Children's Couture Guide Gives Shoppers Inside Edge

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A growing number of shoppers are turning to eBay to find unique and custom designer clothes for their children, but the sheer volume of products and designers -- not to mention varying levels of quality -- can be overwhelming.

A growing number of shoppers are turning to eBay to find unique and custom designer clothes for their children, but the sheer volume of products and designers -- not to mention varying levels of quality -- can be overwhelming.

Enter Journal Modiste, http://www.journalmodiste.com. Founded by stay-at-home mom Amy Shearer, Journal Modiste is a comprehensive resource guide to buying handmade items on eBay, encompassing everything from outfits to accessories.

"My goal was to spotlight this little niche market and bring it out into the open. I wanted to provide customers with information on what to look for in quality and design as well as conducting interviews with the moms making the clothing," Shearer says.

Since the site was launched in August 2004, Journal Modiste has become the preeminent site for connecting eBay designers and the women who shop there. Shearer continually updates the site content to keep pace

with Journal Modiste's more than 3,500 unique daily visitors.

"People come back two or three times a day to see what is new on the site," Shearer says.

What they find is an ever-expanding resource guide that includes:

Designer Directory -- Search over 300 independent designers to find just the right clothing or accessory.

Designer of the Week -- Members of the Journal Modiste community and others who design for sale on eBay are highlighted in this coveted spot. Designers are interviewed about their background in sewing or

crafting, their selling history on eBay and their other hobbies and interests. DOTW helps shoppers gain insight into their favorite designers, as well as discover new ones.

Ask the Modiste -- It's the "Dear Abby" of the online design world. Questions about sewing, starting a business, selling and buying on eBay all are answered by the Journal Modiste staff in the site's signature, no-nonsense style.

Featured Clothing & Accessories -- With so many amazing items offered on eBay, Journal Modiste added a "featured items" area to spotlight current auctions of note. Each auction link includes a picture showcasing the item and illustrates the caliber of design work available for purchase.

Journal Modiste also has become a hot spot for advertising custom clothing and accessories, providing designers with an additional means to connect with shoppers and introduce new customers to their wares.

Launched in August 2004, Journal Modiste http://www.journalmodiste.com is an online children's boutique couture guide, featuring shopping guides, designer profiles and links to eBay auctions. Journal Modiste has grown to encompass a community of 300-plus independent designers and more than 3,500 unique visitors a day.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Amy Shearer.

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