Free Shop for Life Giveaway on Handmade Artists’
Handmade Artists’ (HA) has been kind enough to offer a free shop for life giveaway to our Handmadeology members. The venue has been around for 3 years as a forum added a shop 2 years ago. The site only allows handmade goods by the artists, no resellers or mass produced sellers are allowed. HA was created by a husband and wife team, Kimberly and Andrew Kitchen. They started selling on Etsy in 2006 and hung around for a couple of years until the resellers got the best of Etsy and decided to leave and start their own venture for handmade artists only. Thus HA was born and they have never looked back. The site keeps a simple fee structure of $5.00 a month or $50.00 a year, that’s it, no commissions or listing fees are charged. Although HA is small compared to their big brothers Etsy and Artfire, the site is up and coming and growing daily.
To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post and like, tweet or pin this post, the winner will be picked in one week on 10/13/2012
Here are a couple of excerpts from members on Handmade Artists’, they’ll be able to tell you what is going on over there better than me.
Selling handmade art and jewelry online is not for the faint of heart. Considering the plethora of websites available, numerous competing philosophies, and competition between small artists and big resellers, finding yourself lost with no views and sales is almost inevitable. Handmade Artist removes the first big hurdle, the dread resellers, and takes a very personal approach in getting to know the sellers and their products. Soon after creating an account on Handmade Artist, the seller will get to know the proprietors and developers of Handmade by name, Kimberly and Andrew, and have a chance to interact with them in the forums. With a New England style town meeting on Thursdays, everyone’s voice can be heard regarding business topics and improving the site.
Regardless of which listing sites you use, promoting your online store gives you traffic, sales, and helps to spread the word. Kimberly and Andrew will use every tool available to add and promote your listings in Facebook, Newsletters, Plurk, Stumble, Twitter, and many other social networking sites. In the 6 months that we have been on Handmade, we have had recorded 45 sales, but more importantly many of the buyers have returned on multiple occasions and purchased custom products directly from us. If we had the time to participate in Kimberly’s weekly Facebook rounds and special promotions, I am positive that our success would be even better.
I’ve been a member of Handmade Artists since before there was a shop, and I’ll never leave. Not only the owners, but also the community members are generous and share one single agenda: promoting handmade.
So when the shop opened, I knew I needed one despite also having a stand-alone. I’ve had quite a few sales. The originals, the first, were through my own marketing efforts, but the additional efforts of the HA administration and other members have since brought me sales from people who just found me here, which has been really exciting. It does take some time and effort, like anything else worthwhile, but it happens.
Handmade Artists is going places. And I plan to go with it.
I opened my shop, Blue Highways Books, back in June 2011 and I’ve never doubted my decision one single day. From the ease of setting up shop to the family-like, fun, drama free vibe in the forum it has and continues to be a sheer pleasure to be part of.
The site owners, Andrew and Kimberly are champions for all things handmade and their vigilance in both keeping the venue handmade only to their tireless efforts in promoting all shops equally is refreshing and encouraging (I’ve got a shop on Etsy so I do know the ugly other side!). I will add, they maintain a constant presence and are very quick to answer any questions and very receptive to suggestions and feedback. I’ve had about 50 sales, not including lots of custom work, and many have been a direct result of their Tweets, Facebook, Pinterest pins just to name a few of the sites they shamelessly plug their vendors on!
Traffic and sales continue to grow steadily and for a flat $5 a month – can you beat that for the exposure alone?? I think not. My shingle will remain hung there for as long as I have the love of making books in my heart and I can still wield a binding needle!
As an artist, I experimented with a few selling platforms. None of them had the commaraderie I was seeking. Then I found HandmadeArtists. The fact that their shop platform is easy to navigate both as a buyer and seller, and that the layout is superb, is almost secondary to the sense of community, support, promotion and friendship within the HandmadeArtists community as a whole. Many of my sales through this venue are received only because HandmadeArtists allows and encourages direct communication with buyers. It’s a flat $5 per month (no listing fees; no final value fees), but the intangible values are priceless!
Remember to comment on this post and like, tweet, or pin this post and you’ll be automatically entered in to win a free shop for life on Handmade Artist’!!