Designer of the Week - SundaRose

This week get to know Ronda Opipery of SundaRose. She and her husband have two great kids- Kenny (age 8) and Mary Margaret (age 5).

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JM: RONDA, when did you get started sewing and creating?

RONDA: I have always loved to create things. I am an Artist and a Designer-trained in both. I first caught the creating buzz from my Grandmother, Sundaw Rose. As a child, she lived with us. She was always redesigning her ready-to-wear garments and she was amazing with a crochet needle! I learned so much from her. I later fine tuned my skills in college where I majored in Art and Design.

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay and do you sell anywhere else besides eBay?

RONDA: I started selling on ebay in May, 2005. I am still very much a newbie! I sell at a local boutique and to some great private customers.

JM: What did you do before eBay?

RONDA:Before ebay, I was a store manager for The Limited and also a makeup artist

JM: Do you remember the first outfit you sold on eBay?

RONDA: Oh yes, I remember the first outfit I sold. It wasn't that long ago! It was an ultra femine dress and petticoat with a chenille jacket and over the top hat. It took me 3 hours to list that first design! I have gotten a little quicker! I listed it twice. The first time, it didn't sell. The second time it did..for $72. I was so excited. I will always remember that customer, she even called me on the phone...she was so happy with it! I was on cloud nine!!

JM: Where did come up with your name, SundaRose?

RONDA: The name was easy, my Grandmother's. She is no longer with us, but she is still an inspiration in what I do.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

RONDA:Yes, I belong to the Boutique Jaynes! What an amazing group of designers and women! It is so wonderful to talk to others who have the same interests. One of my favorite aspects of the group is that everyone respects each other. We are all so different, but we are joined by such a strong bond of friendship and respect. I am still a newbie, but I know that I have found a home.

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

RONDA: I love making everything..the catch is I have to really love what I am making or I get bored easily. I have learned to design for myself.

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

RONDA: I would love to learn how to knit. I keep trying, but I get frustrated and pick up my crochet needle instead. Every year I try to learn something new. Last year it was baking bread. My family enjoyed that one!

JM: What was your first job? How much did you earn?

RONDA: My first job was a sales clerk at a women's clothing boutique. I was making minimum wage and I thought I was so cool!! A real fashionista!

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

RONDA: I love to cook!!! I am a little addicted to the Food Network. I don't know too many Hollywood stars, but I do know the Food Network Chefs! I try all types of dishes-my family is a good audience. I also just love spending time with my wonderful husband, Ken and my kids. I treasure the days when there is nothing to do!

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

RONDA: I would just like to thank the Ebay community, Selllers and Buyers, for being so welcoming to someone so new to this avenue. This has been an amazing experience. I look forward to the future here!

Some past SundaRose Designs

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