Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sales! Sales! Sales! (Items Sold Thus Far)

Hey y'all,
I am going to try and make this post short and sweet, but you all know me. I love to blabber, so let's see if I can take on this challenge!

As I previously mentioned, I desperately need $ right now. Monthly rent is $760, groceries are close to $100-$150 a month, and gas is another $50-60 (depending on my driving habits). Utilities are another $50 a month. In total, I need at least 1 G just to survive each month. Adult life ain't cheap at ALL.

I have been religiously posting on free and for sale fb pages for the past month or so, and I wanted to share some of the items I have sold. (Note: not all of my sold items will be listed, as I deleted a lot of the pictures, so I don't have them anymore to show you all. However, I am going to share the pictures I do have). Off to the sold items:
1) Lumpy Space Princess Leotard-$6
I got this from "Thrift Traders" using the trade credit I received. Cost "$5.99". I was originally asking for $8 during the summer, but I didn't sell it (a lot of interested people, but all of them flaked). In the end, I sold it to a girl for $6. Got my initial investment back, so I'm happy!

2) Metal Wrap Bracelet-$2
I bought this from Thriftology for $3. I originally purchased this for my "Mad-Max" inspired wasteland warrior costume. However, I never ended up completing the costume, so I never ended up wearing this bracelet. I sold this to a student during what I call a "trunk sale". I packed my trunk full of the stuff I was selling and brought my "store" to her. This is the second trunk sale I have had! She only spent $18 for her whole haul, but it was nice to get rid of junk and get more spending money for my necessities (ahem rent). She paid $2 for this. :( Lost $1 on this investment, but hey, you win some, you lose some.

3) Vintage Teal Adidas Tank Top- $5
I bought this at Goodwill Outlet with the sole intention of selling it. I priced it at $8 but the girl haggled me down to $5. She was the only one to message me! :( I am really surprised, being that Adidas is so big right now, but I guess it didn't peak anyone else's interest. Invested less than 20 cents for it, so it was a pretty decent profit.

4) Brandy Melville Skirt- $7
I bought this at Lincoln Thrift Store for $2. Sold it for $7, so I got a good $5 profit on it. I use to love wearing it with nylons, black halter top, black circle scarf, my leather jacket, and my black booties. However, the skirt is quite short, so it's a drag trying to keep my private bits private during the day. Off to a new home!

5) Hollister Sweater- $10
I got this at Goodwill Outlet for around $0.20. Sold it for $10 so its ~$10 profit. This is a really cute sweater for fall/winter. However, it is slightly see-through, which makes it a bit awkward to wear. Additionally, its like cropped, but not (short, but not short enough to feel intentionally short). In the end, I'd rather have the cash in my pocket than this in my closet. :) Hustler mentality y'all! Gotta bust my butt to pay bills.

6) F21 crop sweater-$9
I bought this originally from Crossroads Trading Co. for $3( it was originally $6, and was on sale for 50% off). I used my store trade credit to cover the purchase. So, after selling it, I got my initial investment back and $6. Not a bad deal if you ask me! I wore this a bunch two years ago, but stopped wearing it. It is always important to cleanse your wardrobe of stuff you don't wear. Being that I thrift almost all my stuff, I don't contribute as much to the current garment pollution (guiltless purchases, am I right?).

7) 11 Wooden Frames (various sizes)-$10
I bought these from Thriftology for ~$5. The were originally marked from $0.50-$1 each, but were on sale for 50% off. I sold them as a bundle for $10, so I made off with a $5 profit. I always intended to make some sort of cool wall collage art. However, they've been sitting in my garage for 2 I think it was never going to happen. Glad I sold them! The buyer seemed really keen on getting them, so I hope they get to do something cool with them.

 8) British Suspenders-$9
I bought these for $1 at the Women Helping Women (WHW) quarterly sale. I intended to sell them on etsy, but realized it wasn't worth the hassle. I honestly posted these on the for sale page just to try it out, being that I didn't think anyone would want them. However, I got a buyer, and they seemed really happy to purchase them. Glad they are going to a good home and are going to be appreciated. I know I certainly can't pull them off ^^.

So that's a large chunk of the items I sold thus far. There are more items I would like to share, so I will try my best to find those pictures so I can post those as well. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this post. Wish me luck on selling more items!

<3 love, Jess

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Buffalo Exchange: Items I Sold/Traded

Hey all,
Hope you all are having a great week thus far!

Since graduating, I have been on the hunt for a job. As I enter the good old world of "adulting", I am taking on the financial responsibilities of my own expenses, including rent, gas, and groceries. Since returning from my month long hiatus in Indiana, I have been selling stuff left and right. Not only will this help me cover my expenses, but also helps me cut down on the "crap" I have accumulated during my 5 years of undergrad. Since I have had my own room for close to 3 years now, I have come to hoard quite a load of clothes, knick knacks, and just straight up junk. It has been therapeutic, to say the least, to do a deep cleanse of my unwanted items. It doesn't hurt that I am earning some spending money in the process. I have sold a huge amount of my items thus far, and I try to post at least a few items a day on the for sale fb pages associated with my college. I will do a post within the next few days detailing the items I've sold thus far. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you all the items I traded in at Buffalo Exchange. Many of these items were posted repeatedly on the for sale pages, with no takers. As a spur of the moment decision, I packed a small reusable tote full of items yesterday and journeyed to Buffalo to try my luck. Luck was definitely on my side, as I met a buyer who was extremely generous with not only buying my items, but also pricing them. In the end, she bought the majority of my items, and I earned $65 in trade or $39 cash. Unfortunately, I committed the ultimate consignment sin and browsed around during my wait to sell. Unfortunately, and fortunately, they had received a plethora of amazing items and I ended up spending the majority of my credit on new clothes. However, I must say, I am beyond happy with my purchases, and I look forward to sharing them with you all in an upcoming post. Without further ado (a.k.a. word vomit), let's get to the goodies I sold yesterday:
1) Forever21 sheer blouse
I actually bought this shirt at a consignment store in San Diego using the cash I had earned from selling to them. If I remember correctly, this shirt cost me $10. I have been trying to sell this on for sale months now, starting the price at $10, and dropping down to $7. I would've taken $5 (tbh) but not a single soul messaged me to even inquire about it. I even stated in the sales post that I was open to offers, so I truly believe this shirt didn't peak anyone's interest. Luckily the buyer at buffalo was quite enamored with it, even commenting that it was really pretty. ^^ I believe she priced it at $14, giving me cash of ~$5 or credit of $7.

2) Ann Taylor Loft Off the Shoulder Sheer Blouse
I actually bought this during my time in Indiana. I got it from Goodwill outlet for less than 15 cents. I was hoping it would look cute on me, as I am dying to find a decent looking off the shoulder shirt, BUT when I tried it on at home, I was extremely underwhelmed. I believe the buyer priced it at $16 ($8 credit).

3) Juicy Couture Velvet Tank Top
This was 1 of the 2 surprises of the day for me. I threw it in the bag with little faith that it would sell. I have been trying to sell this for months for only $7, but just like the F21 blouse, I received no inquiries. The buyer priced this at $20, giving me credit of $10 or cash of $7. In the end, I made out with more than what I originally asked for in credit, making me an extremely happy lil thrifter. (The credit went to a good cause... ^^ Improving my wardrobe hahaha). I got this originally from Thrift Traders using trade credit ($5.99). I am still in shock at how much she priced it, being that Juicy Couture is now sold at Kohls, so all of their items have dropped dramatically in pricing in the consignment stores. However, it is quite a beautiful velvet material and extremely soft, so I guess the buyer saw the same beauty in it that I did. Unfortunately, this shirt never worked for me because my boobs do not freaking fit -_-. Ah well, more credit for shopping!

4) Army Jacket
I originally purchased this off ebay for $25. I only wore it ONCE with the shoes I sold (scroll down). In the meantime, it has been collecting dust in my closet. I was originally going to sell it as a costume for Halloween on the for sale page, but I realized it may come off as offensive to those who serve or have loved ones who serve. This is also the main reason I stopped wearing this. Luckily, the buyer took it off my hands. I believe she priced it no more than $14 ($7 credit).

5) Don Quijote Genuine Leather Pointed Toe Boots

This was the 2nd surprise of the night for me. The buyer priced them for $36 ($18 credit or $12 cash). I have been attempting to sell these for around $18-20, but I only had one interested buyer (too bad they were too big for her). I expected to sell them to Buffalo for no more than $22-$25, so I was stunned when she informed me she priced them at $36. Needless to say, I was ecstatic. Best part was that this was the first item she bought. :) Definitely served as a great start to my selling.

6) Volcom Corpo Class Hat
I bought this hat originally with the intention of selling it at my school. I scooped it up at Goodwill outlet for around 20-30 cents, so it was a low risk investment. However, it seems it is really hard to sell hats to this years students. Another fellow seller was selling really nice streetwear hats for a decent price, with no buyers (that I know if). I believe she priced this for $12 ($6 credit).

7) Leith Cowl Neck Shirt
I got this for $1 at thriftology in orange. I had envisioned myself wearing this with my leather jacket and some high waist jeans, along with my black ankle booties. Such a kickass outfit, right? Unfortunately, again, fit was wonky. I do love the cowl neck trend but this just didn't work for me. Thriftology no longer has fitting rooms (they actually haven't had them for a while now), so shopping takes a lot of guess work. Luckily, Leith (a Nordstrom brand), seems favorable at Buffalo. During my browse, I came across another Leith shirt. I believe the buyer priced this at $16 ($8 credit).

In the end, I received ~$65 in store credit. So, that pretty much sums up my sales. I'll try my best to get my Buffalo Exchange haul post up within the next few days. Until then!
<3 Jess