Category: Success Stories
I just got an email from Tina Kastana of eBay store FashionAlaCarte! In 2012, she was named eBay Canada’s Fashion-preneur of the Year. Last fall, her eBay success story was featured in Auctiva’s newsletter, The Online Seller. It’s a great piece!
Amazingly enough, Tina is a one-woman show! (After you’ve read the story, be sure to sign up for The Online Seller newsletter! Just click on the “subscribe by email” link in the upper right-hand corner of the page.)
Just got this submission from one of my former students. Very inspirational! Here’s her story:
“In 2006, I started getting interested in eBay. We needed a motor for our spa, so I thought I would look on eBay and see what I could find. I wasn’t sure which motor would fit. I figured I would buy one and resell it if I made a mistake! Well, I ended up purchasing a motor I couldn’t use, so I threw it back on eBay. That was my first sale!
Then I started looking for things around the house to sell. Selling on eBay was easier than having a yard sale! I started selling some candles and bath items. I really enjoyed selling on eBay and decided to take my selling to the next level. I came across some new Dish Network receivers. I bought all of them, and they sold!
At the time, we had a wheel repair business. I was in charge of the office work and was really busy. eBay was put on the backburner. In July 2011, my husband injured his back and could no longer work at his shop. We needed a way to make money. I decided to give eBay a try! I bought a book on eBay by Skip McGrath. I went to Skip’s site and purchased his list of wholesalers. That’s how I got involved with Skip’s coaching program. He set me up with Miriam Otto. She coached us and sent us a ton of information. It was the best thing we could have done. I could email her with questions anytime. We listed and listed. Within a few months, we had hundreds of listings up and became Bronze PowerSellers. We were done with our training but continued to make progress!
It has been a year since we started seriously selling on eBay, and we are Silver PowerSellers! I never thought we would reach that level. When you hear people say that they make a living on eBay, believe them! It is possible! My two daughters and my sister now have eBay stores as well. I am so thankful for that phone call from Skip’s office. Thank you, Miriam, for all your help!”
You’re welcome, Linda! And congratulations! To check out Linda and Tom’s store, click here. (I just checked, and they have more items listed than I do!!!!)
Thanks for this video, eBay! This guy has over 150 employees, and he’s not even 30….
I’m busy, busy, busy, so I missed posting yesterday. But I’m back! Just listed this cool trench coat. I had someone model it because it was too long for my mannequin. Thanks, Linda! I have this coat in a wide variety of sizes. Love it! It’s made of a high quality pleather!
A few days ago, I received the latest PowerUp newsletter which featured an inspirational video about a clothing, shoes, and accessories seller called BHExpress that just hit 1 million feedback. This husband and wife team started their multi-million dollar business out of their living room in 2003. So awesome! Check it out here!
For eBay-related information, check out this blog each and every day! Become part of the eBay community by posting a question or comment on the new discussion board! And don’t forget to post a score to my “score board” to get my two free “10 Items That Sell on eBay” lists.
Today’s success story comes to you courtesy of Bobbie Bushey of Granny’s Square Yarn and More. Although she has only been on eBay a short while, she has already posted several great scores on the Score Board! Here’s a sample. And here’s her story….
“My business began a little differently than most multi-generational businesses. My daughter began her eBay business in 1998 and has become very successful. Her two oldest daughters followed in her footsteps and are enjoying success as well. In January of this year, I decided to try my hand at selling on eBay, after having an arts and crafts business on Etsy for years. Thus began Granny’s Square Yarn and More, with lots of help and support from my daughter, Danni of Udderly Good Stuff and The Danni App, as well as technical help from my youngest son Jim, The Computer Whiz.
I grew up with a grandmother and mother who were always knitting, crocheting, tatting or embroidering something; so yarn and needlecrafts have always been in my life. I began crocheting in 1975, and when my mother could no longer crochet the special blankets she had been making for years for family and friends, I took over the task of keeping the tradition going.
I later opened my store on Etsy.com. Last year, a woman ordered custom-made blankets from me. These blankets were made with a specific type of vintage yard that is no longer available in stores. This customer was willing to purchase all the blankets I could make with that special yarn. I began my search for the yarn on eBay and found a number of people offering the vintage yarn for a pretty high price. This turned on a light bulb in my head. I decided that discontinued, vintage, hard-to-find yarns would be a great niche. With Danni by my side (guiding me via Skype) I began Granny’s Square Yarn and More on eBay in January of this year.
I started very slowly, just listing a few individual skeins of yarn, as well as a couple large lots of unique yarn I had acquired over the years. I had sales almost immediately and was on my way. I found tons of estate sales and
yard sales with hoards of yarn and other needlecraft items that deceased relatives had left behind, and I began building my inventory quickly.
In May of this year, Danni helped me open an actual eBay store, and I have been branching out with other types of items, new and used, and finding all sorts of good things to sell. My son is currently working on pages for my store; and Danni is keeping a watchful eye on my listings to see that I am doing everything I need to do to be able to retire from working outside the home (have been a caregiver for over 40 years). I just turned 69 and am getting tired of the hard work. This business is my golden key to enjoying my retirement years, and I intend to open many doors with it.
I am elated with the success I am enjoying in this business, and I am proud that I am now part of a three-generational business. I had no idea a year ago that I would be selling on eBay and having so much fun doing it. It just proves you are never too old to start a new career/business. I advise anyone who is not happy with what they are doing in life to consider doing something new. If you are not enjoying your work or business, get rid of it and do something else. If I can do it, anyone can!”
For eBay-related information, check out this blog each and every day! Become part of the eBay community by posting a question or comment on the new discussion board! And don’t forget to post a score to my “score board” to get my two free “10 Items That Sell on eBay” lists. Take a look at what sells best on eBay here.
Danni Ackerman, my Ask the Danni App co-host, recently sold this cool Murano starfish bowl for $74.50 (free shipping). I haven’t had much luck with Murano, but I don’t know what I’m doing either. I think she needs to host a webinar all about glass items…….(Hey, Danni. Are you listening?)
Danni was recently interviewed about her website, Udderly Good Stuff. She first ramped up her business after her husband lost his job. eBay has now become a family affair! Here’s the piece. If you’re interested in seeing some of her recent sales, click here.
Yahoo News just posted this cool little video about Arden’s Garden, a small juice company based in Atlanta. They don’t sell on eBay, but it’s still a great story. Arden’s Garden sells its juices in five states and recently took on one of the big juice companies and won! Click here to see the clip.
For eBay-related information, check out this blog each and every day! And don’t forget to post a score to my “score board” to get my two free “10 Items That Sell on eBay” lists. Take a look at what sells best on eBay here. The Score Board is getting longer! If you need shoes, browse my eBay store, Blue Frog Shoes and if you’re on Facebook, don’t forget to “like” the eBay Life Blog Facebook page. I would really appreciate it!
Cindy Sorley is a military wife turned eBay seller! Before deciding to sell exclusively on eBay, Cindy owned a brick and mortar store that sold stitchery supplies. Eventually, she decided to close her brick and mortar so she could spend more time with her young son. She decided to keep her original userid, Bubbacandance, (a reference to a famous country song) but called her eBay store Stitchery X-Press, which was the name of her brick and mortar. After only one month, Cindy was selling twice as much as she had sold in her physical location.
Selling on eBay meant that she could work from home and not be tied to the shop 24/7, six days a week. Eventually, Stitchery X-Press became one of the largest needlework stores on eBay with customers from all over the world. How much does Cindy sell per month? Well, on average she sells more than $7500 worth of products every 30 days.
In 2008, she was featured at the eBay Live event. Here’s the video:
I encourage everyone to check out her store, Stichery X-Press! Thanks for sharing, Cindy!
FYI: Don’t forget that I’m still giving away my three “10 Items The Sell on eBay” lists to anyone who signs up for email updates. (See box below.) Just email me at Bluefrogshoes@live.com after you do it! And if you need shoes or want to check out my recent sales, check out my eBay store, Blue Frog Shoes!
Don’t miss this cool story about Crissy Jeckel of Blueberry Hill Boutique. It’s a GoAskMom blog post. Jeckel is a stay-at-home mom and eBay seller who quit her day job to run a consignment business. Read the full story !
Don’t forget: For eBay-related information, check out this blog each and every day! And don’t forget to post a score to my “score board” to get my two free “10 Items That Sell on eBay” lists. Take a peek at what others have posted here. If you need shoes, browse my eBay store, Blue Frog Shoes and if you’re on Facebook, don’t forget to “like” the eBay Life Blog Facebook page. I would really appreciate it!
Kelli and Jim Shaw started selling on eBay in 1998 under the business name Dream Adventures. Eventually their hobby turned into a business, and they quit their jobs to work for Dream Adventures full-time. The business specializes in women’s fashion and accessories. Dream Adventures features new clothing and accessories from Alfani, Bebe, Nine West, Liz Claiborne and other designers.
Before starting Dream Adventures, Jim owned a wallpapering business. Kelli worked outside the home as well. Working from home allows them to spend more time with their many nieces and nephews, and they’ve even recruited family members to help with the packaging and shipping.
Kelli and Jim are well known in the eBay community, and sell on Amazon as well. Last year they sold $80,000 on eBay alone. I encourage you to check out their awesome store here: Dream Adventures.