After Aidan was born, we had quite the medical expenses. I quit my job to stay home with him and then got to a point where I started investigating eBay. My mom taught me how to sew and I started making lavender sachets, bulk herbs, sachet kits, and natural potpourri (including a great moth chaser blend) to sell on my site.
My business was great! However, Aidan started moving a bit more and I realized I couldn't keep up with making sachets on demand, 5 huge bins of potpourris and with him! I decided to sell hard-to-find products that were easy to store in our apartment (at the time) and that I liked the quality of. It turned out to be a great idea. Not only was I able to make a little money, I made some great friends in my customers and my vendors. My international customers were what surprised me the most - I have met people all over the world in 4 different continents (outside of North America, of course). I had very few bad customer experiences and am closing my store with 100% positive feedback. I am proud!
Business started slowing down for me (or rather, I started slowing down) last year when Aidan had his last heart surgery. We also moved twice. I was a little bummed. Competition picked up. eBay's fees went up. Postal fees went up. It wasn't worth it anymore. I took my time closing the store until I felt like dealing with it and the timing seemed right. Now is that time and I feel good about it.
I still have my web store (though it is currently closed for inventory) and I sell to my "wholesale" customers. What I would really like to do is continue with my sewing and perhaps be able to find the guts to sell some of my items. My mom and I tried it with some fun primitive items but we were either in the wrong venue or we haven't found our niche.
Perhaps some day I'll blog with some tips for selling on eBay.