October with Etsy was very encouraging! Finally! Did I do anything different? Not that I know of. I just kept on listing when I could like I always do. Some items that sold were new listings, some not. Kinda gets back to my theory that something happens to my shop when they are testing. Or maybe it was the whole 4th quarter thing. Or maybe just coincidence. I don’t know. I just want it to continue and get better from there.
The total sales were $371.10. Not where I want them to be, I’d prefer $3710.00, naturally, and I’d say $3000 is my goal, but I have to spend a LOT more time working than I’ve been able to to make that goal. Still, sales were sooooo much better than they have been that I’m pretty happy. When you consider how much time I have NOT been able to devote to selling, I’m okay with the numbers.
I feel weird about telling how much I pay for individual items but will say that my total purchase price for the items that sold was………………. $8.30. Six items were “free”, some from my parent’s. The word free is relative, though. I worked hard for those free things.
I’ve made each of the pictures and prices below link to the listing so you can see the details if you’d like. These are affiliate links which only means that if you click on one to see the listing and buy anything at all from Etsy in the next day or two, I’ll get a tiny percentage. Tiny. I won’t know who clicked or didn’t click. It’s totally private.
Continuing with the $10, kitchen item sales trend from the last part of September, the first sale of October was…. $10.00. And a kitchen item. Although it fits primitive decor as well. But…. learn from me! In a less than…. less than smart moment…. okay. I was dumb. Stoopid….. I underestimated the shipping. I weighed the item and figured in what I thought the packaging would weigh and came up with 13 ozs. Really? A graniteware pot?? Yeah. It weighed over a pound. So the buyer paid $4.53 for shipping that actually cost me $10.28. A difference of 5.75. The item cost me $1.00, so we’re up to $6.75 out of my pocket. Add in the Etsy fees, and well, I didn’t make much on this item. At all. But it’s all part of doing business. It won’t be the last time it happens. How do I know that? I’ve been doing this for 20 years. If I haven’t figured it out by now, I never will.
Gray Graniteware Pot
Five days after the first sale, the second item sold. Had better luck with this one. A vintage Vogue Couturier pattern, designed by Pucci.
8 days(!!) after that sale, the third item sold. Yeah. I just thought sales were getting back to normal at the end of September.
This Nifty top loading notebook was in my parents’ office stuff. I had to beg my mom to let me have one in the 4th grade. All the cool kids had one! She finally relented and it was the bestest year! The next year’s teacher banned them and that was the last time I had a top loading, Nifty notebook. I was awfully surprised to find one in their stuff. I’m 99% sure Momma bought it at a yard sale.
The ball started rolling after the notebook…..
An hour later, this glass sold.
Then, the next day……
I decided to experiment with these metal, miniature, figural pencil sharpeners. Bought them this summer. Talked about them in this haul video. I had never thought about buying them before, but it seems they’re an easy $10-15, and considering they can usually be bought for a quarter….. well, I suppose they make the Buy List.
And the sales kept rolling.
Whisk brooms. Frankly, I can’t always tell if one is old or not.
A collected item from my piano teaching days:
This phone only lasted two days before it sold. I’ve had it for years in my attempted mid-century modern room. I love the look, but seem to love it most in someone else’s home. So, I finally decided to part with this phone. (I’m still hanging onto some lamps and other things. For now.)
No one bought this at one of our estate sales.
Something else no one bought at one of our sales. Imagine that! Surely we have online vintage sellers in our little town!
(Not a very good picture)
I don’t know if I’ll buy any more of these splatter guards. They can usually be had for a quarter, but there are always a lot of them on Etsy and might take awhile to sell. I guess it will depend on my mood. Or how desperate I am to buy something. Anything. Those days do happen.
Oops, I did it again. Made a $4 shipping miscalculation. On an inexpensive item. Sigh.
Yet another item passed up by the buyers at one of our estate sales.
This phone was from my parents’ house. My mother had a thing for phones. The quirkier the better. Turned out to be a pretty profitable collection. This Ericofon from the ’70’s did not work.
A sweet little platter:
I picked up the hand-carved, wooden, Republic of China cat at an estate sale back in August, but didn’t list him until sometime in September. He sold in October. Thought he was really cute. He had a few bumps and bruises, but overall, was in pretty good shape.
These glasses were still another item that was not bought at one of our estate sales. It’s not surprising, though. They were Mississipi glasses and we’re in Alabama. Still, you would think some other vintage seller would have recognized their value! I’m afraid I’m really gonna miss the local competition when we move.
That’s if for October on Etsy. How were your sales? How are they so far in November?
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