The NC Triad Etsy team would like to personally invite you to the First Friday indie Market at the Festival of Lights, Downtown Greensboro, NC, on Friday December 4th on the Corner of South Elm Street and MLK, from 4 PM to 9PM.
NC Triad Etsy Team Member bodhicitta featured on the Etsy Quit your Day Job Series!!!!!!!
Zeke of bodhicitta was able to successfully cut back on the hours at his previous glass fabricating day job until he was able to give full notice and venture into a "right livelihood," running his own environmentally-friendly business selling recycled post consumer wine bottles. Zeke notes Etsy enabled him to make this leap and advises reading the business articles on The Storque. Keep reading to find out why Zeke says every Etsy seller should learn the basics of SEO and why he thinks he just may need to invest in a trust time-clock.
Read the full interview on Etsy's Blog the Storque and leave a comment!!!
Our first team event, The First Friday Indie Market last Friday, September 4 was a WHOPPING SUCCESS thanks to our wonderful team leader, Zeke of Bodhicitta Glass!!! This new treasury created by Anna of ZellBell Designs showcases some of the wonderful items for sale at the market. Please mark your calendars for Friday, October 2 when we do it again!
Things are really happening with our newly formed team! We have two local craft fairs scheduled in downtown Greensboro for August and September, and continue to have new members attending our monthly team meetings at The Green Bean. All interested Etsians in the Greensboro/Triad area are welcome to join us!
Take a look at our FIRST all team treasury created by Anna from ZellBell Designs...
Firday August 7th members of the NCTriad Etsy team will be participating!! The event is from 6-9pm in front of the Greenhill Center on Davie Street in Downtown Greensboro. We would love to see you out there!!
I might have mentioned this before but there is a group I belong to that has some interesting and relevent discussions. On going now is,"Can you survive on your art fair income alone?" this is on ArtFairInsiders.com they have several groups and several threads going. It is a great place to ask questions. people are always very nice.
Karol Harris aka karolsvintageart.etsy.com, girlglitter.etsy.com and quiltopia.etsy.com crashed the June meeting of the NCTriad Etsians...
Just kidding. I was invited by Anna (zellbell.etsy.com) and was happy to meet all who were there (Zeke, Anna and Justiann). After briefly sharing stories of our recent networking experiences, it became apparent that we are a motivated, creative group of friendly artists eager to expand our artistic opportunities.
I couldn't be happier to be a part of this group and hope that we will grow in number as the year progresses.
I am always on the hunt for treasuries and look forward to snagging one for our group soon.
Hey I just made these new recycled planters out of reclaimed Jagermiester bottles. They have two 1 1/2 inch holes drilled into the side that fit a small succulent or herbs. I am calling them "Garden Parties!"
I am looking for some feedback on what a good price for this item would be. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Leave a comment on this post or visit my store and leave a convo.
One of the complaints I hear often from sellers is that it is so hard to be found on etsy. I agree that there is a TON of stuff on there and it is sometimes hard to stand out in a crowd, BUT there are some simple things you can do to maximize your chances of being found. The very first and easiest is to be a good TAGGER. You get 14 tags on each of your items and if you are not using them all then you are not being a good tagger. Check out this article on Etsy containing great tagging tips. I include things like " mom, dad, wedding, housewarming, green, eco chic, etc, etc" I try to put myself in a shoppers shoes. Check out this item of mine and the tags I put on it for ideas.
Etsy also tries to do lots of promotions. Often to participate all you have to do is tag your item with a specific tag. For instance, Etsy wanted to feature earth friendly products and asked sellers who were interested in participating to tag their item with 'earth tones'. This increases your likelyhood of your stuff getting seen by the etsy admin's and featured in an 'etsy finds' email. (By the way, I was featured in one and got over 3,500 unique visitors to my shop in one day!!!) These promotions can often be found in the storque. Glance through it now and again to see if there is something your items fit with.
Just wanted to say hello and share a few words as I continue to negotiate trying to support myself as an artist in North Carolina.
I talked to a friend who wanted to join the art show and sale in Salisbury (Art on Easy Street) but was held back by their insistance on a state sales tax number. All you have to do is register on line for one. They send you a booklet which you send in the money four times a year. no big deal. Much better to be legal than to be hauled in later.
Also I decided to apply for a peddlers license in case I want to do some "gorilla selling". When I phoned the city told me it would be fifty dollars. but by the time I went down there in person it kept going down. The licenses from the city last not a year from when you buy them but for the city's fiscal year. And since it is close to the end they prorated it and only charged me $12.50. On the phone the woman told me it would be fifty bucks. Thought you guys should know.
Also we were talking about where to get good table display stuff and wrapping things and ect. I use A & B Store Fixtures Inc they are on Swing Court which is off of Swing Road which is off West Market by the Airport. Of course we also mentioned if it's Paper and the good ol Dollar Store!
A few other webbie things I use a lot are: https://www.zapplication.org/ this is a free site that lets you load photos and hold them for shows that use on line applications for art shows.
also http://festivalnet.com/ this is a free service, but for a small fee, fourty bucks, you will get more info and it will keep listings you are interested in as a live list.
also http://www.artfairinsiders.com/ this is a free thing. she has a couple of things she soft sells but the web thing is free and the groups are free to join and very nice and friendly. I have asked questions and had them all answered very nicely and completely. groups for jewelry glass, potters and purse people! yeah!
Ok this was more than I intended to write but I hope it is useful to someone. I really enjoy meeting everyone and learn someting everytime I talk to you guys. Thanks! - Robin