The Shop Hop .:. April 2015

Welcome! The Shop Hop is a monthly event aimed at providing quick exposure for small businesses. Shop owners on Etsy, Artfire, Ebay, Zibbet, The Craft Star (and more) are invited to join!


The Main Showcase:



LuvMeSomeVintage • Vintage Butterfly Brooch • $30.00
Vintage-style jewelry // Statement necklaces // Home decor
Etsy



RocknStones • Chrysocolla Cabochon with Malachite • $30.00
Beautiful rocks // Jewelry-making pendants // Earthy appeal
Etsy



CarolesArt • Ruby in Fuchsite Heart Necklace • $98.00
Artisan necklaces // Rare & exotic stones // Quality jewelry
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No joke. Calculated shipping on Etsy is HERE (+ a couple giveaways!)

Etsy has just announced that they're unveiling the opportunity to start using calculated shipping in our Etsy shops! No more flat rate charges that don't always work out well for sellers -- and for that matter, the customers too.

Take a look at the following article for more details. Opt in to the prototype or wait for the forthcoming big reveal.

Plus, below that, I've included links to a couple of fantastic giveaways from Etsy shops... definitely worth checking out!

Browse now, pin for later.


Etsy Launches Calculated Shipping to US Sellers
Etsy Launches Calculated Shipping to US Sellers

Etsy News Blog // Pin it!


WIN your choice of jewelry from Crafty Little Gnome!
WIN your choice of jewelry from Crafty Little Gnome!

Crafty Little Gnome // Pin it!


WIN $75 for Amy Waltz Designs jewelry!
WIN $75 for Amy Waltz Designs jewelry!

The Daily Savant // Pin it!

A Bigger Market Isn’t a Better Market? #etsy

In the online handmade community, there's an interesting article buzzing around. It has caused a bit of a controversy, as the article states that Etsy is leaving behind the true artists and creative minds that sell on Etsy. Bold words, I must say!

Here's a few tidbits from the article in question:

Etsy is the fifth most-visited marketplace site in the U.S., after Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Best Buy.

A Bigger Market Isn’t a Better Market. There are more than 30 million items listed on Etsy right now. That popularity is, of course, great for Etsy. But new hobbyist sellers, desperate for clicks, often price their products so low as to make real profit an impossible dream.

Indie craft’s whole purpose from the outset was to meet your makers and consume conscientiously. Now, when you ask your friend where they got that cool... cross stitch sampler, they'll tell you, "I bought it from Etsy"—the maker’s identity is secondary, if noted at all.

Etsy Has Homogenized Indie Craft. If you want to make it big on Etsy, you don’t necessarily want to make things that fulfill your creative dreams; you just want it to get onto the front page and sell like hand-felted hotcakes.

— Continue reading on WIRED: How Etsy Alienated Its Crafters and Lost Its Soul


What's your take on the subject?
Let me know in the comments.



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The Shop Hop .:. February 2015

Welcome! The Shop Hop is a monthly event aimed at providing quick exposure for small businesses. Shop owners on Etsy, Artfire, Ebay, Zibbet, The Craft Star (and more) are invited to join!

Let's see your Valentine-themed items
(or anything Red!)



The Main Showcase:



CarolesArt • Wire Art Bracelet (Red Crystals & Composite Rose Buds) • $85.00
Artisan necklaces // Rare & exotic stones // Quality jewelry
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