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Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – February –Cherri and Frank – Store – HippyFranks

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Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – February –Cherri and Frank – Store – HippyFranks

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Frank and Cherry shown at Haight Ashbury Street Fair Representing the DHAA Team with Captain Jen & Sumanasa Pixie

Hello!
We are Frank and Cherri, two aging nonconformist throwbacks of the
60’s.  Frank and I are proud members of the Deadhead Art Alliance on
Etsy.  We are two avid gypsies traveling up and down the U.S. west coast
in our RV along with our two dogs Gaia and Gandhi.

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We are proud to have two Etsy Shops.  Barefoot Garb is more of a fun
girlie festival fashion shop, which is filled with brightly colored hoop
dance costumes.  We are working on expanding our line here, so that you
can find a complete festie costume for both mommy and baby.

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Hippy Franks has more of an earthy comfy vibe.  We really try to offer more
options in this shop for the fellas with vegan rasta tam’s, cotton wide
leg pants, and hand dyed re-purposed mens shirts.
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Frank
and I have a simple life trying to live our lives in the most
sustainable fashion we can.  While it is not always possible we do
re-purpose whenever possible and used components which are vegan
friendly.

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Frank and I work well together (and regularly have differences of opinion)
often times collaborating and bouncing our ideas off of each other.
There are not enough hours in the day for either one of us to bring all
of our ideas into fruition.  I typically see great ideas in my dreams, which are always reminiscent of
the look popular during my youth in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Frank has acquired a great passion for tie-dye and is always coming up with
new ideas for using his technique on re-purposed clothing items.
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Our studio is a 40’ motor home which we use to travel up and down the west
coast.  It has been a challenge, to say the least; Always finding new
ways to efficiently store our supplies and creations.  We have learned
over time, for us the best way to overcome this issue is to gravitate
towards more “made to order” items.  We make a grand effort to hold true to our beliefs in all that we do,
and craft items which are eco-friendly and vegan.  In our shops you will
typically find clothing and accessory items crafted with cotton
fabrics, vegan yarns, and re-purposed/up-cycled components.
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As a student I
took any and all art classes that were available to me, and I cannot
think of any form of art I have not participated in.
I have spent at least the last five years getting by without the need for
a day job.  Frank and I have sold a great deal at open air markets for
years, basically about anything we could make with our own two hands.
We have sold not only handmade crafts, but home canned goods, fermented foods, homemade goat cheese, and our own goat milk.
I come from a long line of farm folks who made everything, and I mean
everything.  Thinking way back I do remember chickens in the backyard,
but by the time I was born the raising of any other livestock had long
since passed. I was born and raised in San Joaquin Valley, CA once known for being the
breadbasket of America.  There was so much abundance that our family did
not need to grow much food, rather we worked hard gleaning the fields
after harvest.  We canned and froze all of our veggies and grandfather
hunted for our meat.  All of my clothing was handmade by gramma, and by the time I was a teenager I was sewing my own school clothes.
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my younger days I crafted handmade rag dolls, which I thoroughly
enjoyed crafting.  I miss those days.  My house literally looked like a
factory.  Honestly, looking back now I have no idea how I did it.  I had three small
children, and huge contracts to fill.  I was quite pleased with my
accomplishments, as many of the big box stores were carrying my dolls.

I find inspiration everywhere.  Literally everywhere.  I don’t know if
music inspires me, but it sure does motivate me.  I enjoy listening to
classic rock and old school R&B while I am working.  It motivates me
tremendously, uplifts my mood, and I tend to accomplish so much more
and with greater ease when I am listening to my tunes.  Crafting has always been a part of my life, like eating and sleeping.

I really don’t know of any other way to be… I love every aspect of what I do.  I
rather feel as though something is missing if I am in a situation which
leaves me unable to create.
I think my most motivating factor is the feeling I get when a buyer tells
me how much they really love their new piece.   Whether it be on Etsy
or at an outdoor market there are no words to describe this feeling.

dhaaaotmreviewscherryWe have a lot of ebbs and flows in our business, and like most of our
friends who have chosen this life we are not getting rich.  The hard
times are really a state of mind.  I mean, let’s face it, for the
artisan times are always hard.
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I cannot say that I never worry about tomorrow, because I do.  I do not,
however dwell on this.  Getting out one of my books of Edgar Cayce
readings always helps me bounce back.  And, if times start to look
really bleak I pull out the Four Agreements and I am good.

“The Four Agreements
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best. ”
Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Frank and I spend a tremendous amount of time with our grandchildren.  We met
later in life and due to life circumstances, each of us feels that we
were not able to spend as much quality time with our children as we
would have liked.

I am seeing this pattern now with my adult children.  It seems to be
unavoidable.  Too much to do.  With that said, both Frank and I are
committed to being a huge part of our grandchildren’s lives.

My favorite quote, and the words I am always striving to live by is

“Be The Change You Wish To See In The World.”

I remember my first concert like it was yesterday.  I had a HUGE
infatuation for Michael Jackson from the first time I saw him on Ed
Sullivan I was in love!  When I was 12 the Jackson Five came to town.  I come from a family of very
conservative people, and convincing my parents to let me go to this was a
big task.  I did, however finally convince them and my father was able
to swing “Star Isle” front row seats at the Circle Star Theater in
Redwood City.  Whoa, front row at the Circle Star.  And the group was to
enter the stage area right past me to boot.  Yep, that night was
magical.  I don’t know if Michael entered the audience many more times after that,
but he did enter the audience that night and it was amazing.

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Brian Ross/Chronicle 1986

I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to share my passion with you.
your dreams for your store for the future if you like to add this
I am an avid believer in community.  Because of so many changes in this
world, I feel that we have lost touch with our true nature.  Most of us
feel helpless and alone, and have been so conditioned that we choose to
take whatever obstacles life throws in front of us with indifference.

It seems as though the universe does not fail to provide us with such
obstacles once we begin to feel “comfortable”  I truly believe that this
is spirit saying, “hello, wake-up, stop the complacency” Separatism
really is not working well in this world.  I feel that it was an
informative experiment, but that it is time to get back to our true
roots of sharing and caring.

Selling Venues:
Incense and Peppermints
http://www.incenseandpeppermints.us/

Barefoot Garb on Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BarefootGarb

Hippy Franks on Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/HippyFranks

Artist Contact info:
spiritherbs@mail.com

Social Media Links:

Pinterest: Incense and Peppermints
https://www.pinterest.com/cherryherbs/

Twitter:  Incense and Peppermints
https://twitter.com/GypsySeamstress

Facebook:  Hippy Franks
https://www.facebook.com/HippyFranks

Tumblr:  Barefoot Garb
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/barefootgarb

Thank you Cherry and Frank for being wonderful leaders and great support for this team..

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – July 2014 – Julie Tribble Store – Stella Blue Handmade

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Hi! My name is Julie Tribble, and my shop is called Stella Blue Handmade.  I am currently living in Catonsville, MD, a historic little town just outside of Baltimore.  I love to create a lot of different things, but right now my shop mostly contains handmade beaded jewelry and crochet accessories.  It started with making jewelry for fun and for myself because I could never find anything that was exactly what I wanted, and eventually I had amassed a big enough collection that I knew I could never wear them all!  When I started selling my creations, it was so exciting to find that other people loved what I was doing too.  I would say my purpose for Stella Blue is to create unique wearable pieces of art that reflect my love of nature, music, color, and the earth.

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My creative process usually first involves turning on some music, sitting in my craft room, and staring at my pretty massive bead collection until a certain bead or color grabs my attention.  Then I choose a few more beads that compliment the first, and come up with a basic plan in my head.  From there on out I just improvise with different patterns until I find one I like, and kind of just go with it.  Sometimes it doesn’t turn out exactly like I had in my head, but that’s ok.  I like seeing how the different shapes, colors, and textures of the beads all come together in the final piece.

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My bead collection is a mixture of new and recycled beads.  Some of my beads are bought from wholesalers or at retail stores, but a lot are from old pieces of jewelry that were broken or weren’t being worn anymore.  I deconstruct the jewelry and add the beads to the collection, then I can create new one-of-a-kind pieces.  I love recycling and giving new life to old treasures.

The crocheting started a few years ago, and has been my recent obsession.  I took a class at Lion Brand Yarn Studio and just kept teaching myself from there.  My favorite things to crochet are hats, long infinity scarves, and fingerless gloves.   I even made my boyfriend a beard this past winter.  Pretty much everything I crochet ends ups being from my own pattern or variation of a pattern.  I also like to check out new stitches and patterns in books or online to get different ideas.  Lion Brand has a TON of free patterns and even illustrations and videos of stitches on their website, so I find myself turning there if I run into something I don’t know how to do.  It’s been a fun process, and I am constantly learning more.

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All throughout my childhood I took various art classes; my favorites were  drawing, painting, and photography.  I studied interior design at Parson’s in New York City, and ended up living there for just over 6 years.  I was very inspired by the city and the people I met there, despite the fact that I always craved the solitude of the woods and the beauty of nature.  I worked at the coolest coffee shop in the East Village, and was surrounded by so many amazing artists and musicians.  I was creating more than ever, and it was then that I decided to start Stella Blue Handmade to sell my crafts.  I opened the Etsy shop, and started booking some local craft shows.  I have pretty much always had a day job (but they’ve all actually been pretty cool), so the crafting is something I do in my spare time.  I figure it’s something I’m going to do anyway because I love it, so it gets as much or as little time as I’m able to give at that point.  Currently I am working my first 9-5 job (ever!) but it’s kinda nice because I can spend some evenings making things, and I’m able to book local craft shows on the weekends.

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For as long as I can remember, my mother was always teaching and encouraging my sister and I to make things, so I’m sure that’s where my passion comes from.  As a kid I loved drawing, painting, sewing, woodworking, redesigning my bedroom, making jewelry, collages, candles, and so much more.  I think the first time someone else’s handiwork really stood out to me as a child was seeing all the amazing things my Grandmother made. She could sew, knit, crochet, and quilt better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and I will never understand how she made the intricate designs and perfect stitches.  I now have her collection of fabric and sewing supplies, and sometimes the mood will strike me and I’ll sew something up.  I like using all her old supplies, and my mother’s too.  They’ve both passed away and when I think of them as I’m making things I feel like I’m continuing a tradition, and a part of them is there with me.

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I would say my favorite piece in the shop right now is a long pendant necklace in green and black with vintage metal beads.  The large pendant used to be an earring, and the metal beads are from a very old necklace that a friend gave me.  I mixed those with a strand of seed beads, and bright green accent beads.  I love that these random parts all come together to create a new, unique piece and can’t be duplicated.

 

Some of my other favorite pieces I’ve recently made are probably the collaboration pieces with fellow Deadhead Art Alliance members.  Our Cap’n Jen made a few glass pendants (one glows in the dark!) and shipped them across the country to me.  I then worked them into one-of-a-kind beaded necklaces and shipped them back to her to be sold in our team Etsy store.  I also love that I didn’t completely slack off on contributing to our team collaboration quilt.  I think I made the square like 2 days before I needed to mail it to meet the deadline.  But I’m so glad I did because when I saw all these little random pieces of art come together as a finished quilt, I was SO proud to have been a part of it.  It’s so awesome to see your work combine with others to create something more than you thought it could be.

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I find I draw inspiration from a lot of different places.  Nature is a big one; I feel refreshed and more creative after I spend some time in nature.  I love seeing different color combinations, or different materials interacting, and the feeling of peace I get just being in the woods or at the ocean.  I am also definitely inspired by music and music festivals.  I go to at least one big camp-out music festival every summer, and as many local shows as I can get to, and after each one I find a new burst of inspiration.  I love being surrounded by so many like-minded people who are so creative and unique as well.  My travels are also a big inspiration; I always find time to browse the local craft/art scene.  I really enjoy seeing other people’s arts and crafts, and love supporting independent artists.  You can always tell when they’ve put their love and passion into their work.

 

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The parts of running Stella Blue that I love most are definitely making the pieces, but I also love working festivals or craft shows to sell my work.  I love talking to people at my booth, and I truly appreciate them looking or complimenting, even if they don’t buy anything.  Just hearing them say “oh, that’s so pretty!” makes my day.  Probably my favorite is when they’re checking something out, decide to think about it for the day, and then they have to come back for it.  I also do love buying the beads, yarn, and supplies.  I can’t go into craft stores too often; I see so many things I want to make that I end up buying more than what I came in for.  When I lived in Manhattan, I went to some jewelry wholesalers where the boxes were haphazardly stacked to the ceiling (literally) and you just had to kind of rummage through to find what you wanted.  It was really fun!

Because I don’t depend on making money from my craft to pay my bills, literally every single sale excites me.  I guess it’s simpler that way 🙂  But, the hardest time I can remember with Stella Blue was the first outdoor festival I was vending at.  It was a sunny and very, very windy day in June, and I was perfectly positioned on a hill where the wind violently gusted through every 5 minutes.  I was trying to set up my booth and things were blowing everywhere.  Luckily, I had my amazing MacGyver-like boyfriend helping me set up and we had a spool of fishing line.  He literally tied down everything in my booth with an elaborate network of fishing line.  It took at least an hour and a lot of adjusting, but we were able to secure the tent and everything in it well enough for me to feel comfortable with him leaving and me being there alone until my friend came by later.  If he hadn’t been there that morning, I don’t know how I would’ve had the patience to beat that damn wind!  And I have to add that my friends are amazingly encouraging.  There’s the friend who met me at that same windy festival later in the afternoon with a 6-pack of beer, the one who has gotten her salon to sell some of my jewelry and crochet, and the friend that just talks about my crochet in the winter at the bar and drums up business for me, just to name a few.  They all get me through the hard times, and I’m so grateful!

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My down time is usually when I’m making things, so making jewelry, crocheting, and sewing have to be on the list.  I also enjoy doing yoga, hiking, playing softball, swimming, being outside generally.  I love reading, although it mostly ends up being fantasy/science fiction books, some of which are meant for kids 🙂 (my favorites are probably Game of Thrones, The Golden Compass, and Harry Potter).  I love traveling – I pretty much want to go everywhere.  I have traveled in Asia, Europe, and Central America, and done many, many U.S. road trips.  I love driving across the country or to the beach, the mountains, a lake, or a cool little town.  Usually on the weekends, I like to go to a farmers market, do some yoga, chill with my 2 sweet kitties, spend the days outside, hang out with my boyfriend and friends, go to concerts or festivals…

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“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars”

-Jack Kerouac, On The Road

This quote stood out to me when a friend wrote it down for me just before I left on a 3 month solo road trip around the country.  It kind of validated this desire I had to do this trip even though some people probably thought it was a crazy idea, and sometimes I wondered if it was.  But the amazing experience fed the free, adventurous, independent side of me when I needed it the most, and I am so thankful for it now.

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I would have to say the first camping music festival I went to definitely changed my life.  It was All Good 2005, and although I had been going to concerts since I was a kid, this was my first camping festival experience.  It was so cool to see thousands of people coming from so many different places, converging on this beautiful mountaintop to celebrate music and peace.  I felt like I could truly just be myself, and it was inspiring to be around so many other creative people.  Since then, I have made it a point to go to as many of these festivals as I can get to each year.  Needless to say, our first campsite was pathetic compared to what it is now.  Each year we’ve added another cool feature or convenience, and now we have pretty much the coolest campsite at the festival (I think!).  But I’ve found nothing beats the feeling of dancing to some amazing music outside in a beautiful setting with a whole bunch of other positive and happy people.

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I guess just that I really love making things!  I’m always going to be making something; it just makes me happy.  And I think it’s a bonus if other people can appreciate and find joy in my work as well.

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I plan on constantly expanding my store.  I am always making new things, depending on when the mood strikes me, so I’m always adding new sections.  I recently made some 20’s flapper style feather headbands, and have been working on a lot of new crochet items for the fall.  I have also been sewing lately, and working on things to add to the store.  It’s a constant work in progress, which is a good thing and a bad thing sometimes.  I always feel like there’s more to do, it’s never going to be complete.  But, I guess that’s just part of the fun..

 

Selling Venues:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StellaBlueStyle

Artist Contact info:

Julie Tribble

julietribble422@hotmail.com

Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/stellabluestyle

 

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

 

Shipper? I hardly knew her!

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Well, looks like today is the dreaded USPS hike day many sellers have heard of and have been fearing for a while now… (definite ass chapper…)

Here’s a break down of sorts:

Domestic postage stamps go from $ .45 to $ .46 cents. and On retail packages (when you buy at the Post Office) you will get FREE tracking with priority mail and standard post. You will still have to buy tracking for First Class Parcels.

The various flat rate priority packaging will have different pricing.

Flat rate Express envelopes are going up to $19.95 but the flat rate boxes will remain the same at $39.95.

Most of the PO box rates are going up, as well as money order fees, certified, etc.)

…and International Shoppers can expect an even *bigger* rise:

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Pongo’s reaction when we told him…

There is now going to be a First Class International Forever stamp for $1.10
Canada and Mexico have always had a separate and lower pricing tier but Mexico is now going to be grouped with all other countries. So if you mail letters to Mexico the cost is going to $1.10 from the current $ .85.

First Class Parcels are being moved from mailing services to shipping services with a HUGE price increase. I mean 50% price increase. This is to help offset the cost we have incurred from having to comply with export regulations since we now have to stand there and manually enter all that information on the customs forms. There will be a flat rate of $6.55 to all countries on all FCMI parcels weighing 1 or 2 ounces.

Ass chapped yet?

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Knitter to the north’s reaction… Needless to say, we had to jam outta there pretty fast. I don’t think anyone ever saw a VW bus drive that fast.

Well, it does suck…boy does it suck, but in the end our friendly postal workers are living pay check to pay check like many of us so, please, be kind to your local postal carriers and clerks, they are just doin’ their jobs and feeding their families, like us ❤

Show kindness & harmony. Might even shock em… (…somethin’ Deadheads are good at.)

Also, don’t forget to adjust your listings accordingly, by either taking some stuff down there to get an estimate or using the price calculator located on the USPS website.

Find it here: http://postcalc.usps.com/

Cheers!

~DHAA Team

Happy New Year!! From all of us at DHAA!!

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Everyone here of The Deadhead Art Alliance would like to wish you a happy, snappy new year! We’re wishin’ you much success, good fun, good laughs and happy memories to smile about this years new holiday season!

So many of our artists have already come out with new works and we’re so proud  of them and their endurance. For many of us, last year was a bit of a rough one. Maybe during the holidaze you might have been a-wonderin’ what you could do to boost some sales or at least get your shop to a better place this time around? Well, so many of our artist banded together to come up with some killer ideas when shop critique came up as a topic for a couple of our chat threads!

*Pictures*:

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Always a hot topic around Etsy… “I think that if all your [listings] had the close up views of your [work] as the main photo, it would read more cohesive overall.” says Mary from Perpetual Sunshine Creations.

She’s definitely right here… Close ups are a great idea! An even better idea to be sure of the clarity or lighting of said pictures! Time and time again, we’ll see some killer work overshadowed and sadly, not brought up  to its amazingness all because the picture’s great, but the lighting and colour is crazy dull. Check the contrast setting on your cameras, people! Or simply, make sure it’s clear and you can edit it on your computer….but, if you can’t edit it on your computer for some reason, just adjust the contrast, lighting or saturation setting on your camera and your work is sure to pop out!

“I would also say to eliminate any stuff in the background of your pics (I’m guilty of this too).” says Erica from Erica In The Trees. Also a good point to point out 😉 Too much business in the background take away from the greatness… It can come across as distracting or cluttered. Maybe you’d totally dig having “featured seller” clarity or a cool desert back drop, but you live in an area where those things are far out of reach? That’s cool, man. No worries! Something as simple as a cool tapestry (exotic or solid) will bring it straight to the point, without the pointyness of a cluttered background!

Also? Be sure to utilize the “Adjust Photo” option that is available to you during editing and adding listings. Make sure you have what you want to show in focus!

Another idea? Profile pic!! It’s cool to have picture you that goes with your work. For example:

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Maybe you have an elegant or tribal style body of work? But, you like that one pic of you at that BBQ festival totally whipping that one guy by winning that rib eating contest cuz it makes you laugh? I mean look at the sauce and the smile!? It spells deliciousness *and* victory!!

Well, be careful, man… It’s cool for your Facebook, but you’re gonna want things to mesh. Maybe you don’t dig on taking a profile pic of you because you’re bashful? That’s cool, dude. Simply use a piece of your work. The idea is to blend it all together 😉

*Details, details, details…*:

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What can pile up the confusion is the details…rather, the lack there of…

Be sure you have accurate measurements of what you’re sellin’! Is it custom-made? What are its measurements? What sizes can it be made in?

“The other thing I would suggest is to put actual garment measurements on items, rather than just size. I would just go ahead and list them, as some people won’t bother contacting you. I know sometimes [my size differs]. It’s helpful to see those measurements right up front. You don’t want to lose a sale because someone doesn’t want to send you a conversation.” adds Erica.

Bashfulness happens. We’d also like to recommend adding some good policies to go with your shop. Review them. Check out what some of your favourite older and wiser shops have up there. No returns? Health restrictions for hats? Trades? Exchanges? What if their package is lost at sea? You gonna get out the scuba gear?

Let ’em know!

*Pricing*:

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Okay, this one’s a toughy for some. Sometimes we just don’t like to say “yeah, man, I hand painted that and I want $200 bux fer it. So there!” So we go ahead and mark it down to like $25.00 even though, we totally know it’s worth more, but you don’t wanna be mean or seem like…well…ridiculously priced for something that some consider hobby-work?

The idea here is profit. “You should be able to feed yourself, plain and simple and not be on the losing end. They want quality? Well, girls gotta eat, right?” says Lauren from The Wild Earth Childe. ((That’s also where good pictures come in)) So, here’s what you need to figure…

Material costs.

Craft time. (how much you asking for per hour, day, etc?)

Shipping. (packaging, shipping costs, do you have to take a bus to get there?)

((In other words, you shouldn’t be spending your profit to ship and item or end up with $2.00 for a hand knit sweater or something of the like, unless you seriously don’t care…))

“Your pics are also a good price indicator. People won’t pay X amount over $100.00 for a pic that looks too… well, “in the front yard? They *will* for a pic that looks right out of Twilight or Lord Of The Rings… Or even a Catalogue. Clear & Crisp, Vibrant and In Person Accuracy is best (even if it *is* in the front yard ;} ) Your pics say a lot about your pieces quality too.” adds Lauren.

And this is true.

Think about it. You see an add for Victoria’s Secret. The girls are all pretty and for some reason lounging and twirling half-naked in Versailles. The lights are flashing, their hair is flipping, there’s twirling and somewhere in the midst of all those hot pink, golden blonde,  and flowing brunette frames you saw those chonies fer half a second and are totally gonna run out and spend $75.00 for that bra and $23.00 for at least two pairs of hipsters!

By the afternoon, you have the radio on blast and you’re putting on a twirling and spinning show like a 6 foot tall model for your cat! You rock!

Now ask yourself honestly, if you saw that very same bra and chonies on a Facebook profile style pic with deodorant chunks in the chicks pit that go un-noticed while the poor dame smiles in her bathroom with her face half cropped… You gonna pay $100.00 for it?

Seriously though, nobody’s sayin’ you have to be a 6 foot tall model with legs for days (you are totally fine *the way you are*), but we *are* sayin’ your pics can tell the price. You wanna take good clear pics that bring the pieces worth up. People don’t so much pay for the product itself as much as they’ll pay for the feeling the picture gave them. You bought the bra and chonies to feel like the models on t.v. . You bought that dress to project that same feeling. It took you there, so you bought it!

Also, try not to be offended when people haggle or even try to pull the “well, I could make that” line. Those people don’t get what us indie artists do and how heavy it is to not make a sale.  Just be the bigger person and tell em “okay then do it.” (That is, if you*want* to give em the time of day, that is. You do not have to…).

*Locations! WR U AT?*:

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Facebook pages? Twitters? Blogs? Even better what do you sell? You even open? In the “Info & Appearance” page, you are able to edit your shops header. Be sure to include what you can find in there so it will show up in the Google search. For example, Your Shop’s name is JohnDoeCreations. You make Tie Dyed Clothing. Hand sewn? Tell the world, mate! It’d be a good idea in the “Shop Title” section to write what you do so it’ll show up as “Hand Sewn Tie Dyes by JohnDoeCreations”. Also, in the “Shop Announcement” section, write what can be found in your shop. Let’s say you make batik tie dyes, not just tie dyes in general. Say so 🙂 It’s a good idea to write “Hand Sewn Batik Clothing For Men, Women and Children Can Be Found Here!” first in your shop announcement. This is what will come up for Jane Customer when she’s lookin’ for a batik onsie for her padawan.

She types in “Batik Childrens Clothes”.

Your Shop will show up as:

“Hand Sewn Tie Dyes by JonhDoeCreations”

“Hand Sewn Batik Clothing For Men, Women and Children Can Be Found Here!”

Voila! Next thing you know she’s checkin’ out the shop and adding kiddie shirts to her cart!!

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Adding your other sites to your Profile/Shop Announcement is a good idea too! People might wanna follow along for a sale or to see what’s new and up and coming with your work so they can be the first to snatch it up!

Tags!:

Here’s a couple of good sources, provided by Jenna from xDropBearStitcheryx to see what’s working and what isn’t in the scheme of things and an easy way to fix it!:

Google Analytics:

http://www.google.com/analytics/

The Etsy Shoptimizer App:

http://www.etsy.com/apps/1854404416/etsy-shoptimizer

Craftop0lis:

http://www.craftopolis.com/#com=sl

Bulk/Batch Editing:

http://www.etsy.com/apps/262788684/betsi-bulk-batch-editing-tool

Keep in mind, you can use more than one word for your tags in one line. For example: “Hippie” can be spelt two ways. “Hippie” and “Hippy”. So you can go ahead and use “Hippie Hippy” to save a tag or two. Many artists like to go ahead and use tags in their listing titles. Example: You made a patchwork sweater called “Autumns Sweater”. An artist will sometimes write “Autumn’s Sweater-Ready Made-Size Large- Unisex adults, men, women, teens, tie dye, upcycled, patchwork, recycled, hippie, hippy, elf hoodie, jacket, sweatshirt…” (well, you get the idea…)

This is up to you to do, it may help to add em, should you let’s say wanna add more tags to give your work a fighting chance, but this is in the eye of the beholder too. Sometimes, you’ll see a shop that will just simply read “Autumn’s Sweater- Patchwork Elf Hoodie” and they’ll have 2000 sales and the other guy with the paragraph for a title will have like 26 sales.

If you wanna try it, try it! Can’t hurt, right?

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Enjoy your new year! Today is the first blank page of a 365 page chapter in your life and the life of those around you. Let’s take the opportunity to make this year a good one and grab hold of the opportunity to be even more kind, loving and bright this year! Let’s be even better people than we were last year!

May this new year bring you peace, love, happiness and lots of inspiration and prosperity!

Hippie New Year!!!

The Deadhead Art Alliance Team of Etsy