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What happened to June?

June 30th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Here it is June 30th. What happened to this month? It seemed to fly by! Yikes!

It has been a busy month for us. We started the booth at the antique mall. When we checked on Friday, we had sold 21 items. Not expensive or big money makers, but at least we made double of the booth rent. One of the ladies who works there said some folks didn't sell anything all month. So, hopefully we can continue finding things people want. One booth owner pulled out because they hadn't sold too much the whole time they were there. They had Fenton and carnival glass with huge prices. I imagine it was worth what they were asking, but in a town which unemployement higher than 10%, I don't think there are a lot of folks buying fancy dishes to put in a cabinet. Anyway, we are pleased.

Our garage door opener quit working so we bought a new battery at Walgreens last Friday. They gave us a coupon for $5 off $20, but it was only good for two days. After seeing the sale ad, they had stuff we needed on sale, so that was a good thing for us.

Grocery shopping was completed Friday and last night we had pot roast. The weather here has been cool and rainy, unlike many other places in the states. It was a good pot roast night. I have enough to make another meal or two out of the meat and vegetables. I'm thinking maybe a pot pie for one.

We went to some garage sales Friday. I found this neat, lidded jar that was apparently made for dishes sold at the Guggenheim museum. It has Frank Lloyd Wright collection on the bottom. I could only find some dishes for sale, but not the jar. I wonder if it is rare.

DH thinks we should think about Ebay, but I'm not sure I'm ready for that. Since he doesn't touch a computer, I don't think he realizes there is more to it than listing something. And I don't think I know enough about Ebay to actually try to sell something.

We don't have big plans for the Fourth. We did find some steaks on sale a couple of weeks ago which we put in the freezer and I will thaw and fix. So far, the lettuce has been safe from the bunny so we can have a salad if that continues. We no longer want to fight crowds and traffic to see the fireworks and it seems at our city, the last time we went to the fireworks, there is rarely parking, and so many folks have been drinking to the point they are drunk, it isn't fun.

Hope your month was a good one as well.

5 Responses to “What happened to June?”

  1. scfr Says:

    I hear you - The month has just sped by!

    You could try dipping your toes in to the eBay selling waters with a couple listings just to see how it goes.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I found the jar for sale on UK EBay. It was going for $25 plus $75 shipping!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, CB...I will have to look it up.

    Scfr, do you sell on eBay? If so, what suggestions do you have?

  4. scfr Says:

    I have sold a little on eBay here & there over the years, but in the last 1-1/2 years I became much more active because I started running eBay auctions for a non-profit (all donated items with 100% going to the charity).

    Selling on eBay is just like anything new ... it does take time, and it is challenging the first few times, but it gets easier. (If you've ever created an on-line photo album I'd say it's comparable to that in terms of difficulty. With time & patience, almost anyone can learn it.) The eBay learning center offers quite a bit of information.

    The first thing to do is set up a Paypal account, if you don't already have one, to receive payment.

    Next choose what to sell. Are you comfortable taking photos & uploading them? If not, then look for items that are already in the eBay "catalog" with pre-loaded photos. Examples of things that may be in the catalog are media (books, DVDs, CDs), popular electronics (iPhones, etc). Catalog items need a UPC or ISBN so antiques won't be there.

    If you're comfortable taking your own photos, then look for lighter-weight items (postage has gotten really expensive) that you think may be popular. See what they sold for by doing "Completed Auction" advanced searches. If you have any multiples of the same item at your antique mall booth, those might be good items to start with since you could sell at both places at once.

    Pictures are important. Get the best ones you can. Keep your descriptions completely (brutally if necessary) honest so that you build up a good seller rating.

    Start out with just a handful of items and see how it goes. When you do your first listings, start them early in the day when your brain is fresh and so you don't run short on time.

    If you decide to try it and have any specific questions as you go along, feel free to ask. I'm no expert but I'm happy to share what little knowledge I have.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Thank you, SCFR, for the great instructions. You have really laid it all out. This might be something for us to try. I don't mind taking photos.

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