Monday, July 22, 2013

My Ebay Shop

      My California friend Miriam Otto, of Blue Frog Shoes1 on Ebay, has been asking me to take a video of my Ebay set-up here.  (You can view her blog/website HERE.)So far I've not gotten Sweetface to find the time to help me do that, but I thought that I'd take a few pics and share them with you.
      I use our entry area bench for taking most photos.  I just remove the decorative pillows and turn on all the lights (notice the white ones I keep permanently clipped over the top?) I keep a few props in the baskets under the seat.  This works great!
      And above is my photo studio in our finished basement bedroom.  There I have professional lighting for use in taking photos of jewelry and smaller items that need the light box.  This way I can keep it set up all the time.  I also use the closet and chest of drawers in here to store clothing nicely.

      Here are some shots of a room in the unfinished area of our basement, also known as the "Shipping Department."  I store a lot of shipping materials here.
      I keep Styrofoam "peanuts" in a vintage laundry basket that I got at an auction. I use a large plastic pitcher without the top as a scoop.
      Below is where I store a lot of my inventory until it sells; mostly shoes on this side.  Whenever family comes for a visit they often "shop" here and take home something nice--at the family "discount" (free!) of course.
      Here are handbags and men's shoes below.
And here is the wrapping table--much used!
      Tomorrow I will show the office where I spend many an hour on the computer, listing and answering emails (--with my trusty mascots at hand, of course, as previously noted.)








 

11 comments:

  1. Your home is gorgeous! Your eBay spaces are so neat and organized. I'm curious if it's always been this way or if this is something that evolved over time?

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  2. Well thank you so much, Kim! Actually I have developed several practical methods over the many years of being a homemaker--starting when I married at the age of 18--to keep my home clean and organized in a minimum of time. I will be publishing a book to share those ideas very soon. So do stay tuned for the announcement! This is the first time I have "leaked" that news. :-) Meanwhile, do feel free to leave suggestions about your own ideas that you have found work for you.

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  3. I am looking forward to reading your book. How exciting! As for me, I thought I was pretty organized, that is until I started ebaying. In my house, everything used to have its place. Now, as I bring in more and more inventory, I have bits of stuff in several rooms. I'm finding that when I sell, I have to look in 3 or 4 different rooms to find the item. My goal is to get some of the shelving like you have, and get all of the inventory where I can see it in our spare room. Thanks again for the virtual tour of your shop! :)

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    1. I definitely have Ebay messes here from time to time. I keep my unlisted inventory in the garage until bringing it in to photo and list and put away. It takes time to develop a system, and find the right spaces, for your Ebay shop, but I am sure you will. Best wishes on your Ebay store and your blog!

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  4. Wow! Quite the industry going on....so where do you keep your Minions?

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    1. Are you volunteering to be my first minion? :-)

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  5. Your Ebay set up is absolutely wonderful! When I close my eyes, I imagine my space looking just like that...I think for now I will keep them closed! You have beautiful things and I look forward to your book and blog posts!

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  6. Thanks for sharing; your set up is inspirational!

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  7. thanks for sharing your ebay space. You have inspired me to use my unfinished basement space for my inventory. Where did you get the shelving and the thing for your handbags. Do you mind posting a photo sometime of your clothing hung up - how many do you have listed at any time.

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    1. That's great that you are going to use your basement space now. Our shelving came from the hardware store; just wide plastic but very sturdy shelving units. The handbags are hanging on metal strips from the hardware store which are made for holding shovels, etc., in the garage. You just bend the parts out that stick out; it looks like it is aluminum. Just scan garage organizers at the hardware store and you will find lots of good ideas. I will post a photo of the clothes sometime, but they just look like clothes! ha! Right now I have 725 items listed--wishing I could get over 1,000 items, but the more you list the more you sell. :-)

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  8. Gorgeous set up! I don't have a basement, but I do have an empty boat room I am using for my eBay stuff!

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