Woman Finds Accidental Success Selling Tumbleweeds Online
Like many a person who found their way online in the '90s, Linda Katz is a Web entrepreneur. The thing is, she joined the ranks by accident. Back in 1994, Linda was teaching herself how to build a Web site. As a joke, she assembled the Prairie Tumbleweed Farm page. To Linda's surprise, people began ordering tumble weeds -- thats right, giant, dried-out dead bushes.
The Prairie Tumbleweed Farm web page hasn't changed much since 1994, and it shows. But there is something charming about the extremely basic page that should have died more than 10 years ago as the joke of an HTML novice.
$15 for a small tumbleweed, $20 for a medium, and $25 for a large have let the likes of Barney the Purple Dinosaur, Johnny Depp's 'Neverland,' and even NASA help this accidental business woman, as they have all needed her wares for props. Linda won't divulge how much she makes, but she says her site makes more than $40,000 a year.
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