EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 254 - January 10, 2010 - ISSN 1528-6703     4 of 6

First Item Sold Online: eBay a Stepping Stone to Artisan's Business

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Do you remember the first item you ever sold online? Let us know by sending an email to and we may publish your story. Today we hear from Nan, who created special mica shades for antique lamp bases, tested them on eBay, and launched a successful business of her own.

Hi Ina !
I'm Nan, sole Proprietor of NYM Arts. I invented My Special Bent Mica Shades for Antique Lamp Bases 5 years ago. I listed a few on eBay to test the market and was Astounded at the over 120 views A DAY they would receive. Explaining that they were Not Antique shades soon became tedious :o)

I started NYM Arts. And I've been bringing Miles of Smiles All Across America ever since!

My Shades have rescued HUNDREDS of lamp bases. One of my shades is in the Library of the President Woodrow Wilson House in Baltimore, MD. Visit to see my Presentation.

BONANZLE is now my "Off - site" Sales Venue of choice. Thanks and Have a Good Morning,

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to

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