Tuesday, September 29, 2009

OH! is for October! (and my first blog giveaway)

OH! I LOVE OCTOBER! It has always been a special month for me. There is so much to celebrate beginning on the first of October with my youngest daughter's birthday. (She was due in September, but she knew better and waited a few days!) My own birthday follows on the ninth, but that is only a small part of why I love this month. October brings welcome relief to relentless humid days here in the South with its crisp, cool, and dry air. The Earth puts on a fashion show with coordinated perfection as the trees show their true colors. Football teams and their bands play in weather the way it was intended and fans can enjoy being outdoors at their tailgating events. And, of course, it all ends with a bang on Halloween. Houses are decked out in spooky splendor and children parade in gleeful glamour while candy makers burst into smiles to see the sweet wares they prepared in the off months fly off the store shelves from now until Easter. To celebrate a special birthday this year, I am offering my first blog giveaway. It is a wedding garter I crafted just for fun. Since Halloween is on a Saturday, I thought there might be some brides who would enjoy having a whimsical garter for their wedding day. Perhaps you just think it would be fun to wear with a costume. Just comment here and tell me why you are entering. Tweet it and I'll enter you for a second chance. (Be sure to give me a link to your tweet.) Add a link to my blog from your blog for even another chance. Winner will be chosen on my birthday and the announcement will come the following week so I can get this shipped in time for Halloween! Happy October, Everyone!

Monday, September 21, 2009

I Will Survive

I am thrilled to be a guest on one of my favorite blogsites.

When you think about the sheer proportion of guests to bride at a wedding, it stands to reason that someone needs to help those guests out, too! Survive Wedding Season does just that. They have lots of wonderful tips on parties, gifts, attire, destinations, and ways to support your friends at this important time. Brides have lots of sites for help, and now guests can turn to Survive Wedding Season for all the support they need. Check it out!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Selling a Used Dress 101

I have many friends who tell me they would really love to sell dresses that they own and are not going to use again. Some of them are moms who inherited the bridesmaids' dresses their daughters wore in countless weddings or even prom gowns that were used once upon a time. They tell me they would love to sell them on the Internet but don't know how. So here are some pointers.

First, to buy or sell anything on the Internet, you will need a safe and secure system to pay and be paid, such as Paypal. Paypal has great name recognition, but they aren't the only ones available. My son-in-law tells me Google Checkout is his favorite. You will need to set this up first as it may take a few days to verify your banking information.

While you are getting your Paypal account set up, you can begin finding or taking photos of what you have to sell. I could write a whole blog on the right and wrong way to photograph your dress, but for now just keep these things in mind. A picture of the dress on a real person is the best. It doesn't matter if you can see a face, so crop it if you want. A dress lying flat on a surface is my very least favorite. Look at the difference in the two pictures of the same dress shown here. If you don't already have a digital picture of it, have fun coming up with ways to show the dress in a flattering light.

Once you have your online account and a digital picture, you are ready to submit your ad. At The Green Hanger Shop, you will first register and give yourself a user name and submit your email address. This email address is important. It is the only way a shopper can reach you. On our website, it will not be public, nor will it be shared with anyone other than a potential buyer.

At last, you are ready to submit your ad. You will need to accurately give its size, designer, description, picture, and price. When you describe your dress, you want to be honest, but it's okay to use some salesmanship, too. I like to tell them what is special about what I am selling. For example, I discovered I had a very exclusive designer dress that I knew nothing about until I researched the dress label. I had bought it as a sample apparently at an off-brand store. Now the designer's dresses sell for several hundred dollars! Of course, I am not going to ask much for it because I didn't pay that much.. That's something else to remember. You have to set a price that will attract a buyer and is worth your while. Decide how you will handle the cost of shipping before the sale. I like to include that in the price, so I don't have to add anything else on.

Most of all, don't be afraid to ask for help from The Green Hanger Shop. That is why I am here and what I love doing! I guarantee you; once you make a sale, you will be hooked!
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