Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I Switched Store Sites

I had an Etsy shop...  Actually I still do, and I may plan to still list small items there, but I just get so overwhelmed by fees!  You see, everyone wants to charge me in order to sell my Stuff N Junk, which makes it so much harder for me to figure out how much to charge!  Etsy has fees, Paypal has fees, Ebay has fees, shipping costs fees...  There is an upfront fee and a percentage fee, and sometimes the percentage fluctuates depending on the amount of purchase or transfer.  Confusing?  Yeah, I agree!
You see, right now I am not making items to get "rich".  I am making items from the heart and selling them in order to be able to put money back into my business.  I am not making much profit on my sales, definitely not making oodles of extra cash on labor, that's for sure!  I even looked into creating my own online store, but I simply don't have the kinds of sales to support that.  If nothing else, I can be completely honest about that!
Recently I came across a website called Storenvy and I couldn't believe what I found!  NO FEES!!!  No listing fee, no percentage of my sale, no randomly hidden fee once I made a sale.  They do offer additional options if you want to pay for your store/site/marketing but that should be expected, after all, they are providing a service!  How did I come across this fantastical site?  Well, I know someone that sells hairbows...  Lely's bows has both an Etsy store and a Storenvy shop and it is very important for those of us just starting out to show some support and put up links, you see, even for those sites that charge fees, they don't advertise for you, you really have to promote yourself.
The benefit to changing over, I don't have to stress out about raising prices to make money on my Stuff N Junk!  You see, I save receipts, check online prices of my materials as well as competitor products and I try really hard to keep my prices fair and reasonable.  I put a lot of love and time into each item I make and while I always consider my time precious, I also value my prospective customers.
So, feel free to check me out over at Storenvy and check back often because over the next few weeks/months I will be doing my best to list new items!

New Year, New Stuff N Junk!

I know, it's been a while since we have chatted...  Well, actually, if you are out there in the cyber world still chatting, I am listening (or reading) about all of your amazing adventures, I just haven't been sharing much of my own.  What have I been up to?  Oh, I wish I could tell you that I have had so many exciting adventures!
I got pretty busy just before summer arrived, with the news of a niece arriving in the Fall, I got to work planning and preparing for the projects I would make!  Of course I over-planned and did not finish every project, I think I had a dozen projects planned, I did complete a LOT of those lovelies!

I had a goal of making outfits for a November trip to Disneyland but did not end up making even one outfit.  Sadly I just didn't have the funds to be able to create new vacation wardrobes for my little girls, but we did have a grand time at the Happiest Place on Earth and followed-up the fun by taking a trip to Arizona to visit my Grandmother and family for Thanksgiving.

The happiest news of the year was the message that my brother and his family would be making a trip home for Christmas!  I hadn't seen my brother in about a year-and-a-half and I was incredibly excited to meet my niece for the very first time!  I finally finished a travel bag I had started for my nephew, made a Raggedy Ann doll for a Christmas present and finished out the year by making a special blanket "friend" for my niece's dedication!

All-in-all it was not as productive a year as I had hoped it would be but I did finish on a high note!  I have even kept up a minimal amount of sewing into the new year!  We aren't even through the first month and I have completed some potty training pants to assist in the adventure of finally getting my oldest out of diapers!  Over the last couple weeks I have switched my shop over to storenvy, have new business cards and finally took the leap and even launched my own website!  I have BIG plans this year to truly (and finally) get my sewing business out there and I am so happy for all those that have stuck with me this far, as well as any new passengers that want to join the ride!

This year my ultimate goal is to have regular stock in my online store.  I plan to keep an inventory of hand made bags, blankets, nursing covers, pillow covers, cart covers and will be introducing my cloth diapers and training pants once I have them adequately tested.  I will be working on my photography and photo editing skills this year.  I used to love taking pictures and over the years have found it to be such a chore I ultimately gave up.  Don't even get me started when it comes to photo editing, I'm a complete novice!  So that will be a fun adventure to take with you all!  My goals also include blogging a bit more than I have been, so while I may not overwhelm you with my weekly endeavors I will do my best to keep you up to date on anything new and exciting!