Thrifty Tuesday: The Hopefully Back with Linkies Edition :)

I apologize for the delays in the last few postings on this topic; shortly after I started the Thrifty Tuesday series, a young mother’s class started in my home on Tuesday nights. Maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t have to do some flurried additional tidying before company comes over and if that’s the case, some day I’d like to grow up and be like you. ;-)

My goal this last week was to write a scheduled post either on Sunday night or Monday night. Sunday night we were visiting my husband’s grandmother an hour away and last night the children made it clear they thought sleep was optional.

Last Tuesday we had the fun and rollicking discussion of whether it’s ethical to sell thrift shop finds online for a profit (obviously my short version answer is: yes. the post has my longer version answer).

Today’s post is going to be a short and sweet list of Kindle books and online resources for selling online plus a few tips from me for starting out.

Kindle (free items marked with an asterisk)

* eBay Optimizer: 52 Tips to Maximize Your Profits

A Mom’s Guide to Making Money on eBay

How to eBay In Real Life (For a Living)

What to Buy at Thrift Stores to Resell on eBay for Profit

 

Online Resources (should all be free)

The Redneck Picker YouTube Channel (I have not watched all of his videos, so please take this recommendation with caution :) ~ the few videos I have watched have been helpful for learning about more items that can be sold online)

eBay Fees & Profits Calculator ~ Fabulous way to track how much money you’ll actually make on a sale.

My Secret eBay Diary ~ a fun blog about eBay sales

The eBay Life Blog ~ ditto the above

Quick Tips:

Do research. If you’ve got a nursing baby, read up on websites every time you sit down to nurse for the next few days. If you don’t have that built in pause, take some of your e-mail/TV/FB/pinterest time and devote it to getting an idea of what to look for to sell.
Many sites suggest starting out with what you’ve got at home before going out into thrift shops. I did a bit of both. You’d be surprised at what’s available in your home ot sell online (older toys? pyrex? legos?).

If you ahve some spare cash to invest, I HIGHLY recommend buying a set of postal scales. You can print up discounted postage through eBay (and a few other places). This will reduce costs in the long run, of course, and reduce time at the Post Office. I wish I had done it right away instead of waiting a few weeks to do it. I bought these scales off of Amazon (using credit from the blog… thank you, dear readers!) and have been really happy with them ever since. I don’t really think you need to spend a lot on other equipment for starting, but the scales can definitely save money.

Here’s the Linky for this week (I hope! We’ve had some technical problems recently)… please share some of your resale love here! :) And next week we’ll talk about children’s clothes from thrift shops!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Susan
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Great starter tip on the scale! Printing postage at home is a huge time and money saver. Something else to consider is shipping supplies. I used to wait around until an item sold before lining up a shipping box or envelope – not anymore. I weigh my items and their packing materials now when writing up listings, so that I don’t lose money on shipping. Much of my packaging is recycled from neighbors and friends who know that I resell. I have also purchased padded and Tyvek envelopes online and at estate or garage sales. My current shipping labels are two-part printables from eBay – they work fine in my laser printer.

  2. Stacy
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    We purchased a box of 100 padded envelopes on Amazon for about $30. We’re still working our way through the box but it has saved us large amounts of money and time for items that are under 13 ounces and can go by First Class mail.

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