 3 cents per month for each listing. The only problem was, for many years (it is differnt now) store sites did not show up on the default search on eBay. Store items only showed up when a customer would go directly to my store or they would change the default search setting to search for store items. This is about the same as selling on a tiny strip mall behind a huge chain store–it’s hard to get noticed.

size 26 Venezia jeans

size 26 Venezia jeans

It’s different now. It still costs about the same price to open an eBay basic store (15.95). BUT the cost of each listing is now 20 cents per month. At first I wanted to close my store—that’s a BIG increase! (my friends that I trained decided to close theirs and put everything on fixed price) But my dumping ground theory was really working! AND now all store items were showing up in the default search on eBay. It’s like I was now selling INSIDE the big chain store instead of hiding behind it.

You may have noticed this—now when you search on eBay, you get all store items as well as auction items listed in your search. I was hoping I would sell more from my store to make up for the increase in listing fees. I hung in there for a few months. It was working! I was selling at least 20% more from my store every month. But I still hated those 20 cent listing fees. I tried removing things from my store if they didn’t sell in 60 days. That was a lot to keep track of and I was still stuck with items that weren’t selling right away. If I could only go back to 3 cents per listing!

I still have vintage stuff in my store!

I still have vintage stuff in my store!

I decided to check out the idea of upgrading my store from a basic store to a premium store. The cost would be 49.95 per month. BUT the listing fees would be 5 cents per item. I figured if I could list at least 300 items per month, it would be worth it. So in November, I upgraded.

It’s working! I sell a lot more gently used clothing because of the great source I have for this (check my earlier posts!) and because they are so easy to list. I still love the vintage items though and move a lot of those into my store. Just yesterday, (New Year’s Day) I sold 6 things out of my store. My average sales for 60 days used to be about 2700$. Now they are staying at about 3300$. From October to November I had a 69% increase in sales! It’s a little more work to keep up with all the sales but that’s what it’s all about!

vintage pottery in my store

vintage pottery in my store

So I am glad I upgraded my eBay store. I didn’t want to loose my “presence” on eBay and the internet either since I have my own domain name at http://everythingvintagesteph.com. I would loose that if I put everything on fixed price and closed my store. I like to be able to direct my customers directly to my store. It’s a great selling tool and it works for me! Check out my store by clicking on any of the photos or CLICK HERE!

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