“Every Thanksgiving, I spend it in New Orleans with Reggie, and then I cook,” the 29-year old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star tells me during the eBay Holiday Store opening held in NYC this week.
She also enjoys a pre-holiday dinner with her family, and recently pitched in by heading to the grocery store to pick up a pumpkin pie and turkey for a feast at her mom’s house.
“I don’t cook the turkey, so my mom was doing that,” she says. “Every kid has a different responsibility of what they have to go get my mom if she’s going to cook, so she doesn’t have to do all the legwork.”
In preparation for Black Friday, shopping’s biggest day, Kim tells me she could use a great bag, shoes or clothes, and urges those who hope to avoid the malls to turn to eBay. She has been selling on eBay for ten years, and these days her items can be found at Kim’s Kloset, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the Dream Foundation.
“I started off buying – not always selling – and I realized if everyone else is selling this great stuff, why can’t I?” she tells me. “It’s so many great items, so many things I want to get rid of.”
She continues, “For my first eBay experience, I asked my dad to partner up with me and lend me the money to be able to buy these Manolo Blahnik shoes that Jennifer Lopez was famous for wearing. He looked at me crazy, and didn’t understand what I was talking about or why I wanted to do it. I said ‘give me a week, and I’ll pay you the money back, and I’ll even give you interest.’ So he gives me the money, I buy the shoes, and I sell each pair on eBay for $2,500 when they were only $700 to buy. I made a huge profit, and I paid him back and he was really impressed. He said, ‘I’ll go into business with you anytime.’ Ever since then, I’ve been selling on eBay.”
With Kim’s Kloset, she’s gotten to know what it takes to be a successful seller.
“You have to build your feedback, so you earn the trust of the other sellers. It’s been an amazing experience. I sold my car on eBay, clothes … it all goes to a good cause.”
What tips would she share for eBay shopping?
“It’s a myth that people think that you have to bid — you don’t have to,” she says. “You could do a ‘buy it now’ if you want the item right now. Checking out the seller’s reputation is the most important so that way you know what you’re getting as far as whether they’re a good seller, if they’re reputable, if they really ship the items, if their items are quality. You have to do your homework and use common sense.”
Here’s a pic of Kim and I at the store, and Kim with a shoe she’s selling.
NYC’s eBay Holiday Store is open until November 29, and in keeping with the spirit of the season, eBay Giving Works holiday donation drive will benefit national charities dollar for dollar up to $200,000. Those shopping at home can donate $1, $5 or $10 to a holiday charity partner of their choice through the Give @ Checkout service offered for all purchases made using PayPal, and eBay will match up to an additional $200,000.