Seller Highlight: Alana / AWPrints

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop this upcoming weekend, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!

This episode: Alana from AWPrints

Alana’s current items consist of Screen Prints which she designs and makes by herself, most of which are one off’s.

How did you choose your shop name?

I wanted to choose something simple that reflected the items that I sell.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

After I finished my Degree in Fine Art I was determined to remain creative. I think Etsy is a nice way to do this – especially if you lead a busy life.

What do you love most about your products?

They are very personal to me, having made most of them throughout my degree – I also love the colour combinations.

What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?

Making new products – as I work full time, finding the time to make new things is hard but when I get round to it, I love it!

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

See what else is out there that is similar to you and take tips from other Etsy shops! Just have a real good browse and make yourself aware of your competitors.

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Come meet Alana, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!

29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

Seller Highlight: Cheryl / LittleSwift

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop at the end of this month, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!

This episode: Cheryl from LittleSwift

Cheryl sells colourful, whimsical and folk inspired plushies and accessories with an emphasis on re-using and recycling found materials, all designed and handmade by Cheryl herself in her small studio in Thurston, Suffolk.

How did you choose your shop name?

I love birds and they are a big inspiration in my design work so I wanted to name my shop after one of favourite birds-a swift.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

After doing a bit of research on online selling handmade products I opted to go with Etsy, as it was a global company which has a strong identity and is well known. This was in comparison to Folksy, Not on the high street.com etc. I felt there was a lot of information, useful advice and resources available on their website for new sellers and it was an easy and straightforward process to set up my shop. I also like the communities behind Etsy and being able to join in with a local team in your area to share things and do events etc.

What do you love most about your products?

I always have people comment that my products are really different and unusual and also colourful which I love. The jewellery and accessories I design and create are eclectic and not the norm as they are made from recycled materials, I love finding new fabrics and materials which are unloved in charity shops, car boots and thrift stores and using my imagination and creativity to rework them into new pieces which then can be enjoyed and loved by someone.

What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?

Time is a major challenge! I think to make Etsy successful for you, you need to put the time in. Up until July this year I was working full time and didn’t have that much free time to spend on photographing, styling, listing and keeping a constant presence on Etsy. Also it is hard to stand out from the crowd, Etsy is saturated with sellers and it’s getting harder to find the customers. I think the more variety and items you can stock helps with this and this is something I hope to work on over the coming months (after Christmas!)

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

I think having a good variety and plenty of items in your shop will help boost your visibility on Etsy and bring you more customers. Also linking your shop to a Facebook page, Twitter, blog etc where you can keep potential customers up to date with new products, interests, markets and events etc helps too, it’s all free publicity. Get as much advice as you can from as many people too, there is a vast resource of knowledge on Etsy, there blog is great and forums etc can be really useful.

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Come meet Cheryl, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!

29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

Seller Highlight: Sasha / Sashadewittstudios

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop in just a few days time, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!

This episode: Sasha from Sashadewittstudios

Sasha makes playful prints, original embroidery and hand printed fabric items such as open wide zip cosmetic bags.

How did you choose your shop name?

It’s my name.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

I needed a place to sell my things online. A friend had told me about Etsy. It seemed easy to set up a shop so I went for it.

What do you love most about your products?

That I’ve made or designed them.

What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?

Understanding how a business works.

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

Keep at it. Build a network of buyers who can find you both online and offline, in real life – like at pop-up shops.

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Come meet  Sasha, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!

29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

Seller Highlight: Bethany / BethanyEowyn

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop at the end of this month, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!

This episode: Bethany from BethanyEowyn

Bethany creates unusual textile creations including women’s clothing and accessories, childrens clothing and home wares such as toddler teepees and baby quilts.

How did you choose your shop name?

When my designs outgrew my former shop name I decided to use my own name. My designs may change and evolve over time, but will always be handmade by me.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

I was drawn to Etsy as soon as I heard about it and loved the vintage and handmade ethos. I had started making accessories and selling them at local events and when I decided to go in to business in 2008 I signed up for Etsy straight away. I also love the shop layouts, everything on the site works well and looks great.

What do you love most about your products?

I’m a fabric addict and I have gathered beautiful fabrics from all over the world. I think the unique prints make each item really special.

What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?

I’m a one women operation and a full time Mum, and my products take a long time to make! I like to keep my shop fully stocked with a nice range of products so I squeeze in sewing time whenever I can.

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

As mentioned above, having a nice full shop with lots of items to choose from is important. 🙂 The more items you have the more likely your items are to pop up in searches. I have found that my made to order listings are very popular where the customer can choose the fabric, colours etc. themselves, so it’s worth having some made to order items. Promoting your shop from outside Etsy is really important, lots of my shop views come via my blog, Facebook and Instagram. Finally joining a team, or collaborating with another designer and helping to promote eachothers work can be a real boost too. 🙂

Most importantly make things *you* would like to own and you can’t go far wrong!

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Come meet Bethany, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!

29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

Seller Highlight: Sharon / Sheepmaysafelygraze

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop at the end of this month, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!

This episode: Sharon from SheepMaySafelyGraze

Sharon makes beautiful pieces of original jewellery, made from her own hand spun wool. She spins the fibre, knits it into beads, which are then felted and strung into wonderful necklaces and earrings.

How did you choose your shop name?

This is my favourite Bach tune, and as my pieces are hand spun, it felt just right.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

I love making jewellery, and want my pieces to be available to anyone who appreciates the craft and work that goes into producing original, hand crafted pieces. I felt that Etsy was the market place to find such people and artists.

What do you love most about your products?

Making the whole piece from first principles. I choose the fibre, spin it into yarn, then knit the beads which are put together in a variety of ways to make up into beautiful pieces of jewellery

What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?

Remembering, and making the time, to upload new pieces. Sometimes it is too easy to get caught up in the making, you almost forget the marketing!

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

Being sincere about your product, and ensuring the descriptions are full and accurate.

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Come meet Sharon, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!

29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

Seller Highlight: Siobhan / HAHonline

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop at the end of this month, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!

This episode: Siobhan from HAHonline

Siobhan specialises in making clothing and accessories for children but also makes a range of jewellery, men’s ties and homewares.

How did you choose your shop name?

I was making lots at home when I lost my job so HAH (Handmade at Home) seemed so relevant.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

Etsy was an easy decision, lots of friends I had met at various craft fairs were selling online and all told me that Etsy was easy to set up and maintain. It was a no-brainer as it complimented all the work we do face-to-face.

What do you love most about your products?

Most of all I love making the products, coming up with the ideas and seeing the products come together. My favourites are the tea tie towels, I love all things kitsch and retro and they are certainly both.

What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?

Making it look right – taking the right images, making things look consistent with the brand and knowing what’s worth listing. Etsy is all trial and error but I feel I’m almost there now.

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

Make sure you promote it, get involved with #CraftHour and #HandmadeHour on twitter, post your items on facebook and make sure it’s on any business cards you give out.
Read the Etsy handbook – it’s full of so many helpful tips, I’ve learnt so much from it.

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Come meet Siobhan, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!

29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

Seller Highlight: Cherie / DirtyThoughtsSoapwks

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop at the end of this month, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!

This episode: Cherie from DirtyThoughtsSoapswks

Cherie makes vegan friendly soap and bath bombs from natural ingredients, using as many sustainable and/or local sources as possible. She then lovingly wraps them in vintage maps she finds at charity shops.

How did you choose your shop name?

The name came to me almost immediately when I decided I would start making and selling my own soap. I just liked the cheekiness and double meaning of the name.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

I am new to Cambridge and wanted to access the market here.

What do you love most about your products?

I love the scents, they are so evocative of different times in my life.

What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?

Standing out against the competition.

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

Persistence! And adding new products often.

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Come meet Cherie, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!

29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00