Thank you all so much for your comments on my last post. I wondered if anyone was still following me after my "farewell" and was hoping to hear from maybe 1 or 2 of you. I was so happy to hear from as many of you as I did and was truly touched by your "welcome back". It really inspires and motivates me to get this blog back on track; and I'll start by giving you a quick summary of how my sales went (or rather didn't) in 2015 ...
Wells Fargo Rose Parade Legendary Horse Black AL Stuffed Plush 2009 – Paid $0.62 @ GWO – Sold Lot of 2 for $121.96 – Net Margin 77%
I am still surprised that, with little to no effort on my part, I still had sales every month in 2015 – even if it was only 1 or 2. I had 214 sales – which averaged about 18 a month. However, that number is deceiving because almost half of those sales were made in January, which I posted about here.
Last January, I listed most of my remaining 2014 inventory at auction for $0.99 and had 89 sales that month – the most in a month that year. In February, I again listed many items at clearance prices. That month I had 37 sales. Old stock that didn’t sell by March was donated to the thrift store, although I did keep a few items. I still maintained just under 50 items in my store. Eventually, many of those items were also donated when I went through another purging/decluttering frenzy in July. By then I had just under 30 items listed.
I didn’t do much product sourcing either. Most of my thrifting and saling adventures were for personal fun. I did find a handful of items to resell at a couple of yard sales. I’m just happy that both DD and DGDs love to thrift shop as much as I do. I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree! Here’s DGD#3 with a chess set I got at the GW outlet.
In December, when I started getting my eBay mojo back, I picked up a few toys at the 99-Cent store. I found a Star Wars Anakin talking figure for $4.99. I thought this was a major score and bought a bunch thinking I would sell them on Amazon; but then I discovered that I was not approved to sell toys on Amazon so that pretty much put the final nail on the coffin on that venue. I ended up selling the toys on eBay, but they did not sell for as much as I hoped.
Here’s the breakdown ...
Revenue: Just under $4,000
Number of sales: 214, of these 171 were stock from 2014
eBay - 194
Amazon – 20
Highest sale: $121.96 (Wells Fargo plush pictured above)
Lowest sale: $0.99 (plus shipping) – 41 items sold at this price
Average revenue per item: $18.25
Here are a few more of my top sellers:
Harley Davidson Freedom Rider Helmet Leather Black DOT Medium – Paid $1.28 @ GWO – Sold for $49.99 – Net Margin 61%
Original Steiff Germany Junior Leo Lion #2897/30 KNOPF IM OHR – Paid $0.71 @ GWO – Sold for $40 – Net Margin 70%
Ju-Ju-Be PackaBe Diaper Bag Brown with Blue Discontinued Backpack Style – Paid $4 @ GW – Sold for $54 – Net Margin 51%
COCOMOTION by Mr. Coffee Hot Chocolate Maker Hot Cocoa Machine Model HC4 – Paid $7.19 @ GW – Sold for $48.84 – Net Margin 60%
RADKO Harley Davidson Fat Boy Aqua Motorcycle with Presents Glass Ornament – Paid $2 @ GS – Sold for $39.99 – Net Margin 70%
And, finally, here is the Star Wars Anakin figure that I bought at the 99-Cent Store. I bought 13 of these; I gave away 3 as Christmas gifts and I sold the remaining 10. I priced them “to sell” as I didn’t want to get stuck with them. My net margin was low, but I still made about $54 profit on the bunch.
Star Wars Anakin to Darth Vader Talking Action Figure Color Changing Lightsaber – Paid $4.99 @ 99-Cent Store – Sold for $19.95 – Net Margin 25%
I hope 2016 has started off great for you and I am definitely looking forward to what the new year brings.
Now that’s cash for trash!