Need Help Selling On Ebay?

Are you stuck and not sure what to buy or how to sell on eBay? I’ve had quite a few people ask me questions so I started a private eBay selling Group. Ask me to be added to my Facebook Group. I’m on there more than I am anywhere else. Aren’t we all stuck to Facebook most of our free time. I know I have to turn the darn thing off sometimes if I’m ever going to get any work done! Lol!

Here is the link just ask to be added to the group and post your questions or your successes. It doesn’t matter where your at with your Ebay business. I If your newbie or you’ve been with eBay for years, everyone can learn something new and it really helps to keep you motivated when you are talking to someone else who is a little more successful than you are.

Join us on Facebook and I’ll help you be successful!

Michelle 😉

What’s Going On At The Cricketlady’s House?

Wow, Where is the year going? It’s May already!

I Got Goats!!

Pygmy Goats










What’s up with me? We are starting the cricket biz again, but I’m going at it much easier than last time. We sold crickets to all the pet shops in Three states and delivered them 4 days a week in our van and then we did 3 reptile shows on the weekends…no wonder I was skinny!! Well that is not going to happen this time. I have a good business on eBay and I want to add my cricket Biz to my ebay listings. We will provide some items that are just too hard to get. Supplies for growing crickets and some cricket kits. We will still do a small route but nothing like we did for over 20 years. My goodness I don’t think my body could take that work now. And I LOVE Ebay! It’s so easy and fun.

Now back to my store. I have 5000 items will almost that many. I’m getting a eBay barn in a couple months so we can get all the items out of the house and the garage. I quit doing free shipping but I am adding it back to my clothing. I sell a boat load of clothes and we are trying to pick up some more high dollar items. We have sold some big ticket items this month and it looks to be a great month for us. I didn’t list my goal of a 100 per week, I was getting around 50 to 60 new items per week and we bought back all our old cricket equipment and had to move the whole garage around to make it fit. Man I’ve not worked that hard in months!

What’s up with you guys? Love to hear from you. Please fell free to ask me questions!

Michelle 😉

How To Spy On Your Competition On eBay

terapeakThis is my store…cricketfarmer…see I told you I had a crap month, but it shows what my top selling items are…collectibles…my sell through rate…17%…I had 1166 listings well that was a bunch of re-listings, I only listing a little over 100 new items last month…pitiful! I’m so disappointed in myself. My average price is 16.45 now that is pretty good for me. But if you could see farther down, you would see my biggest sellers of the month a big bowl that I paid $3.00 at a yard sale went for $400! Nice!

I am loving Terapeak! I’ve used this in the path and for whatever reason I quit using it. BIG Mistake! They have made many changes since I last used it and I have to say I LOVE the new changes. It is so to spy on all your competition now and find out EXACTLY what they are selling and how much, what they are listing each month…what their sell through is and everything.

There are so many ways to spy on them it’s not funny. In the past it was really hard to look at see what they sold and if they took a best offer you really had no idea what they got for it and then you had to add it up for each day. Kinda a drag…So if you want the inside scoop on what your competitors are selling or just someone on Facebook that comments that they sell at least 50 items each and every Sunday.

Well then you can just look up their user name and magic you will know everything. That is not the only thing I’ve been looking up. I’ve looked up everything on Terapeak. I’m selling some big ticket items this week. A antique loom and A Rare Spinning wheel. It was so much easier than looking it up on eBay.

I just typed in what I wanted to know say Antique loom and then it gave me not just what sold the past 30 days it goes all the way back to 90 days and it is already listed by high to low. No more changing all the things on eBay by completed and waiting for that to load. You just head over to Terapeak and you will have your answer in a matter of minutes and I find it gives you a much better search than I’m finding on eBay. I’m getting better items. Then I can just click on it and find out when they listed it, what category it was in and how much they sold it for. Plus it shows what didn’t sell. Very nice.

Happy Listing!


Merry Christmas! Free Gift!

Hey guys! I’ve been so busy stocking up my store for Christmas that I forgot about my poor little blog! WEll, I have HUGE Plans for next year and I’m working on some AWESOME things for your guys so stay tune. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can be the first to get these AMAZING gifts coming down the pipe. I want EVERYONE of you can be so successful in your eBay biz next year.

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Merry Christmas!!

Poison Bottles

Poison Blue BottleAs most of you know, hubby is a big time bottle collector, he even has a bottle machine set up to clean dirty bottles. A couple of years ago we took the summer off as a gift for retiring after 20 some odd years in the cricket farming business. We hooked onto our solar powered RV then set out following the bottle shows from Indiana to Reno Nevada. I really wanted to put a sign on the back of the camper Reno or Bust. Lol!

We had so much fun, I can tell you it is something that we will treasure for the rest of our lives on so many levels. At that time hubby was collecting ACL Bottles and buying up Poison bottles to sell to pay for our trip along with other things we picked up along the way.

Poison bottles caught my attention because I just love the skulls and cross bones on them. Most of them are cute tiny bottles in really nice colors. I could see why people back in the day could get the bottles mixed up with others of same size bottles in their medicine cabinets and maybe stumbling in the middle of the night for a couple of aspirins for a headache and popping a couple mouse poison tablets instead.

Most poison bottles are a different color than others and they would have raised embossed bumps or cross bone designs on the side of the bottle you could feel when you picked up the bottle to help prevent that dreaded late night mistake.

My favorite ones are the blue bottles. I noticed at the bottle show we went to last weekend that these bottles have gone out the roof in price at the shows. No way could we buy any for profit this time. I guess they all wised up.

Most of the time you can make a deal at the bottle show if you buy more than one bottle, the price is always negotiable and if you start going to them, you will become friends with other bottle collectors and find out what they are collecting and then you might be able to trade for a bottle that you want.

But as a collector, my advice is to buy what you like, even if it is more expensive than you were hoping. It will work out in the end. One day you will stumble on a bottle that you only have to pay a cheaper price for and then your more expensive bottle will not have cost so much as you figure it out as a whole investment.

The most popular among collectors is from the Owl Drug company, they have a owl logo on them and there are several versions out there made around 1892-1930. They made both hand blown and machine made. Hand blown in always the most expensive and most of the time valued more than the machine made.

Blue Poison BottleIf you want to know how to tell the difference. Look at the lip of any bottle. The lip of of a machine made bottle will have two vertical seams, while the lip on a blown in the mold, applied lip will have none.

See the picture…The line at the lip tells us this was machine made. But that is not a bad sign because some of them are still rare to find and all poison bottles are worth more than the average bottle. I think we sold this bottle for over $100…sweet.

You don’t have to be a collector to enjoy these bottles, they are so nice in color and size that they look great in your home or office as desk decor. If you want to find out more about poison bottles…

If you would like to find out more about collecting Poison bottles. This web page has much information and a club you can join.


Books on Collecting Bottles…
Collectors guide to poison bottles, vol. I-
Antique Trader Bottles Identification & Price Guide (Antique Trader Bottles Identification and Price Guide)

I really enjoyed looking at all the bottles and have found out new things to collect and look for just by going to the show. If you are looking for a bottle show in your area check on the side of my blog and look for one in your area.
Happy Bottle Collecting!

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