Getting Back At It
It’s been about a month since the big move and I’m still not up and running at full speed. I’ve got a post about the move started, but haven’t gotten back to finish it and get it published. I put my store on vacation mode for two weeks and decided to open back up on a Friday while in the valley staying at my mom’s. I figured anything I sold from Friday thru Monday I could pull and ship when I got home on Monday. That turned out to be a good moved because I had great sales that weekend! I did manage to get home and get everything processed on Monday and to the post office before it closed at 3:30pm!
My biggest challenge since the move has been getting my inventory sorted, organized and back on shelves….not an easy task! I have about 3500 active listings, many of them have multiple quantities, making the number of inventory items to move in the 15,000 range…THAT’S A LOT OF STUFF TO MOVE! While I was extremely grateful for all the help I got moving my inventory, this is what I ended up with. Not only did I have a 10’X20′ storage unit with inventory but I also had stuff stored in spare bedroom closets, cabinets in my garage, a little in the office, a few things in the guest bedroom, etc. While I’ve now got a fabulous space that’s about 15’X40′, it’s taking forever for me to get motivated to get everything organized! When I sell something I hold my breathe to see if it’s something that I can easily find and ship. So far I’ve found everything I’ve sold…a few things have taken a day or two, but I’ve managed to locate everything…whew!
We’ve had some crazy spring weather here in the mountains with lots of snow and rain and it’s kept me from wanting to spend too much time in the Quonset Hut getting things done, but I’m slowly making progress! I’m still not there, mostly because I D-R-E-A-D putting together the shelves by myself. It is a task that is easily done in 20 minutes with two people but about 50-60 minutes when done alone. I have the best intentions of spending the day getting organized, but my motivation seems to fade too quickly. BUT, I have made a huge dent and here’s what it looks like now.
The purpose of this blog and the reason behind starting it was to document the value of the stuff we all have laying around the house. While I’m trying to get my personal belongings sorted and organized enough to actually start photographing them and getting them listed I have managed to get a few things listed that have actually sold! A few of the shockers are a 10 year old work skirt that could’ve easily been donated to a thrift store…instead I sold it for $30! I ran a 30% off sale on all my clothes last week and sold a work suit that I haven’t worn to work in at least 10 years for $35. Just last weekend I sold a Mickey Mouse glass pitcher and matching glass that was left over from the set of 11 I sold years ago and pocketed another $25.
I’ve decided to dig in and get some of my red kitchen items listed this week and then work on some of the decor items from my Mickey Mouse Bathroom. There’s a lot of money in all those cute decorations! See those white Mickey Mouse Hands that are at both ends of that towel rack below? Those are selling for $175 now! I really, really loved them and think I paid $50 for them when I did the bathroom 13 years ago…now that they are no longer available the price has really jumped! What’s fun about starting with the Mickey Mouse stuff is that I bought 98% of these items on eBay to begin with…now they are going back for another Mickey fan to enjoy and I get some serious cash in my pockets!
There is sooo much stuff to list that I could easily get overwhelmed with the task…but it’s SOO FUN!
Once I get the Mickey Mouse Bathroom stuff listed. I’m going to tackle my Christmas Decorations…I.Have.A.Ton! They are fabulous and in great condition and when I look at those boxes in the den I just see $$$$.
What do you have laying around your house that you could sell and make some cash? Before you quickly toss it in the donate pile, take a look and see if they are worth anything on eBay!