List all the Books!

We have been jumping on the Konmari train and cleaning out a lot of stuff. One step in the process is specifically designated for books. I cleared out the bulk of my academic books before moving to New York, apt so most of these are archaeology textbooks from Jeff that I listed in my eBay store. There are also some comic books listed. You can click here to check them out!

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News from eBay! New Updates are Coming for Sellers

I just got an email from eBay about a new seller update!

What’s in the Update? Among other things, there will now be an offer to buyers feature. Now, sellers will be able to send an offer to users who are watching items. There are some restrictions, and not all listings will qualify right away, but the potential for sellers to initiate offers is a nice update.

Lots of Listings Day! Rae Dunn, Travel Bags, and More!

Today has been a very productive day for listings. I’ve been focusing on eBay today, since I’ve got a 200 free listings promo on my selling account and I need to take advantage of those before they expire in a couple of days.

I am excited to share with you a few of the fun and useful things I was able to source this last week.

Rae Dunn Paper Plates and Napkins

Did you know Rae Dunn has paper plates too? I always stayed away from it because I’m scared of breaking in transit, but paper is much less likely to break on the way. Aren’t they cute? These would be perfect for family picnics and parties.

Travelon Packing Squares

If I have a weakness, it’s organizer bags. And after watching Marie Kondo’s show, I just may keep one set for myself. These are great for house organizing, purse or backpack, crafts, etc. So versatile.

Disney Beauty and the Beast Figures

These were something I’m not entirely sure about for reselling. It can be hard to find the right buyers for collectible toys, but the price was too good to pass on. I haven’t even seen the Emma Watson version of the film.

Bic Razors

Alright, so this one is kind of funny, take a look at these razors and tell me if you can spot the the difference:

Do you see it? The two packages cost different amounts and while I was in the store I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why. I finally saw it when I got them home to take photos and list. It turns out the razor handle and lades are almost identical, but one pack has 4 cartridges and the other has 5! It was the “5 flexible blades” that threw me off. Oh well, they are both listed!

Want to shop for these and more? Check out my eBay store! 

Jumping into that Full-time Reseller Life

After some careful contemplations, I have decided to focus full time on Archaeo-Chic! I’ve spent about 6 months of part-time side hustling, and it just makes me so happy I figured why not continue? This means I will be much more active on this blog and my socials, so stay tuned!

Cleaning Day!

Today I spent a little bit of time cleaning and restoring some items I want to sell. I just did another purge of clothing and tech stuff, it’s amazing how much we can accumulate for college and careers!

My first project was cleaning the soles of these Michael Kors heels. I only wore these a few times, so they look awesome on top but they’ve got the marks of city streets on the bottoms.

The bottoms of these shoes have seen some things..

I also have some USB flash drives that I cleared and reformatted. I’ve never listed used USB flash drives before, so I’m kind of excited to see how they do.

Cleaned and cleared and ready to post!

 

Tonight I will start driving for lyft for the first time ever! I am excited to learn more about how to make money driving my own car around. Stay tuned to see how that goes for me.

The Multiple Places where I Sell Online: eBay, Mercari, Poshmark, and Depop

I’ve been reselling online for a little under 6 months. I started with things I wasn’t going to keep when I moved across the US, and now I do some additional sourcing along with that regular purging.

I am currently using 4 main platforms for my selling. I use eBay, Mercari, Poshmark, and Depop. Some items I will crosspost on different platforms because they tend to attract different types of shoppers, and the shipping costs can vary between platforms.

Selling on multiple platforms can be a bit of extra work, but I have found it to be worth it many times. You never know where people are looking for things online.

If you are a reseller too, I’d love to hear about your experiences with these and other platforms. Feel free to leave me a note in the comments below this post!

A little of this and that..

Today I’ve been juggling a few tasks for my online reselling. I spent the morning preparing packages for customers and then settled into some artifact cleaning. I think it’s funny how many of my academic archaeology skills come in handy for this stuff. Well, that and my retail experience from before college.

Today I took these silverplated Oneida shakers and cleaned them up for listing. I used the aluminum foil and baking soda method, and I think they came out nice. What do you think?

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If you are interested in shopping my finds on eBay, you can find my store here!

Welcome to my Blog!

Greetings, and welcome to my blog!

My name is Nikki Martensen. I am a former archaeologist who chose to transition out of academic life and into freelance blogging. I recently made the move from Southern California to a one-bedroom with my boyfriend in Albany, New York. I enjoy cooking, reading, and wandering around local historic spots. I have an eBay shop and a Depop where I resell some awesome finds. I also just started on Poshmark. I live with a Canadian Sphynx named Domino the Destitute.

This blog here is a glimpse into my small-scale homesteading experiments, reselling, and travels. I hope you enjoy!