Etsy Christmas In July Cross Promotion With The Australian Wandarrah Team

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

As some team members may know, as part of this years Christmas in July event we are joining in a cross promotion with members of the Australian Wandarrah Team on Etsy. As two different Etsy teams we have many mutual members, and this is the third year we have teamed up for a cross promotion.

So, have a browse through some of these great shops, and remember they all have sales on in their shops specially for the event.

Here’s an introduction to some of the shops from Kelly of ColourscapeStudios, who is a member of the Christmas in July team and also a team leader of Australian Wandarrah ~~~ take it away Kelly!

Hiya everyone!

My name is Kelly, and I’m the 2nd in command of the Australian Wandarrah team on Etsy. We are so thrilled to join forces with the Christmas in July team for the third year running to share some of the fantastic talent we have down here in the southern hemisphere! For those of you who don’t know us, we are Australia and New Zealand’s largest Etsy team and we are made up sellers of handmade, vintage and supplies, as well as Etsy shoppers.

Today I’d love to share with you just a taste of the amazing sellers we have taking part in this years event:

1. www.mettaville.etsy.com
2. www.deedeedeesigns.etsy.com
3. www.sunbirdpottery.etsy.com
4. www.MsWilliamsKnits.etsy.com

1. www.robynfayedesigns.etsy.com
2. www.musthavebeenthecat.etsy.com
3. www.LizzysBibsandBobs.etsy.com
4. www.deedeesupplies.etsy.com

1. www.BreezyBirdGoodies.etsy.com
2. www.littlecrowdesign.etsy.com
3. www.colourscapestudios.etsy.com
4. www.susysewandsew.etsy.com

For the full list of our sellers discount offers, you can visit our team blog at www.australianwandarrah.com/blog

From all of us at the Wandarrah’s we hope you have a fantastic Etsy CIJ campaign in 2017!

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Christmas In July – Savings Weekend

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

The Etsy Christmas in July Team has come together with some awesome savings from over 20 shops. There are many types of shops for you to receive savings on during this Black Friday through Cyber Monday! To see what discounts the shops are offering, please click on each banner.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!

ACCESSORIES

BellaBolsaDesigns

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Coupon Code: BLCKFRI2016

10% off  everything

Valid Dates: Good through 11/27

DesignsbyCristal

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Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Spend $25.00 or more

Valid Dates: 11/24 – 11/27

Metaville

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Coupon Code: No code needed

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25-11/29 (NZ time)

Melissas Menagerie of Stuff

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Coupon Code: No code needed

Free shipping on all domestic orders of 35 dollars or more

Valid Dates: Now until 1/1

CARDS & MORE

 BellaBoutique

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Coupon Code: Holiday16

15% off in stock items

Valid Dates: Good thru 11/30

ColourscapeStudios

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Coupon Code: No code needed

30% off all prints, 10% off all gift tags and mini cards.

Valid Dates: Now until midnight 11/27(Brisbane, Australia local time)

DesignsbyCnC

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Coupon Code: No code needed

15% off everything

Valid Dates: 11/21 – 11/29

StockLaneStudio

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Coupon Code: 1FreeCARD

Buy 4 CARDS get 1 Free ($4.50 off)

Valid Dates: No expiration

CLOTHING

EthicalInfant

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Coupon Code: Thankful2016

20% off everything

Valid Dates: 11/23 − 11/30

and

Coupon Code: Cyber20

20% off everything

Valid Dates:  11/29

Knitwoolsocks

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Coupon Code: FREESH16

free shipping for orders over $45.00

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/31

HOME DECOR

Corkycrafts

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Coupon Code: Clauscostcutter1

10% off any $10.00 purchase

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/25

DesignstheLimit

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Coupon Code: BF2016

10% Off Any Purchase Over $25.00

Valid Dates: 11/22 – 11/27

and

Coupon Code: CM2016

12% Off Any Purchase Over $25.00

Valid Dates: 11/27 – 11/30

SpoiledFelinesArt

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Coupon Code: Coupon1

10% off In-stock items

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/31

SuesAkornShop

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Coupon Code: TENOFF

10% off storewide

Valid Dates: No expiration

and Coupon Code: 10OFF

Save 10% on orders over $10

Valid Dates: No expiration

TheGiftBasketry

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Coupon Code: MCDEC2016

20% off orders over $50

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/1

JEWELERY

acbeadsjewellery

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Coupon Code: No code needed

50% off everything

Valid Dates: Good thru 1/1

AliciasFindings

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Coupon Code: BF2016

10% off

Valid Dates: Valid til 11/26

and

Coupon Code: CM2016

10 % off

Valid Dates: valid til 11/29

beadloverskorner

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Coupon Code: CYBERSALE

30% off

Valid Dates: 11/24/2016-12/1/2016

epicetera

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Coupon Code: BF2016

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25 – 11/29

EponasCrystals

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Coupon Code:  SHIPFORFREE50

Free shipping on orders over $50

Valid Dates: No expiration

EveryoneLovesGifts0

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Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Everything off with min spend of £3.99

Valid Dates: No expiration

and

Coupon Code: CYBERMONDAY15

Everything off with min spend of £3.99

Valid Dates: 11/29

LSBJewellery

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Coupon Code: No code needed

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25-11/29

VINTAGE

LazyYVintage

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Coupon Code: CHRISTMASSALE20

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/23-12/24

LBscrapboutique

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Coupon Code: CYBER20

20% off

11/25-11/29

Happy Thanksgiving to all from all of us!

Member Feature: Mettaville

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming, Alison of Mettaville, our featured member!

Mettaville

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Tell us about yourself.

Hi, I’m Alison, owner of Mettaville. I make journals, diaries and notebooks. I love journaling, writing, doodling and simply filling the pages of journals with words and colours. I live with my husband Gene and our adorable white cat Kiki in semi rural Auckland. I love nature and am so grateful to be living where we are. When I’m not making books, you can find me pottering in the garden or go wandering about taking photos with my husband.Mettaville

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened Mettaville Etsy shop in 2009, back then I was not serious about it. I did many things before settling into selling journals. I am a journal writer and love a good journal to write in. After attending a bookbinding workshop with the intention to making my own journals to write in, I fell in love with the bookmaking process that I decided to revive and revamp my Etsy shop in 2013 and focus on selling handmade journals and have since been doing so.Mettaville2

Tell us a bit about your products.

My journals are made with fabric wrapped covers and hand bound with thread. I have 2 ranges of journals, one with commercial fabric that I purchase from shops and my recent designs are my shibori indigo journals which I personally hand dyed the fabric using shibori technique and make them into journal covers. I use high quality recycled paper which are eco-friendly and a good weight to write on. I love them and have had many good feedbacks on this paper. Currently my journals come in two sizes, small (A6) and large (A5). Mainly the journals can be used as travel journal, gratitude journal or simply a personal diary to write heart thoughts, adventure, stories, sketches and even collages. All my journals are carefully crafted and hand bound with kindness and care for people to enjoy expressing themselves in the blank pages. I find journaling to be healing and comforting and I know many who do write agrees to that too.Mettaville3

What inspires your work?

Anything and everything. A walk at the beach inspired me to do a series of “Stories from the Sea” journals where I sewed drift wood onto the cover page. A chat with a friend or simply sitting and staring at my garden and get those aha moment and go “I could do this!” (I do that a lot – staring at my garden)!Mettaville4

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business? 

My goal this year is to have a more consistent monthly sales and have a more stable, regular income from my business. I want it to be a sustainable and profitable business so that my husband and I, and our cat, can live more comfortably.Mettaville5

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

Right now I am focusing on shibori indigo journals. This is my niche and I cater for the needs of the modern boho men and women. By that (modern boho) I mean the new generation that loves technology (hello Etsy and Instagram!) and yet still enjoy and appreciate the old ways of doing things, handmade products, in this case hand bound journals and writing with ink on paper.Mettaville6

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

We converted a tiny room in our current house into my studio and I am so grateful for this space. I love the big window and natural light, the sun shines in here first thing every morning.Mettaville7

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Oh so many things! Photography is one and I am still working on that. SEO, marketing and the list goes on and on. Running a business is an ongoing learning process, that’s for sure.Mettaville8

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Hard work, patience, determination, and a lot of fun too lets not forget that, did I mention hard work?Mettaville9

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

Gardening, playing with my cat, go walking in the bush or by the sea.Mettaville10

What is your favorite quote?

“The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.” ~ Eckhart TolleMettaville11

Where can people find out more about your business?

My Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Mettaville

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mettaville

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mettaville/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mettaville

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

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!