Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MAY SHOP OF THE MONTH

I am happy to announce our May shop of the month!
JolieFemme!!!!



What inspired you in your shop and product design?
I enjoy finding new patterns and coming up with ideas to make them my own, many of my bags are different styles mixed together to make an improved product. My shop name is French because I love speaking french and have studied their fashion and culture for many years. Blue is a bright contrast color to black and goes nicely together on my logo.


Have you had a positive sellers experience on Etsy?
I have enjoyed being on Etsy very much and felt very supported by the format to improve my product and sales techniques. I have loved the overwhelmingly positive feedback as well as meeting some great customers. Etsy has a wonderful community of supportive artists and I have enjoyed being part of teams and reading about how everyone manages their shops.


What are your goals for your business short & long term?
Improving my sales and reaching new people is on the list for this year. I would love to continue to sell on Etsy and at local craft shows for many more years. I love to work with clients and creat custom orders for them. I don't know what the future holds but I hope I will continue to grow and learn while serving my loyal customers.

What kind of space do you create in?
I am lucky to have a studio and a shop on the second floor of my home where I can create and store all of my supplies comfortably. I love to be surrounded by stacks of fabric and having lots of light to see my work. Everything is close by and I can listen to music and get lost in my work. Im very lucky to have a supportive family! 


Where are you located?
i live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I enjoy the lovely landscape and the myriad of culture and art as well as many sunny days.

What is your favorite color?
My favorite colors are those ranging from orchid to purple. But I love blue shades too.


Do you ship internationally?
I have shipped to Thailand & Slovenia in the past and took quite a long time to arrive and it was pricey. That is why I ship internationally on a case by case basis. I try to give the customer a chance to decide if they want to pay the shipping costs for my items. Larger items that need a box in order to remain undamaged during shipping cost a prohibitively large amount to ship. I am in the process of working on a shipping profile for my items that can be placed into a padded envelope & hope to implement it into my shop this year. 

Please explain a little about your shop and what you sell?
I sell a variety of fabric accessories such as card cases, jewelry pouches, sunglass and eyeglass cases, headbands, bracelets, and scarves. I also sell wallets, clutches of different sizes from evening bags, totes, large shoulder bags and hip bags. There is also something for the kids in my shop. I sell stuffed animal carriers and tiny totes with matching headbands or a plush toy included. 


Please name one of your favorite fellow team shops.
I enjoy the earrings made by Harmony5, bright bracelets by AellaJewelry, and I love to support my fellow teammates in promoting all their artistic endeavers. There are so many lovely things I could just get lost for an hour or two just looking at them all. I could name so many other shops that we wouldnt have room for anything else here. 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Shop of the Month!

I am happy to announce our April shop of the Month!!
ALFAdesigns!
Her shop features a beautiful variety of necklaces & earrings.

What inspired you in your product & shop design?
Anna: I am a Nature lover, amateur photographer, tireless hiker and skier. The timeless beauty of Nature inspires my original OOAK jewelry designs. I am also in love with natural materials, particularly semiprecious stones, with their warmth, “individuality” and energy.

Have you had a positive sellers experience on Etsy?
Anna: My greatest pleasure from selling on Etsy is a positive feedback I am getting from my customers. When a woman tells me that she loved her new jewelry and will enjoy wearing it, it makes my day. And of course greatest compliments a seller can get are the returning customers. 


What are your goals for your business short and long term?
Anna: Making jewelry is my favorite pastime, and I am constantly coming up with new design ideas that I am just itching to implement. This means that I need to sell more jewelry, so I can have more space and buy more materials to make more new necklaces. I keep learning new things about selling on Etsy, and I hope to keep to improving my shop to increase sales. This is my both short- and long term goal. 

What kind of space do you create in?
Anna: I commandeered our family room. It has big table, convenient shelves, and a big closet. However, normally my beads, tools, and boxes with finished products are all over the place, so I have to be VERY strict. No kids allowed, adults by invitation only ;-)


Where are you located?
Anna: Palo Alta, Ca


Do you ship internationally?
Anna: Yes, of course. Overseas customers actually make up at least a third of my sales. I am getting an extra thrill from shipping to such faraway places as Australia, Malaysia, or Trinidad.


Please explain a little about your shop and what items you sell?
Anna: I am making one-of-a-kind jewelry – necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. I do not repeat any of my designs, so every woman who buys from me can be sure that she is wearing a unique piece of jewelry, like nobody else has. I am also making jewelry to order, which is also fun thing to do.
Although my jewelry is OOAK, handmade, and totally original, and although I am using semiprecious stones and high quality stringing materials, I really want my creations to be affordable for most women. To keep the price down, I decided not to use precious metals for clasps, ear wires, and links. However, the buyers with special needs (for example, the allergy to nickel) can order silver or gold-filled details. 



Please name one of your favorite fellow team member shops?
Anna: I like many shops on the team. Here is one of my favorites:
Her items are lovely, and her “slasher” scarves are totally original.


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