Thursday , 5 August 2021

Author Archives: Anne Burton

Interview with Annette Tait

Annette Tait is the creator of Dragon House of Yuen, where you can find her soft sculptures, watercolors and delightful stories about the creatures she creates. Annette has lived in Zambia and Australia and now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read More »

Successful Holiday Price Point Strategies

This will be my fourth holiday season on Etsy, and I have learned a lot of valuable lessons during my tenure in the glitter-filled trenches. No matter how many times I run errands or order packing materials, I will always run out when I need them the most. Read More »

A Great Big Craft Show Checklist

Last week I wrote about my best tips for selling at craft shows and promised to provide this big checklist of items to consider taking with you to a show. While not every item on the list is a must, I hope it will be helpful to have a list for all the aspects of your booth to take care of, including you! Read More »

Tips for Selling Custom Items on Etsy

One of the most rewarding things about selling handmade is working with a customer to design something special. If you do a lot of custom work, you may choose to create listings for custom items in your Etsy shop. Here are some tips to help the custom order process work great for both you and your customers. Read More »

Etsy Shop Worst Case Scenarios

Are you prepared for these worst case scenarios in your Etsy shop? In this series of articles I'll take a look at the bad and the ugly and offer up some suggestions about how to protect your shop when things go awry. Read More »

Adapting Your Etsy Shop to Your Life

When I finally got my Etsy shop up and running and had a steady stream of business, a tiny seed of panic started to grow deep down. What happens if I can't check in on my shop one day? What if I want a vacation? What if I'm sick or I decide to start a family? Life happens. Read More »

Worst Case Scenarios Part Two: Shipping Mix-ups

Huge Mistake Cross Stitch by FunWithNeedles Worst Case Scenarios Part Two: Shipping Mix-ups  (Part One) Last week I wrote about some undesirable or “worst case” scenarios you might bump into while running your Etsy shop: an unhappy customer or bad feedback. In part two of this series I’m revisiting a few shipping mix ups I made and how I handled ... Read More »

Making the Case for Handmade

When writing item descriptions, remember that you are not just making the case for buying your product but for buying handmade. With Etsy's growing popularity, more and more shoppers are browsing the site in general internet searches Read More »

Planning Ahead to Maximize Fall and Winter Profits

Planning Ahead to Maximize Fall and Winter Profits When there is a heat index of 115, the last thing I want to do is crochet dog hats to sell at Christmas time. However, that is just what I’m doing this week. I have three holiday seasons on Etsy under my belt, and I’ve learned that the holidays are the best ... Read More »

The Look of Success

So what does success look like? Projecting the image of success doesn't mean making up triumphs to brag about or saying you're really busy when you're not. Here are some signs to me that a handmade business is successful: Read More »

June 11th is International Yarn Bombing Day!

If you live in an urban area, there is a good chance you have already witnessed a yarn bomb in action. Chain link fences covered in crocheted flowers, trees wrapped in beautiful lace - these are all examples of a growing movement to use knit and crochet as a way to brighten the urban landscape. Here are just a few of the thousands of examples of yarn bombing going on around the world. Read More »