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1  CANADA / Ontario / Re: TORONTO EAST END -- Interest In Local Crafty Meetup on: November 27, 2011 01:01:16 PM
This is a good idea.  I was recently working on something that stalled and I didn't know where to go.  Fortunately, I went to the Creative Festival the next day and found my solutions.  However, something like this would be helpful.  I would be interested.  I see no one else has responded.  Do you have any suggestions as to how we can get more interest.  Posting on other sites, Facebook, local publications?  How much would you expect it to cost to rent space?  I am in Richmond Hill but not against coming into the City, so maybe widen your catch area.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: To Etsy or Not To Etsy, that is the question on: November 27, 2011 11:41:01 AM
I have posted items on three other sites and just tried Etsy.  I have sold nothing through my own site, have sold one thing through GLC Mall, and four things through iCraft.  I felt swallowed up by Etsy, and overwhelmed by everything. Setting up shop was easy, trying to figure out how to be seen is a different story.  After two days posted, my items fell from first spot to almost 800th. 

It is an inexpensive place to get started, and there are lots of teams you can join that might be able to help you get seen.  It is also a one-stop address for everything you need to know about web selling.  Starting your own website means that you have to do you own research on search engine optimization and spend time finding different sites where you can have links.  They have lots of information for photographs, writing, and business help.  I have had my other sites going for two years and thought I would give Etsy a try.  It is worth it, as there is a great community there to help you.

Craftster is also a great place to be.  I get a lot of traffic to my website from here, and the same could go for your Etsy site.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: November 27, 2011 10:49:00 AM
I thought I would try Etsy, my daughter has been bugging me about it.  She thinks it would be good if her boyfriend knew what it was.

I am not looking for a critique, the list in the first post is enough for me to do my own critique, and it is excellent advice.  I will take that to heart first then ask for suggestions later.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Opinions on Photo Background? on: November 20, 2011 08:52:38 AM
Wow, I gotta go against the grain.  I prefer the taupe. 

The colours are richer, the stones have more depth, and the focal beaded element glows.  I guess you have to decide which is better based on which one represents the true colours. 
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: pricing and website - I feel like slamming my head into a wall on: November 20, 2011 08:42:30 AM
I haven't done that many shows, but one I have done three times.  I have started with non-juried craft shows to gauge people's reactions.  Less is more, in terms of items and prices, but not in terms of friendliness.  I also watched how others did it, and learned. 

This year, I bought some tables of my own and set up the table weeks before.  It took up an lot of space in my living room but was worth it.  I got a feel for my display, and could look at it from different angles and perspectives.  I rearranged and tested the display of the goods as well as the price signs.  All in all, it worked.  I had more confidence when I was actually at the show. 

That confidence shows to the prospective customers, along with your belief in your product, and yourself.  I always ask myself if I would buy what is displayed, at the price displayed, and if not, why.  I have found that one of the answers is that I don't like what I made.  I can't sell what I don't like.

While I didn't do as well as I would have liked at my last show, I did better than anyone else at the show, which was outside in a picnic shelter with rain, wind, and close to freezing temperatures. 

I have paid to do these shows for the experience, and this year have been researching more shows to go to.  Don't give up, use the show as a learning experience, and look at what did work, and go with that.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Critique my shop on: November 20, 2011 08:12:59 AM
I liked the pictures, they present a softness, that is presenting a strong image of caring.  The fonts and text that you use and continuing this image.  The right side of your screen is bolder and stronger.  You might want to soften the font and colours to keep the image going.  I found I was drawn to the softness, but pushed back by the stronger side.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Facebook Fan Pages on: November 20, 2011 08:04:59 AM
I too have a Facebook page, but am so far behind understanding FB that I got nothing going on.  I am, however, currently running a Facebook ad, linking directly back to something on my on-line store.  It took about 6 tries to understand what it was all about, but so far, in less than 24 hours, have about 35 hits on my website, with a fairly low bounce rate.  Since this was the purpose of the ad campaign, I feel pretty successful.  I am not actually expecting sales from the campaign.

As with everything else, the more activity and updating, the better.  My own blog is now doing better, as I am posting almost daily, and so is one of the other sites I post to for the same reason.

I say, keep at it, and share any suggestions.  I am looking for someone who understands Facebook who might be able to help me.  I think my brother uses it a lot.
8  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Mom 2 Mom Shows on: November 20, 2011 07:25:30 AM
Thanks.  If I try one I will do so with your thoughts in mind and low expectations and let everyone know if it is worth it.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Critique of my website on: October 23, 2011 12:52:21 PM
Thank you Antidigger.  The suggestion was something I was thinking of and you have just confirmed to me that I do need to do something.  Your category suggestions are great, and I will be keeping them handy while I work on rearranging the catalog.  It is a form site so I will need to get creative about how I condense things - but creative is what we are so I am sure I can do it.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Critique of my website on: October 23, 2011 12:42:24 PM
Wow, thanks.  I missed the ones about underlining and the links on the featured page.  Even after up-dating it today, I didn't notice.

Your advice was great and I will work on implementing it. 
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