No matter where you live, a reseller can become bored sourcing the same items at the same place each week. Not only that, your store begins to reflect your inability to find new and trendy items.
I live in a rural community, so unless someone is knocking on my door to drop off items, I will be driving at least 15-30 minutes. Therefore, I have to plan thrifting trips. I fill up the tank, bring a lunch and hit the road, but not as often is I like.
I dream of the day I have someone local to measure, describe and photograph my items. That person would send them to the virtual assistant to list. Then have a high-schooler come in the afternoons to pack and ship sold items. I would source and do the accounting.
Here is where I would go on a regular basis if that dream ever comes true:
- The Goodwill Outlets! I have never been but am planning a trip next month. The closest ones are 2 hours away, but if you live in a large city it is a place that goes through inventory quickly. They sell by the pound so you can get some really nice items very cheap.
- Savers! Again, the distance keeps me from going. They do sell by the item, but I have heard of some unbeatable prices for items.
- Goodwill and Salvation Army! The prices are very high in many locations. But if you have time to look for the 1/2 off color of the week and have a decent knowledge of brands, you can score some listings there.
- Estate Sales! It is a great place to find jewelry, clothing and vintage home items. You have to be patient and must have a limit of the highest price you are willing to get it for.
- Thrift/Charity shops. Most have “half Price colors,” and have a daily special. Most items are priced by volunteers. If you see a price that is too high, don’t be afraid to ask for a reduction.
- Garage Sales! This is another situation where the owner (who is emotionally invested ) will be willing to negotiate in order to keep from pitting it all away
- Social Media! Facebook groups can be a great way to get cheap items without burning a tank of gas.
- Your own closet! Clean it out and sell the items!
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The longest holiday season of the year, October 31-January 1, is finally over.
If you are working for someone else, it’s a day of football and a paid day off. If you are an entrepreneur reseller, it was a day to kick into high gear.
As a side-note, GaryVee posted on Instagram around 6am and I was proud to reply that I began listing at 5am. There are too many opportunities to sleep in!
Here is what I did:
- Finished the laundry, did the dishes showered.
- Drafted 38 items. They were mostly Career and Spring.
- Took Pictures
- They wouldn’t upload to Amazon Prime, so I drafted a few more.
- Put all items that are holiday on deep discounted clearance with free shipping. At this point, it is better that they are out of my house then store them another year.
- The listings that had ended, I went through and changed titles with better keywords.
- Accepting any reasonable offer. It is too late to hope for high dollar. People are looking for a deal.
- Searched for all of my formal dresses purchased over the year. This is the month that girls are looking for the perfect prom dress. It is also a time when women are taking cruises where certains sections require formal wear.
- Shared, liked and followed on various platforms.
- Sitting on the couch, warm electric blanket, Lipton Natural Energy, filling out my Happy Planner and blogging.
- 11 hours
I like the holidays, but after a while I just wish for things to go back to normal!
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For those in the UK and Canada, this day was actually yesterday, December 26th. For resellers, this is the day to box up sales from Friday-Monday. Listening to YouTube and looking at Instagram early this morning, the results are varied. Some had the best weekend in a month, with sales starting around noon on Christmas Day. Others said they should have gone on vacation because there is nothing to Box and Ship out!
This morning, I have 8 items to ship out. I really didn’t know what to expect since I was actively selling only on Ebay last year. I had not goal except to be grateful for each and every sale because it is a blessing to our family.
I felt that today would be a great time to explain the system I use to ship packages out. Mine way is not special, it is a compilation of processes from other YouTubers that through trial and error, fit for me.
- I load up each of my platforms (Ebay Store 1, Ebay Store 2, Etsy, Poshmark, Amazon, Facebook and Instagram) to the Orders Page, so that I have a full grasp of what today’s Boxing will entail.
- I handwrite a “Thank You” card for each sale. I thank them for their purchase, I describe the purchase, I ask them to contact me with any problems and I encourage them to give me feedback on their transaction. By describing their item, they know I am taking the time out to personally thank them.
- Feedback has two schools of thought, but I’m genuinely not afraid of what people will say. Most platforms will remove feedback that is slanderous and without proof. I have also gone back to the purchaser to work things out and they have changed the feedback.
- I find each item that needs to be shipped out and carefully inspect each one last time. I have found defects at the last-minute. It is so much better to email your customer, explain the defect and ask them to decide on the outcome (Cancel, Discount or Send). These tiny details can come back to haunt you and cost you time and money.
- I choose an item, package it and place the Thank You card on top.
- I do use tissue paper (NEVER with glitter, trust me!) for clothing, bubble wrap for hard goods as well as fragile ones. I am very lucky as I have found a thrift shop that sells used, by the pound. Ebay seems to have the best pricing for these items. Try not to scrimp on this to save a buck. Customers appreciate when they see the care you have taken to ship their purchase.
- Do not seal the package yet! Weigh it on your scale (I found a digital scale that goes to 12 pounds at a thrift store for $1. Again, Ebay is your best bet)
- I check each way this item can be shipped. First Class, Fed Ex, Regional Priority, Flat Priority and Weight Priority. I provide free First Class or Fed Ex Smart post. The other options are something a customer pays for. Around holidays, I mark up prices a bit and just send them all priority.
- I always use the platform’s shipping because it is usually discounted commercial. I never mail without tracking. There are many resellers that do and that is fine. I have been marked on Ebay with late shipping, because the customer didn’t tell Ebay they had received the package. Spend the $3.65 and forget the stamps.
- After printing out the correct shipping label and attaching it to the package, I take one last look to make sure the item is packed properly, it is going to the right address and my Thank You note is on top. I seal it, check it off the list and put it in the outgoing box.
- I move on to the next item and repeat. I’ve tried packaging several at a time, and it takes me longer because I am concerned it will go to the wrong person. *Knock on Wood* it has not happened to me yet, but I have heard stories from other resellers.
- IF you ordered USPS pickup, woke up early and had your packages ready before 8am…. Congratulations! I usually have mine done before 10am and running them to the Post Office. Just don’t wait until afternoon, thinking you might get another sale or you will be sending them out late.
- A side note is that I generally have no noise in the background when I am getting orders ready to ship. I used to and found I was distracted. Whatever works great for you!
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Where items are fit for a Queen
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