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Official Blog of the Tophatter Auction House

  1. Meet Susan: Fashion & Beauty Ops Extraordinaire!

    1. Name: Susan
    2. What is your title/position? S: Fashion/Beauty Operations Extraordinaire at Tophatter!
    3. Do you have any pets? If so, how many and what kind? S: If not, why not? No pets at the moment but love, love, love animals!
    4. Who is your favorite Tophatter auctioneer? Why? S: Felicity. She’s the doyenne of the auction house. The bids are off the charts when she’s at the helm!
    5. If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be? S: I’ve been obsessed with Cheetahs since I was a kid, so being able to run as fast as they can would be my “superpower”. They are mesmerizing before, during and after the chase.
    6. What are your top 3 favorite non-Tophatter blogs/websites? S: The New York Times, The Onion and Myscaryhalloween.com, which is a friend’s blog on all things October 31.
    7. When you DO have spare time, what are your hobbies? S: Biking, jogging, hiking, sightseeing, reading and baking.
    8. What is your dream vacation? S: Rome is at the top of my list. It’s such a glorious city with an incredible array of museums and architectural scenes. Visiting Galleria Borghese, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Pantheon are at the top of my list.
    9. Who is your favorite guilty pleasure musician/band? S: I don’t know. I don’t feel guilty about any of the music that I listen to. I like what I like.
    10. Could you go an entire week without phones, TV, and computers? If not, how long until withdrawal symptoms would set in? Which would you miss the most? S: I can do without TVs and Computers, but I’d need a phone to call friends and family after several days.

    Have more questions for Susan? Ask below!

  2. Meet Charles or shall we say Sir Charles F Chuck-a-buck?

    Meet Charles…he is beyond weird. Follow along, if you can, and be thoroughly entertained!

    1) Name: Hello TopHatter community! My name is Sir Charles F Chuck-a-buck Alongi and I am a Mobile Application Support operator.

    2) Do you have pets? I have a few pets: a dog and a cat. Alba Mae, my rescued pup from Detroit, and Sir Nicholas Flamel, the top-cat philosopher from the rough and tough north neighborhoods of downtown Kalamazoo.

    3) Fave auctioneer? As for which auctioneer is my favorite, to not upset any of them, I will just say that I do not care much for all the chatter. What IS important to know is that the barn animals are taken care of. Usually myself and/or a couple of the engineers have to herd up the horses and pigs at the end of the night.

    4) If you could have a superpower, what would it be? All of the typical super powers would be great, such as being able to fly, superhuman strength, shooting lasers out of my eyeballs, or even being strong enough to save the World (in the event). But to me, the most valuable power would be an instant metabolism. To be able to eat anything and everything I want and never get full would just be phenomenal in my opinion. I enjoy food way too much.

    Oh, psst! This is Charles.

    5) Favorite online locations? As for favorite websites, I will just give a gracious thanks to three since most of my Internet use now are through mobile apps.

    • Google - for providing ever present, nearly infinite knowledge of anything and everything.
    • Stumble Upon Firefox browser add-on - for providing endless hours of new and mind-wandering web content.
    • Youtube - for video footage and sharing capabilities.

    6) When I DO have free time, I enjoy playing roller-hockey and saucing the biscuit, walking my dog, causing ruckus, trying to do Wayne State homework, cheering people on, drinking heavily, watching storms roll in, swimming, trying new things, eating, making electricity, eating, arguing, eating, urban and nature exploring, batting cages, spending money, celebrating, eating…

    7) A dream vacation of mine? Vacationing is a weird subject to me. There are issues of planning and budgeting, packing, and coming back. As much as I enjoy living out of a suitcase and experiencing new places, I enjoy and take pride in where I’ve come from and now reside and I don’t like schedules. Tourist traps anger me. If I were to vacation or take a holiday, I would bike from the east coast to the west coast with only a backpack. I would go to Tripoli such as my grandfather had and travel the same route through Europe as he did. I would take a boat from the African coast to Sicily, to Italy, walk across the country and through the mountains, and upon sitting on the highest peak looking out across Europe, make the simple rash choice of continuing ‘east’ or ‘west’. Of course, the Maldives are also a safe, simple answer as to where to vacation.

    8) My favorite guilty pleasure pertaining to music would have to be the crooner, man or (cute) woman, playing the piano. Well, the crooner and King Shae Media.

    9) There is no way I could go a week away from my computer and the Tophatter community! As for television and phone, I haven’t had cable in months and I can’t remember the last time I used more than a 100 minutes. My mother would have more of an issue with me not having a phone. Computers have made everything easier. When was the last time someone wrote a 50 page psychology paper by hand? Or needed to buy a CD tower or a photo album? Or needed to be clothed in order to shop?

    Have more questions for Charles? Ask below!

  3. Meet Chi: Ami’s new partner in crime!

    Meet Chi. He’s joined our amazing Ops team and will be helping the community on a daily basis. Think of him and Ami as partners in crime!

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    • Name: Chris Williams aka Chi (pronounced ‘Kai’) Willy
    • What is your title/position? Jack of all Trades hoping to master at least one!
    • Do you have any pets? If so, how many and what kind? If not, why not? Nope, but I really want an Alaskan Klee Kai.
    • Who is your favorite Tophatter auctioneer & why? Matilda all the way, I’m very supportive of Girl Power!
    • If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be? Time Control - there would be no limit to what you could do!
    • What are your top 3 favorite non-Tophatter blogs/websites? YouTube, Hulu and Netflix. (Insert a sassy comment from Megan: “Watch much TV? Want to join Tophatter’s Book Club?”)
    • When you DO have spare time, what are your hobbies? Brazilian jujitsu, Puzzles and Dragons and watching WWE Wrestling.
    • What is your dream vacation? Going to Japan and visting the site of the Togakureryu (first ninja school) and meeting the creators of my favorite anime, “Naruto”. (Sassy comment #2: “Engineering nerd…hehe”).
    • Who is your favorite guilty pleasure musician/band? Souljaboy Tell’em!
    • Could you go an entire week without phones, TV, and computers? If not, how long until withdrawal symptoms would set in? Which would you miss the most? I could but I would definitely start shaking after 3 days. I would miss my Gaming consoles the most.

    Yay, we’re so happy to have Chi as part of Team Tophatter - think of this as your big welcome to the community! :)

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    If you have any questions for Chi , please leave them in the comments below.

  4. Meet Megan: She has embarrassing taste in music!

    Hi, I’m Megan. Get to know me a little…

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    • Name: Megan
    • What do you do? I get to hang out with great folks in the TH community!
    • Do you have any pets?  One little pup who lives far far away. 

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    • Who is your favorite Tophatter auctioneer & why? Brinkley. Always the ladies man.
    • If I were a superhero,  I would be able to add at least 3-4 hours to the day & have the ability to live on less than 3 hours of sleep each night.
    • Top 3 fave non-Tophatter blogs/sites/apps: I’m pretty boring when it comes to the sites I browse. Facebook, duh. Hulu, of course. And, some tech news site? Gotta keep up with current events! 
    • When you do have spare time, what are your hobbies? I like to frequent museums & coffee shops. I really like good coffee, but only once in a while. My favorite place is Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco.
    • What is your dream vacation? India. I’ve wanted to go for years.
    • Favorite guilty pleasure musician/band? Confession? I really like Carly Rae Jepsen. “Call Me Maybe” is one catchy tune. And have you listend to “This Kiss”? Ahh, you gotta do it! Do it! 
    • Could you go an entire week without phones, TV & computers? Oh yeah, totally. Just not right now though. I gotta keep in touch with my peeps, ya know?

    Want to get to know Megan a bit more? Ask her a question in the comments section below!

  5. Meet Sarah: Addicted to Emoticons!

    Meet Sarah, always bubbly & all about the emoticons! She’s one of our live Chat Staff with whom you may have had a brief conversation. Get to know her a little…she may just love shopping as much as you do! 

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    • Name: Sarah
    • What do you do? I am the resident shopaholic and smiley face over user
    • Do you have any pets?  Yes, I have a Yorkie, Maddy, who is my baby! I also have a chow/lab mix who is my husband’s sidekick.
    • Who is your favorite Tophatter auctioneer & why? Bartleby. I secretly have a crush on him!
    • If I were a superhero,  I would be able to fly so I could visit my friends and family on the Right Coast with a quickness!
    • Top 3 fave non-Tophatter blogs/sites/apps: Facebook, Pinterest and Polyvore. Pantone is another I am on frequently too!
    • When you do have spare time, what are your hobbies? I love to shop! If I am not sleeping or working, I am probably shopping… or planning out what I want to buy next. I also love to read, watch movies and play endless hours of catch with my pup! I also drink large amounts of coffee.
    • What is your dream vacation? I have a couple places that I am very eager to go to, but my true dream vacation would be to Tahiti. I would love to be somewhere that remote and away from all the traffic and chaos of city life. I also am planning to go to Paris in the next couple years which has been another dream vacation spot for me.
    • Favorite guilty pleasure musician/band? I get teased for listening to Kenny G! Also, some Justin Bieber songs are pretty catchy! Don’t judge me!
    • Could you go an entire week without phones, TV & computers? Yes! I have done so before and LOVED it. Sometimes you just need to disconnect from it all and spend some time with your nose in a book.

    Want to get to know Sarah a bit more? Ask her a question in the comments section below!

  6. Meet Sana: Action Required!

    Meet Sana. You’ve probably gotten an Action Required email from her, but behind the name is quite the adorable (& very tiny) shopaholic sweetheart. 

    I mean, look, she’s so dedicated to answering your inquiries that she’s emailing from the bathroom!

    • Name: Sana. Just like “Donna”, except with an S. I’ve also been called Santa by some. :)  
    • What is your title/position? Support Ninja! I do things no one else wants to do. ;)  
    • Do you have any pets?  I have one pet, of the Homo sapien variety. His name is “Sam” and I love him very much.  
    • Who is your favorite Tophatter auctioneer & why? Matilda! She’s classy and sassy - just like me.
    • If I were a superhero, what would your superpower be? I recently read Mitch Albom’s The Time Keeper - being able to slow down time would be cool. Then I could finally answer ALL of Megan’s 3000 emails. :) 
    • Top 3 fave non-Tophatter blogs/sites/apps: I’m addicted to Pinterest! I also love the Nature Blog, browse TedTalks and Quora often and am a voracious reader of Slate.  
    • When you do have spare time, what are your hobbies? Shopping for shoes, baking and reading - sometimes all at once! 
    • What is your dream vacation? I’d love to travel across Europe, and Africa.  
    • Favorite guilty pleasure musician/band? Spice Girls. There I said it! 
    • Could you go an entire week without phones, TV & computers? Totally! Give me a good book and I won’t care about anything else. Though an entire week might be tricky. I’d miss my computer the most - I always have email to answer. :) 

    So, she really is the bee’s knees. But, when you do get that Action Required email, it’s in your best interest to do as she says and respond…she means business. ;) 

    If you have any questions for Sana, leave them in the comments below!

  7. Meet Felicia: she’ll WoW you!

    Meet Felicia - you’ve probably had a nice chat with her at least once. She’s quick as lightning, & eager to help. It’s always nice to put a face behind the name. Say hi if you love WoW as much as she does!


    • Name: Felicia
    • What is your title/position? Marie gave me the name F for shorter keystrokes and it stuck. I’m also known as ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ (fast chat grabber) by my co-workers.
    • Do you have any pets?  I have a 2 yr old Chocolate Schoodle, 12lbs and rules the house. There are also 4 leopard Geckos and 2  Rhacodactylus leachianus. Short name: Giant Gecko or Leechies.
    • Who is your favorite Tophatter auctioneer & why? As soon as Felicity came aboard, we hit it off instantly! It’s only obvious to why. Hi5 Felicity- That’s my girl. 
    • If I were a superhero, what would your superpower be? Definitely time travel and control. There just never is enough time in a day.
    • Top 3 fave non-Tophatter blogs/sites/apps: FacebookWoWWiki, and anything else that catches my interest. 
    • When you do have spare time, what are your hobbies? I like to spend time with my daughter and Partner. For ‘me’ time, I enjoy being lost in the World of Warcraft or catching up on my DVR shows.
    • What is your dream vacation? A Spring Cruise along the length of Japan…I can smell the Cherry Blossoms already. 
    • Favorite guilty pleasure musician/band?  From India Arie to Metallica.. With so many genre’s it is hard to pick just one. :P
    • Could you go an entire week without phones, TV & computers? Me without technology = Severe anxiety. lol I can go about a week without all three, but I would miss my computer the most because I couldn’t play my games. After a full week without anything, I am going to need my phone, ‘Please!’
    If you have any questions for Felicia, leave them in the comments below or tweet us at @tophatter!

    Until next time, happy bidding!
  8. Meet Rikk: the Tyrannical Pipsqueak!

    Meet Rikk - he’s gotta be the quirkiest, silliest, weirdest dude ever…and we love him! Rikk is both the oldest and the youngest guy in the Tophatter office. Scratching your head after that one? Read on to figure it out.

    • Name: Rikk
    • What is your title/position? Tyrannical Pipsqueak!
    • Do you have any pets?  Answer: Dog: Niko, 1/2 Shar Pei, 1/2 Labrador, 1/2 cute, 1/2 killer.
    • Who is your favorite Tophatter auctioneer & why? Answer: Ian because he got caught shilling bids in an auction and was banished by Wendell forever (he now works for KFC).
    • If I were a superhero, what would your superpower be? Answer: *If* I was a superhero?  Are you suggesting that my ability to read minds is not real?  …  Ah, I see.
    • Top 3 fave non-Tophatter blogs/sites/apps: 1) http://apod.nasa.gov; 2) http://www.deviantart.com & 3) http://steampowered.com/.
    • When you do have spare time, what are your hobbies? Re-reading LOTR over and over and over.  Estimating the number of ceiling tiles in large buildings.
    • What is your dream vacation? Hiding in the cargo hold of an asteroid mining ship… I was born 100 years too soon. 
    • Favorite guilty pleasure musician/band?  ABBA.
    • Could you go an entire week without phones, TV & computers? Yes, easy! I’ve done it a few times, admittedly with heavy medication, e.g. Margaritas.
    If you have any other questions for Rikk, feel free to leave them in the comments below or tweet us @tophatter.

    Until next time, happy bidding!
  9. Meet Ben - our Silent Hero!

    Meet Ben - you may have heard the support team reference him a few times, or you just have no idea who he is. But, he’s our silent hero. You know when we say, “We’ll contact an engineer?” Well, we contact Ben! If you have a specific account issue, he’s our go-to guy for expert assistance. 

    He also sits with all the female Tophatters in the office…and you can only imagine the sorts of things he gets to hear all day! 

    Ben thought he was just oh-so-smart with his profile answers this week, so Megan took the liberty of inserting her own comments here & there. Enjoy!

    • Name: Ben 
    • What do you do? I’m the assistant team leader of development operations. (Megan…”The what? That’s not even a thing!”
    • Do you have any pets?  Unfortunately no, but I try to woo away any dogs my co-workers bring to the office. (Megan: Psst…remember seeing pictures of Jacq’s adorable pup Riley?)
    • Who is your favorite Tophatter auctioneer & why? I like all of them…except Brinkley…he knows what he did.
    • If I were a superhero, I’d like the superpower of flight. Obviously.
    • Top 3 fave non-Tophatter blogs/sites/apps: I mostly just follow news and politics on Twitter and go where ever the links take me.
    • When you do have spare time, what are your hobbies? Camping, basketball.
    • What is your dream vacation? I’d love to take a road trip all over western North America.
    • Favorite guilty pleasure musician/band? I listen to Gangnam Style on a loop. I can’t stop.
    • Could you go an entire week without phones, TV & computers? Oh sure. I’d, like, go for long walks and stuff. Also I’d get a tablet. (Megan: “Gasp!…walking?!”)
    If you have any other questions for Ben, feel free to leave them in the comments below or tweet us @tophatter.

    Until next time, happy bidding!
  10. Meet Katie - from Tophatter user to Tophatter staff!

    I would be very surprised if you haven’t seen Katie around the Tophatter auction rooms at least one or twice. She’s been with Tophatter since the very beginning! If you ever have a question or want some personal assistance, Katie’s always more than happy to extend a helping hand. Read on to learn more about this Texan staffer and how she became part of Tophatter’s team after joining our community as a user in December 2011.

    • Name: Katie 
    • What do you do? I’m the Community Liaison (official title) at Tophatter. I don’t know what other titles I’ve been given though… :o) Princess Katie of Babbledom; Ms. Diarrhea of the Mouth 2012 (my Mom always told me I had that).
    • Do you have any pets?  Yes, I do. 6 cats: Thor, Rascal, Suzette, Talbot, Jasper, and Harley. 1 dog: Bailey (my Miniature Schnauzer). 2 freshwater aquariums full of fish - the number varies because the “blues” and the “yellows” like to breed…We started with 4 of each and have MANY more than that now (but I love my parrot fish best of all of the fish!)
    • Who is your favorite Tophatter auctioneer & why? Bartholomew…because he likes big butts and he cannot lie - he told us that one night! 
    • If I were a superhero, I’d like the power to save all of the world’s problems without causing further conflict. But, since I know that power would be a major task, I’d also like the ability to stay awake for a long period of time and be really productive in that time frame without being tired. Or the ability to find great clothes that look great in my size… 
    • Top 3 fave non-Tophatter blogs/sites/apps: 1) Facebook - duh :) but, it’s a great way to keep in touch with friends from high school and college - especially since we’ve scattered all over the world…and it’s a great way to connect with bead designers/teachers and see where they’ll be teaching next!  2) Etsy - I love to just browse through Etsy and look for cool stuff. Window shopping without the teeny-boppers and the rude people and the parking issues. :)  3) Barnes & Noble - my happy place! I LOVE books…and 4) (can’t help it, had to have more than just 3 favorites) Pinterest…I get a little sporadic about it sometimes, but it’s still SO fun. 
    • When you do have spare time, what are your hobbies? Beadwork, reading, traveling, hanging out with hubby and our zoo of pets. 
    • What is your dream vacation? A nice, LONG vacation to Lahaina, Maui - something like a month maybe? During whale watching season!
    • Favorite guilty pleasure musician/band? *NSYNC…Spice Girls…Glee music. 
    • Could you go an entire week without phones, TV & computers? I’ve gone a week without this stuff more than once. Once was on a trip to Roatan, Honduras to a resort with no TVs, no internet, no radios, and no cell phone reception. It was great! We also went an entire week without this stuff after Hurricane Ike hit Houston. I got a LOT of beading and reading done that week. My one weakness would be going without my iPod - I need music in the background (or to sing along to…)!
    Adorable. If you have any other questions for Katie, feel free to leave them in the comments below or tweet us @tophatter.

    Until next time, happy bidding!

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