This week we chat with speakers and attendees of Camp Listing Party including Kayomi Kayoshi from eBay; Brenda Wynne, Rosie the Riveter 1919; Marie, Pixie Dust Treasure, and her daughter Mara, Miss Sellaneous. We also hear from some of the more popular speakers, including Kat The Nurse Flipper and Tiffany Stewart, @TiffyPie, who each share their experience as speakers and attendees.
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Doug: Welcome to the Seller Community Podcast from list perfectly, this is season three, episode 28, Camp Listing Party, the attendees if you attended Camp Listing Party, you’ve got access to all the content this week for a year, and if you have virtual tickets, you have access as well.
So last week on YouTube we did a live recap of Camp Listing Party. Check that out with Clara, Trish, and myself. And then we also had a podcast episode last week where I spoke with Clara. I spoke with Trish, the organizer of the event, and Kayomi Kayoshi from eBay, who was a speaker. Brenda Rosie the Riveter 1919, Marie Pixie Dust Treasure, and her daughter, Mara, Miss Sellaneous. So this week I touch base with them again and we dig a little deeper and get a little more of their stories. And I also speak with some of the more popular speakers, including Kat, the Nurse Flipper, and my good friend Tiffany Stewart, Tiffany Pie. And so they’re each gonna share their experience as speakers and attendees.
So let’s start with Kat, The Nurse Flipper.
Kat The Nurse Flipper
Doug: I’m joined by my friend Kat, the Nurse Flipper, who was an attendee at Camp Listing Party. She was a speaker. She had an entourage, so a bunch of people with her. So Kat, first of all, Tell us about the group that you had with you at Camp Listing Party.
Kat: I brought my 21-year-old daughter with me, she works with me and my business on the live selling on the whatnot, and doing shipping and helping me with the lives. And then my two main moderators were actually with me that help me on my Tuesday night live podcast as well as, they also help me with my whatnot, selling some. So Mark og_and_z and Marsha Red Cardinal Treasures. And Miss Annette and her daughter Miranda were there that one off my channel as well as many other viewers that we met there. Rod, my co-host, Picking, and Punching, he flew in with us. Actually, I was glad he was there with us cuz we hadn’t flown. My daughter had never flown and I hadn’t flown in 35 years, so…
Doug: Yeah, I remember you telling me about that. And it was great to meet Rod. He was the only presenter that I didn’t know. We had a nice chat in the hotel lobby till 2:00 AM that first night. I challenged him to a thumb wrestle, but we never got to it. But, you know, I’m gonna keep bringing it up until it happens.
Kat: It will happen.
Doug: He’ll destroy my little thumb. So, why reseller events? Why are they important?
Kat: For me, the biggest thing is networking and getting to meet all these people that you talk to virtually in person. And a lot of those in-person conversations are way different than what you would have while you’re online when you’re in the lobby of a hotel until two o’clock in the morning, you get to know people more. You know, I feel like it kind of forms a closer relationship, even though some of my best friends I still haven’t met. But I think the reseller events, networking, you get to meet other people that are in business doing the same thing you do when normally this is a very, very lonely profession. You know, we’re doing this by ourselves for the most part. Most people are.
Doug: You’ve done other reseller events, you do reseller events of your own. How did, Camp Listing Party stack up amongst the reseller events you’re experienced with?
Kat: It was big. I don’t know that I could tolerate the stress level that I could imagine Trish and Clara went through. 45 to 50 people for me has been my limit. So mine have been smaller, so it was really big. I hadn’t ever been to one with breakout rooms and things like that. I’ve been to the Reseller Rally, which is more like one night of social events. It’s not a learning event. And then also Prison to Profit Convention, which is the same thing. That’s more of a social event. So other than my own, this is the first learning event reseller-wise that I’ve been to.
Doug: And so you were a presenter as well. Tell us about that. How was that experience?
Kat: That was fun and I, again, haven’t been to a ton of the learning ones. So I thought it was cool how we sat at the tables and kind of got to mix with a bunch of people, the speaker stayed put and the attendees got to come around to different tables, and we all had topics we were speaking about, so I liked that.
I knew some of the people I was on panels with, but others I had never met. So I really liked that as well. And I have made relationships with them. Actually, one of them was just on my podcast this past week that I met at the event and I have others scheduled that I met at the event that I don’t think I would’ve come across if it weren’t for the event.
Do you have any takeaways or anything that you learned while at Camp Listing Party?
You’re gonna like this, Doug. My biggest thing I wanted to learn about was the podcast end of things and taking our video podcast and putting it into audio. So I love that.
I talked to eBliss a little bit and so I’m interested in talking with them. So that’s the thing. You kind of form personal and business relationships at these events and I loved it. I loved meeting all the people, we got to hang out. You know, we did stuff before the event. We did stuff after the event.
I don’t know that I would ever take on something that big. So, like I said, kudos to them. It seemed like everybody loved it. It was, you know, great as far as networking, as far as learning, there were a lot of topics that were discussed, and I liked how people could choose. You know, where, where they wanted to go and who they could see as well as having the main event.
Doug: Well thank you very much Kat The Nurse Flipper for giving us your take on Camp Listing Party.
Tiffany Stewart, TiffyPie
Doug: I’m joined by my friend Tiffany Stewart, also known as Tiffany. Tiffany Pie. She’s a Posher. She’s a Posh liver. She was one of the first, if not the first person to do a Posh Live, asked by Poshmark themselves. I love that story cuz I always bring it up. A recent eBayer as well, and a speaker at Camp Listing Party. She’s super cool. Everybody loves her. What’s up, Tiffy?
Tiffany: Okay. I don’t know if everybody loves me, but if a few do, it’s okay.
Doug: That’s right. I heard a lot of great things. Camp Listing Party was not your first reseller event. You’ve done some other reseller events. So why do you think reseller events are important?
Tiffany: I think the community is the core of reselling. I think a lot of people think that selling used goods or not used, I guess it could be new goods, but I think that the buy and sell part is actually nothing compared to the community aspect.
Somebody put it really well at a List Perfectly event that I went to a few months back. Reselling is very lonely and I think that when we do events, Like Camp Listing Party, I think that that really forges that feeling of companionship and knowing you’re not alone.
Doug: What did you think of Camp Listing Party overall?
Tiffany: I truly, and this is not just to be a rose-colored glasses gal. I think it was exceptional. I think for a first event it really probably couldn’t have gone much better. I have planned about 16 of those conferences in my career, in my past life as I like to say it, and to see the success, to see the organization the way that things were so well put together, the timing, the planning, that is a big shout out to Trish and the rest of the people who put that on the way that the timing went and almost never was behind was wildly impressive to me.
Doug: So you presented at Camp Listing Party as well. Can you tell us a bit about that?
Tiffany: First of all, it was a huge honor to even be asked to do that and to get the ability to speak on a thing, really honestly. Two things that I’m very passionate about, which is Poshmark and the community. And I did a breakout that really focused on the community and what that looks like in terms of resellers banding together. And then I was able to do a few things on Poshmark, including. More broadly live selling and then with a Posh panel that was really focused on what’s coming with Poshmark, more focused on live selling cause I think that’s the direction it’s going. And getting to speak with a group of people who I didn’t previously have a lot of interaction with has been really neat. Fun fact, I’ve had about 25 people add me on Facebook, so this is the most adds I’ve had on Facebook in probably 18 years. So that was cool.
Doug: Congratulations on that.
Tiffany: Thank you very much.
Doug: Any takeaways or learnings for you from Camp Listing Party?
Tiffany: There was the YouTube panel, seeing Kevin and American Arbitrage speak on what YouTube looks like and the experience that brought to them and honestly, the popularity that it brought to them. I was very perplexed when Kevin mentioned that one out of a hundred YouTubes will make it. And I’m gonna tell you why. It’s for the exact opposite reason to most people in the room. I couldn’t believe it’s that many.
One out of a hundred is a pretty, in my opinion, I thought it was gonna be more like one out of 10,000 will make it. And I think hearing those facts and thinking about what those numbers look like and seeing the success that they had was really inspiring and it might have just pushed me to do more content on YouTube.
Doug: You’d be great. I’ll watch.
Tiffany: I don’t know what I’m gonna talk about though. I think that’s the part that’s scary all I have is my life and my life’s kind of boring. So I don’t know if people are gonna be interested in listening to that.
Doug: You’re far from boring. So what’s next for Tiffy?
Tiffany: I am very pleased that I will be able to speak at Boss Reseller Remix in October in Vegas. Katy and Vikki and Theresa were kind enough to extend an invitation for me to do that. And then right before that is PoshFest. So I just secured my ticket for PoshFest, that’ll be in San Diego, and that’s a really posh-centric conference. But very excited about those and I now am calling myself a conference circuit gal. I just hit the conference circuit.
Doug: I’ll see you again at PoshFest, close to where I live, in my neck of the woods, and then I will also see you at Boss in fabulous Las Vegas.
Tiffany: Yeah, we get to see a lot of each other, which is gonna be really cool.
Doug: Yeah, it’s gonna be fun. We’ll get matching tattoos or something.
Tiffany: On our necks.
Doug: That’s where to get ’em in Vegas.
Well, thank you Tiffy Pie. I appreciate you taking the time.
Tiffany: Thanks for having me. I’ve never been interviewed by Snoop Dougie before, so this is a very exciting honor.
Doug: You never forget your first time
Kayomi Kayoshi of eBay
Doug: Please introduce yourself and tell us what company you work for and what you do.
Kayomi: My name is Kayomi Kayoshi and I work for eBay as their marketing operations coordinator on their community and seller events team.
Doug: And how long have you been with eBay?
Kayomi: I have been there towards the start of the year now, so I would say since March 2023.
Doug: Tell us in a little more detail what you do for eBay.
Kayomi: I work a lot on the community side of things, so posting, SNAs, posting what’s new, making sure the news gets to the buyers and sellers that need them. I work really heavily in seller meetings. We are really kicking that off at first since covid, I’m sure we all know, they kind of took a pause because we couldn’t hold in-person events. And so now that we’re kind of getting out of that, I’d say, and we’re out of the woods, we are ramping up on that and that’s something that I’m heavily working on and supporting.
Doug: And so do you work in the online community or are you more offline or both?
Kayomi: I would say I’m more online. Yeah, so focusing a lot on online community. I do work with the Gcx team also to answer some of those questions and get back to sellers and buyers who utilize it. So yeah, you can find me there.
Doug: Do you have an online community background at all, or is this new to you?
Kayomi: I do have a background in marketing, but I would say this is my first real experience working a lot with different forums and boards, especially working with such a huge audience at eBay, as you can imagine.
Doug: So what was your background or what did you do before you came to eBay?
Kayomi: Before I came to eBay, I was working in marketing during college and shortly after, and then Covid hit and I didn’t know what I was doing with my life and I kind of had not even a midlife crisis.
I’m not at that point yet, hopefully. But I had a crisis and I started working in resale at Buffalo Exchange. And that is what really sparked my interest in the resale community. And I didn’t know that it would lead me to eBay, but it did, and I couldn’t be happier to be here.
Doug: And so what was it? Was it eBay that attracted you to eBay? Was it the job, the description, or a blend?
Kayomi: Honestly I didn’t even know it was eBay when I first applied to it. The actual company was blurred. And so I had no visibility into that. So I would say the initial role is what attracted me. I mean, eBay wasn’t associated with the role. Of course, I was ecstatic when I found out that it was eBay. And that was just an additional cherry on top. But the role really interested me, in my past positions that I’ve had, I learned that I really love chatting with people and that that’s something I love. Even when I was working in retail, I loved face-to-face communication and hearing independent and individual stories, and I’m so glad that I’m able to carry this along in my current position.
Doug: So what’s been the most surprising thing to you about your job and the seller community?
Kayomi: The most surprising thing to me has been that there have been sellers who have been selling for as long as I’ve been born, almost. I didn’t realize how loyal eBay users are, and everyone I’ve met, They tell me that they’ve been selling for decades. And that’s what surprises me that eBay has sustained these sellers and buyers for decades. I mean, I think that’s a feat in itself. So I would say that’s what surprises me. Every time someone comes up to you and they’re like, yeah, I’ve been selling for 20 plus years. I’m like, huh, that’s amazing. I was a child, but that’s amazing.
Doug: What are three words you think someone else would use to describe you?
Kayomi: I would definitely say personable. I think I’m also creative. So let’s say creative and personable, and we’ll go with dynamic.
Doug: Well thank you.
Kayomi: Yes thank you so much.
Brenda Wynne, Rosie the Riveter 1919
Doug: Please introduce yourself and tell us your selling or store name.
Brenda: My name is Brenda Wynne and I sell, at Rosie the Riveter, 1919 on whatnot. And eBay and I also sell at the Good Stuff thrift store in Las Vegas.
Rosie The Riveter 1919 is in honor of my great-aunt who also lives with me. She will be 104, on October 28th. 1919 was her birth year. She is the longest-serving Rosie the Riveter. Built airplanes until she was 95. And she’s quick to tell you that she did not retire. She was laid off when they shut the plant down in Long Beach at Boeing. Because she did not retire. She was laid off with everyone else.
Doug: And how did you get started selling online?
Brenda: I’ve been selling off and on online for years. Just a little, you know, piddly stuff, part-time here and there. When I was in Oklahoma before I moved out here, I did Craigslist and a little bit of eBay just as an individual. I now have just a small store. I did Facebook marketplace when it came about. I haven’t really done any of that here since I moved to Vegas a couple of years ago. Cuz getting my great aunt and I settled is taking a little, you know, a little bit of time.
It’s awesome because like I said, she just, she’s amazing. She amazes me every day. And then I had the opportunity to get a small space at the Good Stuff thrift store. The Niche Lady Dani Ackerman. I have a small space there where I’m selling things and I kinda haven’t really found my real niche yet.
I do like vintage stuff, I do crystals and some, crystal jewelry and things. I have t-shirts that I’ve done pretty well on. And just kind of a mishmash at this point, but I’m hoping to kind of hone it down eventually to where my subject matter is not quite as broad and yet I wanna be able to include other things, you know, most of the time out too.
Doug: What’s a single piece of advice you have for someone that’s just getting started selling online?
Brenda: Single most important thing of somebody selling online. Listen to people who are successful. And not just people that are popular, but people that are successful and have been doing it for a decent amount of time to where, you know, they’re not a fly-by-night kind of group. Just a lot of times you get lots of advice when everybody hears you’re reselling anywhere from, oh, don’t do it. You can never make money on that or do this, do this. You have to do it this way. You have to do it that way.
And like Kevin said, with Commonwealth Picker, you have to find your way of doing it. You know, take all the advice, listen, use what you can throw out the rest, you know, just find your own way and I think probably anybody can be successful. I’m not really going out there whole full force yet, but I’m looking at working my way that way slowly because I do want to do more. I mean, like I said, I am retired. I was with the postal service for almost 25 years, so all your packages, I’ve thrown a lot of packages and mail. Because I worked on the nighttime side, getting it ready for the carrier for the day. So I’m not one of those that had the holidays off and, you know, a day job. I worked graveyard for almost 20 years for the postal service. Great job. Loved it. Glad I’m gone. And, and I just, you know, I, it’s not time for me to not do something and I have that great inspiration that I live with that will be 104 in October. We went to DC on her hundred and third birthday a couple of days after, but just last November we flew to DC for a veteran’s event that they have every year. She’s a trooper. She just is awesome. If you wanna Google Rosie the Riveter, you’ll find my redhead. And I’m actually going to start a YouTube channel hopefully soon, doing just little clip interviews with her. And that’s another reason why I’m sticking with Rosie the Riveter 1919, even though it technically doesn’t have anything to do with my sales. It has to do with my life and what’s going on in my life.
Doug: What’s one thing you wish you knew when you started selling that you know now?
Brenda: I think networking is very important. Whether it’s a small seller or a big seller, at that point, all of them are good. You know, all of them are good to listen to. Like I said, you take it all in and then take what you want and throw the rest out. You know, find what works for you. I think networking is one of the things that I probably would’ve started earlier.
Doug: What three words do you think someone else would use to describe you?
Brenda: Quiet. I think friendly and I think loyal.
Doug: Thank you so much.
Brenda: Thank you.
Marie Pixie Dust Treasure and Mara Miss Sellaneous
Doug: Please introduce yourselves and tell us your selling names.
Marie: I am Marie and my stores are the Pixie Dust Treasure.
Mara: My name is Mara and my online stores are all under the name Miss Sellaneous.
Doug: What do each of you sell and where do you sell?
Marie: We both sell everything. Anything that will make us money. eBay is my primary, and Poshmark is my secondary.
Mara: We’re pretty similar. So we sell pretty much the same items, which again is pretty much everything. I don’t do as much clothes, but I still do every once in a while. EBay is also my main, and then next would probably be Mercari, but I usually list different things on Mercari. I also do Poshmark and I recently started Depop, but I’m really new to that.
Doug: So Mom started selling in 1997. So tell us briefly about that.
Marie: I had a collection. I had two boys. I had a collection of Beauty and the Beast, and I said, I’m going to someday pass these on to my daughter. But then I had a second boy. I said, well, I guess I’m never gonna have a girl. So I started to sell things off through eBay.
Then I got pregnant again, and lo and behold, I got my girl. But now she has a much larger and better Disney collection coming to her, and that was when people still had to send checks in the mail, and I had to wait for five days before I sent it.
Doug: So Mara, tell us how you got started selling on eBay.
Mara: So before I actually started selling myself, I would be helping my mom a lot. You know, I would help her clean some items, take pictures, like really basic things. And then when I was 15, I got invited to go on a trip to Europe with, the Washington Ambassadors of Music. And so the agreement was that my mom decided, She would put the down payment down for the trip, but I would have to pay for the rest of it, and it was gonna be just under $6,000. And so I needed to figure something out. I was not one for day jobs, especially because at that point in time I didn’t have a car. Like I was still in school. So it would be difficult. But seeing how she had made money, I decided, you know, I’ll just do that. And so, the first big thing with that was inventory. Again, I didn’t have any of my own income at the time, so it’s not like I could go sourcing on my own. And so what I did was, come summertime, I would go around to dozens of garage sales throughout the course of several months and ask people, Hey, what are you doing when you’re done? What are you doing with your stuff when you’re done with your garage sale? And the answer across the board was always either throwing it away or donating it to Goodwill. I made some flyers and handed them to these people and said, Hey when you’re done, if you wanna gimme a call, this is what I’m doing, you know, trying to fund my trip to Europe.
So if you give us a call, we will come get it. You don’t have to take it anywhere, we will come to you and take it away. And between 70 and 80% of those people probably ended up calling us back and so, We were just collecting stuff for the course of a whole summer, and at the end of the summer we had a ginormous garage sale and it ended up funding the rest of my trip. I paid for a whole trip to Europe by collecting things from garage sales and selling it on eBay and some stuff on Craigslist, but mostly on eBay.
Doug: So for each of you, can you give me your top piece of advice to someone just starting selling?
Marie: Learning how to look things up. I can’t tell you. I’ve been in thrift stores and I’ve seen young kids who look it up on eBay and I can tell they’re excited and then I go and look it up behind them. Cause I’m overhearing their conversations and I’m like, oh, please, I gotta tell them they shouldn’t be buying that.
Mara: My advice would be you don’t have to start big, you don’t have to have a huge inventory. I got lucky when I started out by being able to source for free from other people in my community. But later on, when I was in college, I didn’t have a lot of room, but I still made it work by having just, just a couple of boxes underneath my bed.
So I didn’t have this backlog of inventory. I didn’t have a giant pile, I didn’t have thousands of items. I had maybe 20 to 30 small items and that was it. And most of ’em weren’t big flips. And that’s the other thing too, is that you don’t have to only look for stuff that’s gonna give you a giant profit. Because any profit is good.
Doug: So, Marie, anything to add before we finish up?
Marie: No, I just love that it’s, I love watching my daughter succeed. You had a thousand dollars a week one time, right? Bring your posters and stuff and when she, when you see your own kid do better than you do, or you’re out sourcing, you’ve been doing this for years and years and years and you’re outsourcing and you pick something up and you put it down and she picks it up and she flips it for a couple of hundred dollars. It’s the best thing ever. It’s amazing. I love it. I love it when she finds things that I pass on.
Mara: It’s one thing if it was like something you totally overlooked and didn’t even see, but there have been multiple times where she’s picked something up and been like, that’s not worth it, without even looking it up. And then I’m just like, I’ll look it up. I’m putting it in the cart.
Doug: Thanks, ladies.
Marie: Thank you.
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