In life, we are creators. We have been given amazing tools that enable us to create. Our mind being the most powerful one.
I think that when it comes to business, creation is also the best way to be profitable. I’ve learned that trying to make money by riding off someone else’s creation isn’t as fulfilling as making money from your own creation. Recently my fiancé got me very into creating stencil art. It’s one of the most fulfilling activities I’ve done in a long time. Mostly because I’m good at it!
I’m excited to see where this new creativity takes me. I can see that the rest of the world loves something new, different, something interesting. I want to be the one to give it to them. I want to create.
I can’t wait to make more stickers and canvas art. I’m amazed at my ability.
Find what you like and pursue it. Don’t be afraid. Don’t ever hold yourself back. You were born a creator….you just have to find out what you’re good at making.
I look forward to posting more art for you all to enjoy in my Etsy shop. If you’d like a custom piece done – don’t hesitate to contact us.
I want to create for you!
- Tutorial – How to stencil print gift cards (richardmordenillustration.blogspot.com)
I can’t help but share that my Ebay store has now reached Top Rated Seller status! I’ve worked really hard all year trying to bring my numbers up to meet the standards. It’s been hard since they have been so difficult to meet and almost unrealistic. Two unhappy buyers out of over 1000 was keeping me out of this level. Ebay decided to make the standards a little more realistic and now I’m a Top Rated Seller on Ebay!
Thank you to all our wonderful customers that keep the shop going. It’s been over a year and business is thriving! Thank you to all my friends that brought me consignment to sell! Thank you to everyone that has believed in me! 2012 will be even better than 2011!
Keep your spirits high people – amazing things will happen when you do!
- 2011 eBay Spring Update Arrives (vendio.com)
- Can you make eBay returns part of your customer service? (vendio.com)
- eBay to Make Photos Free, Require Them By Early Summer (sportscollectorsdaily.com)
I’ll be looking for inventory for the year pretty soon – if you have tons of designer clothing in excellent condition but don’t have the time to deal with it – write to me! I’d love to set up a wholesale purchase of anything you’re looking to shed. This is especially for those that sell other products and don’t specialize in clothing, make some extra cash with those items you’re too busy to sell.
I love buying wardrobe cleanouts, purses, jewelry and anything girly or pretty. Brand new makeup is also something I’d love to purchase. If you’re in Houston I’ll come to you – it’s that easy!
Prices usually range from $1-3 an item depending on what you have. I love buying lots of 20-100 items.
This offer will be open all year so if you see it anytime in 2012 I should be buying.
Happy New Year all!
It’s a well-known fact that photos are a key piece when selling an item online. Photos can sometimes make or break your sale. If your goods can be photographed with good lighting and interesting angles you’ll have a better chance of selling your item at a high price than if the photos are out of focus or poorly angled.
Below are some tips that will help you when taking photographs of items you put in your online stores.
- Use Natural Lighting – Natural lighting is the absolute best way to show all details of an item. I find that early morning and late afternoon are the best times to get bright lighting for your items. Many times you can place them next to a window that gets a lot of sun to take advantage of natural lighting. It also helps you add interesting shadows to your products. The second best thing to natural lighting is Halogen which has a bright glow that doesn’t glare too much.
- Take a million pictures of your item – Ok, maybe not that many! You want to have a good choice of photos to choose from when listing your item. Sometimes they look better on the camera than they do on the display so don’t cut any pictures from your camera memory as you take them. Wait until you can check them all and pick from the best. With sites like Etsy you only get 5 photos to upload for each listing so taking a ton of pictures really increases the chances of getting those excellent shots.
- Use Photo editing software to make your products more interesting – Photos online tend to be all the same. Dull colors are a common theme among products on both Ebay and Etsy. By using a photo editing software and adding effects to your pictures, you can increase the chances that people will zero in on your photos out of the million others out there. I love using Picnik.com which offers a ton of free functions and lots more if you want to pay for the premium version. Some of my favorite effects are lomo, increase brightness, cross process and adding seasonal banners. I have found sales really increase when doing this and all I have to do is add a note stating “first photo was edited and colors may not match actual item.”
- Use a plain and simple background with nothing but the item in it – People want to see what they are buying and a plain background is usually your best bet for increasing sales volume. It keeps photos uncluttered and keeps confusion down about what’s included in the sale. A light box is surprisingly cheap when purchased from eBay. They work great for photographing small items. Using a light-colored wall and a mannequin is best when photographing clothes.
I hope these tips help you increase your sales volume! If you have any other tips please feel free to share them in the comments so others can learn from them. Below is an example of a photo that I’ve edited with Picnik. Don’t you love the Christmas lights?!
Happy Holidays everyone!
We’ve heard a lot this year about recessions, people struggling to make ends meet and large corporations taking advantage of consumers. We all want to do something about this, to help one another recover from this difficult economy we are living in.
I think the best way to help one another is to do our holiday shopping on sites like Ebay and Etsy. We know that supporting large corporations is not helping the economy to recover. They put the money into the hands of their investors who likely will not put it back into the economy very quickly. The rich do not get rich by spending their money and if they do spend, they are more likely to support large businesses. The middle and lower classes however are those who need help the most. They are the bulk of sellers on sites like Ebay and Etsy.
Etsy is a fantastic resource for finding vintage and handmade goods. Vintage goods are usually of a higher quality than goods purchased today. They are also more unique and more appreciated by recipients. Handmade items usually have the same high quality that vintage items do. Everything I have purchased on Etsy has been of exceptional quality. I am always impressed by people’s ability to make something more lasting than a large company can (though why would the large company want you to have something that lasts). What else is fun about Etsy is that many items are customizable to your recipient. You can add monograms, messages and so much more to make it special for that person. Another fantastic thing about Etsy sellers is that many of them make their products with little to no impact on the environment. They are conscious and Eco-friendly. We cannot say this about large factories producing in bulk.
Ebay is a wonderful resource for finding items that are cheap, discontinued or even large lots of items that are able to be split among many people. You would be amazed to find that items can generally be purchased for less the price on Ebay than you would find at the store they are usually sold in. Ebayers are held to a high standard by Ebay. We are not allowed to take advantage of buyers and there are great protections in place for your purchases. Usually shipping is less than at a large company’s online store and many times it’s free. It is easier to shop because you can shop on your time eliminating lines you might have stood in and the extra gas you would have spent going out. Another wonderful thing about Ebay sellers is that many give their profits to charitable organizations so you can make a large impact just by shopping with them.
This holiday season I hope you join me in supporting each other. pledge to support local and independent sellers, artisans, designers and crafters. I believe that this is one step we can all take to improve our situation.
Please share you comments and ideas so we can better understand how this helps our nation in a big way.
It’s incredible to me how many people still don’t know anything about Etsy. I tell them I sell online with Ebay and Etsy. They are so familiar with Ebay but have no clue what Etsy is. So, here’s some enlightenment for those that need it:
- Etsy is a marketplace where sellers are only allowed to sell in three categories. They are vintage, handmade and supplies. To qualify for vintage items need to be over 20 years old, meaning they must have been made in 1990 or before. Handmade items are required to be handmade by you.
- Etsy is a huge online store full of really amazing sellers. The best part about Etsy is the uniqueness factor. There are things here that you won’t find anywhere else, some you’ll be amazed to find even exist. Sellers pride themselves on top quality pictures which are part of why Etsy shines so brightly.
- Another feature besides buying and selling on Etsy are the treasuries! Treasuries are made by any Etsy user. They are a collection of items generally with some type of theme. Sellers cannot feature themselves in a treasury so it’s a great tool for helping other sellers find more exposure. It also works well for showing people how skilled you are in creating a collection of eye-catching pieces.
- The best part of Etsy I have found are the teams. Teams are very active on Etsy, working together to help each other be successful. This is where Etsy really feels like a community. Sellers are there to help each other critique and improve their shops so the entire marketplace can benefit from sellers that offer amazing value. Teams also help you promote your own items, treasuries or ideas for the marketplace.
I’ve been on Etsy for about 9 months now. They are cheaper than Ebay making their site a good resource for people selling handmade goods, vintage items or craft supplies. Sales are a little slower but prices generally tend to be higher since the perceived value of the site is higher for buyers. 20 cents to list any item at any price sure encourages me to wait for those sales though! The fees are incredibly low too compared to what Ebay now takes.
Let’s all move our vintage, handmade and supplies over to Etsy. This marketplace needs to grow and I’d love to see more buyers/sellers like you participating in it. Send me your questions if you want to know more about Etsy or just go check out http://www.etsy.com!
If you’d like to check out my store front it’s Hippie Chick Finds located here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JsssikaRabbit?ref=si_shop