Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Getting Serious About Working for Myself

As some of you know, my last job ended just over 2 years ago and I moved to my parents home because I could not find another job quickly enough and unemployment would not cover my bills.  Sadly I still have not found a job here even though I have had some great interviews.  Part of this may be my age (late 50s) and partly because this is such a small town (pop. 5500) that's too far away from a large city (Ft Worth is over 2 hours away).

At any rate, as I need to help my folks more and be here when they need me, I have decided to get really serious about my Ebay and Etsy selling while still continuing to look for local work, perhaps part time.  I'm not going to consider Ebay a hobby anymore.

I have lots of experience as I've been buying and selling on Ebay since 2001 and my last job was as an Ebay Specialist for a small precious metals company.  So from antiques to jewelry to coins, I know a little about a lot of things and can usually spot a good deal on something in a thrift store or garage sale.

Recently I joined a Facebook group of people who sell on Ebay and am reading the blogs & watching videos of people who also do this for a living.  I am trying to learn what kinds and brands of items sell well for good money, especially clothes, shoes, purses and maybe toys, those items I know very little about.

I'm keeping track of inventory, sales and fees in a spreadsheet, saving receipts and trying to organize better in my little room so I have room for things.

So I will probably be posting some of my favorite finds like this one that I found at Goodwill a couple weeks ago for 99¢. 
It was the only one there was (darn) and in perfect condition, This Waterford Crystal whiskey glass sold for $40.

I'm off to a great start so far this month with sales from Ebay and Etsy.  And Saturday I went to a yard sale around the corner and got 2 boxes of clothes and shoes, some new with tags and others in good condition, including a London Fog trench coat with wool liner and a leather and hair-on cowhide purse...each item was 25¢.


Lady Locust said...

Good luck to ya. I know the job market is still tight regardless of what the politicians spout. Looks like there is something you are good at that works with any schedule so what a blessing.

Darla Mae said...

I read your blog, although I don't comment much. But today I wanted to take the time to comment. I imagine in the last two years you have been through so many ups and downs. I think you are where you need to be in order to help your parents. I am almost 58, so I understand. I am helping my parents more and more with the day to day things.

I think you are wise to invest your energies in yourself and learning the value of things so you can later sell on etsy and ebay. I have prayed you will be successful and be able to support yourself as you live with and help your parents at this time in their lives. I will keep you in my prayers.


ladyhawthorne said...

Thank you Darlene, all prayers are much appreciated!

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