Sunday, January 22nd will mark our next Coffee & Crafts get-together as Craft Cafe. We look forward to seeing everyone and tasting their lovely cookie creations that day. Extra cookies from the swap will be donated to overseas soldiers so they can experience the joy that resides in a home-baked delight.
On the teaching agenda is Floor Spindle lessons with Ashley. We have two floor spindles, called Meggies, from Heavenly Handspinning that will be used for teaching. For new spinners, this is a great way to understand drafting out fiber in the process of making yarn.
We will also have knitting lessons available for those who yearn to work with yarn or those who just need some tips along the way.
Sure to be an excellent time, as usual.
Lately I’ve been doing through a situation where I ask myself, “Self, is it better to have an Etsy shop, pay for each item to renew on top of a transaction fee AND a fee to Paypal in order to keep my shop and my side business alive?” You know, I actually DO respond to myself. Since forging new friendships on Ravelry and through my newest Rav group Craft Cafe DFW, I’ve found out about Big Cartel and ArtFire.
Clicking this banner will take you to my Etsy Shop
Both of these mediums are for independent sellers and they charge a flat rate per month. Sellers can choose different levels of payment (gold, silver, platinum, etc.) for better perks. I like the fact that I know, ahead of time, what my expenditure will be for my shop on a specific website.
Some questions that have arised in the creation of my online shops at BigCartel and ArtFire are, “How to items renew or get bumped up to the beginning of the search for a customer? In other words, how visible are my listings?” On Etsy, I can pay $0.20 and renew an item. Within seconds I see that same item on the front page of that category. How is that handled on those websites?
I’m also wondering about the exposure of each of these websites. Over the last several years, Etsy has become a household name to many people I talk to. I’ve heard more comments like, “I bought everything off of Etsy this year for Christmas” and “I love shopping on Etsy. You can find everything there.” So, will BigCartel and ArtFire grow to the same popularity?
If you’re an online indie seller and you have questions or have answers, please comment below. I’d love to open this discussion up to those who are interested in some way. We can all help each other make the best decision for ourselves as business owners.
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I’m talking about the Fiber Indie eXperience of course! Didn’t you know? Every month the FIX either collects products from their co-op members or has a gift certificate available!
How can I get this, you ask. Well, all you have to do is visit the Ravelry group for the online stores you can visit. Each qualifying purchase is an entry into the drawing for either the box of fiberous goodies or the gift certificate. If you have more questions, please ask as a comment to this blog post, someone else may be thinking the exact same thing you are!
For example, the January goodie box will be filled with roving and yarn samples. Purchases from my Etsy shop (whether 2 or 200 items are purchased) is an entry into the drawing. If you come back a week later to make another purchase, another entry is put into the drawing for the box in your name. Get it? Got it? Good!
Find the FIX group on FB (by clicking on the banner above) or on Ravelry if you’re THAT cool. I’ll cross my fingers for you that you win!