Etsy’s new “Sale” feature and the October Flash Sale

Etsy has a new “Sale” feature where you can create a sale but skip the coupon code, which is wonderful because coupon codes can be confusing for some shoppers. This is also how they’re alerting Etsy shoppers who are browsing around that there is a sale in your shop.  You can even just search through sales.

I was originally confused at how they knew shops were having sales when they introduced this feature. I was also confused as to how it worked for me, the shop owner, and how I could create my own. But it’s Friday the 13th, in October, and it seemed like a great day for a 3-day flash sale! And what better time to learn about the new “Sale” feature than now!

I really like how it shows, right on the shop home page, the sale prices. There is no guessing. There is no math involved. There is no waiting until you put things in your cart and enter a code to see what the final total will be. It’s all right there for you and your shoppers.

You can even pick which sections you want in the sale. How neat is that?! I picked everything, but I’m excited to have a pencil case sale during back to school and a sale sale to make room for new and updated inventory.

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The (Secret) May Promotion

I wanted to do some sort of shop promotion without having to come up with a coupon code and then spam social media for the duration of it. Instead, I sent a mini pouch blind bag along with every order placed in May. You might be thinking, “What kind of a promotion is this?” It’s a Secret Promotion! One in which I didn’t have to feel bad about if I forgot to do it. But I didn’t forget! Everyone got a mini pouch blind bag!

Some Flaws:
– It was a secret! I know it didn’t drive [new] sales and I don’t know if it encouraged shoppers to leave feedback.
– What if repeat buyers from May 2017 now expect a mini pouch with every order?

Some Pros:
– I have no idea! No one mentioned them.

In the past, I’ve had sort-of-annual sales (like the Summer Sale!). It’s definitely fun to have an annual sale because it can give people something to look forward to! But I haven’t done too much shop-related sewing since before Christmas and my inventory is feeling a little stale. It seemed like a great opportunity to try something new. I’m not sure if I’ll continue this promotion but I’m glad I gave it a go.

Where you been for the last year?

Right before this time a year ago, I:

– Moved back to Massachusetts (moved away for me, moved back for love *insert heart eyes*)
– Started a Facebook page for my toys
– Transferred for work
– Found out the location I transferred to was closing down
– Accidentally stopped taking my medication and had a mild manic episode but everything is fine now

Within the last year I:

– Was laid off
– Was offered a job at Old Navy for BELOW minimum wage (more on that if you’re interested)
– Got a job at a shoe store (misery ensued)
– Left shoe store and started at a box store
– Started selling my bags in a shop
– Did an art show
– Went to Disney 
– Went to Portland, OR
– Got engaged!
– Got promoted to a better team at the box store so now I have nights and weekends off (wait, in retail? Yeah, dude!)
– Turned 29 (cannot wait to turn 30 next year)
– Started designing my own fabric
– Ate an oyster (not a fan)
– Tried Beef Tartare (10/10 would not eat again)

See you again in a year!

When WordPress gives you the side eye

When you try to update your “About Page” but WordPress is all like:

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And you realize that all of your saved draft posts are gone.

And all of your saved media is gone.

And you can’t access anything from your blog because everything seems to have been erased.

 

AND THEN you realize you weren’t actually logged in. Which explains most things, but doesn’t explain why you can click into things without it being like, “Hey! You need to log in to do that!”

Yep.

The Organic Collection is back!

I’m happy to announce that The Tragic Whale Organic is making it’s way back into the shop! There’s just a few bags to choose from right now- large makeup bags and a couple of pencil cases- but now that I’ve dug out my organic cotton thread I’m basically unstoppable.

I make all the Organic Collection bags using GOTS certified organic cotton fabric AND thread. More organic materials means lower impact on the environment.

Here’s a couple of the new bags:

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Find these and the rest of the collection here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale?ref=hdr_shop_menu&search_query=organic+collection

It’s the Summer Sale!

Hello! And welcome to The Tragic Whale‘s sort-of-annual summer sale! This year, please enjoy

$5 off when you spend $25 or more, with coupon code: SUMMER5OFF25

$10 off when you spend $50 or more, with coupon code: SUMMER10OFF50

$25 off when you spend $100 or more, with coupon code: SUMMER25OFF100

Sale goes until Thursday, June 23rd at Midnight!

The Tragic Whale Shop

And there’s nearly 100 new items in stock!

The Tragic Whale Shop

Enter coupon code at checkout. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Offer valid online only.

 

2015 in Review

“AH HA HA HA HA HA!”- Me, after realizing I haven’t blogged since June. Whoops! My bad.

2015 was a crazy year! I started out working for myself and running my own small business full time. It was incredible! I worked on structuring my days, balancing blog posts with sewing projects, hunting down craft fairs to apply for, and developing and introducing new products. It was a whirlwind of learning and adventure.

Then, over the summer, several very important things happened:

1) I joined the Windsor Farmers’ Market!

2) I got a part time job! Because after 6 months of business-ing it on my own, I realized that if I still wanted to eat I would need an alternate source of income. At first I was like, “Yep. This is what failure tastes like.” But then I was like, “Ooh, caught myself in time. No shame in restructuring my life to continue doing what I love!” (Which, in case you forgot, is sewing and watching Documentaries all day.)

3) I parted ways with a boy who wasn’t right for me.

All these things paved the way for some other things that happened in the Fall:

1) I signed on for the Windsor Winter Market, and participated in Windsor’s Autumn Moon Festival and the Legion’s (/Lisa’s) annual craft fair!

2) I was offered a supervisor position at work!

3) I started dating my person. And my Mom’s, “When you know, you know,” phrase now makes sense.

I sometimes forget that things don’t just magically “work” because I try for them. And that it’s ok for me to reassess people and situations in my life and scale back from them, or let go entirely. I couldn’t float myself on my business last year, but I still more than doubled profits compared to 2014. I’m in a nurturing relationship with a guy who’s equally my partner in crime and my best friend. And while I missed a couple Farmers’ Markets due to scheduling conflicts at work, I’m finding my new balance between my “outside” work responsibilities and my “inside”/working from home responsibilities.

AND my Mom ENCOURAGED me to play with my potatoes on Christmas! “Don’t you want to make some little snowmen or something?” she said.

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(photo credit: Jordan)

Happy and healthy New Year, everyone!


Kerry. 29. Central Mass. Maker. Fan of all things bright. Click to learn more!

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