12.10.2010

i opened a shop.

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I've been wanting to for a while, but I've been chicken I guess. I've needed a place to sell all this stuff I make, and Etsy was the logical choice, but I've been dragging my feet. I wanted to wait until I had a good stock of stuff, and a really good business plan, and a good unique product, and good marketing, and good packaging, and lots of time to spend on it.

things just don't happen that way in my world.

So I jumped in. I took pictures of the stuff I had, and just did it. It was hard! Wondering how to word things, how to describe the item, is it not enough info?, too much?, what the whooey do I say about myself on that profile page?, yadda yadda. A lot to take in.

I did decide on free shipping ($4 to Canada. Sorry fellow Canucks.). Because I like free shipping. And I decided to keep it really simple. Nothing fancy. I like that.

I'll just post different things when I can, and see what catches on, and just go with it right?.

So check it out, and tell me what you think. What would you like me to put in there, what should I change, what should you do with your hidden stash of Halloween candy in the cupboard? eat it.

I have a few more ideas of things I'd really like to get in there by next week before Christmas (including but not limited to some dolls and more bags and an apron or two), but that all depends totally on how much fun we have here at home and how much I can get done. Which may not be much because we just signed up for Netflix instant streaming through our Wii and we can't stop watching PeeWee Herman's Great Adventure and Garfield and the Secret of Kells and all the chick flicks I've missed. awesome.

Be sure to order if you wanna by DECEMBER 17TH in order to get it by Christmas.

28 comments:

Buggsby said...

cally you make me want to open my shop back up. I had one with some jewelry on it, but chickened out and its been idle for a while...

Buggsby said...

oh, and I think the shop looks GREAT!

Elisha Trask said...

WOO HOO!! you go girl! I always knew you had it in you!!
and I LOVE The bag.

Christine said...

LOVING the shop. I have one etsy tried & true tip for you. Use ALL your tags. That's how people search for your stuff on etsy. Use creative names for colors, for orange scarf you can do things like...orange, carrot, neck warmer, scarf, tangerine, etc.

Once I began doing that my views & sales went up AND I got featured in lots of treasuries. Good luck! Your photos are amazing and love your items for sale! WOO HOO for you!

Lori said...

FINALLY. :)

Chris said...

awesome. I am excited for you. I appreciate how hard it is, I play with etsy off and on...mostly off.

ShEiLa said...

Congratulations!!! I guess I will have to stop in and see whats creative (like everything you touch, I know) Can't wait.

ToOdLeS.

Jennifer Dawn said...

Yay! I'm so excited for you. I know it will be a huge success. I'm am trying to open one too, but am still trying to build inventory and figure out the logistics.

I love all of the things you put into your shop. That toddler dress is adorable. I know you will do awesome at this new endeavor. All of your stuff is amazing...so much better than anything I could even dream of making. :)

a not so desperate housewife said...

wahoo! super duper news for me :)

Terry said...

My new favorite Etsy shop!

Amanda said...

Welcome fellow Etsy-er! I love your stuff. And I still want to be like you when I grow up.

lunch box lowdown said...

AWESOME!!!!

I love your little monster dolls you made and shared on your blog a while back. I'd love to see some in your shop!

Jessi said...

Congratulations and best of luck with your new shop. Your style is awesome. Too bad I have already spent our Christmas budget (and then some...).

Nikki said...

congrats on being so brave. i started filling out my profile and other info for an etsy shop. i got too stresses out and gave up.

Crystal Copeland said...

Yay! Go Cally! So I already added you as one of my favorites! One tip that seems to help with my sales on Etsy, is I have added the verbage "Free Shipping" to the Title. Don't let people wait to see it once they've clicked on your item. Let them know up front. People love free shipping, let 'em about it!

andrea said...

fun!

Alice Wills Gold said...

More power to you Cally. Your stuff rocks and people want it. Can't believe you were ever a chicken.

wendy said...

You make such fun stuff.

Anna said...

just wanted to say congrats!!!!! very cool. Keep us posted on shop updates. :)

Natalie said...

so proud of you! yay!

Emma said...

Whoot whoot... Good job moon sista.

Teresa Johnson said...

Way to go...that's Awesome! Cute cute stuff as always!

Heather said...

congrats on opening a shop. I found your site by doing a google search for fabric headbands. I am in love and I will be back!

Sharstin said...

you know i love it all!

mandi said...

Aww Cally! I'm so proud of you lady! The shop looks great, just great! I love that little red dress, btw!

AndyPandyJackaDandy said...

Well good for you--finally! I know it will be a smashing success, you are so talented! Yay Cally! You know I love my quiet book, and get so many compliments on it. I know it takes you a long time, but it's such a great, unique, personalized thing, you should offer it again! And I, too, love the monster dolls.

vidademonstruo said...

suerte con la tienda!!
(good luck with the shop!)

debbie said...

congratulations on taking the leap into Etsy. I to have been a "chicken".....maybe one day...