Monthly Archives: April 2013

Memory improvement tips

By Tony Lam

artiests' names

Imagine you are picking up an oil painting with the signature “Renoir” at a flea market. The guy is selling for $10. Are you going to buy it ? How about if the price is $500? Will you pass it ?

Renoir signature

It is a true story happened couple of years ago. The girl attracted by the puppet in a box together with the painting Paysages bords de Seine in a flea market in the Shenandoah Valley priced at $7. Actually, the painting is done by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the impressionist style. She bought the box and about to throw the picture in the trash when her mother stopped her and decided to submit the painting to an auction house.  Finally, the auction house estimated price of the painting to be between $75,000 to $100,000 !!!

There may be hundreds and thousands of valuable paintings at flea markets, yard sales, garage sales, thrift stores waiting to discover.  You may probably miss them if you can’t recall the signatures or names of artists. How good is your memory to remember them?  Here is a simple test for you. Below table shows the signatures and the artists’ names. Study the data for 3 minutes, try your best to remember the artists’ names (either first, last or full name) and the eBay prices. Then, cover up the second and third column and write out the names and prices for each signature.

SignaturesArtists NameseBay price
Bessie Pease GutmannGallery
Maxfield ParrishGallery
Charles H. SawyerGallery
David DavidsonGallery
Frederick “Fred” ThompsonGallery
Marc ChagallGallery
Sam SavittGallery
John Taylor ArmsGallery
Thomas Hart BentonGallery
Wallace NuttingGallery

How many can you remember ? If you score poorly, don’t worry.  Good memory can be acquired by suitable training and exercise. I am assured by a pharmacist who speaks seven languages and can speak out the name of every customer she met. Not only the pharmacist, but her adopted siblings have good memories too.  They give the credits to their father who used a special method to teach them how to remember when they were young.


How to improve memory

Memory is like muscle, without constant practices or exercises, its ability will be weaken or shrunk. By applying suitable systematic training, everyone can strengthen his or her memory to a certain level.  In the book of  “How to develop a brilliant memory”, Dominic introduces three basic memory tools:  Association, Location and Imagination method with examples and exercises. I’m surprised to find that I have been using some techniques for a long time.  I learned it bit by bit without knowing how powerful when they are connected together. I wish our school system has this kind of systematic memory training to our kids. It will easier for them to study.

Here is a tip for you to remember a long password with numbers, characters, or symbols and remember it, applying the association method.

Think of a personal experience that you won’t forget and put it together in a sentence. For example, I walked 30 minutes to (2) Gomes (elementary school )with (my sister) Mary every day. The password can be set as “Iw30m2GomeswMed“. Whenever I recall scenery of what I saw when I walked to school every day with my little sister, I can easily remember the long password.

The book also mentions about Number-Rhyme System. It is to relate each number with a key image with a word that rhymes with it. For example, wine could be used to rhyme with the number 9 . Use this to memorize the following item of trivia :

Queen Victoria of England had nine (wine) children.

I recommend you to read the book, learn the methods and do the exercises. In the meantime, play some memory enhancement games such as Trivia Pursuit card Game or Pexeso online games to practice your memory skills and stretch out your memory capability.

How to buy wholesale supplies and resell on Etsy

By Tony Lam

In 100+ hot selling items on Etsy, most of them are supplies for handmade products or craftworks. Other than going to trade shows to buy and resell on Etsy, you can also look up the wholesale items on eBay. Compared with other wholesale dealers, eBay provides a quick and safe marketplace for small buyers with competitive price. The good thing is that there is no minimum order requirement MOQ for bulk purchase. You can pick small batch of different styles and patterns at wholesale price. If you are satisfied with quality, you may ask the seller to put up a list for larger quantity with better price. Most of the eBay sellers selling wholesale items are manufacturers, or have close relationship with the manufacturers. You may even ask them to look for particular patterns for you. Look up wholesale supplies on eBay is easy and quick. I’m going to show you an example how to find wholesale supplies on eBay for Etsy’s hot items.

Etsy’s hot selling item : 50 pcs of Solid Brass lobster claw clasp, selling at $7.6 ( shipping included)

Find wholesales items with keyword search

Keyword search is a direct and quick way to find the wholesale items. Proper usage of keywords can filter out non-relevant items for you. You will not be overwhelmed by tons of products. For instance, if you want to find lobster claw clasp, just type “ wholesale lots solid brass lobster claw clasp”, some items come up.

One listing is selling at $3.19 or Best offer with Free shipping from China for 70 pcs. The current Etsy list is selling at $7.60 (shipping included) for 50 pcs. You can buy one or two lots to verify the quality from different sellers to find the best one.

wholesale keyword search

Find wholesales items with categories

If you don’t have any ideas on the items for resell, you may try to another way to start your search with categories. Click the leftmost side in the eBay search block to open up the category list. Pick the one you like, e.g. Jewelry & Watches. Then, key in “wholesales lots bulk lot” and you can see all the wholesale items related to the keywords , such as “wholesales”, “lots”, “bulk”,” lot” in the category. You may add more keywords such as “lobster claw clasp” to narrow the search.

wholesale category search

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