Friday, September 19, 2014

Martha Stewart "American Made Awards"

We are excited to share that one of our members is a finalist in the Martha Stewart "American Made Awards"!


Go vote for Vanessa from The Pudgy Rabbit.  You will need to set up an account first but it's super quick and you can vote up to six times in one day.  You can also vote in other categories such as Food, Style, and Crafts - with including subcategories.  There is a lot of talent to choose from but make sure you show some local NY love to Vanessa!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend

It's gonna be a busy weekend for the Hudson Valley Etsy Team! We have four members participating in events, one will even be pulling double-duty!

The first event, this Saturday, September 20, is the Puptoberfest is Succasunna, New Jersey. It's a little farther away than the Hudson Valley but this weekend looks liek the perfect time for a little trip into beautiful Northwestern New Jersey. There will be all kinds of doggie fun and it's all a benefit for the Eleventh Hour dog rescue, how could you go wrong, and don't forget our awesome Stone and Fiber and Lollypups will be there selling their creations.
Stone and Fiber
Stone and Fiber
Lollypups
Lollypups
On Sunday it's time again for the Warwick Makers Market in Warwick, NY. It takes places this Sunday, September 21, from 9AM-3PM, on the Railroad Green. The HVET members vending there will be Get Glassy, Huzzah Handmade and again Stone and Fiber.
Get Glassy
Get Glassy
Huzzah Handmade
Huzzah Handmade
Stone and Fiber
Stone and Fiber
Happy shopping!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend

Our very busy Beyond The Picket Fence will be participating in 24th Annual Taste Of New Paltz this Sunday, September 14, from 11AM-5PM, at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz, NY.
Beyond The Picket Fence
Go and check out the bounty as well as BTPF's excellent soaps, lotions, creams, oils, insect repellents and much more!
Beyond The Picket Fence
Beyond The Picket Fence
 Happy shopping!

Monday, September 8, 2014

In My Studio: Getting ready for the Holiday Season




Yes I know its only the beginning of September but right now my studio looks like the Christmas Fairy has taken up residence!
This is the prime time of year to get prepared for the busy holiday season. My little boy is going back to school and after a wonderful summer - with very little work happening- it's time to get back to the grindstone and get making. My busy selling period on Etsy is the time from mid October through till mid December and getting ready for this is crucial.
In order to prepare for a busy holiday season of craft fairs and Etsy sales here are some tips to make the next few months the most successful.


1. It goes without saying to ensure that you have enough product to sell. Do a stock take of your current inventory.


2. Look at your sales for the same period last year. What sold well and what didn't.

3. Look at what craft fairs you are doing and what products do best in these locations.

4. Write a list and prioritize your making paying attention to the items that sold well and leaving out those that didn't.

5. Stock up on materials you will need to complete all the products in your list.

6. If you make a lot of holiday products buying in the sales after last years holidays can save a lot of money, otherwise lots of online stores sell Christmas craft supplies all year around.

7. If you sell on Etsy during this period make sure you have all the packaging materials you will need such as boxes, tissue paper, business cards and labels.

8. Once you have your products ready take your photographs well ahead of time and work on your Etsy pages.


  
I was looking back at some of my previous blogs and felt these might also be useful to mention:
In My Studio: Craft Fair Preparations tips on preparing for the many holiday craft fairs coming up.
and if like me you are juggling many hats here are some tips on ways to save time throughout a busy day. In My Studio: Time Saving Tips

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe" Abraham Lincoln
Good Luck and Good Making!
Sarah Omura

Friday, September 5, 2014

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend.

Ready for some late summer shopping? We have you covered as our team members participate in two different events this weekend.

How about a little trip up North to dress up? Dara Gallery and her wonderful masks will be participating in the Rome Revels Renaissance Festival and Artisan Market this weekend, September 6 and 7, from 10AM-6PM, in Rome, NY.
Dara Gallery
Dara Gallery
If you prefer to stay closer to home why not head over to Bethel Woods for another Sunday of the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods? Huzzah Handmade will be there selling her gorgeous knits and felted items. This Sunday, September 7, 11AM-4PM.
Huzzah Handmade
Huzzah Handmade
Happy shopping!