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Friday, September 24, 2010

Featured Shop - Pattycake's Plunder

Greetings all!  Stitchy apologizes first off for the late, late posting of this blog.  Usually is us up on Friday mornings at 7am sharp but Stitchy had a busy week.

This week's blogpost is a special one.  So far our regular featured Etsy sellers have been some great handmade shops as well as a fantast bead supply store, but this is our first ever feature of a vintage seller.

Today's information is posted in a non interview form but just as informative.  Please be sure to take the time especially to go over a very enlightening section regarding vintage items for sale in general as well as some helpful tips from an experienced Etsy seller.


And now a word from Pattycake's Plunder:

I use to own an antique mall and an antique shop in Albany Oregon. I quickly learned about the antique and collectible business. I spent many hours studying and doing research on my items in my shops. Once I bought my first couple pieces of vintage jewelry I was hooked. The bling blinded my brain and I could see nothing in my future but sparkle.

I traded all my collectibles reference books on antiques for vintage jewelry reference books. I opened an online shop at Rubylane.com while I operated my shops and soon found I was making more money there. I later closed my shops due to lack of foot traffic in our small local town. Though I was doing very well on Rubylane I left their online shop because it was costing me too much in fees. I then continuted to do shows and I opened shops at Cyberattic.com ,Tias.com. and at that time Etsy was just starting out.

I opened my shop in July 2008 but I did not list my first item until Sept 2008. My first sale on Etsy was rather quick. I was very impressed with Etsy. I opened my shop just in time for the Christmas rush.

I did so well that I opened a second shop called The Pickers so I would have a place to sell my low end jewelry. I continue to keep my high end jewelry at Pattycakes Pluder and my low end vintage jewelry at Pickers shop.

Then one day I came across a huge estate where I purchased 50 lbs of vintage earrings. Thats when I opened June Cleavers Jewelry Box and I sell only vintage earrings there. As to date I have sold over $5,000.00 worth of just earrings at just $10.00 a pair.

Last March I opened my fourth Etsy shop called Hollywood Rings and I sell vintage rings. It has been very sucessfull to date.

I truly believe that doing my research and studing vintage and antique jewelry have been the best thing I have ever done and I still continue to do my research today. One can never learn enough about vintage jewelry. Having knowledge about your merchandise is key to getting your items sold and having your customers trust what you say in your descriptions. Excellent photos is also must in selling on Etsy.

I try to list new items daily to keep my customers interested in coming back. I also do relisting thru out the day to bring them to my shops as well. I do not advertise on facebook, twitter or any other revenues. I focus on my Etsy shops daily and by doing so it creates sales for me.

One of the things that really upsets me now is seeing so many other Etsy sellers now selling vintage jewelry online that have not a clue as to what they are selling. They just know by seeing other vintage jewelry shops doing so well that they want to get on the band wagon so they jump in with both feet and start selling vintage jewelry. I see many jewelery items being sold on Etsy that is in fact not vintage at all. I see items being sold as vintage Native American jewelry that are new pieces from Tibet or China. I see jewelry items in poor condition being sold with high dollar prices because the sellers simply did not do their homework. Its really saddens me to see this happening on Etsy. I would love to see Etsy hire staff members that specialize in vintage and vintage jewelry to help keep this from happening to the site.

My best advice to anyone wanting to sell vintage or vintage jewelry on Etsy is to please take the time to do your research on your items. Give clear accurate descriptions and take great photos. Most of all be professional in your packaging. Buyers really appreciate the time you time make sure their items get to them quickly and are packaged correctly. I wish I had started selling vintage jewelry online long before I opened my antique shops years ago. Its a great place to sell, the staff is helpful and professional. Please take the time to click on my shops links and have a look around. I provide FREE Worldwide shipping on all jewelry items. http://www.pattycakesplunder.etsy.com/, http://www.thepickers.etsy.com/, http://www.junecleavers.etsy.com/ and http://www.hollywoodrings.etsy.com/


This has been another great inteview of an Etsy seller and I must say we are very honored to be able interview such an experienced seller.  Thank you Pattycake's Plunder for taking the time to provide us with some awesome information!

Coming up on October 9th, 2010 Stitchy Impressions is still expecting to be at the 2010 Coalingafest in Coalinga California!  Hope to see you all there!

Also be sure to keep an eye out for yet another new line of pincushions!

xoxo,
Stitchy

Friday, September 17, 2010

Finished Projects

This week Stitchy is very proud to show off some great projects that she's recently finished.  Some of these projects will be appearing at Stitchy Impressions' Etsy shop and others are for Stitchy's own personal use.

First up is this adorable hat that Stitchy plans on using for everyday come winter time.  Excuse the badness of the photo please, have you ever tried taking a picture of yourself?


Kinda cute huh? Trust Stitchy when she says it looks better in real life.  The pattern was called Hannelore by Amy Duncan and can be purchased through http://www.knitpicks.com/.  Ms. Duncan can also be found on http://www.ravelry.com/.  The pattern was easy to follow and included both a graph and written instructions which was really nice and very much appreciated.

The next item(s) that Stitchy has recently completed were a few pincushions that she made up on a whim for the upcoming Coalingafest Car Show.  What pincushions have to do with cars, we'll never know, but they should look pretty cute in a basket at Stitchy's booth.  Here is the very first one:



And it's two sided, but not all the pincushions are.  Currently there are 5 but only 2 are appearing so far in Stitchy Impressions' Etsy shop.

The next thing Stitchy has created and is uber excited to present to the world made it's debut at Stitchy Impressions on Thursday the 16th and it is this totally awesome felted hand bag:


See how lovely it is!  The flowers are also pins so you can mix and match, etc.  While the purse is for sale and has the flowers included, there are no current plans to include the flowers for sale seperately at anytime.  They'll likely be free gifts with your purchase or accessories for things like these. 

Thanks for stopping by this week for another great read and for ooing and awing over Stitchy's recent projects!

xoxo,
Stitchy

Friday, September 10, 2010

Etsy Featured Artist - Feather Crochet

This week Stitchy had the pleasure of interviewing Etsy Seller Feather Crochet (http://feathercrochet.etsy.com/)  Feather Crochet specializes in some great and unique crocheted items for the home, for kids, and for adults!

On to the interview!

Stitchy: Some basic information, how long have you been at your craft and what originally brought you to Etsy?


Feather Crochet: I’ve been crocheting for over 30 years now. After much encouragement from friends and family I decided to try and sell some of the items I had made. I was surprised at how well I did. Many of the people who bought from me asked if I had a website that they could share with friends. At the time I didn’t. Then I found Etsy.


Stitchy: Where do you find your inspiration for your creations?


Feather Crochet: My first creations were afghans for family members. Later, after having two girls and being surprised at the cost of Barbie and baby doll clothes, I began designing my own outfits for their toys. Now I crochet whatever catches my eye. I also like to be challenged by other people’s imaginations. There’s nothing I like better then when someone asks, “Do you think you could make….” That’s always fun.


Stitchy: Who has been your biggest supporter and is there anything you'd like to be able to say to this person?


Feather Crochet: Definitely my family. My grandmother taught me how to crochet and for that I will be forever grateful. If it weren’t for the rest of my family’s encouragement I don’t think I would have continued to grow as I have. I thank them all for their love and support.


Stitchy:  As an artist, what are your favorite types of materials to use and where are your favorite places to go to get these items?


Feather Crochet: I love all yarn. I’ve just begun to work with eco-friendly yarns and I love them. I’m always hunting the web for yarns on sale and new types of yarn.


Stitchy: How was your experience with your very first sale on Etsy?


Feather Crochet: I became an Etsy member almost a year ago. It took me 8 months to work up the courage to actually list items and open my shop. I had my first sale the day after I opened. I couldn’t believe it! It was very exciting. Every time I get a sale it’s as exciting as the first. It’s such an incredible feeling to know people like what I’ve made.


Stitchy:  Do you also participate in local venues like craft fairs, and if you do what are some suggestions that help make that a success?


Feather Crochet: I enjoy participating in local craft shows and meeting people face to face. I always make sure I have a large selection of the things I make and let people know that I’m willing to work with them on made to order items.

Stitchy: What is the one thing that you don't have, but would love to have that would greatly assist you in your creations?


Feather Crochet:  More sales so I can buy more yarn! LOL.


Stitchy: What is your most favorite item in your shop and what makes it so special to you?


Feather Crochet: I don’t know if it’s my “most favorite” but the blue American Girl dress with matching tam is one of them. One of the reasons why is because it reminds me of a similar dress I had at one of my craft shows.

For over an hour I watched this little girl come over to my booth and look at the dress. She would touch it, smile at me, and then walk away only to return later and do the same thing. I asked her if she liked the dress. She explained to me that she had a doll at home that she loved very much and she thought the dress was very beautiful. She didn’t have any money and her mom was busy buying Christmas presents for other family members. She later brought her mom over and showed her the dress. Her mom agreed that it was a beautiful dress but that she had already gotten her presents for the little girl. When they left I wrapped the dress up and had my mom watch my booth. I found the little girl and her mom as they were leaving. I gave the girl the dress and told her “Merry Christmas”. Now I smile whenever I make a new dress, hoping it will end up on a much loved doll.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/54191556/cornflower-blue-american-doll-dress?ref=v1_other_2


Stitchy:  What do you feel are your best marketing tools?


Feather Crochet: Being a “newbie” I’m still trying to find my niche. I’m trying everything at the moment: business cards, Twitter, word of mouth and can often be found in the chat rooms between projects.


Stitchy:  What suggestions would you offer to brand new Etsy sellers?


Feather Crochet:  I’m still new myself but I believe that with work and perseverance any shop on Etsy has great potential.
 
 
What a great interview!  Please be sure to stop by and check out Feather Crochet's shop and her beautiful items!


Next week's article will be a feature on some upcoming items for Stitchy's shop as well as some bragging on recently completed projects!

On October 9th Stitchy could possibly be at (it's not set in stone yet, but Stitchy turned the application in) Coalingafest in Coalinga, CA!  Hope to see you all there!

xoxo,
Stitchy

Friday, September 3, 2010

Stitchy Impressions' New Line

It's finally here!!  The new line from Stitchy Impressions!

And it is called:  xoxo, Stitchy.

And now for the explanation as to what this line is for, and the only times the xoxo, Stitchy tag (pictured) will ever be seen.

This is Stitchy's gift line.  That's right.  None of the xoxo, Stitchy items will ever be sold.  These are items that Stitchy will make for people as gifts as well as items Stitchy chooses to keep for herself.

In a 100 years from now when your grandchildren are out shopping and stumble across an xoxo, Stitchy item at an antique store or thrift shop they will know that it was an item that was never commercially sold but something sweet that Stitchy made for someone she loves.  Pictured here is the very first item of the xoxo, Stitchy line.

This was an adorable felted hand bag that Stitchy made for her dear aunt, Robin.  It was made from a lovely maroon shade of Cascade 220 and includes 14 crochet flowers and thick lining made from upholstery fabric.  Robin loved it!

This is also a finished item bragging moment as a lot of effort went in to this item and it came out perfectly! 

On a side note, a similar item will soon appear in Stitchy Impressions on Etsy.  One of which is currently in the works as we speak from a beautiful neutral shade called Almond in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.

So there you have it - Stitchy's new line available for only a select few of Stitchy's closest friends and loved ones.  Keep in mind though that a lot of love and care go in to every item that Stitchy makes, these however are just extra special for the reason that they won't be sold online or on consignment anywhere.

Stay tuned for next weeks exciting post which will be another interview of a fantastic Etsy store!  Also coming up will be a new Treasury for the week as well.  This will be able to be viewed by signing up for Stitchy's mailing list on the right!

xoxo,
Stitchy