About Me

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Whether you’re just thinking about getting started on eBay or have been selling for years, you’ll find useful information, inspiration, and a way to connect with fellow eBay sellers.

I first got started on eBay in the fall of 2013. I was about to send in an Anthropologie dress that I no longer wore to an online consignment shop. I knew I’d only get 8 bucks or so for it, but that’s better than letting it hang in my closet forever, right? Before I bagged the dress up, I clicked on over to eBay and saw that I could get way more than that by selling it myself. A few moments later, I had the dress listed on a 7-day $0.99 auction (which–really–I don’t recommend, but I didn’t know what I was doing!). In the final moments of the auction, the price shot up from about $10 to about $35. I was shocked! After that, I went to the thrift store and bought a few items that I thought I could flip for a profit. (I still get warm fuzzies when I think about the Eileen Fisher organic cotton hoodie that sold for almost $80. Talk about beginners’ luck!) Since then, I’ve learned more and refined my strategy, but the basics are the same: Buy nice clothing at the thrift store for cheap and sell it on eBay for a profit.

Not to toot my own horn too much, but I’ve been doing pretty well. I am both a Powerseller and  Top Rated Seller. You can check out my monthly income reports here. After reinvesting in more inventory, supplies, and equipment, I’ve used the money to pay down debt, save for a down-payment on a house, and splurge on fun stuff every now and then. I do this all while being a stay-at-home mom to mine and my husband’s two girls, which leaves me only a handful of hours per week to work on eBay.

I really enjoy what I do, and I would love to help you all when you need it, too! Please feel free to leave comments on the blog and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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15 thoughts on “About Me

  1. That’s sounds very similar to me. My first year I made $8,000 and reach Top Rated Seller status in 5 months,. It’s a lot of fun. I only have about $7,500 left in student loans which should hopefully be gone by Feb of 2015..then on to the next debt..LOL It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you have a goal and put your mind to it. Hubby and I have paid off a little over $70K in about 21 months. Freedom is right around the corner! Really enjoy your blog Erica!

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  2. Great inspiration- love learning about this— mom thought I was in need of therapy because of my love to thrift and collect… Now I want to prove to her I can thrift, enjoy my passion & make money!!

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  3. I love your site and would love to check out your store! Do you have a link to your ebay store on the blog? Or would you consider posting This?

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  5. Hi my name is Ana, so the time has come and our family is struggling financially so I have been brainstorming ideas to make more money and a friend recommended selling some of my stuff on eBay. When I was still single and living with my parents , mom and dad paid for and gifted me clothes and purses and such that now as a married mom of 1 cannot afford. So I have tons to sell but I’m entirely lost on the process. I’ve read through your blog and I’m wondering if I should open a paypal account first, should I open a separate email for my eBay account before starting, am I supposed to give it a name? My questions must sound so silly but I would be forever grateful for a few tips of advise on where to start.

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    • Hi Ana! To answer your questions: Yes, you’ll need to open a Paypal account first. I just used my main email address when signing up for eBay–I don’t really see a need to use a separate one. And, about the name: are you asking what to name your eBay account? You can really pick anything!

      Before diving in, I would recommend making sure you read up on selling limits for new sellers and that you are aware that Paypal will hold your money from sales for up to 21 days until your selling account is established. I haven’t written about any of that here, but I know all of that info is available on eBay’s website, among other places. It’s a bit of a road block when you’re starting out, but once you get past that, the sky’s the limit on income potential.

      Best of luck to you!

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  6. Hi Erica! So I’m just getting into this, and right now what’s bothering me the most is knowing what labels will sell. What I like might not actually sell. I have a decent memory, keep a notebook in my purse, but I don’t have a smart phone or tablet to look things up on the fly. Do you have any advice? Or any resources for helping a newbie start learning the labels?

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    • Hi Ginger! There will certainly be some trial and error when you’re starting out. I bought plenty of things my first few month that I wouldn’t buy now. I think the best thing to do is research completed listings on eBay to help you know what to look for. On a desktop, there should be a link next to the search bar that says “advanced search.” After clicking that, there should be a box you can check next to “completed listings.” I would just search under whatever category you’re interested in, and narrow the price range to something like $30-$100 or so. I hope that helps!

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  7. Hi! I’m looking to resell some of the maternity clothes I bought recently for SUPER CHEAP prices. (Brands like Isabella Oliver for $5 and under – many with tags!) I bought them for myself but there is so much more than I need! If it works out well for me, I’m interested in maybe starting to thrift some more clothes to resell. I know you don’t usually do maternity, but I’m just looking for some basic tips to get started on Ebay – what is the best way to figure out pricing? What about taking pictures without a dress form? Do you have a good resource for figuring out how to take measurements? What needs to be included in the item details? Just all those basic sorts of things. Thanks so much! (By the way, I found you randomly through a comment you left on Sancta Nomina – so glad I did!)

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    • Also, I know you mentioned trying to sell through instagram – did you ever do that? How did it go? How about Poshmark? I’ve been looking up info on selling on Poshmark vs. Ebay and there really isn’t much out there. I’m wondering why some thrifters choose one over the other.

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  8. I am so glad to have stumbled upon your IG and blog. I am a mom of 8 and have been dabbling in thrift flipping for a couple of months. I have mostly been selling things locally on FB b/s/t groups. I have listed a few things on eBay with no luck. I wonder how having zero feedback and sales history impacts that, and what I can do. I am exploring Poshmark as an option now too.

    Thank you for sharing so much of your success.

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  9. Hi – I learned alot from your blog, thank you! I guess this blog isn’t as active right now, but hope you receive this message, and hope you are doing well with your progress in paying off your student loans! I’ve totally been there. I was wondering if you’re still mainly selling on eBay or if you’ve also branched out to other selling platforms, and if you had any advice about that? I’ve sold some things on eBay here and there, and now am trying to focus more on it, and have been exploring other options like Poshmark, but didn’t really like it, my gut reaction to signing up. I love the items you pick out and how nicely you photograph them. I love the thrill of the hunt too, and finding things that I love, even if they’re not ultimately for me. Thank you!

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    • Hi Lynne!

      Thank you for the kind comment.

      I’ve been meaning to resurrect this blog, so thank you for the opportunity to reply to your comment. I have tried out Poshmark, selling on Instagram, and selling in Facebook groups. I have found that my margins are highest still, on eBay. I don’t know that it’ll always be that way, but my focus for now is still on eBay.

      Thanks again for the comment. I’m still slowly working on stident loans! Our focus shifted about a year and a half ago, and we prioritized saving for a down payment at that point. We’ve been in our new house for about 4 months now! I also had another baby about 10 days after moving in, so things have been busy!

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