My Secret Is Out

There’s this concept online called crowdfunding. In basic language, crowdfunding is a group of people that buy into another individual’s/company’s idea. I mean buy as in money and buy as in you like what they are selling. I actually can’t tell you how I got involved, but believe me, it had to be something I saw online that made me say, “Wow!” I was working then, though money was tight, but what I saw made me say, “I’ve got to have this!” The problem was my spouse, who wasn’t my spouse at the time, but we were dating and living together. I knew that spending money on a watch was not going to fly. Yes, the first geeky item I pledged to was a watch. This watch connected to your phone and you got notifications. This was before smart watches were the rage. What I did was to first talk up the watch by saying how it could keep me from missing messages on my commute from New York to New Jersey. Well, that didn’t work, so I did what I knew was fail proof: it was an early birthday present to myself. While I was wheeling and dealing with my spouse on this watch, I went to a newfound website of geek items and saw another watch. This time, not only could I get notifications but I could talk into it. Dick Tracy here I come! Now, I’m talking about two watches. Well, I only have one birthday, so how could I get her to see things from my point of view? Nope, it wasn’t going to happen, so I did the unthinkable and just kept my big mouth shut. The website that had grabbed my attention that I was not mentioning was Kickstarter. 

Kickstarter
was started in April 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler. The Kickstarter headquarters is located in New York City. Kickstarter is a very user friendly site for project owners and backers. Kickstarter responds to questions and problems about their site very quickly and you can communicate with the project owner by clicking on the comments section or emailing him/her through the website. The comments area is also a place to interact, not only with the project owner, but with other backers, during the course of the project.
Kickstarter has a global community of people from more than 220 countries and territories. Roughly 35% of successfully funded projects now come from outside the United States, as do 45% of backers. Together, these backers and creators use Kickstarter to reach across borders and shape culture into what they want it to be, rather than accepting it for what it is. And as ideas from different cultures collide with one another, they inspire new conversations, creative approaches, and cross-cultural connections.
 

Kickstarter Project Manager 
I will discuss the technology area of Kickstarter; however, there are many types of projects that you can back, such as films, music, and books. The Kickstarter site enables people to discover and back as many projects as they believe will become a reality. When a person, or groups of people, decide to start a project on Kickstarter they must first build a project page, which includes a video with a description explaining their project. The next step for the project owner is to provide information about their budget and a timeline from beginning to end of the project. The project owner must then decide what kind of rewards they will offer backers, such as a choice of item color or engraving the item with the project name and year. These rewards are given when the project funding reaches certain milestones. Project owners have to keep in mind that they pay for all of the rewards offered to backers. When project owners think about the funds necessary to bring their project to fruition, they must consider everything because Kickstarter will not let their project become a reality if the funding goal is not met. A very important part of the project is promotion. A project needs active promotion because a project no one knows about will never get funded. Kickstarter’s fee is 5%, with an additional 3 to 5% for processing payments. If the project owner doesn’t meet their funding goal, they owe nothing.

Kickstarter Backers
There are different tier amounts that a backer can pledge. When a backer pledges early there is usually a perk from the project owner as a way of thanking a backer for coming aboard early. The different pledge tiers not only tell you the item, but an estimated month and year that you will receive the item. The shipping information will also be listed in each tier box, along with any accessories that might be given. Once he/she has met the project funding level, the project owner will give their backers updates as the project develops through each stage. Backers like to know they’ve made a wise decision in backing a project and hate it when shipping has to be pushed back time after time. My experience with Kickstarter is that projects are always pushed back for different reasons. The project owners try to give realistic shipping estimates, but often a project of this magnitude is new to many of them and they are not prepared for the problems that arise. You, the backer, have to be aware that there are also scam artist that will go through the motions of creating a project, but once funding is met and they receive their money, you never hear from them again. There is really no recourse for backers when a project owner takes the money and doesn’t fulfill his/her part of the deal. Kickstarter backing is partially about being first to get an item that no one might know about or have even envisioned. As I stated, not all projects make it to the backers. An example of this was a watch that I pledged for my daughter. It was supposed to be the thinnest watch out in 2013. The company wasn’t able to make the watch because they encountered too many hurdles that they weren’t prepared for. I recently received a letter informing us that after liquidating all of their assets, there was no money to give to backers.

Some might think this is throwing money away because these projects aren’t cheap, and if a project fails you can’t get your money back. I think of it like this: It’s no riskier than the lottery or going to the casino. You never know when you’ll hit the jackpot. There is a certain rush you get as the months go by waiting for your reward to make it from the project owner’s vision to you.

Hot Wheels TechMod Car. Put this car together and zoom around. That’s not all it’s a remote control for the app games

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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

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.

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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.