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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Big Challenge Week 16: The Final Total!

It's here! The inlaws have moved in for the week and we're probably on the plane to Florida as you're reading this. Its been 16 weeks of selling on ebay, craigslist and garage sales but we finally made it. Our goal was to raise $4,000 to take our family of 7 to Florida to visit my oldest daughter, who's doing an internship for Disney. Let's start with this weeks ebay top sellers. It was definitely dress week...This Charlotte Russe, size large, grey dress sold for 8.50.

This adorable Apostrophe, size 18, navy blue, cotton dress sold for $10.50

And this believe, size 12, summer dress sold for 11.50. With all of my items being only $1.00, it was a great profit. Craigslist was also very busy this week...

Here's the chandelier I picked up for $4.00 a few weeks ago. I had hoped to put her in my new craft room, but she didn't fit- My storage cabinet doors would hit it when they were opened. I sold it for $20.00
Black tables always do well on craigslist. I was blessed to sell all 3 to one person. This table cost $10 and a few hours of refinishing time.

I also paid $10.00 for this table
This beautiful coffee table was just 25.00. I sold all 3 for $200 total- A great profit for me.

This kidsline farmhouse bedding set was just $10.00 at a yard sale. It sold for $30.
This is Laura's adorable pottery barn set she picked up at a yard sale for the nursery. We ended up using the one I bought for $10 at a yard sale- so she gave me hers in trade. I sold it for $25.
These two wingback chairs were the first piece of upholstered furniture Mr. Right and I bought- 18 years ago. They are made by Rowe - a great brand. Our tastes have definitely changed, but I've hung onto these in hopes of recoving them. It wasn't until last week that I realized they really weren't even the right scale for the room I had them in- so I sold them for $50 each.

What a fun challenge this has been- definite highs and lows, but in the end I've learned so much about how to make some extra cash and it's exciting to work together as a family toward a common goal. My girls have put in lots of time with their own challenge. They've been selling homemade cookies each Monday night to people we know in our neighborhood. Here they are with their trays of homemade goodies. They made a total of $630.00(no I didn't charge them for the ingredients) This money will be their spending money for personal wants during the trip. I'm so proud of them.

We are so thankful to everyone who have supported us. I appreciate our neighbors, friends and the followers of My Dear Trash- Your comments have inspired me to keep going, even when our goal seemed almost impossible to meet. I will make a little wish for all of you as I watch the fireworks in the happiest place on earth. Thank you all. Love, Kelly

Ebay Profits: This week: 250.04 Challenge Total: 3013.58
Craigslist Profits: This week 375.00 Challenge Total: 3177.00
This weeks Costs: 47.00 (clothes) -13.37 (ebay fees- I didn't do relists this week) -15.41(paypal fees) -69.00 (Cost to buy craigslist items)
Total Challenge Costs: 1836.62
Total Profit: $4353.96

We Did It! With a little extra for unexpected expenses. Thanks again.

Linking Up To:

Penny Pinching Party @ The Thrifty Home
Look What I Made @ Creations By Kara
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Show Us What You're Working On @ Me And My Bucket
A Little Craft Therapy @ Life In The Pitts
We're Organized Wednesday @ Organize And Decorate Everything
Make It Yours @ My Backyard Eden
Show And Tell @ Blue Cricket Designs
Works For Me Wednesday @ We Are THAT Familyl
Sharing Ideas Wednesday @ The Trendy Treehouse
We Did It Wednesday @ Sew Much Ado
Bargain Brag Wednesdays @ Bargain Shopping Paradise
Spotlight Yourself @ It's so Very Cheri


  1. I can't beleive you did that, amazing! Have a great trip.

  2. You have been blessed! I can't imagine anyone has ever worked harder on earning a vacation!! I listed my first itmes this have no idea how much your posts have encouraged me.

  3. I am so encouraged by your success. I am planning to list my first items on eBay tonight. We are trying to earn enough money for an adoption and I am hoping this is something I can do from home to help my family.

    Enjoy your vacation!

  4. Good for you! Have a great trip.

  5. I love your trash! Wish I could have it!

  6. Congratulations! That is so exciting and inspiring and wonderful in every way!

    Enjoy your trip, you definitely deserve it!

  7. This is so exciting! Congratulations on reaching the goal you worked so hard for! Have an amazing trip!!!

  8. YES!! I was rooting for you! And telling everyone I know that they should check you out, and try it too. You are such an inspiration.

    Thank you for participating in the Craft Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts

  9. Enjoy your trip! Thank you for sharing your great creation on my blog!

  10. What a great idea, and a great goal! Have a fun trip!