Sunday, May 30, 2010

Selling the kids stuff on eBay

I've finally accepted the fact that my kids do not want their stuff! The twins will be 24 next month and my son will be 22! They have no interest in the tubs of "stuff" I've saved for them. So, I will do what I do best and that is to sell their stuff on eBay!

Parents can only hold onto stuff for so long for our kids. I had this reality check while my oldest twin is preparing to move west. We were sorting through items of trophies, precious moments, baby dolls, beanie babies and on and on when she said "Mom, I don't want this stuff!"

I was in shock! How could she not want these beautiful treasured items? I looked at her sister and she was like "Mom, I don't want it either!"
OMG I felt like they ganged up on me, but why?

These items are only materialistic things that I saved since they were born, you would think it meant something to them?

Soon after they left my home I sat in the middle of the floor and started to sort the tubs that they had no interest in and then it hit me! I saved all this stuff for me! It was for me to have a moment to sit and cry and remember the times of days gone by. I didn't ever want to forget the first pacifier, the first bib the first shoes, socks, heck I even had an unused Pamper that was ever so tiny! My twins were preemies, so their little baby cabbage patch clothes I can now turn into cash!

I had every holiday card from the day they were born til about age 18! Give or take a few missed holidays I forgot to save the cards! I even had the greeting cards saved from the wedding of when I married their dad! Geesh now that is bad! I was a card hoarder I guess! Or could it be I was just someone that didn't want to let memories get lost? I can remember many moments I would sit and look at my children and think "Oh please, let me remember this moment forever! Let me remember this smile on their darling little faces forever and ever!" I never wanted to forget!

Now, all the cards are in the trash and all the items are lined up around my office ready for a photo shoot to take pictures and put them on eBay! I have everything from Tonka Trucks to rag dolls! I do have 3 huge tubs of beanie babies! Not sure they will even sell but I will give it a try and just box lot them all in one huge listing so I can move on and close that beanie baby door behind me from days gone by!

Beanie babies launched my eBay career and they did help me buy my house in Florida so I can admire the luck they brought me back in the early eBay days! Now I wonder if they will even bring me enough for a bag of groceries? We will see!

Day by day I will keep sorting the stuff and keep listing it all on eBay!

Visit my eBay store section marked STUFF or OTHER (Click to view)

Hopefully there will be someone out there in eBay land that needs some STUFF! My memories will become new memories for someone else and the cycle of recycle the STUFF begins!

30 Day Blog Challenge

Special thanks to my facebook friend: Catherine (not sure she would want me to say her name, so I will not post unless she contacts me and I will put a link up to her if she likes)

Catherine has made a post about a 30 day challenge she had signed up for with Dr. Jeanette Cates. She has opened this challenge to the public encouraging everyone to blog once a day for 30 days!

I have several different blogs to pick from and I was going to use: A Day in the Life of an eBay Cheerleader" for my 30 day challenge. However I've decided to use:

If you would like to sign up there is room for more! Check out the site:

30-Day Blog Challenge!

June 1 it will launch and I will be blogging once a day about what I love most to write about "eBay!"

Stay tuned and if you are taking the challenge, please leave a comment to your blog so we can follow along too!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Impulse Email Shoppers be Warned

Wow! I almost spaced out today by purchasing an item on the Internet!

Just as I was about to make my purchase I had the revelation of OMG I never checked for this item on eBay first? I hurried to open a second screen and did a search on eBay using the lowest price first option with buy it now and there it was!

They were selling even cheaper than the one I almost purchased on the Internet from a retail website. It’s funny how things work out because I received an advertisement in an e-mail and when I saw the item I happened to glance at I realized: Hey, I need one of those! My first reaction of course was to click on the link directly and proceed as I thought right at the moment to GO AHEAD, make my purchase and move on because I really needed this product anyhow!

Could this be a form of impulse buying? Kind of like when shopping at the department store, waiting in line you are tempted by all those goodies by the register so you toss them into the carriage or onto the rolling rubber heading for the cashier. When suddenly you realize too late, the item has been rung up and now your debit card is needed!

But here online we can click or not click and we can quickly open a new window to compare a price and take a shot for another great deal before inserting the item into the shopping cart!

As an eBay cheerleader I am a bit amazing it slipped my mind for a few minutes there! Thank goodness I came to my senses and saved some money by shopping on eBay!

Lesson learned and wanted to share. Watch out for those email ads that have great offers. Before purchasing, check eBay and compare prices! Chances are you will find a better deal from a great seller on eBay! Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Product Sourcing from Hong Kong with Paula

Product Sourcing from Hong Kong with Paula 5/7/2010 - Danna Crawford on Blog Talk Radio

Meet Paula: eBay seller: shoelacesandmore and hear her story of travel to Hong Kong.
She will share some tips and tricks of the trade while traveling across international waters finding products to sell online.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Run from Drama and Gain Success

As many of you are familiar with my advise to RUN from drama, I hate to remind my eBay friends today of the fact that negativity and drama will bring you down every time.

Stop embracing negative words when there are so many positive words waiting to embrace you and surround you with success!
Negative words will NOT surround you with success but only with failure.

I suggest banning yourself from anything negative as much as possible. Make it a rule NOT to visit websites that support doom and gloom! These types of sites are screaming for attention by promoting nonsense. It's more about ratings and page rankings and not about helping you succeed as an eBay seller.

Keep this in mind when you follow these types. I am serious when I type this because my inbox is loaded with eBay sellers seeking help after falling prey and reading articles loaded with "Bad Vibes" about eBay. How can anyone possibly think this is going to help their business while filling a learning brain with bad thoughts?

Hello, REALITY CHECK to those of you knowing what I am talking about. eBay is not the enemy. The enemy is negative energy that loves to suck you into reading and following the drama. Wake up and shake it off! Shake off that negative energy and become a motivational seeker!

Your business is your responsibility. No one can make you list items on eBay and no one can make you NOT list items on eBay. But if you are spending all your time roaming the internet streets participating in drama, WELL THEN what in the world are you thinking? Every time you CLICK on a drama website you are helping them grow their business!

I suggest setting some new goals if sales are down and seek EDUCATION and LEARNING! Forget the drama, it will destroy your business every time! I even own the domain name called: I bought it a few years ago with a thought I had one day in frustration from eBay sellers falling prey to more drama. I will soon be setting the sight up. If anyone is interested to become a POSITIVE BLOGGER, blogging about good things and post some positive energy, please contact me at: to discuss your ideas for the site. Posts can be about any POSITIVE subject within reason, at my personal discretion.

Everyone is welcome to become a blogger at:! Promote yourself, your business your positive energy for FREE! We can have up to 100 bloggers sharing POSITIVE THOUGHTS under one internet roof!
Only rule will be: NO DRAMA, NO NEGATIVITY and NO BASHING!