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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Another newbie in need of guidance! on: September 06, 2006 04:33:23 PM
Thanks for all the feedback guys!

I worried a bit about what you guys were saying as far as missing out because I limited myself to a younger audience.  But ultimatly I agree with hbic.  Sure, some of the shoppers at yarn stores are another generation, but there are a lot of people there like me, the 'Stich n Bitch' crowd.  And yeah, I wouldn't want to make a bunch of stuff I don't like.  Still I think I'm going to look for a compromise.  Maybe some slightly more gernerationless florals or geometric prints that I still think are awesome.

As for expanding the uses, thats brilliant!  Definitely going to look into that.

Thanks again everyone for all the help!

2  Texas / Texas: North Central / Arlington area: Moving Sale at Jo Ann's in Pantego area on: August 29, 2006 10:30:57 PM
The Jo Ann's off of Bowden is moving to south Arlington so everything is 20-70% off.  Their fabrics are pretty well picked over (except for the decorator stuff on the large rolls), but I got a lot of cute yarn for 30 to 40 off, and all their bamboo needles are 20% off I think.  And all patterns are 1.99, which is cool cause I don't know that I've ever seen Vogue better than 75% off.  SO yeah, if you're in the area, its worth a look, for sure. 
3  Texas / Texas: Coastal / Re: Moving to Galveston on: August 29, 2006 10:27:29 PM
Yay!  I LOVE Galveston.  I am actually graduating in December and planning on moving down there from the DFW area.

As far as crafty stuff, there is this place called Hendly Market.  I always find unusual things there.  It isn't strictly crafts, but like if you are into making shrines or like paper goods, its awesome.  Its on the Strand so its a bit over priced cause its touristy, but sometimes they have really great stuff.  If you're wondering what its like, www.silvercrowcreations.com is very similar.

As far as hangout places, the Poop Deck is cool.  I would reccomend staying away from the Seafood Grill (or whatever its called now) cause its over priced and the service is usually bad because I think they are understaffed and its VERY touristy.  Its the one actually located on a pier over the water.  Hmm...thats all I can think of at the moment.  Oh!  Except there is this donut place, but I'll have to look up the addy if you're interested.  I think its Stewart off of 69th?  Mostly I just know how to get to places cause I've been there like a thousand times as opposed to knowing actual streets.  But anyway, donuts are good and they've been there forever.  And its got that old diner feel with like all these regulars having breakfast at the counter.

Last, the aquarium is really worth a look, but then again, I'm a big fan of aquariums in general.  SO yeah, don't be too nervous, it should be a lot of fun.  Good luck!!!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Knitting needle roll...that counts as a 'bag' right? on: August 29, 2006 12:26:30 PM
Thanks guys!

Actually, I didn't really use a pattern so there isn't one I can really point you guys to.  Basically I just measured the needles I wanted to carry around and then went from there.  After a bit of trial and error as far as attaching the closure and whatnot I had my rolls!  Hardest part was seaming all the individual needle slots Smiley
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knitting needle roll...that counts as a 'bag' right? on: August 28, 2006 10:16:11 PM
I'm the most disorganized person ever...except when it comes to putting things in my knitting bag.  So I decided to make rolls to hold my straight needles and crochet hooks so that I could take them with me without having a bit of an OCD fit cause of clutter Smiley  Only I couldn't decide on which fabrics I liked the best so I ended up making way more than I could logically use.  

These are pics of the very first one I ever made: hamburgers and fries!  (I have a thing for stuff that either looks like food but isn't or has pictures of food on it.  I dunno, I'm a bit odd...)

This is the roll itself.

And the inside...

And the main print!  

So yeah, this is my latest craft project and I'm pretty pleased with the results:)   Anyway, thanks for looking! Comments would be much appreciated:)
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How many visitors before you sold your first item? on: August 28, 2006 10:05:25 PM
This is a bit off topic, but kid compassion, I love your etsy bio!  Kenny Rogers!  Yeah!

Wren, I'm in the same boat as you, but I've noticed that most people I've found aren't selling every day and it isn't unusual to have large spans of time between sales so I try not to freak out about it.  I'm sure something will happen soon for you, you've got a nice store.  Hope that helps ease your mind a bit.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: help me critique my custom stationery website please! on: August 28, 2006 08:51:06 PM
Your site is so pretty.  I LOVE the design and the colors.  Also, I'm impressed with your products!  The only thing that I think could improve is usually a site has some sort of shopping cart or purchase area.  I'm guessing that since you do custom orders, the idea is that people just email you with what they want.  Personally I would be more comfortable if I had some options to chose from, like maybe a set of 50 or 75, or 100.  Not even with prices, but as someone who has never ordered stationary before, I'm not sure how it works.  I hope that makes sense.  It does in my head, but that doesn't guarantee anything:P  To put it another way, you've got the sales pitch right, but I would think there would need to be some sort of way to make it happen on the site.

Ug, and now its turning into a ramble:)  Anyway, good work, love the stuff!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Another newbie in need of guidance! on: August 28, 2006 08:42:12 PM
Hi guys!  Long time lurker and first time poster here.  I've just recently opened a little etsy shop and I've seen you all give spot on advice to others and really help improve their sales so I thought I'd avail myself of your wonderful helpfulness Smiley


So far I've emailed some friends and family and asked them to pass along the site addy.  I've also got plans to talk with some of the local yarn shops and see if they're interested in either selling them or letting me advertise.  Has anyone had any success with that sort of set up?  Also, my target audience is the sort of young, twenty-something, slightly edgy/punk/unique knitter.  The sort that likes to do fair isle but with skulls not snowflakes Cheesy

Anyway, any input would be much appreciated!  Price point, quality, advertising ideas, opinions on the text and banners, etc.  Thanks so much guys!!!

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