This weeks Featured Seller is The MilkShake! You can find a nice range of things in her shop. Check out her interview...
The Basics: Name: Tessa Age: 17 1/2 Location: Washington coast Etsy shop: (www.TheMilkshake.etsy.com)
The Nitty Gritty: -Can you tell us the meaning behind your Etsy shop name? Milkshake is my baby's name, my baby is my kitty :)
-When did you join Etsy? June 17, 2007
-What kinds of things are available for purchase in your shop? Purses, Wallets, Pillows, Human and Kitty collars, Ornaments, Photos, Jewelry and more. Some of the purses and wallets are made out of re-purposed fabric.
-What is your favorite item from your shop? I like everything from my shop for different reasons. Every person has so many different sides to them; I am just lucky to be able to have a place to showcase mine.
-Where do you get your ideas and/or inspiration? I get it from everywhere... fabrics I see, shades of color, trees, pretty flowers and old buildings.
-What advice do you have for other Etsy sellers, especially those just starting out? Add at least 10 things to your shop to start out, get a cute banner, blog and leave people comments on their blogs and go in the etsy forums to promote and make friendships.
Take Bright clear photos, That is a big key! I have a white poster board I use with a reading light.. It does not have to be an elaborate set up.
-What do you do to promote your shop? Do you blog? Twitter? Facebook? Myspace? hehehe here I go.. I blog: http://the-milkshake16.blogspot.com/
I also myspace, facebook and go on the etsy forums and chats.
-Why did you decide to join Minor Effect? To get to know some of the younger etsy sellers. I have made some very sweet friend at etsy, with all different age groups. These friendships I have made I couldn't find anywhere else.
Fun Stuff: What is your favorite: -color? Teal
-movie? oh my gosh... I love movies! I love most of them.. all the old musicals, westerns, comedy, sweet love stories. No horror movies please! :P
-type of music? country, christen and and a BUNCH of random songs..
-What item is on your Etsy wishlist? WOW I could not pick! I have 53 pages of etsy favorites.. Etsy has so many awesome crafters!
-What do you do for fun? Go on the computer--of course! ;) lol I go on the computer, scrap book, hang out with my family, photograph, watch a movie, lay on my bed and listen to music, craft, draw and read.
What one toy would you like to throw repeatedly at a brick wall? Well I tried thinking of a stupid toy that would be fun to throw, but I can't think of one. I think it would be fun to throw over and over a bouncy ball! :D
If you could be any super hero, which would you be? Hmmmmm I don't know, My siblings know all of them.. and I mean all! lol I asked them who I should say and Zack said that I should me Wonder Woman and Aliss said I should me Hawk Woman (don't know who that is.. I am gonna have to go search ;) I just want to be able to do some Awesome stuff! ;)
-Tell us a little bit about your family. I live in a big hundred year old fixer upper house on the Washington coast. In it live: three sisters, one brother, my hard working Mom, ME and a menagerie of pets.
Well as some of you know (the ones reading my blog)... I am pregnant... AGAIN! We are very excited! But that's not all... soon we will be making the move from Venetie, Alaska back to Middle Tennessee. Not only are we moving but we are driving *sigh*. That will take us over 2 weeks and then we plan on vacationing/camping all the way until July 4th. That doesn't leave me much time to take care of my etsy shop. Anyway I can't really see myself mailing all my items to TN just to ship out again. It will cost me just as much to sell them now at cheaper prices! So that is what I have done! EVERYTHING MUST GO!!! It has all been marked done already. PLEASE PLEASE go see if I have anything that interests you. I am open to trades as well. I will need some things for the kids in the car and we also have NO summer clothes. Oh and I did mention I was pregnant so baby things and maternity things are welcomed.
That being said I will also be handing this group over to GARsticksandstrings soon. If you guys have any questions or anything please feel free to contact me. I will do my best to help out and/or answer your questions ASAP!
The Basics: Name: Yryn ("Yryn" is pronounced like "Irene") Age: 16 Location: NJ, USA Etsy link:http://pwnmonster.etsy.com/ The Nitty Gritty: What is the meaning behind your shop name? "Pwn" is originally a video gaming term meaning "to dominate" or "to own". Usually it is said once you won in a battle or a trial against someone. They say it was developed by a World of Warcraft user who just spelled own incorrectly. I always liked that word and thought why not use it in my store name.
When did you join etsy? April 18, 2008 What type of things are available to purchase in your shop? Cute jewelry and custom art. Once in a while I'll get a plushie request which is always nice doing.
What is your favorite item in your shop? I'm not sure, it's pretty hard to pick, I think I like them all pretty equally.
Where do you get your inspiration? Food, flowers, and a bit of Japanese culture.
Do you have any advice for other etsy sellers? It may take a while to get your first sale, it can take a while to get even views but if your heart is truly into it then you will succeed.
How do you promote your shop? I like to Twitter once in a while, write in my blog, and just hang around on Etsy hoping someone will find me.
Why did you join Minor Effect? Well I always wanted to be part of a group with other people who understood what it was like being a young crafter on Etsy. It makes me feel less alone.
What is your favorite color? I'm not really sure,nothing too intensely bright or too intensely dull.
What is your favorite movie? Hmm.. it could be Wall-E, such a pretty story. Favorite type of music? Rock, indie, and 80's
What is on your etsy wishlist? ALOT, especially cute food soap and squirrel related items.
What do you like to do for fun? I like to bake, draw, just browse etsy and most of all I can't live without listening music for a day. I like to collect soap, snow globes, deco tapes, squirrel and penguin type things, and converse shoes. Tell us a bit about your family. They're a good family. As many times I think they're annoying (and who doesn't get annoyed by their family a bit?) I know I wouldn't want another family except the one I have. I think I was put in that family and given the parents I have because no other parent or family could care for me anymore or any better. Me and my brother are best friends forever but sometimes we like to deny it. My sister is nice too, she does most of my graphics and helps me with confusing business terms. My dad is nice too. Overall I like them alot. If you could invent one modern convenience, what would it be? I would invent some type of magical thing that can track down anything I'm looking for, not sure how it will work but just the concept I guess :D If you were a wizard, how would you exploit your powers? I would use my powers for the benefit of my loved ones and people in need, i would do it in secret though :)
The sale is now over. Thank you to everyone who participated in the sales! It was a fun first sale for this group. Keep up to date on sales and giveaways by joining our email list or following this blog. Thanks again everyone!
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