Are you a reseller? You don’t need to buy Thank You cards!
I’m cheap. I’m here to make money not spend money. Yes, I have spent money on Thank You cards in the past. I thought I was being cheap by getting these at the dollar store and even the thrift store. Now I know better.
I don’t have a thermal label printer, maybe someday. I print my labels the old fashioned way, with plain old paper and a printer. ( I use refurbished ink ) Then I use a paper cutter to cut the label to size, (cutting the label with scissors got old). The longer portion on the bottom is the perfect size for a Thank You card, just fold in half. Your customer will appreciate a nice hand written thought, whether on a card or a note.
Yes, Thank You cards are cute and yes, they get tossed. Save yourself some time and money using one of these paper choppers!
Cochitos, marranitos, puercitos, whatever you want to call them, they are delicious.
Yield: 16 4-5 inches each
Bake: 13 min
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup molasses
1/4 cup milk
5-6 cups all purpose flour
1 egg for egg wash
Preheat oven to 350f. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In mixer bowl, cream together brown sugar and shortening.
Add in vanilla, cinnamon and baking soda.
Add egg and molasses. Stir in milk.
Add in flour 1 cup at a time, you will use about 5-5 1/2 cups of flour. The dough should be thick enough to roll out.
Working with 1/2 of the dough, roll out onto floured counter 1/4 inch and use a pig shaped cutter to cut and place on baking sheet 2 inches apart. I’ve made these with a 5 inch pyrex bowl to cut out into circles, in case you do not have a pig cutter.
Gather pieces, reroll and place onto sheets. Continue with the rest of the dough. If using circles-I end up with 16, when using a 4 inch pig cutter-I end up with 20.
Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of cookies to remove excess flour.
In a small bowl, beat egg. Brush the tops of each cookie with egg wash.
Bake for 13 – 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool immediately.
Creative sourcing ideas before and during the pandemic May 2020
The Posh Kings (Brad & Jon) and Violet_507 (Jazmin) recently hosted the 1st Virtual Reseller Symposium in May 2020. A weekend full of information on an array of topics in the world of reselling. Our segment was on creative sourcing. Myself, @trishvan99, Gretchen @poshlikeaboss, Jianna @styledbyjaonposh were on the panel being moderated by Leslie @aresellerspassion.
The segment was on creative sourcing before and during the pandemic. Some of the ideas that we went over on sourcing without leaving your home were ways anyone can obtain inventory. Whether you are a smaller seller or a seasoned pro.
I’m still a hobby reseller, meaning I do not have a reseller license and do this for fun. Yes! I still get excited every time I make a sale. I also am not paying any household bills or have any employees to take care of, LUCKY. I cannot remember the last time I had or used a credit card, everything is cash on my part. Some of you will identify with me.
With that being said I do have a budget for my sourcing. My best places to shop (before shutdown) are the bins (Goodwill Outlet) and dollar day at the Goodwill. To me this is where to get the most inventory for the money. At the bins I can easily get 3 big trash bags of inventory for under $40. Do a Google search to see if you have a Goodwill Clearance Center in your area. Yes, the bins are scary, but so is spending a ton of money!
Local Non profit and charity based thrift stores are also at the top of my regular sourcing spots. They are usually run by volunteers and the proceeds go back into the community.
Before and during the pandemic I always source with credits. If you have credit on Poshmark, ebay, Mercari or other platform, use that to source. You will be helping out another reseller and acquiring inventory with no direct money going out. Using key words such as closet closing, liquidation, closing store, going out of business, bundle deals and clear out, will guide you to better deals. Refine your search to low to high and free shipping.
Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor app and Craigslist also came up as sources. On Facebook, the way I have sourced is if you see multiple listings from one person, locally, send them a message “how much for all you have?”, I’ve done this and have developed a relationship with a local lady that now will message me when she has items to ‘get rid’ of. Don’t be afraid to message these sellers, most of the time they are only looking to sell what they have and not donate. I myself have sourced this way on Facebook and Craigslist in the past, not during shutdown.
The other resellers have used the Nextdoor app for sourcing, and have good results with lots of inventory. I have not done this yet, and cannot offer any advice on this. If this is something you are interested in trying, contact the others on the panel. I’m sure they would love to help get you going.
The other resellers also mentioned buying wholesale and pallets online. Gretchen mentioned splitting a pallet with another seller-this sounds like a great idea! Feel free to reach out to them for more information on this, remember-I do not have a license and cannot share any contacts or cost with you.
This following did not come up in the segment-but, there are a couple of places that I am aware of where you can purchase cases and lots without a license. Jomar, B&G Trading, American Jen, Bulq, and Thredup, and all are online places to source without leaving your home and do not require a license.
Jomar has some great deals on cases of jeans, swim, and jeans. You cover the shipping, which seems high to me personally. Remember-i’m cheap!
B&G Trading is allover instagram, I have not ordered from them but the pricing seems fair and everyone seems to have a code to save. I’ve seen good hauls and many with damaged items. Do some research.
American Jen sells on Facebook and ebay, lots are available at different price poinst on new VS and VS PINK-I have purchased from Jen a few times with no issues. Her lots sell on Facebook twice a month and tend to sell out quickly. Get on the list!!!!
Bulq offers pallets and smaller cases of clothing and shoes, these are not items I would want to order in bulk, but good prices.
Thredup offers rescue boxes and I’ve seen plenty of good hauls on instagram. I have yet to order one of these types of boxes. I have ordered from thredup by single items, this is time consuming. The best thing to do is to search ‘assorted’ brands and be ready to do some research.
Another point that was brought up was to look around your home for items not being used. List those games, book and office items.
Retail arbitrage was also brought up, I personally don’t do any of this. These prices are high and i’m still learning brands for this type of investment.
Lastly, I recommend relisting. Look at your older stale items, take some ne photos and freshen up the titles, check descriptions and list them as they are brand new items to your closet or store.
Overall the segment went by too quickly to share the endless sourcing options out there. Don’t be afraid to reach out to another reseller for ideas and suggestions. There will be some that are not willing to share their contacts with you, but many other resellers will. Never hurts to ask!
Lastly, Poshmark has a wonderful community of resellers helping resellers. Be on the lookout for what the Posh Kings come up with next!
Do you love everything Nutella? Try this recipe for Nutella empanadas.
Yield: 16, 5 inch half circles
Chill: 30 min
Bake: 25 min
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into tiny squares
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 eggs, 1 for wash
2 tbsp milk
1 cup Nutella
decorating sugar crystals
In a large mixing bowl, bring together butter, salt, sugar and flour with a pastry blender, until grainy. Add in milk and egg and mix together. Using hands, knead into a dough
Turn onto counter and knead a few more times until smooth. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper.
Work with half the dough at a time. Roll out dough about 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut out circles using a bowl ( I use a bowl 5 inch in diameter) and set aside. You can make these into a pop tarts by cutting into rectangles- just make sure you make an even amount of rectangles, same size with the other half of the dough. Gather any loose pieces, reroll and cut, repeating until all dough is used.
Continue with the other half of the dough. If using a circle, I can get about 16 5 inch circles.
Beat other egg and brush over each circle. Set aside, you’ll use again.
Scoop 1 tbsp Nutella onto each circle. Fold circle in half over Nutella and press edges slightly.
Use the tines of a fork to seal edges. Use fork to poke holes on top of each empanada to vent.
Brush tops with egg wash, and sprinkle with decorating sugar.
Place on parchment paper and bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Utilizing wall space for everyday shipping supplies.
I’m all about saving money and being practical. In the beginning of my reselling journey I kept all my shipping supplies in a tub. Every time I mad a sale, i’d pull out the tub and wrap my package on the kitchen table. Every time. Every sale. Yes, I know, why?
I remember seeing a storage hack on Pinterest using these wall organizers to arrange snacks in the pantry. Genius! These have other uses in other places! I actually have mine mounted on the wall and keep all my shipping supplies within close reach. Shipping and packaging is a lot easier having a designated area.
In a mixing bowl, combine flour,baking soda, salt and cornstarch, stir. Set aside.
In large mixing bowl, stir together the melted butter and both sugars until well blended. Add egg, egg yolks and vanilla.
Slowly add the four mixture mixing after each addition. The dough will be thick. When blended well, add the chocolate chips.
Cover bowl and chill for 2 hours or overnight. (after chilling-you may also roll dough into balls and freeze, baking only the amount you want.)
When ready to bake, let dough sit on counter for about 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 f degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll about 1oz (I use a scale) dough into balls and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will have an under cooked look. (they will finish baking on the hot baking sheet) Leave on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Baking times may vary depending on your oven, the baking sheets, and size or cookie you choose to bake.
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.