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Scavenger Life: Trash to Cash Podcast

Scavenger Life: Trash to Cash Podcast

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Trash to Cash- Buy cheap, sell high. A podcast about making a living on eBay. http://ebayscavengers.com We are two couples who live in different rural parts of the US. We are scavengers, especially when it comes to making money on eBay by selling items we find in or near the waste stream, at auctions, yard sales, and thrift stores. This allows us to avoid full-time jobs, which gives us more time to scavenge and enjoy our lives. It's a positive reinforcing cycle.


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Scavenger Life Episode 311: The Summer Slowdown™ is Here

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, May 21, 2017


This is the week that the Summer Slowdown™ started for us. We made half as much money this week as we have been the past five months. It’s been especially painful because our average price per item has been only about $22. All our low price items are selling. For anyone new to selling on […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 310: Am I Selling on eBay the Wrong Way?

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, May 14, 2017


This week on the forum we had another long discussion about the best way to sell on eBay. Is it wrong to let items sit in your store too long? Should you end all your listings every 30-days and re-list as new. Should you focus on listing new items or keep updating old items until […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 309: Scrapping and Parting – Interview w/ Eric in Ottawa Canada

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, May 08, 2017


In true scavenger style, Eric from Ottawa Canada, is making ends meet by sourcing all his inventory for free, parting it out and then making money scrapping the rest. He’s the ultimate recycler. Check out his videos on Youtube, you can ride along with him as he scraps and parts. Also check out his eBay […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 308: What Works For You?

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, May 01, 2017


We are currently in between video jobs and visiting Jay’s sister in Chicago. Surrounded by much more activity than we’re used to with two young kids, four little dogs and parents with full time jobs. We’ve heard from a lot of you that you have a similar life with eBay as a gig on top […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 307: Getting Ready to Sell While Traveling

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Apr 24, 2017


We had a busy week of listing, packing and getting ready to travel for 18 days for some video jobs. Luckily our helper will continue to photo and schedule listings while we’re gone. We also have our fabulous cleaner helping us keep the Airbnb business running too. So far, so good. Hope your week was […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 306: We Love Flea Markets and Craigslist

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, Apr 16, 2017


It’s no secret, it’s flea market season and we love it. So get out there and flea it up! Also had some mad luck on good old Craigslist this week both in DC and Boston. Links we talked about this episode- Why healthcare is so expensive with little oversight: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/10/523005353/how-u-s-health-care-became-big-business Emailed the public press contact […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 305: The Biggest Transfer of Wealth in Human History

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Sun, Apr 09, 2017


You guys have made clear that we shouldn’t talk about politics here. Makes sense. But can we agree on one thing? The Baby Boomers and their parents sure have a lot of stuff. Where’s the proof? Stop by any auction and see all the piles of possessions being sold each and every day. After WWII, […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 304: Do a little bit today, then do a little bit tomorrow

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Sun, Apr 02, 2017


Consistency is the main foundation for our successful eBay business. Since 2008, our secret has been to simply list 20 items a day. If we’re not listing items, we are scavenging for inventory, or photographing items, or working on death piles. We always do something each day that builds our business. We treat our business […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 303: Failure of Imagination

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, Mar 26, 2017


When we hear Amazon sellers talk about their million dollar businesses, it’s pretty impressive. They tell stories of buying tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a factory in China. Maybe even traveling to China to make a big play on some private label merchandise. Or maybe they are sending employees out to […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 302: How to Deal with Dreaded eBay Scammers Lurking Everywhere!!

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, Mar 19, 2017


In over 20,000 items we’ve sold on eBay since 2008, we’ve never had an eBay Scammer™. A scammer is someone who buys an item knowing full well they’re going to cheat you. It involves pre-meditation.  Maybe they exist and we haven’t run into them? Maybe the Scammers don’t buy the kind of weird, vintage stuff […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 301: Our Best eBay Week Ever

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Sun, Mar 12, 2017


This week was another example of why we love what we do. Instead of working on eBay, Ryanne’s sister visited us and we spent each day doing fun stuff with her. We hiked in the mountains, cooked big meals, talked about projects we’re working on and ones we want to work on. We also had […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 300: Our 300th Episode!! Now let’s talk taxes…

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


Congrats to everyone on our 300th episode! We posted our first podcast in March of 2013. Four years ago! We say congrats to you guys because we wouldn’t have kept recording each and every week if you didn’t show up to share with us. I’m glad we’ve found our people, the Trash Elves. We received […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 299: What Control Do We Have as eBay Sellers?

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, Feb 26, 2017


If you wade into the eBay community forums, you quickly get a sense of overwhelming anger mixed with powerlessness. These buyers choose to rage about problems in their store and feel like the only solution is for a Government investigation of how eBay is purposefully ruining their lives. They are convinced that eBay has a […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 298: The Scavengers and The Collectors, A Love Story

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, Feb 19, 2017


We sell all kinds of items, many of which are practical everyday objects: clothes, tools, etc. But we also find and sell many items that are “collectible”. They have no practical value and are mainly ornamental, historical or make people feel nostalgic. Though we’re frugal and love to live a very minimal life, it is […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 297: Being Frugal vs Running A Business

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Feb 13, 2017


We have always been frugal people. Maybe we learned it from our parents, but I think it has more to do with being offended by inefficiency and waste. Why spend more than we have to? Why buy things we really don’t need? We like to read online blogs and forums where people talk about frugality. […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 296: Are You Keeping Up With Your Inventory System?

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Sun, Feb 05, 2017


When we hit 4000 items, our inventory system has not been able to keep up. Items are spread out on two different properties, in about 4 different buildings. This week we couldn’t find two items. One was eventually spotted and shipped, but the other was never found. Not good. This is why we’re preparing to […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 295: The Challenges of Changing Your Strategy

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Jan 30, 2017


In our New Years Goals for 2017, a big one is to start scavenging higher dollar items. But this is easier said than done. We went to a fancy auction this week to try out our new strategy. Can we buy items for $50+ that will sell for $200+? This is much different from our […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 294: Finding the Valuable Caches and Going All In

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, Jan 22, 2017


In our career of scavenging, nothing is more exciting than finding a Cache. What’s a cache? It’s that huge box of items that you buy for one price at an auction or thrift store. Different caches we’ve found are grocery carts of old pens, boxes of pottery, piles of military clothing, rolls of fabric, buckets […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 293: How To Hire Your First Employee

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, Jan 15, 2017


This week we had a good meeting with our accountant to discuss hiring an employee and other things we want to do this year for our business. We cannot stress enough how helpful it is to have a knowledgeable person in business on our side. Since we’ve formed a relationship with his small accounting firm, […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 292: Busy Scavenger Week

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Jan 09, 2017


It’s been a busy week. We shipped over 100 items that sold during the two weeks we were on holiday vacation. And now we’re just starting to get some returns from people who say items didn’t fit, etc. One of the items is the $1600 necklace we sold, so listen in to hear how we’re […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 291: Our New Years Trash Elf Goals

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Mon, Jan 02, 2017


Happy New Year y’all! The perfect time to talk about your goals for the next twelve months. Some of our goals include super fun things like paying off debt and figuring out how to properly hire our assistant. What are yours? We mentioned that we got a Paypal Working Capital loan to help us finish […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 290: Experimenting with your eBay Store

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Mon, Dec 26, 2016


We love the new Scavenger Life forums because of the ideas/claims that other sellers have about their eBay business. But many times sellers don’t have much actual data to back up their hypotheses (a theory is a hypothesis that has been tested and can be successfully repeated). So we like to run little experiments with […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 289: Our Free Shipping Experiment

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Sun, Dec 18, 2016


Last week we had a discussion on the forum about how free shipping might be a accelerator for sales. We’ve always been clear that we find the concept of free shipping to be a bait and switch since sellers always raise the price of the item when adding free shipping. I guess it’s just a […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 288: The War Of Attrition Will Not Grind Us Down

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Dec 12, 2016


Interesting conversation on the forum about the glut of clothing sellers on eBay (and elsewhere) and the reasons why. This speaks to the broader question of ‘is there too much online selling competition to make a living’ now that there are weigh-n-pays and smartphones everywhere. We think it’s just a matter of time before the […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 287: How Is the Holiday Selling Season for You?

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016


We’ve had a steady stream of sales on eBay since the summer, but we certainly haven’t seen crazy holiday sales that we all love. Are people buying less this Xmas? Are we not selling the right stuff? Who knows! All we do is list. Stuff is selling; we’re making money; all is well. Ryanne found […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 286: Black Friday, Just Another Day on eBay

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Nov 28, 2016


This week, we had a steady flow of sales which felt great! In fact we sold about sixty items which is a big volume for us. That’s almost ten items a day ? Unfortunately they were all mostly low dollar items ? Our average selling price was less than 30 dollars. It was a good […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 285: Ready for Anything

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Nov 21, 2016


This is our first podcast after the election that has made Donald Trump the President of the United States. We clearly remember what it was like during the eight years of George W Bush: the expensive, devastating war that we’re still fighting and one of of the worst economic crashes this country has ever seen […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 284: Where did you learn about money?

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Nov 14, 2016


James Collins is a good friend of ours. He’s also one of the well-known bloggers who focuses on Financial Independence aka “early retirement”. (If you haven’t read his series on the stock market, do so now). In our first conversation, Jim helped us understand how scavengers can leverage even small amounts of extra money selling […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 283: Running Our Businesses Without A Safety Net

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, Nov 06, 2016


This week we’ve experienced the full craziness of being self-employed. Because we’ve decided to invest in our eBay and rental businesses, we’re spending all the money we saved up over the past year (plus some). And we can’t even be sure if we’re making the right choices. Is it smart to build a huge storage […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 282: Always Evolving

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Oct 31, 2016


Several pieces of big news in Scavenger Life Land. The photo above shows the almost 1000 square foot concrete slab we had poured this week. That’s the foundation for our future storage building that will hold all our eBay inventory WITH plenty of room to grow. The slab is a $5500 investment. That’s a lot […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 281: Get Out of Debt By Selling on eBay

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, Oct 23, 2016


iTunes   YouTube  Download .mp3  Download .ogg Here are some photos of our backyard where we’re in the middle of constructing a 41′ x 24′ metal storage building. You can see that we’re currently working on building the concrete pad where the building will sit. This is a huge undertaking and investment for us. When complete, […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 280: Making eBay Sales While on Vacation

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Sun, Oct 16, 2016


iTunes   YouTube  Download .mp3  Download .ogg We’re flying back on Tuesday and are very happy to be going home. Being away from our daily lives for three weeks is totally refreshing, but it also reminds us how much we miss the life we’ve built. We have a huge list of ideas and experiments we want […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 279: How We Plan For The Future

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Sun, Oct 09, 2016


iTunes   YouTube  Download .mp3  Download .ogg We’re entering our second week of traveling and are enjoying being away from our day-to-day lives. That is really what it’s all about for us: taking time to think about what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and what we want to do. It’d be very easy for us to […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 278: Scavenging in Dublin Ireland

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Sun, Oct 02, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg Hello from Dublin. After a week of work, we are now free to roam Ireland for the next 15 days. We went to a flea market today and found some nice items to bring home to sell. Just the process of walking to a flea market is a […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 277: Doing eBay Full Time After the Kids Are Grown Up

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg Hello from Ireland for the next three weeks. It’s beautiful and bustling here in Dublin while our job lasts, but we’re really looking forward to getting a car and driving around the more rural areas. Next update, we can get back to doing our normal updates about our store […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 276: How to Buy and Sell Postcards on eBay

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Sun, Sep 18, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg This is probably one of our most anticipated conversations we’ve had with another seller. John (aka Spinach-eater) popped into our community a couple months ago and began discussing how he sells postcards on eBay. I guess for a lot of sellers, it’s a dream to only sell items that […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 275: When Do You Scavenge?

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Mon, Sep 12, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg Hey ya’ll, we just landed in San Francisco after traveling all day, but we were able to record the podcast this morning before we left. So I’ll keep it short, as the time zone difference is catching up to us (Jay is snoring as I write this). Links we […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 274: We Don’t Care About eBay Watchers

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Wed, Aug 31, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg Each of us runs our own store using different techniques. One thing we do is ignore if a listed item has watchers or not. All we do is research the item, list it, and then wait for the right buyer. Every year or so we go through older items […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 273: What’s Your eBay Emergency Plan?

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Sun, Aug 28, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg Cyndi of Amazing*Taste said that her ebay partner/ husband had to go to the hospital last week. As far as we know he’s fine, but she did bring up a good question: what would you do if your eBay partner is out of commission? Could you still run the […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 272: How Much $ Should You Risk On Your Inventory?

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Mon, Aug 22, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg When we started selling on eBay in 2008, we had no idea what we were doing. If there were online tutorials or Youtube videos about eBay, we didn’t know about them. There were the eBay Forums, but they were mainly full of negative stories of how eBay was actively […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 271: Finding the Right Balance Between Scavenging and Listing

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Sun, Aug 14, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg Our success on eBay is due primarily to one key factor: finding the right balance between scavenging and listing. Here’s the deal if you’re new to scavenging- it’s easy to find stuff to sell. You can complain all you want about thrift stores raising their prices or yard sales […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 270: Self-Doubt and the eBay Life

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Sun, Aug 07, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg Anyone that runs a business of any type or size deals with self doubt. When you’re the boss, no one tells you if you’re making the right choice or the wrong choice. Maybe the next decision will ruin everything! Maybe it’s better to do nothing? Who knows! And if […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 269: Being a Scavenger is Being an Opportunist

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Sun, Jul 31, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg We recently asked listeners to share their “manifestos” on the blog so sellers could share the different strategies they use to run their eBay stores. You can scroll through them in the comment section here. Lots of great ideas were shared, but we especially loved what Tim Snoper shared. […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 268: Can Struggling Artists Fund Their Art with an eBay Store?

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Mon, Jul 25, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg Ryanne’s sister visited us this weekend from Boston, so we’re enjoying our town like tourists again. Swimming at the lake, watching a movie at the theater, grilling, hanging out with friends. Instead of our normal “what happened this week”, we’re posting a recent conversation we had with Deric, who’s […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 267: Updates on Our Adventures in eBay Search

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Sun, Jul 17, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg This week we wanted to clarify a bunch of ideas we introduced on the last podcast where we discussed how we were re-thinking our listing formats to better show up in eBay’s search. It definitely sparked a lot of conversations, competing interpretations, and pointing out some things we got […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 266: Maybe eBay Conspiracy Theorists Were Right All Along?!!

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Jul 11, 2016


iTunes   YouTube   Download .mp3  Download .ogg The past couple years we’ve had some long comment threads about eBay’s search engine and how to make sure your listings are “fresh”. The hypothesis is if you end listings and re-list as “sell similar”, then you can fool eBay into thinking it’s a new item and get to […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 265: Is eBay a Recession Proof Business?

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Mon, Jul 04, 2016


iTunes   YouTube  Download .mp3  Download .ogg We’ve seen some articles lately stating that another recession could be coming.  It could just be the result of nervousness around the upcoming Presidential elections that feels more and more out of control, but our American economic system has long history of ups and downs. A broken clock is […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 264: The Key to Slow Months is Exploration and Experimentation

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Sun, Jun 26, 2016


iTunes   YouTube  Download .mp3  Download .ogg Hi all. It’s been a slow week and there was a big lightning storm that knocked out our internet, so I’ll keep this short. We are remembering that when things are slow, experiment because you have time to do it. So far it’s paying off. Links we mentioned: eBay’s […]

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Scavenger Life Episode 263: How To Run an eBay Business by Yourself

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Mon, Jun 20, 2016


iTunes   YouTube  Download .mp3  Download .ogg Ryanne’s birthday was this weekend which is why we’re bringing you an interview with a Scavenger Supreme.  We met Ben of VooDoo Vintage for the first time recently when we stayed in New Orleans. Even though we already knew some of his story from Wendy when she interviewed him […]

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What Sells On eBay: Brass Curtain Tiebacks, Dragon Ball-Z Sweatshirt, Damascene Necklace

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Wed, Jun 15, 2016


iTunes   YouTube  Download .mp4  Download .ogv One of my favorite sales this week was a Damascene necklace that was just beautiful. Slow to sell, but a really nice find!

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Scavenger Life Episode 262: How to Tackle Your Unlisted items aka “Death Piles”

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Sun, Jun 12, 2016


iTunes   YouTube  Download .mp3  Download .ogg Since last summer, we have been working on piles of unlisted items that had taken over our house, front porch and storage areas. If you’re a scavenger, it’s very easy to buy more than you can list. We call them “death piles” because it’s so depressing to have this […]

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What Sells On eBay: ASPCA Vans Sneakers, Vintage Software, Cameo Tie Clip, CVS Shot Glass

Author: Scavenger Life Podcast
Wed, Jun 08, 2016


iTunes   YouTube  Download .mp4  Download .ogg One of my favorite finds and sales were the ASPCA Vans Sneakers this week. So cute! Also, check out the clear, produce bags we use to store (and easily see) shoes.

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