Several weeks ago I attended an estate sale in search of profitable books to sell on Amazon. I had never attended an estate sale for the sole intent of purchasing books, but this instance has since since changed the way I look at books at estate sales. Come take a journey with me back in time. There’s even a nice little #BOLO somewhere below. 🙂
Estate Sale #1: Scan and You Shall Miss…
This was the first estate sale that got me hooked on books. I had a pretty overwhelming month (in June), but I made time to go to at least one estate sale. I chose this one for two reasons: 1.) It was advertised as being “MASSIVE” with hundreds of new in package items that the owner never opened — and bought multiple sets of, and 2.) because the photos showcased massive floor to ceiling book cases filled with books — books that were owned by a doctor.
There were a LOT of books. In fact, there were so many books that I actually hired a babysitter for a few hours that day so that I could attend the estate sale without my daughter. I knew that I was going to do some serious
damage shopping and therefore, I could not have her strapped to me and lift loads of books at the same time.
…did I mention that I also had to drive 66 miles to get to the sale? …yeah, it was THAT serious.
I realized some time ago that I don’t really go into too much detail about the things that go on in my world of re-selling throughout the week. It’s about time some things changed around here…starting today. Hopefully this can be an ongoing series of posts that highlight some of the things that go on behind the scenes that I don’t really talk about, but make for an interesting read.
Knee Deep In Books…
I spent a good portion of last week knee deep in processing books. I attended an estate sale the week prior that resulted in me purchasing around 300 books to re-sell on Amazon (via the FBA program). That’s 300 books from *ONE* estate sale. That number doesn’t include the 100 or so books that I purchased from several other estate sales and thrift stores prior to working on last week’s shipment.
I honestly didn’t fully understand what I got myself into. I have sold books in the past via Amazon FBA, but never at a volume like this. I also did not anticipate it taking me so long to process that amount of books. Despite using a barcode scanner (used only for approximately 40% of the books) and listing software, it still took me 5 days to get through 70% of it. I gave up towards the end because it was simply taking me too long and I had already scheduled a UPS pickup for last Friday despite not having any of the books packaged the morning of the pickup.
So why did it take me so long? I think it was a combination of a few reasons:
It’s that time again for me to review last month’s sales and progress towards paying off my student loans. I wish I could say that I put a lot of effort into re-selling and meeting my goals, but the truth is, I didn’t…and I am not the least bit upset about it.
June was a special month for me. There were a lot of things going on that caused me to actually take a break from re-selling. In addition to my daughter turning a year old (YAY! 🙂 ), my husband and I also taught Vacation Bible School (VBS) at our church for the first time.
I barely had a chance to breathe in between helping setup our church for VBS during the week leading up to VBS and planning lessons and activities with my husband after he got home from work. Once VBS started and we realized that we had more youth attending than we anticipated, we spent most of our nights re-evaluating our lessons and finding more activities for our group of teenagers to do on a larger scale. In short, I spent less than 5 hours this month on things related to re-selling (and that includes both eBay and Amazon FBA).