Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Some friendly competition & sales

When I was younger I met a girl at my church named Mandy. She was a little weird, and so was I. Her mom loved good deals, and so did my mom. It was a match made in heaven! Our families became friends, and I spent most of my adolescent, teenage years becoming good friends with this girl and her family. After we were both out of high school we worked together at a local elementary school. We ran an after school program there... and let me tell you.... we were awesome at our jobs... Those kids had some awesome parties, some awesome games, and interesting activities. Because Mandy and I think so much alike, the kids had such a fun time... Before and after work Mandy and I would spend our time vegging out, talking about single cute guys, but most importantly... going to thrift stores and yard sales looking for awesome deals. (I told you it was a match made in heaven). On weekends we would go yardsaling with our moms... The 4 of us would pile into our car and go scouting for deals.....
Fast forward a few years.......
Mandy lives in another state now. I have kids. She has a son. And we keep in contact quite often...(actually at least 5 times a week). I have FINALLY gotten her on the eBay train. Its taken me months of bragging to her about my sales... but it finally worked... and let me tell you.. She is alot better at scouting out items to sell on eBay than I am, and has been selling like crazy. In fact she has been selling so much, it has made me a tad bit jealous.... There I admitted it. She at one point had more listings then me. So I stepped up my game. I listed a ton of items one week and jumped ahead of her. My hubby told me that If I could stay 15 listings ahead of her every week, he would take me out to dinner of my choice that weekend. (Hows that for some motivation. I will NOT turn down food!).
Challenge accepted. Mandy knows of my bet with my husband, and we are listing like crazy. We both have been encouraging and making sure we stay on top of our sales/listing. Its been so fun to have a friend in on this, and my sales are improving.
I even told Mandy she should move back here so we can thrift together, and after we both realized that might be too competitive being out together looking for the same deals, we both realized that could be a bad idea. (HAHA).
Moral of the story: Find a friend in another state to be your ebay buddy, and compete with. Great motivation.
(Me on the left, Mandy on the right- Back in our prime years- being our crazy selves)

On another note, here are some recent sales- (All sales are Free shipping unless noted):
Christmas cookie cutter lot.  Paid $1 Sold $21.95
 Babystyle Peacock Costume. Paid $5 Sold $25
The post office lost this package and then it was found. This is a crazy story I am saving for another blog post. 
 Kids Play Tools Lot Paid $2 sold for $24.95
 Hard Rock Cafe Hawaii Bear Paid 50 Cents sold for $9.95
 Starbucks Tazo Tea Bone China Cup Paid 75 cents sold for $10.95
Disneyland Baby Dumbo Plush. A gift to my daughter. Sold for $19.95

Happy Thanksgiving.I am so thankful for my family, our health, a beautiful home to live in, and all of you! I love the ebay blogging community!!!


  1. Friendly competition is great! How fun.

    I've never come across a peacock costume before. That's adorable!

  2. I showed my niece the ropes on selling on bey and she surpassed me on sales right away. I was very jealous. But I realized she had much more free time and a niche I didn't know, young trendy clothing. She knew brands I never heard of. So now I'm just proud of her. I love the pic of you and your friend.

  3. goodwill has lost its charter to help the poor. They pay their big city executives upward of 2 and 3 hundred thousand a year. And their workers a pittance. Stuff is all overpriced. 1000 percent markup, cuz everything is GIVEN them, but they can't even give their workers a living wage. A pox on their house. Boycott Goodwill

  4. I would recommend people give their unwanted things to a Lutheran or Catholic or Christian charity of some sort. Where they actually try and help low income people. boycott goodwill. don't give them your unwanted items. That could set them straight.