To God Be The Glory!

I am humbled beyond measure at this past week’s numbers. I’ll admit, it’s very easy to praise the Lord when things are going well. I won’t go into the details of the numbers, because the last thing I want to do is boast. I understand that this is all a blessing from the Lord. I want to give glory to Whom glory is due.

So, let this be a reminder that if you endeavor to start an eBay business, make sure the Lord has lead you to do so. eBay is not my primary focus. I strive to maintain an order of importance in the way I live my life.

1. My relationship with God is the top priority.
2. My relationship with my wife is second.
3. My interaction with others with a focus on the Gospel.
4. My duty to serve Eastside Baptist Church as an assistant to the Pastor and a leader for the Youth group.

after all of these priorities are taken care of, then I make sure eBay is taken care of. If, tomorrow, I had to set eBay aside to give due diligence to my main priorities, I would gladly do it in a heartbeat.

The Lord has placed this opportunity to sell on eBay in our lives at a time when we needed it. I did not want to have to take on a part-time job to sustain us, but was willing to if needed. It was also the wish of Pastor Spencer that I not add a part-time job unless it was absolutely necessary. God opened the door for us to give eBay a try and it has been everything we needed and then some. It’s flexible and you can get as much out of it as you put into it. It’s perfect.

Now, I said all of that to make this statement:

This blog exists to be an assistance to those desiring to sell on eBay.
Many friends of mine have started to sell and with much success. I pray that the success that the Lord has given Sierra and I can be perpetuated.

If any of you have questions about the selling process, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I’ll try to answer, even if it takes a while to respond. I will also try to post updates to this blog as time allows. So, stay tuned.

May the Lord bless your endeavors!

–Corey & Sierra Estep

To God Be The Glory!

A Trip to the Thrift Store: What We Buy and What We Sell it For

Check out our store HERE!

http://stores.ebay.com/updatedesign?_rdc=1

I hope this video helps you understand what we buy and what we sell these things for. Don’t worry, with time you will learn what your niche is. We made a lot of mistakes when we first started, but what we have learned has made up for it!

You will see quite a variety of items in this video. From shoes to shirts to sweaters to textbooks… The list goes on. We try to scan the entire store in a single visit. When we first started thrifting, it would take us anywhere from 1-2 hours in a single thrift store. Now, we can knock out a thrift store in about 30 minutes.

We were fortunate to go to this thrift store, Savers just in time for a 50% sale on their winter clothes. Otherwise, we would have spent upwards of $390. (I wouldn’t have spent that anyways!) We wound up spending $171. That sounds like a lot, but we can profit $700-$900 on these items alone.

Enjoy!

A Trip to the Thrift Store: What We Buy and What We Sell it For

Ebay Sales Highlights since January 1

God has been good! Sound too good to be true? Nope.

Just a lot of hard work to get there…

Please understand that this isn’t bragging. I am just sharing with people who ask what items I sell and how I get my profits.

About 95% of the items I buy are used. All of them come from thrift stores in Sioux Falls, SD (A few in Washington when I visited), and some consignment shops.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Ebay Sales

Ebay Sales Highlights since January 1

“How Do You Know What To Buy?”

Since I started eBaying, I have received text messages, Facebook messages, and emails galore! People are wanting to know how to do this eBay thing. So, I figured I would start a quick little blog spot to answer these questions and document my progress for future reference.

Understand that eBay is not a “get rich quick” thing. It’s not even a “get rich” scheme. It’s a lot of work and time. And it’s easy to get caught up in it. I do my best to balance everything out. But eBay has been a HUGE answer to prayer for some financial needs. It’s a great part time hobby that pays a little.

I’ve been at it for 4 weeks (I know… I’m still a rookie) and have made exactly $2,023.51. So also understand that its not “too good to be true.”

This is the most common question I am asked.

You can’t just walk into a thrift store, fill up a cart with things that you find interesting, and expect to make a profit on eBay. Nor can you fill up on designer labels just because they are designer labels. You’ll find that there are thousands of competing sellers out there who have the same label in the same size, color, and style listed for a price lower than yours.

So, what sells?

First, you need to have a better-than-average knowledge of what is in demand. This is always changing based on fads, seasons, and even things like what sports teams are doing well.

Clothes will make you money, but you have to have a better-than-average knowledge of brands. Also understand that just because it’s name brand doesn’t mean it will sell. It has to be unique. Remember that there are literally hundreds of that same item for sale on eBay. So, for yours to sell, you have to constantly be updating the price to be competitive.

And then common sense will help you. For instance, Coats and sweaters sell well in winter. Flip flops do not. Swimwear and MLB merchandise do well in the summer. Mittens do not. Common sense.

Clothing in bigger sizes sells well, too. Sizes small – large are available in large numbers on eBay. XL-XXXL sells well due to their high demand and lower availability.

Clothing used to be all I sold. Now, I have expanded my store to include things like: vintage wool blankets, toys, nerf guns, shoes, hats, electronics, silver, bags, and ties. You just have to find a category you are knowledgable in and endeavor to learn more and more.

Recently, I have been on the lookout for textbooks. They sell great and college students donate them to ythrift stores after they’re done with them all the time. A good time to look is right after a semester is over. (December and May)

How do I know if it sells?

You will need a smart phone with a full battery for this one. I have the eBay app downloaded on my iPhone. All it takes is searching for the item that you are interested in. Let’s say I just found a men’s red Pendleton wool sweater. I would search “Red Wool Sweater Men”

From there, I tap the “refine” button at the top of the screen and select “used” or “preowned” items under the “Condition” tab.

I also check the “Show Only Sold Listings” box. This setting shows you every item of your given description that has sold within the past 3 months. This will give you an idea of what your item will sell for. Usually, I try to find the exact¬†item I’m interested in.

It’s that simple. Again, I search for the item that is preowned and sold.

So, what do you think you could sell?

Here’s a tip: Start small. Don’t go hunting for “home run” items on the first thrift store hunt. And understand that eBay is ALOT of work and takes a big investment up-front of both time and money. Once you get through about 2 weeks, things will begin to streamline.

I’ll be posting a lot more on this blog in weeks to come in an effort to answer some of the questions I’ve been asked.

“How Do You Know What To Buy?”