[36 days sober]
“Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.”
I followed the Ebay advice I have read, about starting and ending auctions on a Sunday evening. ALL DAY Sunday my phone was making that 'cha-CHING' noise like a cash register (the Ebay app on the phone) - each time someone would bid on an item it would go off. It was THRILLING, lol. I had a no-name, no-tag shirt for sale, listed it as 'pirate renaissance steampunk costume piece' and started the auction at $3.95 - Here is a pic:
Just a cheap-o little blouse but I knew costume time is upon us. That damned acetate top got 13 bids! Finally sold for $19.66 (included shipping).
I sold 7 items on Sunday. I have a ton more up, and people are already 'watching' them. One item already has a bid.
Yesterday I went back to Am Vets, I needed to list more things. I found 12 items - grand total was $20.60. So I paid $1.72 for each item. One is a Ralph Lauren denim rancher jacket with a corduroy collar, I will list it for $49.95 and see what happens. I may have to lower the price on that one, but since IT IS FREE to list things, it's no skin off my nose to lower the price $5 and relist it, even if I have to do that a coupla times. The rest of the stuff I bought is basic bread & butter stuff I can sell for $10 - $12 each.
MY POINT - if anyone out there needs a side-hustle - you need money to start paying down your debt, stash a little in savings and begin the journey to a cash-only life, this is a way to do that.
IF you want to factor in things like MY TIME and LABOR and all of that, no - emphatically NO it does not pay anywhere near what a 'real' job pays. But for me, it's all profit. I LIKE going to thrift stores, I LIKE doing laundry (folding it and putting it away is another story). I do this from home. I am making a damned profit.
I noticed at the AmVets yesterday they now take EBT. Which is Electronic Benefit Transfer - an ATM style card that welfare and WIC and other state benefits are paid on. And see - I think this is amazing news. Firstly, because people on government assistance need clothes and shoes for themselves and their kids. And secondly - if you are on government assistance and need a side hustle, this is the perfect way to purchase stuff to sell on Ebay. (I am not going to entertain a discussion on welfare, who should receive (many people really do need it, many people really do scam the system), how many damned kids you should be allowed to have, why aren't people on assistance required to work at government buildings like courthouses and such sweeping AT LEAST if they can stand and move, etc. So let's not even go there, ok?)
All the personal finance blogs I have read really push the idea of the 'side hustle' and I completely agree. Selling crap you already have that you don't need? Perfect place to start. But creating a niche for myself has been the ultimate. I try to only sell stuff people are really willing to buy - some brands I find and sell:
Ralph Lauren (all associated lables, like Polo, LRL, etc. I've never found the elusive PURPLE label)
Ann Taylor (and LOFT)
Quacker Factory <--this brand sells all the damned time.
American Eagle Outfitters
Abercrombie & Fitch
And on and on and on
*(p.s. I found a sweatshirt that said 'Property of the Betty Ford Clinic' and I almost bought it to wear because I think I'm funny like that, but the back had footprints? and 'on and on and on' on it which is an AA saying maybe? and since I wanted to wear it IRONICALLY (even tho I really AM sober) I left it for someone who would get a good karmic lift out of it. BUT I WANTED IT.)*
Each one of those brands up there, you have heard of them - I find them DAILY at thrift stores, and they will sell for at least $10, each item. Depending on what it is, and what size it is, I usually get $12 to $20 for each item. These days I will only spend under $2 for any item to sell, unless it is such an amazing deal (like that Vera Bradley backpack for $5) that I can't pass it up. I am always muttering 'as close to a buck as I can, as close to a buck as I can' while I'm looking at a thrift. I fit right in with the bat-crap crazy people that wander around in those stores.
If anyone is truly interested in hustling at a thrift store for building a cash savings account or for, you know, paying the electric bill, let me know in the comments and I will expound on it - I don't want to bore y'all. I know most people have jobs, paycheck-jobs, and have no time for this nonsense. It's labor intensive but to me it's worth it.
ON ANOTHER NOTE - people all over the place are talking about how, astrologically speaking, we are in another 'Mercury Retrograde' period, which is a time when most people experience complete cluster fucks in their lives. Electronics fizzle, tires go flat, cars wont start, keys and wallets get lost - just all kinds of screwy static-y things, mostly to do with communication and electronics. ME? Because I live in opposite land, I have THE BEST LUCK during a retrograde period.
My side hustle is BOOMING right now - I'm finding great items whenever I thrift. Jeff and I are in some kind of fluffy wonderful place right now. The tire that has a gigantic screw embedded in it, that I fixed with fix-a-flat? STILL FULL OF AIR and I'm not replacing that until I have to. I'm still not drinking and *shhh* it's been - uh, while not EASY, it hasn't been HARD either. I'm walking 3 miles daily and back on only protein and I've dropped 5 pounds (with only a gabillion to go) ~ I just think it's funny how opposite I am. I need a shirt that says 'Contrariwise' on it. I'd buy that and wear it, you betcha.