Auctiva Commerce Store of the Week
Ever wonder what kinds of Auctiva Commerce stores are out there? Well, there are numerous types of stores selling all manner of goods and services. To highlight these stores I’m going to use this space to highlight one Auctiva Commerce store per week. To begin with I’ll select the stores more or less at random but if you’re particularly interested in getting your store featured send me an email and I’ll add you to the queue to be featured.
Week 66: November 9, 2011
At Private Collection Diecast and Memorabilia, shoppers will find an array of signed and unsigned model cars, motorcycles, race cars and more. Owner Craig Boyce, who has been selling online for more than nine years, even has a few models of racing helmets for sale. “I have many exclusive signed models from Formula One, MotoGP, movies and TV series,” he adds. “We have official signings, and supply photos of the merchandise being signed as proof of authenticity.” Some of his top-selling items include Minichamps Formula One models, Minichamps Valentino Rossi models and Autoart one-eighteenth road cars, he says. Boyce says he entered the model selling world because he saw a need for a seller specializing in models in Australia, where he lives. And sales have been good. Boyce gets between 140 and 160 orders every month. The seller strives to make shoppers happy by providing them with good service, and upfront payment and shipping terms. He even lets them know they can call him if they have any questions. He tells shoppers about his items on eBay, through his newsletter, local marketing, Google and Facebook, where he lists some of the items he has for sale. Visit Private Collection Diecast and Memorabilia!
Week 65: November 2, 2011
At WhatWig, shoppers will find an array of premium full lace and front lace wigs that look completely natural, notes store owner Atuche Onyia, an online seller of seven years. “My store is named WhatWig because when someone is wearing one of my wigs, you will not be able to tell that it is, in fact, a wig,” she says. “All of my wigs allow my buyers to have their own unique style and, if anyone asks them if they are wearing a wig, they will be able to say, ‘What wig?’” Onyia has worn wigs for years, and knows how hard it can be to find the right style and a fit that looks natural. Her shop aims to simplify the process by carrying an array of wig styles in several colors, and helping buyers find the right fit. The store’s Helpful Information page helps shoppers order the right size wig with a standard size chart and tips on getting the right head measurements. But if customers have questions, Onyia is more than happy to answer them. That isn’t a surprise. The site notes that Onyia understands how hard it can be to buy a wig without seeing and touching it, so she promises to “take extra steps to ensure you are provided with the best description and most accurate listings.” Onyia advertises her store on Google to attract new clientele, but she has a very loyal group of repeat customers, she says. They spread the word about her shop to their friends, and add to the store’s buyer base. To show her appreciation, Onyia regularly holds wig giveaways and is currently having one, which customers can enter until Nov. 30. Visit WhatWig today!
Week 64: October 19th, 2011
Mike Barnow has been boating all his life. His father owned a hardware and marine-supply store. “He was boating since he left the navy,” Barnow explains. Today, Barnow is following his father’s example with a marine supply store of his own, Marine Supply Direct. The store offers thousands of boating supplies and accessories, including cleaning supplies, fishing tackles, chairs, watersports items, and engine and fuel supplies. But it’s pumps, steering systems, control cables and engine parts that are the most popular, he notes. His distributor drop ships products to 48 states, so Barnow says he can list many more items than other sellers because he doesn’t have to worry about storing items. It’s a mixture of his vast inventory and customer service that make his store the destination for boaters, he adds. Barnow took the store online after closing down his brick-and-mortar shop devoted to the same niche. Initially, he ventured onto eBay, but the listing and final value fees prompted him to look for another avenue to offer his products. Not knowing a lot about designing a store, Barnow got assistance from Michelle G., another Auctiva Commerce seller who had helped a number of Auctiva Commerce merchants get their stores up and running. While she worked on the design, he focused optimizing his store for search engine visibility. “When [Michelle] had the store ready, I opened with 400 items the first week. By the end of the month, I was showing up in the top five search engines for most of my items’ searches,” he notes. Visit Marine Supply Direct !!
Week 63: Septmber 28th, 2011
Hmm…maybe I should call this Store of the Month. Anyway we’re back with another Auctiva Commerce store profile. And just in time for holiday shopping it’s about toys.
For Pastor Dave Lincoln, selling online is a labor of love, in the most literal sense. Sales of kids’ ride-on toys and other items at his store, Speedy Solutions, help to support his ministry, which helps those who are down and out get back on their feet. Lincoln’s biggest sellers are kids’ ride-on cars and motorcycles that parents can control remotely, though he continually watches market trends in search of new categories to expand his business. For example, having noticed that many of his buyers were women, he began offering women’s handbags. That move was successful enough that he recently launched a second Auctiva Commerce store, PrettyPurses.net. Lincoln has found the Auctiva Commerce software and support staff to be very easy to work with. “I have found that the response times and responses from the help team are excellent. I have been very pleased with them,” he says. Lincoln says his honesty and responsiveness in dealing with customers earn him a lot of referral business, and keep customers coming back. He even maintains spare parts for his products, just in case, and offers them at his cost. “I always do everything I can to accommodate the customer, and will do refunds when necessary,” he says. “I get referrals because of my after-sales customer service.” Visit Speedy Solutions today!
Week 62 ??? August 31st, 2011
After a brief hiatus the Auctiva Commerce store of the week returns – this time focusing on a subject near to my heart – golf! I love the game and have a garage full of stuff to prove it. But there is always room for more which is where this week’s Auctiva Commerce store comes in. Torny’s Golf List is an Australian golf retailer with many hard to find and unique golf items to choose from. Want to look like Daniel Chopra? Then pick up a Flair Hair Visor and rock your local course! Or maybe you need to bomb it off the tee – then check out Torny’s Golf List’s great selection of lightly used drivers!! As I can attest it is always fun to take a few hacks with a new bomber. With Auctiva Commerce since June 2010, Torny’s Golf List has over 1,500 items to choose from – check ‘em out today!!
Week 61: July 20th, 2011
Looking for some nice vintage collectibles? Then head on over to CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles and check out their great selection of vintage Avon jewelry, colognes and collectibles, vintage glassware, vintage dinnerware from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, beautiful porcelain collectors plates, vintage pottery and much more. CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles has been with Auctiva Commerce since February 2009 and now has over 250 unique products available for sale. So, the next time you’re looking for something to remind you of those days gone by check out CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles – I’m sure you’ll find something that is to your liking!!
Week 60: July 13th, 2011
Looking for something unique? Then check out Driftwood Ocean Art – an Auctiva Commerce store that sells unique pieces of driftwood art created by the store’s owners, Robert Clare and Julie Deyes. They started the store after discovering the beauty of driftwood on a trip to Cardiff Bay Barrage where the couple frequently rode their bikes along the bay with their son. During one visit, Deyes spotted a large piece of driftwood on the rocks. “Julie commented that it would fit lovely into our garden, if only we could carry it,” Clare notes. “Being a typical male, I do not like defeat, and wrestled the said piece of driftwood onto the cycle path.” After getting the piece back home, Clare put the 12-foot piece of driftwood in their garden and agreed that it really did look great. This sparked the couple’s imagination, and they decided to gather smaller pieces from future trips to make other decorative pieces for the home. Clare soon gathered pieces to make a shelf. He listed it on an auction site, and “it sold almost immediately, and so the story started,” he says. This initial experience, coupled with lots of compliments from friends and family, encouraged the couple to open a brick-and-mortar store, where they could offer their driftwood creations. Today the couple operates this as well as an online store—Driftwood Ocean Art on Auctiva Commerce—where they sell their original clocks, mirrors, photo frames, lamps, shelves, decorative hangings and more! Check out Driftwood Ocean Art today!
Week 59: June 29th, 2011
Janice Mayo describes her store as personal and unique, offering personalized party favors for any occasion. Though she only began her business in 2008, her items have already been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, Destination Weddings and Town & Country magazines, to name just a few. When the business began, Mayo specialized in personalized candy bar wrappers and water bottles. She had seen an episode of the Food Network’s show “Unwrapped,” and was inspired to try her hand at personalizing party favors. “I thought it was such a neat concept, and so I invested in the business,” she recalls. “After seeing all that I could do with personalized party favors, I sought ways to expand my product line.” Today, Mayo carries more than 1,200 items for any special occasion, from weddings to baby showers, to kids’ birthday parties. And almost any of her products can be personalized to make events extra special, she says. “My customers keep coming back, because I help them celebrate all of life’s events,” she notes. She says that customers can expect reliability when they shop with her, even on short notice. “I haven’t missed an event yet,” Mayo says. “If my customers inform me ahead of time of the need for a rush order, I can generally make it happen. Recently, I had an event planner contact me in need of party favors and she needed them within the next two days. I was able to put a rush on her items, and had everything shipped and in her client’s hands in less than 24 hours!” Check out 123wrapper.com !
Week 58: June 15th, 2011
Webstationten offers rocks, gems, minerals and fossils for people working in the laboratory, jewelers creating new pieces, or those just looking for unique gifts and metaphysical items. Rich Heath has been selling, both online and off, since 1996. He decided to hit the Internet to bring in a little extra cash after retirement. “A great opportunity awaits those who can understand the workings of the Web, both commercially and personally,” he says. Initially, Heath was an eBay seller, but when the desire struck to start his own store, he chose Auctiva Commerce. While sales on his store are still growing, the software’s ease of use, its affordable price and its good customer service have made Heath happy, giving him another venue to sell his items. The seller previously offered his items at local rock shows throughout the country to see what buyers wanted, and has used that feedback to fine-tune his current business. Today, he markets his business by including business cards and handouts in all of his shipments, as well as through word of mouth. So far, his biggest star has been his gemstones, though, he admits it’s still too early to know for sure which products will do the best. Check out Webstationten!!
Week 57: June 8th, 2011
When shoppers enter Sarah Nelson’s store, they’ll find “charming” products for their homes and gardens. At least that’s her shop’s official business motto. But Nelson’s personal motto is “a little better every day,” showing the seller’s determination to keep improving her store. Nelson loves “old fashioned things,” and focuses on providing quality products, she says. Some of the hottest items in the store are her 100-percent Egyptian cotton sheets and bedding sets, wrought iron garden trellises, vintage porcelain phones and Meyda Tiffany Lamps. Shoppers can also find kitchen accessories, wall art, window treatments and clocks, among many other items. She spreads the word about her online shop through a mixture of search engine optimization, social-networking sites and word of mouth. The Charming Home Store is her second online venture using Auctiva Commerce, and while sales have been slow starting out, “Auctiva provides the tools and support for long-term success,” Nelson says. “We tried it out briefly when Auctiva Commerce was first offered,” the seller notes. “In that first attempt, I realized I was not yet ready for an online venue outside eBay. Two years later, I felt I finally had the knowledge and experience to venture beyond eBay. I researched various e-commerce solutions available and came to the conclusion that Auctiva Commerce really was the best.” Check out The Charming Home Store!
Week 56: May 25th, 2011
Looking for vintage clothing items? Then check out Xl3 Clothing Wholesale – a wholesale vintage clothing store started by Ramiro Moreno that has been using Auctiva Commerce since 2009. “I first started selling on eBay, where I saw the Auctiva showcase that other vendors had on their listings, and that’s how I signed up with Auctiva,” the seller recalls. “I used to have an eBay Store when I read about Auctiva Commerce. I knew very little about computers but reading here and there I was able to set up my own online store. In my wholesale business, I used to have sales one week every month, but selling online is better because I can get retail prices and make sales every day.” Since opening X13 Clothing Wholesale on Auctiva Commerce, sales have been stronger than on eBay, Moreno notes. The software’s ease of use has allowed him to customize his store, complete with a fancy Scrolling Gallery that literally shines with inventory. The store is simple and organized so shoppers can easily find what they’re looking for, he adds. But what initially attracted Moreno to the e-commerce software was the value it seemed to provide. “What first drew me to Auctiva Commerce were the savings,” he adds. Moreno’s shop is filled with hats, caps, scarves, jackets, kid’s apparel, sweaters, T-shirts and more. But some of the most popular items are vintage NBA jerseys, Starter Jackets and Izod Lacoste Sweaters. Having a surplus of these items from his brick-and-mortar days, Moreno says he often tests out a few items to see which are popular and which he should restock quickly. Check out Xl3 Clothing Wholesale today!
Week 55: May 11th, 2011
Looking for a unique gift or gift basket? Then Treasure Journeys is for you! Treasure Journeys is your online gift store specializing in Swarovski crystal jeweled trinket boxes, Trail of Painted Ponies collectible horse figurines, organic & botanical skin care products, gourmet foods and gift baskets. They have been with Auctiva Commerce since February 2009 and now have over 700 items for sale in their online store. As an added bonus they offer free shipping on orders over $50, and they offer many authentic Texas items that are hard to find anywhere else. Check out Treasure Journeys today!
Week 53/54: May 4th, 2011
Rick Williams, owner of DisasterKitsUSA.com, says there’s no such thing as being too prepared these days. “My Family is really into preparedness,” he says. “[There are] so many disasters, storms, everyday emergencies such as car breakdowns, being without power, etc. You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days.” He notes that while rescue personnel will likely get to the scene shortly after a disaster, they can’t reach everyone immediately, so it may take time to get help. “Remember Hurricane Katrina?” he says. “People were stranded for days without anything or anyone to help them.” At DisasterKitsUSA.com, shoppers can find a variety of preparedness items, including first-aid kits, search and rescue kits, trauma kits and emergency products like pouches of water, walkie-talkies and more that they can call upon when the unthinkable happens. And buyers can be assured their items will arrive on time, in good condition, and that they’ll get great customer service, Williams adds. “Let’s all be prepared, you never know when disaster will strike,” he continues. “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. Let’s protect our loved ones by being prepared by having our 72-hour kits fully stocked and ready at a moment’s notice.” Check out DisasterKitsUSA.com !!
Week 52: April 20th, 2011
Len Redenbach, owner of L.P.R. Toolmakers, has been in the tool business for more than 20 years. In fact, the seller says engineering tools are his life. “I studied engineering throughout my trade school,” he notes. Redenbach first took his Australia-based company online about five years ago by selling hammers, files, cutters and more on eBay. “[We] thought by selling online it could only benefit our business, which it has immensely,” Redenbach notes. However, as fees on eBay got steeper, Redenbach looked for an alternative and found Auctiva Commerce, having used Auctiva’s eBay tools to list his items on the auction site. Getting the buyer traffic that eBay offers has been a challenge, but Redenbach says sales are steady and emphasizes the importance of selling quality items over a large quantity of them. That’s not to say that his items are pricey, however; they’re actually “quite affordable,” Redenbach notes. “We have a range of items that not many people have,” he continues. “We have good customer service and a good reputation Australia wide.” To help garner traffic, the company uses its Auctiva Commerce Store to advertise some of the swap meets it holds around the country, which feature the products sold in the store. This has definitely helped L.P.R. Toolmakers spread the word about its business. “We regularly get customers who have found us online that come to our store at shows and say, ‘Hi,’” he notes. But one of the best things about selling online is that, now, Redenbach can sell his engineering tools to buyers not just in Australia, but around the world. Visit L.P.R. Toolmakers.
Week 51: April 6th, 2011
Need something nice for your home – particularly if you live in the UK? Check out The House of Ashley – an Auctiva Commerce store that offers a large array of stylish home decor pieces and artwork. The store is operated by Matthew McCartan who began selling online three years ago after the brick-and-mortar shop he owned lost its contracts as a result of the recession. McCartan began using Auctiva Commerce to house his products last year, after first using Auctiva.com to list items on eBay. “I decided to change or die,” he notes. “So I used the products we had in stock for show houses, and sold them on eBay then moved to my own site.” Importing items from Auctiva.com to Auctiva Commerce was easy, McCartan says. And as he designed his shop, he aimed to create a good shopping experience by not only making the site easy to navigate, but by listing items in a way that would make them easy to find-making them searchable by type of product, color, style and design, and coordinated items. One of the hottest selling items in his store (and my personal favorite) is the retro lemonade clock he has in stock, but shoppers can find a variety of items to decorate their homes, from picture frames and bowls, to sculptures and figurines, to tableware. Check out The House of Ashley today !!
Week 50: March 30th, 2011
Wow – almost a year of Store-of-the-Week entries – has it really been that long? The week we feature The Old Collector, an Auctiva Commerce store that features postcards from around the world as well as Audio Books and a few classic vinyl records. The Old Collector is a fairly new shop and so is not yet fully stocked. They are adding new items daily however, so check back often. You’ll probably find something you like. As a former Florida resident one of my favorites is the Alligator Wrestling postcard – reminds me of my younger days!! Check out The Old Collector today!!
Week 48/49: March 23rd, 2011
Anyone else fondly remember the 80s? I may be dating myself here but I know i certainly do and often long for those simpler times. Well, if you need a few items to remember the 80s by then 80sneonfancydress.com has you covered – they are an Auctiva Commerce Store that markets and sells all things 80s. Customers can find a variety of ’80s throwbacks from bright neon legwarmers, to T-shirts featuring popular video games of the decade like Space Invaders and Pacman, to mesh gloves and roller disco garb, plus more. The hottest items, though, are the slogan T-shirts as well as full-color iron-on T-shirt transfers for partiers who want to customize their own ’80s getup. The store was opened by Simon Nankervis who began selling online about 10 years ago when he owned a brick-and-mortar shop that offered roller skates and clothing. When Auctiva Commerce was introduced in 2009, he hopped on board, looking to expand his business. Since then, sales have grown every week with shoppers coming from around the world. The shop’s motto, “Aim to please,” means staff ships out orders the next business day, and adds new inventory every day. Frankie Says Relax!!!!
Week 46/47: March 9th, 2011
Looking for a unique handbag, shoulderbag or tote? Look no further than Baggarratti, an Auctiva Commerce Store that sells one-of-a-kind handbags, shoulderbags and other totes that are crafted from old jeans. The owner of the store, Ann D’Abreau, thought using old jeans was an eco-friendly alternative, and she knew the tough material would hold up to the wear and tear women sometimes put their purses through—although she does add her sewing skills just to make sure. “Extra stitches are applied to assure the handbags’ strength and durability,” the seamstress notes. “I personally design each handbag to have its own character, which includes cutting up and modifying the jeans to include full lining, buckles, snaps, zippers, etc. to increase security and functionality.” So, if you’re looking for a unique bag check out Baggarratti – you can even send in your own pants for a custom bag also receive a $10 discount on the handbag’s price!!
Week 44/45: February 23rd, 2011
Party or a wedding coming up? Then check out Geri’s Wedding and Party Supplies where shoppers can find everything they need for their events, from balloons, to cake toppers, to party favors, to decorative gift bags and more. Geri’s Wedding and Party Supplies started selling on eBay with Auctiva.com and progressed to Auctiva Commerce, attracted by the pricing. According to the owner “Auctiva’s support is by far the best I have ever experienced. Excellent support staff.” And now she has a site where she can offer buyers everything they would need for their next event. Visit Geri’s Wedding and Party Supplies. Set up your own Auctiva Commerce Store and get complete freedom over your shop.
Week 42/43: February 9th, 2011
If you have kids you know how hard it can be to find elegant children’s wear. Diane Coke, the owner of Collection of Elegance, experienced the same challenge so she decided open up an Auctiva Commerce store shoppers could always count on to have elegant attire for their little one’s special occasions. And today, she has just that: a store featuring elegant dresses, sweaters, christening attire and other formal wear. “The name says it all!” Coke says. In fact, the shops motto is “True elegance begins here.” According to Diane the formal dresses and christening gowns have drawn a lot of buyers, but the overall quality of the garments and the fair prices have gotten people to come back. Visit Collection of Elegance today !!
Week 40/41: January 26, 2011
Looking for some nostalgia? Then check out American Yesteryear, an Auctiva Commerce store that sells vintage metal signs featuring images of the armed forces, pin-up girls, Route 66, motorcycles, vintage cars and more. The shop is directed toward the celebration and preservation of America’s history, “by way of its vast archive of historical imagery,” shop-owner Ian House notes. The collector has been selling tin sign reproductions for five years, but this Auctiva Commerce endeavor is his first shot at selling hand-crafted, 24-gauge steel, high-grade sign reproductions. Auctiva Commerce has helped House participate in that flourishing market. “It has given me confidence to grow my business knowing that the selling tool is already superior to what I’ve been used to, and it will only keep getting better, from what I can tell,” House says. “The new Store Designer tool is simply brilliant.” Visit American Yesteryear today!
Week 38/39: January 12, 2010
Need some post New Year’s bling? Then look no further than Hip Hop Jewelery Kings – they carry more than 2000 Hip Hop Fashion and High End Jewelry Items so you can get your bling on!! Hip Hop Jewelery Kings has been in business with Auctiva Commerce since July 2009. As their homepage says “Get Yo Shine On!! Now you wanna Make your money stretch and Shine at the same time, That’s why we are here.” Check out Hip Hop Jewelery Kings!!!
Week 37: December 29, 2010
Did junior unexpectedly grow out of his or her holiday clothes? If yes check out Isabella’s Fate, an Auctiva Commerce store that specializes in Fine Children’s Occasion Wear and other items for kids. In business with Auctiva Commerce since October 2009 Isabella’s Fate has over 1,300 items currently available and stocks items for boys and girls. They also have items for Baptisms, Communion, Confirmation, and other special events. And right now they are running an After Christmas sale!! Check out Isabella’s Fate today !!
Week 35/36: December 22, 2010
Vintage music lovers rejoice! Cassette and Video Corner is an Auctiva Commerce shop that specializes in vinatge cassettes, VHS films, and Vinyl LPs in addition to children’s books. So, if you’ve got an old record or cassette tape player lying around and are dying to find something new to play on it check out Cassette and Video Corner -you won’t be disappointed!! For those of us that have moved on to digital media they also carry a good selection of CDs and DVDs – check ‘em out today!!
Week 34: December 8th, 2010
Shoppers looking for toddler clothing that won’t cost Mother Nature but will look “chic and unique,” should check out Sprogstogs. This Auctiva Commerce store boasts plenty of quality “funky,” organic garments for children ages newborn to 7, plus footwear, gift baskets and soft, cuddly toys at good prices, says store owner Frank London, who runs the store with his wife. Based in the UK Sprogstogs has been selling online since 2004 and are very particular about what they sell – they concentrate on providing great products at reasonable prices with excellent customer service. Check out Sprogstogs today!!
Week 33: December 1, 2010
With the holidays upon us what better gift can one give than perfume? Not only does it provide immediate gratification but the recipient (and their acquaintances) receive benefit every time they use it! Thankfully The Miniature Perfume Shoppe is here! They are an Auctiva Commerce store that markets antique, vintage, and new collectable miniperfume bottles for both women and men. With nearly 3,000 items to choose from you’re sure to find what you need! So, check out The Miniature Perfume Shoppe today!! Your friends, and your nose ,will thank you for it!
Week 31/32: November 24, 2010
With the holidays upon us many of us will be looking for that special something for the one we love. If it’s jewelry our store of the week this week, R&L Jewelry can probably provide it. the store’s owner, Robert Bedwell, thinks everyone should know what it’s like to own a diamond ring, gemstone earnings, a nice watch or a pearl necklace. To satisfy that goal Bedwell keeps costs as low as possible and passes along the savings to buyers so they can find that perfect piece of jewelry without breaking the bank. Check out R&L Jewelry this holiday season!!!
Week 30: November 10, 2010
Looking for that unique gift idea? How about custom candy bar wrappers so that you can wrap the party treats in style? Sweetly Designed is an Auctiva Commerce store that specializes in creating custom designed candy bar wrappers and other personalized non-candy items so that you can personalize your event. They’ll even sell you pre-packaged personalized candy-bars to make it easy! Great for graduation, holidays, you name it!! Check out Sweetly Designed !!
Week 28/29: November 3rd, 2010
As their store name implies Photogearfinder carries all sorts of camera accessories and gear. They’ve got items from all the major manufacturers and even carry miniature cameras and items designed for underwater use. Photogearfinder has been with Auctiva Commerce since February 2009 and currently have over 1500 items for sale in their shop! The next time you need a new filter, lens or other camera accessory check out Photogearfinder!!
Week 27: October 20th, 2010
Jewelry lover? Check out Glitters for your next jewelry purchase!! Glitters was started by Maria Adnitt when she became inspired by by her children, who are faithful collectors of costume and fashion jewelry. “[They] spend their pocket money on jewelry,” Adnitt explains. Sensing an opportunity Maria opened Glitters as an Auctiva Commerce store in March, 2009. She stocks stock mostly costume/fashion jewelry, with only the odd pieces of silver and gold, so I thought of ‘Glitters’ from the saying ‘All that glitters is not gold,’” Adnitt says, explaining her store’s name. “The name fits with the jewelry, as it all looks fantastic worn but does not totally empty your wallet, as real gold would!” Having reasonable prices is a must for Adnitt, who initially began looking for jewelry lots because she thought her kids paid too much for the jewelry they bought, so she offers free shipping within the U.K. Visit Glitters today!
Week 26: October 13th, 2010
Into vintage tractors? Then you need to check out Joe Traktor. Started by Greg Stephen, Joe Traktor is an Auctiva Commerce store filled with tractor parts, books, manuals, videos and more. “Joe Traktor can offer the most complete line of vintage parts for all brands in the business as well as one of the largest inventories of New Old Stock John Deere parts anywhere,” the site notes. The shop is still a work in progress as Stephen continues to add inventory, however, when it’s completed, shoppers should be more than happy, he says. “When the online store is completed, I believe I can honestly say that for our market, we can offer all the usual standard items as well as other items that can be found nowhere else in the world to our customers,” Stephen notes. Visit Joe Traktor!
Week 25: October 6th, 2010
Guitar or music fan? Then you owe it to yourself to check out Picker’s Parts; an Auctiva Commerce store that specializes in guitars, guitar parts, amplifiers, and everything else you may need to satisfy your guitar playing passion. Picker’s Parts has been with Auctiva Commerce since February, 2009 and currently has almost 500 items for sale in their online store so you’re sure to be able to find that part or special item you need. Check out Picker’s Parts today!
Week 24: September 29th, 2010
Special Occasions offers inspirational and Christian jewelry, home décor items, literature, toys and other products. However, according to the owner, Teresa Robinson, her hottest items right now are purity jewelry and Christian rings. Robinson started selling online in 2002 through eBay. Back then it was a hobby, but today it’s evolved into a business. And hoping to take her business to the next level, Robinson moved her business off eBay and over to Auctiva Commerce earlier this year after taking the 30-day trial and being impressed with the software. “We have offered products on eBay previously and have a small number of listings currently as a means to get the world out for our main store,” she says. “However, we have since decided to discontinue offering them there due to the increased fees, other restrictions and policies that we feel impact profit and success. Robinson was especially happy about the store themes on Auctiva Commerce, as well as the feeds to Google Merchant Center and the “best seller” display within each Auctiva Commerce store. Visit Special Occasions!!
Week 23: September 22nd, 2010
Love animals and animal themed gifts? Then check out Dezign Zoo Animal Emporium where you will find a selection of unique animal-themed gifts, fine collectibles, art, home and garden decor and much more. They focus on providing a truly unique and enjoyable shopping experience for animal lovers. Dezign Zoo Animal Emporium has been with Auctiva Commerce since February 2009 and currently have over 660 unique gifts and home decor items for you to choose from. They even have some Halloween themed items to celebrate the season!!! Check out Dezign Zoo Animal Emporium!!
Week 22: September 15th, 2010
Need supplies for your Kelly or Puki dolls? Then look no further than Tabloach Productions – an Auctiva Commerce shop that specializes in dolls and doll accessories. Loanne Hizo Ostlie, the owner of Tabloach Productions, chose Auctiva Commerce to set up her store and offer her Kelly and Puki dolls, as well as their accessories because of its ease of use. She kept her store design “cute, fun and very simple” to let her dolls do the talking. The store proved to be a hit, especially with international sellers. The hottest items in her shop are black Mary Jane shoes and Puki wigs. The feeds to Google Merchant Center likely helped her attract buyers, as she ranked high in search results for the dolls, she says. But it’s her customer service is what takes her business to the next level. “I try to think like a customer and see how I would like to be treated when I go shopping, whether they are dollar or high-ticket items,” she says. “The key is to reassure your customers that they can trust you with their money and delivery of the goods in a friendly manner.”
Check out Tabloach Productions!
Week 21: September 8th, 2010
Like postcards? Then you owe it to yourself to check out MJM Covers and Postcards! They sell postcards and covers from all over the world and are certain to have that unique item that you need. MJM Covers and Postcards provides personal attention to every sale to ensure that your order is properly handled. They’ve been with Auctiva Commerce since January 2009 and sell on eBay as well. Check out MJM Covers and Postcards the next time you need that unique gift or special something!
Week 20: September 1st, 2010
Music fan? Check out Supersonic Music!! They’re relatively new to online sales having opened their Auctiva Commerce store in April 2010 but have already achieved dramatic results by adding an online sales venue to complement their offline shop. According to the stores’ owner, Derek Sharp, creating an online store on Auctiva Commerce has created a buzz for both the physical and online stores. In fact Derek notes that “We’ve noticed not only an increase in sales online, but more customers walk in the door talking about our Web site,” he says. “We’ve had to add a separate phone line to handle all the inquiries we get. I can’t remember the last time I had a conversation with somebody that didn’t start with, ‘Hey, I saw this thing on your Web site, is it still available?’” Check ‘em out the next time you need a new axe !!!
Week 19: August 25th, 2010
Looking for something retro? Then look no further than Retro Resale!! They are an Auctiva Commerce merchant that specializes in a variety of products from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s that range from clothing and toys, to furniture and art, to linens and cookware. So, the next time you need a vintage item with classic lines check out Retro Resale. The owner, Toby Smith, stocks fresh items every few days so you’re sure to find something fresh and exciting!
Week 17/18: August 18th, 2010
Into bracelet making or other bead work? Then you owe it to yourself to check out Katie’s Charms – they’ve been selling beads, charms and accessories for European bead bracelets on Auctiva Commerce since May 2009. Katie’s Charms is the place where charm enthusiasts can find the Murano glass, Swarovski crystals and other high-quality charms to decorate their bracelets at good prices. As her store motto says: Shoppers can fill their bracelets without emptying their wallets. Her store has attracted many visitors and garnered her more than 1,000 fans on the shop’s Facebook page. Visit Katie’s Charms for your next batch of bead-making supplies!!
Week 16: August 5th, 2010
Continuing with the toy theme this week we are featuring Ron’s Rescued Treasures which sells hard-to-find toys such as Legos, Playmobil, My Little Pony and Polly Pocket. Ron’s business is quite unique in that the owner, Ron LeRoux, sources most of his product from garage sales and then handpicks only the most interesting older toys and collectibles for sale on the Ron’s Rescued Treasures site. Ron has been selling online now for about 10 years and started his Auctiva Commerce store in May 2010. He now has more than 4,300 listed for sale on his Auctiva Commerce store – check ‘em out the next time you’re looking for that treasured toy from the past!!
Week 15: July 28th, 2010
Looking for a hot Ferrari, Corvette, or maybe a Lamborghini but can’t afford the real deal? Then head over to CarMiniatures.com where you can buy a scaled down version of that hot rod and include it in your collection. Car Miniatures carries die-cast and miniature cars from all the major manufacturers such as Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Jada Toys and more. They’ve been with Auctiva Commerce since February 2009, and have set up their store so you can browse by brand, auto manufacturer, or vehicle type. They’ve even got a section dedicated to kids car miniatures so you can easily find that toy that little Johnny just has to have!!! Check out Car Miniatures!!
Week 14: July 21st, 2010
Into belly dancing or know someone who is? Then you have to check out Mean Kitty Wear – an Auctiva Commerce store that specializes in unique belly dancing garments. The owners, Sherry Page and her business partner, Jani Prater have been belly dancing for over eight years and decided to open a store that complemented their interests. They have been with Auctiva Commerce since November 2009 and enjoy Auctiva Commerce’s ease of use as it allows them to have their own online store without having to be super tech-savvy. Check out Mean Kitty Wear!!
Week 13: July 14th, 2010
Got a four legged friend that needs a gift or a spiffy new outfit? Check out Doggie Duds by Deb! Their store store stands for fun, trendy,comfortable, luxury pet products catered to the dog fashionista and discernable owners who want only the best. Doggie Duds by Deb has been with Auctiva Commerce since the very beginning (January, 2009) and has built up her inventory to include over 320 unique items. They also sell paintings created by the owner, Debra Babcock, and will even create custom paintings to serve your needs. Check out Doggie Duds by Deb!
Week 12: July 7th, 2010
Into jewelry? Then give Sterling Silver Jewelry Gallery a peek and see if they have something for you! After successfully selling on eBay for three years the owner of Sterling Silver Jewelry Gallery, April Norrell, decided to open an online store with Auctiva Commerce. She credits her online success to upfront FAQs and store policies as well as free shipping on every item. Check out Sterling Silver Jewelry Gallery the next time you’re looking for that special something!!
Week 11: June 30th, 2010
Looking for a great comic? Then look no further than Tic Toc Comics!! Selling on Auctiva Commerce since March 2009 Tic Toc Comics carries classic comic books, toys and a small assortment of music and movies. They’ve got comics starting for as little as 50 cents as well as high-value classics such as The Flash. They carry comic books from all the major publishers plus hard to find items from independent publishers. Next time you need a light read or are looking for a nice collectible item check out Tic Toc Comics!!
Week 10: June 23rd, 2010
If scrap-booking and related crafts are your game be sure to visit Lozs Loot the next time you need supplies. Lozs Loot is an Australian based store and carries charms, rhinestones, ribbons and anything else a scrap booker could ever need. Like many Auctiva Commerce stores Lozs Loot initially started selling on eBay and added an Auctiva Commerce store as her order volume increased. Lozs Loot credits the nightly feeds to Google Merchant Center from Auctiva Commerce as a source of many of her buyers. And, even though Lozs Loot is based in Australia, they welcome orders from buyers outside of the Land Down Under!! Check out Lozs Loot !!
Weeks 8/9: June 16th, 2010
Sabai Technology – As noted on their About Us page Sabai Technology focuses on the development and sale of wireless network equipment based on dd-wrt operating systems. This gives the equipment the ability to be used as access points, wireless bridges, and wireless repeaters. Sabai Technology’s stated goal is to help the average home or business user access the power of this network equipment. With Auctiva Commerce since January, 2010 Sabai Technology currently has over 20 different wireless products for sale including technical help consultations from the owner, William Haynes. Check out Sabai Technology the next time you need wireless technology or expertise!!!
Week 7: June 2nd, 2010
BakeryBits – Looking for artisan bread baking supplies? Then you have found your match at Bakery Bits – For the Artisan Baker – a comprehensive artisan bread supply shop based in the UK that started when storeowner Patrick Thornberry’s “obsessive interest in bread making moved into sourdough,” he says. Bakery Bits began its life on eBay and then added Auctiva Commerce as a stand-alone shop in July, 2009. Since opening a shop on Auctiva Commerce, Thornberry’s business has taken off and BakeryBits has buyers from around the world. Visitors will find items to bake “tasty bread the artisan way,” and can get baking advice along the way on The Bakery Bits blog. Next time you need artisan bread bkng supplies look no further than Bakery Bits – your taste buds will thank you for it!!
Week 6: May 26th, 2010
PHCustoms – Looking for American made accessories for your motorcycle? Look no further than PHCustoms – they have a wide assortment of saddlebags, handlebar bags, emblems and other accessories for nearly all makes of motorcycles. In business with Auctiva Commerce since February 2009, PHCustoms is one of Auctiva Commerce’s more active sellers and has provided instrumental feedback on Auctiva Commerce. Check ‘em out the next time you need a gift or that special something for your ride!!
Week 5: May 19th, 2010
Buy the Book is like a candy store for bibliophiles, says store-owner Cassandra Vert. “The books are displayed attractively. It’s fun and easy to browse, and there are fun extra features to add to the experience,” she notes. “It’s not meant to look polished and corporate. I could have hired someone to do that on the Auctiva Commerce template, but I wanted it to look friendlier and more accessible.” Buy the Book has been with Auctiva Commerce since February 2009 and boasts an inventory of about 15,000 books, although not all of them have made it into her Auctiva Commerce Store, she admits. So if shoppers don’t find what they’re looking for in her store, she suggests they contact her. “I may have it in the back,” she says. Visit Buy the Book the next time you’re looking for a great read!!
Week 4: May 12th, 2010
Dragonfly Outlet – Specializing in the best eco-friendly and fair trade products for your home and family, Dragonfly Outlet has many great toys and household items that you can feel good about buying. Dragonfly Outlet has been in business with Auctiva Commerce since February 2009 and currently has over 190 items for sale. Check out Dragonfly Outlet the next time you need a birthday present or housewarming gift for that special someone. The recipient and the Earth will thank you!
Week 3: May 5th, 2010
Easy-Netshop.co.uk – Buyers looking for retro, hard-to-find CD-ROM games and DVDs should browse Easy Netshop, which offers everything from CD-ROM arcade and puzzle games, to auction, horror and musicals from as early the 1920s. It’s “an online store packed with retro fun and games,” says store owner Martin Fletcher. Fletcher began selling on eBay as a hobby six years ago to make some extra cash to escape the U.K. winters and live in “sunny Spain” six months out of the year, he says. Later, he opened his own online store, but closed it after getting no sales. Then a year ago he learned about Auctiva Commerce and opened Easy-Netshop.co.uk. “I had my first sale after about eight weeks [on Auctiva Commerce], and now they come on a daily basis,” he says. “I will never forget that first sale and the excitement it created. I still get a kick when the e-mails come through telling me I’ve sold.” Fletcher’s been so happy with his store that he recently added a second site, Inventive-Ideas.com, to sell gadgets. Visit Easy-Netshop.co.uk to see what they have to offer!!
Week 2: April 28th, 2010
Style Notes Ltd. – In business with Auctiva Commerce since March 2009, Style Notes Ltd. is a custom dress maker, creating beautiful evening dresses, party dresses, prom dresses and more. They are located in the United Kingdom but will ship worldwide to serve their customers. Their site includes measurement tools and sizing charts to help ensure that your products are properly sized, and they will even send you a sample so you can confirm the look and feel before ordering. Check out Style Notes Ltd. for your next dress purchase!!!
Week 1: April 23rd, 2010
Pro Jersey World – In business on eBay and other online venues for years Pro Jersey World decided to open their own eCommerce website and we are thrilled that they chose to use Auctiva Commerce to host their online store. Pro Jersey World sells jerseys from all major sports including the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, and has jerseys for the 2010 World Cup. They also sell New Era caps and UGG boots. Check out Pro Jersey World for your next sports jersey purchase!!