Monday, March 10, 2014

January Booth Sales

Well my brilliant plan paid off. Upgrading to a bigger space was just what I needed. It makes sense that not all people would visit the display cases, or if they did, they might not be as likely to buy since you can’t really pick things up on impulse, you know, since you have to have the case unlocked. As of now I am still paying for the case in addition to the booth, but that might change in a few months. I split the case with a friend and she is hesitant to give it up. Well here is what I sold, after 10% commission (both booth and case)

Good Friends mug,4.50-.50 (VOA I think)=4.00
Keurig K-Cup Carousel 5.40-3 (ish?, Goodwill I think)=2.40
Statue of Liberty Pennant 2.70-.50 (VOA)=2.20
Halo video game 1.80 (Carlos’s personal collection)
Cast Iron Muffin Tin, 4.50 (free, from my dad)
Niagara Falls rock, 4.50 (free, from my dad)
Whale Canvases, 1.80-.01 (auction)= 1.79
Heart Trinket Box, 1.80-.01 (auction)=1.79
Vase with hands 7.20-1 (ish? auction)=6.20
9 CDs I got when Dollar General went out of business= 18.90-.90=18.00
I Love You mug 2.70-.01 (auction)=2.69
round glass jar 4.50-.01 (auction)=4.49
Pinball Machine 22.50 (free)
Italians mug 4.50-.30 (VOA)=4.20
GI Joe 4.50 -.50 (ish, Dollar General)=4.00
Dame Edna mug 4.50-.01 (auction)=4.49
Tackle Box 4.50 (free)
Wine Bottle 4.50.-.99 (ish, Goodwill)=3.51
Fisher Price whistling teapot 4.50-.90 (VOA)= 3.60
St. Paddy’s Garland .90 (IDK what I paid)
Knife 7.20 (IDK)
Car Wash Bottle 10.80 (IDK)
Orange Spiral Plate 4.50 -.01 (auction)= 4.49
Scarlet/Tara plate 9.00-1.00 (auction)=8.00
Melanie/Ashley plate 9.00-1.00 (auction)=8.00
Hot Booties 5.40 (IDK)
Bottle 7.20 (free)
NKOTB game 18.00 (IDK)
cardboard Alice in Wonderland 18.00 (free)
18 Dr. Seuss books, 32.40 (?10$? garage sale)=22.40
metal plate .90-.01 (auction)=.89
Spiderman comic 7.20 (free)
Spiderman comic 10.80 (free)
Straight Razor 10.80 (IDK)
matches .90-.01 (auction)=.89
All in the Family LP 4.50 -2.01 (auction)=2.49

$244.62 after costs, which means I made $39.62.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

December Stats

Well I lost money in my display case in December.

I sold, after 10% commission:

Royal Albert Christmas Plate 10.80-.01 cost (auction)= 10.79
Nativity 4.50 -.50 cost (VOA) =4.00
Candlestick 1.80-.01 cost (auction) =1.79
2 people Christmas ornaments .90-nothing (from my dad)
Carlton Cards Angel ornament .90-nothing (from my dad)
another angel ornament .90-nothing (from my dad)
Santa card holder 2.70-.45 (VOA)=2.25
Santa candle 4.50-.99 (GW)=3.51
Santa candle holder 4.50-.99 (GW)=3.51

Total after commission and costs= 28.55 -52$ rent= -$23.45

So naturally, if I'm in the red, the next step is to rent a bigger space. Yes, that's exactly what I did. We'll see how that pans out.

Monday, December 23, 2013

On the first day of Christmas (break)...

I have a love/hate relationship with breaks from school. I have ever since I was a student myself. I start break with a grand list of things I'd like to accomplish and I end the break with that same list mostly untouched. Of course every break I say I will try better.

I really need routine. When I don't have it, I get superbly lazy and also very anxious. Not a good combination. My goal for this current break is to try to keep some sort of routine... I will try to blog about it and see how it goes.

So Friday the 20th was the last day of school for the year! I love making that joke with my students, "See you next year!" Har, har. Saturday and Sunday were spent driving up to visit family. I got to visit with my grandma for several hours, which was actually quite nice. She is a trip. Ninety years old but still sharp as a tack. She is hard of hearing but otherwise still very with it. She still drives, actually, and watches Jeopardy! every day and reads every night. Also for the last twenty plus years she has eaten at Wendy's almost every day! In her own words, she is royalty there. They even get her tray ready for her when they see her in the parking lot and they give her little Three Musketeers bars. Every day she gets the same thing: chicken nuggets, a baked potato, and a junior Frosty. She has kicked cancer two times and has Type 2 Diabetes which she has managed well for a few decades. She is pretty awesome.

Over break I plan to get some work stuff taken care of, but I will do that after Christmas. For now my focus is trying to get the house in some kind of order. I did probably ten loads of laundry today and that's no exaggeration. We have two huge bags to take to Goodwill.

Well, I guess I will check in later. Happy Holidays!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Antique Mall Update: Month 1

My first full month of having a display case at the antique mall is over. It was mildly profitable which is a good start and I hope to be an omen of the future.

I sold (prices after 10% commission):
Knife 7.20 - .01 cost (auction) = 7.19 profit
Gavel 7.20
Strawberry Shortcake ornament 4.50 -.75 (Goodwill)= 3.75
Xmas Tree teapot 9.00-1.50 (VOA)= 7.50
Australian penny 4.50-.01 (auction)=4.49
Lark Cherished Teddy 3.60-.01 (auction)=3.59
Miniature Taj Mahal 9.00-1.91 (VOA)=7.09
speckled frog 3.60-.90 (Goodwill) =2.70
Santa teapot 9.00-1.46 (VOA)=7.54
Back to the Future Delorean 2.70-.50 (Goodwill) =2.20
Fisher Price Little People bus 18.00 -1.00 (garage sale) = 17.00
owl necklace 4.50-1.00 (Amazon deal)= 3.50
Dukes of Hazard cup 2.70 -.10 (garage sale) =2.60
Fisher Price xylophone 7.20-1.00 (garage sale)= 6.20
hightop shoe trinket box 9.00 -2.99 (Goodwill) = 6.01
Webster's book set 7.20 -.96 (VOA)=6.24
Christmas music box 9.00-.45 (VOA)= 8.55
Snowman plate 1.80 -.45 (VOA) =1.35
bank shaped like a loaf of bread 9.00 -1.99 (Goodwill)= 7.01

Total, after commission and costs= $111.71 - $50 rent = 61.71

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Display Case Update

I've sold 50$ worth of stuff in my display case! After commission it's $45. Good start. It costs $50 a month so I've got a little bit to go to break even, but of course I want to MAKE money. The month's only 1/3 of the way done though, and I'm hoping to bank on the holiday season!

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Hello blogosphere!

I have been busy. Working 3x a week until 6 pm, bowling league on Tuesdays (we're in first place! say what!), trivia on Thursdays, and doing some auction work here and there.

Unfortunately, my school had some terrible news on Friday. There was a horrible car accident (maybe you've read about it-- I know it was on USA Today's website) in which a family of 6 was killed. Both parents and four daughters ranging in ages from 2-16. They were hit by a police officer who was responding to a robbery. Well the 12 year old was a seventh grader at my school. Not personally my student, but still. Student of my friends, and a friend of my students. Absolutely heartbreaking. They had come to Iraq for a better life. They were on their way home from visiting with my former students' family... They leave behind 5 sons, three who attend my school. I am not specifically looking forward to tomorrow... but the healing process must begin...

I tried to balance out this tragedy the way I know how-- distracting myself and I do that with deal$. The Dollar General across from my school is going out of business so I've been checking in every few days. I went in today and their toys were 90% off! Yeah!!

Goodies including several Wuggle Pets for $1.00 each, and ketchup... lol... 

I also went today to start stocking my new display case at the antique mall! I am splitting it with my former student's aunt, the one who got me involved in the auction company. I am excited to see how this new venue turns out, especially since I barely have time for eBay during the school year (and not to mention I still loathe shipping!).

Not everything here is mine... I have a total of 10 cents invested so far.. I won 9 penny auctions yesterday plus the 1 cent premium. :)