Week in Review

I’m starting this post 1/2 way thru the week and I feel like we have done a whole lot of nothing so far this week!  All I did on Monday was go thru a bin of movies to see what we could trade in to Amazon.  There was only $11 and some change worth of movies there, but at least we got rid of a few of them.

On Tuesday I signed up for more secret shop companies and accepted another job for Friday.  I had JUST told myself that I wouldn’t sign up for anymore shops since it was taking away from things that needed to be done around the house, but money is money.  If they are easy and close to home and sound fun, I’ll take them.  I also signed up for a membership for MSPA and to get my silver certification (I completed my certification on Friday).  Every leg up will help when we are on the road!

Sold 4 comic books, and a bunch of stuff on E-bay this week!

Thursday my throat decided to see how much it could expand before I couldn’t breath anymore.  Luckily I got it to calm down with Advil and Dayquil.  I stayed home from work and slept the whole day.  Lacy had all of her sock actions removed from E-bay, so overall Thursday was a sucky day! Oh yeah, I also sucked at getting my Theme Thursday post together and posted!  I swear I’ll be back up and running with Theme Thursdays this week.

Friday – Three Secret shops to do tonight after work and I also have to prepare for my promotion at Lowe’s on Saturday.  Busy Bus Busy.  The money will be worth all the hard work come July!

Update on secret shops:  I had so much fun with them Friday night and I got a cute new top that I got to keep!  They can be a lot of work, but they can be rewarding too.

Saturday – I woke up feeling TERRIBLE and had to call out on my demo.  I felt horrible about it, but there was nothing I could do.  Who was going to want to see a snot nosed girl trying to sell them stuff as soon as they walked in the door?

Sunday I woke up without a voice, but I felt better.  Lacy and I took mom out to the movies and to lunch for Mother’s day.  We also got to go look at the van we want.  I really like it and I talked to Dad about helping finance it and as long as he thinks it is a god van for us to have this is what we will be getting:

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I’m super excited about it! I didn’t want the hightop one, but dad made a good point that it will be easier to re-sell so I will go with it.  It will be more comfortable for us anyway!

Funny things said by us this week:

In September we will be traveling thru NY and I told Lacy that we should go to Niagara Falls.  I looked it up on a map to see how we could route our trip.  I said something about it being at the edge of Canada and Lacy looked at me funny.  (Now let me tell you, Lacy is geographically challenged.   Make sure you keep that in mind.) I say to her; “New York the state, not the city.”  She says, “New York is near Canada?” Me: “Yes. Not where we went.  We were in the city New York.  The state is also New York.” Lacy, “Yeah, I know where New York is, I’m just not sure where Canada is.”  Me: I blink at her a couple of times, open my mouth, close it….”What do you mean you don’t know where Canada is?  It’s the giant piece of land that sits on the top of the US!”  Lacy, “oh, I thought Canada was over on this side (West Coast).”  I burst out laughing and made her come over and look at a map on the computer so she knew.  My poor geographically challenged sister.

Not so funny:  Monday morning as I type this I have NO voice what-so-ever!!  It is making for an interesting day at work!

Week in Review

Monday – My big accomplishment was moving my HUGE Cal King bed out of my room and putting in the new full size bed I snagged from dad.  It resulted in our house looking like this:

Cal King beds take up a lot of room and make a maze out of hallways!

Cal King beds take up a lot of room and make a maze out of hallways!

Lacy is not thrilled with me at the moment to say the least.  I did sell a mirror Monday & made $55.  Lacy is doing well with her sock sells on E-bay (that is a whole separate post we will get to one of these days).

Tuesday – The last day of April – Made my savings goal!!  I transferred all the money into our travel savings this morning.  It was down to the wire, but I did it! The goal for today is to get the bed in the hallway sold!  Lots of sales on E-bay today too, which is making a nice start to May’s savings goal.

Tuesday Update:  Bed is gone!!  We have a hallway back!

Wednesday:  I have 2 secret shops to do today and 2 scheduled for tomorrow.  Busy week.  I also woke up to this e-mail on Facebook today: “So you still had it after your yard sale? You were going to lower the price??? I assumed you sold it because you never got back to me. I guess you’re offering it to someone else????”  Quick back story here;  I posted this leaf face wall decor on the Facebook yard sale group for $10.  This woman messaged me at 3:30 am to ask me if I would take $5 for it.  I told her, Maybe if I still have it after our yard sale tomorrow.  She told me if I set it aside she would come get it around 10am.  I didn’t respond, it was 3:30 am and I needed to be up at 6! So the next day I get this message, “Where r u? Did u sell it? Ill come by now…”  I respond telling her I still have the item and gave her the address.  At this point we are in the middle of our yard sale.  She tells me, “Please set it aside. Ill come now.”  So I tell her ok, but it is $10 and she tells me never mind.  I tell her, “If i still have it after the yard sale I’ll go down on it, but not right now, we’ve had a lot of people come by.” She just replies with Ok.  Well after the yard sale I was still making arrangements for people to come over to look at a few things and selling more of the big stuff.  I was exhausted and really wasn’t worried about the leaf face.  I did bring it in the house so I could e-mail her, but I wasn’t sure I was ready to lower the price on it yet.  I did have a lot of people look at it and really like it and thought maybe I could get the $10 out of it on E-bay.  Yesterday I had another woman comment on the picture of it on the yard sale site asking about it, which prompted the e-mail I received this morning.  I just responded to her telling her that I had been busy and hadn’t thought about it and couldn’t meet this week anyway.  She really rubbed me the wrong way.  I don’t respond well to people being pushy and I felt like she was just pushing the $5 price on me from the start.  I hadn’t even agreed to it, I said MAYBE AFTER the yard sale and she was coming over in the middle of it to get it for the lower price.  I deleted it off the Facebook page.  I don’t want to deal with her and her attitude, I’ll sell it somewhere else.

I swear I can do a whole blog just on rude people on Facebook!

Thursday & Friday: Nothing got accomplished.  I wasn’t feeling well and stayed home from work both days.  I even missed Theme Thursday!!   Friday night we did go see Vokab Kompany (I’ll upload pictures from the show on our Flicker site soon).

Saturday:  Sold another set of tires and Lacy FINALLY sold her table!!  It was a good day for both of us.  We also did 3 secret shops and some shopping in the mall.  Not too much got accomplished with selling, but it was a good day.

Sunday was a lazy day.  I watched Fringe all day and Lacy had a weird schedule and had to go to work at 3pm.  Not much of anything got done. Nothing got done.

Things are getting a little overwhelming and going to work each day is getting harder and harder.  Only two more months left.  When it comes to going to work that seems like such a long time, but when it comes to getting stuff sold and the house cleared out it seems like such a short time!

End of April Week in Review

I can’t believe April is nearly over!  There is so much still to do.

Monday – I applied for and got a secret shopper job.  $20 bucks to go do shopping that I have to do anyway?  Yes please.  I think the secret shops will be something that Lacy and I will be able to do on the road for some extra gas money too.  Also got a bunch of stuff loaded on E-bay.

Update on Mystery Shopping:  I registered with a few different companies and applied for a couple more shops. There are 2 shops Lacy and I are doing next weekend!  They may not pay a lot, but they will be easy for us to do on the road AND at the very least we know we will eat since a lot of them offer shops at restaurants and fast food places.

Tuesday – More stuff loaded to E-bay, couple of things selling for both me & Lacy.  Shipped out a comic book for Lacy today.  Trying to get as much done during the week so we can justify taking Saturday off to go up to a show in the mountains.

Wednesday – Spent almost my whole work day working on E-bay and getting tons of clothes loaded.  Shhh, don’t tell work that.  Lacy had a few comic books sell on Amazon.  I fought a headache the whole day so it was a struggle to get thru anything.  I’m just happy I got so many things posted to E-bay.  Sold 2 things on E-bay Wed. night.  Also had a person interested in the night stands to one of Dad’s bedroom sets he is having me sell.  I think I will have better luck selling it piece by piece.

Wednesday was also Administrative Professional Day.  My office was treated to a breakfast of fruits, yogurt, and pastries and a Mediterranean lunch.  There was also a vase of flowers in the lunch room with cards for everyone surrounding it this morning.  In the cards were AMEX gift cards for $50!  I have to say, I will miss Admin. Professionals Day in this office.  One year they took us to the local mall and gave all of us a $100 gift card and told us we could only spend it on ourselves.  We couldn’t buy anything for family members, the house, the kids, just stuff for ourselves.  After our shopping spree they then took us to an Italian restaurant and treated us all to dinner.  Best. Day. Ever.

Thursday –  Continued to get clothes loaded on E-bay.  Had 47 items listed by the end of the night Thursday.  I also bumped some posts on the Facebook yard sale groups to get more interest generated in them.  That resulted to the same asshole from last week that had asked if I was flat broke asking me, “Do you own a store or something?  You are on here posting stuff every day.”  I started to reply telling him that we had already been thru all of this and why was what I did so important to him and remind him that it is a yard sale group where everyone is selling their stuff.  Who cares how often or how much they post??  I typed it all out and then deleted it.  It is such a waste of energy.  I just went to my Facebook settings and blocked him.  I don’t need anyone stressing me out or giving me a hard time about something as silly as selling all of my stuff.  So, that will be the end of my problems with that one!

Friday – I’m short $346 of my savings goal for the month and have 5 days left of April (as of Friday).  Lacy had planned to go camping this weekend and I had planned to go see a show up in the mountains above Mariposa.  Instead I will be sitting at home posting items on E-bay, Craigslist, and Facebook, and doing everything I can to make that $346.  By the time I actually post this I should know if I’ll make it or not. At least I will be saving money by not going anywhere this weekend.  I’m sad about staying at home, but I know it will all be worth it come July.

Saturday – Not too much got accomplished but since Lacy didn’t go camping we decided to do a yard sale Sunday.  The highlight of MY Saturday was my trip to the grocery store.  I just ran in to get a couple of things.  On my way in I noticed a couple of cards on the ground.  When I came out, they were still there so I picked them up.  They were gift cards for Savemart.  When I got home I called to check to see if they had a balance on them.  They BOTH had $15 on them!

Sunday – We had an awesome yard sale!  Sold a set of tires and a bedroom set.  Lacy and I both did really well.  As of today (Monday morning) I have $83.00 more dollars to make to reach my goal for the month and I have someone coming over for a mirror tonight; if she shows up that will put me $28 away from my goal!

The Week in Review

Monday – Today has been 100 times better than the whole weekend.  I’ve already made $35 on three things since I have been home and sold 2 things on E-bay and one on Amazon.  Awesome!

Thursday – accepted a promotion job that will make me $550 toward our trip.  I’ll be working every Saturday in May and all but one Saturday in June, but it is easy work and it will be worth the extra money! (actually added one more day to this so I’ll be making over $600 toward the trip)

Saturday – Did really well selling stuff off Facebook. Made $50! Not bad at all.

Not an exciting week.  Took a few days off to relax a bit and re-group.

Took a much needed trip to  Sequoia National Park on Sunday.   I can’t wait until we get to spend more time in the parks.

Weekly stats:
Packages shipped: 7
E-bay sales: 4
Craigslist sales: 1
Amazon sales: 1
Facebook sales: 11
Ebay sales not paid for: 1

Keep an eye out for my post (complete with pictures) of our trip to Sequoia National Park.  Here is a preview picture….

Lacy and I hiking in the snow in Sequoia National Park.

Lacy and I hiking in the snow in Sequoia National Park.

The Ridiculousness of Selling Things Online

People amaze me, they really do.

We have been selling things everywhere we can think of; On E-bay, Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Craigslist, any place we can post something to sell.  And let me tell you, people can be...stupid,  annoying,  interesting to say the least.

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who buy things on Ebay and don’t pay for them. Why are you bidding on something you don’t intend to pay for?  Even worse is when they use the Buy it Now option and THEN don’t pay for it.  Who does that?? And WHY?  It makes absolutely NO sense to me at all. Luckily I haven’t run into too much of a problem with this one.  I have had a couple people not pay for auctions and E-bay credits you if they do not pay and they have always re-sold.  I do currently have a purse that was bought with the buy it now option that is not paid for.  I am hoping that they are just waiting for pay day.

This week has been the week for most difficult shoppers.

I have a hoodie on E-bay right now for $5.99 auction with a buy it now price of $12.00 (it was at $15.00 but it changed because of this person).  I received an e-mail that said “12 shipped?”  I replied back, “Are you asking if I will sell it for $12 including shipping OR is E-bay saying that the shipping costs are $12?”  Because really people? You can’t write out a simple e-mail that says, “hey, would you sell this for $12.00 shipped?”  Turns out he did want it for $12.00 shipped, which I was fine with.  I told him I would go change all the setting so he could buy in now at $12.00 with free shipping.  I changed everything and he did nothing.  No, I take that back, he watched the auction.  So I went back in and changed the shipping so it was not free and e-mailed the guy to let him know that he would only get free shipping if he bought the hoodie at the buy it now price and I would give it to him at the time of purchace.  Someone else is currently bidding on the item and secretly I hope they outbid this guy just for making me do extra work for no reason.

Then there are the people on Facebook.  I belong to several Facebook groups for selling things online.  There is a few yard sale groups, one for purses and wallets, an everything’s a dollar group (where everything is not a dollar), and a couple of free stuff to give away groups.  These can be great places to sell stuff and give stuff away and they can also be a huge headache.  People are real quick to say they want an item, but are not very quick to respond to you or pick the item up.  They also act like you live in another state when you tell them where you live.  One of the wonderful things about Fresno is, it only take you 15 minutes to get anywhere.  If you want something bad enough, you can drive 15 minutes or less to get it.  I had one woman ask my cross streets and when I told her she said it was too far out of her way.  She lives 3 miles away from me.

My favorites on Facebook today have been the two people who have asked “For all four?” on a picture of a tire (with rim) with a price of $20, because I am selling 4 tires and rims for $20.00.  Use logic people! Then there was the lady who wanted me to deliver a lamp that was a dollar.  She is not far from my house, but with gas the way it is, a dollar to drive down the street defeats the whole purpose of selling the thing.

Now excuse me while I scream into this pillow and  go back to posting on Facebook.