I’m getting ready for the fourth quarter and I’m not talking about football. The fourth quarter for me is the last three months of the year when I have the most sales because of the holidays.
This is the time of year to stock up on everything! Holiday themed items, toys, clothing, jewelry, the list can go on and on. You never know what someone will be looking for to give as a gift.
This is also the time of year that stores start to have major clearances so that they can make room for their fourth quarter inventory. That means you can find some really great deals. A major department store in my area has been having some great clearance sales on a large variety of items. I found Budweiser glasses, Jurassic World items, toys, and water shoes, just to name a few.
I bet you’re thinking “Water shoes? In Maine in the winter?” That’s exactly why they’re being clearanced here. There isn’t going to be a lot of swimming going on around here for the next few months. However, online selling reaches a lot farther than your home town. Customers in the southern states could be interested, or people in other countries. Occasionally, you’ll find someone near you who needs a pair because they’re going on a cruise in January. Never avoid listing something because you think it’s ‘out of season’. It’s going to be in season for someone!
The same goes for clothing. I list all kinds of clothing at anytime during the year. There is going to be a place somewhere that’s in the same season as that clothing.
A particularly good thing to list at this time is pre-owned children’s outerwear. Because kids grow so fast, and very often don’t wear something for very long before it’s too small, the items are usually in quite good condition. For the same reason, moms and dads are looking for pre-owned outerwear to lessen the cost. If you have little ones and are going to be replacing theirs, nows the time to list them.
Along with stocking up on inventory, don’t forget that you need to stock up on your supplies too. Poly mailers, boxes, bubble wrap, and tape, are going to go out at a rapid rate during the fourth quarter. You don’t want to get caught without what you need.