With an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for finding that diamond in the rough, Ciara created a flourishing clothing business out of her college dorm room. Juggling her time as a full-time college student and Division I athlete, Ciara expanded to a successful business selling new, vintage and last season clothing with a warehouse and full-time employees.
Why do you deserve this award?
With my drive, passion and dedication I was able to grow my store to 3,000 items in just one year. I managed playing Division I Volleyball and earning my college degree, all while growing my eBay business. Winning this award will provide extra funding for a new employee and/or industrial clothing racks, which will allow me more time to focus on consumers' needs and finding more exclusive, one of a kind, designer dresses.
How has selling on eBay contributed to your success?
Selling on eBay has allowed me to find my passion. From day one, it has been a place that provided me with the proper tools needed to start and grow a business. I have learned what it takes to go above and beyond for our customers which has paid off for us long term.
What is your proudest business moment on eBay?
When eBay first contacted me saying that I was selected as a finalist in the Young Entrepreneurs category, I cried in happiness. It not only solidifies that my hard work was finally paying off, but it also gives me the opportunity for my voice to be heard. I truly want other young entrepreneurs to hear my story and witness the opportunities that eBay can bring into their lives. I want to motivate others and inspire those around me to push for their dreams to come true. I hope to one day be a leader and mentor for young eBay entrepreneurs, so receiving that phone call meant the world to me.
What was the most memorable item you sold on eBay?
Some of The Diamond Hanger's dresses are new, some are vintage, while others are just a season away. One of the best memories I have is of a purple and white polka dotted Nicole Miller dress that was in perfect condition. It appeared to have been designed back in the 1980's. When I went to put the shipping label on the package, I couldn't believe it – Nicole Miller herself had re-purchased it!
Where does the inspiration from your business come from?
I chose to name my store The Diamond Hanger, because every item in our store is hand-picked with passion and love. Each item I find resembles a lost diamond in the rough, waiting to sparkle again. A woman once left feedback saying she was able to find her favorite BCBG Max Azria dress that she once owned back in the 80's. Selling experiences like this inspire me each day.
How has selling on eBay impacted my life?
eBay has changed the way I look at life. It has changed the way I carry myself and it has contributed to the hard-working woman I have become today. While I was in college, I had no idea what career path I wanted to take. Thankfully, eBay provided me with a platform to transfer my work ethic as a volleyball player into a career. Being an entrepreneur means I am in full control of my schedule and my financial success. In return, I hope I can impact a lot of lives along the way.
Come back tomorrow and vote again.
Come back tomorrow to vote again.