Vintage pickins – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Vintage sellers have a love of all things old and timeless.

The memories these items invoke are amazing.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know “How do you decide what to pick?” Are there certain items you love, that are more in demand. Why do you pick what you do?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says while I make ceramic tableware and jewellery, I also create upcycled jewellery, which I sometimes combine with original ceramic components.

The materials I choose are wide and varied, but I love vintage buttons, and have been collecting them for many years from many sources. Some I don’t re-purpose into jewellery because I want to keep them!!

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Upcycled Gray and Blue Button Ring

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts said I too love upcycling my vintage finds. I pick things up from charity shops and fairs – buckles are one of my favourite things right now.

I’ve made a few ‘fairy windows’ with them. They have gorgeous colours and designs that inspire what I felt in them. This pearlescent one had a fantasy/scifi feel about it.

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Alien UFO Fantasy Window- Miniature Painting-Needle felted brooch

Jennifer Allison from JenniferAllsion  states I almost always post vintage goodies that I would want to keep for myself (and often do…krikey!). I like to find things that I can re-purpose…give new life to…and could spend hours just browsing antique stores and garage sales for items that remind me of warm memories and simpler times. I recently found a cardboard puzzle from the 1950’s and fell IN DEEP LOVE with the graphics…knew I had to find a way to give it new life.

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Washington state puzzle piece magnet

msmadmax from madmaxshop says fashion constantly refers to the past for inspiration. Especially today when the current forecast can be seen borrowing from a previous successful trend in fashion featured two decades ago, i.e. sequins and sparkle, romantic ruffled blouses, done up denim

Wearable fashion trends for 2016 have been inspired by the trendsetting fashions of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I like to post vintage items that can easily blend in with current fashion but still evoke a trendy look and feel of yesterday…

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80s Vintage Blouse

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique said I adore the vintage look. I love to use fabrics and designs that invoke this. Recently a friend requested a planner band to adorn a notebook she had. She wanted something “vintage-looking.” I found these vintage-style wooden buttons and knew they would be perfect. After I had created her one-of-a-kind piece, my creative juices kept flowing.

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Custom Fabric Tutus and headband set

Sue from MissIvyVintage discussed I have always loved vintage linens of all sorts…Embroidered, crocheted, tatted, and prints. I find a great deal of pleasure when I find a linen that at one time brought joy to a child. I find these linens especially charming and when I list, I hope the item will bring joy to another child. I have only this one.

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage states I have loved vintage items since I was a child. Their history calls to me and I think of all the hands it has passed through and how it was cherished before. Now I feel like I save them for others to enjoy.

I like looking for unusual items and miniatures, something that will catch the eye.

I personally collect vintage linens as I love the old smell, softness, and look. I have a huge vintage pillowcase collection and love using them on all my pillows.

I love this little guy – such a funny face.

Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says My daughter and I are fans of Marie Kondo, so we are always looking for items that “Spark Joy!”

We love the graphics and idea behind this Balloon Pump.

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Kira from TrellisLaneVintage said my love of vintage is rooted by my mother, many years of looking for and living with antiques. I love the 50’s through 70’s and fill my shop with items that catch my eye. I try to focus on items that are functional and fun!

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart discusses that my love for drawing began at a very young age. I have been enjoying creating custom design door decor for a few years now.
I also love working with pastels painting portraits, making jewelry, chalkboards and much more.

Old World Santa Door Art

Old World Santa Door Art

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns discussed that It’s in my nature to choose items that are unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind, edgy. I love to bring eclectic offerings to the table. These boots are for a confident woman. A woman who isn’t afraid or apprehensive to wear something that stands out. They’re an outstanding pair of boots.

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says buttons are always popular with sewers and crafters. Vintage buttons hold a special attraction with their beauty, originality and craftsmanship from a bygone era.

I have gathered buttons for my stash for as long as I can remember. As children our Sunday afternoons were often spent playing with my mother’s button collection. She stored it in a large tartan painted biscuit tin. My stash is now much larger than that one and it is time for me to share the love-and my buttons!

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s said my wife and I recently downsized and as the old saying goes you can’t take it with you, we’re selling off our childhood memories. Sharing the love of 1970s toys and collectibles. We didn’t realize how many people also loved some of the items we have sold over the year, the notes they send tell us we’re not alone in cherishing memories and it is rather humbling knowing we’re spreading smiles across the USA with our items.

Just listed maybe it may bring back a smile to you of childhood.

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

Alicia Holman from MemaAntiques discussed that we love vintage items. We love the history regarding each item we obtained. This item for instance came from a home in Orangeburg SC. This was a wedding gift given to the family in the 1940’s. The female in the home kept it in her china cabinet and never used it. She wanted it to always be in perfect condition.

Her son told us how she would fuss at the children and the grandchildren if they came near this dish. Reminds me so much of my grand parents and their favorite items.

It is so much fun. All items in our shop has a story behind it or we can tell you were it came from.

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Cher Loose from LooseChipsWoodWork says when an item reflects a memory in my heart I pick it up and cherish it… we have a rule in gift giving and buying… it is if we like it ourselves then someone else will too! (and if they do not, they will return it to us and that is okay too!) example: My husband remembers the Western Electric Company in Reading PA, before it was bought out by AT&T and he even worked there for a few years, actually using a slide rule. So this is why I sell this, in hopes someone else will find someone who likes to collect slide rules or maybe put it in their pocket and show another generation how to use one for fun…. on Christmas Morning in December or in July!

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions

What Are You Doing For Earth Day?

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

At BeadyEyedBird, as with so many of our awesome colleagues on Etsy, we are committed to the planet and continuously seeking new ways in which we can become more ‘green’.

Now that conscientious people everywhere are considering alternatives to unhealthy chemicals and production systems, unfair trade practices and other byproducts of the un-green greed machine, the appreciation of handcrafting is expanding in a great way. For eons, folks in various industries have expended a lot of human and natural resources – digging up the land, disrupting eco-systems, and polluting the environment. But as most of you likely know already, you can also stay ‘green’ and still make and sell beautiful things.

From the items you choose to sell, to the packaging you use to ship, we hope you strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The things you can do in this regard range from using natural/renewable heating sources for your work space, reducing and reusing materials, carpooling to reduce emissions, using recycled and non-toxic packaging and production materials, etc.

Some of our great Teamies on CIJ shared their green practices and products with us — in celebration of Earth Day (April 22). Here’s how they honor our earth.

Lisa Neal Behrens from sparkklejar said:

 I repurpose used tin cans and make wedding table vases or home decor pieces, using water base non aerosol paints and sealers. Over the years, on and off Etsy, I have kept thousands of tin cans in all sizes out of the landfill. (not everyone recycles cans).
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3 fat short recycled tin cans shabby pastel aqua cottage blue with pink roses glitter upcycled repurposed salvaged home decor wedding shower

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I always make a point to plant something on Earth Day, no matter where I am or what type of yard (or lack of) I have.
In the past I have also done neighborhood and city clean ups.

With a business, Earth Day is an opportunity for me to promote Earth -friendly practices that so many of us do everyday anyway. So I list that items are shipped using recycled materials, but I also don’t want to turn shoppers off if they feel like they’re going to get their items in a dirty used box or something. So I try to show pictures of my packing as well.I am still trying to find the right papers to use for my prints. The one company that provided papers using recycled products has stopped that line. I do try to make sure that all my papers use at least some post-consumer recycled and/or earth friendly materials though. It’s great for Mother Nature, and it also appeals to an earth friendly niche market so I try to add that to my tags, title and description if I can fit it in.

To be honest, PRINTABLES, instant downloads are earth-friendly products. A much smaller carbon footprint since they aren’t being physically shipped around the world using trucks, planes, ships or cars. And no packing material. And some buyers don’t even print them out, but use them for electronic purposes. Here’s one inspiring printable:

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Success Quote Printable, Abraham Lincoln Art, Digital 8×10 inspiring friendship art, classroom dorm diy teacher gift for teen

p.s. I will have to say, that I am one of THOSE mothers – you know, the ones that pack their kids lunches with re-used yogurt or deli containers. I would prefer to use glass, but that could be hazardous. I was raised by a single mother of 7 children, so we did what we could to save money – who knew that also turned out to be earth-friendly too?!

I will have to say that there are many nice cloth, re-useable lunch and snack bags sold right here on Etsy!

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Heather  from ArrabellaBlossoms said:
I grew up in country New Zealand with a love and appreciation of all aspects of nature and the need to nurture the environment. These priorities still dominate my design and sew projects. I delve into my large stash of gathered and gifted fabrics, buttons and trims whenever possible. I made this glasses case as part of my design and sew project to re-purpose beautiful designer silk ties that had experienced a brief but exciting life before they were carefully stored away in a drawer.
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Glasses Case, Spectacle Cover, Glasses Sleeve, Eyewear Holder, Velcro Tab Closure, Handmade Blue Silk Fabric Case, Women’s Gift, Men’s Gift

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 When it comes to my Etsy shop, I’m really trying to find ways to go lean and green. In this past year, I have been slowly transitioning my shop from selling physical items to digital downloads. This change has saved me from extra packaging, paper and especially, plastic materials. Over 90% of my sales involve virtual goods making my store’s footprint much, much smaller.

Last year, I finally switched over to a paperless system of bookkeeping, which I was reluctant about for way too long. I was constantly printing off receipts for every sale. It was ridiculously wasteful. Now, everything is stored electronically. Since I already have a system to back up my work anyway, all my receipts and work is protected from data loss and crashes (which has happened, btw, so please remember to back up your files).

And finally, I personally recycle and reuse materials at home in other ways. Clean cardboard packaging is repurposed for sending out packages, when needed. We have a great recycling program in our county and I do compost materials for my garden. Roses love egg shells and coffee grounds!

Over this next year, the goal will be to go around my old house and start finding ways to reduce electricity usage by fixing small air leaks and seals around my windows. I’m also looking into a program my dad is using for his electricity in Georgia:
www.arcadiapower.com

He just switched from traditional electricity to completely renewable energy for his apartment. Just wanted to pass this along in case you all are interested as well.

Here is a sample of my digital listings:

Art Deco Digital Scrapbook Paper Black & Gold Geometric Vintage Style Scrapbooking Paper Variety 24 Pack Patterns - Commercial Use OK

Art Deco Digital Scrapbook Paper Black & Gold Geometric Vintage Style Scrapbooking Paper Variety 24 Pack Patterns

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This month we are giving free organic sprouting seeds with every purchase and encouraging our customers to recycle our packaging to plant the seeds! All of our pet products are earth friendly and non-toxic.
PITTA Paw-Paddums (Pumpkin) Dog Treats - Organic Vegan

PITTA Paw-Paddums (Pumpkin) Dog Treats – Organic Vegan

 

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I reuse boxes that I receive items in to ship any of my items requiring boxes. I also reuse tissue paper from gifts that have been give to me to wrap my crochet items in before shipping. My crochet Soap Saver Pouches are great to use with handmade soaps to keep them longer and can be machine washed/dried. They made using cotton yarn and last a long time. No need to replace like you have to with the soap puffs found at the stores. I have them available in many different colors and welcome custom orders.
Soap Holder, Massaging Soap Pouch, Soap Sack, Crochet Soap Saver, Spa Soap Cozy, Spa Bath Scrubbie, Shower Accessory, blue green and white

Soap Holder, Massaging Soap Pouch, Soap Sack, Crochet Soap Saver, Spa Soap Cozy, Spa Bath Scrubbie, Shower Accessory, blue green and white

Many thanks to everyone for their contributions, and for all you do to honor the Earth!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

February – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate February – New Arrivals.

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

I had a request a while back to make more birdhouses in a variety of colors, hence the yellow and green something bright cheerful and bold to remind me Spring is just around the corner…

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Corkycrafts

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

ln these period here in Italy we are having many cloudy days, absolutely not cold, but so “grey”.

So, when l began new spring items, l needed cheery colors.
This is the first one l created: an orange flower arrangement in a natural wicker basket, to enhance a front door or decor a porch.

ln this decor l put the colors l need now: bright sun and green grass.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Megha Silvano from byTheArtBug says:

With this DIY tutorial you can make lovely real like paper Roses.

Perfect for weddings, Bouquets, decor, gift etc. and they will last for ever!

I have been making these flowers long before I opened my Etsy shop, after years of practice I am now sharing these with you, they look so real like and can be made in different colors according to the seasons. I have made these for almost everyone I know, all of my friends/Family members to whom I have gifted these had to touch them to believe they were not real! As soon as they get them they go on and grab the vase to fill will water and put them in ASAP!

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byTheArtBug

Rheta Parziale from VintageEves says:

This is a vintage Watt Pottery creamer. I found it this month in a thrift store in New Hampshire that I love to poke around in. I chose it because I love pottery and Watt is a great old American pottery company. I actually did my own blog post on Watt Pottery.

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VintageEves

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I went to the shops the other day and found this bright, cheery set of papers. Being someone who finds it very hard to say no to new paper supplies I had to get a pack. I decided on making these colourful envelopes which will brighten anyone’s day!

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DesignedbyAnneliese

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I’ve been making little sets of fabric wallets for business/credit cards and tissue case holders. These would make a great gift for someone. They are both ways of “taming” what’s in your purse! The kleenex case holds either a travel tissue pack or can be used with folded tissues from a box. The card holder is great for many things – credit cards, business cards, library cards and especially to keep all those loyalty reward cards from making your regular wallet too full to close!

This set is made from a cute cotton print of brightly colored dogs on a black background, designed by Laurel Burch. Sure to be a favorite of dog-lovers!

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FabriArts

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says:

This is a denim zip pouch with a vintage-style stationery appliqué on each side. I designed and made this bag in a unisex style in response to requests for original gifts for men.

It could be used as a pen holder or pencil case, a gadget bag, or a storage bag for the car, office or home.

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ArabellaBlossoms

Shar from SharPharMade says:

One of my Estate Sale finds … a rare Vintage Pattern. For Seamstress, sewer, etc. to make in the colors, and/or patterns, of their choice. A cute pattern.

SharPharMade

SharPharMade

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

As well as making ceramic tableware and jewellery, I also love to make jewellery from upcycled components. I believe reuse and recycling is very important for the planet and try to incorporate it into my daily life as much as possible.

Therefore I am always looking for new ways to make beads from used materials…. my latest foray is fabric beads.

This necklace is made from a bead using fabric from an old dress of mine form the 90s. The wire is recycled cake decorating wire, and the lariat is a repurposed jewellery finding.

All of my jewellery comes presented in a handmade jewellery pouch, also made from upcycled material.

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DeeDeeDeesigns

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

I designed this brooch as my ironic take on the legend of amethyst. Ancient Greeks + Romans believed that amethyst protected you from drunkness (and either bejeweled their goblets or made goblets out of amethyst).

Absinthe is the storied alcoholic beverage, with an exaggerated reputation. The traditional way of serving it involves placing a sugar cube onto a specially designed absinthe spoon (with various piercings or slots). The spoon is placed over the glass with the absinthe in and water is dripped over the sugar cube until it is dissolved (and the absinthe is then diluted + sweetened).

So, I thought – what if you bring a legend to a reputation and have your own personal absinthe spoon with amethyst in it! Fun and ironic!

Of course, this is not a real absinthe spoon, and I would not recommend using is as such. However, it is a unique piece of jewellery that I designed, formed and hand pierced (with my jeweler’s saw) and includes a lovely amethyst cabochon! This brooch is very eye-catching!

FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

Craft Booth Advice, Tips and Suggestions

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots
This month I will be starting my journey into the beginnings of a storefront business with opening a booth at my local flea market on the weekends. I know I am not alone when I say, “HELP!” Hehe.

I reached out to my fellow Christmas in July Etsy Team members for some advice. I wanted to know things like what they’ve found easy to make and good sellers, suggestions for merchandising/displaying the goods, and how packaging and custom orders were handled.

Here are some great words of advice!

 

Owner of StockLaneStudio says, “I participated in a few local fairs last year and was really frustrated with the results. It’s a lot of work so it has to be worth it. I decided to rethink my craft fair approach. I first scouted out local fairs and markets to see if they were worth it for me and then decided on which ones to return to next year. I feel bad resolving to not participate in some of my local fairs, but I actually lost money, and felt depressed.

I had a pretty cool looking set up that was a lot of work to haul and took a lot of time to set up, so I am rethinking my booth space also to make it easier on me, yet still look polished and professional, unique and attention grabbing.

You really have to check out the venue to make sure:
– it is well attended and advertised and geared toward your niche market
– will you make more than your booth fee
– is it a ‘vendor market’ or a craft fair
– are they attenders buyers or gawkers (or cheese and wine samplers)

I have also decided not to do any outdoor markets for the moment because I can’t afford a tent. I have printed material that I just don’t want to risk getting damaged.

I do still think it’s worth it though. It’s a good way to advertise and network and fun to meet locals and support the economy.”

 

Belinda of BillieMakes says, “I am a newbie to the craft markets. I signed up for several at the same venue last year. I had a pretty successful time there, although turning out every Saturday from October to December got very tiring in the end. I picked up quite a few custom orders, which were really what I made the most on. Not sure I will do the same again this year though, as the football coming up to Christmas was very poor.

Best seller was children’s reversible waistcoats and machine embroidered grandparents house rules.

I had merchandise priced from low to high and there was a huge amount of publicity, but would have liked to have sold much more than I did. Looking around at the other sellers, jewelry did reasonably well as did candles and chocolate items.

I tried varying my table each week, but I didn’t find an exact science to what sold and what didn’t.

The table space was quite expensive, so I’ve looked at other events this year at a far cheaper rate and have my fingers crossed that these may be well attended and I sell lots of things. First is next week.”

 

Alicia of AliciasFindings says, “Most shows I do are $50 and under for a table, and have had very good sales. I don’t always find that more expensive venues equal better sales. I would say, make sure and have a wide array of price points – high to low. This will mean you have the potential for more sales.
I also have a wide range of items (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc).

I would also try to make sets, kits of the like for those interested. I would say my most widely bought items are earrings and sets.

Make sure your items are clearly priced (either tags or on boards) as well as different heights for visual interest. You can achieve height by using boxes covered in fabric, picture frames, risers, etc.

Since I sell jewelry, I package in an organza bag, but I do bring boxes of varying sizes (just in case). I would say keep it easy in terms of packaging, but also branded (if possible). 

I always bring a pad for keeping track of sales as well as custom orders. I also started using one for people to sign up for my email list.

Get yourself a checklist so you don’t forget anything. My first show I had all kinds of things, but no paper or pen. Having business cards and signage is a great thing to have also. Even if they don’t buy, you still have another potential sale.

I do accept custom orders at shows. I make sure to get their info and exactly what they want. I will go so far as to send photos in stages to make sure it is how they want it to be. I also let them know the timeline for completion.

There are so many awesome finds on Pinterest about craft shows (case in point my whole board on show ideas) and these really did help me and I feel I am still learning.

I also don’t do them every other or every weekend as I feel it is just too much for me.”

 

Alison of Mettaville says, “I usually visit the craft fair at least once before deciding if I wish to apply, that way you get to have a look and feel of the place and see how the set up of stall holders, especially to get the table size so you can at least know how much stock to bring along. Do a mock up a home (I did this before my very first craft market). If you have a table to do it, great! If not, clear away a space in the house, tape it with masking tape the table size and display up your wares.  Saves the panic on the day.

Have a list of “stuff to bring” and check them off the day before the fair so all is in order. Don’t forget some snacks and water.”

 

Rose from RosesWorkshop says, “I have a regular summer stall, and some days I sell nothing priced over £10, then sometimes people are buying multiples of my top-end products. As a result, I tend to take everything. Last year, I sold more woolly hats in July and August than in the rest of the year combined!

I would recommend making yourself a stall essentials kits, whether it’s a biscuit tin or a briefcase, so everything is ready to grab as you run out the door.

Into your kit put obvious stuff like a change purse, receipt book and pens, UV note tester, credit card machine, business cards, as well as mini tools and fixing stuff such as scissors, sellotape, blu-tack, safety pins, maybe a spare screwdriver or allen key if appropriate to your display. A few personal items such as tissues and painkillers might help too.

Try to top-up anything that’s running low as soon as you get home because you’ll forget by next week.”

 


Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says, “Your thread takes me back to my first market where I had endless lists, too much product but a desire to learn from the experience! All was well, and I am pleased to say I very much enjoy the few markets I attend. I am selective and check out requests to attend, and other opportunities thoroughly before participating as markets are a lot of work before, during and afterwards!

I cannot advise about your product range as I make fabric gifts from bags to spectacle holders and lots in-between. My range is ever-changing, and my customers sometimes return to ask what new items I have been designing and creating which is appreciated. I have items available in a wide price range to cater for those who wish to spend from $5 (sometimes less). The Holiday Season (Christmas), especially is when larger-value items sell better.
An example of one of my most popular item is the Cosmetic Bag/Pencil Case Pouch seen above.

I offer to package a purchase in a bag for my customers. Many politely decline as they have their own.

Smaller denomination coins and notes for change are important as some people may call past an ATM on the way to the market and the machine may issue only large value notes. My stall essentials kit is in a small carry bag and I sometimes add to it and up-date it.

Have a safe place to carry your phone and money (preferably on you). A waist bag, neck bag or a large pocket helps to save any extra worries. It is also a good idea to have a notebook and pen. You can record transactions (so you know what sells well), items as you de-list them from Etsy after they are sold, record custom orders, etc.

I sometimes take a photo of my display if I am setting one up at home so that it’s on my phone as a memory jogger when the pressure is on! I also take a photo of my display at the market, as soon as I have it set up and before the market starts to share on social media.

I am selective with markets but I look upon each on as the most cost-effective form of marketing. A market stall provides great public relations and promotional opportunities. I’ve met some delightful and supportive people including organizers, customers and fellow stallholders. Each market is a learning experience even when takings may have been less than expected.

A business card is a good memory prompt for customers and it’s amazing how your handmade message can be spread and the people can find you months later (sometimes via your Etsy shop).

Have fun and I hope you enjoy your local market!”

So much awesome advice and stories shared here! 

I also reached out to a friend of mine, not part of this team but with great advice and a cute set up idea! 
Rachel says,
1.) Promote! Don’t leave it in the hands of those running the craft show.

2.) Display. “A hat that’s propped up is way more likely to sell than one laying flat on the table.” I relate this to sales online – people want to see what the piece looks like on, versus just a flat product.”

3.) Have “universally eye catching pieces”. Even if you think the pieces won’t sell – bring them anyway! You need items that will bring people to your table.

I just love the set up found in the above image. Though the craft fair is over, this image is a fantastic example of table set up. Check out more in her Craft Fair Recap.

If you have any tips or suggestions to share, we’d LOVE to hear them! Drop us a line in the comments below.

Good luck in YOUR craft booth from the Christmas in July Etsy Team!

National Handwriting Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

National Handwriting Day is on January 23rd and is a time to send letters or a little remembrance.

Here at Christmas in July we want to see all of your handwritten items and to tell us about the item.

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms said this clutch bag or iPad Air sleeve is designed and handmade by me from printed linen and black burlap. It has a vintage metal closure.

The bag combines several things I like-beautiful fonts and handwriting, French script and butterflies for a touch of nature.

I still write a few letters and notes to friends or family who do not use technology. Receiving a handwritten note or card is a joy and they often decorate my desk for weeks afterwards!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173020237/clutch-bag-linen-and-black-burlap-french?ref=teams_post

Linen and burlap clutch bag

 

Rheta Parziale from VintageEves says this listing is a copper dish made by Manzoni of Boston, Massachusetts. I know this because on the back, in his own hand, he has engraved it “Hand-wrought by Manzoni, Boston, 555cp.” It’s really cool to look at the script and know that it was put there back in the 1930’s by the maker of this small dish. The listing pic doesn’t show the writing but the 5th picture in the listing itself does.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/255257380/vintage-manzoni-1930s-handwrought-copper?ref=shop_home_active_4

Signed by Artist Manzoni  1930s Copper Candy Bowl

 

Richard and Tatiana from DesignsTheLimit said if the pen is mightier than the sword, is the computer mightier than the pen? Although we pride ourselves on having excellent handwriting, we do not have the opportunity to use it on a daily basis in our work. We do however, use a wide variety of fonts and styles of handwriting to make each gift we create a unique work to our client’s taste.

Brock Script is one of the most interesting fonts we have available as people tend to feel strongly about it whether they care for it or not. A particular challenge of Brock Script is that a few of the letters such as the letter “S” are not what people imagine they will be. The link provided below shows the “S” in Brock Script, but we can substitute any font we have available with any of our products and design options.

Choosing the perfect font for each order can be a challenge as each font provides different characteristics, each letter offers a new set of challenges, and tastes vary from person to person. When creating a monogram, additional challenges are presented by the width of each character and how the initials combine. For this reason, we recommend requesting a proof at the time of purchase and we are happy to submit our designs for approval before completing an order.

ADDITIONAL GIFT IDEAS, VALENTINE’S DAY PICTURE FRAMES, AND MORE: www.etsy.com/shop/DesignstheLimit?section_id=14020675&ref=shopsecti…

Since opening our shop, we have been continually expanding our knowledge about the available fonts and the styles of handwriting available and cannot display them all in one listing. When a customer cannot find the particular font they are looking for, occasionally we send them to our Pinterest board: www.pinterest.com/designsthelimit/designs-the-limit-font-selection

We hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day in 2016! Keep us in mind for all of your gift giving occasions and make every gift as personal as your gift recipient is to you.

RICHARD AND TATIANA
DESIGN’S THE LIMIT

https://www.etsy.com/listing/174660429/valentines-day-personalized-champagne?ref=teams_post

Valentine’s Day Personalized Champagne Flutes

 

National Bird Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

National Bird Day  was established by bird activists. It calls upon people to recognize the plight of captive birds. It also draws attention to exploitation of birds in the U.S. pet industry. On this day, organizers suggest we reflect upon the conditions of birds held in captivity.

Here at Christmas in July we want to see your bird items and the story behind your piece.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

We love this hankie by Pat Prichard that features “Birds in Bird Cages”. We’re sure that these birds singing about how they love their home and bird-cage! They do seem to have some pretty fancy cages!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/254676503/vintage-pat-prichard-bird-cages?ref=teams_post

Vintage “Birds in Cages” Handkerchief

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I made this set of bird cards with weddings, anniversaries, valentines day and other happy occasions in mind. These birds are free from captivity and happy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/253227115/bird-cards-gift-cards-anniversary?ref=teams_post

Bird Gift Cards

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor said:

This handsome fellow spent most of the year in our hardwoods, much to the annoyance of my chickens. This lovely moment of repose was captured on a blustery winter day just outside my bedroom window. Just look at those eyes!

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/129304823/barred-owl-in-soft-focus-nature?ref=teams_post

Barred Owl Photography Card

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says:

I have always enjoyed the sound of the birds singing to greet the morning and twittering their evening song. These birds on a wire remind me of those musical moments and the joys of nature.

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176284872/market-tote-handmade-fabric-shopping-bag?ref=teams_post

Retro Bird Paisley Market Tote

Ina from InaSudjana states:

These little bird charms were designed as a collaboration with an Etsyian, Piggledee. I personally love bright colours. They bring joy and being a charm they ‘pop’ in an otherwise ordinary bag.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/234844683/little-birdie-pure-wool-felt-zipper-pull?ref=teams_post

Pure wool felt birdie zipper pull

Happy New Year – 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

How are you celebrating the arrival of 2016? Here are New Year items from members of the Christmas In July team.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Hip Hip Hooray!

New Year’s Eve is all about a party: celebrating with lots of noise, drinking champagne, staying up to see the fireworks the ball drop in Times Square.

New Year’s Day is a nice meal with cherries jubilee for dessert. If I’m with my kids or relatives, we usually squeeze in some family movies and slide shows to reminisce.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

No welcome to the New Year is complete until after the Tournament of Roses Parade – whether seen in black and white or colour it is a sure-fire way to ring in another year. That’s what New Year’s is all about – tradition!

TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says:

Butterflies for a new beginning. New Year’s Eve/Day is often the time when we make resolutions to tidy and reorganise. This desk set is a solution to a problem. Designed and handmade by me for a published magazine commission, it is a one-of-a-kind set. Suitable as a gift for someone special or for yourself to brighten a study or work area.
ArabellaBlossoms

ArabellaBlossoms

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

As a seller of Vintage items, we are always trying to find fun and different Holiday related items. This great graphic Mid Century Modern Paper Tablecloth and napkins set, is for those crazy New Year’s Eve Parties, where the next day all you have to do to clean up is throw it away!

shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

Alexandra Richards from EyeLoveKnots says:

When I received a new set of crochet hooks, I knew I wanted to make one pattern that I could use them all on, and so I decided on a cute star applique. I thought they’d make great appliques for Christmas hats and cards, but made in a sparkly thread or yarn, they are also great to decorate the table with for the New Years Eve Party!
EyeLoveKnots

EyeLoveKnots

Natalia from expressyourself says:

These handmade snowflake silver light and shiny, I decorated with colorful glass beads. Great for New Year’s!

expressyourself

expressyourself

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

Who doesn’t love a little bling for New Year’s Eve? These sparkling pearl and crystal beaded earrings are sure to add a touch of sparkle to your special outfit!

mscenna

mscenna

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Start your New Year off in the most personal way you can. Share a glass of champagne with your significant other in style. Monogrammed champagne flutes are not for toasting once at your wedding. Keep the love light lit when you have a personalized set of champagne flutes around for any occasion.

The champagne flutes are made of 100% lead-free crystal and personalization is included. Choose from any of our design options, substitute any font from our selection. or request a custom order for any special request. We specialize in making your purchase personal and invite you to message us for any ideas you have in mind.

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit