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Monday, February 27, 2006

Yesterday's Hopes and Katrina's Kloset

I have been selling on Ebay as a way to make extra money off and on for three years now. I love doing it, though I am not getting rich, but it does give me an excuse to browse bookstores. Unfortunately my "to read pile" has about 100 books in it right now...but that's another story;)

Anyway, the name of my store is Yesterday's Hopes, should you ever want to stop by. I am currently running a sale on anything listed under Children's Books or Homeschool books on my website. Buy two, get one free plus reduced shipping on the second two items.

Well, my son and daughter have watched my entreprenurial efforts and they enjoy playing store here in our house. Soooo, last Friday when I was out on a book hunt, Katrina asked if she could spend her allowance and buy some books to sell on Ebay.

Now I will admit that my first thought was...on no...more competition! But I quickly squelched that and said sure and gave her the children's book section as her area. Well she picked out five very nice books (with a little guidance from me) and then we spent part of Saturday choosing what her auction pages would look like and creating a page for her at my Ebay store. So Katrina's Kloset is now open and ready for business and Katrina is very excited:)

So grab a cup of coffee and take a browse when you have a minute or two. We are always happy to have people stop by:)


At 4:38 PM, Blogger thebluestbutterfly said...

That is neat...I hope that your daughter has fun. Of course,it is also a good educational experience.

I have been trying to put together an e-bay store/stores but I am very timid about this sort of thing. Is there a cost associated with it & is the cost ongoing???

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

There are costs and can be ongoing costs depending on how you set things up. For example, I use a site called Spare Dollar that hosts my pictures and I do auctions there. The monthly cost for that is 9.00. I have an EBAY store (you don't have to have this, but if you keep a running inventory, it saves you in the long run), I have the lowest level and it costs 15.00 a month. Then there are the insertion fees (you pay for each item you insert whether it sells or not and the rate varies based on the price you ask) and you pay a fee when it sells. If you accept paypal payments, you pay a fee per transaction, but all that said, you can still make some money at it! Email me if you have more questions

At 5:56 PM, Blogger B O B said...

I think that is great that Katrina is taking an active interest in doing an online enterprise. It beats lemonade stands.

There is a lot she will be able to learn from this experience.

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

It definitely beats lemonade stands:) She is excited about the whole prospect. Jack is planning on getting in on the act as well, but I am going to try to steer him in a different direction (maybe toys or video games) just so we have a variety;)


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