Test Drive

Looking to see if I can pay my bills moving forward with my poshmark and eBay earnings. I will not be including consumer debt and thrifting cost, because I am still figuring things out and how I will make it work. Let’s test drive this baby for the month of February. Stoked!

A New Year!

Ahh, a brand new year to start of fresh. A new sleight; a restart on your goals to making your new year resolutions happen. For me, it’s coming in to the new year strong with listing more on eBay and poshmark and less time on social media platforms. Social media platform is now going to be considered a treat if and when I get my goals for the day accomplished. I also need to write it down. It’s the only way I can get things done and can keep me on check with my daily tasks.

I also plan on working out more. I have roller blades, just got bicycle for Christmas, so what’s the hold up, doc? Ummm… excuses, excuses, excuses! Break free from habits that will take you to dead ends to you only wishing you had a more productive day and kicking yourself for not accomplishing anything you wanted to achieve. Let’s break free!

Trust me, I know it’s going to be tough. But I am hopeful and willing to make my goals happen. Focus, focus, focus.

Let’s make a toast:

Here’s to the bright New Year,
And a fond farewell to the old;
Here’s to the things that are yet to come,
And to the memories that we hold.

Reached my Goal

Finally hit over 700 items to sell on eBay, with about 15-20 more items to list. My goal for the new year is to be consistent with listing items. I know my hard work will pay off. I surprised myself how much I can get done when I’m not wasting time on social media. It’s great! I am also working out a bit again. Getting my health back to where it needs to be. The last thing I want is to get sick by not taking care of my health. I look forward to setting another goal to tackle and accomplish this new year. Clear your mind and get it done!

Bundle up!

Heyyy!

All this hard work and consistency is paying off and I know that I can only move up from here.

I was unable to locate the Jessica Simpson coral sleeveless tank and it was such a bummer! I ended up contacting the buyer and explaining what happened, with no response. I then packed all the items up plus added a White House Black Market Pink and Gold sleeveless tank, very similar to the Jessica Simpson tank and a Pink New York and Company dress in her size. I went on to explain again in the thank you note. I hope this ends well and that the buyer will appreciate what I have done for her in spite of losing her tank top. I wonder what other buyers do, when their items are missing/sold/damaged?

#foodforthought

ASP & Tips

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I am very excited to hit a milestone in the average selling price department. Since I steered reselling this past May, the average selling price of my items went from $8 to $19. Now it’s hit $24 since I started getting a bit more picky with each item I purchase.

When I started sourcing, I was very overwhelmed and unsure on what item to sell and what style of clothing I want to create for my store and poshmark closet.

Even though I have only been reselling for less than a year, anyone that is out there looking to start reselling, below are some tips and pointers that I gave myself moving forward into the new year.

Tip #1: Do your homework and narrow down the type of items you would like to sell. Preferably one that sells well for you. For me, it’s items like Lucky Brand, J. Jill, Talbots, Calvin Klein, Anthropologie and Ann Taylor. It’s nice to sell pants, dresses, skirts, shoes and everything under the sun. But if you don’t like reselling pants, you will not enjoy listing them. Find what you are interested in reselling and focus on that. You will eventually expand your style once you get the hang of things!

Tip #2: Once you’ve figured out what sells for you, stick to the formula and run with it! Continue to expand and educate yourself in brands. I have already found a few brands that I have up for sale, where the comps are just phenomenal. I am already grateful that I even found these items and to be able to sell them? What? That is already a crazy ride on it’s own!

Tip #3: Don’t feel discouraged! Yes, it happens. Yes, you may feel disappointed in yourself, or feel afraid that things are not selling, but if you continue to source and list at your own pace, you will reach your goal. For me, I source once a week. I am lucky if I can source twice a week. My strategy is always the same: I source once a week and I photograph and list twice a week. I’m not where I am as far as income goals, but with a steady pace, patience and stride, I know I can get through this.

Tip #4: HAVE FUN! The social media platforms is filled with helpful tips and reseller vets helping reseller rookies, like myself! Make it fun and it will never feel like work! At least, that is what I am striving for. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, as well.

Tip #5: Surround yourself with like minded people. How many times have you heard this saying? Well, newsflash, my friend, it’s true! Surrounding yourself with like minded people will only push you forward. Inspiration is great, but only you can make things happen. Talk all you want about it! Calculate figures on what you will “supposedly” make all you want, but if that item is not up for the world to see, and it’s sitting on your death pile, then you’ve got nothing. Make it happen!

I know it’s not much, but that is what I have going on for me at this moment. I don’t know how many YouTube videos I’ve watched about poshmark and making sales. I figured, why not try every possible trick out there? Time and patience is what is going to win the race. (The race with yourself, keep that in mind). Everyone is different and unique and that’s why this community is amazing and wonderful to share tips, tricks and trade secrets.

I hope you find value in this. It’s something I am sticking to for a while. It seems to be working.

Until then!

Hello Fall!

I just love wearing plaid in the Fall to complete the weather appropriate attire! With that being said, I’ve thrifted a couple of cute plaid button down here in sunny Florida, where it’s hot almost 24/7. I’m excited for the weather to finally drop and snuggle up with my hubby and son under the covers and drink hot coco.

My Instagram is currently flooded with PoshFest in Dallas, and I am so excited for everyone that went. I am hoping to one day go and meet a lot of girls that have inspired me to pursue this amazing passion.

This past week I’ve messaged a few ladies who have inspired me from the beginning of my journey and picked their brain a bit on what it’s like to resell full time. They have all given me different responses but at the end of day, they have all given me the same response, which is: “I love what I do!” and that to me is the best advice they have given me.

Loving what you do will continue to fuel that fire inside you to do whatever it takes to succeed. I admire that 100%.

I haven’t changed!

If anyone is reading this (hi mom!), I need to explain myself for the past three to four months. It’s true, I haven’t been posting that many pictures on my main Instagram. Yes, I haven’t been blogging as much as I have been. But the truth is, I have been busy with something that just snowballed into something amazing. EBAY!

A few blog posts ago, I mentioned that I started selling on eBay. Things around my house were selling like hot cakes. I couldn’t believe how many people would pay for pre-owned goods online! I cannot lie, I was hooked.

I made about $200 my first month and yes, got coffee everyday like it was going out of style. Then I figured, what if I used some of the Frappuccino money on some gently used items and flip them for a profit? Light bulb and four months later, I am still here and have been recycling the same recipe ever since. Granted, it’s not something that I just invented, but I have joined the reseller world and I am beyond overwhelmed with information.

I balance my work life with my other work life, except I wouldn’t call eBay work. More like a hobby. Again, I am not quitting my job anytime soon. I am still learning brands and styles.

I like to think of the items I resell (mainly clothes) as something that a buyer can bring back to life and give it another chance to be in their closet to wear again! The amount of clothes that get sent to landfills is amazingly high and why not give these items life while they still have them?

And honestly, it’s fun! I miss shopping and buying items that I know other people will buy. The game changer to this all is that I’m not shopping for myself. I’m still wearing the same curated wardrobe that I had a year ago with very minor changes. This time though, I am shopping for other people, and your time and energy to this whole fiesta of shopping and reselling is really what the buyers are paying for!

I will say that I still consider myself a minimalist when it comes to the clothing I wear, the lifestyle my family and I live on a daily basis. I enjoy shopping and the thrill of find items to resell. But that’s the thing! I am reselling them! Yes, there are clothes I would love to wear instead of reselling them, but at the end of the day, it’s up in my eBay store ready for it to go to a home that will love the item and that’s why I enjoy reselling on eBay.

I realized that this blog has been about my minimalism journey. It’s time to change that and continue to keep the minimalism lifestyle with a touch of love for retail to resell the best items I can find to buyers at the best price. I am still me. Simple gal living in a material world.

June & July.. I am sorry!

I have to be honest! I am losing my passion for blogging. Not so much writing, but specifically blogging. It’s not that I have been busy or life around me is revolving. It’s just a bit lost. I do truly apologize (mainly to myself) for not blogging as often as I used to. In other news, my son is finally using the potty, which was one of my goals for this year’s new year resolution. I haven’t gone anywhere special or even made plans for any trips in the near future, but I would love to. My son also got his first haircut this past summer. I will try to keep my blog going. Until then!

Top ten likes for April!

Hello May! It’s been such a beautiful day here in Tampa, I had to resist being cooped up inside. Let’s start!

1. LORDE CONCERT. I REPEAT… LORDE CONCERT! Lorde was phenomenal and one of my favorite artist. I couldn’t believe how genuine and adorable she was! I danced and sang to most of her songs out loud and for being an introvert, that is already saying a lot! Lorde made the whole audience feel special and she was amazing!

2. eBay selling- I started selling on eBay again. It’s been about three years the last time I sold items on eBay and about nine years before that. I found a lot of stuff laying around the house and figured why not sell them on ebay? It’s obviously not making me enough money to quit my job, but it is paying for my coffee without feeling any guilt.

3. Painted one wall in our dining room- I love a good accent wall. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and even had the bucket of paint sitting out in our dinning room to paint. I couldn’t have made it more easier for me… but of course, I procrastinate and it only took me about two months to finally do this project that literally took about an hour.

4. Apothecary items- I like this style. Not so much the price, so I turned our wine bottle into a simple, decorative piece of art by wrapping hemp cord around it. I also purchased a small slab of wood at ikea for about $5 and voila! It’s an apothecary dinning room décor at fraction of the cost. Ha!

5. Catan- this is a board game that my sister and brother-in-Law got me hooked on! It’s bad enough that I also play it on the app. It’s basically a strategy game, which I enjoy. It’s a mix between monopoly and risk and there’s trading involve and a few ways to win the game! It’s great! Check it out!

6. Potty training my son- it’s coming along great! He understands the concept and he is interested in potty training! Always a plus and a win for me! The end is near for purchasing diapers.

7. Riverwalk- The riverwalk here in Tampa is awesome. My family and I enjoy walking up and down the riverwalk. I even started running on the riverwalk too! Fun outdoor adventure!

8. Ready Player One- this Steven Spielberg film was awesome. Not a huge gamer, but this movie was non-stop action and adventure suitable for all ages.

9. Snobachi- It’s an ice cream place in Ybor city where your ice cream looks like art! So delicious! I got the “Get s’mored” ice cream.

10. The Five Love Language- great book! Oldie but goodie. After realizing what love language my husband and I are were, we have been doing everything we can to keep each other even MORE happier.

May is already treating me wonderful and it’s only the 6th. Have a lovely one!

Top ten likes for March

Hey there! I literally blinked and it’s already April! Insane!

Let’s get started!

1- Trip to Philadelphia

For my 32nd birthday, my husband and I went to Philadelphia for the first time and spent four awesome days! We did most of the major tours which included the Eastern state penitentiary prison, magic garden, rocky statue, LOVE park, Reading terminal, Ben Franklin’s post office/museum, Museum of Art (my favorite art museum by far) Mint museum, independence hall, revolutionary museum, liberty bell, and even did a haunted ghost tour. Yes, we had a Philly cheesesteak. In Philadelphia they don’t call it Philadelphia cheesesteak, though. Just cheesesteak.

2- My new adidas running shoes

It was way pass due for a new pair of running shoes. I finally got a pair and immediately started putting them to good use on our trip to Philly which we did A LOT of walking. I even started running in them too!

3- Couch to 5K app

Yes! I finally started running again and even accomplished my first 5K of the year! I ended up getting the couch to 5K app after my 5K run two weeks ago and I am now on week two day two (out of three) and running is becoming something I am looking forward to. I enjoy the avatar coach (Runicorn!) and how he encourages me to keep going. It’s an awesome feeling to get back on the running grind!

4- Coffee body scrub

This is amazing! I use this homemade body scrub almost every day for the past three weeks and I love how it makes my skin feel in the morning after I use it. It’s only three simple ingredients: coffee, sugar and olive oil. Scrub your whole body with it to get soft baby skin results! It will be tough to go back.

5- Puzzles from the Dollar Tree

In the last three weeks, my son has been into puzzles and we had purchased three 24 piece puzzle for my two year old son to work on. We set aside about 10 minutes a day putting the puzzle together and it’s so much fun to see him put it together. I love that he loves puzzles. It’s therapeutic too.

6- Fish tacos

I purchased fresh non-frozen tilapia and made delicious fish tacos. My son even enjoyed it even though we had to tell him it was “chicken”. It’s always best to top it off with homemade pico and avocado to give it the whole yummy effect!

7-Optimal living Daily podcasts

I enjoy these podcasts very much. I started listening to optimal living daily relationships too. (Both within the pas two weeks). The hosts of the podcasts read blogs from different people about minimalism, love, how-tos, and to me, it’s just inspiring and well worth to read more afterwards. That’s how I was able to search and read Cait Flander’s book The Year of Less and will also be reading The More of Less by Joshua Becker. Check it out! It brings nothing but positive vibes into my ears daily while at work.

8- Santa Clarita Diet Season 2

If you’re a huge fan of comedy and Drew Barrymore like myself, then more than likely you have seen the Netflix original Santa Clarita Diet. It’s hilarious! I am not big on zombie or people eating people, (pretty much anything that is remotely scary) but this is not scary. It’s laugh out loud funny and Drew Barrymore was awesome. I ended up watching all ten episodes within four days. Go.See.it!

9- EO Organic Deodorant

I am very impressed with this deodorant. This is by far the best deodorant I have ever used. I’m on my second bottle, in French Lavander and I love this product and how minimal the ingredients are. It feels fresh, no white residue and it smells clean.

10- Baked Broccoli

I continue to eat well and one of my favorite snacks are baked veggies which include: zucchini, carrots, and cauliflower. I just recently added broccoli into the mix by adding garlic powder and olive oil prior to baking. Try it! It’s delicious.

Feel free to leave a comment by sharing some of your experiences with any of my top ten likes for March.