Selling things is pretty addicting. I'm a garage sale veteran, and have been a curator of objects my entire life, but that very first thing I ever sold via the Internet holds a pretty special place in my memory.
My senior year in high school, I was editor of the literary arts magazine, and that hour-and-a-half block was my favorite part of the day. After all of the hard work was over, the annual spring issue would go to print, and we would have some extra time in the school year to pursue writing, design, or web-related projects.
For my final self-assigned project, I wanted to sell something online. I chose eBay, as it was one of the first accessible marketplaces at the time, and the object in question was a "rare" graphic tee by a well known artist. It sold for around $5.00, I giddily went and sent it off at the post office, and quickly realized I was hooked. There's nothing like the thrill of a sale.
So it began, a long string of selling things—my old textbooks, gently loved handbags, and Target designer collaborations were my bread and butter through college, and handmade crafts, jewelry, and vintage frocks were my go-to's post grad. More unusually, I've sold leggings on Facebook, French designer pieces on Instagram, and even dresses on Tumblr.
With so many marketplaces to choose from, and high fees for just casual selling, I ended up looking for alternative channels. I sought out brand-specific Facebook groups. I obsessed over the ins and outs of Poshmark. I even hosted a Shopaholic-style sale at my loft. And that's part of how this website came into being. Now I peddle handcrafted rings, tarot cards, and personalizable marquee lights. Sure, everything might not sell within a 7-day auction window, but there's something special about having my own little corner of the Internet to set up shop in.