2017 Reflections

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With a blink of an eye 2018 is just around the corner. 2017 feels like any year for me except of course my son bringing us joy with his excitement of literally anything new. Having children doesn’t always improve people’s lives but for us, he truly brings us a different kind of happiness. Aside from my son, my marriage and my online selling journey, has made me want different things.

It’s weird to think people want to change when the New Year comes. Why doesn’t it happen during the year? Oh well I am one of those people who routinely reflect the upcoming new year and to be honest I just want to do MORE things I enjoy.

This year I left my part time job as a merchandiser. Plenty of reasons why I left it but my sole reason was to spend more time with my family. I already did before but when my husband started to have anxiety, it was a good decision to spend more time at home. The money I was bringing in was good, especially since I learned quickly and was efficient in “merchandising” that with the overage of hours I can claim, I was making 15+ an hour. This was part time work though so it was between 10-25 hours a week I was working. I was able to by focusing more on online selling.

There is so many online platforms to sell on that it is  a learning curve to really succeed by your own personal definition. I currently sell on eBay and Poshmark as my main inventory is clothing. I have been doing this for years part time so to think it’s been bringing home income is wonderful. Unfortunately with me wanting to bring more money into our home would also mean things have been sidelined.

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Melt & Pour Soap I made last year.

I thought this year I would be making soap and bath bombs. That hobby kind of ended when I decided more to focus on reselling online. Maybe in 2018 I should bring that hobby out again and learn more. I really want to make beautiful swirl soaps with fantastic fragrances.

As a family I feel we do spend enough time together. Growing up with a 2 income home has it’s plus and minuses. I felt as a child I didn’t get to spend enough time with my parents. So to be able to give time like that to my son makes me happy and wished my parents didn’t have to work so hard. Yet they had to so it’s not something I would take back since they had to feed 5 children.

Financially, at the point where we are at, I think we are doing ok. We haven’t really tapped into our mutual fund other than for a down payment on a car. in 2018 I think we are mostly going to focus on paying down my student loan. We might go on a family trip to FL though.

How was your 2017?

 

 

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Skipping Christmas Cards And Other Things

This year we aren’t sending Christmas cards out. We usually do but I just became so busy that the first week of December was already here.  I normally buy custom ones from  Shutterfly.com . I even had some cute pictures of my family with snapchat filters. It’s not a huge deal but I just liked sending them out when I can.

For December I notice things are a little hectic so I won’t be focusing on eBay so much. We usually have a family Christmas party (on my husband side), short family vacation, and just a wind done of things. My eBay business is usually slow ( also putting it on vacation), and my husband job is slow as well ( he will work overtime if possible).

So right now I may post more or less. I just want to take the time to really figure out what I want in 2018. Are you doing anything special for 2018?

Less Donations

Our bi-monthly veterans ( I think it’s bi-monthly) of America donation truck is coming in a few weeks. I only have a couple of bags prepped. I will have to go through my eBay room and decide what needs to be donated. The last few times we donated at least a dozen of boxes and bags of clothing. Most of it from unsold inventory and some from our personal belongings.

I know I have maxed out the charity donation limit you can do for taxes before they want you to start itemizing. That exact number I’m not sure but I do have enough slips to claim the max. It’s really hard to pin point how much we donated so when I see how many boxes and bags of stuff we donated, it’s almost embarrassing frugally.

Did we really BUY that much stuff we rarely used over the years? Even though we live conservatively, our home is still filled with stuff we have barely used. I would have to say many of it is hand me downs from family. So getting my husband to donate stuff that was passed down can be scary for him. Still we do not need so many bed spreads, books, clothing for eBay, and unused cookware.

I’m glad I am only donating a few eBay filled clothing bags. This means I’m buying less damage goods. When I shopped at the bins I came home with so much stuff but in the end I always end up re-donating at least 20% of what I buy. I stopped going to the bins because they raise the price per pound and they stopped wheeling out so much clothes. This forced me to really watch out for sales at the thrift stores, and to be selective on what to buy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know I am a bit early on wishing people a happy thanksgiving. It’s because I know I won’t be able to post for a while. I’ve just been so busy. The past few weeks it was Halloween , my FIL visited, and my 4 year wedding anniversary. Yes have been busy with family.

This year my family (siblings and their family) won’t be celebrating the holidays together. There is just too much going on this year. Now before you assume we should just bite the bullet and celebrate together, the drama is very serious. Calling it drama even sounds insulting to the people involved. It’s a little hard to talk about and I have stressed about it on my blog every now and then.

So I hope all of you who have come across this post to have a good holiday. I’m such an introvert that I’m looking just just celebrate with ordering food and just meeting people I haven’t seen in a while. You can also catch me on instagram about my reseller life.

Just One Of Those Days…Or Weeks

eBay has been bad in terms of sales lately. This whole fourth quarter thing hasn’t really hit me well. I pretty much missed the 4th quarter bus. I really hope it changes soon. Whatever is going on I can’t just sit here and wait. I’m getting closer to my inventory is organized better. You see I decided to cross list my inventory on poshmark. I’m taking a big risk cross listing because most selling platforms don’t like cross listings. Especially eBay but I feel my niche is better represented through Poshmark. First step to cross listing is to have an organized inventory.

Ebay Sellers The Ebay App Is Your Friend

Just a reminder that I’m more active on instagram in terms of posting about my reseller life. It’s maithriftsthings.

I always hear how google is your friend among other resellers. That’s true. Also the eBay app is your friend too. While it’s not entirely reliable sometimes, I am on it everyday. Even though I’ve been selling clothing for years, I feel there is so much I don’t know. For example pricing. So I’m out thrifting and will frequently check for comps ( comparison solds/ unsolds) on about 50% of items I put in my cart.

I’ll admit when I read people replying to hauls asking how much it will sell for I get annoyed. Probably the seller too because in reality you can just search yourself. I don’t mind questions on how the brand sells but I have to also remind them that that’s what works for me and may not work the same way for you. eBay Cassini is total unicorn 411. Most information I do find about it are theories and I only take them with a grain of salt.

Stress Eating

This morning I woke up to the news of the Las Vegas shooter. I had some text from family wondering if I was ok and even questions from people I haven’t heard from in a while. Immediately I read online about the shooting and started texting, replying, and making sure my husband was ok.

I thought maybe he had to skip work but he wasn’t very late. He didn’t know what was going on and why there was so much traffic. While he was able to go to work, some of his coworkers had to be turn away due to parts of the strip being closed. It’s surreal what is going on. While people close to me are safe, and people I haven’t heard from a while are ok, they have friends or relatives who were at that concert.

I had to stop reading the news after I notice I stress ate all day. It’s what I do to cope when I’m stressed. So I just had to stop reading the news, and stay off social media. The news in general is frustrating because in reality I feel they are reporting news that benefits them and not the people trying to find out why this happened.