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Post: #190681 Helsbells
Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:55 pm

Hi folks,

I haven't been around because I have been working on my blog http://serendipitychild.blogspot.com/and a few other bits a pieces. So now I am going to shamelessly promote myself here is the hope that I might get a few visitors.
At the moment I only havea couple of tiems on my blog, but hope to have a few more up in the coming days.
Here it is:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/serendipitychild?ga_search_query=serendipitychild&ga_search_type=seller_usernames

xx

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Post: #190720 Nomada
Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:02 pm

I love the banner and background to your blog, and the crafty content, plus how good is that living room with the bookcases full of fabric! Must. decorate. like. that. thanks for showing it. Let me know how the shop goes, it's something I've wanted to do for a while, signed up but never had the time/nerve to list anything yet. good luck!
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Post: #190727 Helsbells
Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:08 pm

Thanks so much for checking out my blog. I am really quite scared about starting up the Etsy shop because I am nto sure how I will feel if nothing sells! I am not great at promoting myself, nor do I really know how to. I really hope I sell something!! I enjoy doing the blog so much though and have become totally addicted to looking at other peoples blogs, its really enjoyable, I never realised that the world is so full of really creative women.

(n.b. and men probably, but I don't look at their blogs)

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Post: #190736 fran
Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:33 pm

Lovely blog and I like the bits that you have in your Etsy shop. Good luck with the site and I will be visiting again. :thumbright:
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Post: #190746 Nomada
Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:57 pm

Helsbels, there is a podcast called craftypod with a ton of advice about marketing your etsy shop etc that might be useful for you
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Post: #190747 Helsbells
Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:00 pm

Thanks so much, I will definately have a look.

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Post: #190790 Julysea
Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:47 am

Have you also thought about a Folksy shop? It's the UK version of Etsy - not sure where you're based, but if it's UK you might find it cheaper and easier in terms of postage.
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Post: #190808 becks77
Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:23 am

Hi,
That's really lovely, I like the heart music garland very much. There is also a selling site called CorriandR (I think)
Best of luck hope all works out
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Post: #190876 Helsbells
Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:44 pm

Hi Julysea,
Yes I have registered with Folksy as well, btu I am not sure it is a good idea to advertise the same items on both websites, what if I sold them both at the same time? (this is clearly wishful thinking seeing as I have not actually sold anything yet, but I am trying to think positive).
Thanks for the tip Becks77 I will check it out.

p.s. I am UK based, live in Reading, Berkshire.

xx

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Post: #190883 citizentwiglet
Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:16 pm

I'm loving your Rupert badges sooooooooooooooooooo much!

I'm going to add you to my blogroll, your blog is wonderful.
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Post: #190909 jim
Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:21 am

Dear Helsbells,

So glad you've made the step. Hope this will compensate for all the crap that teaching has heaped upon you. Keep it up!!

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Post: #190951 Helsbells
Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:41 pm

Thanks so much CT, I hope other people do too!

Thanks Jim, this is my first step towards getting out. I have realised that it is not going to happen over night and its going to be a lot of work but I really hope that sometime soon I will get there.
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Post: #190952 Annpan
Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:50 pm

Had a quick look at your shop Helen :mrgreen: looks fab. You should try to join in with the UK chat thread in the forums over there, I have made loads of friends there in the past year or so and they all help promoting each other.

I have put my shop on hold while the building work gets finished but I have found it very rewarding.

On the matter of other online outlets, I have tried Coriandr and Folksy, but was not particularly happy with either of them - there is also Dewanda, Misi, Artfire and a few others - they all have there good and bad points you just need to find what works for you. I personally found my sales were much better on Etsy, so I stuck with it.

Good luck :)
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Post: #190960 Helsbells
Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:52 pm

Thanks Annpan,
I really can't get over how helpful everyone is, there are so many people out there who are willing to give advice, it's great.
I have thought a lot about the message you sent me a while ago actually, I am so glad you advised me about photographing my stuff well (although I am still learning). And even more what you said about spending more time promoting yourself, and networking than actaully making. This is soooo true. All this is such a learning curve.

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Post: #190981 red
Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:27 am

I've struggled with photos.. I find I have to take ages to show the colours to be true - particularly important when selling yarn and fibre I think My best pictures are still taken outside.. which is bad news if it rains constantly! But I'm getting there.

I'm building a shop that sells in £s too.

I now exactly what you mean about having the same item in more than one shop.. but it seems lots of people do it.

think it will take a while to work out what people like.. what will sell, what is worth doing. getting a few sales in is definitely a boost.

Promoting and networking.. not my forte... We were approached by a local shop to do local handspun, and sold some straight away.. shocked us both!

good luck - and btw i like your driftwood mirror :icon_smile:
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