September 25, 2008

Meme-ME!


This week's feature meme is by Marilyn of Pulp Sushi an Etsy shop owner who sells lots of fun, bright, and kitschy jewelry! We asked Marilyn to tell us 5 things that she's been doing to prep for the holidays and here's what she responded with:

1) STOCK UP! I have ordered a ton of supplies and business cards. I'm still not done! I still to get some shipping material too like padded envelopes and boxes. I just set up an account with USPS.com. I'm still trying to figure it out. :)

2) I have three craft shows coming up right smack in the middle of the holiday season so I purchased my own table. It saves on rentals and it pays itself back quick. I am also about to start working on a big Holiday craft event my etsy team is preparing for which will be held December 13th so throw that into the Holiday prep mix. So if you can get yourself into a craft show, do it! They're great alternatives to the mall which a lot of people want to avoid and you won't have to worry about shipping your items!

3) Look into Holiday Gift Guides. There are SO many out there so I have to pick and choose which ones I think will be worth my buck. It definitely pays to participate in one. It's great to offer a discount exclusively for buyers who found you in the guide so you can if the guide is working in your favor. I did it last year for the first time and I have no regrets. The website hosting the gift guide will do the promoting for you!

4) Network with other sellers! I am a member of the The {NewNew} York Etsy Team (http://thenewnew.blogspot.com) and we just set up a bartering system where sellers in the group list the skills, equipment or supplies they are interested in offering, and those which you would be interested in receiving. It can save money on ordering bulk supplies like bags, ribbons, ink, etc during this crazy time of year.

5) Keep creating! Make sure to still make time to make new items. Don't let the holidays slow you down from keeping your shop fresh.

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