Sunday, January 10, 2016

Chronicles of a full time eBay selling family: Spreading Our Wings

These Are The Adventures of 
The Mississippi Pickers

This feels like Star Trek and we're on our own five-year mission to explore strange new thrift stores and new estate sales,to boldly go where no scavenger has gone before, lol.  

OK so our first week back on the job we managed to list 40 items. We still have a small backlog of unlisted items but the pile is pretty small now. We have spent the last week getting set up in our new Photography Studio / office / storage locker.  We bought a new climate controlled storage 10' x 15' locker to do our photography in. So while I'm taking pictures my wife is preparing the next item by ironing or cleaning or whatever needs to be done to make that item ready to be photographed.

We have setup a new method of listing which will net us 60 listings a week and only requires 4 days. So we go take the photos together and like I say while I am taking pictures of one item, my wife is preparing the next so it's ready to go. We are able to photo 30 items a day doing this. So we photo on one day and we both list the next. I do 15 items and my wife does 15 items. We put in 6 hours each day. We do this for 4 days Mon - Thurs and that gets 60 items listed, very easy, then on Friday we go sourcing and we take the weekends off.

I bought two new professional grade mannequins to give us a more professional look to our photographs. We also purchased 30 new storage bins for the new merchandise that we're going to be buying over the next few months. We use large heavy duty cardboard boxes as storage bins. 30 of these heavy duty cardboard boxes cost us $110.00 on eBay which may sound expensive for cardboard boxes but these will last us forever. I have been using these type of cardboard boxes for the last 2 years with no problems. The size is 24 x 14 x 14 and they hold quite a bit of merchandise.

The next step for us is to start sourcing much further from home than we have in the past so look for us we may be coming to a town near you :-)  we do not have any kids and we basically have nothing else to do and we love to travel so we are going to be traveling all over to find new honey holes. These pickers are about to spread their wings and leave the nest. So right now we're looking at Florida as a first stop. It's not terribly far from us and the climate is right for the time of year. If anyone has any Florida suggestions please let us know. As a matter of fact if you know of any great places that a picker should visit we would love it if you would leave a comment below.

This should bring to a close the journey that got us to this point. I hope you have enjoyed sharing our experiences. We will continue to bring you updates and share whatever new information we find along the way. Hopefully much more useful information than just me talking about going full time on eBay, lol. It still seems like a dream but I keep pinching myself and saying yep I'm awake, haha.

As a relatively young couple in our early 50's we feel so lucky to be living this life at this stage of our lives. We have so many family members in our age group that are still working in crappy jobs trying to make ends meet. They all think we are insane for taking this path but time may change that. At any rate we don't really care what others think of us, we are the ones getting to enjoy our freedom.

If your thinking of doing this, first of all I am happy for you, it's a great life ! I would only say this, before you take the leap make sure you have enough money to do it. If we had not had our 401k nest egg then we would have had a much harder time but even if you do not have a 401k to cash in or any savings you can still do it. Start slow, start buying inventory while keeping your full time job and learn about what your selling before jumping into this and before you know it your ebay income will be matching your jobs income and that's when it's time to to go full time on ebay.

It took us 2 full years from knowing nothing about the business to going full time. You may reach that goal much faster, I hope so. I won't say it's easy because that would be a lie, it's not easy but it is fun and who doesn't want a fun job? Love your wife and like your job, it's a great combo. 

Thanks !
Tony and Deidre
The Mississippi Pickers


  1. Have you checked out this blog:
    She does a lot of thrifting to sell on eBay in Florida and has mentioned some specific spots.

  2. Great suggestion ! We will check that out for sure :-)