Friday, January 30, 2009
In this collage from Left to Right:
All these awesome treasures can be seen in my favorites too! Hope you all buy something fabulous this weekend! Come and share you latest purchase in the comments if you get a chance! I would love to see what caught your eye, even if it's not from this list! It's always good to see what's out there! Have a great weekend everyone and remember to stop in on monday!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I love the new treasuries I’ve been included in. I’m thinking it’s been the improvement of photos recently that has me in more and more. I am so thankful to those that include me and take the time to make sure all the items go well together! What an eye you all have! That’s my platter on the bottom right hand side! Be sure to click on the treasury, you get 12 clicks, so click on anything as long as you click 12 times! Take a minute to comment too! It’s really helpful in getting a hot treasury to the front page! Thanks bunches!!
In my Shop today, I have added a lot of new things, come on in and take a look! There is a lot to choose from and I am even open to any custom work. My turn around time is less than 24 hours if I have the supplies on hand! Thanks so much to everyone for taking the time to comment and read! I really appreciate each and everyone of you out there! I have the best friends, readers and customers! So come on in and take a little peek and maybe even buy something fabulous today!
For today’s SHOP NOTE have you thought about going on a marketing blitz? Print out 20 fliers for your shop, staple some business cards to the bottom and arm yourself with a package of thumbtacks and tape! Head out around your town and don’t come home until all 20 are up! Keep an eye on your Google analytics for your own state and then town and see if your views increase at all! You may even get a sale!!! It’s a fun way to spread the word! This is how I’ve been booked for some local parties. I love Google Analytics! It let’s me see where my views are coming from! Right now I have someone from Westover, Maryland in my shops every single day for quite a bit of time daily…so Miss Westover, what brings you in??? There is only 1 shop I visit daily, almost religiously and sometimes more than daily! hahah! FancyFeast has the MOST rockin’ supply shop and now she’s going out of business, so I keep dropping in to see what else she has listed! I’ve gotten some fabulous things from her and keep buying more! I think i’ve bought something every other day for the past 2 weeks! I need to stay away! Have a fabulous Wednesday everyone!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Hi everyone! I hope your Monday was phenomenal! Mine certainly was and I even ended up with a new wholesale account! So today I wanted to check if you all knew how to set up your shop policies information for your wholesale inquiries. I have my information located in my shop policies section on Etsy. It’s easy for me to be able to just paste the link when I have an inquiry. When you get that first inquiry don’t panic. (You still will! haha! I had no clue what to do). Thank them for their interest and link them to your terms and other information. Don’t have anything going yet? Let me help you!
First make sure your pricing is up to par, that you are still profiting from your sales. Wholesale is ALOT of work. It’s actually to the point where I’m thinking that my 15.00 an hour I pay myself is not enough money. Be prepared for that. Usually the typical discount that wholesalers are looking for is 50%. Make sure you are still profiting, otherwise it’s time to raise those prices. Remember that the retailers need to make a profit too! Once your prices are in order and you have determined your discount, it’s time to make that discount worth your while. What is your minimum order amount? For me they must have a minimum of 500.00 in merchandise which brings their discount to 250.00. Make sure you mention your shipping requirements too. I DO NOT budge on these as it’s the only was to ensure that our packages arrive to who they are supposed to arrive to. I have accounts in the double digits, so do not be afraid to ask for everything you need to, proper businesses will NOT leave because you are setting limits. I also have done a document with color photos of items that are NOT one of a kind. With these I can put a photo of the item and how many I have the ability to make. This catalogue is GREAT for taking with you when meeting with boutiques along with your samples. It gives them a hardcopy of something to look at and not just the promises of logging onto your website. Finally be sure to mention your turn around time. I always tell them in the first reply that depending on the size of the order, and if I have to order more supplies or not I turn around in less than 48 hours. Here is my information:
Additional Policies and FAQs
I do Wholesale! With a minimum order of 500.00 My wholesale discount is 50% off anything you see in my shop. The 500.00 is total BEFORE the discount is applied. So in the end your total is 250.00.
For wholesale accounts customer pays INSURED and Confirmed with signature Shipping.
If you are not sure on purchasing that many items, I can do a small sampler pack of 10 items with a 20% discount off the total purchase. Customer pays same shipping as above. (Insured and Signature confirmation.)
Try and keep in mind that many people are just inquiring and are not ready to buy at the moment, so you will have a lot of people NOT return your reply email. No worries! It’s nothing against your policies, they are just getting information. That first account will leave you a bit rattled, but it gets easier! I promise. There will be some more demanding customers than others, and that’s okay too, it just thickens the skin! One of my accounts we went back and forth for almost a month! It was insane, but in the end totally worth it. They ended up filling up SIX of their stores with goodies from MichellesCharmWorld! It was a wild ride, but has even already led to follow up orders. Some of my accounts even come in for monthly top offs. The more often they come back, I lower the minimum buying amount. I don’t always give 50% either. Once you gain a rapport with your customers you will see what will or will not work for you. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! I love answering!
Okay the first note is that I officially have neough items for a SALE SECTION. These items are about to expire, so I lowered them waaay more than 50%. I just needed to move them, especially with all the new goodies coming in. Take a Look and find some goodies!
NEXT, My Lollishops shop and my affiliation with them is now terminated. I don't wish to get into too many details, but I learned how not to run a business this weekend and I also learned one very good piece of knowledge: Always take the time to step away for a few beats before you let your emotions get the best of you. It's not always easy, but then that way we can look more dignified and definately more mature as business people. I will be exclusively on Etsy right now. I have a few bits and baubles spread throughout the net, but this is my main shop. I want to thank each and everyone of you that took the time to send me a message and PLEASE know that I am slowly responding. I have about 62 more to go through.
I wish you all well today and please keep my son in your thoughts! We're off to his Drs. Appt. He is deaf in one ear since birth. We finally left all the poking and prodding and testing and surguries behind us at 6 months, when it just became too much. He is now 15 months old and we are going to see if his growth, the surgeries etc. have made any difference! I will keep you all updated, he's one of the bright spots in my life, my little ROman Alexander!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Today I challenge you to sort through all those bins and baskets in your studios and get together a destash pile. I usually just toss stuff in a big 12x12 box and sort it as the month ends, but it's been awhile lately. Today I plan on filling a box, photographing it and just listing the entire thing. I don't have time for small lots and just want to get rid of it all! Then I will reorganize and relabel by drawers, some of the labels seem to be peeling off! Now hurry and get that done before the trash men arrive!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I am in the process of listing new items in the shop, so stop on in and take a look at the new cuteness that is coming in! The 3 items in the above photos are my newest creations! So cute! A Vintage Locket Necklace, a miniature dollhouse and dolly necklace , and a Tray of Sweet Desserts Necklace!
Have a minute? Please stop into my Lollishops shop! I'm going to be adding many new goodies in February, but for now enjoy a fabulously funky and awesome goody bag if you buy from my shop this week!!
Monday, January 19, 2009
I walked into the hosue to see my husband and he smiled, he told me he loved my hair and it's his top style yet! Believe me in 10 years of being together, this is a huge compliment! I change my hair all the time!
Next was dinner at the Signature Room on the 95th of the Hancock Center in Chicago. It was absolutely fabulous if not magical! We had been there several times before kids, but somehow, now that we have kids, it seemed so much more elgant, fancy, dreamlike! It's great seeing a menu without chicken fingers on it! After a before dinner drink at the bar, we were seated along side a window the view was amazing. We had another drink while overlooking the menu and finally my husband decided on Lamb and I had the Filet. We ordered new drinks with dinner and it was decadent. Everything seemed to matieralize out of nowhere. Service was superb! Dessert followed and then it was time to keel over after settling the bill! Down we went in a super fast elevator and as if by magic a cab was down there ready to escort us to the Cadillac Palace, we were off to see Dirty Dancing! OMG! It was closing night and it was crowded! We were easily the most overdressed in the theatre, my husband in a suit and I was in an evening gown. (Remember, first big night out in 4 years, we wanted it to be perfect!) But it was still awesome! I bout too much merchandise, but I had to! It is my all time favorite movie!! Everything was SPECTACULAR, but I swear I fell in love with Tony Vincent. Was he in the lead as Johnny Castle? Nope, he was a singer and played Johnnys cousin, you know, the guy that takes baby to see the staff only quarters? WOW, he has a voice that makes women swoon! We had a truly fabulous weekend! I could go on, but I think I have said enough! haha!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I am putting this photo on Flickr too, so that I can point out things in the notes. I keep it pretty compact and switch out the jewelry samples often. I have a code book/idea book so that I can keep track of the codes I give out to people that ask for my business codes. The tacks are for putting up my business cards wherever I go. It's a great way to promo on the go. I was at Potbelly subs last week and I noticed that my cards were gone, so I put up some more that I had and then added others that I had on me. I also noticed that another Etsy sellers cards were gone too (she lives in Rockford too), so I convoed her when I got home and let her know. I basically put them up wherever possible.
I was part of this business card and flier swap on Etsy once where we all swapped a certain amount of business cards and or fliers, post cards what not and then each person had to go out and paper their city with the fliers they got. Photos were required so that everyone could be sure it was done. I am planning on starting something like this again in hopes of spreading the word out of other awesome artists! So go on, get out there!
Monday, January 12, 2009
The top one is Lollishops and the bottom is Etsy, I had to cut the rest out because it has personal information and codes on it. You can see how my Lolli views keep tanking, nothing to compare yet on the Etsy views, so we will see if it was just a lucky coupd of days. I should also mention that I was barely online in these past days as we went out of town. I was not doing any online promoting or listing of new items. I just relisted some pieces in the evenings before bed.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Ahhhhh.....gotta love when that weekend hits! You can sleep in (yeah right), Relax (cough, cough ummm no), Read a book (how about watch the movie), Cook wonderful and healthy meals all day (ahhh....fast food anyone?) Needless to say the weekends are hectic. My posts are usually late and really short as they are done on the run. I try not to post on the weekends, but then I feel guilty! haha! Not sure why though. Oh well, I wanted to share with everyone something that I did this week. I changed up my shipping. After a couple years of selling online, I finally started mailing packages with delivery confirmation. I was scared that my sales would stop, since shipping is a huge part of why people don't buy. So I added it to my announcement to explain why shipping was higher than it used to be, I sent out information in my newsletter and also made a forum post about it. I wanted to cover all my bases. I did this on Thursday and that day I still got 2 sales! Yesterday, I got 6 sales and today I already have 5. It seems that my pattern is staying right on. After too many missing packages I just had to do it and now I feel so much better! So go ahead and make a drastic change, it just may get you out of a slump!
Buy anything in my shop today and use code: Blogger110 and get a free bow necklace with your order! Stop on and and enjoy my candy colored paradise!!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Every year I choose a word to use as an inspiration
and encouragement to myself. I'll even print it out and put it up all around my studio (and the bathroom
mirror too!) to remind me. Last year my word was
"focus"; this year it's
"grow". For one thing, I want my business to grow.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
If you purchase from my Lollishops shop, just go ahead and pay through paypal and I will send you the bow necklace AND a free pair of earrings! I'm trying to build up my customer base over there! It's pretty slow, so stop on in please!
I am trying to stay away from getting too theme-y, I want a certain look for my shop and the conversation hearts as cute, so I am sticking to candy and treats and it will still fit in with the rest of my shop!
Dessert Treats Charm Bracelet by MichellesCharmWorld 30.00
Another great way to get into the holiday is with packaging, i'm changing up my packaging and backrounds to suit the holidays. That pink polka-dot is one of the backrounds and I have some hearts too. I am going with pink jewelry containers and I had new earring cards made up! I'm using pink tissue paper and white ribbon.
Since I had earring cards made up for both shops and my labels have Etsy and Lollishops on them, I am transitioning this into both places. I am going to re-do all my Lollishops photos, since there is not that much inventory, but only the new photos will get the new backround on Etsy. So what are you doing for this new holiday?
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Let’s Eat Cake, an amazing fundraiser hosted by the equally amazing Melissa Margarita-DiStefano, is coming up quick: Tuesday, February 17th at the Plaza Paramount Hotel! Let’s Eat Cake is a cake decorating competition with all proceeds going to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Learn more about the fundraiser right here.
In an effort to make sure we get the word out to everyone (and raise money), we are starting this chain-blog (Ok, not sure if that is correct terminology. But it’s like a chain letter so let’s just go with it, shall we?)
Here’s what we need you to do…Repost this post (or create your own new version) on your blog and ask others to post it on their blogs. Melissa will donate one dollar to the fundraiser for EVERY BLOG that posts on Let’s Eat Cake this week! With the power of the blogosphere, that can QUICKLY add up! Let’s make Melissa Pay! Once you have reposted it, leave a comment letting us know that you posted it along with the url to the blog. It’s for a great cause and it will be fun to see how far it will go! So lets do it… Lets blog it forward and raise money for a great cause!!!
**Kudos to Unique Designs for creating this fun chain-blog effort!**
P.S. Ok, Melissa… time to kick in another $1!
P.S.S. If any business wants to help out with a matching challenge, Melissa would love to hear from you!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The wonderful Shawna of MommysYellingGirl, was kind enough to notify me in the morning!