Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ending in less than 24 hours

Baby Go Retro

Designers Questions...Answered

This was wrote in as a designer question, but we all discussed it in the group:

Has the economic downturn markedly impacted the boutique industry for designers and buyers?

Everyone, designers and buyers, said yes, we have all been impacted in some way by the economy. The buyers in our group simply don't have as much "fun" money as we used to. If we are still buying, we aren't buying big ticket items. Most of the designers have noticed a slow down as well. Their Christmas items/sets seem to be doing good, but after that Season they are not sure what sales are going to be like. And many of them seem to be doing better on Etsy then on eBay right now. We have also noticed a big price change in custom boutique. A year ago when you searched highest to lowest, you would mostly find $300+ single sets. Now when you do the same search, it is $500+ for a custom set a month for 6 months, or these similar auctions. Another thing to mention is that as a buyer, I personally have slowed down buying because most the money I spend on custom boutique, I can justify in the resell price. Yeah, I may spend $200 for a set, but might get back $150. Now, when I go to resell my kids custom outfits that I bought last year, I doubt I will even get 1/4 of what I paid. It gets very discouraging, and now I have a dollar amount that I won't go over.

***If you have a question for a team of experienced designers or buyers, please send it in using the link on the right***

Featured Auction Of The Day

Today's feature is this adorable "Jingle Bell Rock" appliqued set from Sara_Joe. Thanks for checking it out!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Guest Writer ~ Maddie*Kate ~ Teamwork

For this months Guest Writer, we asked the dynamic duo of Maddie*Kate to join us and do a piece for the blog. It has been such a pleasure getting to know these lovely ladies better. Below is their article...partially written by Kandy, the other part by Kacey, and one part they did together. Enjoy!


I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. I used to sit and watch my mother sew by the hour when I was very young. It just fascinated me to watch her sew and make such beautiful things for my sister and I. When I was in 7th grade I made my first real wearable item. It was a pair of shorts and even had a zipper! I was so proud of those shorts! I didn't sew for myself throughout junior high and high school, nor did I allow my mother to, as the word "home made" was frowned upon. But eventually I took it up after high school and fell in love with sewing all over again. My first part-time job after high school was working for a fabric store called Cloth World. I did a little sewing for my two girls when they were small but once they got a little older, they too wanted nothing to do with "home made" or girly things. Neither of my two girls showed any real interest in sewing so my sewing machine sat idle for quite a few years. I sewed a little bit for my oldest granddaughter, Morgan, when she was young, but she soon too didn't want anything "home made". When Mallory came along, out came the sewing machine once again! Kacey expressed an interest in learning to sew almost 3 years ago. I had the joy of teaching her a little and watching her bloom into a fabulous designer and seamstress. I now have another little granddaughter Sydney who is just 2 months old. I figure she ought to be ready for some twirly-girly things about the time Mallory starts turning her nose up to them :)


I just started sewing about 2 1/2 years ago, right before Mallory's big 2-year old birthday party. I wanted to make some cute party favors that were themed around a pool party. I went to the store and bought 22 (yes,22) towels and rummaged through my mom's fabrics for cute boys and girls prints to make each child a towel with their name sewn on it. I had never really sewn anything, with the exception of pillow back when I was 8 or 9. It took me about 2 weeks to get through all the towels. I can't say that the appliqué work was top-notch, but everyone loved them. I had 2 small children at home and wanted to have some extra "fun" money for us to go do things during the day with, as my husband was the only one bringing in a paycheck at the time. My mom had just recently stopped working, so we decided to give eBay a try.


When we made the decision to start selling our designs on eBay, we knew that we couldn't do it without each other. Other designers will write to us periodically and ask us how we are able to list so many things consistently, so here's our answer. We have made hundreds of trips to the fabric stores together. We walk up and down the aisles with our shopping carts full of fabrics talking about what other fabrics we have at home that would look good with this or that and mentally see the design come together in our heads. Since we only live about a block away from each other, we are always at each other's houses bouncing ideas off each other or asking for opinions about which pattern to use, fabric combinations or appliqué designs. There are at least 2 or 3 trips back and forth between houses when we are both sewing, looking for patterns, trims, threads or buttons for the project we are working on. Once an outfit is complete, it is DEFINITELY a team effort to get Mallory to just try it on to make sure it fits, get her hair just right and her shoes on. There always has to be some sort of "special treat" in the house for bribes! Our neighbors must get a good chuckle if they happen to be looking out the window when we are taking pictures out in the front yard. Just picture this, it's the middle of August, 98 degrees outside, Mallory is wearing a long-sleeved outfit with a huge Santa on it, tights and boots.Kacey is chasing her around with the camera; Kandy is trying to make Mallory smile, making sure her outfit and hair look right, while keeping Jack from getting in the pictures!! While Kacey is editing the pictures, Kandy will usually watch the kids to make the process go a little faster. Kacey designs the templates, and Kandy writes the descriptions of the outfits. Once the items sells, we both work with the customers to make sure all the measurements are correct and get out the door in a timely fashion. Whew!! This truly is an amazing hobby that we share together. Knowing that we are not only creating memories for our own children/grandchildren by designing them a special outfit for an occasion, we are creating memories for other people as well. We can't imagine doing it without one another, heck, I don't think we could!

Here are some of Maddie*Kate's past designs:

Monday, November 24, 2008

Featured Auction Of The Day

Today we have two matching sets from Trendy*Babies*Boutique. These are Valentine themed, but can be worn beyond that. I love the fun colors! Check them out when you get a chance!!

Boys Set

The Winner Of The Sugar3 Ebay GC Is...

Awhile back you may remember the interview we did with the new design group Sugar3. As a promotion, they were doing a drawing for a $50 eBay gift certificate, to be used toward a Sugar3 purchase, or any purchase! All you had to do to be entered in the drawing was bid on their items during that week. Well, we have a winner of the gift certificate, and it is Sherry of Laughhunn123. Congrats Sherry, and have fun spending your money!!

Favorite Auctions of the Week!

Here are our members' favorites this week!!
















Who's At The Top $$$

1. WildByDesign "Valentine Fun (Girls)" No Group

2. Gigglez-N-Grinz "Euro Red Riding Hood" Ivylane

3. WildByDesign "Valentine Fun (Boys) " No Group

4. Sweet_Chilli_Designs "Euro Minnie Knit" LemonLime

5. Sweet_Chilli_Designs "Euro Strawberry Shortcake" LemonLime

Friday, November 21, 2008

And The Winner Is...

Thanks so much to all the participants of our Halloween Costume Contest. We voted for a winner in our group, and we chose...

Karley And Kinsey As Thing 1 And Thing 2
Made By littlebears*crochet*den

Congrats to the winners!! I will be contacting you so I can mail your $25 Starbucks Gift Card!

Featured Auction Of The Day

Today's feature is this Valentine's twirl skirt set by Gumdrop*Shop. This would be perfect for a school party, or a Valentine dinner!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kandy*Kisses Black Friday Blog Giveaway

Laurie of Kandy*Kisses* is going to be having a HUGE giveaway on her blog the day after Thanksgiving. She will be drawing a number an hour, starting at 7am. All you have to do is sign up on her blog with your number choice to be entered in the drawing. What is she giving away, you may ask...go over to her blog and check it out! Click Here to visit Laurie's awesome blog!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Featured Auction Of The Day

Today's feature is this adorable Valentines theme dress from Beth of HollysMama. It is listed for the Boutique Angels launch, and is still at a VERY LOW price. It would be the perfect outfit for a Valentine dinner...or for some photos. Thanks for checking it out!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Favorite Auctions of the Week

Here are our members' favorites this week!!