Tim T. of TimsTreasureChest may have been left disabled by a tragic car accident in his teens, but he has the enviable ability to see obstacles as nothing more than opportunities in disguise.
Instead of watching the snow pile up from the window of his West Springfield, Pennsylvania, home, he designed (and his family built) a 4x4 wheelchair snowplow that landed him a spread in The Huffington Post.
When he couldn’t get into his local handicap-inaccessible Goodwill (to source for eBay inventory), he phoned a nearby lumberyard and had plywood cut for a temporary ramp. Then he pinged Goodwill management through Facebook until they furnished a better solution.
Despite his mobility issues (or maybe because of them), Tim’s a problem-solving machine. And though he’s fairly new to selling on eBay, he’s off to a stellar start.
Tim, you’ve been selling on eBay for less than two years, but you’ve already made quite a name for yourself in the eBay community. How?
I guess it’s because I’m really active in my Facebook groups: Kathy Terrill’s eBay Stores, Nothing But eBay Stores, and Jason T. Smith’s The Thrifting Board. Kathy has helped me in an above-and-beyond kind of way, and Jason pretty much took me under his wing. He’s the reason I started selling on eBay. I saw an episode of Thrift Hunters on Spike and thought “I can do that.” Then I watched a bunch of Griff’s YouTube videos and I was off to the races!
I love to see eBay sellers supporting each other. Is there anything about selling on eBay that you haven’t been able to master?
Not really. I mean I use my elbow to type on my laptop and my voice to edit photos. And, if I can’t do it, my helpers can. They assist with everything from sourcing to staging items. I think of myself as the brains behind the operation, but they don’t call me the “MacGyver of shipping” for nothing.
Sounds like there’s a story there?
Yeah, there’s nothing I can’t pack. A lawn chair? No problem.
Well, you’re clearly a good leader, because your product pics are really beautiful. That’s how you ended up on our radar. What do you use?
We use an iPhone and the Photoshop Express app. My helpers take the shots and I edit them. Other than that, we use a white sheet as a backdrop. Eventually, we’ll upgrade to a light box and more professional photography equipment, but this has worked well so far.
You clearly have an eye for it. Product photography can make or break a sale. It’s one of the first trust signals buyers look for.
I believe it. That’s how I shop. If the item picture’s not good, I’ll pass it right by. I put myself in my buyers’ shoes.
That’s an excellent practice. What are some of the other secrets to your success, so far?
Well, I stick close to eBay best practices:
Tim, your positivity is contagious. I know you’ve only been doing this for a couple of years, but you’re going to inspire thousands. Thank you.
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