Originally from Canada, Andrea Harrison moved to the United States in her early 20s. Previously Andrea spent about 30 years in the retail industry, most recently working in Atlanta as a Media Buyer for Macy's. In 2004, while still working full-time, she began selling on eBay part-time in the evenings at the suggestion of a friend. At the time she was selling mostly as a hobby, listing items such her son's outgrown baby clothes. But she quickly became addicted to selling on eBay and after only a few months of strong sales and positive customer feedback, Andrea quickly realized that her side gig could become something more.
Having studied fashion merchandising in college, Andrea always had a passion for fashion and accessories. In 2009, after Macy's began centralizing operations in New York, she decided to pursue her dream of starting her own business, launching In A Clutch. Her vision: helping buyers find trendy fashion accessories at a fraction of retail prices.
Even though as a single mother the thought of having to support herself and her son solely through eBay sales was at times daunting, she never let that intimidate her. Today, In A Clutch is a successful online handbag and accessory store where customers worldwide can benefit from Andrea's years of experience and fashion expertise. While her experience as a buyer helped to navigate the day-to-day of operating her business, it's her entrepreneurial tenacity that's helped grow her sales at an annual rate of between 15-20%. Andrea loves building her business on eBay because of the built-in exposure and global reach it provides and the incredible flexibility it affords her.
Andrea lives in Lithonia, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Her son Aydan currently attends Georgia Southern University.