Thursday, February 26, 2009

CreativeCrafts2009

Here's this week's featured seller!!!

The Basics:
Name: SarahLydia and Abigail

Age: 16, 13
Location: Elizabeth, CO
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6695391



The Nitty Gritty
:
-Can you tell us the meaning behind your Etsy shop name?
When Abigail first started making cards she called her group Creative Crafts, when we decided to start an Etsy shop Creative Crafts was taken, thus CreativeCrafts2009 was born.

-When did you join Etsy?
We joined Etsy on Christmas Day, of 2008

-What kinds of things are available for purchase in your shop?
Right now we have cards, knits, and crocheted items. We will be adding new items soon!

-What is your favorite item from your shop?
Hmm.... probably the Be Joyful Pink card!

-Where do you get your ideas and/or inspiration?
Color, Nature, God, books, anything and everything!

-What advice do you have for other Etsy sellers, especially those just starting out?
Well, I don’t really have any since I am new, other than making sure you do your best to make each product the quality it deserves.

-What do you do to promote your shop? Do you blog? Twitter? Facebook? Myspace?

Right now, we post papers on bulletin boards in stores with business cards. We also blog (http://creativecrafts2009.blogspot.com/ ) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/creative_crafts )

-Why did you decide to join Minor Effect?
There were no teams for young Etsians! I feel like we need to show people that we can do just as well as adults as Entrepreneurs, and still make quality handmade.

Fun Stuff:
What is your favorite:

-color? Green
-movie? Saving Sarah Cain
-type of music? Christian Pop/Rock

-What item is on your Etsy wishlist?

It got sold! Something like this: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18016214


-What do you do for fun?
SarahLydia: Act, sing, run- goof off with Abigail!

Abigail: Dance

-Tell us a little bit about your family.


Well.... we have two parents.......

We have an older brother (Josiah, 18), and two younger siblings – Hannahmarie (11), and Jeremiah (9).

We live in the country, in CO on a ranch.



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Works In Progress!!

This week's amazing featured seller is Works In Progress! She is one of two leaders of this group and I am grateful for all the help she has given me.



The Basics:
Name: Kelsey


Age: 18
Location: North Carolina
Etsy shop: http://www.worksinprogress.etsy.com/




The Nitty Gritty:
-Can you tell us the meaning behind your Etsy shop name?
There is a sign, "Works in Progress", on the shed at my grandma's house. I really liked the whole look of it, and it was one of the first "art" photos that I took. And it was that photo that helped me decide to start selling on Etsy. I had planned to branch out in jewelry and such, so I thought that my shop would also be a "work in progress", something that I was always working on changing and evolving.

-When did you join Etsy?
I discovered Etsy accidentally one day about a year ago, and have been infatuated with it ever since. But it wasn't until this past November that I began to sell on the site.



-What kinds of things are available for purchase in your shop?
My fine art photography and jewelry.



-What is your favorite item from your shop?
I would have to say the redhead pendant necklace. She is so adorable! And I love the little purple flower that accents it.

-Where do you get your ideas and/or inspiration?
I go by what I like, what I think looks good, and jewelry I would wear myself. In fact, I often make double, one to keep for me! ;) Also I like really cutesy things, like Japanese kawaii stuff. And I love vintage or retro looks.

-What advice do you have for other Etsy sellers, especially those just starting out?
Promote! No one can buy from your shop if they don't know it exists, right? So you have to get your shop out there. I use a variety of promotional tools and go into Etsy chat as well to get more exposure. Also it is important to list new items regularly so you can be at the top of the searches. And be patient! Especially in this economy, it is hard to make sales sometimes and it might take a while.

-What do you do to promote your shop? Do you blog? Twitter? Facebook?
Myspace?

All of those actually! On my Facebook though, I just have a small Etsy-mini type section.


blog: http://www.worksiprogress-etsy.blogspot.com/


Twitter: www.twitter.com/worksinprogress Myspace: www.myspace.com/worksiprogress90

And I am also on ArtFire!


http://www.worksinprogress.artfire.com/




-Why did you decide to join Minor Effect?
There are some really talented young people on Etsy and I was happy to join in this group showcasing that. I think it is important for them (and me) to have this outlet.




Fun Stuff:
What is your favorite:
-color? turquoise
-movie? Forrest Gump and You've Got Mail (gotta love Tom Hanks!)
-type of music? I love listening to music! I like a lot of indie and U.K. bands. Right now I am really into Noah and the Whale and then The Killers new album. I listen to music for the lyrics and the meanings behind them, so classical music or songs without words are kind of lost on me!

-What item is on your Etsy wishlist?
I have had my eye on some amazing art prints! Especially from http://www.artandghosts.etsy.com/


-What do you do for fun?
I listen to music, do photography, and shopping! I am a shopaholic.

-Tell us a little bit about your family.
There's my mom and dad, and then I have a brother who is a bit older than me. I am the baby of the family!


-What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie?

Thin mints.

-Fill in the blank- I would like to be known as the world's greatest ________

Friend! <3



Thursday, February 12, 2009

CrochetRUs!!

This week's featured seller is CrochetRUs!!!

The Basics:
Name: Lora

Age: 13
Location: NY, USA
Etsy shop:
http://CrochetRUs.etsy.com

The Nitty Gritty:

-Can you tell us the meaning behind your Etsy shop name?

My Etsy shop name is The Crochet Sisters and I chose it because it seemed fitting considering the fact that we (my sister and I) both crochet and we are sisters.

-When did you join Etsy?

April 08, 2008

-What kinds of things are available for purchase in your shop?

Home d├ęcor, baby gifts, fashion accessories and more! I am slowly but surely adding to the inventory in my shop.

-What is your favorite item from your shop?

My favoritest favorite in my shop would have to be this

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=19644826

-Where do you get your ideas and/or inspiration?

I get my inspiration from many things, the child in my avatar, for one. He is one of the main reasons I started my shop. I also get some of my ideas from the kids I babysit a lot.

-What advice do you have for other Etsy sellers, especially those just starting out?

Do your absolute best to be the friendliest person you can be to everyone on Etsy, you just never know who would've been a potential customer but you cut them off with a rude word.

-What do you do to promote your shop? Do you blog? Twitter? Facebook?
Myspace?

I use Twitter, Flickr, OwntheHour and Facebook. I frequent the chatrooms on Etsy…I haven't yet gotten the hang of passing out business cards but I will!

-Why did you decide to join Minor Effect?

I joined/started this team because I felt there was a need for a group for teens on Etsy. I liked the thought of getting to know other people who were close in age to me, liked artistry as much as I do and were endeavoring to build a business as well.


 

Fun Stuff:
What is your favorite:
-color? Hot pink is my all-time fave color.
-movie? My favorite movie this week is Another Cinderella Story
-type of music? One of my favorite types of music is RnB


-What item is on your Etsy wishlist?

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14950515
I LOVE bags!!
-What do you do for fun?

Two of my favorite pastimes are playing strategy games on the computer and dancing and singing to karaoke music.


-Tell us a little bit about your family.

I am one of 5 kids. I have 2 older sisters and 1 younger sister and brother and we are all homeschooled with the exception of my oldest sister.


-If you were scuba diving, what underwater creature would scare you the most?

Either jellyfish or octopus! Both give me the heebie-jeebies!!


 

-What is the strangest method of transportation you have used?

A bus has got to be it! It seems so weird to me lol.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

GARsticksandstring!!


This week's Featured Seller is a co-founder of this group and helps in sending out emails and messages. Give a big hand for GARsticksandstring!!! And as a special thank you to all our followers, GAR is giving 25% off any purchase of $15 or more (before shipping)!! Simply enter the code "crayola" at checkout and wait for a revised invoice :)

The Basics:
Name: Glen
Age:14
Location: Louisiana
Etsy shop: (link) http://www.garsticksandstring.etsy.com/

The Nitty-Gritty:
-Can you tell us the meaning behind your Etsy shop name?
GAR=initials sticks=knitting needles string=yarn

-When did you join Etsy?
sometime in late 2008

-What kinds of things are available in your shop?
lots of knitted and felted stuff....animals...baskets.... scarves...hats...etc...

-What is your favorite item in your shop?
bunny

-Where do you get a lot of your ideas/inspiration?
my mom

-What advice do you have for other Etsy sellers, especially those just starting out?
chat a lot, that's where I get my sales

-What do you do to promote your shop? Do you blog? Twitter? Myspace? Facebook?
none of those...want to blog but have no time....once again I chat and show to people

-Why did you decide to join Minor Effect?
because its a good way to share business ideas for teens and for us to unite =D


Fun Stuff:
What is your favorite-
-color? depends what day you ask... today? blue
-movie? Twilight
-music? Christian
-What item is on your Etsy wishlist?
some earrings and make-up for my sis
-What do you do for fun?
knit
-Tell us a little bit about your family.
Dad (works of course) Mom stays home except Wed night and weekend when she works in the nursery at church...sis 1 year older than me....and I knit...we are homeschooled

-What {mis-}perception in life do you frequently disregard?
the one about immature teenagers

-What book of reference do you turn to most often?
Bible



Monday, February 2, 2009

Minor Effect.

Hi everyone!
Welcome to our blog! If you are reading this then you are interested in what's going on here so let me tell you how things work.

As you can see, we have started a Featured Seller post. We will have one of these each Thursday. It will start with the admin and "helpers" and move down the list. We also will have a Guest Blogger post (generally a member) on Mondays.

If you are interested in joining this group then let me tell you what we "require."
1. You should put somewhere in your shop (profile would be best) that you belong to the group Minor Effect and add the link to our blog. 2. You must join in our group sales when there is one. We haven't decided when there will be one but YOU will get to decide what kind of sale suits your shop best. We will then list who is having what kind of sale in a blog post for everyone to see. 3. You need to have at least 3 items in your shop! No exceptions. 4. and you will need to fill out an application. It will be similar to the interview I did in the Featured Seller post. We will use this whenever it is your turn to be the featured seller.
If you wish to be a part of this group please e-mail me at peasantsoup@gmail.com to get the application.

We are also starting an e-mail notice that will be sent out when we have group sales, a give away, or when there is an event. If you would like to get these notices please e-mail us at minoreffect@gmail.com

If you have questions feel free to leave a comment!
See you around!
and do not forget about our myspace! add us as your friend on there: www.myspace.com/minoreffectetsy

Sunday, February 1, 2009