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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! on: September 29, 2014 07:18:31 AM
and also don't worry about spending points before you get a sale, it always works out in the end.  The reason we started with the 3 point "loan" is so shopping can get started-if no one has points no one can buy anything.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Anatomy Swap: S/U: 9/25-10/2, S/O: 11/3/14 on: September 27, 2014 10:34:03 PM
this one is so tempting.....wish I was confident of actually having time this month to spend on anatomical craftiness Sad
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! on: September 27, 2014 01:33:18 PM
Yes you can add as much as you want during the swap, you do need to have at least 5 items to open with.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! on: September 27, 2014 12:40:27 PM
Do feel free to ask any questions that you have!  It really does look way more complicated than it really is-just blame my anal "explain every single thing" in the rules posts Grin

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! on: September 27, 2014 10:21:54 AM
Please invite your Craftster friends!  This swap always works best with more shops Smiley

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! on: September 26, 2014 06:43:22 PM
We're open for business!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435866.msg5246914#msg5246914

Once you have sent in your signup and the swap is in your feedback, grab a spot for your shop.  Swapping can start as soon as there are shops to swap from so please try and get your shop open within a week or two and definitely by the end of signups on Oct 10.  If anyone needs us to extend the signup for a day or two while waiting for feedback just let me know.  Woo hoo!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: STS Winter Market **DO NOT POST YET!!** on: September 26, 2014 06:25:52 PM
The altered atelier....coming soon
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: STS Winter Market **DO NOT POST YET!!** on: September 26, 2014 06:25:25 PM
Points as of Sept 29/14  11:54 AM (MST)

Current   Pending   Total

alteredmommy   3   0   3
A2K   1   0   1
artsycandice   1   3   4
Avesthel   0   0   0
brandyK   3   0   3
Grab a coffee   3   0   3
Inflation fund   3   0   3
loudxmouse   3   0   3
loves2experiment   3   0   3
ptarmic wumpus   3   0   3
RaraAvis   3   0   3
sheepBlue   3   4   7                    
SkyWookiee   3   0   3
spikefan   3   0   3
squidget   3   0   3
underthemountain   3   0   3







9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Shop the Swap Winter Market 2014 - Gallery on: September 26, 2014 06:18:34 PM
Show us what you've sold!

Shop thread  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435866.0
Discussion thread  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431768.0
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: STS Winter Market - Tips, tricks and rules on: September 26, 2014 06:17:31 PM
Shop format

Name of your shop and a brief bio, your location, allergy info..
OPEN or CLOSED  <<remember to change this when you need too!!>>

-List all crafted items you have to offer, either by high point to low point, newest to oldest-however you like to organize your items.
-A good picture of your item makes it much more likely to be claimed
-Make sure every item has a SHORT recognizable title that can be used in claiming (and makes it much easier for cutting and pasting to the claims list)
-Clearly mark the price of the item (1-3 points) in whole numbers only please-while you can list things for .25 or .5, there has to be enough of the items so people can make a whole number claim
-List how many of the items are available
-Once items are claimed, it is your responsibility to remove them from your shop to avoid claim confusion.  Pictures can be transferred to the gallery for each round.
-Include a brief description of the item

-Craft supply items can be listed after crafted items.  Please keep these to a  manageable amount and if you have more than a few use thumbnails for pictures.  If you put the thumbnail links together with no spaces they will show up in a line.
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At the end of your shop please put your claims list and point total

Claims made from me -  <<List all claims made to your shop for the current round only like this:>>
to alteredmommy  fabulous soap (2 pt)

Claims I have made -  <<List all claims that you make to other people like this>>
from loves2experiment fabulous roving (2 pt)

Points:
Started with: 3   <<This is how many points you start the round with>>
Pending:2           <<This is the point total of claims made to you that HAVE NOT BEEN SENT YET-once you
                               send these points get removed from pending and added to current points
>>
Current:1            <<These are your spendable points from claims that you HAVE SENT-the point value of any
                                claims you make gets deducted from here
>>

TOTAL: 3           <<This is the total of PENDING and CURRENT points.  When the total is +7 you must temporarily
                               close your shop and spend (using current points) down to 5 or less
>>

A wishlist of items you would love to see in peoples shops can be included at the bottom of your shop  

 

Claim/Send/Receive pm format

All pms must be sent to both organizers alteredmommy, loves2experiment AND the person you are claiming/sending/receiving from.  All pms must be sent in the proper format to be valid, the FIRST properly formatted claim for any item wins the claim.  

Here is an example of a claim made on January 1:
To: alteredmommyloves2experimentperson you are claiming from
Subject: STS Winter Market 2014 Claim

Send by January 8
Phizzychick to alteredmommy 5 neato cards (1 pt)
                                        -bunch of doo-dads .5, bird necklace .5 (1 pt)
Cheryl DM
10 moose eating my yard street
My town, AB
Canada,  H0H 0H0

Here is a line by line breakdown:

TO:   <<both organizers must be in this line and the person you are sending to.  We need to see all names in this line for the claim to be valid.  Make sure you use the To: space and NOT the bcc space.  Please check your outgoing message copy to see that the correct people received the pm and resend the message to everyone if anyone gets missed-this is REALLY, REALLY important and we dont mind getting copies as long as we eventually get a correct one!  Hint- write the names with quote marks around each one except the last>>
SUBJECT:  <<STS Winter Market 2014  Claim  OR Send OR Receive Please make sure the subject line is correct as it really helps with filing the hundreds of pms into the proper folder>>

SEND BY  <<7 days from the date that the claim was made, which is the date directly under the claim date on the calendar, include this on ALL claim/send/receive pms>>

claim
person you are claiming from to alteredmommy 5 neato cards (1 pt)
                                                  -  bunch of doo dads .5, bird necklace .5 (1 pt)
<<the person you are claiming from goes first, you go second>>
<<use the brief title of the item on ONE line, please write the claim beside the swapper names (this needs to be cut and pasted to the list)>>
<<claims must be made in whole points, if claiming a number of items listed as fractions of points you need to claim enough to add up to a whole point>>
<<each full point claim should be written on a separate line>>
<<multiple part point claims should be written as 1 claim as above>>
your address, written as it should be for mailing

send
<<you can copy the original claim made to you, make sure you change the SUBJECT line.    Obviously when you send a claim, your name goes first and the person you are sending to goes second.>>

receive
<<again you can copy the original claim, making sure you change the SUBJECT line to receive

Any personal comments or messages (I love this  thankyou etc..) needs to be put at the BOTTOM  of your message so we can see the claim info.



General Info

what about customs and holding claims  <<<<please read!!
Putting items on hold in your shop is up to your own discretion.  Only items that are currently listed in your shop can be put on hold.  Holds should only be accepted when your shop is open, if a shop is closed and you are itching to claim something please pm the shop owner and ask that they let you know when they reopen so you can claim.  Custom items should be posted and reserved on hold for the person you made them for, then they can submit a formal claim.  Please do not ask people via private message to hold items for you until you can submit a proper claim; this is not an acceptable way around the "first properly formatted claim wins the item" rule.  And as always please be reasonable about the time you expect someone to hold an item for you.


What is the Shop the Swap inflation fund?
This is where the extra points go.  The Shop the Swap has its own little economy and the average points per person runs about 3.5- mostly because of many swappers leaving with less/more than 3 points in earlier rounds.  The points need to stay in the swap to keep inflation down, that is why we ask that people spend down to 3 pts when leaving.  The inflation fund may be used to offset people leaving with less than 3 points; refunds for claims that have gone missing etc.

My points/claims don't match what I think they should. Is something wrong?
If it has been awhile since you made the claim or if any of the organizers admit to having been drunk/sick/tired/attending to life in the real world when we last updated the claims or points, go ahead and send us a PM. Otherwise, give us time to get caught up with claims. If your claim is a few days old and not has not shown up on the list, please send us a pm inquiring about it (it may have been missed in the hundreds of pms that we get or not messaged to everyone)

I think I have 7 points but you only show me with 6, am I closed? OR I think I have 6 points but you show me with 7, am I open? OR Why are my points still pending, I sent those items?
In general, if you have recently changed your points, you're probably right and the point total is probably out of date. When in doubt, it's fine to go with what you think your status is. It doesn't hurt to include a little note in any PM's you send letting us know, just in case there is an issue. (For example, "XladyluckX just claimed my peanut butter sculpture, but your list shows my shop as closed. I claimed a couple things recently so I think I should be open and this claim should be ok.") Now, since you are the person who is the most up to date on your own point total, help us out!! Please close your shop when you know you're at 7 points.  Re-open your shop when you know you are at 5 points or less. And, if you've sent us a PM saying you sent items, go ahead and spend the points, even if they still show as pending points on the list.

Why do I have to list my claims in my shop? Aren't you keeping track of my points?
Yes! We are keeping track of your points, and in any disagreement, ours is the list that counts. But to make it easier to resolve any disagreements, we'd like to be able to compare your list of what you think you've claimed/has been claimed from you, and compare it to our list.  I do go through everyones shops on occasion to add up points and make sure were all on the same page.
Also, if you keep a running list of your claims in your shop, it makes it much easier for people to look at your shop and figure out if you are open or closed in case you havent updated recently or when the points list hasn't been updated in the last 5 minutes!

If you have any further questions, please dont hestitate to pm the organizers!!!






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