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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: REALLY CHEAP op shops. on: June 26, 2008 02:42:36 AM
I think the Salvation Army shops are usually pretty good. In Christchurch we have Savemart, which is like an op shop warehouse - heaps of stuff and good prices.

...I've just looked it up in the Yellow Pages and there's Savemart in Auckland too: http://yellow.co.nz/companies/Clothing---Secondhand/Savemart-Ltd/100518823_517.html

I'm interested to know what other good second hand shops there are in Auckland as well - I live in Chch but spend the odd weekend in the 09.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: etsy or my own website? on: April 20, 2008 02:51:55 AM
The beauty of Etsy for a small business is your subdomain - you don't have to wait for people to randomly find you because they happen to be looking at Etsy, you can get out there and market your Etsy shop using your unique shopname.

I would say go for either just an Etsy shop, or both, as RobinLynne says.

This is just my opinion, but if you're strapped for cash and concerned about the amount it would cost you to build and run your own website, stick with your Etsy shop and see how it goes for six months or so - you might find you don't need anything else. And if you do need a boost in sales, consider putting your web budget into marketing your Etsy shop, rather than setting up a whole new website.

And Etsy is not the only online outlet, either - there are international sites based in other countries too.
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: New craft mag: World Sweet World on: April 01, 2008 02:30:31 PM
I think it's fab - they've done a beautiful job on the first issue, and I hope they get a lot of support. As octopusgrrl said, it's great to finally have a local mag for the crafty niche, so we should all be spreading the word to help them get it established.

4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Christchurch meet up!! on: April 01, 2008 02:20:07 PM
If Christchurch/SI crafties are still keen to meet, let's set a date and make it happen. Any suggestions for when and where?

I think Fat Eddies in Sol Square would be a cool place to meet - they've got a cosy wee lounge area on the mezzanine floor. Any other ideas?

Would a weekend be best or are weekday evenings better for most people?
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Any good thrift/op shops in the Auckland/North Shore area? on: February 12, 2008 02:34:17 PM
I don't know if this quite fits the description, but there's a cool little shop in Mt Eden called Salvage - there's a profile on it here: http://www.lovelyshops.co.nz/?p=6
6  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Suggestions for craft/yarn shops on my NZ hols - South Island- Cheers! on: January 21, 2008 05:16:37 PM
Hands Ashford is good - 5 Normans Road, Christchurch - www.hands.co.nz

Sounds like a great trip!  Smiley
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Anyone else has an ETSY shop? on: November 12, 2007 04:02:34 PM
Small world! Or small country, anyway Smiley
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: woven labels help! on: November 08, 2007 08:24:41 PM
I've been looking for woven labels too, with not much luck, so I'd be interested to know if you find somewhere. The only information I've got so far is from Foilprint in Christchurch:

"Minimum number of woven labels is 1000 units plus or minus 20%. If you require information on both sides, you would have to go for a loop label at a cost of approx $380.00 - $400.00 per 1000."

How does that compare to your research?
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Anyone else has an ETSY shop? on: November 08, 2007 08:20:34 PM
I have an Etsy shop (overcast.etsy.com) to sell my armwarmers - at the moment I'm selling about 8 pairs a week, which is almost more than I can keep up with. I had similar sales this time last year. During our winter/the US summer though, I sold nothing. Which isn't really surprising Smiley

I've tried selling on TradeMe with very little success. I think it's aimed at the wrong market for quality handmade stuff. I have them listed on Felt now (overcast.felt.co.nz). So far no sales, but the site's relatively new and I wouldn't expect NZ sales during summer anyway, even with our changeable weather!
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: hey kiwis, check out felt.co.nz on: August 28, 2007 10:17:54 PM
Thanks guys, it's great to get such lovely feedback  Smiley
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