This is the last day of January and yes I have been absent from this blog because I have been working very diligently getting things done. I would love to report that we are now over 800 listings but that would not be the truth. What is true is that we have reached 600 and while that it may not be a huge change we have found our method for getting listings done.
I know everyone does things differently and we had to find a way that worked well for us. We started off thinking we were going to do things one way and it just didn't work so through trial and error we have found a method that works for us. We have been listing 60 items a week the last two weeks and I think that is going to be our number. We are able to do 60 items a week but no more otherwise we don't have time to do everything else we need to do.
January has not been a great month for us but from reading other blogs I know that we are not alone so I do take some solace in that. Here are our numbers for the month....
Items in Store - 603
eBay Sales - $637.00
Amazon Sales - $275.00 (camera)
Etsy Sales - $0
Bonanza Sales - $30.00 (shoes)
Contract Work - $1000.00
Total All - $1942.00
Ok we did not quite make our bills this month so we had to use some of our savings to help get through the month. We have had an issue with our thrift stores not having any merchandise worth getting the last few months so it's been very difficult to get new merchandise that would sell for enough money to be worth our while.
I love reading on other blogs how some people are making thousands of dollars from just a few listings. That is not the case with us. Our business seems to make about $100 for every 100 items we have and maybe that's because we continue to sell mostly not high end clothing, I don't know.
We have decided though that we have enough clothing for the time being so now we are going to start concentrating on general merchandise and following along with that we went to two flea markets yesterday and we purchased approximately 50 items for around $150. Now we have only always bought clothing so this is a new experience for us. We bought three paintings one of which was a Haiti artist named Rony. We think we may be able to get about $200 for that painting but as I say this is outside our comfort zone so we just don't know right now.
We bought several board games and some still in the package blank cassette tapes, some vintage wallpaper still in the original packaging, curtains, sheets, and a bunch of other stuff that we know nothing about, lol. It should be interesting over the next several weeks to see if any of this stuff actually sells or if we will be forced to go back to our comfort zone.
Anyway just wanted to let you guys know what we have been up to and that we are still muddling our way through this.