FS - I find it facinating what people enjoy getting into.
I can see where people like to get into the hunt, finding items, selling to others that like the same things, or the things you've found.
Back when I was first casually messing around on ebay, I found a type of collectible item that people really liked, and the profit margin was huge. I could literally buy the item from a thrift store for $1 and sell it for $35, plus charging as much shipping as I liked.
I quickly realized though that I thoroughly, totally hated the process of shipping stuff. The act of boxing things of various sizes (not like there was a lot of variety of sizes), weighing, making sure it wouldn't break, schlepping to the post office (even if it was a stop on the way home from work) was a total joy sucker for me.
I knew exactly where to search for this collectible, it would not have been my thing to spend all day going from one place to another "finding" stuff. Sometimes I'd come across something while on my daily routine, but shopping has never been my idea of fun.
You know, I think it's funny when I hear people say "All you have to do is take a picture, post it, ship it." Like you snap your fingers and some oddly shaped, heavy item just finds its way into a box of the correct size, in such a way that nothing will break, and that you just happen to have all the correct size boxes just right there.
For some people, that might be great fun. Not for me.
Oh! Also, whenever you read anything about "how to make money on ebay" the first, and many times only piece of advice is "look around your house and sell the things you don't want anymore." Well, I don't need these skis, or this unicycle, or this plastic ruler...I'll just sell it.
That always reminds me articles on how to save X amount of dollars of year. You know of course what is always the first thing on their list. "Stop buying starbucks on your way to work every day." Riiiiight. Like if I cut back on a starbucks habit that I don't even have, and pack a lunch from home twice a week (you did spend money on that food you know), all my finances will fall into place.
As anyone who's ever sold off ebay or the like knows, it's not as simple as selling your unwanted stuff to someone else, or even that anyone will want to buy it. Then, you end up with a garage or room in your house full of stuff.
Hey, buying vintage stuff and trying to resell it might be the best thing since sliced bread for someone who enjoys the hunting and gathering, packing and shipping. Not my bag.
Over time, I developed firm guidelines for myself as far as what when and how. If I didn't, I wouldn't enjoy it.
OH! This is a real "BTW"...
Ya'll realize I'm not named chai, right? Of course you do. I just keep finding it funny that people are coming up with clever names that would mean nothing outside of A2K.
Hey Sound Soul, how about you calling your store "Found Soul's Findings"?