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!

A Week in Review – Kind of…

I didn’t keep track of anything this week.  Actually, I didn’t do much of anything at all this past week.  I met my savings goal for March and then kind of slacked off.

Honestly I have found the week in reviews to be kind of boring.  Shhh, don’t tell anyone I said that!  I’ve been thinking of ways to revamp and make them more interesting for you so hopefully from here on out they will be.

Where I slacked off though, Lacy revved up into full gear.  She found motivation one day and has been running with it ever since!  She has lots of items for sale on Facebook and Amazon and has been selling stuff everyday.

Yesterday was Easter and Lacy had to work (time and 1/2 is always worth it) so I went up to our parents ranch by myself.  It was a really nice day and I got a lot of great pictures to share for a couple of Theme Thursdays coming up and took pictures of some items Dad is letting us sell.  Mom, Dad, and Granny are all wonderful people and are giving us so much stuff to sell to help us make more money for our adventure.  Dad even sold a couple of bikes and just gave us the money for them.  We didn’t even have to do any work.  It’s awesome to have such supportive people in our lives, especially when we are doing something that most of the world thinks is crazy.  I really appreciate all the support we receive from them.

And now I will leave you with a few pictures from Easter at the ranch.  Enjoy and make sure to come back Thursday for a funny theme!  I captured an AWESOME picture for it!

This is my absolute favorite picture of the day!  Self portrait with a nosy horse.

This is my absolute favorite picture of the day! Self portrait with a nosy horse.

Artsy picture of the field of flowers and Betty.  I was actually using the selective color effect on my camera, but the purple in the flowers is so light it looks black & white.

Artsy picture of the field of flowers and Betty. I was actually using the selective color effect on my camera, but the purple in the flowers is so light it looks black & white.

Mom made these cute little chicky eggs

Mom made these cute little chicky eggs

Murphy and Wyatt waiting to see what Mom plans to do.

Murphy and Wyatt waiting to see what Mom plans to do.

A couple of the horses posing for pictures.

A couple of the horses posing for pictures.

This was a happy accident.  I was trying to take a picture of the flowers with the background blurry and ended up getting Betty in focus with blurry flowers.  I love it!

This was a happy accident. I was trying to take a picture of the flowers with the background blurry and ended up getting Betty in focus with blurry flowers. I love it!

The Week in Review

Monday – Dropped of a few packages at the post office and posted a bunch of stuff to Facebook, even sold a few things.

Tuesday – Nothing got done.  I was tired and I had been fighting an off and on headache for 2 days.  I took a nap when I got home from work, got up and watched TV for an hour and went back to bed.  Lacy had the day off & I’m pretty sure spent it doing fun stuff instead of stuff for the trip.

Wednesday  – Updated Craigslist & lowered prices on a bunch of Facebook items, which prompted Wednesdays blog about how difficult people are when you are selling all your possessions. Researched auto detailing and searched for a van.  Didn’t do much once we were home.  Lacy found out she had an ulcer and was in pain all day.  We did decide that if she was feeling well on Sunday we would to a yard sale.  I did have 2 people come pick up stuff and one person flake out on coming to buy a TV. A woman sent her Husband to pick up a platter and he was so funny.  He knocked so softly on the door and when I answered it he was swinging his hands by his sides like a little kid and said, “My wife sent me for a platter thing?” like he was so unsure of himself.  It was cute.

Thursday – Received an e-mail from the woman who bought the Coach purse but didn’t pay for it.  She is waiting for payday as I suspected and said she will make a payment tomorrow.  Let’s hope she does.  I’m also meeting a woman tonight to sell her two of my hoodies.  That will be THREE hoodies gone this week!  ACK!  Deep breaths….I can do this!  Posted new stuff to Facebook to sell.

Friday – Have people scheduled to come pick up items tomorrow (let’s hope they show), Lacy has someone coming to pick up a purse today.  I also talked to a guy about buying a van.  I sent a text asking if it was still available and how much he wanted for it and he said it was available and to make an offer.  I told him that I couldn’t make a serious offer without seeing it, but Blue Book on it was $2,154.  He said that was the worst offer he had received.  Finally told me that he turned down a $4,500 offer for it and thru some internet research I found his original posting where he was asking $5,800 for it.  At least I have a range to work with now.  I think I’ll see if Dad has time to take a look at it tomorrow and see what he thinks.  I don’t think this is going to be the van for us, but you never know until you look!

Friday night E-bay sent me a notice saying they had removed my listing for my Coach purse because it could not be authenticated.  It was the one that already sold and I was waiting for payment!  I contacted the girl who bought it from me and she said she didn’t care if it was real or not, she wanted it.  So I relisted it as a generic purse, she bought it again and paid for it this time and all ended well!!

Sunday we had another yard sale and it was horrible.  We had 3 cars come by and no one bought anything.  We packed it up early and took the rest of the day off!

It’s been a rough couple of days, but it is a new week and I am close to meeting my savings goal for this month.  I’m ready to take on the new week!

I didn’t intend for this to be so long, next weeks will be shorter! I swear.

Stats for the week:
Packages Shipped: 7
Ebay sales that were paid for:  1
Ebay sales not paid for: 1 (these ended up being one in the same)
Facebook sales: 10
Amazon Sales: 1
Etsy sales: 0
Craigslist sales: 0

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.

The Week in Review

I really really wanted to start a week in review segment today, but of course I left the house without my flash drive today…  My flash drive that had all my blog notes on it and all the pictures I wanted to upload to Craigslist and my Facebook yard sale groups today.  Guess I’ll be up late posting photos tonight to try to catch up and it looks like I will be winging this first week in review.  Not really the impression I wanted to make with it, but oh well, that is how life goes these days.

Let see if I can remember everything from last week.

We did pretty well with selling things.  Lacy finally sold one of her large terrariums and made a few extra bucks by delivering it.   I was nickle and dimed to death all week and kept making little sales, but I guess it is better than nothing! We both sold a few items that we had listed on Amazon and I had my socks sell on E-bay (yes, socks, that will be a whole blog post of it’s own soon).  I quickly discovered that the socks were missing and I had to e-mail the person this morning telling them I would have to issue them a refund or a replacement (super lame).

We planned on having a yard sale this Sunday and I spent all night Saturday preparing for it.  I pulled out a bunch of bakeware and glassware and cleaned it all up and priced it all.  Then we decided that we needed a break and slept in instead.  I still had the intention of having a mid-morning yard sale, but that didn’t happen either.  Instead I watched Alaskan State Troopers on Netflix all day.  I did sell a wallet for $3.00 via Facebook Yard Sale though.  Woo Hoo!  Big money!  I did also photograph all the the items to list online this week (and left it all on my flash drive at home today).

Saturday was at least a productive day.  I took the car in to American Tire and they rotated and balanced my tires.  I love American tire.  They take such good care of you in there.  I made an appointment for 9am and got there a few minutes early and I was out of there by 9:15!  After American Tire I went to PepBoys and got an oil change an new windshield wipers.  All of these things are just steps toward selling my car.  Earlier this week I replaced the windshield in it.  All I have left to do is get it detailed and then I can put it up for sale.  It makes my tummy do a little flip flop to actually say that I am going to sell it.  It’s kind of funny the things we get attached to.

The rest of Saturday was spent with mom, who brought down a bunch of purses and wallets and other goodies for us to sell.  Thanks Mom!

I’m sure I am leaving out something interesting from last week, but I guess that is just how it will have to be for now.   Hopefully next weeks review will be a little more organized.  We can hope anyway!