How to Successfully Sell Designer Handbags and Accessories on Ebay

How odd it is to find something I wrote years ago on someone else’s blog.

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How to Successfully Sell Designer Handbags and Accessories on Ebay

by Maureen Orlando-Lewis

Selling designer handbags is not only fun, it can ba a very profitable business venture.  As with any tangible good it is important to first, know your product and second, know how to market your product.  I will walk you through this process step-by-step.

There are some general rules and guidelines that are necessary to follow for success when you are selling high-end designer handbags and accessories.

1.If you cannot guarantee its authenticity, do not sell it! It is prohibited to sell counterfeit merchandise on eBay even if you state that you cannot authenticate the product.  The reason for this is that the counterfeit industry is illegal.  It would behoove you to research this aspect of the business.  Briefly on this subject, counterfeit products are manufactured in third-world countries primarily by children who are forced to…

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Quick Tip: Dylusions Ink Sprays

Never. Ever. Ever! Ever spill Dylusions Ink!

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Seriously! And it gets worse. As I was cleaning it up, a huge puddle rolled right off my craft mat onto the tile floor. No problem getting it off the tile, but the grout! That’s another story.

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My husband is currently out of the country on business. Whew! BUT, if I don’t get that Calypso Teal out of the grout, he might just kill me.

So, if I never make another post after Monday, you’ll know why.

Cricut Explore Print Then Cut

I am totaling diggin’ my new Cricut Explore! Especially, the Print Then Cut feature. Without a subscription, I only have a few of the Printable images and before I invest more money… I gotta Play before I Pay!

So, I found out that you can take any of the Cut Files, you know, the ones that cut in layers, and FLATTEN them, which makes them a printable image! Whaaaat? YES! And you can change the colors before you cut to match your project. AND you can also cut layers with those!

Currently (still), I am making things for my Niece who is expecting her first child in January. Her color theme is Turquoise and Coral. LOVE that combo, BTW. Anyway, this is a simple gift bag that the butterfly adds just the right amount of dimension.

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The butterfly is from the Rock Princess cartridge. And, as I said, I flattened it to make it a printable image. I did separate those layers so that I could give it dimension using Pop Dots.

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Yay, Cricut Explore!

Sneak Peak (hint; it’s chalk paint)

Just recently found a new “love” and I can’t get enough of it.

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That’s right, it’s Folk Art Chalk Paint. And I’ve been searching the sales to collect all the colors. The best deal I have found is from my local AC Moore, which is an Outlet where everything is 40% off (or more) EVERY day! They just don’t have all the colors. So, I did some Black Friday shopping (which lasts like a week nowadays) and found Grotto from Joann.com. Would have had more but, Joann’s kept emptying my cart before I was done shopping. SO frustrating.

Anyway, I’ve been working on wood and glass and will post the details of that soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stay safe (it’s CrAzY out there).

Go, Go, Go, Go, Go. Shop, Shop, Shop, Shop

75% off Yarn and Vintage, 50% off designer handbags and craft items.

The sale starts today, Cyber Monday, and ends next Sunday. Whatever doesn’t sell, will most likely be removed from the store. Why remove it? Because one way or another, I’m clearing things out. It’s time for the purge.

Below is just a sampling of what’s marked down. There is SO much more.

Click the item and you will be directed to the site:

Tiger MohairNutmeg

Martha Craft StationSew Easy

Coach Pebbled leatherWedge Sandals

Blue Betty NightieHockanum Coat

Novica Mask

Thanks for looking!

Chocolate Crack Cake

This cake has become a holiday tradition in our home for the last three years. It’s not that I don’t like Pumpkin, I LOVE it, but my hubby is not a big fan.

The best thing about this cake, for me at least, is that it is Gluten Free!

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When it comes out of the oven, it’s all puffy with beautiful peaks and valleys but, as it settles, it sinks in the center and cracks.

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Also, it’s loaded with chocolate and sugar so, you get a nice little burst of energy after you have a slice… or two.

When baking, I ALWAYS use Land o’ Lakes unsalted butter. I’ve tried other brands and just don’t get the same results. Also, when it come to unsweetened cocoa, Hershey brand is my choice. And for this recipe in particular, I use Ghirardelli 60% Bittersweet Chocolate. The other thing I like to do is to take my eggs out of the refrigerator a little early so they are not quite cold when I start mixing them in to the recipe.

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Mixing chocolate with butter and heavy cream:

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First, if you don’t already have one, get yourself a springform pan (9 inch).

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in pieces (have extra on hand to butter the pan)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (plus extra to dust the pan)
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 cup bittersweet chocolate (chopped if you are not using chips)
5 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup confectioners sugar (plus extra for dusting the cake)
1/4 TSP vanilla extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9″ springform pan and dust with extra cocoa powder.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat the butter with 1/4 cup of the heavy cream over medium-low heat until the butter is melted. Add the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth; remove from heat.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar and cocoa powder; whisk in the chocolate mixture.

4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake until puffed and set, 35 minutes. Let cool in the pan for one hour. Unhinge pan to remove sides.

5. Using an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream with confectioners sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Dust the cake with confectioners sugar and serve with fresh whipped cream.

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Notes: You can bake the cake the day before and refrigerate (covered) after it has completely cooled. Before serving, bring the cake to room temperature, dust with the confectioners sugar and prepare fresh whipped cream. Also, be sure to butter the pan thoroughly, including the sides. This will ensure easy removal. You can run a knife around the edge of the cake before you release it.

We couldn’t wait until tomorrow:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I Can Sew!

Well, kind of. What I found out is that I can, if I try. Nothing fancy but, I do enjoy it.

I made these burp cloths for my daughter when she was pregnant. The baby is here and my daughter loves them. Matter of fact, she keeps hitting me up for more.

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I left the edges “raw” because I thought it was more “me”. I had made a few prior with neat edges and just didn’t like them. ..they were too neat (minus the not-so-straight stitching). And since I can now admit (because I’m old enough to not give a shit) that I’M a mess, maybe that’s my style; messy and raw.

It’s also why I love the Silk Sari Ribbon, which is what I used (with vintage buttons) to tie the rolls. I love everything about the stuff! The strings, the smell, the colors! I have a drawer full of it and sometimes I open it just to smell it. Is that weird?

About the buttons: They are from a 1950’s salesman sheet.
About the fabric: Cotton patterned fabric for the “top” and waffle weave Muslin for the base. This kind of Muslin gets thick and absorbent when washed and dried so, it’s crucial to wash and dry it before cutting.

If you’re interested in making these and have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Happy Monday!