My 30 YEARS SELLING ON EBAY

 

I began selling Hawaiian shirts on Ebay 30 years ago  when my son, who was playing in a reggae band,  ask me to find him some inexpensive Hawaiian type shirts,  as that is what the band members had decided to wear for their “gigs”.

I have learned a lot about selling on Ebay through the years, and I am going to share it with you.

BUYING THE SHIRT

In order to make a profit at all in selling used shirts, you must know where to go. If you live in a city with Thrift Stores, as I do, that is the place.  But I only buy my inventory when there is a 50% sale.  These are held after every holiday, and before Christmas, or currently, all clothing is 50% every Saturday at Goodwill, and 50% every Monday at Savers.

If you do not live in a city with Thrift Stores, you could go to Church Bazaars, swap meets, yard sales, etc. to search for your inventory.

GOODWILL

I am always disappointed in the condition of the Goodwill stores.  They crowd their items so tightly that it is close to impossible to get any item out for inspection.  If you can deal with the closely packed items, you might find some good buys on shirts.

Goodwill places all short-sleeved shirts in the same category.  In other words, it puts the knit shirts and the short sleeved cotton, etc. shirts together.  This is a difficult practice.  

I did shop at a Goodwill store in Sedona, Arizona, and their knit shirts were separated onto their own rack. This Goodwill Store in Sedona had some great buys, not only in shirts, but in vintage denim, etc.  I will go back to Sedona just to shop at their Goodwill store.

SAVERS

Savers is the most expensive Thrift Store in this area, but their quality and choices are very good.  I only shop for shirts at Savers on senior day or on 50% off days.  Savers is a very good place to buy XL, XXL, and even larger shirts.  I find the large sizes, especially for shirts made in Hawaii, sell quite well and are often bid up from the listed price.

VALUE VILLAGE

The two Value Village stores in this area are in Glendale.  Their prices are very reasonable, and if you go there often, you can sometimes find some good buys.  If you have one of their cards, you can get 30% off on Thursdays.  They also have some special pricing on Sundays, and a senior day during the week.  Value Village is a good place to buy Western shirts.

SALVATION ARMY

I only shop at Salvation Army occasionally, as I have never found a good selection of Hawaiian shirts there; but as I recall, their prices are good and there is quite good organization.  Salvation Army seems to be a better place to find a good selection of women’s clothing.

IN CONCLUSION of this section, please remember these are only my feelings about the various Thrift Stores.  My conclusion is that I will concentrate mainly on Saver’s stores (on 50% off days), and I will try to go occasionally to Value Village, and to Goodwill.  I will continue to remember to take donations when I visit these stores, as they are all supporting charities.

PREPARING THE SHIRT FOR LISTING

In preparing each shirt for listing, you should inspect it carefully for rips, tears, and missing buttons.  I have often found ripped buttonholes and all defects must be repaired before listing.  I  have a large collection of buttons, and have them sorted according to color, and I am familiar with the types of buttons on the popular shirts made in Hawaii, so I have quite a few of these in my collection, (such as Tommy Bahama, etc.).

IRONING THE SHIRT

I wash and iron all the shirts I sell, even the silk ones.  It would take too much profit away to have them dry cleaned.  I use a Black and Decker steam iron, which came from Goodwill.  I like an iron that gets quite hot and that provides a good supply of steam, and that has a “spurt” feature.  When ironing a Tommy Bahama shirt, and some other 100% silk shirts, I sometimes use a clean dishtowel to cover some sensitive areas.  I also use this method to cover any embroidery on a shirt while ironing or pressing it.  I must add, that if a shirt has a tag that shows it was recently dry cleaned, I do not wash it, I only carefully press it where needed, and when I list it, I enter the face that it has “recently been dry cleaned”, and I leave the tag on the shirt, and I make sure it shows in the photo.

When ironing or pressing, I first do the collar, then the inside of the button and buttonhole area, then the sleeves,  then the shoulder area;  then, last, the sides and back of the shirt.

LISTING THE SHIRT WITH EBAY

Listing the shirt with Ebay is the easiest step of this process.  Ebay makes it very easy, and does most of  the work for you, much the same as Wealthy Affiliate does. 

 

JITTERBUG PHONE FOR SENIORS

         

    


I feel I need a smart phone, as at this time I only have a cell phone.  I am a disabled senior citizen and I have fallen several times. 

The last time I fell, was last May.  I fell on my patio, when I lost my balance while working in my little herb garden.  Fortunately, I had just watered, and as I was out there for two hours in the heat, it was fortunate that I fell into the herb garden and did not get overheated.  Phoenix is very hot in May.

This incident was about the 5th time I have fallen  I think I need a cell phone with some safety features included.  AND I MUST REMEMBER TO KEEP THE PHONE WITH ME AT ALL TIMES!

These are the reasons I am researching Jitterbug Smart Phones or Seniors.  I now have an account with Verizon, and Jitterbug will apparently let me keep the same phone number.

The following features should be considered when researching a smart phone:

Jitterbug Smart Phone 2

The Jittterbug Smart Phame

The Jitterbug Smart  Phone 2 has a simple menu

13 MP Camera

Keep your phone number

No contracts

Urgent Response Device, Emergency Buutton

Senior Medical Alert

Plans as low as $17.40/month

Unlimited Data Plan and unlimited Text $40/month

 

JITTERBUG FLIP PHONE

This phone is also a Smart Phone or seniors

Bigger Buttons

Powerful Speaker

Simple Menu

Voice Dial

2.0 megapixel Camera

Magnifier w/Flashlight

There are 3 plans:

Basic for $19.99 per month             5 Star Service

Preferred for $24,99 per month     5 Star Service, Urgent Care, 

Ultimate for $34.99 per month       5 Star Service, Handset Replacement, Phone                                                                                                                                                          Operator

The retail price for this Jitterbug Phone for Seniors is:  $74.99, shipping not included

 CONCLUSION

I feel that the features on this phone would be advantageous to  me. because of my handicap and because of my history of falls.  I feel the best Jitterbug phone or Seniors for me would be the Smart Phone 2.  

I will be doing more research into Smart Phones for Seniors before making my choice

After doing more research, I am also considering the:

GREAT CALL EASY TO USE SMARTPHONE FOR SENIORS

LARGE TOUCH SCREEN

SIMPLE MENU

CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUPPORT

EASY TO USE FEATURES

$85.00  (I think this may be the phone for me!!)

I wonder if the  name “Jitterbug” contributes to my interest in this phone.  Of course jitterbugging was done with a partner, and we followed his lead.  I am enjoying my retirement years, but I miss the old days when life was so much more simple.  If this is the case, why do I need a smart  phone at all, and why do I need so many features?  I will ponder these questions before investing in a new phone.

Thank you for reading my post.

Janice

 

 

 

I LEARNED TO WORK AT THE NORTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON

I LEARNED TO WORK AT THE NORTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON

Grand Canyon Memories

 I probably joined Wealthy Affiliate for different reasons than most of you. I am retired, so I am not really looking to start a business. I am definitely older than most of you, and I am handicapped, so I probably have more time to study and work, than many of you. Becoming a member of Wealthy Affiliate and became Premium, is important to me, because I love to WRITE, and I wanted to prove to myself, and others, that I could still work hard, and that I could LEARN.

 I worked for 2 summers at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and I definitely learned to be a hard worker there.

While I was a senior in high school, one of my girlfriends, Margaret, talked to me about going to work at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the summer, after we graduated from high scool. Margaret’s grandmother lived in Cedar City, Utah, and had an “in” with Utah Parks, who owned, (or managed) the Bright Angel Lodge at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. She said her Grandmother could get us jobs, which were pretty difficult to obtain. Since I had no plans for the summer, I told her to go ahead with plans to work at the Park. Well, we both got jobs, but Margaret decided to get married instead, so I had to travel, alone, to Cedar City Utah, where we new employees spent the night; we were taken to the North Rim the next morning, in busses driven by “gearjammers”

MY EXPERIENCES AT THE NORTH RIM

When I arrived at the Bright Angel Lodge, I was informed that I would be a cabin maid, and my job would be to clean, with a partner, the deluxe cabins. The work was grueling and difficult for a spoiled teenager from Moab, Utah. It was amazing the messes the “dudes” left in those cabins. We had to clean the cabins thoroughy, change the sheets, and even empty the “potties” as there were no toilets (at that time) in the cabins, even though they were “deluxe”. BUT. I learned to work.

I did not even know how to iron, and we had to have clean uniforms every day. I had never learned how to iron, as we sent our laundry “out” at home; but my mother did send me to the “Rim” with a new iron, even though I didn’t know how to use it. I made a deal with my roommates. They would iron my uniforms if I would let them use my new iron. DEAL!.

 I learned to work hard at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! As part of our life there, we were required to perform in a “show” every night. So with our newly ironed uniforms, we were onstage every night, singing “We work at the canyon, the canyon, Grand Canyon Arizona”. I think I cleaned cabins better than I sang. After each Show, we were required to change, clothes, (no jeans). and go to the dance, where a band composed of the staff, would play the dance music.

 We were required to dance with any “dudes” who asked us, but we mainly danced with other staff members, and this is where I learned to jitterbug, waltz and lindy, and I did it well. Then down to the dorm to get a night’s sleep and get up early to go clean those cabins.

 One night, my roomates and I sneaked out of the dorm, took some blankets and slept outside. It was a very dark night, and when we awoke, we realized we had slept on the rim of the canyon, and could have rolled off the edge easily.

We did not do drugs and we did not drink alcohol; most of the staff were LDS, and were clean living young teenagers. I was (am not) a Mormon, but I respected my friends’ beliefs.

 MY GOALS AT WEALTHY AFFILIATE

At this time, I am working hard wanting to learn as much as I can. I want to learn about using templates, I want to learn how to add images to my blogs, I want to learn it all, and I appreciate so much, the help that is being given to me.

 If I happen to include some good keywords along the way, or some “low hanging fruit”, I will be happy. At this time, I only want to learn. I am computer illiterate, as I did not grow up using computers, as most of you did. Computers are fairly new to me, and I do not even have a smart phone, but I think I will buy one, and learn how to use it. I want to learn all I can about Wealthy Affiliate, and I am glad I learned how to work hard at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

The second summer I worked at the Canyon, I was promoted from cleaning cabins to working in the soda fountain, where the work was also hard, but I learned how to make all kinds of things, like malts, sundaes, and root beer floats,  and I learned how to make change quickly.

CONCLUSION

At this time, my goal is to work hard and learn as much as I can.

 My goal is not to become an Ambassador, or even to make a great amount of money, I just want to feel comfortable here and to learn as much as I can.

Thank you for reading my post.

JanicethreNorth Rim

MOAB, THE MOVIE MAKING CAPITOL OF THE WEST

The DukeMY home town of Moab, Utah, is my passion and my niche.

When I was growing up, Moab was a small Mormon town of 920.  I remember the population sign along  the way into town, well.

Moab has since been  discovered by the tourists and the mountain bikers, and it has more than trippled in size of population; with the population during the tourist season being much larger.

My grandparents on both sides were pioneers into Moab Valley.  No, they were not LDS  pioneers, but they were diligent, hard working people who saw opportunities in the town.  

The Clark family came to Moab from Colorado, originally to mine gold in Miner’s Basin.  Grandfather Clark eventually became an owner of the Ides Theater and a part owner of Moab Transportation. He was also a large property owner.

And the Kirks??? The Kirks were always cowboys, cowboys.  And where else better to be a cowboy than Grand and San Juan Counties in Utah.?  They did it well.  A little rustling may have been done by the older generation, but who knows for sure?

My Father, Buck Kirk, was a cowboy in the best sense of  the word.  He was never seen without his boots  and his Stetson hat.  He only listened to classic country music, and he was an active member of the National Cattlemen’s Association.

Hand in hand with his chosen profession as a Cattleman, he became a landowner.  At one time he owned extensive property along the Colorado River,  and this land became a favorite with the moviemakers of Hollywood.

We were quite often guests on the movie location, and at the same table were seen, John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Victor Maclagen, and famous musicians like The Sons of the Pioneers, and Stan Jones, the writer of “Ghost Riders in the Sky”.

It was the practice of the movie makers fo use locals for extras.We local residents also rented our horses to the movies, and my Dad’s pinto was usually seen being ridden by the Indian  Chief.

The movie I best remember being filmed in Moab, is “Rio Grande”.  It is the most beautiful, sensual movie that I believe has ever been made.  The feelings between John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara are so erotic and full of passion, it must be seen to be believed.  And this was made while they were fully clothed and without touching.  If you are into movies, this one is a masterpiece. The director was, of course, John Ford.

Rio Grande was one of the first movies made in Moab,  but it was not the FIRST.  “Wagonmaster” starring Ward Bond was the first.   Wagonmaster was also a great movie, and it depicted the trials of a Mormon caravan on its way out West.

There were many more movies made in Moab through the years, and they are still being made there.  One of the most notable was “Thelma and Louise”.  The suicide scene at the end of the movie, was not filmed at the Grand Canyon.  It was  filmed at Dead Horse Point, near Moab.  Of course, dummies were used, and I understand they did 2 takes.  Most of the moviemaking scene in Moab, has now given way more to commercials and videos.

How many of you over 30 remember the Chevrolet on top of Castle Rock?   It was a stripped down Chevrolet, in order for  a helicopter to place it up there.  It was a beautiful and unforgettable comercial, and I have been a Chevrolet buyer and driver ever since.

The following is a list of movies made or partially made in Moab:   This list is taken from a You  Tube playlist montage and I found it on a Moab Adventure Center site:

MOAB MOVIE HISTORY

1989                  Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade

1990                  Thelma and Louise

1993                   City Slickers II

1996                   Con Air

1998                   Galaxy Quest

1999                   Mission Impossible II

2002                   Austen Powers, Goldmember

2009                   Star Trek

2010                   127 Hours

2013                   The Lone Ranger (Johnny Depp)

Popular activities in/around Moab:  River Rafting,

Paddle Boarding, Jet Boat Tours, Hummer Tours, Jeep Rentals, Arches National Park and Canyonlands Tours.

see you there !!!

movies

 

MY LIFE

I  was born  and raised In Moab, Utah, and it was a beautiful and idyllic place in which live.

München, Aubinger Lohe

Moab is still a beautiful place, and it has been discovered by millions of others who enjoy the many scenic wonders of the area.  Among these are Arches National Monument, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, the Colorado River and the Manti-LaSal Mountains.  Some of the many activities enjoyed in Moab are horseback riding, hiking, boating, jeeping, hunting, picnicing,rock-climbiing, rock-climbing, mountain climbing,  rodeos, gourmet restaurants and musical concerts; and don’t forget SHOPPING in the many specialty shops of Moab.

I was lucky enough to spend my early years growing up on a  cattle ranch located in Brown’s Hole.  Brown’s Hole was about 30 miles from Moab and about 15  miles from La Sal.  We had a delapidated old cabin with an attic, a blacksmith area, a tack room, a barn and a garage.  We also had a wonderful Grandfather, who planted a big garden, I was in the garden once , “working” with Grandad when he noticed my little overalls were missing a button  from the  the drop-down seat.  Ingenious as he was, my Grandad pinned it up with a porcupine quill.

Grandad shot the occasional bird, not sure what kind, and he proceeded to cook up a stew.  My sister and I noticed some feathers floating in the stew, and we told Neva, our mother.  She told us to be quiet and eat it as she would not have us hurting his feelings.  Good advice I suppose, as he was killed,  not too much later, when hit by a pick-up on a visit to town.  I hope to include some of Grandad’s history in a later article.

My  Dad sold Brown’s Hole, to my sorrow, when I was a teen-ager.  He then bought property on the North side of the La Sal’s, which also included some river property.  At the age of 54, he contracted Leukemia, and he sold his cattle and all his property except for some acreage in the LaSal’s.

How lucky I was to have been raised by  these pioneer people in such beautiful settings.