After spending significant time and money making a party special, certain parts of the “after party” can be somewhat disheartening. You know what I’m referring to… the inevitable time when the fabulous centerpiece, garland, birthday costume, etc. that you spent all that time/money on is suddenly faced with a lonely future that looks just like the inside of a cardboard box – and one that’s most likely stashed away in the attic or garage. Shouldn’t it be busy pretty-ing up another party instead?
After people kept asking Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations if they could buy the decor from her own past parties, a lightbulb went off – and she decided to open My Party Is Over! – a marketplace for anyone to buy or sell party decor!
Who doesn’t love to recycle or snatch up a great bargain, right… especially on unique, handmade decorations! Read on for our Q & A with Nancy that includes more details and tips about her party supply resale site…
Q & A WITH NANCY:
HWTM: This is such a great idea, Nancy! What motivated you to launch MyPartyIsOver.com?
Nancy: I opened my Etsy shop back in October 2009. All of my items are handmade and designed by me. My customers often ask if I can sell whatever I used on my daughters’ parties. Some people also have asked me where to sell their party decorations after their party is over. I researched for a place to do this, but I only found a few wedding resale sites- nothing for all parties. So the idea was born!
HWTM: What types of items are selling best so far?
Nancy: Party banners are selling the most, in addition to party decor such as centerpieces, table runners, candle holders, vases, favors, etc.
HWTM: Do you have any tips for pricing?
Nancy: Pricing your items fairly will help them sell! I suggest: 25-30% off the retail price for new items and 50-60% off the retail price for used ones. Sell your items on the low end if you really want them out of your closet – people come looking for a great bargain!
HWTM: What’s been the biggest surprise so far?
Nancy: The traffic to the site, in addition to how quickly items have sold. We actually need more sellers in order fulfill the demand from buyers! The feedback from fans has been extremely positive.
Ready to clear out those party storage boxes OR find something new for your next soirée? Click here to visit MyPartyIsOver.com! :)