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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Esty shop name? on: May 29, 2006 12:03:06 PM
if you're selling whacky or fun or maybe colourful items, i don't think it's too goofy.
i like the name because "funhouse" is unique for a label and is much more memorable.
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: T-Shirt Wholesalers to Canada? on: May 27, 2006 10:52:54 AM
I used American Apparel Canada, when I lived in Canada. Just need a tax i.d. #
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Starting costs on: May 18, 2006 04:39:30 PM
I didn't specifically comment on your designs.
I really do love your prints. I laughed out loud at the trex shirt. I love dinosaurs and it just seems so... unexpected?
Chances are your shop will do well. The thing I like about websites is how you can personalize it even further than places like cafepress let you. I imagine that your website would be fun and quirky and eyecatching. Hopefully you will get one up soon!
 
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Craft Site Whine on: May 16, 2006 01:08:18 PM
never seen your site before. it's rad.
onto my opinion. i'll just do point form notes, otherwise i'll be blabbing on.

1. ADS- no banner or ads in header. try to have the ads in one column with a banner in the footer.or one column on the left and one on the right.  i feel like i'm being attacked by ads. i got a few flashing ads which i can't stand.
2. the header seems to go beyond the rest of the tables, so i'd align those.
3. depending on your target market, your site seems 'too serious.' try to craft it up a bit. the 'members login' font is really funky. the font in the craftster banner "crafty hipsters share clever ideas" is the definition of hip. whenever i see it i think fun youthful products
4. navigation is confusing
5. too busy, too many colours.

some sites i love, hopefully you can gather some insipration from their layout and organization:
http://www.treehugger.com/
http://www.theknot.com/default.shtml

hope that helps. your page has an amazing amount of content!
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: name & logo... mind giving your 2 cents? on: May 16, 2006 12:18:29 PM
souvenir kattunge!  Cheesy yes!
i think it's clever and memorable. although it might be hard for people to remember how to spell it, most people get to sites through links on pages or from friends.
your cat sketch is really cute too.
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Starting costs on: May 16, 2006 12:14:47 PM
sixonesix posted some great info. i completly agree with only making a small amount of shirts to start off with. you might think a design is great and not have that many sales, and a design you don't think is great gets all the sales.

as for start up costs, the more money you have- the better! i'm planning to start my own business, seperate from my and my friends already established site, with no lump sum of money. just $20 here or there.

for website hosting i'd check out this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=15995.0 there's lots of reading, but it's good to get an idea of good and bad experiences.

i wholesale with american apparel. all you need is a licensed business and tax id. (it might be different in the states) the price is good, but the quality isn't that great. many of my own personal items have ripped seams and random holes after one or two wears. i would still consign with them, but thouroughly check the items. many people love the made in america, sweatshop free factor.

i do basic silkscreening in my house, but i can't do anything complex. i don't have the room or money for equipment that i had in school. what i'm looking into right now is going with a company that supplies the shirts (or other items) and does heat press or silkscreening for you.
so far one of my favourites is brokenarrowwear.com. the customer support has been great so far, but i have just asked them questions, not placed an order yet. they will do smaller minimum orders, but the price per shirt will be higher, which means you'll make a smaller profit. but that's how businesses usually start out.

the fact that you already have a cafepress site and customers is great for you, so you won't be starting out as an unknown business.

good luck!

p.s. if you go the route of having someone else print your shirts, and you like what you get, can you let me know??? i'm still planning to shop around a little.
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: is my name gross? on: May 05, 2006 04:13:22 PM
blah!
i'm just overly confused now.

i was initially trying to come up with a name that is very specific to what i want to do. which is why i was thinking "feed dog designs"
however, i don't do only dog stuff. i just can't come up with a good name. the main problem is that i plan to also sell towards men, clothes especially, and being a girl, every name i come up with would be way too girly.

18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: is my name gross? on: May 05, 2006 01:18:43 PM
i like zitrone21's idea of a dog sewing
i also don't know who carrie bradshaw is.
anyways, i think i'm just going to go for it tentatively. it seems that most people that sell items have names that are confusing and mean nothing at first.
"do they sell gaps at the gap? i'm confused"
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: is my name gross? on: May 04, 2006 01:20:22 PM
i will be selling sewn things mainly. clothing, accessories, etc.
however, i wanted my dog as my mascot and most of my items have to do with animals, specifically dogs.
so people might just think, 'oh, puppy stuff' or people that know what feed dogs are will hopefully think i'm clever  Grin

feed dogs are the teeth on the sewing maching plate that help push the material along as you sew.

thanks for the opinions.
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / is my name gross? on: May 04, 2006 11:58:00 AM
my side label is called "Feed Dog Designs"
my brother said that it sounds morbid, like it's food that are made of dogs. (Feeder fish, feeder mice, etc)
do you think that all people that don't know what feed dogs are might make the same mistake?
i realy loved the name until my bro said something. everyone else i asked liked it, but again, they are sewers.
thanks for any opinions!
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