Vintage Bill Blass for Bond Street Rose & Houndstooth Trench Coat

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's been quite some time since I've had a free moment to sit down and blog.   I hope everyone had a great holiday and a very happy New Year! 

I've been very busy since the new year!  I've spent the past 3 weeks shopping at my local thrift stores, mainly Goodwill, looking for inventory to sell on eBay.  Let me tell you...it's a BLAST!  I am completely addicted to shopping at Goodwill now.  You would not believe what people will give away.  Just yesterday, I shopped at three different Goodwill locations here in Louisville, Kentucky and I found tons of Polo Ralph Lauren sweaters, Brooks Brothers sweaters, Lands' End coats,  J. Crew cashmere sweaters, a Woolrich down-filled Vest and a vintage Burberry sport coat.  And the amazing thing is that nothing cost more than $5.00.  In fact, most everything I bought was just $2.50.  What a lot of people don't know is that this stuff sells for great money on eBay.

So I have to share with you  my most exciting find yesterday.  It's this GORGEOUS Bill Blass for Bond Street Rose & Houndstooth Trench Coat. 







This coat appears to be from the 1960's and is in brand new condition.  It's absolutely superb!  I've spent hours researching this coat trying to find out what it's worth.  If anyone has any expertise in vintage designers, I'd love your input on this one.  I'll keep you posted on my findings!

Till next time, happy shopping!


Sarah Shipley
Taylor's Corner Children's Clothing & More

Stay at Home Moms Making Money Selling on eBay

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Are you looking for a home-based business that will allow you to work from home while you are raising your children? Are you overwhelmed, not knowing where to begin? If so, you should read Auction Payday. Kids Play.



If you truly want to work from home while your children are young, but need to make money at the same time, then maybe an eBay business is just what you are looking for. If you have considered selling on eBay, but don’t know where to begin, Auction Payday. Kids Play makes the entire process “Kids Play”.

There has never been an easier to follow guide to starting your own business. This step by step guide to starting your own eBay business will allow you to begin making money this afternoon. From the comfort of your own home, while your kids are napping or doing their homework, you can be selling products and collecting your money!

Are you worried that you don’t have enough stuff to sell? Don’t! Auction Payday. Kids Play tells you how you can sell information products that reside on your hard drive and don’t take up space in your closet or the basement! You can sell these products over and over again and keep all of the money. You don’t have to search through flea markets and pack and ship heavy, large objects. You can have a never- ending supply of information products that you sell on eBay on CD ROM.

Learn all of the secrets to operating a success eBay store. Find out how to list items successfully and how to generate traffic to your store. Find out how to become a PowerSeller and what the tax benefits are to running your own eBay store. Set specific goals that will make your dream of staying home with your children and firing the daycare provider forever a reality!

If you are ready to start making money from home today, don’t wait another minute to read Auction Payday. Kids Play.

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Thanks for reading!

Sarah Shipley
Taylor's Corner Children's Clothing

What to Sell on eBay - Shop at Your Local Thrift Stores

Friday, December 4, 2009

I'm always looking for new things to sell on eBay for a profit.  Last week my Mom had a few things to get for her yard and thought we should  go to the thrift store to see what treasures she could find...so I decided to tag along just to see what they had as it had been years since I've been in a second hand store.  I was shocked at all the things I found that I could make a profit from by selling them on eBay.  I found several brand new Ralph Lauren and J. Crew jackets and coats and paid only $5.00 each!!!   I also found a girls Mini Boden shirt for $1.00.   What a bargain!  These brands are all great sellers on eBay.  I am now obsessed with thrift stores and visit them frequently.  I just listed some of my thrift store finds on eBay so I'll be sure to follow up and let you know how they did. 

Here's an article I found on Ezine written by Tom Graber, the author of Thrift Store Profits.  He's got some great tips about what to look for when shopping at thrift stores.

"One of the best places to find product to sell on eBay is as close as your local thrift store. Many people overlook their local thrift store as a source to buy clothing and other items for very cheap and sell them at a very nice profit on eBay. This is because many people don't realize how much some clothing pieces are in demand. They think they are filled with out of date clothing that is full of holes and no one wants. The truth is there are items out there that people will pay hundreds and in some cases even thousands of dollars for.

Now, most of the clothing items in thrift stores are not going to sell on eBay. These are the common names that you can find by the thousands. Names like Faded Glory, Croft & Barrow and St Johns Bay just are not in demand because they are not a bigger name brand and they are carried everywhere. But there are other names like Ralph Lauren, North Face and Lacoste are in demand on eBay. These are brands that the manufacturer spent tens and hundreds of millions of dollars over the years building a brand name that people want to own. They like the quality, status symbol or the functionality of particular brand names and are looking for a way to buy them but not at the full retail price in a store. These are the brand names you want to look for and feed those hungry buyers.
You want to learn what is in demand and will sell on eBay.

This is the key to selling on eBay, knowing what names people are looking for. Thrift stores are filled with thousands and thousands of pieces of clothing. Only a small percentage will be worth buying to sell, but they ARE out there. You just have to hunt them out. And the way to know what to hunt for is by being well prepared by first studying what people want. This takes some time but is worth it or you will just waste your time and money by buying stuff nobody wants. That isn't any fun. What is fun is when you find an item you KNOW will sell on eBay. This is because you know the market and have done your research. What is unknown is how much it will sell for.

That is the brilliance of eBay, it is an auction. The price is determined by the market and how determined each individual bidder is. This is great for you because the sky is literally the limit for some items. I have seen sweaters sell for $1,500 even $2,000. Leather jackets sell for many hundreds and even old boots can sell for $300. There are collectors who will bid what it takes to add something to their collection and clothing is something there are rabid collectors out there waiting to find the next piece to their collection. Think about that when you research closed auctions on eBay."

Thanks Tom for the great tips! 

I'll be sure to let you know what other great finds I come across in the upcoming weeks.  Happy shopping!!!

Sarah Shipley
Taylor's Corner Children's Clothing

Are You Ready To Blog For The Long Haul?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

This is it. This is the main question you should be thinking about answering if you want to make money from blogging.

The internet is full of abandoned blogs at every turn. More often than not they are started by people who read about bloggers who have made a fortune from what they do. They get started with their own blog and then realise that it doesn’t all happen overnight. No matter how successful your own blog might come to be, it will take time to build it up to that level.

So if you are about to start your own blog, make sure you give this a moment’s thought before you start. The main work obviously happens at the beginning, as you consider your domain name, hosting and layout. Once that is done you need to focus your energies on providing worthwhile content and experimenting with what works and what doesn’t.

Trial and error is part and parcel of any website, blogs included. You need to work out where your best traffic sources are so you can tap them for all the traffic you can. You also need to see what kind of content your audience is most receptive to. You might get lucky and start bringing in some streams of revenue almost from the start, but it is far more likely that it will take time to do this.

So you need to ask yourself whether you are determined enough to put in all the work and wait for the income to catch up with you. If you keep at it and you are prepared to learn, then the chances are good that it will. But if you give up before you get to that stage, then all your work will have been for nothing.


Sarah Shipley
Taylor's Corner Children's Clothing

Niche Ecommerce Sites-Less Competition Equals More Profits

Friday, November 27, 2009

The easiest way for the average person to make money online is with an ecommerce site that sells unique and hard to find products. If you have thousands of dollars to stock a wide variety of products, and a practically unlimited budget for advertising, then a niche ecommerce website is not for you. If you are looking to start an ecommerce site with low start-up costs that can compete with large established online retailers, a niche ecommerce site is your best chance for success.

Your first step is to find a niche that you are familiar with and can capitalize on. Think about your hobbies, what items you collect, or your passions. For example, if you enjoy a particular type of craft, are the supplies you require easy to find at a local store? If not, consider selling them on a niche ecommerce website. It will be easy for you to decide which supplies to sell and how much people are willing to pay for them. If this is not feasible, try selling the finished product. Your goal should be to sell a unique product that is not available in local stores. If your passion is animal rights, consider selling health and beauty products that are not tested on animals. Having pride in what you sell should be reflected by your website and it's products.

It may be tempting to offer a wide variety of popular products to appeal to a majority of online shoppers. This does not work well for new ecommerce websites. Compare Google's search results for “children's clothing” vs “girls handmade denim skirts”. Top online retailers such as Walmart and The Gap dominate the search results for children's clothing. These companies have spent millions in advertising dollars to build their brand. An ecommerce website will not be able to compete by offering just “children's clothing” without spending a fortune on advertising.
While “children's clothing” may be a much more highly searched keyword, long tail keywords like “girls handmade denim skirts” convert visitors into buyers more often than popular searches. A person searching for children's clothing may be looking for nearby stores that having a sale this week or a clothing size chart. A visitor who arrives at your site by using a specific, long tail keyword search is more likely convert into a sale. Short tail keywords are broad generic search terms while long tail keywords are narrow, specific searches. A new ecommerce site will have an extremely difficult time ranking high in a search engine for highly competitive, short tail keywords. It is far easier to achieve a high search engine ranking for a long tail, specific keyword.

A profitable niche website is run by someone who knows the subject matter inside and out. According to Google, content is king. It is easier to write fresh, new content if you are knowledgeable about your product. Your ecommerce website should not only sell products, it should reflect your knowledge and experience about your niche. Articles about your niche and highly detailed product descriptions will convert more customers into buyers. Your website will appear more trustworthy and informative.

Niche websites have another added bonus that can bring free traffic to your site, forums. Join online forums and discussions about your niche. Make sure you have something useful to contribute, and follow all the rules about posting your link. You will find many other people online who share your interest and may become potential customers. Forums can also provide excellent free market research. Pay close attention to which products people who share your interest are buying, and which products are hard to find.

A niche ecommerce website can not only be more profitable, it can be more rewarding. You will be dealing with products you enjoy and customers who share your interest and value your products and knowledge. This should encourage you to add fresh new content and new product lines. This is the best way to keep your customers coming back for more products.


Sarah Shipley
Taylor's Corner Children's Clothing

Hot Wholesale Tips You MUST Follow!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wholesale Directory and Wholesale Suppliers

Here's are some great wholesale tips I found from SaleHoo.com.  These folks offer the best wholesale guide and resources available anywhere!

1. Thorough market research is the foundation for success

Meticulous market research doubles your chances of making a tidy profit from the wholesale goods you buy. Start off with a list of 5-10 different ideas. Then check completed listings searches on eBay to see what the item generally sells for and the sell-through rate for each one. Use Yahoo's free keyword tool http://inventory.overture.com to find out how many people are searching Yahoo for your product per month. You can double this figure for Google. Add the numbers together. If there are ten thousand or more searches per month for an item, this indicates a healthy market.

2. Calculate the REAL cost of your item

One big reason why people fail at the wholesale game is that they don't do the numbers. In other words, they don't treat wholesale like a real business. To accurately discover your true profit potential on an item, you need to add the shipping cost and insurance, eBay fees (or equivalent for other advertising), Paypal and/or credit card fees (these can be a real profit killer), packaging costs and labor involved packaging, and any storage costs to the cost of your item.

3. Verify ALL suppliers found on the Internet

Getting caught out by scammers is a common stumbling block for people new to wholesale. If you are searching for suppliers off your own bat (rather than using a wholesale directory like SaleHoo), it is CRITICAL to check authenticity before making a purchase.

Always take the time to:

Check that the website gives a full business name and a registration number.

Check for a legitimate contact telephone number - this will involve ringing the number. Do not accept a mobile phone number alone. All real companies should have a land line number.

Go to http://www.whois.sc/ and search for the name of the website. A legitimate company will have a domain expiration date in several years time. Most legitimate companies reserve their domain names for 3-5 years or more at a time.

AVOID suppliers who won't agree to use secure payment methods such as Escrow.com, Credit Card and Paypal Verified.

Still uncertain? Ask other sellers what their experiences have been with the company you are interested in on eBay forums.

4. Chinese suppliers give the competitive edge

Chinese suppliers are an essential source for anyone wishing to make money selling online. Manufacturing costs are currently extremely low in China, thus it is the secret to gaining a competitive edge. Dealing with China does have risks, but these can be alleviated if you place a small order first, use secure payment methods, get shipping insurance for 110% of the cost of the items, and use suppliers with a good reputation.

5. A common stumbling block for liquidation and closeout

Always obtain the reasons for liquidation and closeout sales before you buy. Liquidation and Closeout sales can be a fantastic source for cheap products, but you usually have to buy by the pallet load and these can sometimes include broken or returned goods that aren't in saleable condition. To be safe, ask specifically whether broken items and returns are included before you buy.

6. Negotiate on shipping and save

Shipping economically is critical to importing success. Profits can easily get swamped in shipping costs, so take time to get a good deal on shipping. If possible, negotiate CIF (Cost, Insurance & Freight) or DDP (Delivery, duty paid) shipping terms with your supplier as this takes much of the risk - not to mention organization - off your shoulders. FOB (Freight on Board) is the most common shipping term, but don't be afraid to negotiate for better.

7. Drop shipping - can you really afford it?

Drop shipping sounds great in theory - someone taking care of packaging, wrapping and postage - but it can be difficult to profit from this method. Think about it, drop shipping can add another $2-10 to your costs - sometimes even 10% of the cost of the item. By the time you add in eBay fees and any other costs, you may find it is not worth it.

8. Warehouse storage checklist

Asset management is the most important consideration when locating warehousing to store your items. Believe it or not, items can go missing while in storage, causing massive disruption for you. When comparing warehouses, ask questions specifically on how you will authorize the release of stock (by phone or fax?), what will happen if you need to cancel an order, frequency of damage claims, dust management, and whether there is an area you can use to photograph items.

9. Powerseller wealth

It's a fact - eBay powersellers are able to command higher prices for their items than ordinary eBay sellers. To get the best profits on your wholesale items, you need to aim to get and maintain powerseller status.
10. Growth with a website and eBay store

The way to increase profits from wholesale is to build your own website and/or open an eBay store. This allows you to cross sell items plus it also makes it easier for people to find what they are looking for. For example, if you sell shoes, then customers can easily navigate to browse all black shoes in size 9 and so on. Always include a sentence at the bottom of your descriptions encouraging visitors to check out your other listings - most people will.

If you are looking for genuine and trusted wholesale suppliers then look no further than SaleHoo! SaleHoo's directory contains over 4000 drop ship, wholesale and closeout suppliers that are independently reviewed and rated by eBay Powersellers and Industry experts. SaleHoo also purchases off them and reviews each supplier in depth afterwards.

Join SaleHoo Today by clicking the link below for their Special Startup Offer!

http://www.salehoo.com/?aff=kidscorner

Written by SaleHoo.com © All Rights Reserved

About the Author: SaleHoo is one of the fastest growing product sourcing portals on the internet. It contains a database of drop ship, wholesale, closeout and manufacturing suppliers offering thousands of product suppliers to consumers! Located at http://www.salehoo.com, visitors are allowed to sign up for unlimited and lifetime access to the completely searchable database of products and suppliers. The database is regularly updated, ensuring that the latest retail products are always available for purchase and SaleHoo carries the BBB Reliability Seal!

 
Sarah Shipley
Taylor's Corner Children's Clothing

Finding Your Niche in Ebay Selling

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Does the thought of selling on Ebay entice you? Are you wondering where to start? This article will help you answer these questions.

Research market trends before setting up your Ebay business. Many sellers begin with a large number and variety of items and soon find that they are very successful at making sales with some things while having difficulty with others. Give yourself some time to see the progress of your sales, making note of what things are hot sellers and what things aren’t moving at all. Do not overstock your inventory until you know which items are generating sales.  Hammertap is the BEST tool I have found to research what to sell on eBay.  Click on the link below to get your FREE 10 day trial.



Be creative when choosing a name for your Ebay store. The name says a lot to the buyer about what kind of store you have. You want the buyer to remember you and the name itself can sometimes do just that. Make sure it reflects the image you want your store to have.

Take flattering photographs of your inventory. Use proper lighting and be sure that the pictures are not blurry and are flattering. If selling clothing, take pictures of it hung. Better yet, use a manikin to display your clothing.

Choose vibrant colors with your font. A consumer can easily leave your site if your font is too light and illegible.

Be accurate in your descriptions. Honesty is still the best policy.

Check out your competition. Meet or beat his prices, especially on key items.

Know your product. Be prepared to answer any questions that come your way.

Set reasonable shipping and handling charges. Do your homework. Check with the postal service and other couriers to determine shipping costs for your items. Include a few options for shipping fees in your listing.

Ask the opinion of others. Have someone else read your description and give you an honest opinion of whether they would consider buying from you. Ask for suggestions. Accept constructive criticism.

When you find your niche, add stock that complements your inventory. For instance, if you are specializing in vintage Nintendo games, you might also sell vintage Nintendo systems and accessories such as power gloves and price guides. You could also have a few related items on hand, like Nintendo t-shirts, stickers, key chains etc. A buyer interested in vintage Nintendo games would likely be interested in other Nintendo items. A happy buyer is a buyer that is likely to return.

Don’t expect overnight sales success. It will take a while for your site to become known and appreciated.

Always include a personalized note of thanks with your shipment. Be polite and respectful. This may be the one thing that separates you from your competition.

Remember to give yourself time. It takes time to build up clientele and to show a profit. With wise planning and careful researching, you could come up with a very successful venture. Why wait? Today is as good a day as any to start to develop your Ebay business plan.


Sarah Shipley
Taylor's Corner Children's Clothing