Tuesday, July 26, 2011

40,000th eBay item sold . . .

Just sold our 40,000th item on eBay!

 Tiny frog decals!

The same customer also purchased these frogs:

De'Anna signed us as eBay sellers in September 2006 under the ID dream77catcher.  We started off selling fabric as fat quarters for quilters and machine embroidered items such as personalized Christmas stockings and baby blankets.


Later we added fabric by the yard, sewing patterns, more machine embroidered items, and ceramic decals.

Last summer De'Anna and her family moved from California to Colorado.  She took Amy (our professional Amaya embroidery machine) with her at which time we split up the business into two entities:  Captive Illusions and Captive Embroidery.

The price of fabric has skyrocketed over the past couple of years making it impossible to sell it on eBay and make a profit so we dropped the fabric line a couple of months ago.

We had so many requests for decals for fused glass art, that earlier this year we started designing our own line of fused glass decals.  My nephew, Greg Jr., a graphic artist, created dragons, bugs, trees, sea life, mythological creatures and lots of other wonderful designs.  Jr. also created our website Captive Decals.  De'Anna created Fashion Ladies, Flower Fairies, Celtic Knots, and Dragonflies designs.  My contribution was Paw Prints, Butterflies and His 'N Her designs.   We've done a printing of 18 themes and have hundreds more designs in the works.

Our goal is to have cards not only in the black enamel that we've started with, but in white enamel, gold and silver.  And eventually branch out into our own line of colored decals . . . beginning with fairies and tattoo art.  Here's a sneak preview of fused glass designs (these are not available for sale yet):

Over time we've branched out from eBay and listed on Etsy.com for awhile, and also on Artfire.com.  We've done the craft fair and boutique circuit.  We are trying to find our niche in the crafting world.

To all the friends and family that have helped us over the years, consider this a huge shout out THANK YOU! to each and every one of you.

To all the customers that represent the 40,000 items sold; please know that we wouldn't be anywhere without you.  We will continue to do our best to provide products and services that meet (and hopefully exceed) your expectations.  We are always available to answer questions or work with you on special or custom projects.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
   Captive Illusions            Captive Embroidery
              &                                  &
     Captive Decals                Crafty Family


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