Since we really need a mobile retail shop to house our vast supply of handcrafted items we have created over the last couple of years we are going to run a T-Shirt Campaign to get some initial funding to buy a used vintage trailer and convert it to a mobile retail shop to use while we are gathering the funding for our brand new replica 1961 Holiday House Travel Trailer Mobile Retail Shop. Once we purchase the vintage travel trailer, remake it into a mobile store and use it a few months we may be able to offer it as a reward for our main campaign or even rent it out for local craft businesses in North Florida and Southern Georgia to use at their own craft vending opportunities.
Eventually, we hope, that we will be able to attend enough events to spread the word about our long-term campaign and to show other craft vendors the advantages of getting their own vintage trailer mobile retail shop. North Florida could use more mobile retail vendors of all kinds and not just those Food Trucks. With the unique look of vintage travel trailers and the imagination of small business people in our area we could create a lot of interest in our trailers, our businesses and even help the event coordinators get more participants who may just be curious about our mobile retail business.
Beginning next week we are launching our T-Shirt Campaign and need to get at least 500 people to purchase them before the campaign ends. We are current in the process of making a promotional video for the campaign and will upload it up to YouTube as soon as it is done. The campaign will run for 3 weeks and no funds will be taken unless at least they receive 47 orders and we will not make any money until we have reached our goal. Below are a couple of pictures of the T-Shirt we created for the campaign and the kinds of shirts that will be available, even a hoodie, so we need everyone we know to like, share, tweet, and whatever else social media you belong to to get the word out. You can check our Short Term Campaign page for updates.
We have gotten some requests for Made to Order items from some of our viewers of our Amazon Handmade Online Store and thought we would go ahead and create more custom order items on all of our online stores including our blog page here. You may notice that we have a new menu item above called Custom Made by SWC. We have been working all day adding several different types of hand crocheted items that we thought might be nice for our readers to read over and possibly buy something from us or at least share the listings we their family and friends. 😉
Coming up with Custom Made to Order items is really quite tough. Not only do you have to come up with the descriptions, good pictures as samples of what these items can look like you have to consider, sizes, colors, price variations based on materials, time you have to spend to make the items and then you have to be able to fit these various pieces of the puzzle together and be able to create the sales ticket on your online stores. And let me tell you it is a pretty different experience between Amazon Handmade, Etsy, Handmade Artists, SquareUp Marketplace and Paypal Shopping Cart Buttons. I mean you get 8 pictures for Amazon, 5 Pictures for Etsy, 5 pictures on Handmade Artists and maybe 3 or 4 pictures with SquareUp Marketplace. Then you have to figure out the Variations for the product and whether to charge different prices or not. Amazon will let you add up to 10 Customized items but only some of them can you add more to the price. Etsy will only let you do 2 Customized items and only one of those you can charge different prices for. On Handmade Artists all the customizing items are done through emailing the customer but you can’t charge different prices for them. On Square Up you have to create Customizing in a separate folder and then attach it to your items that you posts, weird!
And each of these have to match in prices all across the board or people might get a little steamed. But if you don’t offer them across all you different online shops then you are missing out on the various different marketing opportunities each one has.
Anyway we have 6 custom items posted on our blog through the Paypal Shopping Cart buttons, 6 on our Amazon Handmade Online Store, 6 on our Etsy store and now all we have to do is add them to our Handmade Artists and SquareUp Marketplace Stores.
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Fall Festivals and Crafting Events are coming and you really need to get online and check out some of them. As a professional crafter you and I will need to plan ahead for any events we may want to attend as there are almost always applications to fill out, fees to pay in advance, inventory of our items to keep track of and marketing materials to gather. Of course, you will also want to get started on posting the events on your website and social media pages so that your fans and customers will know where you will be and when. Continue reading “Fall Festivals and Crafting Events”
Several weeks ago I bought some vintage Japanese pearls that were purportedly from the 1970s. Someone was cleaning out their mother’s beading supplies after she had passed and had a bulk quantity of various types and styles of beads. Now, I love working with pearls and crystals so I decided to buy some and use them on a couple of projects. One in particular was introduced to me by my granddaughter who was staying the summer with us. She watched a You-Tube video on my computer that I had downloaded last year but never got around to viewing yet. After several viewings she made a very nice dragonfly that she wanted to attached to a pin back and give to her mom. So, we got to work experimenting with colors, shapes and sizes of beads and produced about 15 different ones. Some we made into broaches and others she made into key chain charms. When I posted the pictures online a cousin wanted one immediately so we mailed it off. Then I posted a couple online to sell and my granddaughter gave the rest away to her friends at a birthday party. Continue reading “Beaded Dragonflies”
During the summer heat here in Florida our biggest occupation is swimming. People get out and go to the beach, one of our many cool springs or even someone’s swimming pool to cool off and relax. Crafters are no different. During our summer months we also need to get away for a little bit of relaxation to recharge our batteries and get our creative juices flowing. This is especially true during the month of July. Not only do our temps reach into the high 90s and sometimes 100s our heat index is almost always 10 degrees higher than that. Not to mention the humidity. Strangely, these past couple of months while we have been here at the Olustee Beach Day Use Area within the Osceola National Forest in North Florida our humidity readings have been way below what we are use to. That is kind of scary in that we might be in for some really strange weather in the weeks ahead. Continue reading “Summer Heat Go Swimming”