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New in the Shop: Earrings!

I’ve been making earrings out of fishing lures for years. My favorites are the Acme Phoebe fish because they have a great shape and come in two different sizes. Whenever I spot them on sale, I grab them to make earrings. I put them away in a little tackle organizer and say, “Someday, I’ll add these to the shop.” I haven’t yet because I’ve always wanted my focus to be bags. But since adding coasters two years ago and sweater pins last yes, I thought maybe it was time to give earrings a go.

I specifically ordered stainless steel earring hooks because I want them to be more appealing to more people. My ears are happy with them so I know other people with sensitive ears will be happy with them, too.

I also made stud earrings with wooden cat buttons, at the request of my friend. I have no idea what the posts are made out of, so I only made a few. I have my own pair that I’ve been wearing around to test and they don’t bother my ears. But if I think I’m going to add more to the shop, I will definitely take the time to ensure that the posts I’m using are hypoallergenic.

They can currently be found in the Accessories Section with the sweater pins!

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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.

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.

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!

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And there’s nearly 100 new items in stock!

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

 

The Summer Sale!

Summer is finally here, officially! And what better way to welcome the onset of feeling awkward in your swim suit than with a sale :)

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3 Days. 20% off everything. Traveling this summer? Need a makeup bag or pencil case to help organize your travel bag?

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Mini pouches are great to clip on a belt loop for roller blading and bike rides! Maybe you want to size down your George Costanza wallet to a card sleeve? There’s something for almost anyone.

End Wednesday at midnight. Tell your friends!

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New in the shop: 3 new sections!

You’ll find 3 new sections in the shop this month: Sale, Zipper Pouches, and Wallets!

Zipper Pouches: This section is making a comeback. I decided they have a place in the shop again and have been working on some new designs. And most of them will be fancy pouches, with double or triple panels and stitching details. I think the new ones are really fun, and they’re fun to make, too!

Wallets: I briefly carried card sleeves in my shop about 2 years ago. At the time, I ultimately decided to nix them to concentrate my time on pencil cases and makeup bags. But I’ve wanted to offer money and card storage for a long time, and these little puppies are coming back. I’m planning to develop at least 2 more wallet-esque designs in the near future, to round out the section.

Sale: As I work on expanding my shop and tweaking the items I offer, some thing fall by the wayside. Mini pouches went from having key rings to lobster clasps. Front pocket clutches were sized down because the smaller ones sell better. Makeup bags got a new shape. As the new things take over, I don’t know what to do with the old ones. Now they have a home! Everything is priced at least 50% off and are mostly discontinued designs.

I’ve also been toying with the idea of offering seconds in the shop. Maybe the zipper is a little wonky, or there is a fabric wrinkle I couldn’t get out, or there is a weird mark on the fabric I didn’t realize until I was done with it. Currently, I keep them aside or offer them to friends. Just like the sale items start with “sale” in the title, these would start with “second,” and I’d explain about how I spilled candle wax all over it or that because the print is silk-screened on it got a distressed look to it when I was pulling the bag right side out. I’m not 100% sold on it yet through.

How do the new sections look and should I consider offering seconds in the shop?


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

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