October 24, 2012 |
Tradesy, an online marketplace where women can sell and buy preowned clothing, wants to turn your closet into cash. The latest in a long line of resale start-ups launched Wednesday and was founded by Tracy DiNunzio, who also started the popular used wedding dress marketplace Recycled Bride in 2009. "We've all got overflowing closets and nothing to wear," DiNunzio said. "What if we could just turn to each other and say, 'Hey, do you have something I would want, because I've got something you would want.' And it really lowers the barrier to entry for everyone.
October 12, 2012 |
Hate that old blouse? Fear not: A slew of new start-ups are running virtual marketplaces where people can sell and buy secondhand treasures. Companies such as Poshmark Inc., Twice and Threadflip are offering new twists on the yard sale and what they say is a more intimate experience than online mega-malls such as EBay Inc. "It feels like it's become a new cultural shift, in terms of what women can do with their wardrobes," said Rosalie Yu,...
June 7, 2012 |
HipSwap is aiming to get just a bit hipper and is letting users weigh in on what's hot and what's not. Starting Thursday, the peer-to-peer online marketplace will add a "hip or skip" feature, putting some of the curating and culling duties on the shoppers. This way, customers have sway in deciding what the hot items really are, allowing them to rank a series of selected items. Shoppers -- virtual window shoppers -- can, of course, still buy the items. When nine or more items have been "hipped," the shopper gets a personal, curated collection to share.
April 6, 2012 |
Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, is sending women to Hacker School this summer. Marc Hedlund, Etsy's vice president of engineering, said that in his career he has hired hundreds of men but only dozens of women. “Other managers I know have reported similar experiences,” Hedlund wrote in a blog post . So Etsy is hosting the summer 2012 session of Hacker School at its New York City headquarters, and it's offering 10 $5,000 grants to women who want to join but need financial assistance.
July 7, 2011 |
There's something exhilarating about walking out of a movie. Not only does it reacquaint you with the notion of your own free will ("Wait a second, no one is forcing me to watch Tom Hanks ride around on a scooter!"), it's like getting two extra hours in your day. To walk out of a bad movie is literally to escape from the darkness, to show yourself who's boss, to remind yourself that your time is valuable. So is your money, of course. Should you get it back? Lately there's has been some disagreement on that score, particularly when it comes to "The Tree of Life," directed by the legendary (and legendarily esoteric)
January 1, 2011 |
Silver Lake resident Charles Scott bypassed the malls and the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles in shopping for an engagement ring. Searching for something out of the ordinary, he surfed onto Etsy and started clicking through photos of handcrafted diamond rings. Using the online marketplace's "shop local" function, Scott found a Pasadena jewelry maker whose handmade Moroccan-inspired wares caught his eye. "I wanted to not have to go to a store and haggle with someone who sells diamonds all day," Scott said.