Weather you love vintage, traditional or obscure, Etsy is great resource to find that perfect peice for your home. Anything from pillows to actual furniture can be found. I love looking at the furniture, I am a huge fan of the obsure and weird, although not many people know that about me. Some of these are spendy but pretty to look at! Click the picture to go to the listing:
Here are some really great items from Etsy.
As usual when I am at lunch at my day job, I pop over to Etsy to not only look at my shop but study the treasury that has made it to the front. I try to assertain what the curators plan was while they put that particular treasury together. Today, unlike any other day, a beautiful treasury sits before me, however I actually recognize the curators name Marieken Hoefnagel. Who could forget a beautiful name like Marieken! She’s the owner of invisiblecrown on Etsy and her blog is here. Check out her beautiful shop and wonderful blog! Click here to see the treasury!
Here are a few of the items she has in that treasury that I adore!
This great shop features rustic wedding guest books and wood albums. She also offers wood pencil holders, & journals.
You can also find pendants, brooches, original works of art, bookmarks, greeting cards and more.
This shop has various types of wedding and home decor including small boxes, knobs, coasters and more.
So congratulations Marieken for getting your treasury on page 1!!!
This month I had the privilege to be a coupon contributor to Dottiebox. What is Dottiebox? Well it is a box curated every month for women. They feature high quality handmade items, small business and indie brands. There is a full size version ($20.00 + shipping) with 4-5 items or a mini version ($13.00 including shipping) that comes with 2-3 items. Often vendors contribute to both and therefore have either 2 different products in each one or the product is varied in some way. You can check out Dottiebox HERE. And you can read the blog post about my shop HERE. I love the spirit behind this box service. This is a great way to get exposure for a small business, handmade or indie shop, which was my entire intention to join as a coupon contributor. I would like to contribute again but this time I think I would want to include my product so perhaps in the future.
Check out these reviews of December 2013 Dottiebox:
After a lot of research I decided (well my husband got me for Christmas rather) a Cricut Expression 2. I have had a few bumps but after running the sync software and updating the system then doing a factory reset I think it is good to go! I am pretty excited about this machine as it will open up so many more possibilities in my shop like paper banners for parties and such!
Here are a few new designs in my shop. I really love the 3 inch cards they are cute and just seem to gravitate to making these more than the normal A2 size. These cards are available in my shop.
I am so excited to be in my first ever craft fair. Sure I have gone to a few but have never been a vendor. I am lucky to have some good friends who also make cards so we are going to share a booth. I think this will be a wonderful opportunity to network a bit and get my name out in my own community. I have been making Christmas related items with all my free time (sorry to my wonderful husband)! Luckily he is a good sport and is very supportive of my efforts. All the information is on Vandicrafts Facebook as an event which is public so anyone can join! There will be a lot of wonderful booths to see and I will of course be posting pictures from this. Click HERE to go to my Facebook page and don’t forget to like my page!
I have learned so much in the past year. Not just about Etsy or how online selling works but also about myself. I am actually amazed how much time I really do put into Vandicrafts. I seem to have this endless supply of energy to make beads and cards, set up treasuries, read forums, blog and read other blogs. It comes down to one simple factor, I simply love what I do! It’s not a “job” or a “chore”, it’s a pleasure to do all this.
My goal has been since I started Vandicrafts to one day make this my full-time source of income and I strive for that goal every day. The last few months have been picking up nicely with October being my best-selling month to date! My goals for remainder of 2013 and 2014 are to advertise more! A great product can’t be discovered if its hiding from the world.
A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all my current and future customers as I know you have a choice and I am over joyed you chose me! ~ Melissa Vandridge
I have to say I love Etsy and all that it stands for and I am not just saying that because I happen to own a shop! It truly is this unique eclectic group of people who either appreciate handmade goods, vintage or both! Growing up I haven’t always appreciated the handmade clothes my Mom would make. My most vivid memory was the homecoming dress she made (since the store bought dresses were too pricey). On the day of homecoming I remember watching her safety pin the remaining pieces together since she did not have enough time to finish it. I remember being so paranoid that a safety pin would come undone and stab me! This was the last handmade made item I owned for quite some time!
Since joining Etsy’s community almost a year ago, with my handmade card shop (I know go figure!), I have found a new appreciation for handcrafted items including clothes! Over the last year I have discovered that I really do love handmade items! I started to buy from the other shops on Etsy and discovered their craftsmanship and quality surpassed my expectation.
I have also decided that I will buy as many birthday presents and Christmas presents from Etsy as I can. I may pay a bit more and of course will have to pay for shipping but what I am getting is superior to store-bought-probably-made-in-a-sweatshop items. How many times have you bought some cheap item from the store just to have it fall apart? I am sure this happens on Etsy as well but I have yet to encounter it. As a shop owner I wish more of us would buy into the system we are trying to make money in. It really only makes sense. I doubt every shop makes their own greeting cards and I am sure a good portion of Etsy sellers buy greeting cards from the grocery store when they shop (I used to!). Why not plan a head a bit and buy from a fellow Etsian? I am not suggesting my store (although I would never stop you! :), I am talking any shop. If we bought into our system it would help Etsy’s economy grow which in turn will only help us and our shops.