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’Tis the season

Kyle Reagan doesn’t just wear ugly Chrisatmas sweaters. He makes them. And sells them.

He told the Victoria News he’s sold an estimated 2,100 of his DIY creations this year. Mr. Reagan uses a glue gun to attach pieces of felt and ornaments to the sweaters, and a canvas printer enables him to meet demand for pop culture images, some of which he surrounds with LED lights.

The resident of Saanich, B.C. has been producing his unique products for five years. Alberta is his biggest market in Canada, but he also ships abroad by selling his wares at christmassweaters.ca.

Mystery shopper makes her mark

Ten years ago, Tina Kastana had a job as a mystery shopper. She collected hundreds of items, and auctioned them off on eBay. As the Vancouver Province points out in this story, she built a business by reinvesting her earnings in other products and reselling them on her online boutique store. Ms. Kastana has been named eBay’s fashion entrepreneur of the year, she is on track to exceed $100,000 in sales, and says she hopes to quit her day job in the near future.

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