Walmart Brands

Walmart Brands

I never thought I’d have Walmart taking up so much of my blog, but..

Mini Update:

I mentioned my two no name brand Walmart purses that had really impressed me last month. Both impulse buys.

One in black and one in gray. I blogged about them with pictures last month.

They were only $9.96 each.

And while I still love my black one.. I have only been carrying my gray one a few weeks and the seams are already starting to come undone. 😐

I ended up going back and upgrading to a pink one with gold hardware. I don’t love it as much. It was $13.97

It’s a bit of a stiffer synthetic pleather, and much smaller in size. Only one deep pocket.. No outside pockets for your keys or phone, so it’s not very practical. But it’s pretty!

So there’s that.

While I was there again shopping, I noticed that they seem to be doing away with their no name branding.

I think they did that with clothing years ago, if I recall.

I remember they had a brand called George, White Stag, Faded Glory, and Cherokee. Maybe others?

To the best of knowledge, they only carry Faded Glory now. Which is their Walmart brand.

Getting back to purses, they must have signed a deal with Relic handbags.

$29.99 each.

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have never been a fan of Relic. But I know many are.

Once upon a time Relic could only be bought from the mall or online.

Now… you can buy the brand at Walmart.

Brands need to cease to make room for up and coming ones I guess. πŸ˜‰

I remember when the make-up brand Hard Candy, was only on HSN.. And now it can only be bought at Walmart.

A few years ago Walmart was selling Kathy Van Zeeland purses.

I use to carry those, but like any designer bag that becomes overly saturated , or starts selling at discount places… the quality and hype go right down the drain. I actually sold all mine back when I had Facebook.

Currently, I’ve had my eye on a Big Buddha bag that Walmart is currently carrying.

But who wants to dish out $40 for a Walmart handbag?! Yikes!

I know it sounds silly.

Why does someone feel fine about spending $40 at the mall for a purse, but cringes at the thought of spending the same amount at a discount store.

I guess it’s like a yard sale or thrift store.

You are there for a deal! Nothing more.

So there you have the Walmart Purse update.

Has anyone treated them-self to a new Fall/Winter handbag as of late? Please share!

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Walmart fiascoΒ 

About once a year, sometimes twice, I encounter a uncomfortable shopping experience. 

Last night was one of those incidents. 

I was at Walmart. 

I was looking in the craft section when a middle aged woman, late 50’s was heading my way in one of those Walmart ‘ride along’ buggy things…

She pulled up right in front of me and asked me if I was a God fearing Christian. 

I didn’t think much at the time, because this is how they witness to people here, down South. 

I’ve had people approach me and ask me if I knew that when I died I’d burn in the fiery furnace.. Unless I repented right away.. 

For real! That incident took place in a laundry mat.

Evangelists are hard-core down here! Fire & Brimstone all the way.

My mistake is, that I am engaging. At l day that’s what my family tells me. 

I admit, I walk around with a smile, and I am a bit more friendly then I should be, probably.  It’s become a blessing and a curse. 

After being asked about my faith, I told the women that I was a Christian. 
She then out of the blue, asked me if I would buy her a Vacuum cleaner. A shark, specifically. 

She said she didn’t have the two-hundred dollars and needed a vacuum cleaner that night. And that since I claim to be a Christian, then it is my duty to give to charity. 

HER, being the charity. 

I became like a deer in a headlight. At first I thought she was pulling my leg. Or that I was being recorded for some social experiment. 

I froze. 

Then she repeated her request to me in a more assertive manner.

I responded to her where she could purchase the vacuum at a cheaper price. And that the store Ollie’s, is cheaper then Walmart. At least I could offer her that information, despite her rudeness. 

But that didn’t sit well with her and she told me that unless I was going to drive her to the other store and purchase the vacuum for her, then she didn’t care.. And that if I was really a Christian, I NEEDED to buy her a vacuum as a charity.

I became annoyed, but still wanting to be respectful, I told her that 90% of my purchases are second hand.. and that if she needed one that bad, she should try a thrift store.

She then became down right mean and stopped another shopper who was walking past us.

She told the random stranger that “this women” (while pointing at me) was claiming to be a Christian, yet, would not bless her with a vacuum cleaner. 

The lady shrugged, said sorry.. and kept on walking. 

Exactly what I should have done. I hate that I always feel the need to explain myself. Especially to strangers. πŸ˜”

It was now just the two of us again….

I ended the conversation by telling her that I have five kids, and I am putting one through the Uni, so I simply can’t help her… and then I walked away..

Of course even if I was a millionaire, having random strangers demand gifts or money, would not be charities I would give too. 

Feeling distressed after walking away, I texted my husband and told him what had just happened. 

He said I should have just told her from the get-go to leave me the hell alone, and get lost!

But I’m just not that kind of person though. But I know that I need to grow a pair…. sort of speak; soon though.

I finished my grocery shopping and went to cash out. 

I always look over all my purchases while standing in line to estimate the cost. 

While doing this, I didn’t notice that the crazy lady was a couple carts in front of me. 

As I was scanning over the items in my cart I heard some commotion in front of me that caused me to look up. 

There she was! Still in the riding buggy, and yelling at the cashier. 

She was telling the cashier that she still owes her. $20 back. 

I then noticed that she had a watch in her hand.

Then another cashier came over and they straightened it out, it seemed. The crazy lady was in the wrong. 

The cashier cashed out the woman in front of me, and then it was my turn. 

While ringing me out the cashier asked me how I was, and if I found everything I was looking for. I told her that the lady in the riding buggy that just left, approached me in the store, more-less demanding that I buy her a vacuum cleaner. 

I told her what happened and she told me that that woman got the lady that was in front of me, (behind her) to buy her a $40 wrist watch. 

Apparently, while she was in line she turned around and asked the lady behind her if she was a God fearing Christian.

The lady told her yes, and then the crazy lady asked her if she would buy her a TimeX watch as a charity. 

The lady said alright. They both left the line, and came back with the watch. 

She paid for the watch, and then the crazy ladypurchased  her couple of items.. and that’s when I got into the line. 😳

The cashier told me that the lady was either a con-artist, or had a mental disposition.  Then she apologized that I had a bad shopping experience. She then told me that this time of year is always challenging. She shared a few horror stories that she’s encountered in the past couple years around the Holiday season. 

After I cashed out I went out to the parking lot and noticed that the crazy woman was standing up with two other ladies in the parking lot, and laughing. 

She was showing off her new watch to one of them. Then they high fived. 

Then the ladies were approached by a Walmart employee who was getting all the carts outside. They all started talking. It seemed to be getting intense. 

I got into the car and we left! 

Today… I’m upset at myself for not being more assertive in that very awkward situation. 


I’m very curious how others may have responded in the situation I just shared. Please share!

We all like to think we would not engage in crazy, but when it happens to us… many, like myself, simply freeze. πŸ˜”

Fur Loafer Slides

Last week, while paging through a magazine at the doctors office I came across these Gucci Slides. With tax, they’d be over a thousand dollars. 

 I did a quick search just to make sure, and sure enough.. They cost a mortgage! *sigh*

Granted, they are made of genuine leather and goat fur; as well as being an investment piece, that’s bound to age well. That said, I am not rich, nor pretend to be..

So as always, I made a quest to find a similar, more affordable style. 
These Ellen Tracy’s are similar. And  still look like grandfathers comfortable slippers, but the cost is right up my alley. 

They retail for $60, but I got them for $20.


Do they feel as comfy and plush as the Guccis? Probably not. But if I can enjoy them for the next couple of years, I’m sure I will be bored of them by then anyways. πŸ˜‰

Cashmere Thrift Find

Here is a perfect example of finding a diamond in the rough….

I ran into a large ’boutique style’ thrift store the other day and stumbled across this beautiful Cashmere sweater. 

I’m keeping it for myself. πŸ™‚

It retailed for $275, but someone bought it on clearance for $165. Yet, it was never worn. 

I bought it for $4.99.

I simply will never pay retail for anything. I’d much rather find the diamonds in the rough. Even if that means waiting for them to appear in my life. πŸ˜‰

Walmart Purse review

Shocking! I know.

I enjoy luxury items most of the time. I’m a confessing brand snob, if you will. Not proud. 

I sleep on vicose sheets.

I carry real leather bags.

I wear real leather coats.

I wear name brand clothing, unless I’m out sourcing.

I wear Quality shoes. 

You get the point. 

I wasn’t always this way. Not by a long shot. 

Maybe as you age, you just want to treat yourself better. If possible. I’m the same with my kids. Not that they care about brands. Except my oldest. 

Also; I should point out…nothing has to be brand new to me. I’d much rather have a used quality item then a brand new cheap one. I know many friends who insist on things being new. This is not me at all. Used, yet of good quality is fine by me. πŸ˜ƒ

Jumping into this review…
Erm…This perfect purse. 

While out grocery shopping a couple months ago, I decided to wiz through the the handbags; just for fun. 

My eyes went to a Big Buddha bag, which use to be a higher end brand. I examined the quality made Purses, which had $40-$50 price tags. 😳Much too much for Walmart, I quickly thought thought. 

Then I walked over to all the other bags. Like the one above. Not real leather, but for the $9.97 price tag… I picked one up to inspect. It didn’t feel like leather. But it felt okay. Zippers felt smooth and opened with ease. Adjustable strap. Stitching and seams were all straight. No loose threading. It looked and felt lightweight. All things I look at, before purchasing  a new bag. 
I have been looking for a cross-body purse that I could use while out sourcing, and thought that it would be a perfect little bag for the task.

I thought it would be a perfect hands free bag. 

They came in maroon, black, brown, hunter green, cream, and Navy. They looked like they had a place that another color was, but it must have been sold out. Awesome color selection too!

I chose the black one. I know. Boring..

I brought it home and my daughter quickly noticed the purse sticking out of the Walmart bag. 

 She gave me an odd look. “Walmart?” She questioned me. 

I told her that I needed something cheap that I didn’t care if it got dirty, etc. But more importantly, I needed something that would allow me to source with my hands free… because a fanny pack just wouldn’t fit around my fanny. 😏

That night I took everything out of my Calvin Klein bag, and placed it in my new ten dollar Walmart purse. Then I tried it on. You know, walked around the house with it. Hands free!

My husband saw me, and asked if I was going somewhere. I told him no.. then explained to him how I bought a special purse to use when I went out sourcing. 

Of course he didn’t understand. Men!? 😐

So where is this longgg drawn out story going….

In a nutshell: I source a few times a week and I found myself switching back and forth all month long… 

But then I found myself upset when I had kept switching back to my designer bags..😱

 I was actually missing my cheap little gem. 

This bag is the perfect medium size, hands free, bag. It is! 

It has just the right amount of pockets, and us set up so practical.

Cell phone slips easily on one side, which doesn’t have a snap or zipper closure. 

Stevia, Lippy, and pen in the other side. (Showing In the above picture) which does zip. 

Large inside with side zippered area for smaller stuff. I can for a full size wallet, notepad, more makeup, and first aid in the main pouch. 

The bag is the best $10 I ever spent!

So for the past month I have been solely carrying it. 

I was at a friends house the other day, when she noticed my bag and asked me which brand it was. Knowing that I only carry nicer bags..

I smiled,  and told her Walmart! 🀣

Her reply: Noooooo! 

So last night while out grocery shopping… I grabbed one in gray. I guess that’s the color that was sold out last time. 

Now I have one to switch over too when I want to look extra put together. 😁

There we go.. She’s all set! 😊


Reseller Update

I’ve been so excited with a recent thrift hauls that Ive done. I try to source 3x a week. One morning, and two evenings. 

I have sourced about one hundred items in the past week. These beautiful shoes have been the best luxury item that I have ever come across. At least while living down here.

They are a size 9, and retail just under 1k. 

They are just stunning! 

I’ve also had some very good sales. One hundred and ninety in the past two months, to be precise. I’d love to hav that many sales in one month though. Goals!

I sold my chinchilla stole. I didn’t have it cleaned or have the tear repaired, and I still managed to get $70 for it. So that was a blessing. And yes, I was upfront about the imperfection. 

I also sold a vintage Patagonia fleece for $60.

I’ve also started selling more hard goods. 

Selling pieces of things. Coffee parts, vacuum parts, sports helmets, etc. all that can be easily found at the bins by the pound.

I also bought this old 1979 vintage crib sleeping bag. Honestly, looking at it makes me feel fertile… wanting to use it for another baby.. but I will sell it. πŸ˜”

It’s in perfect condition!  I’m actually thinking its never been used. I wonder what the story is on it…πŸ€”

Let me share a quick story.

I popped into the GW the other day to see if they still had a few 1950’s vintage Theodor purses that I saw the previous day, but didn’t pick up. They were all $3.75 each.

One was wool, which I almost bought for myself, simply because I love vintage things. But I didn’t. As I don’t dress in a vintage style. I’m simply not Petite. 

So I ran into GW to see if they still had the vintage handbags, and they did. I found four. And I bought them all. I also found my son a bunch of pants, to my surprise. 

Try finding size 29×34 in men’s jeans. It is obviously not a popular size. Which is why I have been buying him 30’s, and he just wears a belt.
But I found him three pairs of pants. So Yay!

When I got up to pay for the vintage handbags, I started looking inside each of them. I’ve opened Old bags before with creepy crawlers in them, so now I make it a point to check inside. 
Old mints, old bible tracks from 1976, a couple old pens, old bobby pins…

I started imagining who the owner might have been. Maybe a sweet old lady who passed out mints to all the children, and called everyone deary? 

Then I came across a note with a church pencil.

I won’t share the name on the note, to respect the family’s  privacy. Apparently, the owner was at church and was given the note that was asking where a particular family was…. that they have been tarty in service for a couple weeks now… and that was just awful. I left it in the bag…while continuing to romantasize the olden days in my head..

Then the cashier starts cashing me out and randomly starts sharing the story of the bags I was purchasing…. And just when I was picturing the sweet old lady making her Brunswick stew while with her beautiful handbag on the counter. 
The cashier said that a women came in last week with 150 vintage bags and 150 matching shoes. The shoes were all still in their boxes with the sales slips stapled to them.

Her mother had recently passed, she told the cashier…and was well known in the community for being a snazzy dresser. Hence so many bags and shoes.

She had no use for her mothers bags and shoes, so donated them all that day. 

Wow! If only I had popped in THAT DAY. 

The cashier told me that she was the one that priced everything to get it moved out quick. And that as soon as she began stacking the shoes in the back of the store, ONE LADY walked over and asked to purchase them all! 

She took every single pair of shoes that day. They were priced $4.29 per pair. 

She took most of the purses… and there I was buying the last of four of them.

I keep thinking about it. 

Would I have bought all the shoes to resell? 

I’m not sure. I guess if it would have felt right… I probably would have done the same. 

It’s hard to find vintage goods in near perfect, clean, wearable, condition nowadays. Especially for little money.

I’m happy to have these bags. I plan on selling three,  and keeping one for myself. Probably the wool one.

I went to a friends house yesterday to show her the vintage bags. Here’s where it gets even more interesting..

She opened the one bag and read the note, and then answered where, and why, that family left the church. All those years ago…She knew! 

Such a big world.. yet small. ❀️

Here is a picture of the vintage bags, in case anyone wants to see. πŸ™‚


Testimony & Weekend Sales

The month of August, I had a 22% drop in sales. It happened last year too. My guess, is that everyone’s extra money goes to school supplies, etc. 

Totally understandable, too. 

I was standing in line at Walmart a few weeks ago, and a there was a lady behind me who I felt called to give money too. I did not see her, I just heard her voice. 

I’m positive it was the holy spirits lead, as I did not know what the lady behind me looked like, or who she was, etc. I didn’t even know if she was a teacher. But I distinctly heard the Lord tell me me to turn around and give her all the cash I had. Not too much, as I rarely carry cash with me.  But I had taken out $30 the previous day, Not knowing why…

As I turned around to see who this lady was I heard her continuong on..talking to her kids, but I currently had no other details about her life.

I watched for a few seconds, as she begun taking a bunch of school supplies from her cart. I then noticed that her kids did not seem to be ‘school age’

So I reached in my purse and pulled out the money and asked her if she would mind if I helped out with all of that…(school supplies)

She told me that she had money to pay for it. That I was fine.

I asked her if she was a teacher. She said yes! 3rd grade. I told her that it would mean a lot to me if she would take the money. She smiled and said alright, and then thanked me…. then she thanked me several more  times, and shared that the stuff was for her class, and that it was going to be her first full time teaching job. I then cashed out, wished her luck, and left the store.

As I am getting older, I’m reallly recognizing the Lords voice to me, more and more.. it’s a wonderful feeling when you directly hear the Lord speaking to you and you are able to respond. Amen!

Getting back to my sales

Even with my sales down last month, I didn’t fret, and continued to pick up cheap yard sale finds for the next couple months, in conjunction to my weekly thrift hauls. 

I tend to put 20% back into the reselling business each week. God has been so faithful in providing and guiding..
So tonight I’m sitting here with a smile on my face… feeling very happy that with this weekend sales alone, it cover the cost of two of my kids Christmas gifts.

My son is getting a Kindle upgrade, and my daughter is getting a keyboard like her sisters.

I was also able to spruce up the house with a few needed things.


What did I sell over the weekend:

Two pairs of shoes. 

Two Halloween costumes.

A new SpongeBob Halloween DVD

And two blouses.

I have twenty more than myself to list this coming week, which were unplanned freebies, which will be 100% profit.

Did I mention how fauthfulnthe Lord is?! ❀️


#7 Life of a Reseller/Personal Shopper

There are many places to resell gently used clothing. Gently used; means no holes, rips, or stains.

Although, I have bought things that have needed repairing. And if the flip is worth the effort, then I buy and make repairs.

Thatvsaid, you do need to take good close up pictures of the repair, and also mention it in your descriptions.
It’s also a very good idea to have the appropriate apps. on your phone for the platforms you sell on. I think there is a Bonanza app. that lets you link all your platforms.

Having a smartphone is very important in the reselling business.

I take pictures, list, and print out my shipping labels right from my phone. I also search what things are worth while out sourcing from my phone.

To be honest, I would not be doing any of this without my phone.

History:

I started selling back in 1999, with my trusty PC, and Kodak camera. Not even a digital camera, mind you. 😱

I can’t imagine going through all that hassle nowadays.

Of course if it were the only thing available, I just might..

But who am kidding, probably not. 😏
Well known sites to resell on:

Offer up

Amazon

eBay

Posh mark

Etsy

What type of things do to sell? 

I get asked this question a lot. 


I sell mainly sought after clothing. But I also sell things that will gain value to collectors, mostly.

There will always be people who collect things. 

Sadly, some people will buy things over purchasing food for themselves.

But that’s a whole other post. Nothing Inwant to focus on today.

If you make it a point to collect Limited Edition things, such as Limited Edition make-up.

 (For example)

THAT has amazing value to a lot of women.

Hence– how hair and nail salons will never go out of business.

Make-up doesn’t take up much storage, so if you have the money to invest in it, why not.
Each year cosmetic companies put out Holiday Collections that get sold out immediately.

Sometimes within the first hour of their launch.

Anything by the Kardashians/Jenner’s, or Beauty Influencers. Of course MAC, and Too Faced. Along with any other high end products. I’m not talking about drug store make-up.
Once sold out, people flock to eBay and Amazon to look for these items.

You can purchase an eye shadow palette for $58, from beauty stores such as Ulta and Sephora. Then turn around and double your profit by selling it online a few months later. Some palettes go for $200! Limited edition Disney lines are a prime example.

(Please don’t do this with food though.)

Selling food for extreme amounts of money…..

I have a tender heart for people in need of food, which is why I donate food every week to people. 

So please don’t sell gallons of spring water to Hurricane victims for inflated prices. This goes for baby formula and pampers, too. 


Getting back to reselling..

Shipping and collecting things that people find value in, or memories… is A-okay. You are providing a service to them that takes thought, gas money, time, etc..

And that’s worth the price tag for many people who do not like ‘the hunt’.
Back in the days, I spent mass amounts of money on sold out items that I wanted for my kids..
Back in 2000, I spent $80 for a $10 plush animal that my daughter wanted for her birthday, but it was sold out in the stores.
Not to mention my hunt for specific My Little Ponies.

Some of those are rare and pricy, because they keep updating and retiring them.
Same goes for Care Bears.

I sold my personal collection for a hefty profit.

People pay for memories, and I’m no different then anyone else. I do still have my original 1980’s Cabbage Patch kid though. It’s one of the only things I have from my granny, and I plan on keeping her forever. ❀️
Through trial and error I have learned what sells and what doesn’t.
Beanie Babies and Limited Edition Hallmark ornaments were great things to collect in the late 80’s, but they are pretty worthless nowadays.
However, garbage patch kids and PokΓ©mon cards are still sought after. 

Again, they don’t take up much room.
Remember, you have a lot of money in your house at this very moment. You have stuff that no one is using and it can be sold and no one would miss it. πŸ˜‰

I don’t live in a mansion by any means, so storage is always an issue. Which is why I keep mentioning room to store things.

I’ve thought of renting a unit, or buying another shed. But that would cut into my profits a whole lot. So I make do with what I have. And you could too.

I currently use 10% of my home for my business.

These pictures below are of my current set-up. Nothing fancy, but working for now.

I have labeled bins of what’s  inside each bin. I have a rack for all my shoes and boots. 

Each shelf is a different size. 

The middle is filled with packet books and my daughters things that she is selling.

Then I have a clothes rack for everything that is more pricier, or things that I steamed and ironed.


Pocket books are also something I have always collected.
I have turned over a quick profit on them for years now.

I started out collecting Vera Bradleys… which often retire when new patterns come out. Many people are attached to certain patterns and styles. And when they get retired, they need to search online for them.

Currently, I have moved on to strictly designer bags though. Lower end ones, such as Micheal Korrs, Coach, and Calvin Klein.

I wish I could buy and resell Chanel, YSL, and Hermes’ bags. Maybe if I already had a million dollars to invest.

That shared, I don’t just buy to buy…

I never have.

Although people seem to think so. 😏

I put thought into every purchase I make. Whether it’s .50 or fifty dollars.

Remember, you need money to make money though. But this can be as little as $20

When I go to Goodwill and spend $20, I turn it into $100! Then $100 can easily turn into $500, and in some cases, 1k! My daughter bought a Kate Spade dress last month for $5.49, and then turned around and flipped it for $100. Off to Canada it went.

Research the market.

And start at the bottom.

Your house! Yard sales! Estate sales!

Learn about what you love.

Find your nitch.

I use to be into collectibles, such as glassware, and art.

I once sold a rare cattle etching engraving..

Which led me to learn everything I could about etchings. Fascinating, but not a quick flip.

I also use to sell old costume jewelry, which I am still very much interested in.
I currently collect it. Not too old though.

Mainly 70’s and 80’s. But I do have some very old Abalone pieces that I really adore. Mesh Whiting & Davis items are also very nice.
When I first started reselling I educated myself on all things. Like a kid in a candy store..

 wanted it all!

I also had a larger house back then, so storage was never an issue.

I was an avid watcher of the antique roadhouse, and grew up around people who collected antiques. So I did have a little knowledge from the get go.

Carnival Glass, Ruby red, and Fenton pieces were things my mom collected.

Fiesta-ware, old stamps and milk white glass, were also things I knew about. Old quilts are very valuable. Especially the yo-yo and stained glass ones.

I’m sure if you think about it, you really know about certain valuables.

Vintage things have also become quite trendy in the past few years.

Especially with clothing.

Hipsters have made many great fashion statements…with their modern skinny jeans; paired with vintage woolwich and wrangler pearl button-up shirts. There! There’s a market.

They have also made men’s vintage shoes very sought after. I love hipsters! πŸ˜‰

Last year I picked up a pair of vintage Wallabies  for $2.99 at the Salvation Army, then resold them for $200.00! I shipped them to the U.K. And yes, the buyer pays upfront for shipping. I also charge a handling fee.

My time and effort are valuable.

Shoes are also a great way to get into the reselling community. 

Mens size shoes 13-15 seem to be the most popular. While ladies size 8 shoes are the most popular.

And yes, I clean and sanitize every pair of shoes that I buy. I learned how to properly do this by watching, you got it….YouTube videos. πŸ˜‰
What about drop shipping? 



Personally, I’m not a fan of drop ship, because I like to have everything in my possession to inspect. I want to hand pick each item and feel what I’m selling.

I have  bought from drop ship sellers in the past, and have never been satisfied.

I bought an electric eyelash curler that broke after a few times of use.  I also bought a leather wallet, which  I suspect, wasn’t actually real leather.
When I notified these sellers, they were honest, and said that they had no idea of the quality, because the items never passed their hands. They were drop shipped.
Yes, there is money to be made in drop ship, but there is also money to be made with hard work, too. But remember, no one wants stained up broken junk.

But I’ve been told that there is currently a market for old TV remote controls and Panasonic VHS players. Who knew?!

You may also be able to utilize Criegslist for junk. I know creative types like to recycle just about anything. Turning trash into treasure. That’s their nitch.

It’s great to recycle and keep as much as you can off the landfill. That’s a business in itself.

Again, find what works for you.

Be passionate about it!
You have to like the hunt though. Which I do.

If you do not enjoy shopping, you might as well stay with your 9-5 day job.

That has never worked for me. I get bored way too easily.
That all said… and I know I can go on… 

Here is a list of brands that I tend to hunt for:



Ugly Christmas Sweaters (Yes! These sell!)

Anthropologie

Lucky Brand

Lane Bryant

Torrid

St. John’s

Ralph Lauren

Eileen Fisher

LL Bean

Old Navy

Lularoe

Lulumon

Zoella

Patagonia

Arrow

Lilly Putzer

Kate Spade

Micheal Korrs

Coach

Paper Krane

Escada

Harley Davidson

Tommy Bahama

North Face

J Crew

J. Jill

BKE

Columbia

BCBG

Victoria Secret

Free People

Nike

Calvin Klein

Lands End

NYDJ

Scully

In conclusion: Selling on any platform takes effort…and for me, it has been answered prayer. And pretty easy because I’m a former consumer, so I know what to look for. I also have people who hire me to look for things for them.
There is no such thing as a get rich quick job. Although I hear Ed makes seven figures on ebay..πŸ˜‰

What does it take and how do I start?



Basically, you need to source items, research them, pull comps, take quality pictures, and write good descriptions. 



Descriptions need to not only describe the item for sale, but convince the buyer that they need your item, not someone else’s.. And you only have eight seconds to do this, as the average buyers attention span is eight seconds before they click out, and onto someone else’s listing.
And lastly, wrap the item nicely; with a thank you card, and have it mailed within 24 hours of the sale.

Fast shipping is a must! 

Especially when you reach power seller status. Which I have.
For me, this is going to the post office every single day. If you live far from a post office, you can give your mailman all your packages.
Providing you have already bought the shipping labels through PayPal.

I forgot to mention, you need a PayPal account for eBay. It is not optional.
And there you have it! 



Now I have this all typed up and posted, and have a place to send people who ask me how I do it. πŸ™‚

New Toy! EVO RV headset

I went to a party this past Saturday and tried to win this puppy. I guess I’m late to the party, as be never seen this headset before this past Saturday.

I did win something, btw, Β I won a Micheal Kors clutch instead. Worth $108, so I shouldn’t complain. πŸ˜‰

Alas’I kept thinking about this headset though, so yesterday I went Β out and bought it. It’s very easy to use!

You just download an App, then slide your phone in the back part, and you are ready for your virtual reality expirence.

It feels like you are in a planetarium. 🌌

You can watch Videos, YouTube,etc.

Oh! And if you are thinking this would cost a lot of money, Nope! $14.99 at Walmart.

The Fresh Market grocer

Keeping it healthy. Well, sorta. πŸ˜‰


We stopped at this grocery store called Fresh Market. Not to be confused with World Market.
To balance out that fast food earlier, (which made me sick, unfortunately) I picked up some fresh fruit, Greek salad, blueberry kifer, almond brittle and raspberry pillow cookies for a snack. Β So yea, sorta healthy?!

Total cost was $37.80

So it’s not the cheapest store in the world. But everything was so fresh!Β 

Our hotel has breakfast included, so I’m looking forward to coffee, waffles and eggs.Β 

Β I’m not sure where we are going for lunch tomorrow. Definitely notΒ fast food though. πŸ˜‰