Lori had it right when she talked about making a good impression in one of her posts here on Handmadeology. One of my customers once told me, “I need that warm and fuzzy feeling when shopping.” We all know open communication with your buyer is key, as is shipping in prompt time frame. Their “overall shopping impression” will set the stage if they visit your shop again.
|Most of the items for thank you packs are found in your own home and items which you normally may discard.|
|A bunch of “stuff you would normally toss out” make cute and colorful packages!|
|I’m sure you may have a few of these things laying round your home.|
- Magazine clippings, vintage and new. Cut out good titles, and pictures before you recycle them.
- Cut the sides off those “free address stickers” you get in the mail. Keep the address labels to use but the sides normally have a logo or letter, now serving as a strip of stickers to adorn your pack.
- Bingo Cards
- Freebies acquired from places such as keychains, promotional notepads, and samples.
- Snippets of bows, ribbon, or cord.
- Leftover small fabric swatches.
- Old dictionaries and maps look great punched out in shapes. .
- Playing cards, one in each pack, great when you have a pack missing a card!
- Flashcards your kids no longer use.
- Games that your kids have outgrown or may have broken will contain pieces, parts, cards, and funny money that can be upcycled into these packs.
- Leftover Legos.
- Flat “rocks” that you find when on walks, I paint words on them like “love”, “hope”, “thank you”
- Old bottle caps and miscellaneous treasure found while walking.
- Cut outs of old book pages (sometimes I will punch them like the ones below with my shape punches.)
- Buttons I’ll never find time to use.
- Scrapbooking snippets and pieces of ephemera you won’t ever use.
- Used or new Valentine’s cards.
- Puzzles that are missing pieces , (the puzzle pieces are great in mixed media collages).
- Novelty items or party favors that you never used (bag 1/2 full ie: confetti, charms, etc.)
- Stubs from tickets ie: parking, baseball games, concerts, lottery (people use in collage work)
- Freebies that come in cereals packs.
- Leftover jewelry making components or broken pieces of jewelry.
- Artist “woopsies” those things we just don’t think are good enough to sell may be appreciated by others.
- Crocheted tiny round coaster.
- A “sample” of your work if you are a crafter such as a handmade bookmark, bracelet, etc.
- Tiny cardboard piece wrapped with yarn (sample yarn color).
- Spool of string in a color you haven’t used in years.
- Sea glass or tumbled rocks small and found by the shore.
- Pottery shards that are smooth from being found in the creek or river.
- Foam letters (scrapbooking)
- Snippets of wrapping paper you’ll never use (used in mixed media,)
- Old Christmas tags, labels, or stickers.
- Old Football, Baseball, or Basketball cards you have somehow acquired.
My most favorite thing is saving greeting cards, cereal boxes, food boxes, gum cardboard covers, scrapbooking shards, Christmas gift boxes, sheet music,maps, and old books then finding a craft punch. I love the “tiny heart”, “package tag” and “round hole” ones. These can make the cutest little snippets and look so great in the packet.
|This is a great example of how nice old books or sheet music looks when punched out. These are available in the vintagescrapshop store.
For those of you who “scoffed” when I said cereal, gum, and food boxes, look how nice they look when punched out with the “tag” punch, these are available from CreativeBoutique2. I particularly love the fact you can write “To” and “From” on the flip side which is plain cardboard! Chicklets (lower left) would look great on your next gift!
These reclaimed paper dots available in thriftypyg shop show how pretty paper can be, add a few in each thank you pack!
1) Are a great way to declutter that junk drawer or get rid of things you hold onto but will never use.
2) They will also get you repurposing every little thing and finding a use for something you would normally discard.
3) They may get you out walking the dog or taking treasure hunts with the kids, to scavenge for rocks, old caps and bits of who-knows-what by the shore or creek near your home.
4) The best part? It will also help you as a seller.
Here are some snippets of recent “actual feedback” left in my shop (in addition I receive lovely emails too.) Don’t forget to include a business card in your pack if you have one. So, if you don’t take my word for it, listen to my customers:
+++++ Beautiful! Very happy with these quality vintage items & the happy little grab bag of goodies to go with–THANKS!!! +++++
Thanks! Enjoyed the random items that came with it!
The wonderful decorations arrived. Thank you!!!!! So happy with the little paper present!!!!! First class seller, highly recommended to all.
Great communication- fast shipping. I just love this clock (and the extra goodies). Thank you so much!!!
Retro Chalet is my place to go for unusual vintage! Wonderful customer service, fast shipping, Great communication and even a little treasure bag came along with my wonderful purchase. I’ll be visiting her again & again.
|Vintage chalkboard from one of my favorite sellers, elizabethwrenvintage.|