Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Selling Venues Other Than eBay

I am getting ready to teach an introduction to website selling soon. In my research I have found the following sites that have fees much like eBay, are free or only charge when you sell a product:

www.bonanzle.com ,
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Decorative Copper and Gold Balls

Here are two pictures showing some metal spears and/or balls that we have found to be a very unique and beautiful way to add to an existing arrangement/venue that you have created. They catch the light while having a vintage antique look that we all love.

They measure from 16 inches around the ball down to 12" around the ball.

Rustic Lodge Style Christmas Ornaments Free Shipping

A few of my eBay items
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Clip On Old Fashioned Artificial Candle Ornament

Little Girl with Pink TuTu Ballerina Ornament

Little Girl with Lavender TuTu Ballerina Ornament

Set of Three Little Girl Ballerinas Ornaments

Western Rustic Cowboy Farm Plastic Barb Wire Garland

Ceramic Wild Salmon Trout Fish Salt Pepper Shakers

Rustic Vintage Style Large Red Metal Truck

Rustic Cabin Vintage Style Boat Cushion in Red

Rustic Cabin Vintage Style Boat Cushion in Blue

Rustic Cabin Vintage Style Boat Cushion in Red

Midwest Rustic Cabin Vintage Style Boat Cushion

Rustic Cabin Vintage Style Boat Cushion in Gold

Rustic Cabin Vintage Style Boat Cushion in Green

Silver Wire Clip Birdnest w GlassEggs Ornament

Silver Money Tree Hooks Hangers Scroll Craft Christmas

Rustic Cabin Style Glittering Deer Night Light

Midwest Ceramic Brown Trout Fishing Ornament

Midwest Cannon Beach Ceramic Large Mouth Bass Ornament

Vintage Rustic Cabin OutBoard Boat Motor Wall Art

Midwest Electric Glittering Night Light Candle

Rustic Cabin Style Glass Christmas Goose Ornament

Rustic West Style Metal Detailed Cowboy Boot Ornament

Midwest of Cannon Falls Noahs Ark Rustic Lodge Style

Wall Enhancers Vinyl Lettering Decorative Wall Graphics
Free Quick*Sell Gallery from ISDN*tek

If you need to have the items shipped faster, we will simply subtract the FREE First Class mail and only charge you the difference for a faster method of shipping.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rare Snow on The Winchuck River Oregon

It doesn't snow very often in Brookings, Oregon, but we had some earlier in the week. I added a couple pictures showing what it usually looks like when it isn't deciding to bless us with some snow. It has stayed cold enough to keep snow under the bushes and high in the hills. The sun is shinning brightly showing off sparkling frost on the roof tops. I will enjoy it while it last. It will soon go back to our normal 55 degrees or higher; which is the usual for December. Enjoy!!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Finding Your Website on America's Wild River's Coast

Many businesses on America's Wild River's Coast have websites,
but do potential
customers know about them?

A group of local business owners with expertise in marketing to the Internet population have formed a group called LookWhosOnline.com.

They have developed a website directory to inform the internet population about the many businesses in our area who have products and services to sell on-line.

LookWhosOnline.com will operate as an E-Commerce Committee under the auspices of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce. There are monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m located at the EVENT CENTER behind Tangles Salon at 800 Chetco Avenue. LookwhosOnLine provides face-to-face dialogue on how to improve your Internet presence along with how to take good pictures, marketing, web design, basic html and networking between members.

We welcome web businesses along America's Oregon Wild River's Coast, who would like to be listed in this on-line directory. LookWhosOnline.com will also be working to put together co-op advertising with local media to inform local consumers of the directory and to direct them to our online businesses.

Founding members of LookWhosOnline.com are Jude Hodge, from GPSSpecials.com , a local internet marketer and eBay seller; Karen Clark, of WinchuckRiverStore.com, an eBay seller and trainer; Bill Johnson of WesternMerchantServices.com and Steve Hernandez, who is serving as our webmaster.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cyber Monday Celebrations Good Luck!

We are looking forward to the deals we can find on Cyber Monday! I've seen a some information that says that we really need to use on line at sites that offer comparison prices for the same items. I really want the best buy, but the confusion of finding my treasure on so many websites drives me crazy! In the end, I have to go with my gut and buy from where I think I can trust I will get what is described for the best price! I have my trusted sources and hope you have yours as well.

I've been selling on the internet for about 5 years now. I pride myself on being one of those trusted sites. I think I am seeing a real following of special customers that makes me know all the hard work is finally paying off!

To you and yours ...have that special Holiday shopping fun!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Take A Minute to Show Appreciation to Our Troops!

Say thank you to a soldier today. It sure makes one feel a lot better about themselves when they can do a good deed! I am very much more warm and fuzzy after doing so!

Use Coupon 1003 at Checkout to SAVE!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Winchuck Carrot Cake Recipe for Everyone!

carrot cake Pictures, Images and Photos

People seem to think I own the ability to make a great carrot cake. I always say, if you can read, you can make anything. I am infamous for this cake, so bake it knowing you will be asked to bring it to every large function you attend forever!! I bake it in two commercial baking pans; which happen to fit into the oven I have. I've had ovens where these pans slid in like oven racks and a few ovens were not wide enough for them. You could always fill up every cake pan you own. It freezes well. If you leave it on the counter, you will gain 5 lbs because you can't walk by without taking a bite!

Winchuck Carrot Cake

Cake 8 cups sugar 5 1/2 cups oil (I only use 3 cups and possibly it could take less)
16 eggs

8 cups flour

8 teaspoons baking powder

8 teaspoons baking soda

8 teaspoons cinnamon

4 teaspoons salt

16 carrots shredded/grated

2 cups nuts

2 cups crushed pineapple

4 cups cream cheese

2 cups butter

8 cups powdered sugar

4 tablespoons vanilla

Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl. (I'm always careful to make sure that the baking powder and baking soda are not lumpy...squish them into powder or get a nasty taste when you hit one). Mix the sugar, eggs and oil with a mixer and then mix the two mixtures together. (Takes a really large bowl) and fold in the carrots and pineapple with nuts.
Bake at 225 for 1 1/2 hours

Mix cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and frost the cake. I sprinkle with add'l nuts. For Halloween, I'm dividing out some frosting for an orange pumpkin and some green for trim.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wall Enhancers Say It On Your Walls

I have run into a company that allows you to put up on your walls almost any thought you have! Wall Enhancers makes it possible to even create your own sayings and quotes. They also offer hundreds of choices. I am putting just a few of the possibilities for you to see! I think they really add a punch to the rustic decor that I love!

You can order from them by using this link:

Monday, September 22, 2008

Reviews by Link Referral

I was pleased to see that I had some review of my website from LinkReferral.Com. It is always nice to get some feedback that will help you improve your business. So please continue to check me out and give me your honest opinions along with maybe even making a purchase to check out our incredible customer service! Thank you!


I found your site to be jam packed with great items for sale. I enjoyed my shopping tour. It loaded quickly and navigated easily. I wish you great success..

Beautiful site, easy to view your products and the colors are wonderful - perfect for your style. Great job!.

I loved the dark green colors of your site. I noticed you have a blog also which is nice for the extra traffic and ratings..

Wow! I'm quite impressed with your site over all. Home page has tons of visual appeal and creates immediate interest to catch visitors attention for browsing. Blog is interesting and amusing even. I loved the home decor page with the slide shows. All of your design elements and use of graphics is spot on for stimulating interest. Content is diverse and informative with text that is well written. Kudos! You have all the potential for success. May God bless the work of your hands and richly reward you! Pat http://www.winchuckriverstore.com/ .

good effort.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Capella By The Sea in Brookings, Oregon

Winchuck River Store is helping to raise funds for a chapel being built in Brookings, Oregon, by selling some of the unique and beautiful items collected by Elmo and Lorraine Williams over a 54-year movie career living and visiting many countries. Elmo Williams, an Oscar- winning retired movie producer is creating a place of peace and tranquility for wayfarers to have a place to relax in Azalea Park located on the Wild River Coast of Southern Oregon in memorial to his late wife, Lorraine. The chapel is now under construction and will hopefully be completed in November 2008. A website devoted to the Capella by the Sea and the park where it is located is being prepared for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Elmo and Lorraine Williams were instrumental in creating Azalea Park as one of our most visited attractions here on the Pacific Northwest Coast. They took a park overrun with blackberries and along with saving the native azaleas, they planted many beautiful trees and flowers. The work was done entirely by volunteers.

Elmo & Lorraine in 1990

Elmo has enlisted the help of the E. Fay Jones Architectural firm who designed the Thorncrown Chapel in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This magnificent wood and glass structure sits in the mist of the beautiful Ozark hills. Thorncrown has won numerous architectural awards and has been featured on NBC Nightly News. It has been in almost every major magazine in the country such as Newsweek and Parade.

The building in Brookings will sit in the mist of native Oregon Azaleas and tall pines. You will walk down a wooded trail, move around a curve and there will be our Lorraine’s Memorial. The name that Elmo chose is, “Capella by the Sea”.

As head of worldwide production at Fox, Elmo and Lorraine met many interesting people such as Johnny Cash, Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Anthony Quinn, Elizabeth Taylor along with, The Beatles and numerous other famous characters from the film industry. Lorraine made them a comfortable home in each foreign destination learning some of the language and making friends with the people. She was a gracious and loving woman.

This picture shows Elmo with his Mouse Oscar given to him by Walt Disney

The movies that Elmo worked on as Editor, Producer or Cinematographer were:

  • The Blue Max
  • 20,000 Leaques Under the Sea
  • Caravans
  • Tora, Tora, Tora
  • High Noon
  • The Cowboy
  • The Longest Day
  • The Vikings
  • Ernest Goes to Camp
  • Soggy Bottom USA
  • Sidewinder One
  • The Big Gamble
  • Hell Ship Mutiny
  • Hell Canyon Outlaws
  • The Tall Texan
  • Hellgate
  • Bodyguard
  • Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
  • Nocturne
  • Sunny
  • Irene
  • Design for Death
  • Apache Warrior
  • Blonde Bait
  • Follow Me Quietly
  • The Miracle of the Bells
  • They Won’t Believe Me
  • Forever and a Day
  • No No Nanette
  • Nurse Edith Cavell
  • Man, Woman and Child

You can find more about Elmo Williams on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmo_Williams

The Williams family lived in England for many years. For some time they lived across from Buckingham Palace. Lorraine wrote about Prince Phillip waving to her as he took off in his helicopter. They rented a lovely old French Farm house, spent time in Germany, Iran, Afghanistan and traveled to Japan during the making of “Tora Tora Tora”. He has many antiques and movie memorabilia that he is selling.

These items can be found on our website and offered on eBay.Com

The sales from these items will be used to help fund the memorial. I am sure that you will be pleased with the interesting collectibles and antiques that come from this incredible family that loved art, beauty and creativity in any form.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Selling Books on Amazon.Com

I started selling books on Amazon.Com in mid July after deciding to again simplify our life by ridding ourselves of things we just don't use or need. I have many research books along with gardening and craft books that I just don't have the time or need for any more. Most of my books are like new. It is better to pass them on to a more useful life. Immediately, there was a surge of sales that I couldn't believe. I soon ran across some books for sale at $10/box that I bought and listed. Just this past 7 days, I have sold 42 books! I have now upgraded my account to a "Pro-Seller" account which will give me more profit if I sell over 40 books per month and loose me money if I sell less than 40. I better keep listing!

I listed many books on martial arts, alternative medicine, herbs, philosophy, and Far Eastern religions. I know now, that people are really looking for specific topics on older books that may be out of print. A few of the books I recently found at an estate sale are worth much more than I ever imagined. It will be great when I actually sell a book for over $100.00!

To find my Amazon listings isn't as easy as I thought it would be. You either have to follow the link or find a listed book or my feedback area and click on my store name, Winchuck River Store.

Of course, this won't stop me from selling other items on eBay and on my website. Here are a few of the items that I recently purchased from Lazart Productions. I especially love the aspen metal wall hanging. It goes along with the aspen branch I am using to hold my curtains up in the living room. We have an aspen grove of approximately 20 or so trees.

We haven't even gotten the descriptions written to get these items posted yet. Have fun looking and hope to see you visiting one of our sites: Winchuck River Store, , Kingfisher Electric Boats, Our eBay Training Site, or our eBay Store with the seller ID: winchuckriverstore.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Fishing Off The Coast Brookings, Oregon

My husband took my neighbor Ann and I out fishing yesterday. Ann and I are infamous chummers getting way too sick at sea to even think about going. Jim told us that the ocean was like glass, so we dared to try it again. Ann drove her car so we could escape our agony if need be. Ann and I didn't get sick! It was like glass and so very beautiful. We are now going to be Jim's new "fair weather-calm sea" fishing buddies. We caught our limit of rock cod and found 4 male crabs that we could keep. Female crabs have fatter butts than male crabs! Who would have thought? My job was to pick up all the many baby crab and throw them back in for next year. Ann didn't like slimy moving critters, but she loved catching fish. Thankfully, we had our man, Jim, doing the slime work! We live 4 miles beyond those hills up a river. It is almost always ten degrees warmer at our home in the summer and ten degrees colder in the winter.

Just out of port showing the Best Western and the Harbor Hills. You can see scraped off hillside where developers are attempting to make us another Carmel, CA like place. They mutter about making Italian looking villas up there. Many of us dread the end of our innocence and a place without so many people.

Early in the morning before the sun broke through the fog

I think this is Tom Hank's place that he recently bought...still in the fog. It is so hard to figure just where you are when you get out in the ocean, but I bet this is his place. I didn't see him out on the deck waving at me like I expected! LOL

This is the same house on the way back in after the sun broke through

Harbor Hills looking beautiful.

One of our male crabs with the skinny butt

Coming back into port. That bridge is Hwy 101...not very big in our parts.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Blueberry Season is Here!!

I have my first bowl of cereal with fresh blueberries this morning! Yum!! We have approx. 20 bushes and I'm trying to beat the robins in getting the first ripe ones. I got up early at 5:30 to water and pick before it gets hot today. It was over 100 out on the river yesterday! We broke all records in Oregon as the hottest place in the state. My friend took an art class up north of us on the beach yesterday and had to keep her jacket on all day! I think we will drive to the beach this afternoon when it starts to steam up here! We are just not used to the heat and my husband was one unhappy camper last night. He was putting up fans, moaning and groaning and making it impossible to just go to sleep. Tonight I will send him out to the hammock. Sadie, our white lab, spent the night outside like any smart dog would do. This morning she was up in the orchard snoozing away when I got up. She is probably hoping that an apple or peach will fall as she loves to eat them!

My son dug up some of the "baby" blueberries from my patch to take home to grow for his family. It has only been a couple of years ago and they are already producing! This is little Wills enjoying grandma's blueberries. I'm eating my cereal right now with a hefty fist full of blueberries on it. Yum!

Decorating In A Casual Rustic Style on the Winchuck

In General, you can see the over all view of my new paint job with some of my product. I sell what I love, so it makes it easy! I always keep something for myself to use! I found the wool rug at the local thrift store the other day for a fraction of what a new one would cost.

I have used this antique fishing creel for the past 15 years or so. I love it! The feathers have been added in the past few months along with the stag horn fern across the front of it with the brass pine cones. I sell the feathers, stag horn fern and pine cones! I manage to keep some of what I order for my own use. That makes selling what I love fun. Looks like the feathers need to be arranged a bit more! I squirted the arrangement off with the hose this morning messing it up a bit.

This bunch of onion grass is kinda cool in that you can stick something in it. I tried a taper candle and it worked really well. I have some of those for sale. I made the bark box fooling around one day. I am always saying that I will make things to sell, but never get past one of a project and end up keeping it!

I love those giant faux rock and moss balls! I've sold quite a few. I have three of the copper ones left and about 6 baby tear balls. I put a box in the old copper container with a cloth over it and then arranged the items. I also have 6 or so of the arrangement on the right with twigs, ferns, leaves and a bird's nest with eggs.

I put an 24 inch ivy wreath up in the newly painted entry way. I just sold one of those today!

You can see that the antler broke on the upper left. I get to keep it now! I have the broken piece and will glue it and no one will be able to tell. I have many of these for sale in different shapes.

So then I have those brass look alike pheasants for sale that I have on the fireplace along with stag horn fern, and faux brown grass that I really love.

Hope you enjoyed visiting my new room that is so clean that I will have to vacuum as my husband snacks! LOL He just left to go over to the neighbors. They have air conditioning and it is over 100 out there today! Not bad in the house if you don't do much.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Gardening on the Coast of Oregon

Here is a slide show of our gardens on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Southern Oregon known as the Wild River's Coast

If you have any questions about our garden, please contact us at karenclark41@gmail.com. We will be happy to answer any questions.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Vintage Chinese Ivory Figures

Here is a selection of BEAUTIFULLY CARVED CHINESE IVORY FIGURINES absolutely incredibly and intricately hand carved.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Hope is the Great Activator: Zig Ziglar

Hope Is The Great Activator

by Zig Ziglar

"Without hope what good is tomorrow?" We are surrounded by people who need hope in their lives. We don't often see their need because a lack of hope is not easily communicated. People aren't prone to say, "I need hope." Nonetheless, when we listen closely, we can hear the cries of the hope-needers. Or oftentimes we can see it in their actions. For example: The student with no hope of passing won't study. Why bother? The sales person with no hope of making the sale won't make the call. What's the purpose? The couple whose marriage is in trouble won't seek counseling because (they think) it's all over anyway. The relative who hasn't spoken to you for three years won't try. What's the hope? The senior citizen who doesn't think anyone would be interested in helping him won't ask. The nurse who doesn't think anyone appreciates her wisdom won't offer it. The manager who doesn't see a chance of being promoted often gives up. Why try?

But give any of these individuals hope and some exciting things can happen!... You were born to win! But in order to be the winner you were born to be, you've got to plan to win. You've got to prepare to win. And then, and only then, can you legitimately expect to win.Winning is not an accident. It's a result of a deliberate plan. A plan filled with hope and encouragement. Would you like to be a powerful person? Or a more powerful person? Then you need hope.

People who build hope into their own lives and who share hope with others become powerful people. Doors open for these people! Now here's the good news: Hope is a choice! Yes, that's right. You can make a decision to be a hope-filled person. You can make a decision to share hope with others. Even if your own need for hope is running a little dry, you can still give others hope. In the process of doing so, watch what happens. Your personal hope quotient is bound to rise.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Meyda Tiffany Lighting at Winchuck River Store

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We moved to our current home on the Wild River Coast of Southern Oregon from San Jose, CA. Our family consist of Jim and Karen, two dogs and two cats. Karen's passion is gardening. Jim's obsession is building electric powered fishing kayaks and fishing.