But Did You Check eBay?

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving all the eBay campaigns that have been going on for several months now. I think Fill Your Cart With Color just might be my favorite. But I also love the But did you check on eBay ads too. If you’re an avid eBay seller like I am, you probably find yourself saying this to friends and family all the time! eBay is my got to place when I want to buy something.

If you haven’t seen any of these commercials, stop right now and check out one of my favorites! But did you check eBay? RHONY

Because of that, I’ve decided to start posting the random things I bought on eBay each week or so. I’m not going to promise a weekly update on my shopping habits because I don’t shop THAT much, but I think it might be fun to post and track some of the stuff I buy and I might even include a story behind the WHY.

Looking at my purchase history today I discover that several items I purchased, I can write about yet. I searched high and low to put together a special gift for a dear friend. And since I’m still waiting for some of the items to arrive, that purchase will have to go in a later post, just in case she reads this.

So what did I buy on eBay this week? Scotty Peelers! I was trying to process some inventory that had a bunch of those annoying stickers on them and I needed to use my heat gun and metal Scotty Peeler to remove them. I must have three or four of them around here somewhere, but I searched high and low and couldn’t find them. When I tried to use a putty knife (cause that was right where it was supposed to be…who uses a putty knife enough to have it misplaced?) it was a PITA. I stopped what I was doing, did a search on eBay and found a set of FOUR metal peelers for a ridiculously low price! Here’s a link if you want in on the same killer deal…I mean now I’ve got three spares to lose!

Set of FOUR metal Scotty Peeler label removers

I also bought some shipping labels.I finally got my shipping minion set up with her own Zebra printer and I only had one roll of labels to send home with her. I’ve been buying my shipping labels from eBay Seller threerb for years. They have competitive prices, are quick to ship and know what eBay sellers need. If you’re in the market for some 4″x6″ shipping labels, here’s a quick link to their listing.

12 Rolls 4×6 Direct Thermal Labels

Ready for My First AirBnB Guests!

It’s been a challenge to try to move into new space, unpack, get an office and inventory set up and organized AND try to run a business during the busiest time of the year…Q4. But here I am in the middle of it all and ready for my very first AirBnB Guests. The house isn’t perfect but I feel like the guest space is and will be more than comfortable for them. I made a quick video to show you all where I’m at in this crazy adventure! I’m going to use this blog to post updates on how the whole AirBnB thing is working and I’m committed to doing more videos in the future. If you want to following along, be sure to subscribe to my blog here, via my blog Facebook page link or my You Tube.

This is my very first video that I did anything more than shooting it and uploading to You Tube. It will be interesting to see how (or if) my video recording and editing skills get any better. I shot this video using my iPhone 6. I used Open Shot, a free video editing software program to edit it by watching you tube tutorials. You can learn how to do just about anything these days with Google and You Tube! Yeah me and my old self!

Click here to watch the house tour video.

UPDATE 12-27-17: My listing went active about 7pm on 12/21. Less than one week later I’ve already got 34 nights booked…HOW CRAZY IS THAT!?

If you haven’t given the AirBnB experience a try, use this link to create an account and get a $40 credit to use on your first trip.

And if you want to start your own AirBnB, use this link to get started as a host.

And because I’ve had several requests for the link to my listing, click here to check out my listing and book your next trip to Phoenix with me!

Shipping Labels – Something New!

Shipping Label Mix-ups

Have you ever made the mistake of swapping shipping labels? You’ve printed your labels, you’ve boxed your items and then you accidentally put label A on package B and vice versa? Ugh! Yes, it happens to all of us.

Having my listed inventory stored three hours away and relying on a super awesome and very dependable and reliable teenager (with some backup help from her younger sister and mom) has, for the most part, gone smoothly. In the four months or so we’ve been doing this, there have been a few hiccups and those have usually been when a label gets swapped. Nothing earth shattering but it did leave a few customers with an understandably unsatisfactory experience.

Because I’m a firm believe in revisiting your processes often and continually refining them, I sat down last weekend and figured out a way to reduce (and hopefully eliminate) swapping labels on packages.

Right now my process involves me sending Sydnee an email with a screen shot of my items waiting to be shipped page. I use this screen shot because it shows the custom label field where I’ve included the location of my inventory. Until eBay Mobile adds the custom field to our sales data, this is the best way I’ve figured out to do this.  I also like that it gives her a picture of them item, I just wish the photos were larger and easier to see.

Sydnee packages everything up, weighs them and then texts me the info. I was processing the labels one-at-a-time via eBay because that option allowed me to save them as a pdf to email to her. This was too time consuming and I wanted to test out other ways to see if I could find one that was faster, easier and was just better in order for us not to get the labels mixed up…and I found it!  I feel like I hit the jackpot and you will too!

Many sellers ship their items one at a time to prevent label swapping from happening. Unfortunately, it still happens. When I was shipping my inventory myself I loved using Stamps dot com to ship because Stamps allowed me to type in a note that would print at the bottom of the label. I’d use this as a short hand for whatever I was shipping that day, trying to keep it generic enough that anyone looking at the package wouldn’t know what was in it. If I was shipping an American Girl item I’d type AG. For a long time I bought “thank you for your business” stickers with the sole purpose of covering up whatever I typed in that space. Because I did this, I never paid attention to who or where an item was being shipped.

This worked great until I had to email my labels. Stamps dot com doesn’t have a print to pdf option so I found myself using stamps for the labels I was shipping and eBay for the ones Sydnee shipped…talk about the opposite of streamlining a process! SIDE NOTE: I have since learned that this option isn’t available on MY stamps account because I am using the free version that comes with an eBay store. If you want to print to pdf you can do it from the stamps dot com website. I’ve got the program downloaded on my computer and that’s what I use…that one doesn’t have the pdf option.

So here’s the part where I CHANGE YOUR WORLD! eBay has the OPTION to print the item title, custom label, sku or buyer ID right there on each and every label…..Wuuaaaahhht!? Yes, that’s right. Check it out.

Look! There it is, right there on the right side of the label, in tiny print so you only see it if you know it’s there. I LOVE THAT! Because I have the option to print my TITLE, it prints the first 30 characters. Because this is helping Sydnee pull inventory, I’m going to keep this in mind when listing going forward. I want her to know what item the label is for when she’s shipping.

How AWESOME is that!?  No more writing the buyers name on the package. No printing one label at a time. No more mornings spent shipping a handful of items. This feature is going to ROCK YOUR WORLD!


This is easily done when you bulk print your labels. You have to set this up when you have TWO OR MORE labels to print, but once it’s set up, you can print one label or ten.

  1. from your seller hub, go to MANAGE ORDERS AWAITING SHIPMENT page and click the ACTIONS box at the top of the left hand column. This will select all your items to be shipped to day.
  2. Select the SHIPPING tab and then click on PRINT SHIPPING LABELS OR INVOICES
  3. Keep the default setting of Purchase and print shipping labels selected and click on CONTINUE at the bottom of the window.
  4. In the upper right corner of the window, click on LABEL PREFERENCES. (This step you will only have to do once to set it up. Once set up, you can skip this step.)
  5. Under “What do you want your labels to look like?” Click on AUTOMATICALLY POPULATE CUSTOM TEXT TO BE PRINTED ON LABEL.
  6. From the drop down menu select what you want printed on your label. Your choices are ITEM TITLE, BUYER ID, ITEM ID, ITEM SPECIFICS or CUSTOM LABEL.
    1. I selected ITEM TITLE for my labels to make it easier for Sydnee to match the label with the packages. Some find the CUSTOM LABEL helpful. If you’ve got a large number of listed items, this might be helpful in pulling your inventory. NOTE: Only the first 30 characters will print so you may want to keep this in mind when setting up your titles and/or custom fields.
  7. Add shipping service and weight to your items and click REVIEW AND PAY
  8. Under Print shipping labels click PRINT then PAY WITH PAYPAL
  9. You label will print with the info from that data you selected in #6 on the label. On the right side, printed small and sideways. Hopefully inconspicuous enough so your buyer doesn’t notice.












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Do You Review Your Monthly Invoice?

I let this very important part of running a business slide…month after month and before I knew it over a year had gone by! How did this happen? I spent 30+ years in finance and reconciled soo many things each month this should be second nature to me, but it was too easy to let slide. And it cost me A TON of money! Hopefully my experience will keep you from making the same mistake.

Yesterday I glanced at the my invoice and something caught my eye. I’m not sure what it was but it caused me to take a closer look. Typically, I download my monthly invoices each quarter in CSV format and dump the data into an excel spreadsheet. I file it away in my yearly tax folder and ‘think’ I’ll get back to it later….but later never happens.

The part that caught my eye was $70 in Bold Listing Fees…WHAT!? How on earth did I create soo many listings with that tiny box under the title checked that I racked up $70 in fees for just September? It was easy for me to figure out the how because I was listing some items earlier this week and when I quickly highlighted my title to copy it and paste it in my description, if I did it too quickly I highlighted the text underneath the title bar and that triggered the “Stand out with a bold title in search results” at a cost of $4.00 per listing.

I usually catch these errors when I hit the “Update listing” button, I’m careful to verify the fees are $0.00….or so I thought! Turns out I’m not so careful after all!

I immediately went into reconciliation mode. The first thing I did was go to each listing were an extra fee was being charged and changed the listing so I no longer was incurring these charges…that was a quick $70 savings! Then I downloaded my last two invoices, created a summary spreadsheet and proceeded to reconcile my invoices back to January 2017. When I saw the listings that had this extra ‘feature’ added I realized that I created these listings last fall…ugh. Never mind that these listings were 13 months old and spending $4 each month to have a bold title in search didn’t seem to be helping get them sold, I had 13 months of fees that totaled $900 and I hadn’t even noticed. I was throwing money away each month and I didn’t even know it. MY BAD! For 13 months I was spending money I didn’t intend on spending and I was completely annoyed with myself. I know better!

This was not eBay’s fault at all, but I decided to give customer service a call and see if they could do anything about it. I’m happy to say they did! They gave me a credit to my account that I did not deserve! I thanked the CSR and vowed to review my invoice by the 5th of every month from now on. That’s what I would do if I were working in an office and accountable to a superior, therefore I should do nothing less where my business is concerned.

While downloading and sorting my nearly 10,000 line items on my invoice I noticed one listing that had a $1 gallery view fee attached to it…UGH. This is a $11 item that I’ve already paid $13 in fees for and it hasn’t even sold yet! I fixed that one and now know to scroll all the way down the list to check for any other fees.

If you’re not reviewing your invoices each month, I hope my lesson will motivate you to start reviewing them in detail each and every month.  I’ve added a reminder to my calendar and so should you. If you want help on how I downloaded my data to an Excel spreadsheet and sorted everything, let me know in the comments and I’ll make a post on how to do that.

My Personal Miracle

Last year when I was selling my home someone stole the rings from my jewelry box. I was so upset at this incident that beside my initial Facebook post, I never wrote about it. Here’s that post from February 21, 2016:

That sinking feeling…..

It upset me so much that I rarely spoke about it, but I always thought about it. Every day for months I’d pray I’d find someone was trying to sell them. I’d search eBay, Craigslist, all the local trading sites; OfferUp, Close5, Facebook Marketplace, etc. in hopes that by chance I’d recognize at least one of my rings and could buy it back. I would often think of how I’d lose other pieces of jewelry for long periods of time and I’d always find them. But it was always one earring…not 10 rings! I often thought of the story a friend told me of how she lost a pair of pearl earrings that were very sentimental to her. She searched and searched for them and prayed she’d find them, and she did! Laying on a piece of patio furniture the day after a wind storm had passed through. I remembered these things and I continued to pray that I’d somehow find my rings. After many months my prayer changed from hope of finding them to asking for relief from the grief I felt over losing them.

When I moved to Williams my jewelry box sat in the corner of my bedroom. The sight of it was a daily reminder of my loss and I stopped wearing jewelry all together…no earrings, bracelets or necklaces.  I’d look at the jewelry box and I’d get a sick feeling in my stomach. I was surprised at how sentimental these rings were to me…I don’t think I appreciated that fact until they were gone. Here I am at a point in my life where I’m trying to downsize and minimize and one of the few things I was going to keep were stolen from me. I often thought about just getting rid of the jewelry box. I wondered if I should take the time to sell it on eBay or just donate it and be done with it. Then I wondered about the jewelry that remained. What would I do with my watches, earrings, bracelets? I would always return to the fact that while I could take the time to sort through everything, my time was better focused on selling off larger items and that would be the end of my thought process….until the next time it started all over again.

Before I knew it, 14 months had passed and I was moving again. I barely looked at my jewelry box when I wrapped it in shrink wrap and loaded it into the moving truck. Once again I placed it in the corner of my bedroom, and let it sit. After two moves everything inside was a jumbled mess and I thought “I’m going to have to deal with that soon.”

It was when I was traveling to San Francisco in July that I decided I should probably pack some earrings to go with an outfit I planned on wearing to a gala I was attending. I really had to go through the jewelry box to find a set of earrings. I pulled out a bracelet and decided that was enough. When I got home I started picking through the mess to find earrings to wear to church each week. Nothing more. I have some fun, bright, cheerful summer dresses and I had fun jewelry to go with most of them. I was getting back into wearing this jewelry to church each week, but I still hadn’t taken the time to organize the mess that was my jewelry box.

Last Sunday I was dressed and nearly ready for church. I was wearing a dress I hadn’t worn in a long time and knew I had a specific necklace, some earrings and maybe even a bracelet to go with it. I found the necklace easily and was sifting through the jumbled mess looking for the earrings. I couldn’t find them so I looked for the matching bracelet. At this point I was questioning if I had earrings…”Was it a necklace and bracelet set?” I pulled out the bracelet drawer of the jewelry box and grabbed a tangled glob of metal. When I did this something caught my eye…a pearl and the tiniest bit of gold. A lump quickly formed in my throat as I picked up the remaining bracelets from that compartment and uncovered all ten of my “stolen” rings! I was in shock, happy, confused and a thousand different emotions. My mom was just leaving for church and I ran to catch her. I couldn’t believe it and I think I just needed for someone else to confirm for me that this was real.

I’ve spent the last week thinking about this. Going over how these rings could get buried at the bottom of a drawer, trying to remember if I was the one that put them there. Nothing. A week later and I have no logical explanation. I lived alone. I have no recollection of moving the rings and if I did decide to move them, why did I leave that one pink pearl ring there to be stolen? A few people have suggested perhaps a realtor moved them, but why would they leave the one? Or the other two? I know the diamond one is the fake ring my niece gave me when she was about 6, but nobody else would know that. I spent the week wondering and thinking and finally just appreciating that I have them back. And being thankful for my very own personal miracle.

And I was finally able to sort through and organize my jewelry box.

Taxes in August?

Taxes in August?

August is almost over….are you thinking about your taxes? I am! I have done my own taxes every year since I started working. Last fall I was facing a 10/15 deadline and a year of transactions I didn’t know how to deal with. Another online seller put me in contact with his CPA in NY and I hired him. “Sometimes you just gotta pay someone to dig you out of a hole.” We got 2015 done and before long we were talking about 2016. I always file an extension and I filed for one in April. 2016 was the first year I was 100% self-employed. I sold my home, moved to another property and increased my online business. After selling the second home in June 2017 I wanted to buy an investment property. I wasn’t sure if I could qualify because I was now self-employed. This is when I learned how really valuable a CPA is and where filing an extension could be beneficial. I contacted my CPA in July and he agreed to give me a great deal on inputting all my 2106 transactions because he had an office full of staff that just aren’t that busy in July. He was able to adjust my bottom line (he didn’t take all the deductions he could’ve, so I showed a larger profit) and worked with me to fine tune that number so I could qualify for the loan for that house.

That house fell through and I’ve made a few more attempts at buying other homes, but so far nothing has worked out. My 10/15 deadline is fast approaching and if I don’t find a home to buy, no big deal. We will take all possible deductions, adjust my bottom line and I can home shop in January. If you haven’t considered hiring a CPA for your business, I encourage you to do so. Every time I think about how long I didn’t do this, I kick myself a little harder. I’m sure I’ve spent more money on my taxes over the years than I needed to. Hiring a CPA that understands what we do as online sellers is critical. I wasted about six weeks last year trying to find a local CPA that could just answer some inventory questions. If you are looking for a CPA, reach out to me and I’d be happy to put you in touch with mine. He’s done some amazing things for me and if you’re a new client, now is the time to talk to him….before the flood gates open up in Jan 2018. Don’t wait to introduce yourself to a new CPA during the busiest time of the year. Do it now when your CPA has some time to get to know you and your business.

Coffee Mugs – More Organization

Before I moved from the valley I had five milk crates of various coffee mugs listed on eBay. I stored them on a shelf in my garage and it was not big deal to pull one to ship. When I moved to the mountains and stored them in the eBay room in the Quonset Hut, it was a pain! When one would sell I dreaded having to search through the crates to try to find the right mug. I also had to wash them because they were covered in dust and just didn’t look very good. Not a big deal unless you’re on a tight schedule and trying to get your shipping done before the postal carrier arrives. I realized that my ‘crate system’ was not working!

As with most dilemmas like this, I spend some time thinking about the process. What could I do to make things faster? Better? Easier? Then one day it hit me….the simplest thing! Store the mugs upside down. I was like DUH! I kept thinking about this and pondering ways to streamline the entire process of finding, pulling and shipping a mug. If they are stored upside down, how am I going to be able to easily find what I need and pull it from the two-layers in each create? And then it hit me!

With the help of my fabulous minions, we pulled five crates of mugs from the Quonset Hut and brought them to the porch. We wiped every one down and then took them to the kitchen to be washed. I decided that washing them all at once was going to speed up the shipping process when one sold. We washed them and sat them out to dry. Then we sorted like mugs together, first all the Starbucks, then Disney, then we grouped similar themes together.

When they were all lined up on the counter, I took a dry erase pen and I numbered the bottom of each mug! Simple and genius, right!? I did do a test to make sure the dry erase would easily come off and it does. I packed the mugs safely back in the crates, stacking them two high and carefully noted which crate each mug was in. I transferred this date to the Custom Field of my listing (#05 Green 1, #89 Green 2, #34 Gray) and each time a mug sells all I have to think about is how much profit I made on that sale. Pulling my inventory to pack and ship now just takes minutes.

So the moral of the story is store your mugs upside down and number the bottoms with a dry erase pen. You’re welcome America!

Creating a Promotion Campaign

Creating a Promotion Campaign

I’ve had so much success with eBay’s Promoted Listings that I decided to give their Promotions a try. I wanted to offer up a BOGO on Ties…buy one, get one at 50% off. I’ve got over 400 men’s ties to move and I’m ready to sell these things!

Getting a promotion set up is almost as easy as a promoted listings campaign…almost. There are a few more steps, but nothing that’s not easy to overcome or deal with. If you’ve got some old and stale inventory you want to move, try creating a campaign…there are several ways you can do it.

Here are some step-by-step instructions to getting your first promotion up and running.

  1. Click on the MARKETING Tab on your Seller Hub dashboard. Then click on PROMOTIONS.
  2. On the right side, click on the blue CREATE A PROMOTION bar, then click on ORDER DISCOUNT.
  3. Under “What do you want to promote?” Click on the drop-down menu and select the appropriate eBay category for your sale. I chose FASHION APPAREL
  4. Next select one of the three options in the large boxes. I chose MOVE OLDER ITEMS on the far right.
  5. Click on the blue SET OFFER DETAILS bar on the right side.
  6. Click on the SHOW ALL OFFERS link in the middle of the page to see all the sale variations eBay’s created for you.
  7. I scrolled down to the BUY ONE, GET ONE option and click on the BUY 1, GET 1 at 20% OFF option.  You can adjust these numbers and percentage, which I did, changing 20% off to 50% off.  Easy Peasy.
  8. Click the blue SELECT ITEMS bar in the lower right hand.
  9. Decide “How do you want to add items to your offer?” I selected BY SELECTING ITEMS and clicked on the blue SELECT ITEMS bar.
  10. This is where I had a bit of trouble navigating the process. I wanted to select my store category “Men’s Clothing: Ties” You have to hover your mouse over the top of the window and wait for the CATEGORY OPTIONS to appear. You have three choices: eBay Categories, Store Categories, All Inventory. I clicked on STORE CATEGORIES.
  11. Scroll down through the list of your store categories and select the one you want. I clicked on CLOTHING – MENS. That selects all the subcategories under that so I had to de-select everything except TIES.
  12. Your list of items in the category you selected will appear individually, 200 at a time with a check box to the right. You can go through and individually select each item you want to promote or you can select the box at the top of the list, to the left of “ITEM” and that selects all 200 ties in one stroke.
  13. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and move to page two of your listings. Each promotion is limited to 500 items, so keep that in mind.
  14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 until all of your items have been selected.
  15. Double check that all of your items have been selected by reviewing the number selected to the right of the blue CONFIRM SELECTIONS button in the lower right.
  16. The next screen takes you to the page where you can edit the Offer Name and Offer Type. I left the Offer Name to eBay’s default: Fashion Apparel – Buy one, get one 50% off and edited the Offer Type to read on “Men’s Fashion Ties.”
  17. Next eBay offers you three images to choose from for the promotion. My choices where a black boring tie, a blue boring tie and a tie with a little color and pattern. I clicked on the tie with color and pattern to select it.
  18. The last step is to click on the blue LAUNCH button.

That’s all there is. You’re done and you’ve created your first Sale Promotion!

Give it a try and comment how you did.

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Organizing and Reorganizing Inventory

Organizing and Reorganizing Inventory

Over a year ago I purchased a lot of ties from another eBay seller who was moving cross country and didn’t want to deal with them. I purchased close to 200 ties for about $125 including shipping. My Valley Minions liked listing ties because I had mostly novelty ties with lots of fun pictures and cartoons and therefore easy keywords. This batch of ties were mostly business and office ties, not much fun in those for the 11-year-old and 15-year-old minions.

But they did it. They stuck to a schedule and got almost two hundred ties photographed and listed during their winter break. I now had 6 boxes of ties and my inventory labeling system only consisted of their location: Box 1, Box 2, Box 3, etc. I had to pull a few ties last weekend to ship and I quickly discovered that having one box with roughly 30 ties and one box crammed full with 100+ ties was not a great inventory solution.


I needed to figure out a better way to organize and store over 400 ties that were listed so pulling them when they sold would be a quick and easy process. I needed a plan and I had an idea. I decided to fold the ties in fourths and package them. In my old system, the ties were folded in half and sort of stacked together in a plastic box. It was an OK system when I had 200 ties to flip through, but it wasn’t working for me when I had to sort through over 400 ties. I knew this was a task that would take some time; time that I didn’t want to dedicate to doing something as mundane as packaging and labeling. I decided this would be a great project to introduce my 10-year-old and 13-year-old neighbors down the road to eBay.

Meet Kai and Sydnee. They managed to get close to 300 ties packaged and labeled in about 1.5 hours. I ran out of bags so we didn’t get them all done the first day. I ordered more bags and they came back and finished up the job, numbering all the ties and then editing the custom field on each listing with that number. They were awesome, efficient, and got the job done so quickly I had them move on to two other projects before it was time for them to head home.

We sorted the ties to group them together as best as we could by type; Looney tunes, Disney, sports, food, animals, etc. and then we grouped all the boring business/professional ties. We labeled them Tie #1-450 and put them back into boxes, #1-5. (Side Note: I thought ahead enough to label ties 01, 02, 03, etc. so they sorted correctly, but I didn’t think far ahead enough to do the same for double digits. If you have more than 100 ties, be sure to label them 010, 011, 012, etc. so they WILL sort in numeric order.) It took a bit of time to get the inventory tags in eBay fixed, but we all worked together, (including 4-year-old Pearce who tagged along one snow day and was just as helpful as her sisters), got into a groove and finished the task! Everything is organized and looks so pretty. I can’t wait to sell a few ties and see if my new numbered system really works and makes pulling inventory to ship a breeze!

I’ve got 400+ ties to sell if anyone is looking. I think I’ll create a promotion and see if I can move them faster.

The Stuff Disney Freaks Buy

The Stuff Disney Freaks Buy

I love Disney just as much as the next American but there is a group of Disney lovers that take the love of Disney to a whole other level. I affectionately refer to these people as “Disney Freaks”. Embrace them. Love them. Get to know them because their love for all things Disney usually follows with their wallet. SIDE NOTE: I googled ‘Disney Freaks’ to see if I could come up with some sort of fun graphic and discovered that this is a REAL thing out there. I thought it was just what I affectionately called these Disney lovers, turns out the Disney Lovers call themselves freaks too.

When I lived in Southern California I had an annual Disney pass on and off for years. I even bought a pass after I moved to Arizona and would make time to visit the park on just about every trip back home.

During Disneyland’s 40th anniversary celebration there were different trading cards each day available to guests at various locations throughout the park. My sister Tina, two friends from work and my friend Tricia drove from El Segundo, CA to Anaheim EVERY DAY and got a full and complete set of those trading cards. That is a special kind of Disney Freak.

While I was waiting for my home to be built in 2002-03, I consistently searched eBay for fun and unique items to decorate with. I knew wanted a Mickey Mouse themed bathroom and spent too much time searching for the right items at the right price.When I finally moved in, the first room I worked on was the Mickey Mouse bathroom. Every item in this room was either purchased on eBay or something I already had. It was soo fun and easy to put together. It quickly became the favorite place for the neighborhood kids to come when nature called and it made me feel good that they loved this room as much as I did!

As much as I love Mickey Mouse and Disneyland, I never considered myself a ‘Disney Freak’, but I learned long ago the value of knowing these folks are out there and they like to buy stuff. Weird stuff. Stuff you and I would just throw away.

A few years back I had the chance to attend a work conference at the Disneyland Hotel. I had never stayed at that property before but I knew that the fun Mickey themed shampoo bottles would sell on eBay. I knew this because while shopping for my bathroom I saw a lot of stuff I’d never considered selling before. I also bought stuff I’d never think I’d buy, like a roll of toilet paper for $5 because it was wrapped in Mickey paper or what I consider to be the most outrageous purchase for this room, the $50, hand painted, Scattered Mickey themed toilet seat!  Yes, folks, I spent fifty hard earned dollars on a toilet seat and I LOVED IT! Yet I still don’t consider myself a ‘Disney Freak’…but maybe I am.

Part of the fun of selling on eBay is finding things that you think are worthless or trash, taking a few pics, creating a listing and waiting to see if that item sells. When it does I shake my head, smile, and happily add some cash to my bank account. See that red trashcan next to the toilet? It was broken by one of my nieces, but I glued it back together. It has a good sized chip missing from the rim but something tells me that someone would still want that for some reason! I haven’t listed it yet, but I haven’t thrown it out either. Every time I touch it I give it a thought, but I haven’t actually listed it to see if someone would, in fact, pay money to have a repaired and chipped ceramic trash can in their collection.

When I stayed at the Disneyland Hotel I decided to take any of the paper advertisements, post them on eBay and see if they’d sell…of course they did!  I took the laundry bag, the paper pad and pens, drink coasters from the restaurant, the door hangers, breakfast menu, advertisements for the special events….anything that I thought a ‘Disney Freak’ would love to have. I listed them and sold them!  People are crazy like that!

When I purchased a bunch of clothing clearance items at the Disney store one year, I had all these Disney store hangers in the closet. I was going to toss them out one day while I was cleaning and re-organizing, but instead, I listed them on eBay and they sold! Plastic hangers people!

While attending our community’s bi-annual garage sale one year I stumbled on a bag of Disney gift boxes, tissue paper, and a few other items. I didn’t really pay attention to what was in the bag, I just felt that for $1 I couldn’t lose. When I got home and sorted through that bag it was full of items that would sell faster and bring in more money than those gift boxes. I had a Disney World park map from 1996, parking passes from the day, stickers, and a variety of other park-related items. I quickly got those things posted and sold them for $10-15 each. Not a ton of money, but it was fun to see that what some would consider trash others would pay $15 for.

Are you a Disney Freak? Have you sold any fun or unusual Disney related items? Have you found something most would consider trash but you saw the value and turned that item into a few bucks?

Here are some of my most recent Disney related sales.

Disney Store Children’s Hangers Non-Slip Grips Plastic Clear Set 6 – Sold for $13.99










Hannah Montana Embroidered Rhinestone Patch Sticker – Recently Sold two for $9.99 each, shipped internationally











Disneyland Club 33 Vintage Napkin Exclusive 90* Edge Printing New Orleans – Sold for $15.99













Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary Used Parking Passes 3/24/97 3/245/97 $5 Day – Sold for $14.99











Disneyland Hotel Travel Bath Lotion Shampoo Bar Soap Mickey Mouse – Sold for $24.99



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