Ebay Sales and a Voodoo Spell to help me sell all my ebay inventory?

July 7, 2015

I am an Antiquarian.

July 7, 2015

Ebay Sales and an announcement!

July 7, 2015
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Should I start with the announcement first?  I’m nervous just thinking about it.  Some of you may know that I own and operate a portrait studio out of a retail location.  Well, the end of September I will be closing my retail location and only doing location work.  Eeek!

I have been at that location for 9 years and I’m so ready for a change.  I won’t be doing photography work as much as I have in the past and will be focusing more on my Ebay business.  My studio costs me about $25K to operate and I have to see a lot of clients just to cover my operating expenses.  I want to keep more money in my pocket and any clients that I do see, I will be able to keep most of the $, instead of it going to the landlord, the utility companies and the insurance companies.

It feels so liberating knowing that September will be my last month.  I am just giddy with excitement.  I’ve had my business for 12 years and the first 3 years was all location work.  At that point I dreamed of owning a “real” studio and made that happen.  Now I’m done.  I want to work from home and on my schedule and not anyone elses.  😀  I’m so excited!

Okay, so back to recent sales.  I’ve been busy with the kids and gardening and life in general and haven’t posted in a while and am a bit behind.  Please accept my apologies.


Week June 29-July 5, 2015
Total Items in Store: 458
Items Sold: 6
Cost of Items Sold: $10.50
Total Sales: $173.93
Highest Price Sold: $39.99 (vintage gun holster)
Average Price Sold: $28.99
International Sales: 1 GSP
Returns: 1 (kind of – I refunded the buyer, but didn’t want them to send it back as it was a large item (bedding) and expensive to ship back and they wanted me to pay for return shipping.  Just refunded original price, not original shipping.  They felt it had more wear that visible in pics.

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This was my highest selling item this past week.  I was at an estate sale a while back when I found 2 of these in the back of the basement where the tools were.  They were priced at only $.50 each.  Wow.  You can’t go wrong with that.  This was was a more valuable one.  The other one sold for $16.99.

Week June 22-June 28, 2015
Total Items in Store: around 430
Items Sold: 13
Cost of Items Sold: $26.50
Total Sales: $247.87
Highest Price Sold: $29.99 (vintage dart game)
Average Price Sold: $20.99
International Sales: 1 GSP
Returns: 1

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This I found at a Goodwill for $1.99 still sealed in the original plastic.  I love finding these types of things.  Sold within a week of listing.

Week June 15-June 21, 2015
Total Items in Store: around 420
Items Sold: 18
Cost of Items Sold: $27
Total Sales: $383.84
Highest Price Sold: $45.99 (cable ties)
Average Price Sold: $21.32
International Sales: 0
Returns: 0

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My hubby picked these up when we were in a thrift store a while ago.  Brand new and sealed for a couple of dollars.  Glad I have him, as this is nothing I would ever even look at.  Glad that he enjoys thrifting as much as I do!  🙂

Week June 7-June 14, 2015
Total Items in Store: 420
Items Sold: 18
Cost of Items Sold: $22.50
Total Sales: $1103.84
Highest Price Sold: $725 (large vintage bible)
Average Price Sold: $61.32
International Sales: 1 GSP
Returns: 0

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This was a fabulous week as I sold a $725 vintage bible that raised my average selling price to $61.

This bible was from my personal collection.  Back when  I was in college I belonged to the Easton Press Book club.  This was one of those things I purchased back then.  It is a HUGE bible.  It is 14″ Tall and 10.5″ Wide and 3.5″ Thick.

Keep your eyes out for these Easton press books…especially this bible.

So that’s about it.  I have more to write about..but I think this post is long enough.  I’ll skip the Weirdbay as I don’t have time to do the research right now.

How have you guys been?


    1. Thanks Nancy. I’m very happy about the decision. It’s been in the works for quite some time..but I needed time to let my hubby come around to the idea. And he finally has! 🙂 I would have closed the studio a couple of years earlier, but we gutted that place 9 years ago and hubby spend 6 months renovating. We put a lot of $ and time into it and he didn’t want me to close it. The studio used to bring in a lot more than it does now. But people have been spending less and less $ and It feels like pulling teeth.
      So I won’t have to work as hard and will be able to make more not having the overhead.

  1. Congratulations on your new business goals. Making the big decision to change things up is usually the hardest part. Great sale on the bible. My highest sale on ebay ever was an antique German bible. It sold for $565.

    1. Thanks Lorraine. It’s been in the works for quite a while. So happy that it’s coming to fruition. We’ve told my MIL, but not my parents. LOL I’m scared to tell them, as I still owe them $ that I borrowed when we renovated the place. But I will be able to pay them back faster now that I won’t be paying overhead!

  2. That Bible- Holy Cow!!! That’s awesome! Also congrats on your career changes. I know the cost of doing business is much higher in a brick and mortar space. I think you’ve made a wise choice, and I know that your eBay business is going to continue its successful climb.

  3. I thought replied to this post when it came out but I think the internet ate it.

    This is fantastic. I’m sure it feels like you’re freeing yourself from shackles! Mobile work is the new thing and you’ll be saving a TON of money! You remind me of the people who dream of owning a home and then realize that it’s not necessarily for everyone! People love the outdoor shoots now and from what I’ve seen from your work, you’ll have plenty of opportunities! Great news!

    1. Thanks Chris. You know how it is, the grass is always greener on the other side. At least I did it and now know I’m done with it. I’ve been just working very part time this summer and spending so much time with the kids. I’ve never done that before and it is so wonderful. That’s the other thing about being smart with your spending. Many people need two incomes just to maintain a lifestyle…it’s wonderful being frugal, having paid off the majority of our debt, I am more free to do with my time what I please, instead of working to make payments on crap. It is so freeing!!! Love it.

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