Garage Sale Toolkit
Holding a garage sale probably isn't your idea of a good time, but it is an option to get rid of some stuff that hasn't sold in your store after a year or two. I leave my items in my eBay store for one to two years, depending upon how saleable I believe they For non-selling items after 1-2 years, I have three options. I can take them to the local thrift store and get a receipt for a charitable deduction on my income taxes, I can take them to a consignment store, or I can have a garage sale. The only type of garage sale that I have anymore is a 1 garage sale. It's easy to prepare for, because everything is 1 each. There's no pricing involved, and you can sell hundreds if not thousands of items this way. My family and I did this at the very end of liquidating my grandmother's estate, and it was a tremendous success. We sold about 4,000 items at 1 each over a three-day period. The customers loved it And you've already tried selling your items on eBay, so you know that you aren't giving...
Garage sales draw big crowds when promoted properly, and you'll be surprised at the amount of stuff you'll unload. An especially good time to have a garage sale is late fall or early winter just in time for the holidays. (Before it freezes) Because you've probably been to a bunch of garage sales but maybe haven't given one in a long time, here are a few reminders Invite neighbors to participate The more the merrier, right Also, the bigger the sale, the more customers you're likely to entice. Everyone can drum up at least a few items for a garage sale. Post large signs on nearby corners The day before the sale, put up large posters advertising the sale. (You can pick up 22 x 28 poster board from an art store or office supply store.) When you make the posters, use thick black shipping markers on brightly colored boards. Use few words, including only the basic details, for example Garage Sale June 22-24, 8 a.m., Tons of Stuff, 1234 Extra Cash Blvd. Also make a sign to hang at the sale...
What can be better than getting up at 6 a.m. to troll the local garage sales I say nothing if you're motivated to find lots of good eBay merchandise and prepared for the garage sales. Buy the newspaper or check your local newspaper's classified ads online (just run a Google search for your local newspaper's name), and print maps of the sale locations from MapQuest or Yahoo You know the neighborhoods, so you can make a route that makes sense from one sale to the next and figure in bathroom stops and coffee breaks. A few tips on shopping garage sales 1 Look for sales that say Early Birds Welcome, and make them the first on your list so you can get them out of the way. It seems like a universal bell goes off somewhere and all garage sales start at 8 a.m. sharp
As I write this, eBay is one of the few parts of the world e-commerce that are not only doing well but continuing to grow with leaps and bounds. More and more individuals are taking to selling on eBay part-time, to get a little extra money, or have even moved to making eBay their sole source of income. The amazing thing to me is that people figured out on their own that they could make a living selling solely on eBay, or supplementing other sales with eBay auctions. eBay didn't market itself as a place where you could create your own eBay business eBay sellers figured that out by experience. They realized that no matter how offbeat or unusual the item, they could find a buyer for it somewhere around the world. They also discovered that, with a worldwide pool of buyers available, they were likely to get a far higher price online than they could selling through an antique store, flea market, or garage sale. Listen to the stories of the people I interviewed for this book, whose profiles...
These days, garage-sale season in the United States is almost a year-round event. I spotted about ten after taking my kids to school this past Friday, and boy did I want to stop In my video series, Trash to Cash, I show how 74 spent at garage sales on a Saturday morning can turn into over 500 in cyberspace. You can be successful at this, too, especially if you follow my proven techniques. The most important way to ensure your success at garage sales is to be organized. Pick up your city's newspaper the night or day before you intend to hit the sales (most garage sales are in the paper at least one day before). Or print your city's newspaper's online listings of sales. Sit down with this information and look first for the sales that promise to have the most merchandise (and the most potential treasures). Key words like the following indicate large sales
EBay has moved quite rapidly from being an amateur hour, garage sale, Beanie Baby-selling dot-com to being a multibillion-a-year enterprise. If you want to play on this playground, you'll be going head to head with professionals, including Fortune 500 companies. The only way to compete is to play by the accepted rules of business.
This kind of application works well for family events such as setting up an online garage sale for all of those extras that have accumulated over the past year. A small store could make an application available as a kiosk to help customers locate hard to find items and provide an exchange for items that might not sell well in the local community. The application possibilities are endless.
These days, costume jewelry is as collectible (if not more) as fine jewelry. A few years ago, the famous designer (and very rich lady) Gloria Vanderbilt had her garage sale of her extra costume jewelry at eBay. She'd collected many famous items throughout the years and sold them to regular folks like you and me. It was from her auctions that I learned about the classic jewelry designers. Check out Figure 20-3 for a beautiful costume jewelry find.
.on military bases, make the rounds before the garbage trucks people throw away stuff just because they don't want to deal with it anymore They're yours for the taking I overheard one lady telling another how she sold a great sewing kit on eBay for 14. She had gotten it out of the trash across the street when the lady threw out her leftover garage sale items. She just went over and gathered the leftovers. This lady also frequents thrift stores and Salvation Army stores for clothes that she sells on eBay. Baby clothes and kids clothes (do well). They only bring quarters or very little money at garage sales, however if you put them on eBay you get a lot more for them Put them in sets or lots and get a bigger price. I garage sale every Friday and Saturday morning. I sometimes go to estate sales. I watch the sides of the road for castoffs. I listen and watch for people who are trying to get rid of stuff for free I watch for library sales and going out of business sales. Once one of my...
First of all, you don't have to sit in a hot garage all day long with a determined and cheery smile on your face. To have a successful garage sale, someone must be on duty, available to answer questions and take money. If you sell those same goodies on the Internet, you can go about your life while the sale goes on. No need to spend your day sitting behind a table, chatting with strangers.
Once you've got the routine of selling down to a regular system, the big challenge isn't actually making sales on eBay. Rather, the challenge is finding merchandise you can resell. Many of the sellers I spoke to spend a considerable amount of time each week gathering merchandise at garage sales, flea markets, estate sales, auctions wherever they can find it. As anyone who has tried to make a purchase at a conducted sale (a sale of someone's possessions that is conducted by a professional dealer rather than the homeowner) knows, such sales are likely to have great bargains, but the competition for them is fierce. Often, you have to stand in line for hours before the sale opens just so you can have a chance at finding treasures. If a sale opens at 9 A.M., for instance, you might have to get in line at 6 A.M., 5 A.M____who knows
When you're shopping for inventory, it pays to look where you are likely to find quality merchandise. The Chicago area where I live is known as a particularly good source of secondhand collectibles. But some areas within the area, such as the suburbs north of Chicago where many high-income people live, yield better results than others. Look for garage and estate sales in such neighborhoods in your own area. Often, local newspapers that cover individual towns or groups of towns contain more listings for estate sales and garage sales than major metropolitan newspapers. The area I mentioned is covered by a chain of newspapers that lets you browse through its garage and estate sale listings online, as soon as they come out. You can scour the classifieds (see Figure 3-11) and plan your Friday or Saturday shopping activities accordingly. Garage sales
Sourcing your inventory is one of the toughest tasks for high-volume eBay sellers. While the average eBay seller typically finds items in their own home or in garage sales, high-volume sellers have to find a constant supply of new merchandise. In essence, high-volume sellers are resellers, as they purchase merchandise from wholesalers or other sources and then resell that merchandise to their customers via eBay auctions.
I am committed to spending 45 hours per week total (20 hours for me and 25 for my assistant) doing eBay. I will list 100 new items each week. It will produce approximately 2,000 per week in gross sales. I will specialize in glass, pottery, and tabletop items. My inventory will come from garage sales and thrift shops. Selling on eBay will be one of my streams of income.
Thrift stores and garage sales, yard sales, and estate sales are perfect for this. Make sure you look for clothing that still has the price tags or is in excellent condition. I bought a gently used St. John knit outfit at a consignment store (that was going out of business) for 35. If you can believe it, it sold on eBay for 480. That's the kind of return on investment that I like Educate yourself with completed auction research to see which brands are hot. Keep a list of popular brands with you at all times when you're out shopping.
I sell only vintage and antique stuff, she says. I basically spend a lot of time combing the newspapers for estate sales and antique auctions, sometimes in my local area and sometimes not so local every Thursday night, I'm checking Internet newspaper sites for garage sales. Sometimes, I have to get there at 6 30 or 7 A.M. to wait in line so I can find some treasures. My mother was an antique dealer, and my boyfriend's Dad was in the business. For me, the fun of it is selling stuff I really love.
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An example should make this easier to grasp. Suppose you uncover a box full of ten Chuckles the Cat Bean Bag Babies at a garage sale. You put all ten up for sale at the same time in a single Dutch auction. You specify a minimum bid of 20 for each cat. Eighteen separate bidders place bids One bids 30, two bid 25, three bid 24, two bid 22, two bid 21, and the rest bid 20. The ten highest bidders win these are the individuals who bid 30, 25, 22, and 21, respectively. However and this is the confusing part in a Dutch auction, they all purchase at the lowest successful price, which is 21. Those who bid 20 lose out because there are no more than ten cats available.
Keep in mind that thrift-store shopping is just like garage-sale shopping. Look for the same items and follow the same rules. Most thrift stores don't negotiate on price, but they do have special tag sales every so often. The one in my neighborhood sometimes decides to put up a 50 percent off housewares sign, and that's when I can really do well. They don't advertise it, and it's up to the manager's whims, so this is another reason to constantly visit your favorite stores. Chains like the Goodwill and Salvation Army have more rigid rules regarding sales. Typically, each
There will always be those cases though when a seller may be selling a perfectly fine guitar that he acquired through a relative, inheritance, or garage sale. He may know nothing about the instrument he is selling. This obviously does not make the seller a scammer. Feel out the seller with quiz questions, but it shouldn't be the only technique you use in rooting out the con artists. term LinG - Live, informative, Non-cost and Genuine
Business cards are a must (see Figure 5.1). I actually have two different business cards One is my eBay business card that I give to everyone except the people I buy from. Why People having garage, estate, and yard sales don't want to know that you're going to make money off of their items on eBay. They don't mind if you're an antiques dealer, but for some reason, taking their items and selling them on eBay tomorrow for ten times what you paid them rubs them the wrong way. Maybe it makes them feel bad that they didn't sell the items on eBay themselves. I bought a set of china from a woman at a garage sale several weeks ago and she asked me, What are you going to do with that, resell it I told her that I was, and she asked, Are you going to make money off of me and I answered honestly, I hope so. She wasn't happy. Whatever the reason these sellers feel uncomfortable, to combat it, print up two different business cards, one to advertise your eBay business and one with the types of items...
Does the idea of 10 million people looking at your item sound exciting to you Well, that's the equivalent of having a garage sale and the population of five states visiting your garage in one day What are the odds that just one of the 10 million people may want your item for the right price Pretty good, right EXACTLY
When I was in New Orleans, I went to some garage sales in the French Quarter and became acquainted with the wonderful local custom of the lagniappe (pronounced lan-yap ) something extra that's thrown in along with the sale. Nothing builds goodwill with your customers like an extra touch you can add to your item(s) when you ship them out.
Fiction, non-fiction, and antiquarian and collectible books make up over 64 percent of the book category. And you can pick up these items everywhere Library sales, estate and garage sales, thrift stores, and even eBay are great sources. Consider looking for first editions, books in great condition, and anything that looks rare or unusual. Don't overlook textbooks, because many college students buy their textbooks on eBay, and at the end of the year resell their books on eBay instead of selling to the on-campus bookstores. They are making more money by selling the books themselves, of course.
First, I spread out all my items on my staging table (see Figure 9.1). All but one of these items were acquired at garage sales for a total of 118. The large brass scale in the background was on an overstock pallet from a high-end San Francisco retailer. Its original retail was 600, and I paid 138. I hope to double my money on this.
Estate auctions are the higher level of estate garage sales. Here you can find fine art, antiques, ephemera, rare books, and collectibles of all kinds. Aside from the large estate auctions, most auction houses have monthly estate auctions in which they put together groups of merchandise from various small estates. Find out when these auctions are being held and mark them on your calendar.
Jewelry and watches are projected at quite a lot of volume 1.6 billion for 2005. This is another of my favorite categories, because everyone has jewelry and or watches in their homes. It is also an easy category to find when out thrift shopping or at garage sales. Another great feature of this category is that it's easy to ship.
Many people routinely buy things for very deep discounts at local estate sales and garage sales and turn around and sell the merchandise on eBay for a profit. There are many other local sources where someone with an entrepreneurial inclination can buy at low prices and sell on eBay for a profit. For more inventory acquisition ideas, read Chapter 22.
There's a fairly common hierarchy of sales maturity seen in eBay, from the type, sources, and quantity of items sold to the profit realized by the seller. Figure 2-1 shows the progression of the typically maturing eBay business, from the selling of garage sale items to the PowerSeller
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