A money saving way to make your own seals and stickers.
I prefer to save money any way I can. I have a stamp pad and old stamps that I use to make my own seals. I purchase any old name tag badges or anything useful at the thrift store or dollar store and cut to size. This is a cute and fun way way to save money and add a personal touch to your packages.
The stamp pad I did get new, and the stamps I grabbed at a a rummage sale. If this is something you want to do, make sure you get a stamp pad to allow for different sizes.
Write your sales and goals where you can see them!
I use a dry erase calendar on the wall to write down sales and goals. I keep a running tally and can easily track my sales at a glance. I still am a fan of an old fashioned planner and carry one in my backpack for daily use.
Ever see an item for sale as NIB or NWOT? Ever wonder what they mean? Here’s some common terms I’ve come across.
NIB new in box
NWOT new without tags
TTS true to size
OBO or best offer
MOC mint on card
NRFB never removed from box
COA certificate of authenticity
NOS new old stock
OOAK one of a kind
NBW never been worn
NIP new in package
NWT new with tags
BF best fit
VGC very good condition
BNWT brand new with tags
BNWOT brand new without tags
Depending on the platform you use, these terms can be useful in describing your item or saving space within the title. Buyers may also include these terms in their search. Be sure to include terms that fit your items description for better visibility. Have some terms to share? Let me know.
Ever find a new with tag item and get super excited! Like score! Major money maker! Only to find later that it needs to be treated for a minor flaw or the tag falls off. What to do? This is where a tagging gun comes in handy.
There are so many available to choose from. The price levels are not too bad either, mine was about $8. You can easily reattach tags to items that need to be thrown in the dryer, dry cleaned, or just reattach tags that won’t stay.
I mainly use the gun for the gifts I include with most of my sales, which is a cute pair of new socks with my personalized ‘Thank you’ card attached. Picture below shows my gift and the gun I use.
New Garment Clothing Price Label Tagging TAG Tagger Gun with 2000 BARBS 2 Needle
If you are a reseller, advertise your items on instagram! It works!
Read your reviews. You will see how they found you!
Buyers are everywhere. They scroll instagram daily. Depending on the hashtags you use, your for sale items will magically appear in a potential buyers feed. Instagram allows up to 30 hashtags, use them all!
I currently use my instagram mainly to promote and grow my reselling business. I sprinkle in items for sale into my feed and stories. I specifically use the photos in the listing, making it easier for the potential buyer to find the item. Be sure to include within the post and story where your items are posted for sale. Including a link to the app or website is a must.
Buyers want easy access. They want a click and bam, they want the item. If a buyer has to click, search and message you. They move on. Make it easy for them to find your items.
Using custom stickers for your packages adds a personal touch.
There are many companies to choose from where you upload a logo and order custom Thank You stickers. While these stickers are great to seal packages, they are not great to hand out for networking. No one wants a thank you sticker.
I choose the more economical side and went with a versatile stamp that can have more uses.
I ordered my custom stamp from https://www.rubberstamps.com/. I make my own thank you stickers using any old name tag labels I can find at the thrift store (saving money here). I also stamp all my boxes on the outside with my stamp. This came in handy when a package accidentally made it to the Post Office with no mailing label, luckily they knew it was my package!
When shipping Priority mail packages for ebay, Mercari and Poshmark, I try my best to use USPS Boxes. Click on the link, make an account and order your boxes. I reorder often before running out. Shipping times can vary, depending on the time of the year, so plan ahead. Here is a list of the ones I keep in stock.
Storage is important. No matter how long you have been reselling, have a system in place. A system where another person can simply come in and takeover shipping for you is the best.
It takes time to get a good system in place. I am still tweeking my storage system. I have had several weird looking ideas in the past. Plastic shelves, bags, totes, boxes, and many other improvised whatevers. Every time I switched to something new, I was stoked. Then it happened, too many times, I could not find a single item that sold. I searched through bags and containers and finally found the item (no#) in the wrong container.
A call to the handy man would solve my problem and put an end to the daily human Tetris game I was playing. Not fun-a mini workout, but not fun. My husband put a stop to all this. He didn’t like the idea of the shelves the handyman and I had envisioned. He would find a better answer a few months later. For now, Tetris, anyone?
My current system is the item in a bag with a #, into a categorized tub by letter. I have the item # and container letter in the listing. Yes, there are some floaters with no bag or # assigned, my system is far from perfect but it’s working so far.
It took nearly 2 years of doing this reselling thing on the side to get my storage to its current state. These heavy duty shelves work and fit in the space I have set aside for storage. This was definitely an investment. I would not invest in these units unless it is necessary. In my case, this was way overdue and worth every penny. Below are the shelves (I have 2 sets) and tubs I use. Please note-the gray tubs are a tight fit and not my favorite-most times the lids don’t stay on as they are a bit wider at the top, lesson learned. Another change to be made soon. The 70qt tub does hang a bit off the ledge, but I can store larger bulkier items in this one.
Whatever stage you are in the reselling process, having an inventory/storage system that works is a must. There is nothing wrong with changing it up as you go along, upgrading as needed. Any questions or comments, just ask!
Every reseller uses tissue paper at some point. We all start off using the cute colors and prints. We package, tuck, fold, tie and marvel at our sale. We gently place it in the box and send it on it’s way. Unfolding those sheets is fun. At first. Then, we learn better.
At this point in my reselling journey, keeping costs low is priority. Don’t get me wrong. I still place my items in a bag, seal, and wrap in tissue. It took some time to find bulk tissue. The most economical way I have found (thanks to my husband), is in a bulk roll. The link and picture is below.
The price tag may scare you at first, but, after you do the math it will make sense. I am on my 3rd roll so far. I simply place the roll on top of a small file cabinet thing, I just turn the roll and rip off what I need. No, it’s not a sharp cut, but it saves time and money.
So, if you get tired of unfolding those sheets and constantly running out of tissue, give the bulk roll a try.
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