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:

Thanks for reading!



Promo: Bratton Fashion

NOTE: Brattons Fashion is now Bratton Fashion… see UPDATE below.

I took a break from uploading new button designs to my online store to make some 1.25″ promo magnets for my daughter’s new business, Brattons Affordable Fashions, LLC.

Creating her logo, then modifying it for the button design was fun… she wanted a pair of curvy ladies, so I drew the silhouettes in InkScape. We also made little flyers that she can pass out locally with her business cards.


Odds are, her business cards and flyers will get tossed… but, most folks tend to keep a free magnet that is strong enough to hold a few papers on a fridge or metal file cabinet so it is a good idea to put a URL where your potential customers will see it every day.

I made her buttons as fridge magnets with thick, black rubber magnets inserted into the back. I also make office magnets, which have strong ceramic magnets hidden inside so the back is metal. Those are nice for dry erase magnet boards, too.

Here you can see the difference between the backs:

YBWorks 1.25

1.25″ FUN SIZE BACK OPTIONS: pins, craft tokens or office magnets, and fridge magnets

If you would like promo magnets made for your business, please let me know.

Thank you!

UPDATE:  due to security issues and shopping cart limitations encountered while trying to launch her business, my daughter moved her online clothing store to a new website host and obtained her own URL of (with no S after Bratton) that she can point directly to her new website without having to bounce through her old host… she’s learning. She is also expanding her business model to include business attire and a men’s line. I updated the title of this post here, per her request, as this blog post shows up in google searches and it looks like her logo and button designs need updated, too.

Art Mirrors & Magnets

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I have been playing with some of my original art designs, adjusting the lighting on scanned images and creating pdf sheets for the printer so I can make 2.25″ pocket mirrors and fridge magnets that feature professionally printed images from some of my colored pencil drawings. Here are the first twelve.

Designs will also be available as 1.25″ pins, tokens, or fridge magnets.

Inkjet printed “Artsy Button Magnets” will be sold off in sets or at local venues.

Thanks for looking!