Sylvia Mayfield

Writer in Corpus Christi, Texas

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I am a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves knitting, crochet, reading, and making money online. I've been an online seller since shortly after eBay opened. By 2005, I'd opened my own independent online store and tried lots of eBay alternative auction sites. On Squidoo I was a Giant Squid (500+ lenses), a RocketMom, a Squidoo Angel, and honored to be among the Top 100 Lensmasters on Squidoo.

As an online seller, I learned a lot about writing sales copy (auction listings), being organized and promoting my own work by selling and buying at eBay, Yahoo Auctions, Overstock Auctions, Bidville, Romahawk, SellYourItem, Bidzig, Bidchaser,, YourHighBid, WeBidz, HiBidder, eBid and many more online auction sites. That’s quite a bit of experience! Not only that, but…

I’ve been a representative for Avon, Tupperware, Watkins and lots of others. Most recently, I was a representative for Cello In A Box and Stanley Home Products and Lavender Love. Direct sales helped me learn even more about marketing and promotion.

After leaving eBay in 2005, I opened my first independent online stores. At first I used online shopping cart products at GoDaddy, Bravenet and another online shopping cart provider whose name I can't even remember. Doh! Eventually, I settled on a store using Joomla with Virtuemart hosted by Powersellers Unite. Talk about learning a ton THEN! From HTML and PHP to Google Base (now Google Shopping) and RSS feeds, I learned how to do it all myself or how to hire someone to do it for you.

I’ve been married to my husband Sam for 35+ years; have two lovely daughters and four beautiful grandsons. I retired in June 2007 after 30 years of public service; working for the State of Texas.

I love to crochet and knit! I like watching movies while I stitch and love to read too. Being outside in my garden, “playing in the dirt,” feeding the birds and squirrels and playing with my dogs are my favorite things to do.

  • Work
    • Blogger, Affiliate Marketer, Webmaster
  • Education
    • Associate Degree, Public Administration