We had a great visit with family. We showed them around a little in Dallas and even traveled cross country so my brother could check out an average home for sale in McKinney, TX. He’s been thinking of relocating his family somewhere south–and warm.
I see my mother at least once a year, but I haven’t seen my brother, David in 16 years, not since my dad died. I’m so proud of the way he turned out. He was barely four when I married and moved away, so I never got to watch him grow up.
He’s done well though. Single-handed, he chose his passion (gymnastics) and built himself a business. His wife, Laura, seems to have been equally instrumental in helping their family succeed. Although Laura couldn’t make it down for a visit, my brother enthralled us with her business acumen when it came to Ebay.
It seems we share a common passion–garage sales/estate sales. All by herself, she’s started a little side business selling the things she picks up at garage sales. Laura specializes in Barbie and American Girl dolls and accessories, but she’s sold quite a bit in other trinkets.
After talking to Greg, we thought we might give it a try. We’d like to specialize in things we’re more knowledgeable about, like vintage tools, kitchenware, and glass. We’ve got a few things to finish around the homestead before we place our first ad, but I’ll let you know how it goes–or doesn’t!
Our home is pretty well decorated and ensconced with a variety of vintage and antique decor, so we haven’t bought anything new for ourselves in a long time. After talking to my brother though, we used our last garage sale outing to snag a few things we thought would resell well.
I’d actually been talking to Greg about starting an Etsy shop for his woodworking, but we never considered Ebay until my brother told us about it. I’m not sure which venue is the better outlet for us.
Have you sold anything on Ebay or Etsy? What was your experience like?
Have you ever considered selling your craft work, or garage sale finds? This is totally new to us, but I thought it might be a good side gig for us since we’re so passionate about garage sales.
If you have any advice, I’m open to suggestions!