Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Kind Heart...

Our own special onlineauction.com seller, Kornkountrytreasures, is making and selling these beautiful, inspirational "Prayer Doilys" to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Here is the story:

"On December 27, 2012, our lives were turned upside down when my husband was diagnosed with leukemia. Acute Myloid Leukemia, or AML, to be exact. And there are so many different subtypes and things to learn about leukemia!

During his hospital stays, we have met some remarkable people!! Liz is one of those people, another patient in the cancer ward, fighting lymphoma for the second time.

Liz knitted "Prayer Squares" and gave us one!! I traded her some doilys. She is such a sweetheart and an inspiration! This gave me an idea for all those doilys that I love to crochet but never know what to do with!! So, I have turned them into "Prayer Doilys" and all proceeds from the sales are going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society And I will be making more during those hospital stays!!!
http://www.onlineauction.com/auction/1647468http://www.onlineauction.com/auction/1647472Each one is a little different, either in color combinations or pattern. This particular doily is about 7 1/2" wide and crocheted with new 100% cotton thread.

Attached with a ribbon, is a card that says:

Prayer Doily
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed' for I am thy God; I will stregthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10.

On the other side, it says:

The Lord will provide,
His message is clear,
In His love abide,
Dispel all your fear.

Jesus hears your prayer. You can trust in Him."

This is a great little gift for someone in need of a word of hope and encouragement. Please consider this as a way to help someone and help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

If you wish to donate more or donate directly or find out how to become a donor, please click here, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to go to the website.
We thank you!!"

I bid on the top one, but there's still time to outbid me (but ya just better NOT!!)
Here are a few more of these 

There are many more to choose from, so shop till ya drop - and thank you!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Marketplace Fairness Act

What is the Marketplace Fairness Act?

It is a bill that will grant states the authority to compel online sellers to collect sales taxes for each transaction, no matter where the purchase is made, just like sales tax is collected in your local store. However, states can only have the authority to collect the sales tax after they have simplified their sales tax laws. Sounds good, huh?

In order to simplify the sales tax laws, states can adopt the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA), which was developed over the past eleven years. The state must have a full member status with the SSUTA and be in compliance with the same.

Or the state can use an alternative method. They must comply with the following five mandates:

1. Notify retailers in advance of any rate changes within the state
2. Designate a single state organization to handle sales tax registrations, filings, and audits
3. Establish a uniform sales tax base for use throughout the state
4. Use destination sourcing to determine sales tax rates for out-of-state purchases (a purchase made by a consumer in California from a retailer in Ohio is taxed at the California rate, and the sales tax collected is remitted to California to fund projects and services there)
5. Provide free software for managing sales tax compliance, and hold retailers harmless for any errors that result from relying on state-provided systems and data
These were taken from an article What is the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013?.

How does this affect us as online sellers? For each and every transaction, we must start to collect sales tax if we are in a state that joins in with the SSUTA and the bill is passed. Not only will this raise the cost of doing business for us all, but I believe it will be another way for the IRS to have information about where and what we are selling. Just one more way of invading our privacy.

This is one more method that the giant corporations are trying to force to level the playing field between brick and mortar stores and online sales. We pay enough taxes as small businesses. We don't need more. And YOU as a buyer, don't need higher prices to cover the increases.

Please contact your Senator and tell them NO to this bill!!

You can go to FreedomWorks to send your response or you can find your senator and information to reach them at United State Senate website and contact them this way.

Thank you for your support! I am a proud member of OnlineAuction.com, just one of the many online sites (the best one, by the way) that will be affected by the passing of this bill.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

At OLA, We're All Family!

I am proud to belong to the friendliest selling venue online, OnlineAuction.com! There's nothing we would rather do than promote each other. Here are just a few of our members, as seen on Twitter. Please stop by often to watch this list grow. (These are all "real" tweets -- feel free to click, reply, retweet, etc., as if you were on Twitter.)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ABC's of OLA in 2013: Letter B

ABC's of OLA in 2013:  B

Here is the second post of my blog series about things one can Buy on OLA (What a nice-sounding B-word that Buy is).

Starting now with the Letter B.

B is Beautiful, Bountiful, Bewitching, Beguiling, Bewildering, Brown.

B is Brown Bear,

Budgie*, Bumblebee,
Bullfrog*, Bunny,
Bushbaby*, Butterfly,
Baboon*, Badger, Bald Eagle,
Basset Hound,
Barnacle*, Bats,
Bearded Dragon* & Beagle*...and Bugs

* I searched for items like this but sadly, found none.  Do you have any of these for sale?  Try OLA!  A world wide, diversity seeking auction site.

B is Bakelite



Baseball, Brush Pottery, Books

Boy toys.

Letter C is up next.  Wonder what I will find for sale that begins with a C on OLA?  

Until next time,
Happy Shopping, 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

New to Social Media? PLEASE READ THIS!

You’ve been hearing the buzz for years about Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Now, you’re finally ready to get “connected” so you pick one and jump in with both feet.

First of all, they’re very friendly and loaded with helpful hints:

“Here, let us grab your address book and invite a few of your friends.”

“Sure,” you say, and move on to the next hint, not realizing you just spammed 1000 of your unwary email contacts.

“Now you need to follow/like/connect with others. Here are a few suggestions.”

You start clicking everyone they suggest, thinking there can’t be more than 5 or 10 of them. 30 minutes later, your eyes are glazing over and all you can focus on is that scroll bar on the right side of the screen. It has to get to the bottom, soon, doesn’t it?

Now, suddenly, there’s a nasty message on your screen that says “Whoa! You’re going too fast! Slow down!”

“Huh? This was your idea, not mine,” you think as you hit the back button, totally bewildered.

Now you’re back on the home screen, following more suggestions, but with a little less enthusiasm. Funniest thing, however, nowhere do they suggest: “READ THE RULES, CAREFULLY, BECAUSE MOST OF THEM WILL TRIP YOU UP IF YOU FOLLOW THE REST OF OUR SUGGESTIONS!”

So, now it’s a few days, weeks, or months later. You wake up one morning all set to work on your social media, and what hits you in the face? ACCOUNT SUSPENDED! or LIMIT REACHED!

Did they give you any warning? Did they offer any explanation? No, of course not. Now where are all of their helpful suggestions? Nowhere to be found, that’s where. It’s all up to you to figure out what you did wrong and how to fix it.

This usually leads to you closing your account and storming off to tell your friends what a rip off and scam this program turned out to be. BUT, that only hurts you. Social media programs can be very useful tools, highly informative, and entertaining. Here are 4 simple things you can do to prevent every bad thing I’ve just written about.

1)    As soon you sign up, before clicking on anything else, READ THE RULES! If there are too many of them, or you don’t understand them, take a break and come back later. Make a note to come back and read the rules again when you’re more familiar with the program.

2)    GO SLOWLY! The first day you’re in a new program, don’t follow/like/invite/connect with more than 10 people. Stick to that rule for at least a few more days, until you can evaluate for yourself, the results of your actions.

3)    Talk to people you already know, who are on this program, and ask for their opinion and any pitfalls you should avoid.

4) Join a forum for social media users, so you can learn from other members’ mistakes, instead of making them all, yourself.

If you’re careful, and pay attention to the rules, social media programs can be your best friend. Otherwise, they can damage your reputation and cause all kinds of grief and wasted time in the process.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

ABC's of OLA in 2013

ABC's of OLA in 2013

I got a crazy idea for a blog for OLA yesterday, so I think I am going to run with it.  I now give  notice that I will, for the next 26 or so posts write an alphabetical list of some of the items listed on OLA.  

Starting today with the Letter A.

A is Amusing, Agreeable, Antic, Alluring, Appealing, Attractive, Absorbing, Arresting. 

A is an ant, aardvark*, agouti*, alligator, albatross*, anteater, armadillo, avocet*.  

* I searched for items like this but sadly, found none.  Do you have any of these for sale?  Try OLA!  A world wide, diversity seeking auction site.

A is Antiques, Advertising items, Autographs.

There are lots more fine signed autographs to browse on OLA.  

Next time, I will post about the Letter B, but until then, 
Happy Shopping!  

Friday, April 5, 2013

Spring Finds on OLA

Spring has finally arrived, and today I am featuring some cool spring finds that you can buy from the fine OLA dealers.

Thanks for shopping OLA, the best online auction site in the world!

Until next time,
Happy Shopping!