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the heck is Beachcombers Bazaar?
That's us, to the right. I'm Jody, and the
man putting henna on my arm is the other
half of Beachcombers, Asad.
Beachcombers has been online selling Indian ethnic
women's accessories since 2002. We began
selling part-time on eBay and then opened
www.ShopBeachcombers.com, in 2004 (the year of
the hurricanes!) when we moved
from Ohio to Orlando Florida and turned the
business into a full time venture. In 2008, we opened a retail
store in the College Park Shopping District just outside of downtown
Orlando. Then in 2013 we bought our own
building in Orlando!
It's been quite a ride, this business adventure of
I have the best job in the world! Heck, I
design and sell shoes for a living, lol! What
girl wouldn't love my job? I work
directly with our suppliers to design our shoes,
bangles, and bangle stands. Our suppliers are
all family businesses too, so that gives us the
flexibility we need to keep quality up and customize
our designs based on customer needs. It also
allows us to support small local communities instead
of big factories, a cause very dear to us. For
more information about our suppliers be sure to
visit our Products Page.
I also write all our instructions for our products.
I was introduced to all these fabulous ethnic items
by my other half Asad but, I was clueless about them
Being a man, Asad didn't know how to put on glass
bangles properly or how to break in khussa shoes. I
had to ask many questions from ethnic women and
learn by trial and error. I don't want to even
think of how little I knew about henna! These
experiences inspired me to write very clear
instructions for all our items so that anyone (even
Americans like myself) could use our items like a
native and be comfortable doing it.
This is also why I offer so much henna tattoo
information. Everyone can enjoy henna and
anyone can learn to do henna! In addition to
all of our great henna kits (which I personally
select the items in our henna kits), quality henna
products & eBooks, I also offer henna workshops
throughout the year. Learn more about our
henna classes and
Asad studied computers in school, but found he much
preferred selling online to trouble-shooting
computer gremlins. He discovered eBay back in
2001 and was instantly hooked. Before I knew
it, our house was bare of any unused items, and so was
our parent's houses! That's how we started
selling ethnic items online, and Asad had the
foresight to see the possibilities of creating a
business. Asad's lovely and fashionable mom had to go to Pakistan for
a wedding, so we decided to give her some money with
a list of things to buy, as a test, to see if we
could make a business selling the items I had come
to love. Well, things worked out and the rest
Asad is an accomplished handyman and thanks to him,
we were able to remodel our College Park store,
completely on our own. From installing new
flooring to an entire new ceiling, Asad is the
genius behind the reality of our fabulous store!
See pictures of the
Store progress here.
Click the image below to view a short
video about us!
Press and Features
Our little family business has made an impact, and
we've been featured in a selection of books,
magazines, blogs, and articles. Pretty cool to
see your name in print and people interested in your
Shop Local Orlando News Broadcast
Channel 6 News Orlando
March 2009 The Florida Retail
Federation has launched a campaign to encourage
Floridians to shop locally, and Erik von Ancken
dropped by the store for a quick interview and to
film some footage of a local business.
India's Bollywood fashions turn you from slumdog to
March 2009 We are proud to be featured on the front page
of the Style & Tends section of the Orlando Sentinel
newspaper. The article, "East
Meets Zest", by Jean Patteson focuses on how
Indian style is creeping into fashion everywhere and
how you can incorporate a little Bollywood style
into your wardrobe. Patteson focuses on our
khussa shoes, bindi body stickers and glass bangles
worn in multiples.
Creative Storefront Award
We are very proud to have been awarded the
Marketworks "Most Creative Storefront" award for our
website design. This award was very special
award to me, since I designed the web store, and when
I began, I couldn't spell HTML!
It was quite a challenge for me. I wanted the
store to be very visual, fun, and easy to navigate.
I used as many customer suggestions and requests as
I was able to.
Our product has been featured on some popular
fashion blogs including
Suze on Style, Glamour Magazine's
executive fashion editor's blog and the popular
Haute Mimi blog.
Woman's World Weekly Magazine
January 14, 2008
Our glass bangles and khussa Indian shoes were
featured for "This Week's Hot Trend", Glitz and
Glamour Bollywood Style. With Elizabeth Hurley
showing up at a NYC fundraiser in a sari and Indian
actress Aishwarya traveling the USA, Bollywood got a
large shot of stardom in American fashions.
Power Seller Secrets (Revised)
eBay Power Seller Million Dollar Ideas
How eBay Really Works
all written by
& Deb Schepp
It was an honor to be featured in this series of
eBay books, because we were asked to participate due
to our superb customer service. Being asked by
such respected authors, was a great feather in our
cap! The Power Seller Series is generally
considered as an authority in helping eBay sellers
The best book on Amazon selling we've encountered!
The Schepps are highly specialized writers focusing
on ecommerce. We have been featured in their
eBay series and now are proud to be featured in
their high-end Amazon series.
Great book for a beginner, but enough information to
make it worth a read for advanced professional
Santa Shops On eBay
Marsha Collier, author of the prestigious eBay
for Dummies book series
This book specifically needed eBay sellers that
offered unique items, good prices, and a fun easy
shopping experience. Needless to say, we were
delighted to asked to be part of it! Marsha
Collier certainly lived up to her well-earned
reputation as an eBay guru.
How To Win Sales and Influence Spiders
Catherine Seda, author of Search Engine
Beachcombers Bazaar is proud to be featured as a
Success Story for growing an online business and
gaining exposure on the web.
Our business has been featured in a variety of
Entrepreneur Magazines and online articles. A
focus on growing a life-long business that focuses
on customer service, rather than a
here-for-now-gone-tomorrow business, keeps us