This week’s Etsy Store feature is Kathy from A Helping Hand Bag. Take a walk through Kathy’s inspirations and creative process….
Tell me briefly about your Etsy store.
I sell handbags, wristlets, and gadget sleeves. I design bags that are unique and well made. I like creating fun and functional handbags.
What is the story behind your craft?
The idea started with my dislike of anything with a designer label. I’m not impressed by “designer” handbags made by children in foreign countries. I wanted to find a way to use my sewing talent to donate to charitable causes. A helping hand bag is about how a label can mean so much more.
What are your greatest inspirations?
I like really functional bags and I love fabric. I get inspired by color and design in fabric and how I can use it on a bag.
What gets you going creatively?
I absolutely love to sew. Now when I watch my hands sewing, I think about places in the world I’ll never go to where I might be able to help.
The Holiday Season if finally upon us. Of course we are all looking for the best deals ever on gifts for our loved ones. This holiday we’re offering FREE Shipping Worldwide on all of our items in our Etsy store. Not to mention, more jewels will be added in the coming weeks, so be sure to check out our Etsy site frequently. You may especially want to check Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’re certain items in our Etsy store will be discounted! Stay tuned in the next coming week as we tell you about the wonder sales!
This is a big topic for many crafters. A lot of times we do giveaways and donations to organizations and events. Although, many of my handmade crafters see this as a great deed, sometimes it may be a hit or miss as far as gaining new business. Personally, I’m almost always willing to do giveaways and donate items and I always give my BEST item or create pieces especially for these functions. Handmade News posted a great article on this and included ways to be creative about it so that donating and giveaways can be potential new business for you. Check it out!
Get Recognized by Donating Items
August 04, 2009 | By Kristin Vogeler
Many of us simply don’t even think about these methods of advertising, but don’t ever overlook them again! Here’s the scoop: donate items for gift bags, door prizes, auctions, and raffles. Raffles and auctions in particular are great because you can be certain that the advertising is spent on customers who like your product or service.
If you’re unsure how to get into the loop, it’s easy! Skim through local papers and magazines for any events or festivals that are doing raffles and such. Consider joining a team-you can be the first to hear about any upcoming donations. Some local teams will let you donate items even if you aren’t a member. Also, donate to the same events year after year to save time finding places to donate your items.
A common problem I see with donations is when people donate “destash” items or items they don’t want anymore. Don’t do this! I know it can be hard to giveaway brand new items you put money into or items you like, but it’s worth it in the end-if you don’t even like the item, your customers definitely won’t either! You want items that are are going to grab attention, not turn off viewers.
You can even advertise to people who don’t bid on your items at auctions or buy tickets for raffles by setting out business cards by your items. The hosts of most events will even most likely set them out for you if you won’t be attending the event. Another great way to advertise is to attach a coupon to the back of all items you donate; it is a great way to make a sale!
These methods of advertising are sure ways to get your name out there, and probably get you sales in the future. Get out in your community and do what you can to get noticed. Remember, use your better items, send out business cards with them, and attach coupons-everyone loves a discount!
Photo courtesy of indiecraftdocumentary.blogspot.com
We have so many different ideas for this divine 2009. This year we will really focus on building and positioning The Pink Locket brand and continue to design creative jewelry pieces. You will be in for various surprises. In addition to new jewelry collections, we will officially launch “The Pink Clutch” line of handbag clutches. We’ve connected ourselves with fabulous fabric vendors, so just stayed tuned trust me you’ll be excited. Here are a few of our estimated launch dates:
End of January/Early February: Launch of The Pink Locket Signature Piece
End of April/Early May: Launch of Ivy’s Violet Collection of Vintage Jewelry
Early September: Launch The Pink Clutch
Until next time—SHOP PINK!
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Well I’m sure some of you religious EBayers have already heard. The giant online auction site has been ordered to pay LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey) $61.3 million for allowing EBay sellers to sell counterfeit handbags and unlawful allowance of the sale of fragrances.
I have to admit not only is it upsetting for a buyer to bid on the handbag of their dreams and wait anxiously for days for the item to arrive to realize they were ripped off, but it also discredits the designers hard-work at building its brand and longevity. That’s not to say that EBay isn’t a good place to find vintage designer handbags because I’ve known a few women who have gotten lucky in that aspect, but sometimes if the price is too good to be true chances are it’s not the “real” thing.
(Full Article available on http://wwd.com/issue/article/126153).
Posted by: Kamilah C.