Nancy Pfeifer, party planner and owner of the etsy party supplies shop A to Zebra Celebrations, had a light-bulb moment after several customers inquired about where they could sell their used party supplies as well as buy the A to Zebra supplies that Nancy handcrafts and uses for her own parties.
That aha moment came this past spring, and on September 1, 2011, MyPartyIsOver.com was born.
I caught up with Nancy to see how her brilliant new e-baby is faring and what has transpired since her official launch. Read on …
Candy.com: In a nutshell, what is MyPartyIsOver.com?
Nancy: It’s a marketplace for customers to buy and sell new and used party decorations, props, etc.
Candy.com: What motivated you to launch MyPartyIsOver.com?
Nancy: I opened my A to Zebra Celebrations etsy shop back in October 2009. All of my items are handmade and designed by me. My customers constantly ask if I can sell whatever I used on my daughters’ parties. Some people have also inquired about where to sell their leftover party decorations after their party is over. I researched for a place to do this, but found nothing. I found a few wedding resale sites, but nothing for all parties.
Candy.com: What’s been your biggest surprise so far since launching MyPartyIsOver.com?
Nancy: The traffic to the site in addition to how quickly things have sold. The site launched on September 1, 2011, and became popular right away. The Facebook page reached 1,000 fans in the first month. I have had over 30 countries visit the site in the last four weeks. The feedback from fans has been extremely positive. I am pleased how well things are going.
Candy.com In addition to used party products, will you accept new, overstock items?
Nancy: Anybody can sell new or used products as long as they are party-related.
Candy.com: Are there any party items you won’t list on your site (i.e. perishables)?
Nancy: No damaged or stained items. No pornographic materials. Candy and related party food items are permissible.
Candy.com: I understand that your registration is free, but there is a small fee to place a listing. How much is it?
Nancy: The listing fee is $0.75 cents per item, per month. No percentage taken from a sale. Upgrading a listing to the homepage is $0.95 cents per item, per month.
Candy.com: What are your pricing guidelines?
Nancy: My suggestion is to sell your items on the low end if you really want them out of your closet. People that visit my site want to shop a great bargain. If you over-price your items, they will not sell. You must also consider the shipping costs and how this can be a turn off to the buyer.
My rule of thumb is …
New items: 25-30% off the retail price
Used items: 50-60% off the retail price
Candy.com: What are the benefits of using your site vs. ebay or Craigslist to list gently used products?
Nancy: One of the benefits to use my website is that I don’t charge a percentage of sales like ebay does. Another advantage is that I am getting thousands of visitors every day. My visitors are strictly looking for party items, so you have a better chance at selling them quick. Craigslist is free and popular for selling household items, but not party-related items.
Candy.com: So far, what type or category of items seem to be selling best?
Nancy: Party banners are selling the most in addition to party decor such as centerpieces, candle holders, vases, favors, etc.
Candy.com: Has it been difficult finding party throwers to list their used products?
Nancy: Yes, it has been difficult. Social media and marketing like Facebook and Twitter are very helpful, but they are a full-time job. I am trying to manage this website and my A to Zebra Celebrations shop while also doing my own marketing. These things are in addition to being a housewife and stay-at-home mother of two beautiful girls. It’s a challenge.
Candy.com: Your site is so well organized and easy to use! How long did it take from start to finish to get it launched?
Nancy: My idea to create this website was back in April. I knew I wanted something trendy, fun, and easy to navigate. I did my research and hired someone to start creating the site in May. I wanted the launch date to be September 1, 2011, so we made it happen in six months. There are still some changes and improvements I hope to get done in 2012. However, I will be offering advertising spots in the next couple of weeks.
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