Thursday, November 20, 2014


Success is a road with no shortcuts. 
It is my dream to build into something greater than I have ever imagined, 
but with that I must take some time off to finish some things that I started. 
As some of you know, I'm back in school to finish my degree and I can't wait to come back
to the blogosphere with new and exciting ideas!
 In  my short absence, you may reach me at

Continue to chase your dreams!!
I am so excited about what's to come to
Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


| AUGUST 2014 |

This tip is especially dedicated to Etsy, eBay, or any other shop owners. I used to run an eBay shop selling a mix of thrifted and pre-loved clothes. It became really fun and exciting because I saw it as an opportunity to be someone's personal shopper/stylist. I must confess that this line of business contributed to my 50+ gallons of clothes, which took me a while to get rid of. Yes, I loved the feeling of being a personal shopper. And yes, I enjoyed sharing my best thrifted treasures with other people, but in return I started to keep some of the clothes for myself hoping no one, and by no one I mean my boyfriend, would notice that my closet was getting out of control. I broke one of my own rules and started getting high on my own supply.

I was spending my lunch hour at the thrift store and I was bringing back bags of goodies for myself, instead of my shop. Thursdays were the best days to get my fix because student discounts were given at my favorite thrift store. I justified stealing from my shop by telling myself that I was actually doing my customers a favor and that wearing the clothes for my business would be like advertising!

I knew I had a problem when I turned my extra bedroom into a closet, which subsequently ran out of space (no, the hiding clothes from my boyfriend wasn't enough for me to realize I had a problem). Here’s what I did to break the nasty habit.

I decided to sell only a particular style of clothes in my shop. At the time, I had vintage pieces mixed with newer and trendy brands. I looked through my selling history and took inventory of what style of clothing sold the most and generated the most profit (vintage) and what was least popular and yielded the least profit (newer items and name brand). I divided my inventory into two departments, respectively. The least profitable inventory was marked down to as low as 75% off because I wanted to clear out the department completely. My strategy for the most profitable items was to keep them as they were because that's where I saw the most growth and demand for my store.

Next, I dedicated specific shopping days for my shop and reserved a separate day for my personal wardrobe. To my surprise, this worked extremely well! I brought a list of items my closet needed and stuck by it (sound familiar?). I used the same technique when it came to shopping for my online store. It was a trying time for me, but it wasn't long until I broke the habit and kept my personal wardrobe and online shop separate from one another.

I reviewed my financial history from before and after I weened off my supply. The difference in profit made my jaw drop.

My strategy worked for me, but it didn't happen overnight. I relapsed a few times and dug through my business' inventory, I'll admit... but the guilt and shame I felt was enough to get me back on track again.

Full disclosure: separating both wardrobes and breaking the habit of borrowing (or keeping) clothes from my business got easier as my personal style started to transition. I started to stray away from the vintage and grandma style that my shop embodied and adopted a cleaner and adult-er (a word I totally made up) style.

It’s really easy to borrow something from your online store, but it’s also so easy to get addicted to it, too. Remember why you started your business – extra income, perhaps? Well, you shouldn't borrow from your shop because if an item gets ruined, there goes your revenue!

One way your store can have a competitive advantage is by carrying a unique inventory. If you keep the good pieces for yourself, what's left for your customers? Beware, your customers will turn away to other shops who may be carrying a better inventory than you.

 If you're stealing or borrowing from your store, make it stop by re-evaluating your inventory. Doing so can not only allow you to buy smarter, but it will help you address the demands and needs of your customers. You might even discover that the clothes you like and wear are actually different than what your business is selling!

Specify which days you wish to shop for yourself and your business. And stick it it! Come up with a plan (or adopt mine) and stick to it! If you have better options or a more effective practice, I want to hear about it in the comments section!