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Reseller Tips 21 • Rest

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When was the last time you really rested? If your answer isn't within the last week, I'm gonna need you to do it ASAP. You can't pour from an empty cup, friends! And I'm talking about real rest, not scrolling your phone or watching Netflix on the couch. I'm talking about lavender lotion slathered. blackout curtains closed, weighted blanket on, no phone or alarm nearby straight-up: RESTING!

Reseller Tips 20 • Take Advantage of USPS

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An important piece of advice for new or seasoned sellers or resellers is to take advantage of the United States postal service. And I don't mean “take advantage" in the negative connotation, I mean that you should take full advantage of all the great supplies and services they provide. First up: supplies! Did you know you can pick up in store, or order online, free priority and express mail shipping boxes and mailers? Check out the website or your local store. Also don’t forget to schedule your pickups to save time going to the post office. And as always, remember to be kind to the workers . They deal with a lot!

Reseller Tips 19 • There's a Lid for Every Pot

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Many many moons ago, when I was a teen, I worked at Marshall’s as a cashier. To make work a little more fun, I would play a game and guess what kind of people were shopping and what their plans were for the day, based strictly off of what they were buying. Still to this day I wonder what the cashier thinks about me based on my random items at Target or Home Depot. Like oh a plunger, duct tape, and succulents... hmmm.....? The point of this little tale is the expression “there’s a lid for every pot”. Sometimes when I’m sourcing or going through old items to sell, I wonder “who on earth will want to buy this random sweater or trinket?” But I can almost guarantee no matter how seemingly random the item may be, someone somewhere will want it for some reason. Examples: vintage (unused) underwear, old iPod boxes, vintage scented powder with a cracked lid, accessories with names or initials embossed or embroidered on them, I could go on and on. Keep that in mind while sourcing! 

Reseller Tips 18 • Learn from Your Flaws

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Example: I try to post on Instagram once a day. I’ve realized lately that I always forget to post on the weekends. So I bum myself out about being “lazy” or whatever. Until this past weekend when it clicked—why don’t you prepare two posts for the weekend on Thursday or Friday? That way you can just post 'em without thinking too much about it and even if you’re busy?? Hello, so obvious right?

Reseller Tips 17 • Send Offer to Likers

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Today’s tip is quick, but it’s a good one! If you sell on Poshmark, Mercari, eBay, etc...please send offers to folks who like your items. Everyone likes a good deal, or at least thinking they’re getting a good deal. Many of my past sales on Poshmark have been from accepted offers. As long as you aren’t losing money or the deal, what’s the harm? The goal here is to get these items into happy new homes, not sit in a bin in your basement, right? Okay, your homework is to go send some offers. Hope you make a sale! 🤑 P.S. Head to my links page to sign up for Poshmark, Mercari, and more with my referral code!

Reseller Tips 16 • Source What You Love

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Being a reseller is so cool. You’re saving items from going into a landfill, helping folks feel their best at lower prices, and making extra money while doing it. A particularly cool thing about reselling is most of the items you source have been used previously (except for deadstock/NWT items), which means you essentially have a second closet! That’s why I always recommend sourcing items you love! Another reason I love sourcing things I love is just in case the item doesn’t sell, I can keep it, use it, and love it! Just don’t do this all the time, because then you’re just shopping, not sourcing. 😉 Sourcing what you love is great too, because you have more fun while doing it, and I think that really shows in your photos, listings, social media, and general attitude towards reselling.

Reseller Tips 15 • Get a Plant

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This is perhaps a frivolous “tip” but I don’t care because I gosh dang love some houseplants. Plants are a perfectly simple and low cost way to brighten up your workspace, literally and figuratively! Even if you don’t think you have a green thumb, I promise there are a lot of indoor plant options which are terribly easy to take care of. I have a plant that I water once a week that’s been with me for about 5 years! Okay but you insist you won’t be able to keep a plant alive? Keep an eye out at your local thrift store for a faux plant or succulent. I see them all the time! Hope this tip brightens your workspace and your day! 🪴

Reseller Tips 14 • Try a New Thrift Store

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Has your favorite local thrift store been a dud lately? It happens once in a while. Why not change things up and check out a new shop? In the past, I’ve skipped over small non-chain thrift stores, consignment shops, buy/sell/trade stores, church thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, and estate sales...just to go to the same old Goodwill. Most of the time, different shops have at least one cool item to bring home, and it is simply just a fun change of pace from the same old thing. Be adventurous and try a new spot today. Who knows what you might find?

Reseller Tips 13 • Stop Comparing

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Many years ago at a blogging conference in Austin (Texas Style Council, anyone??), a speaker included the now-possibly-overused quote in her speech: Comparison is the thief of joy. How true is it though, babes?? In literally every aspect of your life you can face impostor syndrome or low self esteem because you see someone else’s life and wish yours was like it. This is something I’ve been working on for a while and I’m not perfect, maybe 70%, but it has saved me probably tens of thousands of dollars and almost as many hours of stress. Now I do believe a little comparison can be a good thing. It inspires you to create something new or to be better than you were yesterday. But if we spend our days wanting what others have, we will never appreciate what we do have. So maybe you see folks on social media posting about how many sales they made this weekend, or a trip they went on, and you feel crummy about it. I suggest you reframe the comparison in a way that inspires you!

How to Unsubscribe from Paper Mail + an email template!

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After I started my monthly charity donations, I noticed I was getting a lot of paper mail from those charities and other organizations. I don't mind "junk mail" because I have a pretty good system of quickly recycling everything. However, I kept thinking that these organizations could better spend their money if they weren't sending me mail I was immediately throwing out. So I created a template to email and request to opt-out. It's so easy. Either check the mail for an email address or simply google it. Then email the following:  Subject: Opt-out from Mailing List Request Body: Hello there, I'm requesting to opt-out of paper mail deliveries for the following address: FirstName LastName Address City, State Zip Please let me know if you are able to do this, or please forward me to someone who can assist with this. Thank you so much! Best, Your Name You should hear back from them within a few days, and stop receiving mail within a few weeks! :)

Reseller Tips 12 • Don't Try, Do!

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To paraphrase the great Yoda: don’t try, do! I’m so guilty of saying “I’ll try to do this” or “I’ll try to get that done this week.” But what if I just said “I will get that done this week” or “I’m doing this!” So often, we find ourselves procrastinating on things, perhaps because we think it will be harder than it is, or because we want something done perfectly. But what if we stopped trying and started doing? (Is that the tagline for Home Depot or something?)

Reseller Tips 11 • Remember to Relax

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Something I see SO often in blogs and on social media is how to have a work/life balance, particularly if you’re a small business owner. It’s the age old question. And one I was actually discussing with my mom today! I told her that I wanted to work on cross-stitching and embroidery projects, but I feel like it’s a waste of time, unless I’m going to sell the finished products. Am I nuts?? I had a flashback to the many, many days spent as a kid simply making crafts and enjoying myself. Maybe we hung up the art, maybe we threw it away. Who knows? But I did it for no real reason, and I think I need to get back to that.

Reseller Tips 10 • Take a Walk

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Here’s another simple tip for you on this lovely day: take a walk! Even if it’s 20 minutes, get outside and get some fresh air. I struggle with this sometimes; I feel like I can’t leave my apartment without a destination and for such a short amount of time. But I truly never regret it when I do. If you don’t have someone to walk with, bring headphones and listen to a podcast. It will clear your mind and reinvigorate you for the rest of the day. What are you still doing here? Go take a walk!

Reseller Tips 9 • List Out Your Goals

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Hello friends! I’m here with you today to share a short but sweet tip. List out your goals. Have you really thought about your goals, like why you’re doing what you’re doing? Where does your money go and where would you like it to go? Would you like to own a brick and mortar shop one day or are you reselling on the side to pay for a vacation or put money into a kid’s college fund? Where do you want to be, what do you want to have? Sit quietly with yourself and really think about it. Then list them out and figure out your plan of attack. It’s like a brain dump , but for your life instead of your day! I suggest this because sometimes we get caught up in societal needs and wants and pressures, and we find ourselves doing things because we should and not because we want to. If you physically write out your goals and see them all in one place instead of sporadically floating around in your head, you may see things more clearly and can figure out what makes the most sense for you!

Reseller Tips 8 • Be Kind to the Postal Workers

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We all know the feeling of rushing to the post office just to be slapped in the face with a long line or a seemingly rude employee and other frustrated customers, right? It’s stuffy in there and everyone is in a bad mood, and the lighting makes everything seem grey, and you can’t wait to send off your mail and get the heck out of there. I’d suggest you switch your mindset when in these scenarios, but better yet: don’t get into these scenarios in the first place! Allow me to explain. Whether for reselling or just for your personal life, I highly recommend getting a scale ( read more about that here ). You can print mailing labels yourself, either through your reselling site of choice, PayPal, or USPS online. Then you can either schedule a pickup from USPS from your house, or drop it off at the Post Office without waiting on line! Also, keep in mind that the people out delivering the mail or sitting behind that counter work HARD for us, and freaking especially hard this past year with

Reseller Tips 7 • Listen to a Podcast or Audiobook

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I have to admit, I was late to the game with podcasts. When they first became “a thing,” I assumed they were just boring people talking about boring things like (at the time, what I considered to be boring) politics and finance. Then one day, someone suggested My Favorite Murder, which is an insanely popular true crime podcast. I listened to every available episode and immediately started filling up my queue with more true crime, historical, and comedy podcasts. Nowadays, barely a day goes by that I don’t listen to at least one episode of one podcast. While there are soooo many different types of podcasts, I’ve found a lot of reseller related ones to be incredibly resourceful and insightful. Some of the time, the content isn’t necessarily new to me, but hearing it from a different voice can open my eyes to something else. I’ve also found “self help” or improvement type podcasts to be helpful as well, especially about focus, money, minimalism, and the ecosystem. Almost anything can be

Reseller Tips 6 • Triple Check Everything You Source

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It happens to the best of us. You see something SO COOL at a thrift shop. It’s perfect. You must find it a new home! Oh and it happens to be 50% off that day? Even better. The high you’re experiencing rushes over you, you toss it in your cart, you pay, you go home. You realize it’s damaged. Insert the Law and Order SVU -dun dun- sound here. Of course I’m being over dramatic. But isn’t it a terrible feeling to bring home an adorable ‘50s dress to realize her belt loops are stretched from here to the Mississippi River? 🤦🏻‍♀️ I personally will still list items with damage. I fully believe in keeping things out of landfills, and just because a button is mismatched, doesn’t mean the garment isn’t still gorgeous and wearable. I mention any and all visible damage in my listings, though. Buyers should ALWAYS be made aware of flaws. Sometimes I worry that the buyer won’t read the listing and will be unhappy, but no one has ever told me that..so perhaps I worry for no reason (What? Me? No?)..

Reseller Tips 5 • Smile (Behind Your Mask)

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Okay this is a little cheesy (but who doesn’t love cheese?), but my tip for the day is to smile. Even if it’s behind your mask and the other person can’t see it, they can feel it. Everyone is going through something at any given moment, and sometimes just a simple smile from a stranger can mean a world of difference. Project kindness into the universe, y’all! I’m talking about the folks we interact with as sellers, like thrift store workers, or the postal workers, but please do it in regular life too! The person next to you in line at the grocery store or the guy at the gas station, or the lady at the farmers market. A simple two second choice can have a butterfly effect, and it will make you feel better too.

Reseller Tips 4 • Buy a Scale

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If a new reseller (or seller) reaches out to me for advice, one of my first tips is to invest in a cheap but good quality scale. I have made SO MANY mistakes with shipping in the past, and those issues flew completely out of the window when I bought a scale. If you sell a lot of the same item, you can weigh it once, calculate the shipping, and you’re done forever. If you sell lots of different items, you can weigh them as you list, or just get a general idea of how much it costs to ship things pretty darn quickly. I undercharged and overpaid for shipping sooooooo often back in the day, I’m almost embarrassed to talk about it. Almost. 😂 A scale doesn't just save money, it saves time too. If you have your postage label printed, you can drop off your parcels at the post office or schedule a pickup with USPS!

Reseller Tips 3 • List Your Death Pile

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Picture it: You’re sitting in your home, minding your own business. Suddenly you feel a dark and ominous force. You look up from your phone or book, and there it is, staring menacingly at you. Your death pile. What’s a death pile, you might ask? A death pile is a stack of inventory that (for whatever reason) you cannot list. Maybe it was an item you were excited to find, only to realize the comps are not so great. Maybe it’s something you kinda want to keep, but know you shouldn’t. Maybe the item is slightly damaged and you haven’t had a chance to repair it. Maybe you just don’t have the motivation. Whatever the case may be, this pile will form and will sit there and will haunt you. I’m here today to tell you: list 👏🏼 that 👏🏼 death 👏🏼 pile 👏🏼. It’s not doing you any good unlisted, my friends. • You probably spent money on it. Do you like wasting money? • You probably spent time sourcing it. Do you like wasting time? • Think no one will want to buy it? You’re probably wrong. •

Reseller Tips 2 • Brain Dump

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No lie, I’ve been making lists my entire life. Ask my mom; I swear it’s true. Even before I actually knew letters or words, I would carry around a tiny spiral notebook and just scribble. It’s become a very long-running joke in my family that given the opportunity, Lauren will make a list in the blink of an eye. But I swear by it. Sometimes my brain is going a hundred miles a minute and I’m overwhelmed with every random thought. A brain dump helps 100% of the time. Here’s my process: - Sit down, maybe with a coffee, definitely with a piece of paper, maybe with my planner. - Simply write down whatever comes to mind. - Examples: shower, watch Arrested Development season 5, bike 30 minutes a day, buy anniversary gifts, wash and put away dishes, text a friend, take a walk, send offers to likers, oil change, update budget. Hell, sometimes I literally write “relax”! - Once the brain is clear, we analyze. - I number the tasks by importance, urgency, and ease. Example: oil change is urgent beca

Reseller Tips 1 • Embrace Mondays

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I feel bad for Mondays. It’s just a day like any other but everyone craps on it. Fridays are well-loved, Saturdays even more so. But poor Monday. Why do we hate Mondays?? I’ve chosen to embrace Mondays rather than reject. We can’t avoid them, and as the saying goes "if you can’t beat em, join em"..right?  If we reframe it from "the weekend is over" to "the week has just begun!" We can think of Monday as a fr esh start, the same way we love New Years.  We should be thankful that we’re given another beautiful day on Earth.  So turn the page on your planner, start a fresh weekly todo list, and embrace Mondays!

Where to Donate Different Items: A Comprehensive Guide

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Last Updated: 6/23/21 As a forever work-in-progress minimalist, I'm always looking for ways to smartly let go of items in my home. I try to limit incoming items, but somehow things pile up, and every once in a while I find myself with things to get rid of. To avoid anything ending up in a landfill, here are some places I've found helpful to consciously say goodbye to things. Do you have something you're trying to get rid of and don't know where to bring it? Leave it in a comment and I'll add it to this list. My goal is for this list to be as comprehensive as possible to avoid further pollution and to give items a new home. (Please note: some of the below links will include referal codes, so if you sign up I might receive compensation of some sort. Questions? Leave a comment below and I'll address it!) Consignment/BST (Buy, Sell, Trade) Shops - Do you have clothing and accessories that are still trendy and in good shape? Consider bringing them to a consignm

Dressing Up and Dressing Down with FeelinGirlDress.com!

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Hello, my friends! I’m here today to talk about an old friend of the blog, FeelinGirlDress.com! They have such a vast collection of super cute, colorful, and FUN outfits and garments available, and at such reasonable prices too! I’m only going to share a few items today, but do go check them out--they offer dresses, activewear, swim, and much more. My favorite piece in the wholesale sweatsuits category is this adorable Quick Dry Black High Waisted Zipper Yoga Suit. This item looks like it would be great for a quick workout, or running some errands, or just lounging around the house. I really love the cut of the top; I feel like you don’t see tops in that shape too often, and it looks funky and flattering. This set comes in multiple colors too--loud colors like hot pink and bright orange, which are so great for spring/summer. Or if you’re looking for something more subdued, this suit comes in colors like black and grey! This set costs less than $15, FYI (as of the date of this po

This month, 15% of all shop profits will be donated to The Trevor Project!

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From now on, I'll be donating a percentage of my shop profits to various organizations. I'm not announcing this to promote my shop or encourage you to buy anything. I just want you to know if you do make a purchase, this is where some of your money will be going. This month, 15% of all shop profits will be donated to The Trevor Project. If you have any charities or organizations you like to support, please let me know. :)

This month, 15% of all shop profits will be donated to Associated Humane Societies NJ.

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From now on, I'll be donating a percentage of my shop profits to various organizations. I'm not announcing this to promote my shop or encourage you to buy anything. I just want you to know if you do make a purchase, this is where some of your money will be going. This month, 15% of all shop profits will be donated to Associated Humane Societies NJ. If you have any charities or organizations you like to support, please let me know. :)