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Musiclens Sunglasses

It’s Grandma Gadgeteer Time. I’m selling Musiclens Bluetooth Sunglasses on EBay. You can listen to your music and receive calls without taking your phone out of your pocket. I ship the same day and shipping is free. These are awesome with great sound. They are Brand New never used. The item number is 113817967782 just put that in EBay search. Thank you.

Paparazzi Jewelry – A Great Side Hustle

Amy Out Selling Parparazzi Jewelry

We all want to make money, especially these days when everything is so expensive. There are many side hustles out there that can bring in that extra cash you need. One of those ways is selling Paparazzi five-dollar jewelry. 

 Paparazzi History

Paparazzi Jewelry was founded by two couples who saw a market for inexpensive jewelry. They have brought this company a long ways since they started it in 2010. Paparazzi stated as a party planning company, and, not long after, they introduced their jewelry. The jewelry is made mostly of aluminum, steel, and other minerals and is hypoallergenic. The founders, still to this day, are involved in the design and manufacturing of their jewelry. They are located in Utah. Paparazzi jewelry is sold online or through one of their many consultants.

The owners had the jewelry but needed a way to bring it to the masses. The idea of using consultants was born. I want to address the elephant in the room right away. Their model is based on direct sales, which many companies use today. The company is very successful at doing what they do.

How It Works
  Selling Paparazzi jewelry works like this: You join a team that’s already established, or you can start your own team. The startup cost is about $100 to become part of the Paparazzi family and purchase your first order of jewelry. The concept is simple. You buy the jewelry from Paparazzi and resell it for five dollars. You make a 45% commission on each piece of jewelry you sell. There are sets that cost more, but they are still very reasonable. There is constantly new jewelry being released, and the look and appearance of the jewelry is not cheap. 

No, I do not sell Paparazzi jewelry because I don’t have a salesman bone in my body. I have met two women (Amy Briggs, website: blingwithamy.com and Adrian (Pink-Diva) Jones, website: paparaziaccessories.com) who are doing well as team leaders and salespersons. They are both dedicated to having a successful team, and they aren’t just in it for themselves. They are bringing members of their teams with them as they climb the Paparazzi ladder of success. Amy went to a convention that Paparazzi had in Vegas, and I could tell by the excitement of her voice that she is all in when it comes to selling her jewelry. The Vegas convention was a success; from what I was told the amount of people was staggering. There were classes, lectures, team building, and she got to see the newest styles in jewelry coming out. There were women from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. This is not just for women, but men, too, can become a Paparazzi consultant. There is a men’s section available for them. There are some things about Paparazzi that I feel are great, such as the camaraderie and incentives that are offered. If you need a side hustle, are retired, or just want to try a different job, this could be your answer. You can be anywhere and join a team. Amy is in Florida, but her team consists of women living in South Caroline, Tennessee, and Florida. She interacts with her team mostly online. While Adrian is in New Jersey, she is very hands-on with her team. You can find Adrian and her team at flea markets, church functions, and anyplace where she can set up her jewelry board. 

What is there not to like about making money and friends? The jewelry that is sold is not only nice to look at, but for that price you can have a color and style for every outfit. The Christmas holiday will sneak up on us soon, so why not join a team now. You know that as the holidays and birthdays come along you’ll be scratching your head trying to think of something to give your family, friends, and coworkers. Well, Paparazzi jewelry might just be your answer. I know the question that everyone wants the answer to is, can you make money doing this? The answer is definitely yes, and just like any job, you must put in the work to be successful. The higher you rise, the more money there is to be made. There are women making in the six and seven figures, and some have quit their 9-5 job to sell Paparazzi. Entrepreneurship is beautiful. You can work when and how many hours you want without any pressure from a boss.

If you would like to join or get more information on either team, here’s their contact information:

Amy’s website: Blingwithamy.com
Adrian’s website: Paparazziaccessories.com

Learning to Sell On EBay

We all would like to make extra money and the business of reselling seems to be a hit with a lot of people. My spouse K  got into reselling on Ebay recently and actually loves it. I recently went with her to a thrift shop and watched her work. It was nice to see her work as she checked items for its origin and scanned items to see what it was selling on places like Amazon and Walmart. I got a better understanding, though if you look at her makeshift garage office with boxes and products I sort of had a idea it was a lot harder than I gave her credit for.

My spouse did a  question  and answer about eBay Selling.

1. Compare Ebay to website selling on Unique

The biggest difference of selling on eBay is the traffic, consumers like to shop with establish brands. eBay has already earned a level of consumers trust. People need to know that they are shopping at a store that’s not going out business soon. Unique Things is the new kid on the block, so we must market our brand to drive consumers to our website.  Once you earn their trust they will continue to shop there. Biggest difference is established vs not having a name brand.

2. How did you get started with Ebay selling?

  It’s funny that you ask that question, it was never my intention to sell on eBay.  The products I was selling on Unique Things, my spouse didn’t think they belonged  on our Unique Things Store, so I was forced to remove them, since I didn’t what to establish another website I put them on eBay, and they started selling there.  So, we decide to move all the products from Unique Things to eBay, funny thing is the stuff we couldn’t sell on Unique Things store was selling on eBay. Again, that is why selling from a establish store helps.

3. How do you find your merchandise?

 I find my sources all over, I go to retailer’s clearance section, I have a business account with Earth Entertainment, I only joined them because I wanted Funko Pops at a discounted price. I also use BULQ, Bulq is where you can get returned items from stores that could’t move merchandise, so they need to make room for the new merchandise coming in. You don’t need a business license to get merchandise from them, there is also the thrift stores and yard sells that you can use for sourcing. You can use offer up or let go, and even FB market place.   You can also get products from Alibaba and Dhgate. While I have used Alibaba I wouldn’t recommend them if you are just starting out because of the shipping. DHgate is a little better because it ships the products for free but they up the product price to compensate for the shipping. I’m starting to get my sourcing for US because of the shipping cost.


4. How many ways are there to sell on Ebay?

There are three ways to sell on eBay.  Auction, Fixed Price, Best Offer. Each has itsadvantages and disadvantages.

Auction: is when you place an item up for bid, this is good if it’s a hot item, the price can go up over the original price you pay. That’s when you have a bidding war. The downside is if the bidders are trying to out smart you they will bid a nickel at a time or even a dollar over the bidding price, they are trying to get the item at lowest price. So, you may not get the asking price you were hoping for.

Fixed Price: is when you set a fixed price on an item, this means you will not budge on the price. However, you can set it up to where you willing to negotiate the price by having lowest price you will except. That’s when the best offer comes in,

Best offer: if you have negotiated the price and the consumer has agreed on the price. You meet somewhere in the middle for the price.

5.Give a step by step instruction on selling on eBay.

1: Make sure this is something you want to do

2: research the product  you want to sell. This was my biggest mistake getting items I liked and not having a market for the item. Before I buy a product, I use an app that tells me what the item is selling for. The app I use is Shop Savvy

3: open an account to sell on eBay, you don’t need a business license or anything.

4: load the items you want to sell


6.What about shipping do you charge shipping or not?

When starting out you may what to offer free shipping even if you can’t afford it, this helps you get established on eBay. If you simply can’t afford to do that then make sure you offer the cheapest shipping to the consumer.

7. What shipping supplies do you use?

You’ll need an array boxes from big to small and medium. This will also cut down on the shipping price. The smaller the box the cheaper  it is to ship, specially if under 1LB.  I get my boxes from packages I receive. I’ve also dumpster dive for boxes, and I’ve ordered boxes online. You will need packing tape and a box cutter. I also use a scraper  tool to remove labels from products and boxes.

8. How do you come up with pricing?

 I price based on what amazon prices are. I try to be a little lower than amazon . I also gauge what the prices on eBay are  selling for.  I use the eBay profit tool to give me an idea of what my profit margin would be. Again, you can use Shop Savvyor Profit finder apps.

9. For someone new just starting out in the business of reselling would you recommend eBay?

Yes, it is worth the time invested to me.


Do I Have a Crowdfunding Addiction?

I am beginning to think I have a crowdfunding addiction because I can’t seem to pass up new products on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. This morning, I wanted to see what the dictionary description of compulsive behavior is versus the definition for addiction to see which I might be.
The dictionary defines compulsive behavior as performing an act persistently and repetitively without it necessarily leading to an actual reward or pleasure.
The dictionary defines addictive behavior as an inability to consistently abstain, an impairment in behavioral control, a craving, a diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relations, and a dysfunctional emotional response.
Now, after reading the definitions, I might not fit into any category. The reason I wondered about this is because I have invested in over 120 ideas of other people on those two sites. Let me back up a minute and explain what and how Kickstarter and Indiegogo work. Let’s say you have a idea for a product, a book, a movie, mostly anything that you feel can go from a idea to a real-life product, but you don’t have the funds. Then you crowdfund and ask people to invest in your idea so they can get in on the product early, before it is made public. I started investing in these two sites, which work very similarly in providing a site for campaign managers and investors to get together. Both sites provide a product description, a timeline from beginning to end, and a description of what the will use your money for. This is all provided by the campaign manager. I want to say this right now before you run to these sites and start investing: there is no guarantee that any idea you invest in will actually work. I have lost plenty of money funding ideas for which either the person with the idea took the money and ran or the person just didn’t have the ability to go further with their idea. There is no refund for failed projects on either site. I started funding projects, by my estimate, 10 years ago, when smart watches were just in the discussion phase at the big companies like Apple. The meta watch was my first investment. It connected with your phone, and like today’s smart watches, it gave me information from my phone. The meta watch was big and clunky, but it did what is was supposed to do, so I didn’t have to take out my phone. The Martian watch was my next purchase, and it was a step up. It not only looked nice but also gave you information from your phone on a little strip at the bottom of the watch face. The Martian watch allowed you to talk into the watch, like Dick Tracy. It was the first watch to have that ability, that I know of. They are both out of business now. This was the beginning of my love affair with crowdfunding. I like to be able to have items that haven’t gone out to the public. I like that wow factor when people come to my home and see my Flyte clock with the levitating sphere.

My crowdfunding love affair led to my spouse and me opening an e-commerce business called Uniquethingsonline.com. What I have learned in the three years of having a e-commerce business is that crowdfunding projects are not for everybody. There’s a special group of us that will pay for these products. The other problem with crowdfunding projects is that the ideas are taken to China to be made into a real item, and by doing this, the projects are duplicated more cheaply by the same people that they use to make the product. Our e-commerce business never really took off as we had hoped. This hasn’t stopped me from investing. I have come up with another idea, which is to fund the project in the early stages when it’s at its lowest, and then, once the campaign for the product has ended, I sell my investment. The retail price is always higher than when you get in as the early bird, so I can sell it on eBay and make a profit. That’s my new plan, and I’ll let you know if it works. Maybe I’m borderline addicted, not fully fledged addicted, but close. I have retired, so money is tighter for investing, but I rationalize that by selling for a profit, it’s okay to buy, but it’s not really. Writing this makes me realize it’s not okay to run up credit cards with the hope of making a profit in the future. Addictions are hard. I think the first step is recognizing you have a problem and want to get help. I will become more aware of my investing and ask myself some basic questions, like, “Will people see a need in this product, or will it enhance a person’s life?” I have to be truthful in my answers, or there won’t be any purpose to these questions. Am I addicted? Maybe not, but if I don’t become more aware of investing, I could be headed to Dr. Phil’s chair for some tough love.

Let Us Shop For You Uniquethingsonline.com

We have something special going on at Uniquethingsonline.com. We want to help you make your day a little easier for you. We will do your shopping for you. While we can do new clothes and will at your request, we are focusing at this time on thrifting clothes. Here is all you have to do:

Customer service is in our blood. If we don’t have what you want, we’ll search for it. How does it work? Give us some basic information. Once we have the basic information the search begins for your item. Once we have located an item that we believe fits your request, we will purchase the item and send you a picture of the item. If the item picture meets your expectations then you’ll pay for the item plus five dollars for the search. Shipping is free. If you don’t like item picture you will owe us nothing. Our regular 30 day return policy is enforced for items that are mailed to you. Shipping is free.

Item Name:



What you’re willing to spend

Date needed by

What’s great is that after we show you a picture, and you determine you don’t like the item after all, there’s no obligation on your part.
Thrifting has gotten quite a following recently. Why? The cost of items has become so out-of-control that you have to use all means at your disposal to make ends meet. There’s no shame in that. People thrift for many reasons, such as thrifted clothes are cheaper, and can be just as wearable as clothes that come from the store that has been taken home for trying on, no telling how many times. Thrifting, like so many things, has changed in society’s view. Take, for example, marijuana; it use to send you to jail, and that’s slowly changing as people have recognized that there are good qualities to marijuana. The same with thrifting; it was looked down upon to buy clothes from stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and back in the day there was John’s Bargain Store. People did shop at these stores, but it was kept quiet. When you went into a store and you saw somebody you knew, you both looked the other way. That was just was the way it was.  
Nowadays, you have all types of people combing through the clearance racks at stores trying to figure out how much of a markup they can add to a item’s cost. Here in Florida, thrifting is very very popular ;so popular that you have people lined up waiting for some thrift stores to open to get the bargains. When I witnessed this, I was blown away to see people in line waiting to get in. It was almost like Walmart’s early shopping at Christmas time. Wow!.
One of the most popular sites to sell your thrifted items on is Ebay. My spouse thrifts on Ebay, and it’s not as easy as you might think; especially to get your items up for sale within the first few items items people will see. My garage has become my spouse’s office. There are a couple of tables, a laptop, a camera, a tripod, white background, a steamer, and packaging. And then there’s the listing of your items, and you should post on a regular basis so that Ebay knows you are a serious seller. You have to deal with the customers, which can cause a lot of headaches. My spouse is very patient with people and, no matter how many times a customer asks for another picture, she will oblige them. You need a lot of patience; I just want to stress that again. There are plenty of YouTube videos out there that will tell you how to thrift and how to get views for your YouTube channels. You have lightly worn clothes, or things that you can’t fit (we all have clothes that we can’t wear). Thrifting might be a way to get rid of unused clothes, and make a few dollars on the side.
Thrifting is a lot of work, if you really want to be considered a thrifter. We at Unique Things can take care all of the headaches of thrifting for you; and remember, there’s no obligation to purchase if you change your mind and our fee is only $5.00 for searching for you. What can be better than that free shipping. Let us here at Unique Things shop for you. We offer free gift wrapping too.