Paying for summer fun and a $100 eBay gift card giveaway!!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

The winner is:

 

ebay 100 gift card

 

Summer can get expensive with the kids out of school and booooorrrred so I fund our summers by selling on eBay. In our house it’s summer sports that take over the finances. Baseball fees alone just to play are $850 not to mention the cost of any pants, socks, shirts, hats, cleats…

We dream of vacations. We talk about where should go all. the. time. We have grand ideas of visiting Yellowstone Park, the Redwood Forest, the beaches in San Diego, the mountains in our backyard (Colorado), or the San Juan Islands in Washington. Phoenix where my sister, her husband and my cousin live. And what about New York’s Time Square!?  But I can only afford a vacation every two years so I save up for two years.

But while we stay in town we still want to live it up so this year we’ll live baseball and stick close to home with maybe a a night in Vail or camping!! We have so much to do here in Denver, with such great sports teams.

I guess my point is that everything costs money. Last year I started selling on eBay again after taking a few years off and I paid for a very nice Christmas for the boys.

I’m selling like crazy right now building up summer money. I’ve just sold some old dvd’s and book and this is going to pay for my son’s high school graduation party!!! (Which happens next week, by the way. Yikes!!) I’m thinking a nice family BBQ with all the fixings. That can get costly, but doing it myself will save some cash too.

I’ve helped some friends clean out their parents basement that was filled with really incredible vintage items and the money I make from that is going toward summer baseball.

The boys’ three closets of clothes that no longer fit are going to be a weekend in the mountains. Probably a one-nighter with some free outdoorsy stuff to do.

And at this point I’m loving the money rolling it so nothing in my house is safe. The boys are very sensitive to my “do you use this anymore?” questions because if the answer is no – it’s going on eBay!

The rest of that money will be split into paying down some debt and saving for vacation next year.

A lot of my spring clothes finally sold after my attempt to sell spring clothes in the winter didn’t work well. Duh! :) So the money from that will go toward a trip to the water park or Elitches.

Get your kids involved! Find out what they want to do and what you need to save up money for. Then have them help you go through the house and “part” with beloved items that you will sell so that you can have some summer fun!

Set some goals and make them happen with eBay.

You get the point? Because of eBay I don’t need to sacrifice anything, or juggle the rest of the bills to give my boys a great summer and myself piece of mind not to have to worry about the bills!

Did you see my recent feature on eBay Stories? Head on over for more inspiration and read the What works for the working mom article all about ME!!! :)

Giveaway Details

One winner will be chosen at random to win one $100 eBay gift card! You must have an eBay user id to enter this contest. This contest will be open for two full weeks so you have plenty of time to head over and get started!! Hint, hint, hint. $100 at stake here people!

There is a lot of entry opportunities since this is a two week promotion. You can enter them all at once, come back and answer one each day… up to you. But the more entries you leave, the better your chances. Just sayin’.

Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each of the following (I’ve answered the questions too!):

  • REQUIRED:: What is your eBay user id? (Mine is treasuresinco)
  • WHY did you start selling on eBay? (I’m in it for the money)
  • What project/goal/vacation would you like to fund with eBay sales?? (HAWAII!) :)
  • Have my eBay experiences inspired you to sell on eBay? (Well, YEAH.)
  • What was the last item you sold? (a dvd)
  • What do you have lying around that you need to get listed on eBay? (Boys clothes)
  • What was the most money you sold one item for? ($170)
  • When did you start selling on eBay? (3 years ago this month)
  • How many items do you currently have listed? (2)
  • Follow Single Mom on a Budget on facebook.
  • Read the what works for the working mom article on eBay Stories and tell me one thing you learn.
  • Ask a question about eBay that you would like the answer to.
  • You are welcome to leave a link to one of YOUR listings. You can do this once per day.
  • You may come back once per day and leave a daily entry. Your choice of topic, but please let it be eBay related and be sure to leave your eBay user id.

One winner will win one $100 eBay gift card. This giveaway will close on Friday, June 1st, 2012  at midnight MST. Winner will be chosen at random and notified within three days. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail. If I don’t get a response I will choose another winner.

Good Luck!!

Need more eBay help? Watch this tutorial on how to list an item on eBay. You can also read this post on how to figure out how to price an item on eBay and how to ship an item on eBay.

How to ship an item on eBay

Disclaimer: I am a member of the eBay Parent Panel and this post is sponsored by eBay, but all opinions and experiences are mine and yes, I mean what I say. The $100 eBay gift card for this giveaway has been provided by eBay.

Comments

  1. says

    I love seeing your eBay success, I share your story with others looking to start out. You are awesome!

  2. says

    Right now, my store has under 300 items so I must post more stuff this weekend! I like to keep 400+ items listed at once.

  3. Livivua Chandler says

    WHY did you start selling on eBay? I wanted to get rid of somethings but also get a few bucks back for what I paid for them. I also wanted the experience of bargaining or selling online.

  4. Livivua Chandler says

    What project/goal/vacation would you like to fund with eBay sales?? I just want help in keeping clothing and shoes on my little ones back and also when I need a part for a vehicle( because I have an uncle that can put it on- just need to buy the part)

  5. Livivua Chandler says

    Have my eBay experiences inspired you to sell on eBay? your success is phenomenal

  6. Livivua Chandler says

    What was the last item you sold? I sold some unopened, new makeup I won from a giveaway!

  7. Livivua Chandler says

    What do you have lying around that you need to get listed on eBay? wedding items

  8. Livivua Chandler says

    What was the most money you sold one item for? ($50)

  9. Livivua Chandler says

    When did you start selling on eBay? (back in 2006)

  10. Livivua Chandler says

    How many items do you currently have listed? (0) as of yet. I will probably start back after I have my newborn in july and he quickly grows up!

  11. Livivua Chandler says

    I Follow Single Mom on a Budget on facebook.

  12. Livivua Chandler says

    Read the what works for the working mom article on eBay Stories and tell me one thing you learn.
    One day handling is a great committment to have when selling to gain customers.

  13. Livivua Chandler says

    Read the what works for the working mom article on eBay Stories and tell me one thing you learn.
    offering one day handling commitment gains buyers

  14. Livivua Chandler says

    Ask a question about eBay that you would like the answer to. I would like to know why can their not be a discount when paying and buying through paypal and ebay. Why do we have to pay ebay selling fees plus paypal payment fees and looking at the new policies it takes away a lot of the sellers rights in terms of fairness when things go sour but it helps the buyer when things go sour.

  15. Mandy Blank says

    What was the last item you sold? A pair of hiking boots

  16. Mandy Blank says

    What is the most you’ve ever sold something for? I deal in small things. Maybe $25?

  17. Laurie says

    What project/goal/vacation would you like to fund with eBay sales?? Home

  18. Jessie C. says

    When did you start selling on eBay? 8 or 9 years ago

  19. Carolsue says

    My name is Pudyqat
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  20. Carolsue says

    WHY did you start selling on eBay? (I’m in it for the money, too!)
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  21. Carolsue says

    What project/goal/vacation would you like to fund with eBay sales??
    Just extra “fun money” for things I want to get
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  22. Carolsue says

    What was the last item you sold?
    A book, but I have nothing listed at present
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  23. Carolsue says

    What do you have lying around that you need to get listed on eBay?
    I have a box of Community cookbooks I want to sell soon
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  24. Carolsue says

    What was the most money you sold one item for?
    $25
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  25. Carolsue says

    How many items do you currently have listed?
    None at the moment
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  26. Carolsue says

    I like you on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  27. Carolsue says

    I learned about the eBay Parent Panel. This is a group of parents who buy and sell on eBay and write blogs. Sounds interesting.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  28. says

    Great article (what works for the working mom)! I learned tat I really need to start using the labels that eBay creates and print from home. I am still very old school, I hand write my forms, labels, etc.

  29. says

    WHY did you start selling on eBay? Because I realized if I sold off stuff we were done with in a yard sale, people would dicker to give me less. But if I sold it on eBay, people would fight to give me more.

  30. says

    What do you have lying around that you need to get listed on eBay? Beijo purses, vintage license plates, an old highway route marker, a pair of cowboy boots, Miche bag hostess shells, old computer games, a vintage porcelain sign. The list goes on…

  31. says

    What was the most money you sold one item for? $995 (it was a girl’s pageant dress)

  32. kjasus says

    i usually sell to make money to buy something new: recently just bought an ipad

  33. kjasus says

    I have not read about too many eBay experiences, but the ones I have are inspriring

  34. kjasus says

    i acutally just sold something yesterday: computer ink. i bought the wrong cartridge and since it was and opened package i could not return it to the store, so i sold it.

  35. kjasus says

    i had to sell my really nice dslr camera last year to help pay for taxes. i made about $350.

  36. kjasus says

    i need to list my mom’s china tea set. i tried several months ago, with no bids, but will try again soon.

  37. kjasus says

    i don’t know if there is an answer, but….i wish there was a way to avoid non paying bidders/winners.

  38. Amanda Leach says

    WHY did you start selling on eBay? To sell extra things around the house…

  39. Amanda Leach says

    What project/goal/vacation would you like to fund with eBay sales??
    Myrtle Beach trip

  40. Amanda Leach says

    Have my eBay experiences inspired you to sell on eBay?
    I have been for years.

  41. Amanda Leach says

    What was the last item you sold? Women’s jeans.

  42. Amanda Leach says

    What do you have lying around that you need to get listed on eBay? Kids clothes.

  43. Amanda Leach says

    What was the most money you sold one item for?
    $150 for ONE Nsync concert photo, 10+ years ago.

  44. Amanda Leach says

    When did you start selling on eBay? 7 or 8 years ago.

  45. Amanda Leach says

    How many items do you currently have listed? 0

  46. says

    You have totally inspired me! I have a ton of clothes that I need to get rid of, and I’m SURE there are things we could purge around this house… It’s certainly a great way to get organized :-)

  47. says

    I probably have some clothes, maybe some cords, some other stuff lyin around, just DYING to be sold.

  48. Mari says

    5-19 Ebay’s headquarters are located in San Jose, California, U.S. (tankshift7315)

  49. says

    I started selling on Ebay because I need more cash (who doesn’t???). Well, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, but besides them.

  50. says

    Your experiences have completely inspired me. I never would have thought to sell SHOES if it hadn’t been for you!

  51. says

    I do not currently have anything listed, but Monday is the last day of school for the year and I’m going to get on it then!!!!

  52. SGS says

    I started selling to get rid of stuff I didn’t want or need, and for the money.

  53. Jennifer Marie says

    I started selling on ebay to get extra money

  54. Jennifer Marie says

    I would like to buy a leappad for my son if I can sell enough on ebay

  55. Jennifer Marie says

    You are inspiring to me, but I have not sold anything on ebay for quite some time :)

  56. Jennifer Marie says

    I have a lot of maternity clothes that I could sell on ebay.

  57. Jennifer Marie says

    The most I sold one item for on ebay was probably some browns tickets for $100.

  58. Jennifer Marie says

    I started selling on ebay a few years ago.

  59. Jennifer Marie says

    I do not have any items listed on ebay right now

  60. Vicky says

    WHY did you start selling on eBay? – I sell for the $$$.

  61. Vicky says

    What project/goal/vacation would you like to fund with eBay sales?? — I want to become Debt-Free!

  62. Vicky says

    Have my eBay experiences inspired you to sell on eBay? — Definitely!

  63. says

    Our user ID name is misterjimmyonline. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! We love E-bay! :)

  64. says

    I’m selling on E-bay to get rid of some of the many, many boxes of books in our house (as well as other odds and ends that we no longer want or need). I’m selling to make money too. :)

  65. says

    Our goal for selling on E-bay is basically two-fold, to help get us out of debt and to fund our ever present desire for more books. :)

  66. says

    Actually I just found your blog, so I can’t really say you’ve inspired me YET. :) I’m excited to look around though.

  67. says

    The last item I sold on E-bay was a handmade tiered eyelet skirt that I decided to try listing on E-bay rather than my regular Artfire store. :) I just sold it yesterday! Yay!!

  68. says

    I think the highest priced item I’ve sold was around $80-$90, I can’t remember exactly.

  69. Mari says

    5-20 On April 18, 2012 eBay reported a 29% Q1 revenue increase to $3.3 billion compared to their Q1 in 2011. Net income was reported to be at $570 million for the quarter. (tankshift7315)

  70. Jennifer Marie says

    I love looking for clothes on ebay (eventhough I should be trying to sell more stuff) it is fun to look for stuff to buy too :)

    user id is lilnursejen

  71. Mari says

    5-21 One of the first items sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. (tankshift7315)

  72. Jennifer Marie says

    I have found that things like free shipping can seem to attract more buyers for things such as gift cards etc.

    ebay id lilnursejen

  73. Judy S says

    daily entry
    you can find anything on ebay can be a past time to look at stuff if you are bored

    ID = hobbitx2

  74. Mari says

    5-22 Millions of collectibles, decor, appliances, computers, furnishings, equipment, domain names,[ vehicles, and other miscellaneous items are listed, bought, or sold daily on eBay (tankshift7315)

  75. Mari says

    5-23 eBay sellers are permitted to offer a variety of payment systems such as PayPal, Paymate, ProPay, and Moneybookers. (tankshift7315)

  76. Jennifer Marie says

    5/23 I love finding name brand clothes for cheap on ebay

    id is lilnursejen

  77. Jennifer Marie says

    5/24 I have found shoes for my sons very cheap on ebay

    id is lilnursejen

  78. Mari says

    5-23 eBay.com users worldwide trade $2,083 worth of goods on the site every second. (tankshift7315)

  79. Jennifer Marie says

    5/25 ebay selling and buying is a type of occupation for some people

    id is lilnursejen

  80. Mari says

    5-25 The most expensive item sold on eBay to date is a private business jet for $4.9 million . (tankshift7315)

  81. Jennifer Marie says

    5/26 ebay is great way to sell unwanted things around your house

    id is lilnursejen

  82. Jennifer Marie says

    5/27 ebay is known for customer satisfaction

  83. Jennifer Marie says

    5/28 I have even bought sporting event tickets on Ebay.

    Id is lilnursejen

  84. Elena says

    What do you have lying around that you need to get listed on eBay? – DVDs and books

  85. Elena says

    I like Single Mom on a Budget on Facebook (Elena I.)

  86. Elena says

    How many items do you currently have listed? – None

  87. Mari says

    5-28 In Q4 2011, gross merchandise volume (GMV), the total value of all successfully closed items on eBay Inc.’s trading platforms, was $ 16.2 billion .(tankshift7315)

  88. Jennifer Marie says

    5/29 Ebay is a wonderful way to look for presents for family members

    ID is lilnursejen

  89. Mari says

    5-29 Marketplaces net revenues totaled $1.7 billion in Q1 2012. (tankshift7315)

  90. says

    I have a lot of office attire lying around and shelves full of books and DVDs that I need to get listed on eBay.

  91. Jennifer Marie says

    5/30 I love that I get email updates from ebay when they have special promotions like free listing on items.

    ID is lilnursejen

  92. Mari says

    5-30 eBay Inc. has a global presence in 39 markets, including the U.S. (tankshift7315)

  93. Jennifer Marie says

    5/31 Ebay is a great way to find antiques.

    ID is lilnursejen

  94. Mari says

    5-31 eBay Buyer Protection covers items purchased on eBay with eligible payment methods that are not received or not as described in the listing.(tankshift7315)

  95. Jennifer Marie says

    6/1 you can win an item within seconds on ebay-super fast technology!!

    ID is lilnursejen

  96. Judy S says

    I sold on ebay to get rid of stuff I didn’t need.

  97. Judy S says

    The project I would like to fund would would be to buy some new books for the winter.

  98. Judy S says

    I once sold a Nintendo Wii for $250 when they first came out-that was the most I have ever sold anything for.

  99. Judy S says

    Lying around I have many nice dishes that I think would sell well on ebay

  100. Mari says

    My dh started selling on ebay to get rid of old tools.

  101. Mari says

    Yes, you’ve inspired us to clean out the garage and sell!

  102. Mari says

    We have some of my son’s old clothes we’d like to sell.

  103. Mari says

    I’m not sure, but I think my dh started selling about 5 years ago.

  104. Mari says

    Follow Single Mom on a Budget on facebook.(Mari Doug)

  105. Teh Doll says

    me and my husband share
    fallenkain

    we have never sold but about to put up our first listing this weekend =)

    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com