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Rebounding Economy Makes Time Right For Home-Based Business Selling Giftware And Collectibles



With our economy poised for what some economists are calling a potentially unprecedented recovery, and with changing consumer shopping habits, those who sell collectibles and giftware from home are positioned to benefit.

Just a few years ago, when one thought of a home-based sales business, Tupperware, Avon and a host of multi-level marketing schemes might have come to mind. Changing market conditions have converged to make home-based selling businesses a realistic opportunity with real profit potential.

Opal R. Gilbert owner of Global Specialty Gifts, has authored an article titled, “New Habits, Growing Economy Help to Sell Giftware and Collectibles.” The article is available at

Collectibles and giftware are sold by home-based entrepreneurs using several marketing programs: retail sites on the Internet, online auctions such as eBay and others, swaps and flea markets, mail-order, catalogs and in-home parties. Some people sell collectibles and giftware for supplemental income, and some make a business of it. Either way, selling collectibles and giftware is a proven way to immediately improve cash flow. Collectibles and giftware are also often sold or auctioned to raise funds for nonprofit organizations.

Entrepreneurs who want to succeed need to do four things:

Stand out from the crowd by selling the types of collectibles giftware that people are buying.
Offer some exclusive items that cannot be found anywhere else or that cannot be found easily.
Be a resource for your customers.
Keep prices low.

One of the best aspects of selling collectibles and giftware is that it is a year-round business, unlike the huge seasonal highs and lows seen in other retail areas. At the same time, the Christmas, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day shopping seasons always bring a big boost to the collectibles and giftware business.

Selling collectibles and giftware can be a rewarding home-based business in which the entrepreneurs are truly their own bosses. Because of the changing habits of collectors and the impending economic upturn, selling collectibles and giftware is perhaps one of the brightest opportunities in the world of home-based businesses today.

Opal R. Gilbert is the President of O.R. Gilbert Enterprises. Global Specialty Gifts is her own online retail catalog and wholesale business.Global Specialty Gifts may be found online at


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