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USPS Post Office Holidays

Posted by Ronnie on January 16, 2016 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

How many times have I wondered if a holiday is a government or bank holiday? Well here are the post office holidays. 


Jan 1 New Year's Day Friday

Jan 18 Martin Luther King Day Monday

Feb 15 Presidents' Day Monday

May 30 Memorial Day Monday

Jul 4 Independence Day Monday

Sep 5 Labor Day Monday

Oct 10 Columbus Day Monday

Nov 11 Veterans' Day Friday

Nov 24 Thanksgiving Thursday

Dec 24 Christmas Eve

(close at noon) Saturday

Dec 26 Christmas Day (observed) Monday

Dec 31 New Year's Eve

(close at noon) Saturday


Ebay Tip: Using Priority Mail Shipping

Posted by Ronnie on January 11, 2016 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

ebay Priority Mail Shipping


ebay sellers should not be paying for envelopes or boxes when shipping sold items via Priority Mail. Unless I am mailing a very light and inexpensive item I use Priority Mail shipping.

My reasons are:

  1. FREE shipping supplies. This is a no brainer.
  2. Free insurance up to $50.00 if the item is lost or broken in transit. The claims process is super easy and I will explain it in my ebay refund tip which should be published later this week.
  3. Free tracking. Your buyer can track the postage until it arrives. I have even had the postal carrier leave details as to exactly where the package was left on the property.


How to Order Free shipping supplies and why order by mail

If your post office is anything like mine they have very limited postal supplies. If you are fortunate to have a post office that carries all the supplies you need, then you may not need the following information.


First step is to go to usps.com and start an account. Once you have registered and have your account you can go through the supplies and pick out the ones you need. Take not of how many come in the packages, some items are delivered in singles, packs of 10, 20 or more. Be aware of this as you add to your cart.


My favorite items are: Flat Rate envelopes; Flat Rate padded envelopes (the postage on these are a little more than the flat rate envelopes but it saves on bubble wrap and they hold more than the cardboard envelope); Tyreck envelopes; small square 8 x 8 box; shoe box; flat rate medium box; and the dual purpose tubes.


I ship small clothing items in the flat rate envelopes, larger clothing items in the Tyrek envelopes. The flat rate padded envelopes are great for dress pants which don't fit into the flat rate envelope but weigh more than a pound.


I like the 8 x 8 square boxes for shipping small ceramic items like cups, saucers, bowls, mugs or glasses, basically any small breakable items.

I use the shoe box size for lots of items, of course they are great for shoes, but also excellent for larger items.


The Tyrek envelopes are good for anything made of fabric that can be bent or is not breakable. It's light weight so it doesn't add to the weight of your items.


I only use medium or large flat rate boxes rarely. This is when I have something that is very heavy and would cost much more to ship.


There are many times where depending on the weight and type of item, I will try fitting them into different packaging to find just the right fit. For instance, if I have a pair of flat sandals, I can probably put them into a padded envelope or maybe even a regular flat rate envelope. I might even try a Tyrek envelope because if the sandals weigh less than a pound it will be the same or less than shipping flat rate. Remember: any item that weighs 13 ounces or more must be shipped Priority Mail.


Every so often I have an item that won't fit into any of the Priority Mail boxes. I refuse to pay for boxes if at all possible so that's when I hit my local stores like Dollar General and ask if they have any boxes. Sometimes my husband can get boxes from his job. If all else fails, I will go to Walmart and buy a box. Their boxes are pretty reasonable. Thus far I have not had to pay for boxes.


I hope you find this helpful. If so please share on your social media!



Happy Selling!!

Free Doll Pattern and swagbucks

Posted by Ronnie on January 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello,

Free Nuno Doll Pattern: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/mini/mini.html

 

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 I am almost at the point where I will get a $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com!!

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Selling Your Craft Items Online

Posted by Ronnie on September 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I've seen a lot of posts on yahoo groups, forums and blogs about selling crafts. One of the biggest questions going around out there is: "Where is the best place to sell?"

 

I belong to a few yahoo groups that have gone round and round this question every few months. I think it still comes back to the same answer. So far, ebay is one of the best places to sell online. And they know it. That's why they have the highest fees.

 

To compare sites you can go to a site created and maintained by Ryan Olbe. This site features a calculator that can tell you much you actually make when you sell on various sites. Some of the sites listed are: ebay, etsy, amazon.com,  and a few others. It's a free calculator though there is a link for donations.

 Here is the site link:  http://www.rolbe.com/2010/03/30/ebay-fees-calculator-8-0/

 The link to fee calculators can be found in the lower right column. He also gives a lot of information on selling formats, fees, some changes to ebay fee structure and loads more. Definitely worth a visit in my opinion.

 

I predominately sell doll clothing. So far I have used bidville (no longer in existence), free webs, blujay, etsy and ebay. Over the last few years I have used all but find that ebay consistently gives me more exposure and definitely more sales. I don't like the higher fees, but if I am honest I have to admit the exposure is worth it. And it sure beats sitting in the hot sun or the cold, lugging tables and inventory to flea markets and craft shows where I barely break even.

 

I'm sure other people have had great success on sites like etsy. I've even seen ladies who sell the same type of doll clothes I do who have had a lot of sales. I just haven't figured out how to do that yet.....