Author: Rob Stephenson
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Well that was a long road trip! We covered over 3,000 miles through 12 states in two weeks time, and made $5,600 on eBay while doing it. AND we did it with 3 kids: ages 4, 2, and 8 months! WHEW!
They actually were great travelers. They impressed both my wife and I. When they needed a break we would look for a Chick Fil A for lunch or dinner so they could run around on the indoor play ground. Chick-Fil-A really saves our sanity on road trips!
Melissa also packed the girls stickers, coloring books, color wonder books, and snacks – lots of snacks! One thing that was probably the biggest help was the Kid's Kindle Fire that we bought them both. I am more of a spender on this kind of thing, but Melissa was the one who decided the girls needed them. It may have been more for her than them in the long run though. 😉 We have managed to keep them for use only in the car and when we go on runs and they are in the stroller for a long period of time. We don't have kindles, so weren't sure how it was going to work out, but the free time that comes loaded on it is a great feature! There are a TON of apps, books and movies already on it! The only downfall is you have to download them ahead of time on wifi to make sure you can use them when your off wifi. The videos can only be used while on wifi, so that is a little bit of a bummer. But it kept them entertained for a good long while! And there are some great creative and education apps installed in it. If you have been debating whether or not to purchase one for a gift, we would buy the Kid's Kindle Fire again.
Ok, back to the trip and how we made our money while on our vacation.
At the last minute we decided to leave on our road trip a few days early. This made Melissa a little concerned that we wouldn't make enough before we left to cover our monthly expenses. She told me that we needed $3,500 in the last two weeks of the month (that we would be gone). She is the one that tracks the finances and does our budgeting, but God is the one that is completely in charge. He helped us not only reach our need of $3,500, but helped us exceed it by almost $2,000!!
We decided to hitch up our trailer and throw in some of the smaller items we have for sale, so we could pack them up and ship them out if they sold while we were gone. Well they did! The first thing that sold was one of our 60 Sleep Number Mattress pumps for $200, and then we sold 2 more by the end of the trip ($600 total). I believe I am down to 15 of them now.
Next I sold one of our Sleep Number Bed Covers for $274. I started selling the parts separate because I can make more money that way.
Then I sold 2 of my Autopoles for a total of $140.
Next were two underbar dishwashers for $750. I didn't have this with me, so I emailed the buyer and made sure it was ok for me to ship them out when I got home the next week. They didn't have a problem with it.
Same thing happened with the exercise bike that I had. I didn't have it with me so I packaged it up when I got home. I sold it for $2,000! I bought it for $100 and my wife used it for a couple years with her clients before we sold it. It was a great bike!
I sold one of my last few Star Showers for $39
I sold 4 holophane light globes while I was gone too. They were $300 for a pair, so $600 total for those items.
The last thing I sold was 13 large conveyor roller pieces. The buyer wanted 4 of them at first, but after he came to pick them up I ended up selling him 12, and throwing in one for a bonus. 🙂 The total was $1,200 for all of them.
I packaged up and shipped out the smaller items on the road, and emailed the people with the larger ones to make sure it was ok to ship them out when we got back. All good!
That brings our grand total for the road trip: drumroll please….. $5,603! God is awesome!
I also picked up a few items while on the road – items to sell later. I bought a cooktop from a thrift store for $50. They retail for $1,500 and I think I can get $750 for it. I also picked up something a little unique. It is called a tootsie tanner. That's right. It tans your toes! What?! Why on earth would someone need to tan their toes or feet? I have no idea. But it was only $5 and I should be able to sell it for $50. So why not. 🙂
In case you couldn't tell- I have a blast doing this for a living. Yes it is work and it takes time, but when you enjoy it – it doesn't feel like work!
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I think we should go away more often. Over $5,600 for two weeks sounds like a good game plan to me! 😉
I grew up in Central Florida and have lived here my whole life. I first got into buying and selling items when I was 16 years old, and have been hooked ever since. It has mostly been a hobby that makes some extra cash, but sometimes it serves as my main income as well. I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. I find too many fun toys for my family (or myself), and just love the whole process.