Monthly Recap — October 2015

Another quick post! Here are my October numbers. Last year, October was my best month. This year– not so much!

I took a week off during the girls’ fall break from preschool, and then I was really slow to get back on track the next week. The dearth of new inventory was reflected in my sales. If there’s one thing I know about eBay, it’s that you have to keep feeding the beast if you want to keep seeing results. I try not to keep much unlisted inventory on hand, since I don’t have a lot of storage space, but when I miss a week of shopping, I don’t have anything to list!


Number of items sold:  48

Average selling price: $28.90

Total profit: $775.73

oct 2015 p&l

And, because someone usually asks: Click here for my review of Easy Auctions Tracker, the spreadsheet I use to keep up with my income/expenses.


Here’s to hoping I can turn things around during the rest of the year! We’re planning to buy our first house early next year, so every little penny I can save will help, I’m sure! From everything I hear, there are always so many extra expenses when you buy a house. I’d love to have a nice big cushion to take care of those surprises!

Montly Recap — August and September 2015

Hello! So, I took a bit of a blogging break and didn’t mention anything here (although I did on Instagram) which is really annoying–so sorry!

I am just coming out of the first trimester of my third pregnancy, and it has been a doozy. There has been a lot of sleeping in, a little ebaying, a lot of frozen yogurt eating, but not a whole lot of blogging. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I am starting to feel better, so hopefully I’ll be able to write here a little bit more often. I’ve slowly learned over the last few years that I can only do what I can do, and some things just have to give sometimes.

I’m going to just quickly post my August and September profit charts here. I have received a LOT of great questions in my absence, so I’m planning to go through those with the blog posts they deserve in the upcoming weeks.

Also, if you are curious about the software I use to keep track of my eBay earnings (screenshots below), it’s called Easy Auctions Tracker (affiliate link), and you can use a free trial during October! I used it last year during the free trial and was hooked from there.


August:

aug 2015 montly recap

September:

sept 2015 montly recap


So, overall, a decent two months. I feel like I’m in an $1,100 plateau and am trying to figure out how to break through that. Hoping I can get up to $1,500 one month by the end of the year! Hope y’all had good months and that October is looking promising for you!

Monthly Recap — July 2015

Color me shocked–I broke a thousand dollars in profit again this month! I actually did better than last month! If you recall from my last monthly recap, I was pretty positive July was going to be a bad month. I was wrong. (I like being wrong this time.)

I am really glad that I kept my listings active while on vacation this year. I also sold nearly all of the items I had up for auction. None of those were big sellers–the largest was just over $20–but one of my auction winners also went ahead and spent $90+ on BIN items, in addition to the $2 auction she won.

One thing that I attribute my great July sales to is using eBay’s Promotions tool. The short story is that I am a huge fan of offering discounts on multiple-item orders, and I know that I’ve had far more buyers order more than one item than I used to. I’ll be writing a more in-depth blog post about this soon.

Before I get to the numbers, can I just get all touchy-feely for a minute? When I started as an eBay reseller, my main hope was to make one or two hundred dollars a month to give our budget a little more breathing room. My big, hairy, audacious goal was to make enough profit to pay my monthly student loan bill. It was $250 at the time. I honestly thought that was a pipe dream when I first started, but this month and last month, I made four times the amount that I thought was nearly impossible.

Okay, enough of that–here are the numbers:


Number of items sold:  80 (up 16 from last month)

Average selling price: $ 27.25 (down $2.84 from last month)*

Total profit: $1,197.97 (up $146.34 from last month)

july 2015 p&l

 

*I include selling price + shipping paid by buyer.

(Click here for my review of Easy Auctions Tracker, the spreadsheet I use to keep up with my income/expenses.)

My best sale of a thrifted item was this Elie Tahari top:

july 2015 best sale

 

This was one of those no-brainer purchases. The shirt was a nice brand in a larger size and it had the nearly $200 price tag still attached. I paid $4.49. This one did sit for several weeks before selling, and when it finally did go, it was during a 10% off sale, but I’m still really happy with that profit margin.


I hope you all had great months as well! If you do monthly income recaps on your blog, I’d love for you to post a link in the comments section!

Monthly Recap — June 2015

I don’t think I’ve been as delighted by a comma as I am with the one in my “total profit” figure below. I broke $1,000 in profit this month for the first time! I remember, when I was first getting started with this whole eBay thing, my first goal was to hit $1,000 in profit. (Not in a month–just, total.) It took me a few months to get there, from what I remember, and I was SO proud of myself and honestly amazed that I was actually making real live money from what felt like a fun hobby. And now, to have done that in a single month, I’m feeling really proud again, and really grateful. I hope you all did well in June, too!

Looking back on my numbers from last year, July was WAY slower than June, so I’m trying to prepare for that and to come up with some strategies to offset what may be a month with fewer sales. One of the problems last year was that we took a week of vacation (happening again this July), and I hid my listings while we were away. This year, I’m thinking of having a bunch of 7-day auctions running while we’re gone and setting my store in vacation mode, while also chaining my handling time to 7 days. I’m really not sure what’s best, and I’d love to hear how other eBay sellers handle being away from home.


Number of items sold: 64 (up 22 from last month)

Average selling price: $30.09 (down $5.54 from last month)

Total profit: $1,051.63 (up 203.26 from last month)


june 2015 p&l

My best sale was this dress from Anthropologie:

best sale june 2015

I talked about the dress on Instagram shortly after it sold. It made a nice case study in the importance of researching an item before listing it. The short story is that the dress looks like any old Anthro dress that would bring in about $30 or $40, but, for whatever reason, the resale value of this particular dress is much higher than that, as you can see by the $79.99 + shipping sale price. This was listed as BIN or BO, and sat for less than a week before a buyer paid full asking price.


I hope you all had great months as well! If you do monthly income recaps on your blog, I’d love for you to post a link in the comments section!

Monthly Recaps — May 2015

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May was good to me! I was about four dimes shy of $1,300 in sales, which is the best I’ve done since January of this year. My inventory is now as high as it’s ever been at 139 active listings this morning. I attribute the increase in sales (and inventory) to adding about an extra hour of thrifting time each week, and going out to stores farther away from me that I hadn’t visited before.


Number of items sold: 42 (down 3 from last month)

Average selling price: $35.63 (up $10.39 from last month)

Total profit: $848.37 (up $93.41 from last month)


Another note before I post the numbers: I’ve been highlighting the “good news” above in green and the “bad news” in red. You’ll notice that all three are in green, even though I sold fewer items this month than last. However, my average sale price has gone up enough to more than make up for that specific deficit. Basically, I did less work but made more money this month than last month–works for me!


may 2015 p&l

My best sale was this new with tags plus-sized skirt from the brand Stizzoli. I paid $4.49 for it, and it sold for $99.99. It was listed as free shipping, but since it sold to someone in Canada, the buyer paid shipping.

may 2015 best sale


I hope you all had great months as well! If you do monthly income recaps on your blog, I’d love for you to post a link in the comments section!

Monthly Recap — April 2015

Here are the numbers for April! I think the maddeningly slow season is behind me, knock on wood. April was the second best month so far this year, and I’m hoping it’s up, up, up from here!

One reason for the increase in sales, I think, is due to the better inventory I’ve been able to find. In general, I had been sticking to the same three thrift store around me, mainly because of time restraints. However, since my husband’s work load has decreased a bit (and should remain that way for at least a couple months) I’ve been venturing out farther to new thrift stores and clearing them out of all their good stuff. 🙂 On my last trip, I came home with 14 items, several of which sold within a day of listing. Prior to shopping at these new stores, I would usually leave with only 4-5 items, so it’s been great to find so many profitable items.


Number of items sold: 45 (up 3 from last month)

Average selling price: $28.24*

Total profit: $754.88 (up $207.91 from last month)


And, because I’m always asked, I use Easy Auctions Tracker to keep up with all my sales.

*I’m not comparing this month’s average sale price to last months, because I realized I’d been using the “sales” number instead of the “total income” number in my calculation. It makes more since to use the latter, so that’s what I’ll be doing from here on out.

Monthly Recap — February 2015

Hello, hello! I’m popping in quickly before hitting the sack to post my numbers from February!

Overall, it was a solid month, despite having an incredibly s-l-o-w week in the second half. My profit is down a little bit from last month, but $700+ in profit is nothing to sneeze at, I’d say!

Also, since it usually comes up: I use the Easy Auctions Tracker Spreadsheet for bookkeeping. (Affiliate link alert!) You can read my review of it here.


Number of items sold:  48 (down 2 from last month)

Average selling price: $22.52 (down $4.32 from last month)

Total profit: $711.37 (down $160.94 from last month)

feb 2015 p&l

My biggest sale of the month was this little Anthropologie top. I paid $7.99 for it, as it was mistakenly in the dress section. (Tops are supposed to cost $4.49, but I knew I’d still turn a decent profit on it. Batting my eyelashes and asking nicely for a price adjustment didn’t work.)

biggest feb 2015 sale

I debated keeping this top for myself, but I decided I’d list it high and if it didn’t sell by spring, I’d end the listing and put it in my closet. Wouldn’t you know, it sold within 24 hours!


 How was February for you? Any big sales to report? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!