We're starting 2011's round of SaleHoo Seller Spotlight with a bang by featuring two very special ladies who have formed one heck of a dynamic duo. Introducing Carolyn and Bootsie who are an absolute dream team at selling wholesale clothing and collectible items online and now have successful stores on eBay, Bonanza and Addoway.
Find out how they have overcome selling to a dry economy for the past couple of years and their advice to you on how to do the same.
Name: Virginia ‘Bootsie’ Ehrlich & Carolyn Newsom
Forum username: carolyn660
What items do you sell? Clothing, collectibles
Where do you sell them? eBay, Addoway & Bonanza
How long have you been a member of SaleHoo, and what do you like most about it?
Three years. We absolutely LOVE SaleHoo and their fabulous guru staff!
I cannot recall how we found SaleHoo, but it was at a fortuitous time for us! All our vendors had gone in different directions, and our customer base needed things we could no longer get and Voila! Enter SaleHoo!
Our first impression of SaleHoo was “WOW!” We immediately found a broad array of great vendors, most of whom we are still using! Thank you, thank you, thank you, SaleHoo!
In addition to the fantastic do-it-yourself SaleHoo directory to locate suppliers, we also love the helpful reviews and concise data summaries, as well as the fact that SaleHoo staff are there to help.
Alice’s blog has been a lifesaver, as have the efforts of the tenacious other Angels at SaleHoo. For example, we needed christening sets ASAP, and the SaleHoo team sent us an extensive list that we are still using!
Same thing with maxi dresses for our plus size ladies: All our vendors had sold out, but SaleHoo once again came to the rescue, so our dear customers could party, cruise or whatever in chic, affordable style!
What one piece of advice do you have for other sellers?
If you have a problem or hurdle, ask someone for help! There are great resources and people who are so willing to assist, advise, and encourage you to succeed!
Thank you to the eBay members who have written to us to ask about SaleHoo, its benefits and ‘realness’…lol. Yes, SaleHoo is very real, its benefits terrific and we are thrilled to have them on our team/supporting us 24/7! (We are long-time Girl Scouts and value the honesty in them and ourselves!)
What was the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in selling online?
The economy! But diversifying is what has helped us immensely. Yes, find your niche, but have back-up niches, as some days one is hot and other days another is!
Do not give up! Enjoy the roller coaster ride of it all!
What’s your favorite thing about making money from selling items online?
Hands down the people!
We absolutely love what we do and the fascinating buyers & suppliers we get to meet from all over the world every single day!
We grew up in a military family and had the great fortune to travel and meet people in so many exotic and unpretentious places. So this is an extension of that great adventure!
Plus, we are able to help a brother with special needs and several charities that do great good for so many.
Check out Carolyn and Bootsie’s stores below:
eBay Store: http://stores.ebay.com/Bootsies-Boutique
Bonanza Booth: http://Bonanza.com/booths/bootsies
Follow these gurus on Twitter: @carolyn660
How has the econmic recession affected your business? Let us know by commenting below.