Are Hipsters Fading? eBay Data Thinks So

According to Esquire, eBay’s sales numbers suggest hipsterdom is on its way out. Razor sales are up 56% (hipster scruff, be gone). Clear-framed glasses are also seeing a new-found sales increase, in lieu of those thick black rims. And the messenger bag? It’s been replaced by the 90s-inspired leather backpack.

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Image via Esquire

The hipster phenomenon Topman even rocked faded boot-cut denim during its Spring and Summer 2015 runways. That’s quite the opposite of skinny jeans if you ask me. But I’m not totally convinced that eBay’s “evidence” of hipster extinction is exactly that. Perhaps our idea of “hipster” is simply being redefined. Or maybe, just maybe, said hipsters have moved on from online auctions to flash sales… 

Read more on Esquire.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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July 23, 2014

In Good Fashion: Hurricane Sandy Relief

While Hurricane Sandy’s come and gone (for the most part, at least), the storm’s impact was – and continues to be – felt by millions. We’ve all see the flood footage in New York, New Jersey, and beyond – clearly, there’s a huge need for help.

Looking to do your part in providing relief? Check out these opportunities:

Tonight, at 8PM ET, NBC will be airing a telethon in the name of Hurricane victims. Slated to perform? Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, and Christina Aguilera, to name a few. Be sure to check it out – and donate. (All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.)

United Way has set up a donation fund to “address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation”. Donations can be made here.

Feed The Children continues to dispatch truckloads of disaster-relief supplies, food, toiletries, clean water, and more to areas in need. Help get as many trucks on the road as possible by donating here.

Habitat for Humanity has taken action by assisting in home re-builds. To contribute to this initiative financially, call their Partner Service Center at 1-800-HABITAT (422-4828), then press “0”, to provide a representative with your information over the phone.

To aid in providing medical assistance and supplies, donate to Americares here.

Check out Hope for New York for a continually updated list of specific spots in need – all in the New York City area.

Eager to lend a hand? Volunteer organizations abound. Check out opportunities within the American Red Cross, Team RubiconNational Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster,  The Corporation for National and Community Service, and The Humane Society of the United States (to name a few). For a list of emergency shelters in the New York City area, click here.

And, of course, it’s critical to be sure that your contributed dollars are actually making it to the right place. The Huffington Post suggests keeping these tips in mind as you look to donate.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

For more on stylish acts of charity, check our In Good Fashion column every Thursday.

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November 2, 2012

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Linda Lightman of Linda’s Stuff

The dream job for a self-proclaimed shopaholic? For Linda Lightman, founder of shoplindasstuff.com, it’s making coveted items available to the whole world. From have-to-have-them designers like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Proenza Schouler, our  Rue’s Little Secret: Linda’s Stuff Boutique warrants a total fashion frenzy. Here, I caught up with the e-commerce guru on where her big idea came from and what she loves most about the UPS man.

First off, how did you get started?
12 years ago my kids had old video games that they wanted to sell. We went to the local game store to trade them in for new ones, but we were only getting about $5 for each game that we originally bought for $50 or more. My son suggested putting our old games on eBay instead to see if we could get more money for them. So, we went home and put them online and the sales were amazing. We were getting almost full price for the same games on eBay.

And then that transitioned to clothes and luxury goods?
Yes. I decided to start selling my old clothes on eBay instead of going to the consignment shop like I usually did. Once I ran out of things to sell, I ended up helping my friends sell their old things on eBay and that business grew from word of mouth. Now I partner with stores and retailers to sell merchandise that they are getting rid of or need help selling. The stores wanted to be able to have a fresh new look all the time, and I was able to help them do that while still helping them make a profit off these items.

Tell us about your warehouse.
I was selling everything out of my home, but I ended up having to hire people to take photos of the merchandise and help me run my business. Now I have 85 employees and a 25,000 square foot warehouse.

That’s incredible. What types of items sell the best online?
Handbags and shoes definitely sell the best on our site, but designer clothing, jewelry, and men’s clothing all do really well too. I came to find out that as long as we were selling discerning designer names, then people would buy them. Sometimes people come onto the site looking for something specific, like a classic quilted Chanel handbag, and find a vintage Chanel dress that they didn’t know they needed until that very moment. The best thing about it is that there is something for everyone.

As if I have to ask, what do you love most about what you do?
It’s like Christmas every day. We get hundreds of boxes in the morning, and for a shopaholic like me, it’s unbelievable. We love when UPS comes, because we get to see all the new items coming in and what’s hot now. I love what I do.

Our Rue’s Little Secret: Linda’s Stuff Boutique opens Tuesday, September 25, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 25, 2012