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Amy L.
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
Canada
I am a happy rambler, with many an interest. A little face/body painting, a little miniaturist, doll lover, antique lover, cat lover, a twee bit of wood working, life drawing, photography and more!

IF YOU WISH TO CONTRACT ME FOR CUSTOM ORDERS PLEASE USE NOTES.

Etsy: Just Odd Enough Crafts
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TOSS'IT TO THAT TUESDAY SALE *COUPON*:

RULES:

1.) Go to my etsy store and type in the coupon code -OR- send me a message on here via the format below with the title 'TOSSIT'

2.) Coupon is applicable to all purchases but does NOT effect shipping.

3.) Send me a message with the normal cost total at the end and I will send you back the price - %30 + shipping and my paypal or e-mail depending on your form of payment!

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ETSY:

www.etsy.com/ca/shop/JustOddEn…

COUPON: TOSSITTOTHAT
Ends: Tuesday 11:55pm



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Purchase (sans shipping):

1.)_____insert selection here_____ (cost normally= $    )
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TOTAL: $(insert normal cost here) >>>> TOSS'IT TO THAT!

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IsabellaRose18 Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi idk if u ever got back to me on that trade.... its was a while ago so i dont think u remember.if you would still like to do the trade plz send me a note
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IrinaWhite8 Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
<font><font>Merci ^__^</font></font>
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EmisBakery Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave :aww:
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Tygriess Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday!! 
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AmyLinesAndColour Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! *shares b-day cakes*
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Tygriess Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Youre welcome! Meow :3  yaay cake ! 
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Thank you very much for the fave!!
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thank you so much for faving! :glomp:
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SonsationalCreations Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, i love your stuff! Your earrings and pendants have wonderful detail! :)

I am starting up a shop of my own, and was wondering if you have any tips?

Thanks :)
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AmyLinesAndColour Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There are lots of books that can help you out, but here are some tips I didn't find in the three I have in the house.

1.) DEFINITELY bring an average sized pre-made/pre-weighted package to your post office and have them confirm the prices of sending to different countries, and within your own country. Sometimes (most of the time) the website predictions are wrong, and sometimes there are rude surprises like finding out it costs more for you to send something within your own country then most international spots.

2.) 'Production Line' your crafts if you can. Do one step for a whole bunch of them at once. Do the second step for a whole bunch of them at once. So on and so on. At first it seems like it takes longer to do but when you sit down and crunch numbers it takes a LOT less time, a lot less frustration from 'getting out of the groove', and you have a lot more finished projects at one time to advertise and sell then one or two finished and a whole lot of unfinished ones you gotta work on now which will take your attention away from advertising.

3.) Have a separate e-mail for your business. Also keep a spreadsheet of your costs and sales. Also have a folder you stick in the same area as your crafts that contains all your receipts. It will only take you a second to stuff that reciept in the folder, or put that purchase or that sale in to the spreadsheet. Then when you have a calm day you can take a poke and see how your doing. It will help keep you from having moments of 'I MUST BUY EVERYTHING AND TRY EVERYTHING' and help you streamline what you like to do and what makes money.

4.) Pick a craft you enjoy doing over and over and over again. I COULD do chainmale, replace my best friend who has moved to another province as there is now a vacuum in that market and make loads of money. But it bores me to tears. I adore what she could do, and I could do the same if I put my mind to it, but by the GODS I didn't have the patience. So I'm not doing it. Something about clay and fabrics amuses me and keeps me going and going and going. So that is what I do.

5.) If you are looking to do things as a business, DO NOT HOBBY PRICE. Honestly this IS covered in all the books but it cannot be stressed more. If you are doing a new craft you want to sell, time yourself through the whole process that your are DIRECTLY working on it after you've made a few so you know what your doing and thus the time is accurate. Give yourself at least minimum wage if not more and also tack on an extra bit for profit/for time spent advertising and trying to sell the pieces.

6.) Once you have a good armsfull of product, advertise advertise advertise. I personally need to sit down and learn how to use pinterest and flickr better, as currently I'm not utilizing them properly at all. But I do post things here, furaffinity (as tentacles are an interest they have), facebook page and cross post everything on tumblr after I have posted it on my Etsy. There is also Storenvy which gives you some free-listings and I'm looking in to having that as a secondary shop. There are also fairs, though we are getting out of the summer season of out door fairs. Fall and Christmas fairs commonly need to be booked months in advance, and depending on your area and the venue, can be quite expensive. If you have a friend who also does crafts, share a table to share the load. Research spring and summer fairs so you are prepared for them for next year. Some will have joining processes that can take MONTHS to get through, but will be worth it due to the crowd of shoppers that always go to those particular fairs.

7.) Seasons: Always have your seasonal products ready and for sale at least a half month or more before the season starts. I'm going to have my Halloween stuff out in a week or two ( I would have had them out already but I had a inspiration slump, they happen), and as soon as Halloween ends...BAM out will come the Christmas stuff. I'll have to start working on the Christmas stuff halfway through October to have it all ready to go.

... There are many many many more little details... but hopefully these are some of them that will help.
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