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I am addicted like eBay so much I'm going to sell a few items of clothing I have and see how it goes. I'd love to make a few extra bucks and I think I have a good eye for fashion and what sells. I'll experiment and see. Today I washed a couple unique things I have kept just because I like them, I no longer wear them, they're drying. Then a photo shoot, and boom! I'm a seller.  I studied a lot too. It made me feel really good and like this could be possible. Which is a vast improvement on my mood for the last week.

I had the thought in the back of my mind but this morning it was pushed it to the front of my brain when I was sitting quietly this morning with my coffee and the lights burst in my head and I thought: I'll have a store on Ebay!

Do you know how it landed there in my frontal lobe? I was watching International House Hunters on HGTV on either Thursday or Friday night, a show I really like because people are realizing a dream they have. It's like a travel and home decor show rolled in one, I think it's just brilliant.

There was a young woman from Park City, Utah marrying a guy from Italy and they were going to live in Italy, I forget the name of the city. She needed an office for her work, I didn't catch what she did. At the end, I realized she has some type of vintage clothing store online, probably Ebay, but who knows.

I'm clearly a person who needs to be self-employed, maybe this will help me get there. I have a passion for it, so that is a plus. My writing, is inferred or implied.

I barely went out all week, a few errands, watering my garden, but that's it.  I've been a real homebody, a body at home. I feel less stressed now that it's Saturday, isn't that silly. I'm no where near tired and drinking cheap wine, one of my favorite movies is on, 'In her Shoes.'

I'm seeing my Burning Man friend, da man, tomorrow for an in person chat and then seeing my friend from the last job. My sister wants to see me Monday, so I'll re-enter the world, -(put on make-up).

I wonder how many people are going to go to Google + and leave FB. Or do both. There is no way I want to do both. I don't do much online chat with FB friends and I don't do groups, the whole idea of being on the D-list of other so-called friends doesn't really do it for me. I don't bare my soul on FB. As far as privacy goes, I think Google would be the bigger threat since they are so uber.

That's all I got. Is anyone awake out there?

Date: 2011-07-17 08:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love selling. I get slightly crazed about it. We mostly sell restored fountain pens but now and then I sell a little gold jewelry for scrap (if it's scrap-worthy) and every once in a while I start flying lazy circles around the house, wondering aloud if this or that will sell :-D.

It took me a few days to realize that Google+ was some kind of gmail Facebook or something. I won't be bothering - I can't be bothered. FB is ok for how I use it (staying in touch with folks back home, getting back into contact with long lost school friends, and playing Pet Society and Mafia Wars :-)) but I don't need another 'social network' in my life.

It's why I never use my Dreamwidth and InsaneJournals. LJ is good enough for me.

Date: 2011-07-17 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I feel crazed too, hmmmm. :-)

I know you've mentioned the restored fountain pens, I guess that's a very exclusive niche and you obviously must do well with it.

OMG, Google kept it such a "secret" only inviting a million people or so, letting the fabulousness ooze out by word of mouth. I only caught onto it a week or so ago through a friend who opened an account. I love "to google" but unless FB disappears, I won't join both either.

I know people left LJ for other sites, but I'm good here too. I like how easily you form a community here and I miss the people who left. I'm into keeping it simple. Fo' real. ;-)

Date: 2011-07-21 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've just come back to this thread because it popped into my head that you might be interested in - it's where I have sold a few items (sea glass, sea pottery, and shells), and it's got a sort of friendly, homey feel to it. Lots of creative people there, items of every kind, and listing/transaction fees that aren't bad at all.

Date: 2011-07-21 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, I have checked it out and love the artsy feel to it. I think at this point in my financial situation, ebay will work because it's less arty and less expensive. I'm in my learning curve, so I think at one point I'll check it out. A few friends have suggested selling my little creations, I'm not sure they're selling worthy, but I think etsy would be a better place for those than ebay which seems more straight forward clothes.

I'm wracking my poor befuddled brain with every thing I can think of, so I greatly appreciate your suggestion.

Date: 2011-07-17 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw that episode last week, she was moving to Torino, Italy. I was amazed by her business plan. Really? You can make a living that way? But she seemed to know what she was doing.

I suspect there must be a fair amount of off-the-grid clothing in your area, espcially in Haight Asbury. That might be a good theme, dress retro, back to the 60's and 70's.

Do you have to name your e-bay store?

I was on FB for the first time in 2011 this week. It doesn't work for me. I've honestly tried to like it. I pop in to wish people happy birthday because I'm an anti-greeting card person, they're waste of money.

I don't think Google will be any worse or better than FB. They don't care about our privacy. They all want to sell sell sell our information.
Edited Date: 2011-07-17 05:13 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-17 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She really was a confident young woman, I think it helps that she had an an extra income due to hubby, and I think but I'm not sure she was living at home before the move, so I had the impression she was completely unjaded by life. LOL

That being said, it's definitely a numbers game. I could have a lot of fun with it and see how it goes. I won't open my store just yet, but I did just post a listing and I think it looks fantastic. It's fun too. Why not me, right? Even if it pays the electric bill each month, how bad is that?

I think you'd be a blast on FB, but if you don't like you don't like it. It gets boring, I'm not a game player, but I do find out a hell of a lot of things I'd wouldn't otherwise know.

Haight Ashbury is so expensive. I'd have to work up to that. I simply cannot not imagine, although I know it's true that this place used to be dirt cheap to live.

I'm going to hunt low-end thrift stores, I know where they are in both counties, and I'll see what I find, and just look for a bit of a mark up til I figure it out. Super sales, outlets, who knows? I've been shopping for myself for awhile now at these places and I don't look half bad. LOL Plus I have a few things at home to experiment with for a while.

Date: 2011-07-17 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, she had a safety net most entrepreneurs lack.

I have no interest in the FB games and 90% of what I read from my small friend list (22) is mundane stuff people offer out of boredom. Maybe my friends are to blame for me not liking FB. ;)

Now that I think of it, the clothing I saw in Haight was pricey. You have the advantage of custom design. If you use the low cost thrift store for basic attire and then modify it with your shells, beads, feathers, or whatever works .... every article you sell will be one-of-a-kind. That is a major fashionista draw. I'm not a fashion guy (tee shirts and jeans) but I would imagine the trendsetters would love unique custom design clothing.

I sugggest 'One of a kind' should be a major theme in your e-bay endeavor. If you make a hobby of this, pick up a few bucks, and learn the ways of internet commerce, you never know what it could lead to. Even if it's just a hobby after a few years you'll love doing it and you'll meet like minded people. All good.


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