Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Holiday Craft Shows

Anyone planning on being part of a craft show this Fall? Whether you're new at it or an old pro, take a few minutes to check out the Storque article on Etsy. It's packed with great craft show tips! It's a great reminder too. ;)

Have any other great tips to share? Post them here!


Monday, September 22, 2008

09.22.08 - New Admin

Hello Everyone,

I have just added RubeeDesigns to the admin on this blog - so please help me in welcoming me her to the blog!! *clap clap clap*

I am hoping that RubeeDesigns will help me get things running a little more around here - I would love for this team to take off, I mean, we have enough memebers in here now that we can really do something!!! When I took over this team - there were only 10 members, I believe we are over 80 now!

One thing I would like to point out before I do a feature is a cool way to search Etsy...and to maybe help someone get their first sale (I LOVE being someone's 1st sale!!) So may I point out POUNCE - this search will allow you to search by people who have recently updated their shop but have yet to had a sale, or, people who have just had a sale - so you can see what's selling on the site!

I am hoping that my last entry helped you all out a little, there was a lot of information to take in, but I myself and going to start using a mentor to get things running a little more in my shop - I figure, the more help the better!!!!

I am loving this shop right now - but yet can't figure out why our team meber hasn't had a sale!!! BurlesqueBabe - your necklaces are pretty cool - if I do say so myself. But I must admit that I am a necklace freak...I think I like them a little too much. Hopefully we can get BurlesqueBabe a little promoting and they will get their very first sale.

The Holidays Are Headed For Us....
I have found in the past year or so here, that this is the time of year that things go from being pretty slow to starting to pick up - people are starting to do their Christmas/Holiday shopping.... so now would be the time if you are going to start posting these types of items to add them to your listing - and make sure that you tag them!! Use things like, Christmas, Holiday, Stocking Stuffer, Gift to your tags to get yourself out there as much as possible. Also, I am going to say that we should all start adding Canadian, Canada, Ontario to our tags as well, I do find that I try to do local shopping myself, and I can't be the only one who does so.

Alright - that is all from me for now....I am throwing my son his 3rd Birthday Party this weekend - we are having a Fishing Party...and I have so far cut out 200 paper fish - and I think I need another 200 more...wish me luck. Happy Birthday Chandler!!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

07.16.08 - Huge Post - Lots of Information

Need help getting your shop off the ground? Here's a new thing I myself just found out about that some of our fellow Etsy Members offer.

Unofficial Etsy Mentors!!

There is a whole thread about this, but I am going to cut it apart a little here for you guys.

This is the newest updated list of volunteer mentors. It's a long list, so get ready to scroll!!! Now please remember that these people are volunteers - and they may have many people emailing them, so give them a few days to get back to you if you do try to contact them. Hopefully some of you will find this information useful.

Here are a few other links listed on the thread. Some very good information for you. I would suggest you at least take a quick peek.

Newbie Guide -

Tips for Sellers -

Etsy Dos and Dont's -

Now for the feature of the *Week*
(I know, it never happens weekly - but I try)

Fickle Faerie

I have personally had a wonderful encounter with fickle faerie - she ran/(runs?) the Etsy Online Baby Shower. Where she gets a huge list of volunteers to donate 1 or more (your choice) items from their store (or you can buy a gift from someone on Etsy) and you send it to someone who is expecting. I met her in a chat room while I was pregnant with Zoey and she told me about it and I received 3 wonderful gifts from 3 different women on Etsy. 1 was a hand knitted sweater and hat set, one was a necklace for myself and the other was a onesie and matching booties. I don't sell baby products so in return I bought a gift of baby booties for a girl who was expecting. I thought it was a wonderful idea!

I am sure the planning and sorting out of everyone took a lot of work, and I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful and giving person she is!

So anyways back to her shop!! :)

Fickle Faerie offers the wonderful hats that I have showcased above and she sells them for $14.00 plus $2.00 for shipping (in Canada) Sounds like a pretty good deal to me, I will be adding those to my favourites for the winter. She also carries a large variety of promo and gift bags. They sell for $3 - $5 for 6 bags. They would be great for sending products such as earrings, necklaces, bookmarks etc to buyers. A nice way to fancy things up a little.

Please be sure to check out her shop. She has over 750 sales and 100% feed back. We could all learn a little something from Fickle Faerie.

I am STILL wanting people to send me their business cards...I have only received 1 reply for this so far. Common guys!! Being apart of a street team means helping to promote one another. We need to have more involvement, and yes I know, I don't update every week like I should...but I promise I am gonna start trying really hard. And my DH is off all summer, so it should be MUCH easier for me to update around here. Best of luck to you all.

-Eyesore Designs

P.S We have 13 new members being added to our Street Team Page - so we are at 88 members now. Spread the word.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

06-29-08 - Happy Canada Day Weekend!

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday weekend - even though it's been raining most of the weekend (well here anyways).

I have sent out emails asking everyone to join the new groups - hopefully we can open this Street Team up to a TON of people!!! Just waiting to see what happens now though.

Please be sure to check the new Yahoo! Group - as I will be posting some poles soon get everyone's input on ideas I have.

Promo Time
Paper Crown Queen

Here's something I myself have never seen on Etsy before, and what a cute idea! Paper Crowns. This store is pretty fun to look at - I enjoyed myself. I thought everything looked well made and would be great for any kids party - there is great feedback from orders filled - and custom orders are welcome!! Be sure to check out these funky crowns.

Monday, June 16, 2008

06.16.08 - Change to Street Team

Ok - so after receiving many, many emails about joining this group - I have decided to extend this street team from Toronto to all of Ontario - since the listing on the Etsy Street Team page says "Ontario" I don't want to be leaving anyone out. So I have been working the last little while on getting this new blog up, as well as a new Flickr group and a new Yahoo! group. I know it can be a pain to change bookmarks/favourites and add/delete groups, emails ect. But please update to the new Etsy Ontario Street Team links I have listed below as they are the only things that will be getting updated from here on out.

I have mentioned a few times about doing a business card exchange, I would REALLY like if we could all take part in this. I think it's a great way for us to get each others names out there - and since this is going to be wide spread across Ontario, think of how much further your information can spread!! So if you could send me a via email a JPG of your business card (that I will have printed on cardstock) or ask me for my address and you can send me some of your cards yourself . Please include a self address envelope so that I can send you cards/samples back to include in your packages.

Yahoo! Group
Promo Time!

Black Corallium Ring - $24.00

What a talented Artist we have joining our group! Be sure to check out this shop, there are some pretty amazing pieces to be seen. Tosca has She has shown in ACC shows, the Metal Museum, Fort Mason Center, The U.S House of Representatives, and the Art Lab and she has her own studio in Toronto - be sure to check out her profile for more information on that!

So it is after midnight now - and I have two children to get up with in the morning. :)
Take care
- Eyesore Designs

P.S - does anyone know of any good webrings we can get involved in??