Day 3 of Money Challenge #2: Everyday Listing/Selling for 31 days – Dog days of ebay

So far there’s no buyers for my vintage candelabra or brooch so I found something random that is so random it just might sell!

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Behold! A vintage springer spaniel belt buckle!

Somebody has to be into Springer Spaniels enough to want to keep them near their button fly, right?!

I can only hope. I listed it starting at $4. We’ll see if I get an interest over the next 7 days.

Day 2

Listed thus far: Sarah Coventry brooch, vintage candelabra, Springer spaniel belt buckle

Total sold: $0

Day 2 of Money Challenge #2: Everyday Listing/Selling for 31 days – Friday night candle lights

I got home from a long day at work and was unwinding with a good documentary and a full craft beer with a dog on my lap when I realized that I hadn’t listed anything to sell for today. So I went upstairs to the storage room and found this gem:

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A 3 tiered dark wood vintage candelabra. I bought it at a thrift store a while ago for only $2 and haven’t used it since then. But ebay enthusiasts now have 7 days to bid on my shortcomings. Let’s hope they go for it.

Day 2

Listed thus far: Sarah Coventry brooch, vintage candelabra

Total sold: $0

Lessons Learned from Money Challenge #1….and new challenge!

It’s been a week since Money Challenge #1 ended. It was quite humbling to come up short by almost $200. But I learned some valuable lessons to help aid me in accomplishing future challenges:

1. Don’t stop the winning streak. I quit collecting money everyday on Day 12 of my last challenge and never fully got back on board. That was a mistake. Taking a break made me lose the momentum needed for achieving the objective. In the future, there should be a daily blog post to stay motivated.

2. Be reasonable with goals. The Beard thinks it was silly to set a random dollar amount in the last challenge. When I told him I wanted to somehow make $500 in 31 days, his response was, “How did you come up with that amount as a goal?” I didn’t have a good answer. I guess it’s better to set smaller, more realistic goals.

3. Stay motivated. I could have psyched myself up more to help myself stay motivated during the last half of the challenge.

So I’ve decided to take on a similar challenge with different goal points. Plus, this one combines my love of accruing extra money with my desire to downsize my belongings in hopes of embracing a more minimalist lifestyle.

So the new challenge is:

Everyday Listing/Selling for 31 Days

That’s right. I have to list or sell something every day. Every day, I need to put something on Craigslist or Ebay or Facebook to sell or I need to somehow sell something by taking it to a resell shop.

Although I haven’t created the rules of the challenge yet, I’ve already decided to list something. So, as of Day 1, I’ve listed this brooch on Ebay:

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This kickstarts Day 1 of the challenge. Hopefully with a daily goal as part of the challenge I’ll actually be able to achieve it!