eBay vs. Etsy: One of the top questions I get is whether one should open an eBay or Etsy shop to resell. Etsy may be for your if you're trying to create a brand and have a large quantity of items to sell. Etsy has a smaller marketplace so it's up to you to add items steadily to keep eyes on your shop. he better your branding/networking/marketing/photos are, the more successful you can be. I chose Etsy to start with because it challenges me in all those mentioned skills; it's creatively fulfilling and great practice for future lines I want to start. For moving random items fast, eBay is the better way to go. You can always have both. Etsy's personally worked really well for me and helped me make a decent living. I feel like having a years established blog/web presence has helped me be successful with it but that you can do well on it either way with hard work.
I has The eBayz Now: I opened my first eBay shop to start selling my manga/comic book collection that's been gathering dust. Did well at the end of the first Auction ending making nearly $300.00. I REALLY rushed through it all and feel like I could have done better but didn't want to bother with it too much. I HATE using it. I'll keep working on it though, love and need that extra income! You can see it here, it's embarrassingly bad but it's a start. Any tips are welcome!
Antique Mall Booth Languishes: Etsy has really paid off for me personally but a challenge I had running a full Etsy shop (usually at around 500 items) and the antique mall booth was what items to put in the booth and which ones to have online. Some items overlapped. The Antique Mall Booth has taken the back burner while I decide what to do with it. I want it to stay for the local connection but I don't like how it needs a constant supply of the freshest merchandise to do well. I'll keep playing with it, I continue to want to brand the living hell out of it and figure it out more form there. Hmmm....
Taking photos behind-the-scenes. So many more to re-do! Aaah!
Why Do We Do It? I've been pensive about why I do this whole reselling thing. I know I do eventually want to transition away from it as my main income source, but I'll always do a little of it to some capacity. I love the independence, flexible schedule and creative freedom but I realize I've been doing this primarily to challenge myself creatively. It's an expressive outlet and great practice for what I want to do in the future (I'm thinking more of a focus on editorial work, developing art lines). I continue to improve vital marketing/composition/photography and other technical skills along the way.
I'm excited to continue to take it to the next level next year and put my all into it! For real, no more complacency! There's so much to do it's hard to even get started! The first goals are to continue to finish listing/re-photographing everything in this apartment to the best of my ability, improve branding consistency and make the Thrift Core blog's content/editorial schedule The Batman of aesthetic beauty and usefulness!
So My Mind Dump is Loosed, How Are You Doing with Reselling or with Your Indie Businesses Lately? Would love it if you shared any beginner eBay tips for this beginner!