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 Pokémon 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. 😉

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! 😉

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. 😉
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..😉

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. 🙂

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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,  I won a Micheal Kors clutch instead. Worth $108, so I shouldn’t complain. 😉

Alas’I kept thinking about this headset though, so yesterday I went  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. 😉


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.  So yea, sorta healthy?!

Total cost was $37.80

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

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

 I’m not sure where we are going for lunch tomorrow. Definitely not fast food though. 😉



Hydroluxe Gel Review

I recieved this Hydroluxe Gel pillow a couple weeks ago. I was pretty excited. 
It’s a standard size pillow and runs for $59

A bit steep, if you ask me. 

However, I think you get to a point in your life where you simply can’t put a price tag on comfort. 

Aka’, your sleep!

But for the price tag, it better be life changing! Right?

I’ve been eyeing these pillow for the past few years. They usually have them on display at places like Costcos, and Sams Club. 

I would walk past them, rubbing my hand over their coolness. No pun intended. 😉
I use to do the same thing with those temperpedic pillows that were all the rage a decade ago. 
And yes, broke down and bought one of those overpriced pillows too. 

A darn shame the cat peed on it shortly after. 

They are VERY absorbent!
Moving right along…
Pillow claims: With an exclusive blend of phase change material on one side and cooling Hydraluxe Gel on the other, the Hydraluxe Gel Dual-Sided Cooling Pillow meets your unique temperature needs by consistently transferring heat away as you sleep.
Pros: Yes, there is absolutely no sweating or Bed head while using this pillow. In fact, you may even have a bit of trouble falling a sleep, due to the cold feeling against your head and face..
So, it does keep your head cool throughout the night. 

I also found that it helped with my adult acne. 

Ironically, my face started clearing up after a few consecutive nights using the pillow.

That was a plus!
Cons: Like mentioned, it took me an extra 20-30 minuets to fall asleep each night.

Perhaps in the summer it may be different. We will see. 

I would also like to note that I am strictly a side sleeper. And this pillow is quite stiff, making it hard to cozy up with.

I also sleep with one arm under the pillow, which made my arm also cold. Very cold! 

The first night I used it I had a kink in my neck by morning. It’s a firmer pillow, much like the temperpedic ones. No curves in this pillow though. 
All in all, I think this pillow would be better suited for a back sleeper. Maybe a tummy sleeper. Providing you don’t have any preexisting bank issues, as your back will be slightly arched due to the firmness and height of the pillow.

It comes like this. A very thin cotton zippered pillow case which holds the pillow, which also has a thin net-like covering. I slept on it like this the first week, then added another pillow case over it to ‘cool things down’



Please drop a comment if you have this pillow. Id love to hear your personal thoughts on it. 😉

My Quest for Good Shoes

For the past year I have been on the quest for a specific kind of shoe. A cute comfortable one!
After years of abusing my feet in pretty, yet impracticle shoes, I went in for a podiatrist appointment. Doctor man told me that I had Plantar Fashitis in my left foot. And prescribed me some pain reliever, as it had really been hurting.

The doctor then bandaged up my foot in a block of gauze and tape, making a make-shift arch support.
He then told me to not take a shower for the next week, and then come back in a week to have it removed. He then told me to switch over to athletic shoes full time. Nikes, to be specific.

I hate athletic shoes! *sigh*
The last time I had owned a pair I was a teenager. At the gym I wore Barefoot’s. Which turns out, are horrible for your feet. Disputes their claim.

I wanted to be a good patient. So when I got home, I cut the make-shift cast thing off my foot, tossed it I the trash can, and hopped in the shower.
Then I went to the shoe store and bought a hot pink pair of Nikes.
He told me to size up, in the event that I decided to get a pair of fancy orthopedic insoles for them. Which I did…

I wore them home and was amazed how comfy they actually were. 
While in the shoe store I tried on some Air Jordan’s, Coaches, and New Balance sneakers. But none of them were as comfortable then the ‘sized up’ Nikes. 

So I got home and started looking on eBay for other Nikes. Cheaper ones in different colors. Dual Fusions have the best arch support I have found. Nikes are anywhere from $74- $199 YIKES!
But by the end of the month I had Nikes in pink, blue, and yellow. Along with a black pair of vintage Filas, that are almost as comfy as my Nikes. Almost. 😉

But then I had a dilemma hit me smack in the face.

Church. 😐 Date-Night. 😐
What on earth would I wear with my skirts and dresses?  My pretty clothes.

Sneakers just look awful, in my opinion.
I don’t even think Keds look good with denim skirts. Although I know many other ladies seem to think so.

So I decided to cave  and I bought a pair of high arch insoles and placed them in my cute old school flats. This is done at the doctors office. They take your bare feet and place them in a mold. Then hand make special PVC insoles that are suppose to fit in just about any shoe.
They were okay, but they made my shoes feel a bit too tight.  I’m glad I have them though. 
The following week inwent to Walmart and bought a good ol’ pair of Dr. Scholl’s sandals. They are very similar to the ones that my mother use to wear back in the 80’s. 

Yes, they are comfortable, but not as comfortable as my Nikes. And my feet just don’t feel very protected in them. What if I needed to flee on foot? 

Next, I bought a pair of Birkenstocks, which I have owned before, but was never one to wear the same shoes daily..
(I bought mine on eBay, so don’t have a store to share.) They were only $40 though. Regularly, $129 

I’m

Told that QVC has the best deLs on them. 

Next I bought a pair of red ALEGRIAs. ALEGRIAs have removable insoles for any and all foot issues. They are pretty great! I just wish they didn’t have any heel at all. Mine look like the ones below, but in red..

And lastly I bought a pair of camo colored OTZ Cork-Lites. They were out of the size and color I wanted, so just went with it.


I’m so glad I did. They are so comfy! The kind of shoes you can wear for 12 hours straight, and have no blisters. Not to mention, pain. They have a serious arch support insole made from cork. 

So while they just look like an average air of Bobs or Toms, they are really so much more. I bought mine on eBay for $20. They retail for $100

I also just recently bought my daughter a pair in goat leather. There site says to size up. So if you are a size 8, you’d buy a 9. If you are a size 9, you’d buy a size 10. 


My current practical shoe collection. 
I also have four pairs of boots with insoles in them. The days of heels and flip flops are gone…

So, how are YOUR FEET? 

Off in Neverland

Something funny just happened. 

We drove two hours out of South Carolina, but being a passenger..I was asleep the whole time.I woke up stopped in front of Food Lion and decided to get out and run in for snacks for the kids. Not asking where we were. I’m on vacation, it doesn’t matter, right? 😉
I walked down the snack isle a d picked up some goldfish and chips, then while walking back up the isle to check out and pay, I heard a little boys voice calling, “Ciara’s Aunt!” “Ciara’s Aunt!”

As I continued to walk, I then heard, “You with the red hair!”
It’s funny, because that always makes me stop dead on!

 And I often times wonder, why?

Would a brunette or blond stop? An lady with gray hair?
So I turned around and noticed a young boy about nine years old, with his mother.
He was very excited and acted like he knew me.

He said hello and asked how I’ve been. 

I said that I’m not Ciera’s aunt, but I could be if he wanted me to… because he’s such a cutie! In other words, I was friendly back. 🙂
I guess the comment came off as too creepy to his mother, as she gave me a mean look and pulled him to go…as he was in mid sentence. Lol

Then I continued to the front end to cash out. As I was paying I let out a cough, seeing as I’m still sick. (Common cold)
As I coughed the lady behind me and the cashier stepped back a bit…

Which is something that I would normally do, being a germaphobe. I’ve never had anyone do that to me though. Not that I mind.  😉

The cashier then asked me if I was alright. 
Which was odd, because it’s just a standard cough. Then the lady behind me asked me if I’ve been to Wallace.

I told her no, that I was just visiting from NC. 
Still not realizing that I was back IN NC. 😐

Then they both proceeded to tell me that there is some life threatening air born illness in Wallace right now. Each having a story of someone they knew falling ill from going there. 
It was all very odd.  I reassured them that I was NOT from around here, and that I was from NC.
Something tells me that they thought that I was either, SPECIAL, or VERY ILL INDEED!

Winston Salem Walmart

I have no idea what is going on with our Walmart, but I think I will wait a couple months before going there again. It took me twice as long to find anything tonight.

They moved the greeting cards to the very front of the store. They use to be by the stationary and school supplies. Not anymore.
Maybe no one is buying cards anymore? Maybe that’s why they felt the need to bring them to the front of the store. I have no idea. I still buy cards though. 
They moved the men’s clothing section over by the food. That is where the infant and toddler clothing use to be.
The shoe section they put right behind the greeting cards. The ladies clothing was switched out by the handbags and jewelry, over by the make-up, and the toy section the left alone. 
It was such a mess!

I’ve never seen it this empty!😳

I have no idea what’s happening here, but much of the frozen food was completely gone. 🤔

A whole lot of clearance things.


They were out of my favorite cough drops. 😐