~Keeping professional in your Business~Several years ago I remember a news story about a bakery not wanting to serve a homosexual couple a wedding cake.Then there was another story of a woman who would not issue a marriage license to a gay couple. At that time in my life I was torn with it, and to be honest; up until today, I still was.I didn’t grow up in a religious household, but in later life fell into the religious trap. And when I say trap, I’m not bashing religion by any means. What I am saying is that during the time when my circle of friends were very “Pharisee-like” so was I. I just read last week that you become like the five people you mostly talk with. 🤔I had a circle of thirty or so people who were very strict and religious. They liked to refer to one another as accountability partners. Not friends! So I went from spending the first part of my life being very worldly. And then I spent the second part of my life as very judgy, to now, finding a healthy balance with people. Including myself. Fifteen years ago I was at a church where a eighty year old woman told me to never forget to… “Love them anyways.” We are called to show love. Not choose WHO deserves our love. Because we ALL do. We need to be genuine on showing this love.I had only been saved five or so years during the time this church lady shared. What she called, her LIFE MOTTO, so at the time I didn’t know what she meant, exactly. Having went the complete opposite direction for a period, I felt horrible inside. That said,I felt somehow, that God loved me a bit more then everyone else because I isolated myself against any Ungodly people. I did not understand why I felt so awful when I was earning Gods favor in the only way that I knew how. I started thinking very, for lack of better wording.. Amish. Old school Amish! To give a picture of my mind at the time..It was a very lonely journey. Romans 3:10 says:As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. I’m not sure why I felt better then anyone else, but I suppose that is what religion can do to you.During that period of my life I met another woman who seemed to be the complete opposite of me. She loved everyone! She extended so much love to everyone and everything, that it use to make me upset inside.Yes, Upset?! 😳She would tell me that Jesus loved everyone equally. Love the sinner, hate the sin. We are all pretty familiar with that phrase.Yet at the time, I didn’t really know how that fit into my life with God. What I do know now, is that hate and discord only multiplies. And it causes so much division in this world. 😔I’m realizing that I CAN love everyone and not change the world one bit. But I CAN have everyone who crosses my path leave me a bit happier then what they were, before we crossed paths. So while it’s impossible for one person to change the worlds ways…I can make a small difference.Whether a smile or hello, or even a ten minute conversation with a stranger who is going through a hard time, and needing someone to vent to, or hear his/her story…Or like today, a transgender person.Last week I had a man reach out to me and ask for help. He told me he was currently transitioning into becoming a woman, and liked a lot of the things I was reselling online. He wanted to know if he sent me his new measurements, would I help him shop my store. My first initial thought was no, this makes me uncomfortable. So I just ignored the request. After all, I’m a Christian, and I feel like men should remain men, and women should remain women. And while I do truly believe this, it should not affect me helping someone who is asking for my help. Currently we have a Chaplain in our Sunday school class that says when he is working at the hospital he will pray and bring bibles to everyone who asks. Fine. But this also includes Muslim patients who are ill and ask him for their holy book, the Koran. On occasion, he gets asked why he brings the Koran to the Muslims. And he reply’s that here in America, we have Freedom of Religion. And had he been ill in another country, and at the mercy of the hospital staff and asked for the Bible, he would like to have it brought to him. Most likely it would not be given to him per request, but here in America we have Religious Freedom, and he would never let his personal/religious views reflect his Job and professionalism. He has also shared that he’s had Muslims at the hospital ask him about Jesus, due to his genuine love he’s extended to them. Getting back to my recent encounter…It took this Transgender man three to times reaching out to me. And it shouldn’t have. I’m currently disappointed in myself. So tonight I extended Love regardless. I remained professional and helped clothe this transsexual man. I explained to him how ladies sizing runs, and told him about different fabrics. He seemed very grateful, and told me that he’s not use to women being so helpful and nice. And placed an order with me. It was really all very simple. 🙂If anyone has a similar story, please feel free to share. I’m going to be replying back to all comments next week, as time allows.
Be warned. This is something I’ve been adding to for the past month, and will be jumping all over the place. But….🙃
~Today’s Youth & Lifestyles~
Why do today’s youth frown at having a service job? Aka’ flipping burgers; sort of speak.
Didn’t all the us that grew up in the 80’s want to work so damn bad, that whether it was in a fast food joint, or cleaning up animal messes, if we got a pay check, we were all in!
Could it be because we were use to doing without?
People always question why? Why don’t kids want to start at the bottom?
I fall into this category too.
Most fast food places that I go to are basically run by the 40+. I always am confused by this.
Oftentimes I think it’s because more kids are in college full time until they reach thirty. Many remain at home and don’t work at all. I think I have found a couple puzzle pieces to this. Of course I could be wrong.
But….back in the days when we started removing both parents from the home, more often then not, out of necessity. I realize this.
By having both parents working, and hourly wage improving, parents had more money then their grandparents. More money coming into the home,eventually meant more vacations, toys, etc.There came a point, and I think it really took off in the early 90’s… where parents started providing more for their kids. Whether this was out of guilt, for not being around after school for them, or tucking them in at night…
Regardless, the more kids received, set the stage for MORE! MORE! MORE!
Always wanting more.
They saw their parents not saving for anything anymore, simply charging it.
Long gone are the days where people do without, use cash, save for all major purchases, and go on only a few vacations each decade.I will be the first to raise my hand here.
My mother was a single mom, but had several credit cards. When I wanted something, like new red Reebok High-Tops, because all my friends had the latest and greatest, she would get them for me. I can’t recall a time that I really wanted something that I did not get. Of course at the time, I didn’t realize how much damage it was doing to me. Or, that it would be thrown in my face for the next forty years.
But that’s besides the point.
My kids started off getting an allowance, but the more money that came into my household, did not mean a larger allowance. No, it meant no allowance, and I would just buy it.
Or charge it.
Before my family made a major move, more then a decade ago, we were swimming in maxed out charge cards.
We both became a part of the problem, which is why I don’t mind talking bluntly about this now. We have never been upper middle class, but I do consider us middle class.
However, there was a time when we were living paycheck to paycheck. I think this is the major reason people decide to get credit cards. After we sold our first house, we paid off all our credit cards and cut them up.
It was liberating!
We lived within our means for around five years. Then we started feeling bad for not being able to give to our kids what their peers had. So.. the cycle began again.
But by this time, along with a couple credit cards, I started working full time. Let’s be honest, even adults enjoy new things and instant gratification every so often.And while I have always been perfectly happy with ‘new to me’ things, I do like my lattes and avocado toasts as much as today’s youth.
I also like having a new cell phone every couple years. Keeping in mind- that all my work is through my phone.
And if I didn’t have a phone, I would not be working. That says something about myself. Something rather ugly, but we won’t get into that today.
In a nutshell, I’m all about convenience. I spent many years doing things the hard way. Now I want to do everything in half the time.
Much like today’s youth.😐
I don’t like gardening, yet enjoy organic foods. I have medical issues like everyone else, so during times of not feeling my best, I like to treat myself.
Again, ‘new to me’ but none the less.
We use to take yearly vacations, now that has increased to about 2-3 a year. Nothing fancy, but again, none the less.. a weekend trip here and there still counts. I think all these little things turn into bigger things over time. And while I have never felt that I had a ‘lifestyle’ to uphold, when comparing my families life to my neighbors, I’d be lying to think otherwise.
I’m thinking of how all the little things that I’ve grown accustomed to having, are the beginning of a lifestyle. We use to bring thermos of coffees and ice waters. Then I switched to buying a case of bottled water, and having it in the trunk for the kids to have whenever they get thirsty. Then my husband and I would treat ourselves to convenient store coffees.
After All, what’s a .89 coffee. 7-11 was our favorite because they were the first to offer free coffee syrups.That transitioned into Sheetz coffees for $2ea, and then to Dunkin Donuts coffees for $3ea, and now to $5 Starbucks lattes. Which I secretly hate, but my husband still adores. I use to pack lunch bags and coolers for trips to the city, zoo, hike, etc. But now we just go out to eat if we are out and get hungry. It started off with three Little Ceasers pizzas for only $5 each. To feed a family of seven for $15, is almost unheard of.
So why not?! But then we switched over to stuffed crust ones at $8 each. Feeding a family of seven for $24. Doable!
When we first started going out to eat more regularly, we would all order things to share and only order water to drink. For the seven of us, this kept the bill at around $40-$50 before tip. But now it’s almost double! With tip, it is!
Everyone gets a drink, and most of the time we all have our own platters. And yes, leftovers.
I remember a few years ago being out with my mother at the grocery store and reaching for a Diet Coke at the check out. She commented to me, asking me why I was going to spend $1.39 for a drink, when we were ten minutes away from her house.I told her because I was thirsty now, and why not?! What’s $1.39. She rolled her eyes and told me that I could buy a two liter Diet Coke for that price, and she could not justify it, and couldn’t believe I was. I then asked her if she was thirsty, and told her that I’d buy one for her too. She said that she was fine to wait ten minutes. And then got angry with me.
Last year I was out with my mother again and my teen daughter wanted a fancy frozen coffee. I asked my mother if she could pull through a Starbucks to get some coffees. She responded the same way as before, asking me why she couldn’t wait ten or fifteen minutes and make coffee at home.
My reply again…Why? We are out already.
So you see, I get it! And I realize that I’m part to blame. While I don’t fall into the mind frame of needing everything to be brand spanking new, I do enjoy the little things in life.
This reminds me of a family that we use to know years ago. They were considered upper middle class. Which I’m told, means six figures.
I guess in today’s world, Rich, means you are bringing in a seven figure income.
Six figures means upper middle class.
Anyhoo, I was over this families house one day, and she told me that her husband just got laid off. Her main state of sadness, was that she was going to have to cut back, and not be able to buy her fancy coffee beans.
At that time in my life I was secretly rolling my eyes thinking… Ohhh poor you!
I was making Maxwell House and Folgers coffee at the time.
Later, I started buying those same coffee beans! 😐
But tying this story into ‘lifestyle’ and having the simple things in life..
She was really stressed out by the thought of not being able to buy the type of coffee she was accustomed to having.
THIS was something that mattered to her.
Later she opened a Go Fund me type of page and got enough funds donated, to buy their coffee beans. And she later mentioned that some neighbors blessed her family with a case of, said coffee beans.
And again, at that time… I thought this all sounded absurd to me.
Probably a lot like how my mother saw me buying a drink and coffee out, and not wanting to wait ten minutes until I got home.
This was years ago, but it has taken this long for me to realize that we all have little things that we find important. Things that we would miss if our ‘lifestyles’ changed.
This brings me to the conclusion that we ALL have lifestyles. Whether it’s buying a cheaper wine when times are tough..
Making your coffees at home with cheaper ground coffee..
Using milk instead of cream..(my husband would rather go without coffee if we have no cream in the house. This is his simple luxury)
Not having bottled water on hand and having to drink tap..
Having to get regular, instead of premium gas..
Having to paint your own nails and do your own hair, instead of salon visits..
The list is endless.
We all have little things that we will continue to roll our eyes on, when hearing…
But these little things are our lifestyles.
They mean something to us..
And today’s Youth have a lot more in common with us then we think.
That is very hard to think about. But maybe our grandparents went through the same. I don’t know.
Back in my day, I was making $5.25 a hour and was able to afford a $325 a month rent, buy my food, and afford public transportation. So I really don’t get how minimum wage is double here, and kids feel as though they can’t afford a $600 rent and remain at home.Then again… that would mean cutting out Fancy Lattes, Drinking strictly Almond Milk, having new phones, and yes, daily Avocado toast.
And I would not even omit any of that myself. 😁
So tell me about your lifestyle.
What is something that you would rather not do without.
Would you open a Go Fund Me page for it? 🤔
It’s just the little things when it comes to our family. Which is a super relaxed one.
So far we have lounged by the pool.
Hooked up with another homeschool family.
Ate out way too much.
Went to the mall.
Went to Royal Nails, which is said to be the best nail salon five years running. And yes they were!
Tomorrow we are taking the kids to Hannah’s Mirrored Maze. (Will post pictures then.)
We have been doing ubur again on vacation. It really is nice.
Per usual, the resort beds do not compare to our temperpedic back home, so I had to buy tiger balm for the back pain.
I also went to target and found this cute photo prob for eBay. 😉
I have noticed a huge difference between people in SC, verses people in NC. I’ve never noticed it before. I won’t say which is which, but one state has friendly people then the other.
A quick run down on this past years negative feed backs and returns.
For the amount of things I sell, which is roughly one hundred per month, I receive four returns per month. It is rare that someone is ugly, but it has happened a few times this past year.
These are the items where people were not very nice. Therefore, after they were handled with, they were added to my eBay blocked list. Ebay has this option for people who you do not care to do business with in the future, so it’s a must.
1. Authentic Gucci Guilty Parfume– Buyer claimed it arrived shattered, but did not want to go through post office protocol for insurance return claim.
I asked for a picture to submit as proof to the post office; seller refused. Then seller left a negative feedback claiming the Parfume bottle she received was empty. (This did result in a full refund because she filed an eBay claim.)
2. Burberry Inspired Plaid Wallet– Seller did not read title or description, stating that the wallet was a designer inspired Burberry look. She thought she got a new Authentic $220 Burberry wallet for $15. She filed a claim and received a refund while leaving me a negative feedback too.
(Not everyone is nice, I realize this is part of the real world, and business.)
3. Mens Sanita Clogs– Seller left a negative feedback stating that even though the shoes were new with tags, they fell apart on the job. This was fifty days after he received them. (Who is to say, but I am not the manufacturer of the brand, so he did not get a refund.)
4. Travelers knit skirt– Seller claimed that the skirt arrived with a heavy gasoline smell. Seller never contacted me before leaving a negative feedback.
I state that I prewash everything in Arm & Hammer detergent, ‘Fresh Scent’ and that if you have any allergies, to please not purchase from me. Regardless, seller left a negative feedback.
Also…Arm & Hammers detergent doesn’t smell like gasoline. Does it? 🤔
I politely contacted her for an explanation. She stood firm that the skirt smelled like gasoline. I offered her a refund in return for her to remove the negative feedback. Which she did. She also apologized to me, and it turned out that she was a seller also.
5. Urban Decay Foundation– This was listed as a new without box face Foundation. I bought it and it was too dark for me, so I sold it.
I stated twice, that I did not have the box anymore. Seller left me a negative that said it was good, but had no box. I didn’t contact her or refund her. She did not file any claims.
So there you have it. These were all the bad apples that I had for 2017, regarding eBay.
I did have another lady that threatens to leave me a negative if I didn’t XYZ… and I reported her.
urrently I am Expecting two more returns. Both from people who said that the items did not fit. Which is fine. I do make sure that I always list the garments measurements. But these things happen. Measurements are a must if you are a clothing seller. Of course I do find it odd at times, because I buy things second hand all the time, and never pull out a tape measure beforehand. I also never bother trying anything on at the mall, Marshall’s, TJ Max, etc. I know my size, and what fits.
I’m not a return it type of gal either. I have bought plenty on eBay in the past that didn’t fit, but I can’t be bothered with returns, so I use to just pass things onto friends. Nowadays, I simply resell them. I have a fair amount of resellers who purchase from me, and then return if they don’t like the fit.
In my mind, I’m always thinking… you are a seller, why don’t you just resell the item on your account? Why bother with a return..
t is also interesting to note that the people who pay $9-15 for an item, are generally the ones that return them.
This group of buyers are even responsible for paying to have the item returned to me.
So if sell a item for $14.99, the buyer pays $7.20 also, for shipping.
Then they pay $7.20 a second time to receive the $14.99 refund back. But really, they are only getting $7.79 back. 🤔
So if you want less returns, I have found that selling items over $20 is the way to go. Currently my average is $26
I am hoping to get it to double that by this time next year.
Blocking someone on eBay is very easy to do.
Diet, Fast, Circuit train
No dairy, sugar month on January
Gallon of water a day in January
Learn one new thing EVERY DAY.
Ex: Are people who live in the desert climates more healthier then the rest of us? 🤔
Spend less time on YouTube
More time playing board games with the kids.
More time outside
Cook more at home
Double my profit on eBay by December 2018
I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list. 😉< strong>Anyone else jumping on the New Years Resolutions train this time around? 😁
Oh! I am also living on the edge on this very last day of 2017.
Well, I got suspended from eBay today. Just for a week. (This is why you have to have multiple accounts, btw)
This morning I woke up to an email saying that the Vero program flagged a pair of men’s Shockwave boxing shorts. They were flagged.
In Layman’s terms…Along with many other companies, their name is trademarked and they do not want anyone purchasing any of their shorts anyplace other then their website.
Or, unless you have purchased a valid license to sell their merch.
There are many people who sell retail arbitrage, such as Nikes, but they have all gone through proper protocol and bought a license.
I can see if I was trying to sell hundreds of their shorts, but trying to sell one lousy pair, that have already been purchased…
It’s just absurd. Really!
It has always been about the money, and always will be. I s’pose.
It’s not eBay’s fault. They are just trying to avoid any lawsuits. This is 100% understandable.
I’m told this time of year, many companies are in full force with their police.
There are people hired to just scan eBay all day and flag any post that has their company name on it. They simply do it want anyone getting a deal on their overpriced retail Merch.
I looked over a list of three thousand words, and brands today that don’t take kindly to you reselling their goods. Even if they have already been bought and made their money the first time around.
How silly of us to think that once we purchase something, it then belongs to us. 😐
I’m trying to imagine a world where nothing can be recycled. Clothing wise. Our poor landfills. As is, not every one is diligent with recycling.
So if I sound upset, I actually am.
Not at eBay though.
At least eBay is not the only platform I’m selling on, so my income has not ceased. But the reason behind the suspension really irks me. Yet, I understand.
My disappointment should be on all the greedy companies. And yes, it is..
Shortly after I became a Christian, I started praying for patience. It’s not something I would suggest anyone to pray for..but I did. During that time I went through a lot with dealing with people. I try extra hard to see everyone how the Lord sees them. Through his lens.
We don’t know everyone’s circumstances. We don’t walk in their shoes. We can’t always judge a book by its cover. You get the point.
But sometimes; especially recently, it’s been a hard pill for me to swallow. I guess I still fall short. As I still get flustered.
But I’m never going to pray for paitence ever again. *grin*
I haven’t had too many bad apples this past year on eBay, but in the past four weeks, a particular lady has really irked me.
So much, that I finally just blocked her. About a hour ago.
I love that you can block ebayers. The only thing is…that I wish they couldn’t private message you once blocked. They can! 😐
They just can’t bid/buy any of your items. And eBay tells them that they are blocked. 😳
And I should mention, as an eBay store seller, if you don’t reply back to private messages, it goes against you.
Last month I found my first plus size 8x cardigan. It was sparkly, and well… Large! Very!
I wasn’t familiar with the brand, but I figured that it may be something that I could flip for over $50, so I bought it. It cost me $5. I listed it for $70
It was new with tags, so it didn’t need much preparation. I snapped a few pictures, added some measurements, and put it right up for sale.
That evening my phone went off at midnight.
A lady asked me if it really was a plus size 8x.
I responded to her right away. Yes. Yes it was.
12:15am she asked for measurements.
I told her that they are in the description, then I screen shot them for her. (I know, not very professional. But I was in bed. Tired.)
I thought that was the end of it but then I woke up to two more messages from her.
1. Are you sure this cardigan will fit me? What if it’s too small?
2. What are your return policies?
Again, I replied back to her.
Then I had several days of not hearing from her.
Then she messaged me once again, and told me that she will buy it now, but she will pay me in two weeks when she has the money.
(Not exactly buying it tomorrow)
I replied back to her that that was not an option.
Again, a few days passed.
Then she messaged me again and asked for more pictures. Ebay allows 12 pictures per item, so that what I took. I couldn’t imagine what other pictures I could possibly take, but wanted to keep good customer service, so I unwrapped the already wrapped cardigan, and took six more pictures of it. Then I messaged them directly to her.
Later that night she replied that the cardigan now looks smaller then the pictures that are in the auction listing, and why is that.
I replied to her that the first group of pictures were taken with the cardigan on a hanger, but the second bunch were taken as ‘flat lays’
Meaning, I laid it on the floor and stood on a chair and took them straight down..to give her different views.
Otherwise they would have looked the same as the pictures in the listing.
She replied back and asked if I’d take any less for the cardigan.
I replied back no, that I’m sorry but the price is firm.
She then told me that she’s on a fixed income, and that is why she’s asking.
I then sent her to the actual website that sells the cardigans, and added that there are many similar ones in all sizes, that are on clearance now. Which was the truth because I went to the site and checked myself. You can buy up to 10x.
She then replied back to me and told me that she wants the one that I have listed. Not something similar.
I then needed a breather and ignored her.
The next day I thought I was in the clear.
But I guess that me not responding back to her right away, upset her. She asked me why I didn’t reply back to her the previous night.
That, is when I should have taken the points against my account and not replied back to her. She’s a stranger to me. I do not own her an explanation. 😔
But I didn’t. Instead, I lied and told her I’ve been busy working. Which is always true. I am always busy now… but it takes only a second to reply back to someone… So, I lied..
A couple days passed. I thought she was gone. But nope!
She messaged me in detail about the wedding that she needs to attend..
I replied back okay.
What was I suppose to respond back? She’s not a friend.
She then messaged me to say that she really needs something for the wedding but simply doesn’t know if the cardigan will be too small or not.
By this point I was ready to tell her that I’d decided to keep the dang cardigan and use it for a blanket, or a table cloth… or maybe make a sparkly tent fit for a king!
I know.. I’m sounding like a big meany.. but I was at breaking point.
So I sent her the measurements yet again, and told her to measure a current jacket and compare the measurements.
She responded that she doesn’t have a measuring tape and really needs the cardigan.
And told me that pay day was in a few days.
She also added.. that she’s on state assistance.
I didn’t reply back. This is irrelevant to me. Business is business. I already went out of my way and sent her to the site to purchase one cheaper.
The weekend came and she told me that she now has the money and will just do the Buy Now’ Option.
I told her okay, sounds good.
And I even added a smile emoji.
But a week went by and she didn’t buy it, so I figured she changed her mind. Which I was delighted!
It was midnight when my phone went off again.
She asked me if the fabric was forgiving, and did it have a lot of stretch to it.
I replied back that it did… and added the exact fabric content. (Which was also in the listing.)
The next day she replied back that she’s going to pass on it.
That was music to my ears! I even opened a bottle of wine to celebrate. I was that happy!
That was the end of this month long headache.
But it wasn’t…
Last night at midnight she messaged me again and told me that she really needs the cardigan for a wedding in two weeks.
Before I could reply back, she messaged me and asked what my return policy was again. That she’d forgotten.
I replied. Then went to bed hoping that I wouldn’t have nightmares of her.. or that dumb cardigan which I now resented. In fact, maybe it needs to be cut up for rags!
This morning she messaged me for more pictures.
I told her no, that the cardigan is already in a poly bag shipper once again.
Then.. I had a very bad feeling that she was going to buy it, wear it to the weddjng, and then return it. Ding! Ding! Ding!
So I added her to my eBay blocked list.
I told her that I took it down because I sold it to a friend and that she may want to consider the website that has them on sale right now. Cheaper then what I’m listing mine for…. And to take care… and I hope she finds what she needs.
Or so I thought…..
And here it is… 3:30pm
I have not heard back from her..
Praise the Lord!
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. 😃
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! 😊
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. 😔
It’s in perfect condition! I’m actually thinking its never been used. I wonder what the story is on it…🤔
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. 🙂
It has been the start to a busy new season for me.
These past couple of weeks I started Birthday and Christmas shopping, on top of my weekly sourcing. And yes! I’m getting mentally prepared for Black Friday. Well, Thursday, actually.
Four out of five of my kids birthdays are coming up. And my husbands birthday is the month of October too. Not to mention my own birthday. Which I don’t actually celebrate anymore. I mean, 29 forever, right?! 😉
The weekends are already booked with parties and Fall Festivals.
I did manage to spend the weekend with a couple friends who I have not hung out with in a while.
I have no internet service up where they live, so I was able to not work at all.
I am on my phone a lot… either listing, looking for inventory, researching or editing pictures. So it was a much needed break, to just relax and catch up.
When I came back home I was right back to my normal routine of taking care of my family and well, routine. People ask me if doing the same thing week after week ever gets boring.. and the truth is, it doesn’t. I’m very maternal, so I love taking care of my kids and spending time with them. We start talking and three hours easily passes by. I have one daughter in College. She’s coming home for Fall break this weekend. So I’m really looking forward to that.
I do my best to utilize time when it presents itself. But I’m definetly not perfect with time management. I bought a pretty vintage daily planner, but I just can’t bring myself to use it. I like to have the option of changing plans at the last minute. As much as I want to go back in time and plan every aspect of my life… I just can’t go there.
Getting back to boring….
What I would find boring is having a regular job and dealing with the same people all of the time. Even though I am a people person, I like talking to different people all the time. Whether through the Internet, or just out sourcing.
That said, I’m very particular to who I share my time with nowadays. And it has made me a much happier, stable person. Either you are an investment to my life, and we lift one another up some how, or you don’t. Life is too short to not live life to its fullest.
Regardless of your circumstances…Is what I mean. I love life!
What’s new with Inventory…
Six out of the ten pairs of shoes I bought this past week have already sold. I also picked up some scrubs that have been selling. I’m currently contemplating on whether to get into toys. I just gave away about $500 worth of zu-zu pets, with their accessories… Along with all my kids old Polly pockets and barbies.
To be honest, I have looked at toys for so many years, I’m just over it. Gosh! That sounds harsh. New life chapters began though. And that has been my focus.
I have a few things to list today after school.
Some Luluroe leggings, a couple of purses, and some statement sleeve tops.
I’m pretty set for this month. I do like to keep a dozen shoes in all sizes available though. Shoes sell very well. In fact, I just made an extensive list of shoe brands to share here.
And if your business is thrifting….
It’s hard work, but keep it up!
You WILL reach your goals. 😉
Extensive shoe list:
Top ((((Flats)))) that sell for over $50 per pair.
Free People Royals
Stubbs & Wooutton
J Crew color blocks
Comme Des Garçons
Certain Algeria prints
Certain Dansco prints
Vionic black ballet
Certain Micheal Kors
Donald Pliner flats
Keep in mind that these are flats only, I have not checked on these brands in heels, boots, oxfords, etc. but for flats, these brands are currently selling well.