Pandemic: COVID-19

As we all quarantine ourselves in our homes on this very hard time our world is facing, I want to give my thoughts and prayers out to those affected by the coronavirus. It saddens me to hear that the world could not battle this fast enough and loved ones are dying. This pandemic has gotten real and I could not feel more paranoid.

For starters, I am already vulnerable to the virus. I have a rare lung condition that I have had under control since I was diagnosed over ten years ago. I fall under the CDC guideline where I am at risk to be around in an office environment (where I work) and possibly get sick with my low immune system.

Please follow the CDC guidelines and stay safe out there. I will have plenty to blog about in the future, but my health and my family’s health is my main priority right now.

Cleaned Up!

With over 350 items in my Poshmark closet, I managed to clean up over 100 and bagged them up to bring them over to my local buy sell trade stores. I was inspired by many of my instagram followers, that I just had to it myself! Especially when you’re not to thrilled about the item in the first place. Those were definitely the earlier days where I was just buying and buying and not really thinking about the comps and even if anyone would like the item.

Keeping this one short. Just wanted to blog about this mega transformation my poshmark closet is going through. I am super stoked.

An Affirmation Blog Post

Hey there!

Let’s talk about connecting with the universe and manifesting what you want when you want it. I am now a believer in manifesting your wants and desires. Within reason, of course. I had a rough week at work and the weekend couldn’t get here any faster. My job is very stressful and my affirmation notifications that I kept getting throughout the day just made my eyes roll a couple of times asking myself, “oh yeah? Money will come to me before I know it? Pshhhh!” Not one affirmation came to life with that negative Nancy tude I was feeding everyone.

I decided to later take a short break from the fires I’ve been putting out. I went for a walk and took in some deep breaths and reminded myself what I was thankful for and how lucky I am to be in this world. I was also hungry and didn’t bring my lunch. I was craving sushi which I know was going to cost me at least $16 for the meal, and it was cash I didn’t want to fork up that day. I decided to say out loud, during my walk, that I will make at least $20 profit on Poshmark that will pay for my meal.

Low and behold: before lunch time I had made $18 in profit. 😲 That’s fantastic, I thought. It’s no coincidence when your at peace with your mind and body to make things happen. That was something I sincerely struggled with when I started making money on poshmark and eBay. It was all a coincidence. Well, my friend, it’s not.

I ended up making $50 in profit that day. Which not only paid for my $18 (plus tip) lunch but it also paid for me and my son to go to Chuck E. Cheese for a bit and be a kid! 🤪

Today at work was what I thought the worse day. I wanted to pound my head on my desk from all these back and forth our team was having with the attorneys. (I work at a law firm).

Instead of wasting my time stressing out, I managed to take a peak at my phone to see this affirmation notification:

I said it out loud and knew that patience was going to be a virtue and that I need to be at peace with that. I told myself whether it’s today, tomorrow or whenever, I knew that reselling money was going to come tenfold.

Within an hour, in the middle of all the chaos at work, I get a $22 sale on eBay. Whooo-hooo! Thank you, universe.

Keeping the positive attitude going, I get this:

$300+ sale on Poshmark. What???

Then I get this: A buyer on poshmark decided a dress didn’t fit her so she wanted to return the item. No problem, I kindly direct her on how to get a refund. Long story long, she decides to keep it because she said I’m such a nice seller and a “super posher!” So she accepts the item and leaves a five star feedback. Cha-Ching! Another $24 profit.

I’ve been feeling so blessed today and so thankful for the universe, that I wanted to shout out from the rooftop!

You will have bad days, don’t get me wrong. But when you know you’re going to have those good days, make them count! You will be surprise what might happen to you.

Please feel free to shoot me a DM on instagram at heysheenathrifts if you want to discuss further regarding this blog post, or any of my other blog posts.

Happy New Year!

Hey all! Can you believe that 2020 is here? That’s amazing! I hope you all have accomplished everything you ever wanted to for 2019. I have so much room for growth in 2020 that I am beyond excited to just get started!

I’d like to set my goals for the year and what I have to live up to until December of 2020. To hold myself accountable, I’ll do a follow up every three months and check in.

2020 Goals:

1. See a Therapist- Self help books and audiobooks are to the point where they are going in one ear and out the other. Some mental tune up is something I need in my life right now. I’ve never been to therapy in my life, so this one is such a big deal.

2. No more pork! Yes, bacon can taste so delicious, but I am over pork. I do not want that in my body. I want to eat healthy and what better way to do it than to start eliminating the fat. (Literally!)

3. Purchase $500 worth of reselling items– I average about $150-$200 worth of reselling items so far and I want to double that this year by working smarter, not harder.

4. Join a business start up class– I need guidance if I want to grow and create my own reselling business. There is an Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in my area and I am constantly getting emails of scheduled dates for very informative workshops like Quickbooks for beginners, buying a franchise workshop, going into business workshop (which is what I want to do). If it wasn’t in the middle of the week at 11 a.m for some of these workshops, I would have been there already. But I will do it.

5. Travel– A few weeks ago, my family and I went on a four day cruise to Key West, Florida and to Nassau, Bahamas. It was great. Creating memories is my new cup of tea and I am thirsty for more! Last night on New Year’s Eve, my sister explained that she would rather spend money on experiences/ travel than clothes and material things. Funny, because I invest in clothes to resell to enjoy what life has to offer. What a full circle that convo was.

6. More date nights, please! I want more date nights with my husband. His work schedule is very hectic and I don’t see him often enough to sit down somewhere nice and have an adult conversation. Even when we have a one on one conversation, our son loves to join in and express his cute opinions and thoughts.

7. Girls Night– so we have date night, and we have girls night. Girls night can consist of me, my sisters and my mom. Or me and my friends. Or me and my new friends. Heck, it can even be girls day. Brunch has been my jam way before it was a cool thing!

8. Save $20k– I use smartypig.com where you can set goals for any amount for anything. Whether it’s a vacation, wedding, retirement, or remodeling your kitchen, smartypig.com is your site! (No, this is not an endorsement, smarty pig is not paying me to say this.) I used smarty pig to save up $500 by December 2019 for Christmas shopping and to accomplish that goal, every two weeks since January of 2019 $17 was automatically transferred to my Christmas 2019 goal. Doesn’t seem like much, right? It’s a pretty neat and brilliant way to manage big future goals by contributing a little bit. I am doing it again this year for Christmas 2020. I added a generic $20k Goal category and a Reselling Income category. For my reselling income category, I don’t have a set amount, I am just putting money in there and saving up six months worth of bills. It’s untouched and I want to touch it sooooooooo bad!

9. Clear out the clutter– A lot of people that know me personally, know that I am a minimalist. Ironically, reselling clothes is what I enjoy so much, but having tons and tons of clothes personally, is what I do not have. I own less than 20 items and it brings joy to my life. Cleaning out unwanted items is something I need to do around our house again, whether I can resell it, or give it away to someone in need.

10. Work out- oh the famous I-am-going-to-the-gym-starting-the-New-Year attitude. And don’t forget the New-Year-new-me mantra you constantly hear and see. Well, guess what! If my stomach is not flat and my butt is in shape by May, then we have a problem, people because I am dedicating time for this and only this without a gym membership. If anyone has any great tips or videos on YouTube they would like to share, feel free to DM me on Instagram. (heysheenathrifts)

Well ladies and gents, this is it. If this at all brings any joy to your life or would like to give any of these resolutions a shot, go for it! Cheers to a wonderful New Year!

Ramping up!

Hey there! I’m back with awesome updates I have in store for me! I am removing over half of my items and starting over from nearly scratch. My entire game plan was to have more items and quantity was key! Then I realized that I was working a bit harder to ramp up my quantity and not so much paying attention to quality. Even though I have become a bit more pickier with each item I am picking up at thrift stores, I sometimes pick up a bit of the bread and butter items as well. No harm no foul, but I am going to be staying away from all of that and stick to quality over quantity and be A LOT more pickier than ever before. My game plan for 2020 is to completely revamp my poshmark closet and create a more capsule wardrobe for my customers. I am super stoked and can’t wait to complete my capsule poshmark closet!

Roller Coaster

It has truly been a roller coaster of emotions balancing my part time reselling gig, full time job, full time mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. Wedding is in one week and it’s now taking it’s stressful toll on me after planning it for over six months. I’m slacking off every chance I get and I am not proud of it. I miss reselling, I truly do! I just haven’t had the heart and energy to do so at this time. 😫 I keep telling myself I’m going to do it and the next thing I know: my energy is low and all of a sudden, I don’t have the time. The struggle is real, you all! It really is. I’m hoping to find that fire in me again once this week is over and I am back on the reselling saddle. Venting on my blog has helped me cope with this discouraging feeling I’ve had and the truth is, I am doing this to myself and I will come back swinging when the time is right. Until then, keeping my head up. I can’t wait to celebrate this amazing evening with my husband. Cheers!

Slacker.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged and I’m sorry! I have a lot on my plate in my personal life besides thrifting and sharing my tips and tricks on my blog. I have been planning a wedding the past few months. My husband and I have been married for four years now (civil) and it was time to have a wedding celebration we both always wanted to have. It’s going to be a very simple wedding but even with that, it comes with stress and mental exhaustion. Other news… sourced some items for the first time since I last blogged.

I am excited and proud that my average selling price has drastically gone up. I even got my first host pick on the Lumier by Bariano Green off Shoulder dress! In the words of Ross Gellar from the show ‘Friends’: How cool is that???!

Good things are happening in the reseller world for me. I have gotten pickier and wiser with what I’m sourcing. I saved some hot commodity items on Poshmark that have pretty clutch ROI; and to be honest: I am only putting in about 20-30% effort into my business (hence the title of this blog). Sales are good but they could be better. Managing and dedicating more time into Poshmark is the key and a must do for the week.

Make great sales and happy poshing!

Learning from my mistakes

It has been a crazy past few weeks for me. I decided to order three thredUP bags within the past month and purged through over 100 unwanted items. A lot of of the items I got rid of made me wish I had gotten rid of it a long time ago.

I’ve been MIA and under the radar to gather my thoughts, meditate, work out, eat healthy, resell part time, work full time, be a wife and a mommy all at the same time! I’ve been in and out of working out. One day I am feeling inspired and ready to rock the day and another day I feel like a sack of potato eating….uh.. well, potato chips. Just like I have with reselling, metaphorically. I didn’t give up, I didn’t quit or throw in the towel. I am just not giving it 100%.

I will say that I feel really good about the clean out. It even lead me to clean out other places in my house like my make up area in my bathroom. Any unwanted make up and face products I did not need went straight into the garbage. Feeling so refreshed!

The extra space I’ve created in my office will allow me to purchase items that I will enjoy reselling as opposed to dwelling on them. I’ve learned this the hard way, for sure. Moral of the story: purchase items that you enjoy/love.

I will also be re-vamping the space area soon. I can’t wait, I have so many ideas! I’ve been daydreaming about the extra space I need in my office for a while now. Baby steps! Baby steps!

Make things happen!

You are a boss!

You’ve got this!

We become what we think about

Hey there! Let’s discuss another topic that’s been on my mind… yet again. After all, what is this blog for anyway?

I’ve been getting the case of the social media envy and I’ve briefly discussed this throughout my blog and how important it is to continue to do your thing and to not compare your level one to someone’s level 50.

Behind the scene of all this envy, there is this voice inside my head telling me I really need to get it together. If I want to make it to where I want to be, I need to make it happen. What benefits am I going to get lollygagging at someone’s instagram account, wishing I was shipping out 100 packages? Yup! Nothing! It’s all up to you to pep talk yourself out of this funk.

If you continue to think negatively about your business model and wish that you had someone else’s business model and are constantly second guessing yourself, then you will continue to just stand there and think that way. Nothing will get accomplished when you are making up excuses for yourself and thinking that your reasons are valid about how over saturated this path can be. Throw some caution to the wind and take a small risk or two. I know I have, and believe me, I am waiting for the payoff. (Gotta be patient!)

I am clearing out over 100 items that I feel will not benefit my resell business in the long run, and cutting it out for good just left a small void for me and made me wonder “now what?” It’s a process that I need to embrace and remind myself that this is all going to be good for me in the long run. Again, only you know what’s best!

I am currently on vacation and it has made me think a lot about what I want to do when I get home and what I want to accomplish. I have a gorgeous view of Central Park and New York City in front of me and it can’t feel anymore encouraging! I hope that everyone out there can find their why, their reason, their motivation to keep doing what they love and to keep doing it with that fire still burning inside.

Focus!

Hey there! I wanted to discuss some things that has been bothering me a bit. With today’s technology, everyone has access to everything literally at their fingertips. From clothes to food, to cars and pets, you can order them all online! We are moving at lighting speed. So what if you have items sitting in your closet for over a year and you just can’t take it anymore wondering if it’s going to sell or not? My OCD kicked in the past two days for sure and did nothing but purge out the old and got extremely (EXTREMELY) picky with items I will be reselling moving forward. So far, I have over 100 items that are going into a thredUP bag and cutting my loses with whatever I get in return.

The thing is, I want it done now! I want my bag, I want all 100+ items in that bag and processed and I want it now! I want it now! I. Want. It. Now! I’m so impatient and I’m so annoyed with this death pile of clothes that is waiting for its ride to thredUP. I need to be patient and I need to breathe and keep calm and collective. I’m a very rational person for the most part but when it comes to things that are out of my control, I can’t help but get anxious. I am going to practice to be patient and hope things all work out in the end.

For the month of June, I decided to do something different with my thrifting hauls. Decided to pay up a bit more for higher end items, and did extra research, figuring out not only if the items are a good brand, but also asking myself if it’s a brand that’s in demand. I think every 2-3 months, I will review my inventory and purge out items that are not selling well. It’s given me a bit more breathing room and also more room for more inventory in the future. I still have some items that I will keep but will never purchase again. I am done ranting, this was all something I needed to get off my chest. Now I can sleep. That’s all folks!