Thriftstore Item to Look For: Dansko

March 8, 2011 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Ebay, Finding Inventory, Thrifting

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Here’s an item that I can’t say enough about…..Dansko shoes, boots and clogs.

In the last month, I’ve sold a pair of Women’s Dansko clogs, and a pair of Men’s Dansko clogs.

The mens clogs needed a lot of TLC, but since they were black, it was easy to polish them up and get them ready to sell.  They sold within a couple weeks of listing them for $53.48!  Not too bad for a $6.99 investment.

I also have a pair of brown suede leather Dansko boots listed in my eBay store.

Dansko is one of those brands that you don’t even have to think about if you should buy it or not…..the answer is YES!

Rachel

Thriftstore Item to Look For: Plush Curious George

February 22, 2011 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Ebay, Finding Inventory, Thrifting

Curious George is such a classic. Iremember watching him when I was 4 years old.

I’ve had good success with selling Curious George plush on eBay.  I pick up any of the plush that I find, the old ones, the new ones, small ones, big ones. Some bring in more money than others, but since Curious George is something that I “stock” in my store and have a category for, I say the more the merrier!

I find the classic George, George dressed for Easter, George dressed for Christmas and everything in between.

Rachel

Thriftstore Item to Look For: Plush Alf

I can’t believe I haven’t talked about this one…….I really thought I already posted about him.

Remember that show ALF that was on in the 90’s?

Well, the plush ALF toys, (as ugly as they are) are what I call a “guaranteed sale”

When I find these guys, I’m doing the happy dance inside.  They can be a gold mine.  Some sell for $39.99 and up!

Don’t leave the ALF puppets behind either.  They take a little longer to sell than the plush, but I usually sell them for $14.99, so it’s not a bad sale for a puppet.

Once when I was at my brother’s house, I found THREE plush ALF’s at the thriftstore by his house.  I was SUPER excited.

This one sold for $34.99!

Rachel

Thriftstore Item to Look For: Talk Girl Deluxe

January 26, 2011 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Ebay, Finding Inventory, Success!, Thrifting

Here’s a great item to keep your eyes out for: Tiger Electronics Talk Girl Deluxe and Tiger Electronics Talk Boy Deluxe.

My daughter found this Talk Girl Deluxe one day at the thrift store and wanted it so she could be like Kevin on “Home Alone.”

Who doesn’t want to be like Kevin?  So of course we put it in the cart.  It was $2.99, and she had tons of fun playing with it for a year…..then around Christmas, we cleaned out her room and she said she didn’t play with it anymore……

My eyes lit up….eBay pile :)

I got it listed and it sold for $40!

Rachel

How to Make it Through the Slow Winter Months

It seems like the online sales tend to slow down this time of year. Sales picked up for Christmas, and now, even though you’re making some sales, it’s much slower than it was during the Christmas season.

The first two years that I sold on ebay, I thought to myself…..“How do people who rely on their ebay income make it financially this time of year?” I knew that I wasn’t making it. Sometimes I’d go for days without a sale.

When that happens, there are two things you can do:

You can accept it and say…..”oh well, that’s just what happens this time of year”…….and be on your merry way (upset that your sales are down.)

or

You can refuse to accept it and say……”I’m going to find a solution to increase my sales over the winter months.”

I choose to do the latter. There are plenty of sales to be made during the winter months, and I plan to make them.

First of all…..don’t limit yourself.  Just because it’s not the back to school season, it doesn’t mean you can’t list a backpack in your store.  Just because it’s not Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t have Christmas inventory in your store.  Just because it’s not summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t have swimming suits, capris and sandals in your store……..stop asking yourself “should I list this?” and just list it.  You never know what people are looking for and if it’s not listed in your store, it can’t sell.

You’d be surprised at what will sell during the off season, if you’ll just put it in your store.

Second of all…..don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.  I know people who sell just one type of item on eBay.  While that’s great to specialize in one area……….the downside is that if it’s the off season for that item, your sales will go way down.

I want consistency each month.  I know that sales will vary from month to month and of course, I’m trying to increase my online sales, but I like them to stay with in $200 from the previous month if it’s going to be less than my previous month. (On the other side, I like them to go up as much as I can get them to go from the previous month, of course)

If you only sell plush, during the back to school rush, your sales will go down.  If you only sell clothes, your sales will go down in the Christmas rush, etc…….if you’re not already selling a variety of items, give it a try.  You can still specialize in an area, but try to branch out a bit……..a wise person once said…..

“Why not go out on a limb?  That’s where all the fruit is.”

Lastly…..keep listing. It’s like what Dorie on “Finding Nemo” says……”Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…..”  except, just keep listing.

During the slow times, it’s easy to sit back, get discouraged and not list new inventory….I know, I’ve been there myself.  The only thing that I found that would get me out of my sales slump is to keep listing new inventory.  I started telling myself that what I list this week will turn into next week’s sales……..of course not literally…..but usually if I list $500 worth of items this week, I’ll make around $500 in sales next week.

For the last two years, what has been selling for me in January and February is Starbucks mugs and bears, jeans, sweaters, shoes, and textbooks.  I don’t know why, but for some reason, the Starbucks sales spike in January.

So, stop accepting that your sales are down, and start listing.  Start your spring cleaning a little early and find items around the house that you can list and get busy :)

Rachel

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