Getting Ready for the Holidays! Part 2 – Stocking Your Shelves

Contributor Post By Jennifer from CaffeinatedPaperCuts

Welcome back to our holiday prep series! Jennifer here again from CaffeinatedPapercuts with our next installment of Getting Ready for the Holidays. This week, we’re making a list, checking it twice, and filling up our shelves with holiday goodies.

Now that you have all of your shipping supplies in place, we need things to put in them! Now is the time to be listing holiday goods, stocking stuffers, greeting cards…anything that fits under a tree. Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy was sure to include it in her top 5 things to-do before the holiday season hits us:

1. Stocking my store-including some limited edition holiday offerings.
2. Ordering Shipping and packing Supplies. Making sure I have an extra printing cartridge and paper handy!
3. Prepping for a holiday show that I am doing.
4. Re-organizing my craft room to accommodate the new inventory.
5. Making sure I take some ME time. Life is best enjoyed when you take some time to smell the roses!

Looks like she followed through as well. Just look at this cute towel set!

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Perfect as a gift for yourself or a loved one this holiday season. Now is the time to go through your inventory as well. Have some things that have been hanging around a while? Maybe it’s time to put them on sale to make room for new items. After all, Black Friday is coming!

Looks like Amy is doing some craft shows this season, too, as am I! If you are as well, you’ll need to decide what to do with your shop while you’re out; list everything? Make some things available only at the shows? Keep on top of in-person sales for Etsy items or put your shop on vacation mode for the day? Personally, I actually have very little overlap in items between Etsy and craft shows, so I just update the shop at the end of the day.

While you’re creating your items, be sure to get lots of photos and start thinking about tags. If you’re doing made-to-order items, be sure to give yourself plenty of lead time and don’t be afraid to turn away work if you will not be able to get it done in time.

In case you missed it, USPS has released their shipping dates for this year! We’ll talk about incorporating those into your shipping guidelines next week when we update your shop for the season.

What new items do YOU have this holiday season?

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