Friday, April 18, 2014

LOVE Sahmomgroup's Work & Only $5 - Custom Headers,Banners, Logos & Articles etc.

Do you ever find that you want a new header for your eBay store or a new logo? Maybe you have a FaceBook group and you want a nice looking banner/header for the groups page? Maybe you want a complete store layout with listing/auction templates and all?  If you know how to do these things, that is great... many like myself might be able to figure it out but it would be time consuming and time is money as we all know. Those that know how to do it might also want to outsource jobs like these to free up that precious time for the same reasoning... Especially online sellers. If you are able to outsource things like this it frees up time for you to be able to get more listings up, get those packages out, edit & run those sales, etc. 

Biggest problems with outsourcing things like this is 1. COST - nobody wants to spend a ton of money just to save some time, even if time = money. If it is not cost effective then you really are not helping your goal overall and 2. Who do you go to? You want someone who will work with you, does nice work, friendly, and of course someone who is going to get the job done in a timely manner. 

I am writing this to share with my readers a women on a website where you can purchase gigs like this for ONLY FIVE DOLLARS. Yep, now that IS a DEAL for sure. Most sellers on the site do have extras you can add on for more money but there are MANY MANY gigs for 5.00. Personally I can share with you a wonderful seller there who offers outstanding service, goes above and beyond, extremely friendly, her work is very nicely done, and she does get her orders done in a timely fashion.  http://www.fiverr.com/sahmomgroup 

This Stay At Home Mom of 5 offers an assortment of gigs on the fiverr.com website. I have personally used her for eBay & for my eBay Motivation Station FaceBook group. I have been thrilled with the work she has done for me. I lack imagination when it comes to these things so with what little info I have been able to offer to her she has turned my thoughts (which I assure you this was not an easy task but she did not complain) into beautiful work. Just take a look at the Motivation Stations Header at the top of the group page... I adore it, and have gotten many compliments on it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/eBayMotivationStation/ It is eye catching, gets the point across in a very cute way, and still simple at the same time. Most importantly it was done exactly as ordered, and even better than expected. 

Sahmomgroup actually came highly recommended to me by another eBay user and I was very happy that I listened and gave her a try. I will continue to order from her again and again. Also she is good about if she has a gig she offers that is close to something you need done but not exactly, just drop her a message and let her know what it is you are needing. She will let you know which gig to order closest to your needs then go from there. 

Here are gigs she offers for $5.00 (each gig also has add on options too)
  • Custom Design eBay Auction Template
  • Unique Custom eBay Store Header & Logo
  • Custom Made Banner Or Header For Anything
  • Write & Post An Article On Her Blog
  • Write a Premium SEO Article with Video & Post on her blog
  • Send You An Ebook Of REAL Work At Home Jobs
So don't put it off. 5 bucks is less than what is spent on a trip to McDonalds or insert another fast food place. This is her main page on fiverr.com http://www.fiverr.com/sahmomgroup
I just know you will be as happy of a customer as I am. You don't have to take my word for it either, just check out her feedback as well.  Note: She is FAMILY FRIENDLY and only does FAMILY type work. No Adult sites or anything illegal. THANK YOU.

I will share other gigs & sellers on fiverr.com as I find interesting things, or can personally suggest a user after I use them for a gig. If you have someone over there that you were very happy with I would love to hear from you. Please drop me a comment. 

It is Time For Me To Get Back To Blogging

Hello everyone and first thing I must say is I MISS BLOGGING. Every day just about it seems there is something that comes up that I absolutely would love to write about, but with the chaos that I call every day life I never seem to get around to writing anymore. I have decided though that it is time for me to insert something that I enjoy and that is a ME type hobby into my life. What I enjoy, besides the obvious - MY FAMILY, Especially every minute, every second spent with my children............the other thing I love to do is share my thoughts, about EVERYTHING to ANYONE willing to listen (or in this case read). So it is April of 2014 and Easter Weekend is here.... Odd time to jump back into my blog, but I figure if I keep saying "tomorrow" then that "tomorrow" will never actually come. 

As everyone who does read my blog, or has read it in the past knows.... I write about EVERYTHING. I write to share experiences, I write to try to help others learn from mistakes I have made or things I have learned along the way - things on eBay selling, on Amazon selling, on yard sale hunting, on having yard sales, ideas for crafts & fun things to do with our kiddos, parenting funny stories - goals - accomplishments etc., I will be sharing more about life with my darling special little angels whom are on the spectrum.... Autism is a part of our daily lives and a part of so many families lives nowadays. I know it helps me to read about others experiences so I am going to share ours too....  you just never know what you will find to read with me, but I promise it will be down to earth, honest, and whenever possible try to help others in some way or at least give them the chance to laugh with me, or know they are not alone when frustrated.

Recently we are happy to share that we have kicked it up a lot with our Autism Awareness donations and are doing most of our eBay listings with a minimum of 1.00 each item sold or 10% whichever is greater to AUTISM SPEAKS. This is in addition to what we donate each month from the combined sales online & metal recycling. We are not able to donate 100% , this is because the donations depend on how well we do each month. As many know we sell online ad do metal recycling/scrapping so we can have schedules that are flexible to do the best by our children we possibly can.... BUT we also want to help other families like ours at the same time. We are very happy that we are able to combine our income that allows us to be with our children, and get them the things they need, and never miss a doctor appt or therapy, etc. AND also be able to donate to a cause that is severely lacking in donations but the numbers of those affected by Autism are constantly growing at an unbelievable rate. So we do what we can. 

Every time you shop with Then And Again Treasures on eBay your purchase helps go toward the total we are able to donate each month. Also you will see in many listings that an individual items sale has 10% or minimum of 1.00 go directly to Autism Speaks (or some to other Autism Awareness orgs.) through eBay Giving Works. This is in addition to our other donations done from our total we bring in each month then donate what we are able to Autism Speaks. 
Currently we have two auctions running for Autism Speaks - and in our store a mix of items and adding it to other items daily. A link to our store can also be found on the Autism Speaks website along with other eBay sellers doing what they can as well. 
 http://stores.ebay.com/Then-And-Again-Treasures

Speaking of which we will be at Raymond James this month in the Autism Awareness walk. I am trying to get sponsors in order to raise 150.00 AT LEAST... so far this has not gone as well as I had hoped. Either way I will be there to show my support, and continue my support in other ways as mentioned above. 
If interested - this is our personal page through Autism Speaks to see where we are at in reaching our goal (or be the FIRST to Donate and get your name on the HONOR ROLL) 

http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/tampa/thesagerfamily

Looking forward to sharing a lot more on my blog here - NEVER GIVE UP OR SHUT UP! And trust me.... its a VERY true statement from our family.................. 

Thank you for taking the time to read, to follow, and hope that you share with your friends & family things that you believe will interest them as well. Hey don't forget I LOVE TO HEAR FROM YA'ALL so when you get a second LEAVE A COMMENT, here or on any of the blog posts. I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Your opinions, your experiences.... Very much so would love to hear from each and every one of you. 


HAVE A WONDERFUL & SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

EBAY & SALES How Do Buyers Know It's On Sale? Only When They View Item!

It just came to my attention that on eBay when people search or browse if you happen to have an item on sale they are NOT seeing the sale price on the list they are viewing. Customers have to actually click into your item then they will see the sale price inside your listing. This piece of information was a bit disheartening as far as my big plan for running sales from now until Christmas goes. I must say though no sooner did I learn of this then I also learned hours later that eBay had been alerted to the talk in FaceBook groups of this concern and were basically putting thought into making it better. Good to know eBay is listening and also taking sellers concerns seriously. 

So now today I was supposed to be working on my own Friday challenge on a FaceBook group that I recently started "Let's Get eBay Motivated" (a motivational group for sellers to help each other, well keep motivated).... I have only managed 7 new listings today because much of the day was spent brainstorming ideas and doing a little research on new ways that I am not currently using to help get the word out that we are running this big holiday sales. I already use FaceBook, Twitter, and I really just haven't delved too much into the Pinterest thing, it just doesn't seem to be my thing. I did manage to come up with a couple of ideas. One is just mostly putting an old idea into action finally and the other is a play on an old idea I used to do years ago, but a bit of a spin on it. 

The first thing that came to mind was utilizing YouTube finally. I have used it a couple of times to show that battery operated toys were working properly and what they did. I have also used it to make a couple little videos about scrapping/recycling metal for cash (something else we do), and of course I dipped into recording and uploading thrift & yard sale hauls. I am planning now however to make some videos to help promote the news of our holiday sales & the big savings to be found. I am still playing with ideas though as I know it can't just be "Come see our sale" nobody wants to watch that. Have to either come up with something silly or informative to draw people in THEN let them know about our eBay store & big sales..... 

Then the other thought I actually did start putting into action tonight. Totally up in the air how it will go, but I don't stand to lose too much if it is a complete flop. Penny Auctions WITH Free Shipping too! I know its a little risky. I did it with small inexpensive items that are very lightweight with First Class USPS shipping. I put 4 of these up tonight so far and am going to add 2 more before I head to bed tonight, or tomorrow morning at the latest. In the title I put briefly what the item is but also used a lot of that normally precious keyword space in title to mention the holiday sales and the words KICK OFF letting buyers know these penny listings are to kick off holiday savings in our eBay store. Inside the listings I also added info about the sales as well and a link to our store so they can click through easily and see what the discounts are, on what items, and how deep those discounts are..... We shall see how this goes. I have high hopes that it will at least not be a total waste of time & money though. 

These are the listings I put up already:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Toy-Frogs-PENNY-1-Cent-KICK-OFF-Our-Huge-Holiday-SALE-Store-FREE-SHIPPING-/261337080338?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd8e76212

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-PINK-Girls-STAR-WANDS-Party-One-Cent-PENNY-Holiday-HUGE-SALE-FREE-SHIPPING-/261337114406?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd8e7e726


 http://www.ebay.com/itm/PALM-TREE-Ice-Cube-Tray-PENNY-1-Cent-KICK-OFF-Holiday-HUGE-SALE-FREE-SHIPPING-/261337100780?pt=Bar_Tools_Accessories&hash=item3cd8e7b1ec


  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pink-Purple-SNOOPY-Duo-Lip-Gloss-1-Cent-PENNY-Holiday-HUGE-SALE-FREE-SHIPPING-/251386259140?pt=US_Makeup_Lips&hash=item3a87c9e6c4

I am going to add two more tomorrow for a lipstick and a body glitter roll on key chain. The main goal of these is to attract buyers into our listings so they then click on our store link to view & see about the sales going on at the time. Fingers crossed.... Looking forward to eBay adjusting how the sales currently work though so that our customers actually will see the sale price reflected on the list that comes up when they browse or search on the site. 

Any thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. Please leave a comment. I love hearing from everyone! 
Now I am heading back on over to eBay to do a little more work before heading to bed and calling it a wrap for the night...... Nice to be back to blogging :)  

UPDATE as of 12/9/2013  Since writing this I have noticed many times now where the correct price when on sale is showing up when searching eBay for an item. I am not 100% sure if this is permanently corrected on all listings/sales or if it is something eBay is playing around with the idea of implementing and it is not showing on all yet. I am going to look into it further and will update accordingly. I am happy to be able to post this update however that at least it is looking like now when we run a sale the buyers when browsing eBay will see the ACTUAL SALES price without having to actually click on the item before the price showing up. If this continues this way I will be very thankful. 

People say that eBay does not listen to it's sellers but I beg to differ. I know that certain eBay employees actually frequent eBay groups on FaceBook and do read what we are saying and do actually try to work in the ideas that they are able to and that make sense to help eBay grow. Also when eBay sends the surveys, don't ignore them. Tell them your ideas, let them know how you feel. What is on your mind could very well be on hundreds of others and if thousands of members are saying the same thing eBay will notice and try to accommodate when feasible. You might just be one person, but together when speaking up our voices our very loud!!! 

One other thing since writing this. I have been making use of Pinterest a bit more in the last couple of weeks. I am not 100% sure of how much of a difference it will make in the long run, but I have seen some short term results. Nothing concrete however when I pin things it is bringing in traffic and I do know for sure a couple of buyers had found me because of coming across my pins/boards and they followed the item over to eBay. So I will continue to utilize them as part of my social media marketing. 

Update What That Router Wound Up Selling for In Our eBay Store

I know, I know it has been forever and a whole lot of days since my last blog post. I have been super busy and completely dropped the ball on the blog. That will change now however. I will be back and hopefully I can manage to keep everything going without going nutty.... ha ha ha... 

So the last blog entry was about one of our hauls mainly for our eBay store. At the time I had mentioned that I picked up a Cisco Wireless router for a buck at one of the sales and what it should sell for according to researching closed items on eBay.... 

It sat in our store for a little bit, and had been put on sale a couple of times with no bites. Then in September I had it listed for 79.95 + shipping. It sold with Best offer for $60.00 + $8.55 shipping to a buyer in Canada. They received it, left feedback and were happy with their purchase. 

At the time I had it listed, before then, and since then the very same routers have been listed by other sellers and many have sold for only 19.99 some even lower. So what made mine sell for so much. Opinions vary but I would wager to bet it had something to do with the many photos I posted of the item, the white background in photos instead of a floor or a busy background, not only a positive feedback history but the types of feedbacks customers have left, the detailed yet not overly done description, no fancy html inside the listing so easily viewed on all devices, good keywords in title and so on. 

Find SOLD listing here :  Cisco Valet M10 Wireless N Internet Router HotSpot With Easy Setup Key wifi

This is one of the reasons why I LOVE BEING AN EBAY SELLER!!!! However the #1 reason I love selling on eBay is it allows me to be a work at home mom! 

Keep an eye on our blog here again as I am back and hopefully you will find something that interests you in my rantings & writings and truly I hope something that helps you along your way!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

This Saturdays Haul - Estate Sale Finds 4-27-2013 & Some Info - Tips for eBay

We have decided we are going to start sharing our finds from thrift shops, yard sales, estate sales, and of course storage auction wins also. Yesterday we went out hunting estate sales, yard sales, and one decent size church rummage type sale. We spent about $50.00 (probably closer to 51.00). We got goodies for our eBay store & some goodies for ourselves and the kiddos as well.

I am going to try to share what some of the items cost us and what price they sell for on eBay as I research sold items and start getting ours listed. So far I did a little bit of researching on this haul and below the video you can see some of what I found. This was a decent haul overall. I must say the best part is the hunt. Yes, we do love being able to sell online & locally and make a living, but the funnest part is the hunt for items.... whether it be items to stock our eBay store or items for ourselves. Hunting those treasures down always equals a fun time for us!

 

Then And Again Treasures eBay Shop

 
The Valet wireless hotspot router thing was at the same sale we got the bottles at. I almost missed it as I had seen it out of the corner of my eye it was under a table kind of out of site. I figured it was an out dated useless type of electronic and assumed it was going to have a sticker of 10.00 or more on it. This is one of those items though that prove it is worth taking a close look at everything as you are out hunting those treasures. Turned out it had 1.00 sticker on it. I decided for 1.00 I would give it a shot, worst case scenario I would break it down and scrap it out if it was useless or broken. After making this video though I opened up the box to find out it is completely brand new, never been used... sealed up. Then I researched sold listings on eBay to find out that this little gadget sells pretty much every time one is listed and will fetch us between $55.00 - $70.00 plus shipping. So this ONE item will cover the entire cost of our haul plus a few bucks in the green! WOOOHOOO! Gotta love when that happens.
 
The old man paper mache type statue thing we did a little research on and asked the members of one of our most favorite FaceBook groups "Thrifting With The Boys" and one of the members knew right away what he was and they have sold a couple like him (but I believe a little better than him) and sold for around $18.00. However with mine I don't have high hopes of getting much more than 9.95 plus shipping on him. Funny how it worked out that the item hubby and myself thought was most interesting turned out to be the item that was the biggest flop. Well I shouldn't say flop considering it cost us a whole 10 cents and even if we sell at 9.95 that is still a lot of profit compared to the 10 cent investment.
 
The vintage iron I did a quick bit of research on and I am not overly impressed so far with this one either. Especially since I spent a bit more than I normally would hav (2.00) on it. I have not been able to track down one like it with the Thermodon brand name on it on eBay sold listings. I am going to have to research it a little more using other sites to find out more.
 
The Bobbie Brooks sweater I show in the video that I absolutely love and am not going to part with.... cost me a whole 25 cents! I get chilly easily so I like having a decent amount of sweaters & jackets even in the summer for when the AC in stores or restaraunts is on full blast so I can be comfortable. I researched the sold on Bobbie Brooks sweaters XL, just for the heck of it. I found the prices for sold ones range from $1.00 up to $20.00. Seems sweater vests with cute designs do the best, and next regular sweaters but again ones with cute designs. This is not something I would actively look to purchase for reselling but for a 25 cent investment I might be willing to give a Bobbie Brooks in an XL or bigger a shot if I come across one especially if it has a cute design or is a vest style. This one is going in MY closet though.
 
The children's VHS movies I purchased for a quarter each. I did get a few others that are not kids, a couple Yanni ones I am going to give a try at selling those. Normally I would not purchase anything other than children's as far as VHS movies go. I am waiting to get a decent amount together and put in a lot. They do sell well in lots of multiple movies. Same theory on children's books as well. If can group many by same show/characters, or with books same author... this will increase what the lot can be sold for. I also am going to start doing children's DVD movies this way as well and adult ones too but making sure to group them with some kind of theme, such as a "Horror & Suspense" lot or "Horror & Sci-Fi". Many times if something is not a big seller on it's own it is a good idea to see what the difference is in sold prices if you take those items and put them into lots, selling multiple of a certain type of item at one time.
 
As you can see in the video there is a ton more for me to research. Some of the items we are keeping - like the blocks which were for our daughter, some of the clothes were for me and some for our son. The way kids go through clothes it is great to be able to get a shirt & an outfit both for $2.00 total BIG MONEY SAVER thrifting & picking up kids clothing at yard sales. I will sell children's clothes online as well, but plan to do that when I can put multiple items together.... yep another "LOT" type of item. The bigger the lot the bigger the profit.
 
Try searching sold items on eBay and keyword "childrens clothes lot" or "boys clothes lot" "girls clothes lot" you get the idea. You will be pleasantly surprised. Especially if a seller takes the time to match up outfits. For instance listing 50 articles of clothing but making outfits out of the lot or most of it. Match up a shirt with a pair of shorts, if a girls lot to make it even better add a matching accessory like a hair tie, or with both boys and girls you can give the outfit a matching pair of socks to go with it. Many times you can find boxes of socks at yard sales for kids and people ask just 10 cents or 5 cents a pair, offer them a few bucks for the whole box and usually they will take it. Now you will have a huge supply of socks to match with outfits for your kids clothing lots you want to list.
 
Okay, this was supposed to be a blog post about this Saturdays haul and now has went into all kinds of other info as well. If anyone follows me on FaceBook or even this blog here you all know how once I get typing/talking I just don't stop ha ha ha! I hope something I share though can either inspire someone to start earning money through eBay, or scrapping, or maybe something I share helps someone to save some money, or helps them to know to grab a certain item when they see it at a thrift store. I love to write & share information both for fun & to hopefully be of some help to someone out there.
 
Now it is time for me to get to work actually listing some of our finds to our eBay store. Stop by and take a peek - and remember we are now trying to add items DAILY!!! So you should always be able to find new & interesting goodies each and every day.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Collect Scrap Metal For Recycling On A Walk = A Little Extra Cash & A Little Fun

Hi there everyone.... I know we have been MIA as far as our blog goes for a while now. Life has been really really busy between our scrapping & hauling business, and then of course the ever growing eBay business too. However, family keeps us just as busy as work, especially with us expecting another baby girl on September 28th 2013. I am going to try my hardest to at least get a post or two added each week from now on. Sometimes written & other times I will be sharing little videos we are starting to upload onto YouTube. Now we are far from video experts, VERY far from it, but we do hope that you enjoy them.

Here is a video we made today after locking our keys in the truck and having to walk back to our house. We played a little game to make the walk a little less miserable seeing if mommy or daddy could collect more metal "scrapping aka recycle" items.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Our First Storage Auctions Attended & Unit Won in 2013

We got lost Thursday looking for the storage auctions and only caught tail end. Friday we went to a bunch of them. I believe in all we saw 33 units (actually about 29 some got paid up and were taken off list). Many were dud units, one when opened was actually EMPTY! Some only had 1 box that looked like stuff people just didn't feel like throwing away.
This made me think about something though - if you ever rent a storage unit - when you leave make sure you take EVERYTHING don't leave junk behind because you might have something with info on it like SS # or something and even though people are SUPPOSED to return things like that to the office after they win a unit, who is to say that everyone does? What you think will go into a dumpster might just get auctioned off..... That's what it got me thinking about .

Then a bunch we knew people were just bidding us up so we didn't play the game. Figured okay you want it for that much go ahead and try to make money on it LOL.
Second half of day I stayed home and John went by himself. He almost had a real good one but we had given ourselves a budget and only brought that much cash with him (thats how you keep within your budget no matter what lol). This time we were wishing we had brought an extra hundred on top of budget - like a just in case their is an awesome one kinda spare money but oh well.

At the last facility he did wind up winning a unit. Paid about $50 more than he was wanting to (but still well within budget). So now after taxes and all we have $351.00 invested in this unit. Unfortunately it was seriously missing that WOW factor ha ha ha.
We did some math though and it will probably take the vintage poker table (after we refurbish top which is not hard), and the leather chair & ottoman plus maybe the Hammock we found to break even. Then we will make a little profit from a couple telescopes, some bric & brac, and some plush for Halloween and Motorcycle/Biker plush Teddy Bears etc. So we MIGHT be able to at least double on this one, but we were not overly thrilled with it. They can't all be amazing though! Hopefully next time.

Other things we found in the unit: Books that were just too dirty to be anything but garbage, a ton of Christmas decorations most just dollar store or homemade and not good homemade, an entertainment center (we can resell that probably for 50.00), a long wood table but its missing its glass pieces, not sure what we will do with that yet. Some electric tools we have to test still also were in there. We have a small pile of old Christmas cards, some paperwork etc. with personal info we are going to hand into the office their on Monday so they can return to the previous owners.

Oh I almost forgot there was this neat little chair in there. It is a folding chair and is obviously vintage. We just took some quick photos of it. It has a metal tag/plate that has two little nails/tacs to hold it onto back of the chair but the writing is oriental so we need to figure it out still. It looks like a child size chair. The blue flip flop is there to show size its a womans size 6 or 7 shoe. The other picture has my husbands large McDonalds drink.



 
 
 I like the chair, but not sure if it has any value. As of right now all we know is it is cute and in good shape other than needing a little cleaning/dusting and some of the screws/nails are a little rusted on the heads from age.


Sometimes you find things in units that just don't go together. This unit was one of those kind of units. There was a glass pipe in there wrapped in a towel (certainly some type of drug paraphernalia) and also in the unit was a bunch of Jehovah Witness materials, books etc. These two things just didn't seem to be a combo that made sense to me. Certainly not the strangest combo we have found, but one to make you go hmmmm and scratch your head a little.

Well now time to turn this unit around and see if we can manage to at least double the money. Looking forward to the next auctions and hopefully will have lots of wonderful finds to write about.