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April 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Childhood Idea Grows into Online Plant Store

Seller turns mimosa pudica plant into 'TickleMe Plant.'

In some parts of the world, the mimosa pudica plant is a commonly found plant. Here in the United States, the sensitive plant is a curiosity for kids because its leaves quickly close when touched. Larry Chipkin grew the plant when he was a boy and never forgot the experience. Read More

April 10, 2013 · No comments

Veteran Seller Shares eBay Selling Tips

Selling on eBay means merchant will never 'work' again.

We recently wrote about former Navy man Adam Coleman, who passed up an opportunity to re-enlist to make online selling his full-time career. Since he attributes much of his love for “treasure hunting” to his mother, we decided to find out how she started her online selling career. Read More

March 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Festival Fashions to Dye for Selling on eBay

Merchant focuses on hippie fashion.

You can find Margot Warren’s funky festival clothing selling on eBay. Her shop, Groovy Clothes Boutique, is a rainbow of women’s outfits and accessories located half a world away from those of us in the U.S. Not too far from Warren, situated on the northeast corner of Australia in Queensland, thousands of people gather annually for the Woodford Folk Festival, a week-long event featuring music, art, workshops and more. Read More

March 13, 2013 · No comments

Selling on Etsy: Dog Bow Ties, Onesies

Etsy seller creates dapper items for dapper critters, children.

Michelle Sharkey wakes up early and enjoys a cup of coffee with her husband. Then she takes her two Boston terriers, MileyJo and Stanlee, outside and showers them with love. A little later, you can find Sharkey in her home studio working on creations for her flourishing Etsy business, Little Blue Feathers. Read More

February 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Vintage Pays Off

Etsy seller preserves 'design culture' from past decades, finds success.

There’s just something about yard sales that online sellers of vintage items connect to. Often, it’s a childhood memory of weekend family outings and finding wonderful treasures at great prices. That’s exactly what Rebecca Price’s store, DrowsySwords, is rooted in. “We would go to a yard sale, and I would find something good, get a good deal because I was a kid, and then sometimes turn around and sell the item to my dad,” Price recalls. Read More

February 13, 2013 · 8 Comments

Former Navy Man is Explosive Selling on eBay

'Hunting' takes on a new meaning for eBay, Amazon seller.

While many of his comrades were fast asleep under a hot evening sky, Adam Coleman hunted for explosives along high-traffic roads in Iraq. Coleman was part of Special Operations for the U.S. Navy as an explosive ordnance disposal technician, a post he held for eight of the 11 years he served in the military. Read More

January 18, 2013 · No comments

‘Groovy and Glitzy’ Rose to the Occasion

Top-rated Seller prospers selling glam vintage clothing on eBay.

From hippie fashions to old-time Hollywood glamor looks, the Designer Rose Boutique has been clothing people in vintage finds since eBay got its name. Since 1999, owner Janilyn Rose has been a dedicated eBay buyer and seller because curiosity got the best of her. Read More

January 9, 2013 · No comments

Passion Sculpts Modern Art into Business

Etsy seller molds a successful business with impasto art.

Nestled in a tranquil Pennsylvania town sits an 800-square-foot studio attached to Susanna Shap’s house. In this space, Shap spends much of her time creating modern art for her Etsy shop, Modern House Art. Thanks to a quiet environment—and the scenery outside—Shap can free her mind and build abstract images of orchids, dragonflies, koi fish and other subjects from nature on her canvases. Read More

December 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

Rock, Paper, Scissors Not a Hard Gamble Selling on Etsy

Sometimes a business can start with something as simple as a rock.

As a young girl, Sarah Sewell loved to collect different kinds of stones. Today, she has three children of her own and is still playing with rocks, thanks to her Etsy shop, The Papery Nook. Two years ago, Sewell was planning a wedding and wanted to use natural, eco-friendly favors and décor, but she couldn’t find a shop that offered what she was looking for, she says. Read More

December 10, 2012 · No comments

Model Railroad Hobbyist Is on the Right Track

Present from Santa keeps giving, sparks business.

In the small borough of Knox, PA, lives a model railroad hobbyist who keeps a memory alive by custom building model railroad accessories. While Alan Dechant opened his online store, MrTrain, thanks in part to his own childhood memory, he finds himself also inspiring the memories of others across the world. Read More

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