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LuxeSwap - Official Affiliate Thread - Page 873post #13081 of 147447/15/16 at 2:58ampost #13082 of 147447/15/16 at 4:09amThread StarterQuote:Originally Posted by SpooPoker
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)One year ago today, at 6:00am, I woke up, went for a walk on the beach. I was so nervous to come back and hit "submit" on the post that is spoilered above. I had worked for months preparing the LuxeSwap website and business plan. I was on hiatus from posting at 19,999 for a week or so, waiting to make that my 20,000th post.
When I was walking on the beach, I was nervous that the community would not really respond to the site, and all the money and time I invested in it would be for naught. Its always scary putting something you put so much of yourself into full throttle, right into the public. I cant say this was any different. The sales I make are largely fact based - measurements, pictures, descriptions. Not really something that takes an artist to create, but I treat each piece as if it were my artwork. I try and make a crappy piece look great, I try and make a great piece look even better. I take each auction and sale quite personally, and I like watching them bloom like a flower from when the seed is planted until full blossom. I think (I hope) that thats why most of my auctions are successes.
At 6:30am, when the sun began to rise, I sat there on the shore and said a little prayer to myself that everything would work out well with my venture that I was about to embark on. The day and time were also pretty significant to me, as it marked the 15 year anniversary of the death of one of my personal heroes, Gianni Versace. I snapped the picture above to commemorate the moment, put on U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" on my iPod, came back inside, and hit submit on that post at 6:54am.
And so, LuxeSwap was born.
A year later, the business that I have created has been busier and more successful than anything I could have ever expected. When I started LuxeSwap, I was listing 30-40 auctions a week, and that was a lot to handle. Now, I rarely list less than 125 per week, most weeks about 175, with hundreds of more auctions that I just didnt have time to finish. I take upwards of 2500 photos each week, have sent over 30,000 emails, and have sent over 5,000 packages this year. Ive sold over 6000 of your pieces this year, that you so generously trusted in me to move for you. I have also met some extremely cool people who started out as consignors and I now call my friends. Ive made a lifelong dream come true of purchasing a Ferrari, which is something that I never expected would happen.
Of course, its not all without sacrifice. I rarely have a break or a vacation, Ive worked on my listings in some aspect each day for the past 365 days. I wake up at 4:30-5:00am nearly every single day to work on them. I work on Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. I was packing ties on New Years Eve. My daughter sometimes helps pack the packages, she puts the stickers on the tissue paper. If you get one a little crooked, you know why. My wife writes you all your checks, you can thank her for those. She lovingly packs all the packages, and does her best to put the Luxe in LuxeSwap when you open your box.
So, one year later, I want to sincerely and honestly thank each and every one of you. Anyone who has ever cast a bid on one of my auctions, anyone who sent me something of yours to sell. Anyone who purchased something from me. Anyone who even thought of sending me something to sell. Anyone who had looked at one of my auctions and asked a question. I want to thank you all for making LuxeSwap a success this year. Thank you.
I have big plans for LuxeSwap in the coming year, hopefully continuing this upward trajectory. Stay tuned for more on those. But first, I need a break. Im taking a small time out from accepting consignments for the next few weeks - I need to get myself grounded again for the Fall rush. I want to get out and see some of the sunshine this summer and be a husband and a dad for a little while. Ill resume consignments in just a week or two. Auctions will continue to run as normal, as I have still a few hundred items to plow through and get out, so nothing is going to change on the auction interface.
Anyway, TLDR, I thank you all for making this a success. Im now going to head down to the beach, take a walk, throw on U2's where the streets have no name, and instead of saying a prayer of hope, Im going to say a prayer of thanks.Quote:Originally Posted by SpooPoker
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)Two years later, I sit here on the shores of the same beach, with the same profound thanks to all of you in the community for making LuxeSwap what it is today. Im re reading what I wrote a year ago today and it all still holds true - now even more intensified. I had no idea that when I hit submit on that post here on StyleForum, LuxeSwap would be what it would be today.
I am so grateful for all of your support and business. THANK YOU. No long mushy, sentimental blocks of text today, but thank you, thank you, thank you.Quote:Originally Posted by SpooPoker
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)Well, I sit here again on the beach, looking back at the last 3 years and what an incredible ride this has been. Im so incredibly grateful to all of you guys for your support and I thank you all for that. This year has been an amazing journey - some of the highlights include the Buzz Bissinger deal, being featured in the Daily Mail GQ, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and more. We have exceeded $1,000,000 in annual sales, and have delivered thousands of packages to clients all over the world. Our consignor list has grown to over 400 amazing people, from over 30 states in the US, England, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Romania, Poland, Hong Kong, and more. Ive been fortunate enough to sell some of the (truly) worlds finest luxury goods from some of the worlds finest people. Ive made lifelong friendships with some of you too. I want to really say thank you to everyone who has been involved in some way with LuxeSwap, all of our success is only there because of you.
I sit here looking at another one of these sunrises on our 3 year anniversary, looking back fondly at the incredible progression we have made, and can't wait to look back at this with another sunrise a year from now.
Happy anniversary to me! And thank you all for making this past year so successful - without all of you it would not have been possible. I cant believe that as I sit here on the shores again watching the same sun that came up 4 years ago that I would have my own store and have evolved into 400 auctions of the most premium caliber every damn week of the year. Im truly blessed and am super appreciative of the support my friends here on the forum show for me. Love you guys!post #13083 of 147447/15/16 at 5:55ampost #13084 of 147447/15/16 at 6:05ampost #13085 of 147447/15/16 at 6:49ampost #13086 of 147447/15/16 at 6:51ampost #13087 of 147447/15/16 at 7:46amCongrats on the success... When building a business there's always risks and high and lows but you have built it the right way in loving what you do and those you do it for. I've come across and worked with many owners and businesses but none exceed your work ethic and loyalty to your work and customers... Top notch man!post #13088 of 147447/15/16 at 9:57ampost #13089 of 147447/15/16 at 11:06ampost #13090 of 147447/15/16 at 11:24ampost #13091 of 147447/15/16 at 12:18pmpost #13092 of 147447/15/16 at 12:20pmpost #13093 of 147447/16/16 at 6:30amThread Starterpost #13094 of 147447/16/16 at 10:46ampost #13095 of 147447/17/16 at 6:10am
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