Chicken Barrette, $6 from littleeyedesigns on Etsy
‘Ello! If you haven’t peeked in to my Etsy shop lately (click there), you’ll be blown away at all the new items. I’ve been hemming and hawing about new listings and I realized that when you sell tiny, little specialty objects it really is a numbers game: the more I pack in there, the more chance there will be someone who connects with the artwork featured in the bottle cap! Many new listings still to come, but I especially like that chicken barrette.
I’m also offering FREE SHIPPING on any order over $10, all you need to do is enter “ISPENT10” (all caps, no spaces) at checkout and the shipping charge will be removed. That’s neat!
OK, I’m going to try my hand at being a nice lady to my Etsy shop again. I fell in to a lull this summer when sales were slumping and the beach was getting warmer and warmer. But now that the Picnic busy-ness is over, I’m on top of my wholesale order (yet again) and the only real ‘extra’ project I have going on is knitting socks it seems like a pretty good time to start taking pictures again.
Non-sequitur: I am in need of someone with size 7 feet who would like to trade modeling socks for… a pair of hand knit socks. I’d need your toes for modeling by mid-September and then I’d have a pair of socks (in your choice of color and calf-length!) ready for you by the beginning of October.
Ok, but now to make sense of this post title: I experimented with making post earrings with bottle caps before Picnic — this is not something I would wear (I like little posts, big hoops, or super dangly ones) but I’ve noticed a lot of people walking around with the chunky, ‘clip-on’ style earrings so thought I’d give it a go. It did pretty well! I sold three pairs at Picnic which was half of my experiment stock. Here are two listings that will be music to your ears (and hair):
A Pirate Looks Under Starboard - Click on the Image to see listing.
Bass Clef Hair Clip - Click on image for listing.
Any handmade, small business adventurer will tell you the hardest thing about start up is choosing a name and choosing a brand. Although I found my name almost two years ago and am still quite pleased, it’s been a process finding the visual language that is appropriate for the product, appropriate for me, and can be used in multiple ways to accentuate not just one product, but many.
There are more than a few Etsy shops that have a visual language that they stick with that truly works for them. Two of my favorites (and Etsy superstars who also happen to be part of the “MaineTeam“) are Rocky Top Soap Shop and Long Winter Farm. Just visit those links and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
So when I was preparing displays for a craft show last week a big, fancy light bulb went on above me and all of a sudden I knew it! It had been right there all along. The finish on the back of my bottle caps is a dappled paint in a variety of colors meant to complement the image on the front. If photography and that pattern exist side by side in my product why wouldn’t I feature it in my background? Yes! So I spray painted some tins from the holidays and set them up to sell last weekend with considerable success, since it was a super nice day and not a lot of indoor craft shoppers were milling around.
Then, this weekend when I sat down to shoot some more product to put in my Etsy shop I was pleased to discover the tins work just as well as a background! Observe:
Milwaukee's Finest Set of 2 Barrettes - $10 at Little Eye Designs on Etsy
Beasts of Burden - Set of 2 Barrettes, $10 at Little Eye on Etsy
The Good Samaritan - Set of 2 Barrettes from Little Eye on Etsy $10
So, see? I think it works. The cool thing is I can spray paint new backgrounds to change with the season and the items themselves as needed. Really looking forward to playing more with this, but I finally feel like I’m on the right track with my shop ‘look’ and branding.
I would love to know what you think!