How I’m making money by shopping!

I mentioned a while ago that I started reselling things on eBay. It’s been just about a year since I started, and my goodness I’ve been having a lot of fun. I’ve sold on eBay off and on over the last fifteen years, ever since college. After my first semester I remember being appalled by the buy-back prices of college bookstores, and I set out to find a better way to make some of my money back. I discovered eBay would fetch me much better prices, and I did that for remainder of my time in college, essentially using the same few hundred dollars over and over to buy each semester’s necessary books.

Then, right before I got married, I lived with my grandparents for about a year. I told my grandpa about eBay, and he wanted to try selling some of his things that were taking up space in his basement. So we worked together and sold a bunch of things my grandparents had been holding on to, including some antique toys from when my grandpa was a boy. The best thing we sold was a Buddy L truck for $1,400. It was amazing! My grandparents let me live with them for free, so I was happy to help them out a little bit by doing some reselling together.

After that we got married and bought a house, and I poured all my creative energy into fixing up Wendhurst and starting a photography business. I ran my photography business for about five years total, although the last two years after we had kids it was incredibly part time.

In 2014 we moved to Denver, a much bigger city than Rochester. There were thrift stores on every corner. Considering the fact that we moved out here with only what fit in our van, we had a lot of shopping to do! There was a thrift store at the major intersection by our house, and I took full advantage of that store as we restocked and decorated our Colorado home.

Then last year, I was at a garage sale and I saw some old metal toy trucks that a guy was selling. My mind instantly went back to that Buddy L truck I sold with my grandpa years ago. I asked the guy how much he wanted for the trucks, and he sold me five trucks for $25. I took the risk that they were worth more than that and brought them home to try selling on eBay.

I sold those five trucks for a total of $89.66. After taxes and fees I had made about $55, essentially doubling my money. And I was hooked! I thought – if I take this money and buy more stuff to resell, I can keep growing this amount and actually make some good money as a hobby! So I reinvested that $55 and bought a bunch more things to resell.

Now, a year later, I’ve sold more than $6,000 worth of cool things on eBay! It’s been a huge learning curve but I’m having a blast and challenging myself to always increase my average profit margin and discover new things to sell. I’ve sold vintage dishes, robotic mops, expensive baby food makers, clothing, LEGOS and more.

I love it because I can easily fit this into my life as a mom of little ones. When I have time I can list a few items, and when we need to get out of the house we all pile into the van and head to a thrift store or garage sale. The kids help me package up items and carry them into the post office, or stick them in the mailbox for me. Plus, I am basically getting paid to shop – which is a ton of fun!

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