– How long have you been selling online?
I have been selling online for about five years.
– How and or why did you start selling online?
My husband and I love to go to garage sales, flea markets and estate sales. It is great fun finding those little treasures. We started to realize that unless we wanted to move we needed to get rid of some things-so that we could go find some more!!! So, after some hesitation, the online business began!
I started at another site but after the first year I realized that we were doing a lot of selling but didn’t get to keep much of the profits! I had signed up with OLA.com in 2008 but hadn’t used it much so I started pulling things over to sell here a little over a year ago.
– What is the most interesting thing you’ve bought or sold online?
I had found a group of dishes that intrigued me at a garage sale. There was an oval vegetable dish (discolored in the center but really pretty!) and 3 dessert bowls-one with a hairline crack. I paid $5.00 for the group. I put them away and thought “Someday, I am going to see if I can sell these online!” I had those for a couple of years and finally got around to figuring out how to open an online store. After doing some research, I found I had picked up some Spode Indian Tree pieces. The vegetable dish sold for over $110.00!! Even with the discoloration! And the small dessert dishes sold for over $35.00! I was hooked!
– What hobbies do you have besides selling online?
I love to read, crochet, do crafts, work on our family tree and I do a lot with my grandchildren. And, of course, the annual 100 mile garage sale-HWY 141 sale!!!
– Can you please share a tip on creating your OLA store?
I would say the biggest tip in creating an OLA store is take the time to go and investigate the chats! Before you start building your store! There is so much information out there that is absolutely free!! And the games get you mingling with other buyers and sellers and get your listings noticed more!! Don’t be afraid to get involved!
I didn’t know anything about computers except how to type on one (still don’t!) BUT people here at OLA are wonderful about explaining it so that I can either understand it or they give me instructions so that I can get better results on my listings! I CAN copy and paste! Bless their hearts; they explain it to me so I CAN do it!! And if you gain the knowledge BEFORE you start building your store, you will save SOOOO much time and effort!
I stay with OLA because of the people. They go out of their way to help you succeed. The attitude here is different. It’s family. They CARE. Yeah, there are other sites out there that are free. But they don’t have what OLA has-a genuine desire to help another newbie make it!! I LOVE that about OLA!!! So, my biggest tip is read the chats and don’t be afraid to ASK, ASK, ASK!!