Wednesday Interview – Ep 7 – Kimmee

As part of an ongoing series, we will ask all of our team members to answer 10 questions about themselves and their shops. This way, we’ll get to know one another a little bit better and perhaps pick up a great tip or two! I will personally aim to post these out every Wednesday around noon, so look out for some questions in your inbox and the posts to appear here. For those amongst you who are shy – don’t worry. It’s not compulsory to take part, nor do you have to send in any pictures if you don’t want to.

[If you are on Team Etsy Cambridge and want to be part of this series, just fill out the questions – and perhaps add an image or two – and send them over to me on Etsy (Y. Bessels / 1000crows) or on Facebook (Yvette Bessels). I’ll add them to the scheduled waiting list.]

 

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1. What’s your name?

My name is Kim

2. What’s your shop name?

Shop name is AllthingsBAB, short for All things bright and beautiful

3. How did you choose your shop name?

The name came about because when I started out I was mainly working with crystals and they are so bright and beautiful!

4. What do you sell?

I sell mainly jewellery, fine silver, sterling silver and beaded things

5. How did you decide to do this?

It started out as a hobby but then I left my job as an administrator and decided to do this full time.

6. What do you love most about your products?

I love the beauty of silver and the sparkliness of crystals and if I can combine the two I am in heaven!

7. Which of your products are bestselling or most popular? 

My best selling product are my silver earrings with tiny silver charms and the most popular of them are my star and moon charms.

8. What were your biggest challenges in opening / running an online shop?

My biggest challenge was the business side of running a shop – I have had to learn that great photo’s etc are just as important as great products. All I really want to do is to create but I have to do all the other stuff too.

9. What are your wishes for your shop – are there products you’d like to add or any favourite shops whose success you’d like to achieve?

I want to learn to solder silver so that I can add a range of silver rings and bangles to my jewellery. And all I wish for my shop is that I can create beautiful pieces that other people will love so that I can carry on doing what I love best. It’s taken me over 50 years to discover my passion and now I have I can’t imagine doing anything else. I don’t compare myself to anyone else – as long as I am happy with the way my shop is going, well that is enough for me.

10. What would be your golden tip for opening and running an Etsy Shop? And you cannot say having great pictures 😉

My tip for running a shop on Etsy is A. Have a product you are passionate about. B. Put in the hours. C. Learn all you can about search engine optimisation – it’s a never ending learning curve and D. Take great photo’s!! (OK I know that wasn’t allowed but it IS important!!)

Wrap style bracelet in duck egg blue, lilac or mint faux suede with silver tubes, Duck egg blue bracelet, Lilac bracelet, Mint bracelet

Silver star & moon earrings,  Fine silver star and moon charms on sterling silver hoop earrings, Silver moon charm, silver star charm

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Wednesday Interview – Ep 6 – Melanie Pearson

As part of an ongoing series, we will ask all of our team members to answer 10 questions about themselves and their shops. This way, we’ll get to know one another a little bit better and perhaps pick up a great tip or two! I will personally aim to post these out every Wednesday around noon, so look out for some questions in your inbox and the posts to appear here. For those amongst you who are shy – don’t worry. It’s not compulsory to take part, nor do you have to send in any pictures if you don’t want to.

[If you are on Team Etsy Cambridge and want to be part of this series, just fill out the questions – and perhaps add an image or two – and send them over to me on Etsy (Y. Bessels / 1000crows) or on Facebook (Yvette Bessels). I’ll add them to the scheduled waiting list.]

 

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1. What’s your name?

Melanie Pearson, everyone calls me Mel.

2. What’s your shop name?

Little Gems by Mel but I call it simply ‘Little Gems’.

3. How did you choose your shop name?

I chose my shop name years ago when I had the pipe dream of a crafty style shop, after a walking holiday in the lakes. It’s taken me a while to realise it!

4. What do you sell?

I sell hand crafted jewellery, mostly made with semi precious beads, pearls, glass, cord and leather. Quite a boho style.

5. How did you decide to do this?

I’ve always crafted from a very early age, whether it’s knitting, crochet, sewing, drawing or even mosaics! I got into beading when I discovered an amazing bead shop whilst on holiday in Turkey and thought ‘I can do that!’ As soon as I got back I enrolled on some courses to learn from the experts and have been hooked ever since. I love making my pieces and get a real buzz from people buying and wearing each piece!

6. What do you love most about your products?

The best thing I love about my pieces are the originality, no piece is exactly the same and you cannot find that in mainstream retail outlets. I like to be different…

7. Which of your products are bestselling or most popular? 

Best selling items are definitely my bracelets.

8. What were your biggest challenges in opening / running an online shop?

The biggest challenge for setting up my Etsy shop was getting to grips with the photos, descriptions and tags, especially when first listing a completely new item – this needs time and consideration to get right.

9. What are your wishes for your shop – are there products you’d like to add or any favourite shops whose success you’d like to achieve?

I feel my shop is always progressing, who knows how it will look a year from now. Hopefully I will have refined it to ensure each piece has earned its rightful place. I would love to have more regular sales too, which is probably everyone’s wish for their own shop! I always feel inspired by the uk Etsy shop MirasBeadBoutique.

10. What would be your golden tip for opening and running an Etsy Shop? And you cannot say having great pictures 😉

My one tip is be patient and do not lose your enthusiasm when starting up your shop. Success is not instant and often the result of very hard work and lots of offline activity too! I find it is a great reference tool for my regular local customers.

Mel :0)

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Wednesday Interview – Ep 5 – Sasha de Witt

As part of an ongoing series, we will ask all of our team members to answer 10 questions about themselves and their shops. This way, we’ll get to know one another a little bit better and perhaps pick up a great tip or two! I will personally aim to post these out every Wednesday around noon, so look out for some questions in your inbox and the posts to appear here. For those amongst you who are shy – don’t worry. It’s not compulsory to take part, nor do you have to send in any pictures if you don’t want to.

[If you are on Team Etsy Cambridge and want to be part of this series, just fill out the questions – and perhaps add an image or two – and send them over to me on Etsy (Y. Bessels / 1000crows) or on Facebook (Yvette Bessels). I’ll add them to the scheduled waiting list.]

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1. What’s your name?

Sasha DeWitt

2. What’s your shop name?

Sasha DeWitt Studios

3. How did you choose your shop name?

It’s my name. Is that a bit lazy?

4. What do you sell?

Hand pulled prints. Embroidery. Anything I make. I can’t keep it all!

5. How did you decide to do this?

A decade ago I couldn’t draw at all. Then I had a series of health problems and I wanted some way to express what was happening so I started drawing. I immediately saw the limitations to my work and wanted to improve as quickly as possible so I went to art school. I got a BA in Illustration. Once I graduated I wanted to make a go as a full-time artist, so I set up shop.

6. What do you love most about your products?

Creating them. I love having an idea and then figuring out how to make it. It’s also what’s most frustrating.

7. Which of your products are bestselling or most popular? 

My giraffes are usually the most popular, but that might be because for one whole year that’s all I drew and sold.

8. What were your biggest challenges in opening / running an online shop?

I knew nothing about business. I didn’t even know what the difference between wholesale and retail prices were. I didn’t know how to price my own products. Nothing. So I’ve had to learn a lot about that side of things. I still struggle with it. I’d rather just be making. In my fantasy world I earn enough money so I can hire someone to take care of that side of things.

9. What are your wishes for your shop – are there products you’d like to add or any favourite shops whose success you’d like to achieve?

I’d like to make my own fabrics to sell to people who like to sew. I’ve done some of that for myself, but I need to work out systems to make it more efficient.

10. What would be your golden tip for opening and running an Etsy Shop? And you cannot say having great pictures 😉

Just keep at it. I don’t think success comes overnight. Try many different ways to engage customers, but most of all believe in yourself.