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The Package

1 Nov

One way to make an impression on your customer in an online business is the way your package looks.  I’m not an expert, but I have always tried to make my packages look as neat as I can. You never know what it’s going to look like once it’s been through the mail, but I figure if it starts out nice it won’t be as bad!

My packages are all fairly small because my items are small and flat, but the general ideas can be used on any package.  So this is where I start:I have all my things gathered up: envelope, packing slip,  tract, business card, Thank-you Card, and the hair net. I get it all folded up to a size that will fit in the envelope I am using.  Right now I am trying to use up envelopes we have around here that aren’t being used.  When I buy envelopes, I buy the 6×9 brown ones.  I can get them at Wal Mart, but they are a bit cheaper from Office Depot. Then it is ready to weigh so I can print the mailing label.  I don’t know how other people do this part, but I use a scales that my Dad uses in his appliance business to charge refrigerators. It is a fairly accurate scales and works really well for my small packages.  The picture turned out dark, but right above that white part on the right it tells me how much the package weighs and I then type that into PayPal where I buy my postage.  There are some orders like foreign orders from etsy.com that I have to purchase the postage from the PO.  Those I just print out the address, or write it, and tape up the package.  Once I have the label printed, I cut it down to the size I need to fit the envelope.  I lay it on the envelope to make sure it fits:Then it’s ready for tape! I use wide clear packing tape and tape the flap down and then start on the front and tape all around the edges of the label. It ends up with a bunch of tape on the back, too, which is fine because it will make the package sturdier.  So there you have it! Ready to go out the door:And when you receive it, you will find your beautiful hair net!Hopefully it won’t be squished too flat.  They fluff up pretty good though if it is.  I have gotten a few returned to me so I have an idea what they look like!

As in any business, there is always paperwork, too.  I take the receipt printed with the postage label and staple it onto the paypal record that I print out.  That is what I keep in my file as record of the transaction.This makes it seem like a long drawn out process, but it doesn’t really take long.  Especially after you’ve done it awhile.  I did realize how much work it is when Mom shipped orders for me this Summer.  I was on the phone telling her how to do it and wondering why I hadn’t taught her before I left?! I didn’t make her do the fancy packing slip and I hadn’t started doing the thank yous back then.

Lightbox!

24 Aug

One of the most important elements of my sales both on Etsy and eBay is my pictures. Ever since I found out what a light box is, I have wanted one! Mom & I did some research online and decided we could make one. We finally got to it last week. Mom took a cardboard box and cut the sides out of it. We covered them with tissue paper and put poster board inside for the back and bottom of the picture. I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but here is a shot of the cutting.  We had some difficulty coming up with lights. I put one on each side and a brighter one at the top. It seemed to work pretty well, but when I looked at the pics on the computer they have a sort of red tint. One of my lights has a red shade, which I thought may be the problem, but also all of the pictures I took were red items? So I have to keep experimenting! I think the best pictures are still better than the old ones I was taking, so that’s an encouragement!  My first light box picture. This one is a bit better, I think:  Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I’d love to hear your ideas! Once we find a good place to set it up in our *small* house, I will try to post more pictures of the actual light box.

Buttoned Hanging Hand Towels

16 Aug

The Buttoned Hanging Hand Towels  in my etsy.com shop are very practical items. Everyone needs a towel, right? 🙂 And even better it’s buttoned into place so it can fall on the floor every time you dry your hands!

I currently have 10 towels listed and hope to do more soon. I have been experimenting with different colors, ect. Trying to think outside of the box! When I think about making things, I almost always think of things I would like. Of course not everyone likes the same things as me, so the challenge is to imagine what other people would like. A good example is the brown & pink towel in this picture. I don’t like paisleys! But I thought someone else might… so here goes! 🙂

If you prefer a more feminine looking kitchen, I have a pretty floral or a purple butterfly towel.

I was looking back in my blog history and found my first towels I posted! They have come a long way since then! That is part of the challenge (fun), though. Always improving and learning how to do better. Customer satisfaction is top priority!

Treasury

14 Aug

The last several days 5 treasury lists have featured my items! How exciting! Click on the pictures to visit the treasury.

curated by Melissa from ThePeacefulHeartcurated by Jan of fibremomcurated by Karen from EllieMarieDesigns

You can visit the other two here:

Learning to Love Pinks

Just Because

Christmas in July

9 Jul

I made a coupon code to use as a Christmas in July sale, but in the meantime someone in an Etsy team suggested using this website to run sales:

https://www.etsyonsale.com/sellers?referralCode=NXMHZEYBVN

I checked it out and I am so glad I did! It was super easy to make a sale, and mark every item through their program instead of going through and doing it manually. It’s a site that allows you to easily run a sale in your Etsy shop, change tags for items all at once, and auto renew items on a schedule you set.  You can watch the demo video at the link above.  Plus, if you login and link up your Etsy shop you will get a total of $10 in free credits to use.

So right now every item in my shop is on sale! I have been adding 1 or 2 items almost every day so go check it out and see if there is anything just right for you.

Happy Shopping!

Christian Themed Treasuries

30 Jun

The CAPS Team has a Christian-Themed Treasury Challenge on today. Here are a few examples: (click on the picture to visit the treasury)

 

For longer list of treasuries go to this blog post.  God Bless You!

 

Sales! Yay!!

25 Apr

I have been excited this weekend because I got some good sales! Yay!! That is always exciting. Someone bought a bunch of my gift bags on etsy.com and I sold some hairnets on www.ebay.com! I hope they keep rolling in, but you never know!

Purple Stripe Gift Bags

18 Apr

Last week I did a custom order for 6 of these purple striped gift bags. It was fun to do them. I had them all sewed up before she ordered, but I added the flowers to the five of them that didn’t already have them.  The one bag was smaller than the others, but she said she wanted it anyway. Please excuse the background. 🙂 I didn’t set up my studio properly.

Of course I forgot to ask her where she was from before I quoted her a shipping price. Again. I need to put a post-it-note beside my computer. Oh well, that’s another subject.

I was very excited that I had enough fabric for this order! I make my gift bags from left over fabric from other projects. Most of the bags are one of a kind and I ‘m not able to make more because I used up the fabric.

I also got a request for yellow bags, but that order didn’t come to anything. I went a head and made some yellow ones just in case someone else wants yellow bags. These aren’t cotton, they are polyester.  I listed the first one in my Etsy shop today. You can view it here.

That’s about all I’ve gotten done for my shop this week. I forgot to get interfacing when we were in Phoenix last week, so I can’t do my towels. I did do some crocheting. My biggest problem is lack of motivation! The allergies around here are so bad right now. I finally took Benadryl last night so I felt better this morning. Until I sat outside for a while this afternoon….

Treasuries

16 Apr

Recently two of my items were featured in treasuries on Etsy. I also managed to make a treasury myself. It takes me forever to do them so I’m not sure if it’s worth it sometimes.

EweniqueEssentials featured my doily in thier treasury “I Remember Mother

fibremom featured my pink hair net in her treasury she’s growing up too fast…

This treasury, The Practical Homemaker I made for the Fruit of Her Hands Team treasury game.

My Brown Towel is Back

13 Apr

I guess the brown hanging towel is everyone’s favorite according to my sales records. The other night I took the risk of buying two packs of them. Don’t laugh, that was a huge investment for my teeny tiny shop! 🙂  I got them back in my store today, but they have new tops. I am running out of the fabric I was using to make the tops so I bought some at JoAnn’s the other night. It doesn’t match as good as I would have liked since I was going on my memory, which was a little foggy at 8:00 pm. I did take a sample of the old along, but in Wal Mart I used it to match buttons and that is the last the sample was seen. It might still be floating around in Wal Mart… But I hope everyone likes the new Brown Hanging Hand Towel!I also have a unique version of the brown towel. I put a turquoise blue top on it. 😉 I think it’s kind a neat. And of all things it’s made it into 3 treasury lists already! This one is my favorite:

Hang it upWhich of my towels is your favorite? I’d love to hear from you! Have a great weekend.

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