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ISSUE 29: May 2007

Yard Salers: Issue 29! Pre-eBay Live 2007, Cookbooks, and More - May 07

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Hello, all!

Can it be a whole year has passed since the last eBay Live? Yes, I guess it can. For those of you who haven't heard, this year's convention will be in Boston, and I'll be there, helping AuctionBytes (www.auctionbytes.com) cover the event again this year, and also blogging and posting photos to bring as much of the event home as well as I can to those of you who can't make it.

If you haven't yet checked it out, AuctionBytes is now doing podcasts and videocasts as well...they even have one up on YouTube - "AuctionBytes Interviews Google on Checkout Payment Service." Check out all their videos at http://auctionbytes.tv/.

If you're going to eBay Live and you want to get a signed copy of my most recent paperback book, the eBay Price Guide, or just say hi, I'll be at the Hammertap booth Friday June 15 at 2:30 p.m. signing books. I'd love to meet you and hear about what you sell. Or buy, for that matter. In the first article in this issue, I do a roundup of what's going on at the event, who the key speakers are, and what it might mean to you.

I also want to take a moment to thank Hammertap for providing the wonderful software that allowed me to pull so, so many prices for the eBay Price Guide. I couldn't have done the book without it. So if you need to do in-depth research and want to see prices and other key data -- even year-ago prices -- laid out in a convenient grid format -- Hammertap is the tool for you.

Back to the newsletter. We have another cookbooks piece from columnist and book expert, our own reader Sara Croft of www.OrphanTreasures.com. This month she explores the wonder of New Orleans cooking -- from Chef Antoine to Emeril Lagasse, Creole and Cajun, pralines and crawfish, it's all here in these fabulous cookbooks. She also has written a book of her own about garage sales and you can get details in the article below.

How can you get $475 worth of free materials about making money with your own info products, as well as profiting from others' via affiliate programs? All for just a donation (the amount of your choice) to the American Cancer Society? My friend Terry Gibbs, who runs the iwantcollectibles.com web site, recently lost his father to cancer and is running an amazing fundraiser: Go here to learn more: http://www.nalroo.com/fordad.html.

Finally, a reminder that I've decided to go to the World's Longest Yard Sale this year, Aug 2-5. (Also known as the Highway 127 Corridor Sale). I'll be reporting in the August issue about that. I'd love to hear from anyone who's gone, is planning to go, or is selling things or has sold things along the route.

So without further ado, let's get to it!

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The New York Public Library just named The eBay Price Guide: What Sells for What (in Every Category!) among its "Best of Reference" for 2007.
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In This Issue:
1) eBay Live 2007: Roundup of Events
2) Cookbooks Part II: Regional Cooking -- New Orleans
** What Sells and Reader Mail will return in the next issue **

1) eBay Live 2007: Roundup of Events

Scene from eBay Live 2006.

What's going on at this year's eBay Live? Here's a roundup of what I know so far:

Key Speakers:

eBay has some bigger-than-ever names this year:

- Financial guru Suze Orman, who many of you know from her appearances on the Oprah show, will speak on Fri. from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

I was reading one of Suze's latest books, and she said she actually was a waitress until she was 29, until a fluke set of circumstances landed her in a stockbroker training program. And even as she made more money, she started spending more. So she shares her hard-won lessons with us all.

- Seth Godin - You may know Seth from his many bestselling books, some with funny titles, such as "The Big Red Fez," "Purple Cow," and "The Big Moo." But if the names sound silly, the ideas inside are about important things such as how to make your business stand out in a sea of hungry business mouths all clamoring for attention. What blows my mind is that Seth's blog is currently ranked 20th in the world. Wow. (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/). I just read some of it and it's really good..check it out for yourself. I can't wait to hear him speak...if I have to shoehorn myself into the room. His talk will be Thursday 3:00 - Flipping the Funnel and the Best in the World - How to Break Through at eBay. I'll bring as much of it to you as I can courtesy of The Hand that Writes Really Fast.

- Andy Sernovitz - "is the guru of blogs, buzz, and word-of-mouth marketing and is the author of the fantastic new book 'Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking.'" His talk will be about -- guess what? Word of mouth marketing.

- John Gardner: "After ten years of practicing law, John Gardner discovered and implemented a system that he used to multiply his income TEN times in thirty-six months." Sounds good to me. Once again, me go, tell you what I learn, we all make more money. That's the plan, anyway.

Key Sessions:

There are many, many sessions, and in fact every year people complain they can't take it all in. Here are some of what I see as the highlights:

Thursday, June 14, 2007

12:30 Word of Mouth Marketing in 5 Simple Steps: Selling Basics Seminar Marketing & Merchandising - Beyond the Grilled Cheese Madonna

12:30 Top Seller Panel: Metrics to analyze and improve the Business Panel Profitability profitability of your Business on eBay

12:30 90 Tax Loopholes in 90 Minutes - Business Seminar - Profitability

3:00 Optimize Your eBay Store: Top Tips for Store Sellers - Beyond the Basics - Seminar - Marketing & Merchandising

3:00 Taxes and Accounting: An Overview for Sellers on eBay - Business Seminar - Profitability

Friday, June 15, 2007

9:00 eBay Micro - Distributing Your eBay Listings - Beyond the Basics - Seminar - Community & Content Across the Web!

9:00 eBay Stores Best Practices Panel: Best in Stores - Beyond the Basics - Panel - Marketing & Merchandising

9:00 Making the Most of Search - Business Seminar - Productivity

9:00 Introduction to eBay's Affiliate Program - Business Seminar - Profitability - Promote your own listings and receive commission! 11:30 Own the Power to Control Your Financial Destiny - Business Seminar Profitability
2:00 PowerSeller Panel ? Q&A with eBay Executives - Business Panel - Community

Saturday, June 16, 2007

12:30 Using Research for Strong Selling Strategies and - Business Seminar Profitability - Increased Profits

3:00 Advanced Product Sourcing: Importing, large volume - Business Seminar Marketing & Merchandising - wholesale & liquidation lots

3:00 Buying and Selling Lots in the Reseller Marketplace - Business Seminar - Profitability

2) Cookbooks Part II: Regional Cooking -- New Orleans

Sara has also written a book called "How to Make 1000s for Your Organization with a Rummage or Yard Sale." It gives all the tips and tricks for getting all the members of your organization to participate, for getting maximum donations, for making pricing easy, for advertising (and paying for advertising) and for preparing for next year. For ordering info, see the bottom of this article. It's $19.95 including shipping.

Regional Cooking -- New Orleans

The United States is so different from region to region, when it comes to accents, subjects of humor, and especially cooking, that we might as well be 20 or 30 countries.

In the old days, when it might take weeks or months to get things from other places, regional cooking of course depended on what was locally available. You know, it's probably a good thing that trade and communication were so slow for the first 180 years of this country or the food might have been much more homogenous and we the poorer for it.

So we have an enormous variety of different cuisines available without leaving this country. Maybe you lived in another region for a while, or maybe it was just a wonderful vacation; but there is no better way to relight those memories that to make some of the foods, because taste and smell more than the other senses provoke strong memories of other times and places.

We're talking here not only about commercial cookbooks, but about those little windows on time and space, the community or church cookbooks. Those little jewels will not only give you the most-likely-to-show-up-at-potluck recipes, they often also have notes on the community, the community leaders, the businesses, the religious groups and the social clubs, and an idea of what the locals actually ate at home.

The most popular regional cookbooks since Katrina are the Creole-New Orleans-Cajun ones that allow us to travel to an area that will never be the same. We are all familiar with New Orleans staples:

- Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen (isbn 0688028470)
Not just recipes but creole and cajun techniques such as pictures of the 4 types of Roux.

- Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking (isbn 0688112846) by Lagasse
The most current of New Orleans reigning chefs, his restaurant was destroyed in Katrina, although I believe it's rebuilt now.

- Antoine's Restaurant since 1840 Cookbook (no isbn) by Guste. Recipes from New Orleans oldest famous restaurant.
But there are lots more:

- Mme. Begue's Recipes of Old New Orleans Creole Cookery (1937 no isbn) with recipes such as Turtle soup or Angels on Horseback,

- The original Picayune Creole cookbook (1945 no isbn) by the Times Pacayune Newspaper, from pralines to crawfish.

- Louisiana Cookery by Land (isbn0875110703) Creole and Arcadian cookery including recipes for octopus, ray, alligator and crawfish.

- The Pink Pantry Cookbook by The Pink ladies of our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge (no isbn) a community cookbook that shows you what real cajun cooking is done at home

- The Justin Wilson Gourmet and Gourmand Cookbook (isbn 0882894307) Cajun humorist and cook makes baked catfish, venison etouffee and alligator sauce piquant.

- The Dooky Chase Cookbook (isbn088289661x) from the New Orleans primo creole restaurant and black businessmen hangout. Try the Oyster patties or the Breakfast shrimp.

- The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine by Folse (isbn 0970445717 ) Covers all the things you think about when you think of New Orleans -- Crackling bread, gumbo, dirty rice.

- Bayou Cookbook (isbn 088289417x) by Holmes Rare old New Orleans recipes such as Old Slave Eggnog, Rabbit Jambalaya, and mint punch.

- Post Signal Magazine International Rice Festival And Creole Cookbook (no isbn) by the Post Signal Newspaper. Louisiana Not only a creole cookbook, but a tribute to Miss Rice Queen of 1983

If none of these tempt you, look for any cookbook with New Orleans, Louisiana, Creole, or Cajun in the title. If you're looking in a catalog of cookbooks, put those words in Keywords.

Eating this stuff is like walking through the French quarter at night with good jazz floating through the Spanish moss.
Sara, OrphanTreasures.com

Get your copy of "How to Make 1000s for Your Organization with a Rummage or Yard Sale." You can order the book by email (they take all major credit cards and Paypal) or you can send a check for $19.95 to us at the address below made out to OrphanTreasures. It's also available on the website OrphanTreasures.com.

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That's it for this issue. Until next time! - Julia


Questions about My eBooks Ordering

You can certainly purchase from me directly, as can anyone. All you have to do is email me and let me know which ebook(s) you want, if you are a subscriber and thus eligible for the discount, and then PayPal me to my PayPal id at juliawilk@aol.com. I'll be tweaking and updating the ebooks page on my web site soon.

YOUR FEEDBACK WANTED: What Else Do You Want to See in Yardsalers?

I am always open to reader articles, so if you want to write about something relating to yard sale-ing and eBaying, just flag me down! I will of course give you credit, using your eBay ID, web site, or any other contact info.


eBooks by Julia L. Wilkinson:
[All my ebooks are offered at 1/2 price from their regular prices to the subscribers of this newsletter. If interested in any of them, please email me at juliawilk@aol.com.]

- Making Big Bucks off Catalogs on eBay:

- Over 100 Books that Sell for $50-$100 on eBay

- Selling Kids Clothes on eBay: email me!
(these last two will be available for purchase via my site soon).

- How to Spot Fakes: email me!

Julia Classic:

What Sells on eBay for What: $8.95, 1/2 price from the $17.95 retail price.


My Life at AOL (available at amazon.com, booklocker.com, and 1stbooks.com)

Blogs, Blogs, and More Blogs
Check out My amazon.com Author Blog

Those of you who just can't get enough of my writing (are there any of you?) will be happy to know I now have a new blog on amazon.com. Amazon.com has created an "author blog" tool for authors to...well, blog. You'll see it if you bring up either of my books on the amazon site, but for good measure, it's at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593270550. (Scroll down to "amazonConnect").

My GoWholesale Blog

You can also check out my typepad blog, "bidbits": bidbits


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