Archive | September, 2009

Free Shipping!

23 Sep

Hi all, I’ve just updated my ETSY page to include FREE SHIPPING in the US.  Take a look http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7811956 hope you find something you like!

Getting Ready for my FIRST ever Craft Fair!

23 Sep

So just a couple weeks away from my first ever craft fair and already I’m feeling the crunch. Long lists of what I still have to make (in bulk). But presently I am planning my booth layout. What works best. I haven’t really put forth much effort in researching it, and potentially that will be my downfall. But really we live in a commercial world and are bombarded by displays, layouts, signage, etc on a daily basis. I do my research every day I go shopping. Place items at eye level, have the purpose of an item clearly identified, have prices clearly labeled, have a professional setup – clean and neat, and make sure you display does not over power your crafts to be sold.

I’m pretty excited about getting some actual feedback from people face to face on my wares while showing off my abilities.

The biggest issue that faces me presently is how to gauge how much time it will take to do packaging and signage.  Like always, I am sure I will underestimate the time needed to preparing this step.

Any seasoned craft show people out there that can offer me a word or two of advice, it would be appreciated.

Helpful ETSY ideas for New Sellers

19 Sep

So being a new ETSY seller myself and after spending many, many, many hours pouring through the forums and resources on the ETSY website, I decided to go straight to some successful sellers and ask them what there best advice if for new members.

Jack-pot – What a gold mine of great information – all of which I happy share with you!  This forum can be read at http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6288809 or you can just read below and continue to check back under the “ETSY help and Support” Category.

skybluedesigns2 gave some fantastic information about having GREAT photos, to really capture the viewer.   The viewer assumes if you have great photos you MUST have great stuff.  Make sure you use all 5 slots, front, back, inside, outside, bottom, top.  I know with me I always have way more photos then slots for.  skybluedesigns2 also indicated that you must give your location, as people like to know where they are buying from.  I know that when I look for items to purchase, I always go through the items in my home region first, as I like to support the local community.    skybluedesigns2 also suggests to use all 14 tags.  I know this can sometimes be hard.  If I cannot think of more tags for my items I’ll usually search for something similar on ETSY to see what tags they used.

Athenianaire says to get business cards.  I personally just ordered some from VistaPrint, as they are always running promotions for free cards.  All you have to pay is shipping and handling, assuming you do not want to upload your own logo or get too fancy.  But they have a great selection.  And carry them on you at all times.  The other day I was at the fabric store and the lady next to me started chatting with me about making blankets.  Little did she know just how many I make!  I offered my advice as best I could and helped her with fabric selection but kicked myself that I did not have a business card on me to give to her.  That’s the last time I’ve been without them.

AnnaArtiste gives the advice to re-list a few items daily, a couple in the morning and a couple in the evening.  I had no idea about re-listing until just recently and now I see that everyone does it.  How can anyone get along with out it.

More to come…

But if you have ideas about helping new sellers on ETSY, please comments below or hit the thread at the above given link.

My Favorite ETSY shop for the week

19 Sep

I love pottery and sculpture, and although I love to create art, those mediums have never been my strong point, which leave me even more in awe of those who can create master it.

Bronze Frog on ETSY

As I go through the ETSY shops this week, I am blown away by this beautiful frog – http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31062439 sells for $60. This little guy would look awesome hiding by a water feature in your backyard. Truly gorgeous work. Or check out this beautiful pitcher – http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31186575 for just $30!   I love the glaze on it.

Pitcher

Pitcher

Here in Norman, OK we have a incredible gallery of bronze work at The Crucible (Foundary and Gallery). A long dream of an artist that showcases some truly incredible work for the city.

Artistry such as this is made to inspire, to push us creative souls beyond our comfort level, to demand and challenge us.  I have been inspired today, and I hope you have too!

My New Clutch

17 Sep

Red and Gold ClutchI hate to toot my own horn, but I am so in love with this new clutch: http://ping.fm/kEeb0

This bag is created with lovely elegant red and gold fabric with a luscious red lining.

Bag is handmade but is created with the simple stylistic elegance of a vintage clutch.

This clutch features a traditional metal clasp frame and flat bottom triangular design. This clutch is the perfect size to tote all essentials for an evening out.

This was so much fun to create and pick fabric for, I cannot wait to do another one.

Great Etsy Tips for Increasing your Traffic

17 Sep

I am absolutely obsessed with promoting my shop. I have pages on facebook, twitter, blogger… I’m using twitterfeed, google base, youtube…. style, fashion, handmade, networks… and this is just tip of the iceberg. I am being patience and praying that some of my handwork will pay off. As you can see – http://ping.fm/hVuib – I haven’t really been successful. But this is just the beginning.

Anyway I found some great resources along the way that I wanted to share to to other who may be looking to promote their site too:

http://ping.fm/5m9Cu — this resource is AWESOME! This give the shop hopeful some unconventional tips and sites that will allow you to build your online community.

http://ping.fm/nu7dR – This is actually the blog of person who sells an online marketing package for Etsy. However their blog is wealth of information and it is now a daily stop on my road to increasing my view/hearts/sales.

http://ping.fm/ICrsq – Indiepublic is an independent art and design community. This is a fantastic resource to get feedback, tips, ideas, etc. on your site and/or your products. I have just been a member for a couple days now, but I already love it.

I will continue to post good resources on this blog as I find them. comment or email me if you have any other great ideas on how to promote your Etsy site!

17 Sep

Yeah – now using Ping.fm!!!!!