Monday, April 20, 2009

The Shopping Challenge and the ebay Solution

On our recent trip to Round Top, Texas, my sister, Emily purchased a pair of pants. She was certain that they were a perfect fit for her mom lifestyle and even though they were a bit expensive ($150) she would wear them so often that it wouldn't seem a sacrifice. When she returned home, away from the antiques and eccentricities of Round Top, regret set in.

What is a girl to do? Unable to return the pants - she put them on ebay and did better then expected. She sold them for $335.


I love ebay! and I am also so glad that this pair of pants isn't sitting in her closet when there is someone else out there who really wants them. They are really cute - but maybe more of a flair piece then a staple.

The pants are from a company called Magnolia Pearl.


You can see from the photo how darling the salesgirls are in the baggy linen and lace bloomers. I really love their style and have had the owner's home in my inspiration book for a couple of years. I think it is a tribute to the company that their clothing has such a following and that people will pay so much for their things on ebay. Everyone's a winner.


Emily said...

This story isn't nearly as good as yours that initially motivated me on Ebay in the first place-

$5 Silver Bunny auctioned for how much again?

But I do have to say I am pretty proud of myself and happy that I made a little extra!

Anonymous said...

Ok so we all heard the story about the bloomers and they are actually really cute! I was wondering why in the world anyone would want a pair of them but now I can see why. You look really cute in them Emily!

ejrowsell said...

This is one of my favorite stories. Too bad Ebay doesn't make miracles happen for me... Come on - you MUST remember Aaron's Ebay BMW story?!?!

I am glad you posted pictures. These are a lot cuter than I had envisioned in my head! I think the picture I had created was similar to Amy's picture. I am glad they found the right home in the end and with a profit - NICE!

Maria Killam said...

Wow I am so impressed! I have friends that talk to me about selling stuff on ebay but I've never done it so things like my old small, dated (in my opinion) gucci watch sits languishing in my drawer.

Maria Killam said...

Bethany, thank you so much for your comment about the chairs! So fun and I'm so happy that helped. It's one of the things I live to do in the world is contribute to people! So nice of you to give me that feedback!

Cedar Roots said...

I too have made good money selling on e-bay. I don't sell often but each time I have been profitable. One time I sold a baby bag for more than I bought it for and it was still available at the price I bought it on-line!! Funny thing, people must get out of control on the bidding thing. I am now motivated to sell some more stuff. Good one Emily!!

Cote de Texas said...

I think they look cute - she should have kept them!!!!

thanks for your comment today - i'm going to go read about round top.

Velvet and Linen said...

I never knew about Magnolia Pearl until yesterday when I saw their amazing stall at Marburger. Their designs are so romantic. Loved them.



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