Upcycled & Orange – Aunt Etsy Does It Again

I have a bee in my bonnet tonight about orange things and upcycled things. Who knows where such thoughts come from. I would blame the LCD I did in the 60s, but I was only a toddler and my Mom wouldn’t let me have any fun.

Meanwhile doesn’t “Etsy” sound like your Aunt from the hills of North Carolina who crochets socks for you every year for Christmas and is so old, no living human exists that can verify that she is indeed an immortal vampire?

Aunt Etsy’s Favorite Shops – Upcycled & Orange

 

If I had the skill to turn aluminum cans into jewelry, I would rule the world. No way you can look at this delight from ecochiqueboutique and not feel like chopping up a Diet Dr. Pepper can and wearing it to work tomorrow. This is so “adorkable”, I can’t stand it.

Upcycled orange pin
via ecochiqueboutique

Never once have I looked at a gelatin box and thought, “This could house my random thoughts on life as well as various and assorted grocery list items.” I don’t know how RecycledFibers got to be such a visionary, but seriously y’all. She made a notebook out of a discarded box of gelatin. I’m gonna just say it because we’re all thinking it…

Sarah, we’re gonna need proof you aren’t some sort of alien.

Notebook made out of jello box
via RecycledFibers

Once upon a time this ring was a vintage button. In other news, once upon a time I was a size 1. Life lesson from Aunt Etsy? Things change, kids.

Etsy shop owner Wendy of alwaysgreener uses words like “chucked” and “kit & kaboodle” in her listing. That makes me like her. The fact that she ships this beauty in a handmade origami box makes me want to touch the hem of her garment in the hopes some of her Earth-loving self will rub off on me.

Orange upcycled ring on etsy
via Always Greener

Jackson of All Trades combines vintage cans with soy wax and the next thing you know, you have one of the absolute coolest looking candles in your neck of the woods. They have tons of scents from which you can choose. I’m thinking the Hazelnut Coffee is the right way to go.

PS: I don’t know what “neck of the woods” even means. Al Roker says it, so it must be an acceptable American thing to say in mixed company but still… it makes no sense.

via Jackson of All Trades

This necklace from sweet2bliving features a Buffalo nickel and a beautiful orange bead hanging from a sterling silver chain. I want to have it.

While I cannot promise I wouldn’t drop my necklace in a slot machine the next time I’m in Vegas and down $3455, I can at least promise I will try.

1-800-BETS-OFF, people. Because shoving your Etsy jewelry in a slot machine is the first sign you might have a problem.

Buffalo nickel necklace
via Sweet2BLiving

Okay kids, Sadie’s good for my upcycled and orange craving for tonight. I love Etsy harder than a goat loves a stump because there is so much unbelievable talent there. (Read: Advertise Your Etsy Shop Like a Pro, Yo.) I’m always filled with ‘WOW” when I’m creeping there.

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Advertise Your Etsy Shop Like a Pro, Yo!

Ways to advertise your etsy shop

If you’ve ever pulled your hair out wondering, “How do I promote my Etsy shop?” I’m about to rock your world. (I’m sorry. Decent people don’t say that any more.) You see, in addition to the joy that is curating the web for Momcaster, I am paid real American dollars by real humans to help them promote, market and advertise their small businesses.

I’ve seen lots of ideas online lately about advertising an Etsy shop, and just like the media coverage of  Nadya Sulemon, it’s about to cause me to have a stroke.

They include such things as leaving your business card everywhere, printing and posting flyers, and other tips that are… hold onto your hat… just about as useless and old-fashioned as my teenage son thinks I am.

See? Photographic proof.

If those kinds of promotional marketing ideas have worked for your Etsy shop, I’ll be surprised. In fact, I’ll go you one better. If anyone has ever become your customer and told you they found you via a business card left in a bathroom, I will buy you lunch.

Of course, you’re going to have to come to where I am and I get to pick the place.

Here’s the thing: Because I LOVE YOU ETSY SELLERS SO DANG MUCH, I’m going to share my Top 8 Marketing & Advertising Tips to Grow Your Etsy Business Like a Fast Growing Weed of Some Sort. 

Why 8?

Because. That’s why.

1. Please feed the Google spiders. Humans who know way more than I do have determined people who find products for sale via search are more likely to buy. That’s because they are sitting down at their computer and thoughtfully choosing words to search for something they want. That implies INTENTION, right?

Well, Sugar Cube, if they are looking for a hemp bracelet, for example, they are going to look at the hemp bracelets that return on the FIRST PAGE of Google. In fact, they’re probably going to only look at the top 1-4 results. If you’re not there, you’re square.

Google spiders are hungry little things that crawl the internet looking for keywords, and they especially like good ones for those coveted Page One positions.

When you’re tagging your Etsy item with keywords, it’s not enough to only think of terms people may use to search for you. Learn to use the Google Keyword Tool and make it a habit to use it before you list any item. If you need a great tutorial to help teach you how, you can find tons by doing a quick search. (On Google – not in your closet or under your bed.)

Will it take more time to do keyword research before listing your items for sale? It will. Just think of it as Etsy foreplay… you can skip it, but the end result won’t be nearly as satisfying.

How to promote etsy shop

2. Not all that twitters is gold. I know you want to believe that the pretty Twitter lady with 25,000 followers is going to mention your product and you will sell so many, you can’t even fill all the orders without hiring tiny pygmies from New Guinea to help you.

That might happen. But honey, the truth is it’s more likely not going to happen.

Not all Twitter superstars are what they seem, and it can be difficult to know the difference. Did you know that many, many, many Twitter accounts with thousands of followers have actually purchased their users? It’s true.

Did you know that those numbers may be overflowing with spam accounts that aren’t even real people?

Before you pay someone (or offer a gift of your products) to promote your Etsy store on Twitter, be sure they have a website or blog where they’ll promote it as well. A tweet is not enough. I myself have more than 3,000 Twitter followers and I can make you this promise – not one of them is going to buy a mother-trucking thing because I say I like it.  I blame Rush Limbaugh.

Follow me and I promise you’ll never be influenced in any way – about anything.

3. A Facebook page is like an ex-husband – everyone should have one. If you don’t have a Facebook page for your Etsy business, stick out your wrist so I can slap it. Now – go make one.

If you DO have a Facebook page to promote your Etsy shop, I’m very proud of you. I will make a notation on your permanent record.

4. Don’t be the obnoxious girl at the party. Social media is called SOCIAL for a reason. If you only post, “look at what I have for sale” updates, no one is going to stick around to hold your hair when you throw up.

Talk about something other than Etsy. (Tip: Facebook users really dig those image quotes that are so popular – and they especially seem to enjoy them first thing in the morning. For reals.)

How to promote your etsy shop with Facebook and images
See? Facebook people dig this kind of thing. It defies explanation.

5. You’ll catch more flies with honey. Your Etsy honey is the product you have for sale. If you make the most beautiful Swarovski potholders in all of America and parts of Canada, then you should really – really – REALLY give some away once in awhile.

Before you jump off a bridge because another marketing brainiac just told you to give stuff away, come down off the ledge, listen to Sadie the Wonder Marketer and for godsake, go wash your hands. Flies are filthy creatures.

First, don’t give your store away to every Tom, Dick & Blogger who asks. I’ve read about Etsy sellers coming up with all sorts of arbitrary rules as to who gets what and when, and that’s cool. They’re your potholders, after all.

But in my opinion, at the top of your short list you’re looking for great writing, lots and lots of page views, and someone with a well-followed set of Pinterest boards where they will surely pin your product photo.

Second, trust your gut. You know better than to give free stuff to bloggers who do nothing but write about giveaways. I know you do. You know better than to send your Etsy goodies to bloggers who spell “crazy” with a K and a silent E. I trust you on this.

Ways to advertise your etsy shop

 

6. And speaking of drinking the Pinterest Kool-aid. The internet she is a changing, my precious Etsy seller. When you come across a Pinterest user who has boards that align with the kinds of products you sell, you’d be wise to tell her she’s pretty and skinny and anything else you can think of to get her to pin your stuff.

If she has a blog, and she features your work, you should pin your item directly from her blog and call everyone you know to do the same – including your 17th cousin twice-removed with the weird eye and the arm that was somehow sewn on completely backwards.

Pinterest isn’t a fan of self-promotion and we all get it. But clicking “PIN” on an image of your work on someone else’s blog is the same as  seeing your potholder store featured in the newspaper back in 1957, going out and buy 23 copies and giving one to everybody you know.

No – I can’t let go of this whole potholder theme. You’ve come this far, so now we’re in it together. Potholder, potholder, potholder.


7. See Jane comment cleverly. Comment on the blogs where you hope and pray to the Craft Gods your Etsy items will be featured someday. Don’t say things like, ‘Nice blog! Come look at my Etsy shop!”

Say things that are insightful and clever and complimentary and relative. And for the love of Mike the traveling potholder fabric salesman, make sure you leave a link to your shop if it’s allowed.

The blogger may check out your shop, fall in love with your products and write about you. Her readers may do the same thing.

It’s madness, I tell you! Marketing madness!

Why Jane couldn’t have more comfortable shoes for running, I don’t know. I suspect Dick and some sort of foul play.

8. A closed mouth is never fed. (Which, coincidentally is a concept I can’t get my mind around – thus the slow weight loss.) ASK for help in promoting your Etsy shop. Ask friends, family, and bloggers you like.

The worst they can say is, “No! You are a stupid head, I hate your guts for asking, and I’m going to pay a fat man a large sum of money to smack you in the face.”

If you can risk hearing that, you can do anything. Should you offer them a gift for their help?

Well… that’s up to you. Just know there is an old Southern saying that may prove true in this case. “If you  don’t want to be smacked in the face by a fat man, be kinder than necessary.”

In closing, don’t waste your time shoving business cards in magazines at the doctor’s office and if you put up a flyer in a convenience store or library, I’m dispatching Big Ralph to your location at once.

You Etsy sellers are amazing talents that absolutely fascinate and delight me. I want you to do well. Trust your gut and listen to Sadie and maybe someday I’ll see your face on the cover of Potholder Millionaire.

Big love,

Sadie.

PS: If you appreciated this post, please share it like you’ve never shared before. See what I did there? 🙂

 

Love You Forever, Like You For Always Nursery

My baby you'll be wall art print

It’s impossible to be a Mother, read the book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and not melt into a heap of tears by the time you get to the end. I must have read that book to my son a thousand times. Wouldn’t a Love Your Forever, Like You For Always Nursery be absolutely precious?

Love You Forever Like You For Always Nursery

If you love the book as much as I do, here are some incredible things for a baby nursery that you can get to go along with the book.

1. I adore the colors and the typography in this piece of wall decor for baby’s nursery. From And The Sign Says, it’s listed at $36 and is available for both girls and boys.

Like you forever nursery art
via And The Sign Says

2.  My daughter is having a little girl – Paityn Luella. Naturally I’m drawn to pink things more so than ever before. This photo frame featuring the beautiful words of Robert Munsch is precious. At $48 from Polished Productions, it’s could be a sweet heirloom I imagine could be passed from Mother to daughter to daughter.

Love you forever photo frame for nursery
via Polished Productions

3. These four 8×10 Love You Forever prints from Etsy seller Big Mowth are cuteness in print. I love the yellow and gray, but I believe there are other colors as well.

Love you forever nursery prints
via Big Mowth

4. VT Designs has combined precious little yellow and blue-gray elephants with the Love You Forever verse and I adore it. At just $14 for an 8×10, this print is a steal. (She offers other sizes as well, at different price points.)

My baby you'll be wall art print
via VTDesigns

5. This matching nursery art set from Jack & Jilly Designs is adorable to the 10th degree. It combines stats about baby with the “I’ll love you forever” theme. Just $20 for this 8×10 print.

I'll love you forever I'll like you for always art
via Jack & Jilly Designs