Last spring and summer I went to garage sales and bought and bought and bought (yes I have a problem) seasonal items like Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations with the intention of saving them until that season got here. Then I planned on listing like crazy to get them all up (and hopefully sold) before the season was over. Unfortunately things don't often go according to plan around here.
When Halloween season started I couldn't find the storage containers with the costumes (I'm a little disorganized). When Christmas season got here I had so many personal issues that listing was the last thing on my mind. But then one day I realized "I have a store. Why wait?" So ever since then I list no matter the season.
I understand that items will probably sell quicker and for more when the season gets here. But at that time eBay will be saturated with sellers that also waited and are listing their items. I would rather be one of two or three sellers with an item now then one of a dozen later.
For those of you thinking "I don't want something to sit for months" you would be surprised what people will buy all year long. This past weekend I sold a Jasmine costume for $40.00 minus shipping and a baby's first Christmas from 2001 for $20.00 minus shipping. The costumes people buy for pretend play or themed birthday parties all year long. The ornaments I'm not sure about. Maybe theirs broke when they were packing it up after the holidays. All I know is that I'm glad it sold.
The ornament came from my $20.00 yard sale challenge a few weeks ago. So far my $20.00 investment has yielded me $120.00 profit. Three of those sales were holiday items, a costume and two ornaments.