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41  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: to Niche or Not? on: December 29, 2007 11:03:25 AM
You could always consider craft accessories as a niche... embriodered pin cushions, stitch markers, hand-dyed yarn, etc... that way you can branch out in your crafts, but still be offering 'supplies & crafting accessories'.

From my shopping online and at craft shows, I steer away from booth/shops with too many different items unless there is a clear theme.

It's a touch decision though - I've recently added beaded non-jewlry items to my shop, which are doing well, but do I really want to detract from my jewelry with those items? It's been an interesting experiment, and I imagine that when my supplies have run out for those items I will no longer offer them.

On the plus side, just because you don't sell certain types or crafts doesn't mean you can't still make them for yourself, friends & family!
42  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Inspiration for Other Sources on: December 29, 2007 10:56:54 AM
That's a tough call and a thin line... and there are many many opinions about it. Not much is original anymore, and two people on the opposite sides of the country can start making and selling the same sort of product with no knowledge of each other.

Seeing an item in a store and literally knocking it off isn't very original... though many do it, including big name retailers. Seeing an item and taking inspiration from the cut, the colours, the material then adding a twist of your own is a little further from out-right plagirism... but many people will still consider it too close.

I guess in the end it depends on your own goals, where and to who you plan on selling, and if you plan on making this a long-term thing and making a name for yourself!
43  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 29, 2007 10:23:10 AM
Well my jewelry shop did half the sales in Dec. as it did in Jan. but two of those sales were pretty significant, one for a higher priced item, and the other for an item that had been in 3 or 4 treasuries and was sitting at over 600 views ~ I was very excited to see that piece go off to it's new home!

I'm looking forward to getting my new supplies in and creating a new line of jewelry & accessories for the new year!

In the mean time I've been doing some Etsy shopping - so many great items to choose from Smiley
44  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: pretty packaging , show me yours on: December 29, 2007 10:04:58 AM
Great packaging ladies! Clayfaery - I especially love the little bird on your ribbon - so cute!

I generally do coloured tissue inside a zip-baggie, and recently have started using organza bags. I admit though, I hate, as a buyer, to pay more shipping than I have to so if I had to pay extra to accommodate the size of the packaging I'd not be impressed - which is why I keep my packaging down, so my items will still ship as letter mail!
45  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: help-what to do? on: November 25, 2007 05:53:18 PM
If it's taken a good week longer than it typically would (and don't forget to account for holidays), I'd typically replace the items at no charge to keep a happy customer. If you, for whatever reason can't replace them, ofer to substitute another item, or give them store credit.
46  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: November 25, 2007 05:42:23 PM
I've been having fun taking new photographs of some of my pieces, playing around with some items I had in the house. There are my two favorites:

(using one of my favorite pieces of art)

(using eggcup holders)

Really I should be spending more time crafting though than re-taking photos! *lol*
47  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: fundraising at school? on: November 20, 2007 06:21:17 PM
I think your reuseab;e grocery bag idea is great - they are really popular right now, and morsbags may want you to give them away free, but they certainly don't own the patent on reuseable grocery bags! AND, it is for a fundriser after all - you could technically do like other clubs do, give them away for a donation.

Other ideas:
-50/50 raffles are always popular
-Try co-ordinating with your schools dinning service to do a themed, dinner night. Or maybe there is a foodservice-type class that would dontate their skills for a fundraiser?
-It's for a choir - have a karaoke day/night.
48  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Is this pic good enough? on: November 20, 2007 06:12:41 PM
It's a bit hard to see the full effect of those sweet pompoms in that photo... maybe also post a product-only photo?
49  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: been a jelly making fool - for X-mas baskets on: November 11, 2007 05:12:29 PM
Ooh - thanks for sharing the recipes! I'm definitely going to try the juice and the cranberry ones!
50  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: soft trees. (complete w/ photos) on: November 11, 2007 08:25:50 AM
OMG - I love the soft little trees! Those would look so cute with my xmas tree collection! So who wants to make me some? *lol*
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