I’m On Poshmark & Update On Life

I know I haven’t been active lately. Though I am more active on instagram here @maithriftsthings. So head on over there if you want to see more activities. That instagram account is more about my reseller life so if you are not interested in that, don’t head on there. Besides that, I opened a poshmark account.

I’m not really sharing my store names. I’m sorry but after finding out how awful people can be to try ruin your reputation with these online selling outlets, I’m keeping them a secret. I will be happy to answer comments though about what I do in reselling ( I only work part time hours on it). Besides there are more resellers out there who are more open with their store so using mine as a way to learn is horrible idea. Plus I still don’t know what I’m doing most of the time.

Yes I’m finally on poshmark because I keep hearing how clothing sellers should be on there. I’ve only been there a few weeks so I can’t say if I like it more than eBay. Though my experience has been positive. Sales have been slow ( it’s summer slow down everywhere) yet my sales are slow because I focus more on eBay. The sharing aspect of poshmark is still something I’m learning.

$18.00 Per Hour To Rent A 2 Bd Home

Head on over to Business Insider to find out how much it cost to rent a 2 bedroom home in your state.

I would say that seems about right. Currently Las Vegas is at that stage again where it’s cheaper to buy a home than it is to rent. I have friends and family members who are looking to buy a home. Rent is going up and to them it doesn’t make sense to pay that much money when they can buy a home with more space. Las Vegas is a very volatile market in real estate so I would be very careful to buy if you are not planning to live here for a while. We lucked out on ours because we bought ( I sold my townhome) during the recession.

Is the map accurate for your area?

Online Seller Update

Hey everyone. I hope your weekend is going great. I just wanted to update a little about sales on eBay. For May my total (meaning sales+shipping) was $1850.00. The summer slow down is here. Luckily I paid off our small debt for our computer, and able to pay other things with that still.

It’s been a few weeks of quitting my part time job and I don’t miss it. I do miss some people. For example the managers at Albertsons & Dollar Tree were very helpful and accomodating. The ones are Walmart were can I say… ugh. If you are new here my part time job was a merchandiser for a separate company. I did not work at these stores as employees but as a vendor. I still had to follow certain rules and got to look what goes on in the back scene. Overall my experience was generally good.

Here’s wishing to great sales on the weekend!

Some Updates

I haven’t been in a good place emotionally which is why I haven’t updated in a while. Something is currently going in my family which is currently under investigation. Finding out about this brings tears to my eyes and has put me through periods of daze and emotional pain. Which is why I decided to leave my part time job.

I think I mentioned that I was planning to leave since I had to choose between it and eBay. While my job gave me the freedom to come in when I want to it still took family time. eBay definitely takes time too but I’m able to turn it off when needed as oppose to someone depending on me. Since I was going in my job just sad and sometimes crying I thought it was best to leave earlier than expected.

Moment Of “Uhh What?”

I met with a friend I hadn’t seen in forever after having Calvin. Though I think what I said to her probably won’t make her want to schedule a get together anymore. I thought I should mention it because it is finance related. I really don’t care how people spend their money. Yes I will judge when they complain because when I say things it’s because my insight is probably something they didn’t think about.

Anyways my said friend was asking me if there was a way to bypass pandora’s ads appearing during music. I told her why don’t you just pay the $3.99 a month to bypass it. I know that comes out to $48 a year but to my family it’s money worth spending because we listen to it for hours everyday. She then tells me she doesn’t want to spend the money monthly. She then starts to down a  $12.00 cocktail. Which I pointed out the money spent on a $12.00 cocktail was  3 months worth of ads free music. Yup …. which she downed in half an hour.

April 2017 Month In Review: eBay Sales $2,350.00

In April I sold  $2350.00 That’s pretty accurate and that’s after a few returns. I’m pretty happy about that number and I’m ready for May. In April I had spurts of listing rhythms and some days I didn’t. I currently list 15-18 items a day between 15-20 days a month. I hope to list 25 items a day eventually. I’m just slowly easing myself in to that.

We just came back from our weekend getaway.  I think it might have helped my husband but I still think he needs to see a therapist. He still doesn’t want to but he eventually wants to schedule one. I can’t just force him to see one. He has to want to see one on his own as oppose to his wife dictating what he should do.

Our weekend get away was at Lake Havasu City, AZ. It’s about a couple hours drive from Las Vegas. I definitely enjoyed the drive getting there and our hotel room was pretty sweet. We  stayed at London Bridge Hotel and we love the cozy atmosphere at during the week. Unfortunately I didn’t take much pictures. Was having too much. I will post what I did take eventually.

How I Typically Use Best Offer On eBay

Best Offer on eBay is always a controversial topic among resellers. Some people love it, and some people hate it with a passion. I fall between the two. I have added Best Offer for the past month on most of my listings and this is how I feel about it.

I personally like it. I changed the way I saw it. Before I saw it as a nuisance. I only added to my more expensive items ( $50+) and stuck by people messaging me offers. I decided to add it all to my listings since most of my inventory has been sitting around too long. I first told myself to not see it as an ultimatum. I think in the past, receiving low ball offers was getting to me. I started to question myself if I my items really are worth that low and perhaps I’m just not meant to be a re-seller.Yet I didn’t have to accept their offer. It really shouldn’t be a big deal because the eBay community truly is a wide range of buyers.

I get best offers everyday now since adding it to my listings. I do get the lowballers but those I just deny their offers as oppose to counter offering. Lowballers are subjective to re-sellers. I consider lowballers offering 75% off the listed price. Basically they are offering what I probably paid for at the thrift store. Which is really low. People generally send me best offers between 25% to 50% off the listed price. I accept depending on how much money I want to make that day but not at the expense of losing money. Meaning I make sure to make what I spent back. Some days I’m willing to accept low offers because those items have been sitting in the store too long and I want to make money back to buy more product.

I do counter offer for a number of reasons. Usually it’s because I know someone else will eventually pay more. I know I mentioned I counter offer $1.00 because I don’t want my item just sitting there not being paid on a timely manner ( An unpaid items case takes 5 days). I only do that if a buyer has too few feedback, or if my items is popular (more than 2 watchers). So yes I still do that weird counter-offering  $1.00.

I know some re-sellers hate it because buyers can be relentless in getting a good deal. That’s ok. You don’t have to sell to those buyers if you don’t want to. That’s the beauty of decline offer option X3.