Ebay sales and don’t be afraid to ask a high price for your item.

Ebay Sales

I didn’t get a chance to post last week so I thought I would do two weeks worth of sales in this post:

Store Week May 10-16, 2015

Total Items in Store: 424
Items Sold: 12
Cost of Items Sold: $8:50
Total Sales: $209.12
Highest Price Sold: $39.99 off camera flash
Average Price Sold: $20.91
International Sales: 2 (1 GSP)
Returns: 0
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $7.50

Store Week May 17-23, 2015

Total Items in Store: 419
Items Sold: 12
Cost of Items Sold: $8.75
Total Sales: $296.89
Highest Price Sold: $60 vintage brass planter
Average Price Sold: $24.74
International Sales: 2 (2 GSP)
Returns: 0
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0

It’s definitely been slower the last couple of weeks versus the prior two weeks.  But I’m still content with sales since I haven’t done much listing at all lately.  No excuses for the lack of listing, except that there were other things I chose to do instead (like spending time outside gardening – it’s that time of year).

Don’t be afraid to ask a high price for your item!

One of my highest priced items that sold last week was the brass swan planter below.  I purchased it for $2 at an animal market/swap that we go to. I was asking $69.99 for it and took a best offer of $60 plus shipping.

My son sells his chickens and rabbits there.  I’m always on the lookout for cool and interesting things to pick up when I’m there. Even though most of the vendors there just sell animals (all kinds from birds to horses), there are always a few junk sellers as well.

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Mine sold for $60 best offer plus shipping

Here is another one that was listed first.  I actually waited for this one to sell before I listed mine.  This one was listed at auction and only sold for $21.99 plus shipping.

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This one sold for $21.99 plus shipping.

There were only a couple of these listed on ebay and now I’m wondering if I shouldn’t have listed it for more!?  Nah, let’s not get greedy, right?!  I was happy with the price I got and it sold just a couple of weeks after I listed it.

So don’t be afraid to list your items high and wait for the right buyer to come along.  And certainly there are many strategies for selling on ebay.  Some people care more about flipping items quickly and may charge less just to move inventory.  And that’s okay too.  Different strokes for different folks.

When I do my research on an item, I tend to price my items on the high end.  However, with this item, I priced mine much, much higher than anything that was on ebay.  This was an item that was high quality and vintage. And I felt the price I asked was fair.

This week’s edition of Weirdbay

So this isn’t too crazy weird…it’s kind of cool actually!

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You can get your pic printed on a real dollar bill.  But my first thought was whether or not this was legal?  But here’s what is written in the listing:

 This is legal and negotiable tender, and this process has been permitted by the Treasury Department since 1967! Each bill comes in a clear plastic currency holder!

Really?!  You can do this to money?  And it’s still legal tender?  If someone tried to pay with this kind of money, I’m not sure I’d accept it.

Interesting reading

I saw this posted on Flea Market Insiders.  Historical Black and White Gif Art.  I think this is awesome.  I’m a portrait photographer and really love photography…all kinds.  And I thought this was really neat.  You guys have no idea how difficult it is to create something like this. This artist has spent a LOT of time creating these gifs. You should click the link above and check out the rest of his gifs.  They are so cool!

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Just wait a few seconds if you don’t see anything happening in this pic!

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you guys are having a great week!

 

Recent Ebay sales & an experiment of not offering Best Offer on items under $35

5/13/15

Store Week May 3-9, 2015

Total Items in Store: 417
Items Sold: 23
Cost of Items Sold: $27
Total Sales: $565.8
Highest Price Sold: $69 (Brio wooden tracks) – $80 CL – chair we found in neighbors garbage.
Average Price Sold: $24.60
International Sales: 1 GSP
Returns: 1
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of items listed this week: 12

Very happy with continued strong sales. Haven’t listed that much, and can’t wait to get back into it!  I haven’t been out buying much either, just trying to get some old inventory listed.  I do miss going out though.  Hoping to do so a bit this week.

Here are some of the higher priced items that sold last week.

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My highest Ebay sale last week was the above Brio wooden train tracks and accessories.  I bought these a long time ago at a garage sale for my kids, when they were still younger.  In a recent Scavenger Life “What Sold On Ebay” video, Ryanne had showed some of these Brio tracks that she sold.  Seeing the video made me remember that I should probably still have these somewhere from when my kids played with them.  They were put away in the basement.

I used to rotate the kids toys when they were younger.  I would box up some toys and put them away, and then bring them back 6 months to a year later.  It was like the kids got brand new toys.  But once the kids outgrew some of them, we put them away with the intention of donating them.  Glad we never did..they kind of got buried and we forgot about them…until now!

These are definitely something to keep an eye out for at garage sales if you can buy them cheap.  I think I probably paid no more than $5 for them at the time.

What was cool about this sale is that I actually had a best offer on these and accepted a best offer of $50 from a buyer.  They never paid and I opened a unpaid case.  They still didn’t pay and after about 4 days (I think) you can close the case and relist.  And like an hour after relisting these, they sold for FULL PRICE!!  So glad the other buyer didn’t pay!

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I picked up these small prints at a garage sale last year for $2.  I originally bought them for myself, but decided to list them.  They sold within a couple of days for $36.99 plus shipping to Hawaii.  I’ve been picking up quite a bit of artwork recently.  A quite a bit of needlepoint too.  They seem to do very well.  I figure that if I like it, someone else will too!

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This is another item that I am ALWAYS on the lookout for at thrift stores and garage sales.  These Cassette players/recorders have always quickly sold for me.  I only paid $.99 for this guy at our local Goodwill.  It sold within a week.  When I did my research on this player, there were some sold for quite a bit less, for about $25.  There wasn’t one exactly like this.  In the past, I probably would have listed it for the same, but decided that I would just list it higher.  Why not?  If it sat and sat, I could always put in on sale.  But it sold right away!

No Best Offer option on items under $35.

A long time ago when Mikey & Wendy were still doing podcasts with Jay & Ryanne of Scavenger Life, they mentioned that they only offered Best Offer on items over $36.  I was more interesting in moving inventory and had a best offer even on items around $25.  But lately, I’ve just been listing at buy it now and not putting the best offer option on items under $35.  The bird prints and cassette player/recorder above are perfect examples.

I’ll keep playing around and see how it affects my sales. I do think it depends on the item that is for sale, but so far it’s working!

I do, however, make an exception for my ties.  I have a lot of them listed at $36 (the silk ones) with a best offer to accept at $15.  But again, sometimes they still sell at full price.  Just like the Mccaw tie below!

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This week’s edition of Weirdbay

Seems like Ebay is the place to go for fundraising now too.  Here’s someone asking for a generous donation to pay off half of their school loan.

Please pay off my school loans!!!

Please pay off my school loans!!!

Here’s what this person stated in their description:

Attended graduate school for six years only to secure a low-paying teaching job at a community college in a poverty stricken area. Pay off my student loan and you will receive a personalized letter of gratitude and confirmation that your contribution paid off 1/4 of my loan.

There’s a lot that I’d like to say to this person, but I should keep my mouth shut.  I do believe that this person could have gotten that same job without the graduate degree…but this is a discussion for another post.

So what’s been happening with your Ebay sales?

Ebay Sales and why I love The Global Shipping Program

5/7/15

Ebay Sales for the week April 26-May 2, 2015

Total Items in Store: 414
Items Sold: 24
Cost of Items Sold: $43.09
Total Sales: $584.79 (does not include shipping income)
Highest Price Sold: $64 – Mario Party 2 for N64 & Boy Scouts Monopoly $79.99 Amazon
Average Price Sold: $24.36
International Sales: 1 (1 GSP)
Returns: 1
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $15
Number of items listed this week: 0

Love that my numbers are getting higher and higher. This week in addition to ebay, we sold an old antique train trunk on CL for $35 and the Boy Scouts Monopoly game on Amazon for $79.99. I only had this listed on Amazon and it’s been listed for about 2 years. Lots of sellers were selling theirs for much less, but I knew once they ran out, mine would sell. My COGS does include my shipping/fees for Amazon on the item sold, as well as $1.93 for shipping on a tie (the only thing that I have free shipping on).

Happy that things are still selling even though I didn’t list even 1 item last week.

Why I love The Global Shipping Program

Remember the Russian Nesting Dolls that I recently sold?  Well, the 2nd largest doll broke in shipment.

nesting dollsI was so bummed.  Especially since it was such a nice sale.  I immediately refunded the buyer her money.  I always do.  I don’t ask that they return the item first or anything like that.  I just do it.  At first I couldn’t remember if I had insured this item (priority mail comes with $100 insurance for top rated sellers (I think it TR and not power seller..not sure on that).  But if it was shipped parcel and I didn’t insure it, I’d be screwed.

Well, I went back and realized that this item went to Kentucky and that it was a Global Shipping item.  I remembered listening to a Scavenger Life podcast about this.  So I called ebay and they forwarded the info to the GSP folks.  There is no phone support, only email.  Well I got a message back from them that they will take care of everything and refund me my money!

Please be assured, if a buyer should receive a Global Shipping purchase damaged, you are not responsible for issuing a refund.  Items you ship using the Global Shipping Program are insured against loss or damage.  In such circumstances, we’ll have the buyer file a case on eBay or PayPal, and ensure they are refunded by the Global Shipping Program, rather than you.  Please keep this in mind for the future, should this happen again. 

 Since you have taken it upon yourself to provide the refund to your buyer, I have submitted a request to have you reimbursed by eBay for the full amount ($82.45).  Please allow up to 7 business days for the refund to be available in your PayPal account. 

 I appreciate the professional and proactive approach you took in this situation, to ensure your buyer was well cared for!   Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 

How great is that.  Anything that is shipped by the Global Shipping Program is taken care of by their department.  As long as it gets to them in one piece, you’re protected.  Love that!!!

Weirdbay

On this week’s edition of Weirdbay we have the mystery envelope.

mystery itemI thought this was really interesting.  I wonder what we’d receive if we bought one?  This could be really cute or really gross.  LOL

In other news

Hubby and I celebrated 19 years of marriage on Monday.  We went out on a date.  Ahhh..somewhere without the kids.  I felt like I was 16 again (when we started dating).  We just went out for a nice quiet dinner.  We rarely go out without our kids, but decided going forward that we would do so at least once a month.  We are still on a debt repayment plan and don’t want to spend money on unnecessary things, but our dates don’t have to cost anything at all.  The goal will be just to get away from our munchkins and focus on us!  :)

And then…..my son’s ball python snake escaped his cage on Monday and we still haven’t been able to find him.  Where could he have gone??  My Mom and best friend refuse to come over until he’s found.

IMG_1304Has this ever happened to anyone else?  :)

And how have sales been for you guys recently.  I’ve been really happy with mine.

Ebay Sales and the world famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

5/2/15

Ebay Sales for the week April 19-25, 2015

Total Items in Store: 417
Items Sold: 23
Cost of Items Sold: $33
Total Sales: $527.44
Highest Price Sold: $54.95 (Vintage portable b&w TV)
Average Price Sold: $21.97
International Sales: 1 (GSP)
Returns: 0
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $12

The total sales do not include income from shipping.  I charge shipping on everything except for ties.  And I only sold 1, so minus $1.93  for that.

So the week prior was my first time hitting $400 in sales and this past week my first time hitting $500 in sales. Very exciting. I’m only at a little over 400 listings but am selling something every day.

Ebay has really bee rockin’ for me lately.  I hope it continues!

The world famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

wax museum tieThis tie was purchased by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Las Vegas.  I wonder who’s going to be wearing it?  My hubby thinks it’s Obama.  Maybe it is, or perhaps they are getting ready for the 4th of July?  What do you think?

It would be fun to go there and see it worn by one of the wax figures.  LOL

I know some people have sold items to movie studios etc.  But I’m excited about this one.  LOL

Weirdbay

soulThis week’s edition of Weirdbay has a lady selling her soul (upon her death) in order to raise $ for oral surgery.  Here’s what she writes in her listing:

Selling my Soul to pay my bills, have my nasal septum fixed and so I can get the VERY Expensive Oral Surgeries I’m in need of.

What you will receive is a signed contract stating once I die my Soul will be the property of you and you alone.
As you can see by my main picture I’m holding Holy Water in a Church so my Soul is pure….for now….lol
(I actually wanted to start my bidding at $60,000.00 which is what I really needed to start it at but eBay won’t allow it.)
I also have a gofundme page for anyone that would like to just help me with the Oral Surgeries. 
Thanks!!!

So how’s Ebay been treating you guys lately? It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend here in Chicago and I hope it’s great for you guys too!

 

Ebay Sales And Auction vs Buy It Now

4/25/15

Ebay sales for the week of April 12-18 2015

Well last week was much better than the prior week which was only $139.  :)

• Total Items in Store: 406
• Items Sold: 14 (1 was on Amazon)
• International 1 GSP
• Total Sales: $400.39
• Highest Price Sold: $130 (Tool on Amazon)
• Average Price Sold: $28.60
• Returns: 0
• Cost of Items Sold: $33
• Cost of items purchased this week $5

So the highest item sold last week was a tool that I sold on Amazon.  But Ebay’s highest item was the following:

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Auction Format vs Buy It Now

So the above item sold at Best Offer of $75.  Most of you probably already know this, but you can’t see the best offer price accepted through the print feature anymore.  What you need to do now is just right click on the page and click “page info”.  And you can scroll down and see the best offer price.

I am really trying to move inventory right now (in an attempt to get more organized) and was trying an experiment with auctions.  I originally listed this at auction for $69.99.  I think it was only a 3 day auction though.  No bites.  So if I don’t sell something at auction, I will then relist it at BIN.  So I then upped the price to $89.99 and set best offer to auto accept at $69.99 or higher (the price I wanted with the auction).  But I got an offer of $75 and accept.  So now I’m thinking I’m glad it didn’t sell at auction.  If I only had 1 person bid and it sold at $69.99 I would have been happy with that.  (But then you always hope your item is so awesome there will be a bidding war, right?).

Keep your eye out for these Russian nesting dolls.  These were actually from my personal collection.  I studied in Vienna, Austria for a semester in college and went to Budapest, Hungary.  We went to a flea market there and I had purchased these dolls.  I forgot all about them until my Mother In Law brought them over a couple of weeks ago.  They were stored in her house somewhere.  (Hubby and I lived there for a while after we married and were renovating our home).  Glad she found them.

WeirdBay

So this week’s edition of Weirdbay is the following:

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I thought this was a bit weird, but very creative. Who wants this guys 24 years worth of portraits?

I really wish that this post could have gone live last Monday..but ain’t nobody got time for that!

How was that week for you?

Ebay Sales, Reaching 400 Items And How To Automatically Increase Your Selling Limits

4/18/15

So I’ll start by listing last week’s Ebay Sales (4/5 – 4/11)

Total Sales:  $139.50
Items sold:  11
Average price sold:  $12.68
Highest price item:  5 Disc CD Changer
Cost of good sold:  $4.50

Last week was nothing to write home about, but I like to see the numbers.  A lot of the items that sold were free that my hubby scavenged.  And several of them were ones that I have tons of and I just keep relisting.  I’d rather relist than offer a large quantity as that helps with new listings (supposedly keeps you higher in search results), but I also want to create demand, don’t want people thinking there are many available.

I’m so excited, and I just cannot hide it (singing in my head). 

Last night I reached 400 items in my store.  I don’t recall how long it’s taken this part-time seller to get there, but at one point last year, I think I was at 87 items.  My goal is to get to 500 items soon.

400 listingsI wish all of those items were higher dollar items, but they aren’t.  And I’m totally okay with that.  I also have a lot of unlisted inventory from when I first started that may not bring in much money.  But I truly can’t bring myself to donate items if I know I can make a few bucks on them.  It really doesn’t take long to photograph and list items, I just have to do it.

How to automatically increase your selling limits on Ebay.

ebay selling limit increasedSo when I got to about 320 listings, I decided to upgrade my basic store subscription to the premium one.  I checked the Fee Illustrator and it was going to be cheaper for me now that my listings were increasing.  And as soon as I upgraded, I got the message above.  I’m not a new seller, but I did have to call Ebay once this year asking for a selling increase.  And then I got a an increase again simply by upgrading my store subscription.  That will save me a phone call once I hit 700 items.  :)

WeirdBay

I thought it’d be fun to list some weird things I’ve come across on Ebay.

tonailThis isn’t just weird…it’s just gross!!  So I’m thinking, why would this guy list this?  Maybe he’s trying to up his new listings?  LOL

I also came across this one:

ebay pic to followI was curious and did check back tomorrow.  This image was still on there.  LOL.  I don’t recall what they were trying to sell though. I saved this on my desktop a little while ago and forgot to post it and now don’t remember what it was.

So what’s happening on the Ebay front with you guys?

The 3 Things I Always Look For At A Thrift To Resell On Ebay When I’m In A Hurry

Whenever we are traveling for any reason (to go shopping, for our kids’ activities, parties or adventures), I always try to find a Thrift Store that I can run into.

Why am I always on the hunt for a local thrift to stop in?  Because this way I can write off the miles as a business expense.  Since I have to travel somewhere, why not expense it?  This gives you a nice deduction on your taxes.  For 2015, the deduction is 57.5 cents per mile.  So if you have to go somewhere that’s 15 miles away (30 miles round trip) and you stop in at a thrift and find some inventory, that’s a $17.25 deduction on your taxes.  So if you make $50 selling on Ebay that day, that’s $17.25 that will be a deduction against your earnings.  (I am not a tax expert, so please talk to your accountant for actual tax advice).

Most times when we are out, I really don’t have much time to look for inventory, but there are 3 things that I can spend 5 minutes looking for.

1.  Microwave Turntable Plates

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You can view the Ebay completeds here to see what most go for.  I have most of mine priced at $19.99 plus shipping.  And any plate up to 13″ in size, I add 5lbs for shipping, anything larger I add 6lbs shipping.  I will always check the plate number on ebay as some can go for about $40 plus shipping.  I have them priced at $20 because I’d like to move them out.  Some folks price high and wait for that special customer to come along…and if you’re the only one selling that plate, you’ll get your asking price.  Mine are competitively priced.

I have been accumulating these plates for about 3 years and finally took the time about a week ago to wash them all, photograph them and list them.  I had accumulated about 50 of these plates and have already sold 2 of them.  I pick them up anywhere from $.99 to about $4.  They are cheaper at church sales and more expensive at thrifts.

How do I package them?  Well, they get bubble wrapped and we ship them in boxes that we make ourselves.  We also tape them to the inside of the box to prevent any movement.  I’ve heard of people shipping them in Pizza Boxes, but I think that’s crazy!

2.  Mugs

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Funny that both of the mugs I sold this year were Starbucks mugs. Some go for more than others.  The first one I added shipping as there weren’t many of that design available when I listed mine.  The 2nd one I had free shipping on it as there were many of that design and I wanted to stay competitive on price.  Since it’s Throwback Thursday, I thought I would share my garage sale Starbucks mug that I found and sold for over $265.50 plus shipping.

I like mugs as they are cheap and easy to ship.  I try to pick up mugs that are unique and interesting.  They can be vintage, used, new…it doesn’t matter.

And I know that some people think this is crazy, but this is how I ship my mugs most of the time.  Been doing it for about 3 years and have never had an issue.  :)  Here’s a video that shows you how to do it by Jason Smith of Thrifting With The Boys (Thrift Hunters).  The only thing I do differently is that I’ve never used the priority box to wrap around the mug, I use thicker cardboard.

3.  Ties

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I love ties, they are cheap, easy to store and easy and cheap to ship.  This one I took a best offer of $18 on.  I normally have best offer auto accept at $15 and auto decline under $15.  They are usually under 3 oz and cost a little over $2 to ship.  I normally don’t buy brand name ties, but sometimes will come across one that is like new and really nice.  But I typically stick to interesting novelty ties, especially vintage ones.

So these are the 3 items I check for in every thrift store I go to.  There usually aren’t tons of these items to go through so you can get in and out very quickly. (Accept for the mug section at Salvation Army – I find that area a bit overwhelming with tons of mugs.)

Are there items or sections that you always check for at the thrift?

Ebay Selling News & Make Sure You Use Fragile Stickers

I will start off with my sales for the week of Feb 22 – 28

Total Items in Store: 337
Items Sold: 12
Cost of Items Sold: $23
Total Sales: $279.92
Highest Price Sold: $39.99 (set of 2 video head cleaners)
Average Price Sold: $23.32
International Sales: 1
Returns: 1 Partial (actually a half refund on a salt/shaker set. The salt shaker was broken)
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0

I’ve been very happy with my numbers recently.  I’ve been listing more consistently and it’s been paying off.  (Well I should say more consistently than last year, however, I have not listed in a couple of weeks).

To Separate A Set Or Not

So a couple of weeks ago I went to an estate sale and bought a cute vintage handpainted kitchen canister set.

IMG_8251Maybe an hour after I listed this I received an email from a buyer asking if I would consider separating the salt & pepper shakers from the set, and if so, what I wanted for them.

Well, I was unsure if I should or not.  I had this set listed for $99.  I’ve seen the individual canisters sell for about $22 each.  I figured why not, but then didn’t know what to ask for them. I thought I might ask $24.99 for them.  But then I figured I would ask them what they are willing to pay for them and that would determine whether or not I would separate them.

I’m glad I didn’t give them a price.  They messaged me back saying that would pay $35 plus shipping for the salt & pepper shakers.  DEAL!  I’m glad that when I took these photos, I photographed them all together, just the four large ones and the S&P shakers separately.  It was easy enough to do and relist them.  They bought them right away.  I was happy as I left the large canisters still at $99 or BO.  I only paid $12 bucks for the whole set.

Sometimes my brain doesn’t work.

So I shipped these out and a few days later get a message from the buyer and the attached photo:

broken salt shakerThe salt shaker broke.  I thought I did a good job packing these and was confident they’d be okay.  However, I failed to write FRAGILE on the package. (I’ve since ordered the stickers…instead of writing it with a marker..now only to remember to put them on.)  Grrr.

I asked them if they wanted to return them for a full refund or keep the one and get a half refund.  They chose a 1/2 refund so I still made $17.50 on this transaction.

Google Translate for your Ebay business.

I’ve been using the Global Shipping Program and really like it.  I recently sold some VHS Video Head Cleaners to a buyer in Germany and received feedback from the buyer.  It was positive, but I had no idea what he wrote.  I’ve sold many items internationally and most buyers do speak some English and usually leave English feedback.

But this time I had to consult with my trusty Google Translate.  Here’s what he wrote:

google translate feedbackGlad they made it to Germany ok.  Thank you GSP!

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment!

 

Easy Home-Made Bagels – Made By My 13 Year Old Son

easy-homemade-bagelsHave you ever made home-made bagels?  No?  Me neither!  But boy am I glad that I came across this recipe from the Prudent Homemaker yesterday.  These are the yummiest bagels ever.

And How did I get my 13 year old son to make them for me?  Well, by limiting his screen time, of course!!  His 15 year old brother is actually the one that loves to bake and cook, but he’s been experimenting with muffins, cookies and the like.  And yesterday he was all excited to try to do something else.  And I’m so glad he did.  The picture above is all that was left out of 16 bagels he made yesterday.

And today he begged me to allow him to make some more!  Am I a lucky Mom or what?!  So I will be freezing most of the ones he made today.  The following pics are from today.  They may not be as pretty as the Prudent Homemaker’s, but they are perfect to me!

bagels2home-made-bagels-2The following recipe was copied from the Prudent Homemaker site, my notes are in bold and italics.

Makes 16 large bagels

Dough:
- 3 cups warm water   (it should be between 105º-110º, but we just used warm tap   water..enough to feel warm on your fingers, but not too hot or else it will kill the yeast)
- 4 tbsp yeast
- ¼ cup sugar
- 5 tsp salt
- 7 cups All-Purpose Flour
Here are some toppings you can use  (however, I didn’t have any of these so my son made the plain ones): Dried onions, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, kosher salt, dried cranberries, etc
Glaze (this is for getting a wonderful golden color when baking):
1 egg white
1 Tbsp water

In a large mixing bowl, pour water and yeast. Stir to dissolve, and leave for a few minutes until yeast has bubbled.  We mixed ours up and it really didn’t bubble, but it was fine anyway!

Stir in sugar and salt. Add flour.

Stir with a wooden spoon to make a thick batter. When it becomes difficult to stir, remove dough from bowl and work with your hands on the counter. Knead dough for about 8 minutes. This was the most fun for our son.  It’s like playing with a large amount of play dough.  Who wouldn’t want to do that?

NOTE:  If you want to add cranberries, raisins, cinnamon sugar, etc, to all or some of the dough, you can add it to all or part of the dough while kneading. If it is only for some of the bagels, let them rise in a separate bowl.

Lightly flour bowl. Return dough to bowl. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.  We didn’t use plastic wrap, just a damp cloth.

While the dough is rising, spray two baking sheets with Pam. We don’t really buy this stuff, so we use a pasty brush and spread either canola oil on the pan or rub some butter on the pan.  Fill a large pot with water and add a Tbsp of sugar to help give the bagels a nice sheen.

Whisk together water and egg white for glaze and set aside.

If you are using dried onions, soak the amount that you want to use in water and set aside until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 450º.

When dough has finished rising, turn dough out onto a floured counter and push it flat (about 2 inches thick).

With a dough scraper, divide the dough into 16 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball.  We found it easier just to take the square pieces and tuck the corners under to create a bagel shape.  My son tried making balls, but they didn’t want to hold their shape.

With your thumb, press deep into the center of the ball, and tear open a hole with your fingers.

Place formed bagels together on the work surface, cover with a damp towel and leave until dough is slightly raised—about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring your water to a low boil. Gently lift bagels, one at a time, and lower into the hot water. Do not do more than 2 or 3 at a time. Cook for about a minute, then flip them over in the water using a slotted spatula, and cook for another 30 seconds. Lift out with the slotted spatula, and place on your baking sheet.

Repeat with all the bagels. Brush with egg glaze and dress them up with the toppings of your choice before popping them in the oven.

Bake for about 30 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Keep an eye on them so that the bottoms don’t burn. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack.

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So there you have it.  It’s not hard at all.  This is the 2nd time my son has made them and has informed me that he no longer needs to look at the directions and can now make them easily.

These bagels are easy to make, taste amazing and are really inexpensive too.  I haven’t actually totaled the cost, but it is pennies.  And you should see the sense of pride on your kid’s face when everyone is scarfing them down and can’t get enough.

Let me know if you guys give these a try.  You really should.  Nothing better than the taste and smell of home baked bread!

1st Bonanza Sale & A Question For Other Bonanza Sellers

Okay, so I finally got around to importing my Ebay store into Bonanza and finalized everything a couple of weeks ago.  So I was very excited to get my first sale.

1st saleHowever, I guess I had a default checked somewhere to get approval before a sale.  So when I got the email that an sale was pending, I went it an approved it.  I noticed that nothing was marked for shipping, but figured it would automatically add the shipping at checkout.  Well, when the payment came through paypal, it did not include the shipping. What did I do wrong?

I have since changed the setting so that I don’t have to approve a sale.  And I checked and I have USPS shipping marked on all items.  So what happened in this situation.  Was it because I approved it without adding shipping to it?  A newby mistake?

It cost me $7.71 to ship this big and heavy Cookie Jar.  Luckily it was in my state and not going across the country.  It would have been a much costlier learning experience.

If you guys have any tips for this Bonanza newby, I’d love to hear.  Thanks for stopping by!