Notes from our thrilling journey down the silk route

Number 20 – Classy crockery by TeaSetSeller


Product: Very elegant. This seller offers high end, delicate tea sets for your fancy tea party needs! Who knows when your girlfriends decide to make a sudden appearance one fine evening? This may be your chance to surprise them -Marie Antoinette style!

Rank: 20

Seller: Tea Set Seller




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Looking up a gift is indeed an arduous task. The drill can go on for days, with you searching high and low for something that might just stand out. A gift which might be just like all others but at the same time unique. Sunshine Baskets in this regard is a commendable venture aimed to take your worries away and design a one-of-a-kind product for you to gift wrap and send. 

The best thing about this store is the diversity and versatility of all their products. No range of the same item is the same. The variation is from something with elegance dripping from all sides to a creation that is completely funky, catering to the choice of almost everyone out there. For example if you’re thinking of gifting your wife or your mother a tea pot, you can find this Victorian teapot, which has elegance stamped all over it. 


Yet, if you’re looking for a present for your little sister who has recently developed an interest in the kitchen, this Snowbob and bud tea pot will be the perfect pick.


Sunshine baskets really allows its customers the chance to choose the perfect gift, owing to their valuable collection. Excellent quality of products makes purchasing from this store a good option. And in case the receiver of your present resides in Las Vegas, the store can take up on themselves to locate the gift of your specification and send it over – thanks to their personal shopping service that will save you all the hassle and the worry! As a plus point, all the gifts you purchase in this store are wrapped in baskets customized to fit the occasion, be it a birthday or a wedding day. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, bulk orders receive great discounts! 

So visit the store today to avail their great incentives for all those shop-a-holics out there! Who knows… you might find the perfect trinket.

Sea shells have been used through the ages as currency, tools, as religious symbols, in architectural design as well as in art. Apart from the immense historic importance of these sea treasures, the flamboyant seashells can be used to make a multitude of crafts. Shell World features seashells collected from across the globe rendering a strikingly beautiful art gallery of these little treasures from the ocean.

The collection in this store is great for adding that organic touch to your surroundings. Sea treasures induce a sense of freedom and peace. This top seashell pearl highly polished is glistening with the elegance. The presence of this little jewel in your drawing room will induce peace and calm, as shells themselves are considered to be representative of the divinity associated with the Greek god, Venus.

This fabulous cluster of Littorina Dyed Rainbow seashells can be used to decorate that mundane photo frame or better still, as adornments for the front door wreath. However, if time doesn’t permit you for these crafts, you can simply fill a vase with sand and mix these cute little beauties in them to showcase in your lounge. Ideal for the summer beach look!

You can use these bright Spondylous Ducallis Oyster Shells to make seashell candles you can use in your garden party table. With colors set for the summers, these shells complement the mood of the season- fun, loud and totally hip!

Shells are mystic elements. Fragile and diverse they depict a world of their own. Shell World has taken the responsibility of bringing these immaculate wonders to the surface for you. With a 100% feedback with 1781 satisfied e-bay customer, the store promises a satisfying buying experience for all its online customers.

Collecting rare, vintage or antique items is a hobby many people out there entertain. After all, it depicts your taste and style, not to mention the value and prestige of such products. Collecting the specialties of different countries or of different era shows your appreciation and respect. Each item at World Wide Treasure, is a collectible you must get your hands on. Each item is unique. Each item depicts an immaculate history.

Try on the Chinese wealth and Prosperity ring, or the Charles Lindberg commemorative belt buckle; the Indian Head Penny Pendent or the fresh water cultured pearl necklace- all will show your appreciation of the cultures around the world. Not only would these treasures embellish your persona but will also serve as great decor items to be showcased in your curio.

Different from the “oh-so-chic” jewels flooding the market, these little treasures are valuable, even though economical; they’re always in fashion. Wear an evocative piece of olden times and flaunt your style.

A dull décor can really inject monotony in the air which is why everyone yearns to try different decorative tips and tricks to really spruce up the interior and add that element of exclusivity which really makes your surrounding appear alluring. You don’t have to go through the hassle to hire an interior designer, just check out these great vases at Ultimate Décor that can liven up every dead nook and every bare centre table. These exquisite vases casted with the utmost creativity will immediately make your guests go “wow” at your spectacular taste in home décor.


Since summers are here and the heat is on, a great idea would be to brighten up the décor and incorporate the summer feel in your house. These bright and loud vases perfectly complement the summer theme. Embellish them with some fresh sunflowers to really get in to the groove for the summers.

It really is the Ultimate Décor! 🙂

You don’t have to look like every other person on the street or office. Sometimes, defining your own style and going bold helps build your own “personal brand”. One way to do that is to wear stuff that you know NOBODY around you would have – and it doesn’t have to be expensive… just different. Check out this Naughty Monkey‘s reconstructed, reversible tank top with appliques, lace and sequins. How many people would be wearing this to your next night out with friends? How many people would excitedly ask where you got it? Come on – dare to be different.

Well who would have thought that buttons could have served as such amazing embellishments, but the crafts at Allaboutthebuttons substantiates this. All the crafts in this store have been festooned with buttons, and as a plus point, have been made with recycled materials with the utmost precision and creative flair.

Elegant, exquisite and classy is how we would describe this hand made clock. A CD serving as the foundation of this wonder, with the face decorated with paisley paper and beads n buttons, this exclusive clock is ideal as a home décor item at an amazingly affordable price of just $14.00!

Totally chic! This Barrette has been embedded with red heart buttons, regular buttons and beads transforming an apparently plain barrette in to a completely stylish hair accessory you can flaunt.

Rashes from seat belts on the neck are a norm while driving in the heat. These handy cotton knit neck savers, made from 100% cotton is just what you need to protect your neck from the scratches of the seat belt. And the best thing about them, they won’t slide down even an inch protecting you throughout your drive!

Just like the neck saver, the creative aesthetics of the crafters of this store have come up with two other very handy products. Take a look at this little bag that can be used as a soap sack to fit in all those slivers of soaps in the house, or you can use this as an iPod holder, a cell phone holder or a make up bag.

This magnetic bookmark is a perfect gift to go along with a great book, able to hold the marked page in style. The best part about this book mark being that you can use it to even mark the paragraph you were on. Traveling is fun and this book mark is a must for all the devoted readers out there.

Affordable prices, great designs and handy products. This store is a must to visit. And the best thing is, all the products can be customized to your favorite theme or color on a special order.

Ron Boschi of MTMSports recently had some great advice (during a Silkfair virtual meetup) for people trying to sell their products online on e-commerce stores:

“The most important thing I can reiterate to anyone is if you are passionate about what you’re doing you are already successful. If you blog and network your passion, people will reciprocate and you will get the traffic in your store you need. Do not sell your items, sell your self, and the people who want to see you succeed will support you. The best things about selling your passion, you always know what to say you just need to say it.”

Three things to take away from this:

1- Let Passion drive your business

This is the key thing that a lot of people tend to forget and ignore – if you’re truly passionate about silk painting then it will show in your scarves, but if you’re just trying to earn some quick bucks, then the scarves won’t be as pretty and popular. Without passion you won’t survive the temporary troughs, disappointments, and setbacks most businesses have to face before they become successful. Without passion you won’t find the energy to stay up at nights and eat your own dog food. Without passion you won’t have a visualized goal and a sense of dedication towards reaching it.

2- Don’t refrain yourself from networking

Never.Stop.Networking. If you’ve decided to run a business – whether part time or full-time, whether big or small, whether separate or home-based – you need to talk to people. Networking opens avenues and opportunities for growth, acquisitions, partnerships, mutually rewarding relationships and more. Sometimes, it’s just good for getting reassurance and a pat on the back. In any case, business owners need to that external contact to keep going in the right direction. Also, networking adds perspective: if you stay in your basement for a whole year, you might focus on the wrong aspects or features of your business.

3- Talk about yourself and your passion, not your products

When you meet someone, talk about your business and its values instead of the specific products – when you talk about the market gaps and the customer needs and the rationale behind your business, people will respond more to you. Then when they see your store and products it will all automatically complete the picture in their minds – you have to let them do the math themselves.

The most striking item in her store is her handmade candles that look and smell just like real pies, deserts and drinks. In fact at a first glance, it is impossible to find these tasty and colorful edibles to be candles. Take a look at this totally yummy strawberry pie and margarita drink candles:

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If you have an online store then what is your first priority? No marks for guessing here since it’s obviously the sale of their products and for that you need interested buyers. For any store owner, be it the conventional brick and mortar store or an online one, customers are the integral focus. For an online storeowner, driving traffic to their store and then turning that traffic to customers’ matters hugely. There are many ways you can attract right people to your store and promote your shop. Here are few simple ideas to help you promote your online store more successfully in the long term:

Press Releases for your website

Write and submit quality press releases. Make sure that your press releases have news worthy things in it, as well as the right topic to gain the attention of your targeted readers. Press releases are usually one of the best ways to promote online businesses, since they are often caught by influential bloggers and re-reported on their blogs. What better way of reaching those niche communities?

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