Mag Sets

When eBay offered 100 free listings to entice me back, I put 30 pieces of art up for auction and decided to test the eBay waters, so to speak,  with 50 buy-now listings for button products.  It is not the best venue for low-end items, what little profit there is consumed by fees, but I’m thinking eBay is good place to sell off those “leftover” buttons made for local venues.

I sorted out the trays of  1.25″ magnets yesterday, tossing out the worst and packaging the rest up as (mostly) sets of 8… decided to sell them as “used” since they were transported repeatedly and displayed at outdoor venues in open trays. Some look new, fresh off the button press, but too many have minor scuffs on the shiny mylar surface to call them new.  I created a few sets the same so one listing could have a quantity of 2 or 3.  I’m still debating if they should go up for 7 day auction, with opening bids of 99 cents, or if I should just post them as 30 day buy-now items.

I photographed each set with the camera on my cell phone before packaging, then emailed the photos to myself… it’s faster and easier than trying to upload via a cord to this computer.

Want a sneak peek before the listings go up?

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One of the photos shows how they are packaged… thinking ahead for mailing since the USPS has rules for magnets.  They must not be able to move a compass needle… so they’re packaged back to back on a strip of paper (to keep them lined up) inside 2″ wide cello bags, then they will be wrapped in bubble wrap and cardstock to further insulate the magnetization before tucking inside padded mailers.

I’ve always had better luck selling on eBay than anywhere else, even had a little eBay store years ago,  and still occasionally sell off a few things… mostly some tools and odd junk. When you consider that I’ve sold over 3,000 items on eBay (a lot of repeat customers when I sold jewelry making supplies, so my feedback score is only 2,000 something) as compared to less than 50 on Etsy, it sounds like an easy decisions… eBay should be my main selling venue.

So, test the waters… will my buttons sell on eBay?

For the curious, here’s a link to my eBay profile page:  http://www.ebay.com/usr/hoppyscotch

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Free Buttons Today



I will be downtown giving away free buttons to “snowflakes” before the GOP candidate for the 2020 Presidential Election arrives here in Youngstown for a political rally today. Yes, he is campaigning already… the man is still stuck in campaign mode, doesn’t know how to BE presidential, or maybe he just needs his ego stroked by 20,000 adoring fans cheering him on as he spews more lies.

Sorry, Trump supporters… everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this is mine.

That’s what makes this country great. We are ALLOWED to HAVE an opinion and our right to voice those opinions is protected by our constitution’s Bill of Rights, which I feel is threatened by a president who demands loyalty to him, the person, instead of loyalty to the constitution.

Quantities of free buttons are limited as I can only afford to give away so many…  if you would like to purchase a set of these buttons, check out the Youngstown Special in my online store. They are also available individually in two sizes, with your choice of back, in a separate listing.

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New Zipper Pulls

Supplies have arrived, so I’ve updated the back options in my store to include zipper pulls for 1.25″ buttons. Now I’m working on illusion photos so you can see what the designs will look like on zipper pulls.

Illusion photos are not actual photographs… the image is created by dropping the button design behind a “digital photo template” on the computer, then exporting the image as a png or jpg photo file. It is a great way to see what a button will look like without wasting supplies and it also eliminates light issues that I have while trying to snap clear photos of small objects with shiny surfaces.

I don’t have a display template for zipper pulls… a quick search on Etsy found one for 1″ zipper pulls (link here) but, not in 1.25″ so I made my own clip art by snapping a real photo and removing the background, &c. It’s not the best… but it does give folks an idea of what the button will look like as a zipper pull.

Here’s what it looks with some of my designs:

I added the URL note because I’m thinking about using that photo to promote my business.

BTW, notice how the blue “Christian” and “#resist” printed darker than my original design? (If you want to compare, I posted an illusion photo in my Breaking Silence post.) Yeah, that’s one of those surprise color shifts that can happen when you design in GIMP, which uses an RGB color system, and print on high end machines that use CYMK color technology. Some surprises are cool as can be… like when a gold color displays yellowish on the computer and prints shiny gold… but some send me back to the drawing board. I should pick a different blue, but leaving it dark gives a dual meaning since there are people so brainwashed by the Religious Right that they cannot see or believe Christians can be liberals or Democrats.

Well, I best end this before I go rambling off on another soap box… thanks for reading!