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UN Week Promotion

This year, I’ve been trying to see what sales drive the most traffic to my Etsy shop. I’ve held a sale almost every week and have been comparing the difference between free shipping, percent off, and minimum item count sales. October 24th was United Nations Day, so I ran a UN Week sale for the week of October 21-27.

I did a fixed percent off of 10%. But The United Nations is about working together, so I decided I should give back with this promotion as well. A donation would be good, but can you just give money to the UN? Yes, you can! (find their full collection of agencies here)

I offered 10% off, so I chose to donate 10% of all sales that week. I made mention of it in the “Sale Description” so people would know where their money would be going. I had a Farmers Market that week, so I knew I would be able to donate more than just a few dollars. And then the market was canceled due to weather.

And I only made one online sale.

So my donation amount was 85 cents.

I had already picked out the UNHCR- The UN Refugee Agency to donate to, and I donated $8.50.

I liked this promotion even though it didn’t yield a huge donation. It feels good to give back and to help people. In the future, I will definitely:

1) make it a month-long promotion
2) advertise what I’m doing in my shop announcement
3) advertise on social media, and in person at whatever I am
4) share which specific agency I have picked out

 

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New in the Shop: Magnet Sets

I recently added magnet sets to the shop! I’ve been making wooden button magnets for a few years but I usually give them as gifts or keep them for personal use.

I used E6000 glue (the best glue) to secure 10mm neodymium magnets to the backs of wooden buttons. The magnets have a rounded edges so they are not supposed to scratch away surfaces or leave residue behind.

They come lightly taped to card stock and sleeved in a little zip-lock bag.

They can hold at least 4 sheets of paper and a greeting card. I use my own sets to hang takeout menus and invitations!

I haven’t decided if I’ll bring them to fairs and markets with me yet, so for now they can only be found online.

Find them in the housewares section! https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale?section_id=16516425

New in the Shop: XL Makeup / Project Bags

When I first introduced makeup bags to my shop, I made the bag patterns for 5 sizes: XS to XL. My original idea was to sell them as a nesting set (bet you didn’t know these were nesting bags!) but it seemed easier to categorize them by size and the Extra Large never made it to the shop. Until now!

I’m making them EXCLUSIVELY in my own fabric designs! I know this will limit the variety of them at first, but eventually the section will grow as my design library increases.

They can hold a full can of dry shampoo and a standing bottle of contact solution. They comfortably fit a skein of yarn with supplies. With that much room, there’s so much you can use them for!

Find them in the XL Makeup / Project Bag section here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale?section_id=24823650

Ladies’ Night Gift Bag Promotion

A few weeks ago, I was a vendor at Leominster’s Ladies’ Night Out event. It was pretty neat- they close down a street next to Monument Square and everyone sets up in the street! They put together gift bags for the first 200 ladies to arrive, and vendors were encouraged to donate something for the bags. But I’m not in a position to donate 200 bags! What could I do?

(First time EVER remembering to take a picture of an event, not just my table area).

My friend at City Hall had the solution. She suggested taking 200 business cards and giving them all some sort of sticker. One has an extra-special sticker, and the person that presents the extra-special sticker wins a prize! “Just an idea on how a small business could get in the gift bag game without breaking the bank. This isn’t the Oscars where everyone gets Beats By Dre in their gift bags.” – a wise Melissa.

(Not pictured: the SMOOTHIE booth next door!)

So that’s what I did! I drew up a couple of whales, printed them on some Avery address labels, and stuck them to the back of 200 business cards. It cost about $6 for the entire project, and the winner got to pick any two bags from my table.

(Can you spot the winning whale?)

Obviously not everyone checked their bags to see what was inside, not everyone came to see if they were a winner, and not everyone will scope out my Etsy shop at a later date.  But it definitely drove people to my table and I’ve had a few local orders since the event. So, success!

 

 

 

Weekly Sale: Pencil Cases

It’s back to school time! Well, almost. But people are getting ready for back to school, so I’m having a pencil case sale this week!

20% off both styles (classic & slim)!

Discount is applied AUTOMATICALLY! Thank goodness Etsy added this feature because coupon codes for a specific sale can be such a hassle.

Online only! Ends this Saturday!

Find the complete selection here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale/items?section_id=1

We’re back on the fair circuit!

I’m super excited to share that I’m back at vending! I kicked it off last Friday at the Space’s Newbury Street First Friday Event, and it was so much fun. I’m definitely going to sign up for future First Fridays with them.

I’ve signed up for the Leominster Marketplace for the season and plan to be there every 2nd Saturday of the month. I also signed up for the Westminster Cracker Festival, which is at the end of October. I’m hoping to add a few more to the list, so if you’re interested you should definitely check out the “Events” page!

New in the Shop: Pin Cushions

A few years ago, I made a pin cushion out of a plastic dinosaur. It was fun, and it quickly became my most-used pin cushion. I made an extra and put it in the shop, and since then have wanted to add more. So I (finally) did!

As an aside: most people know that it takes me AGES to finish projects for them. Like, YEARS. Like, HALF A DECADE. It’s one of the reasons I don’t like to take on custom orders for my shop. But even my own projects take me forever, so at least I’m consistent?

Anyway, I made a couple of dinosaurs:

And a couple of other animals:

You can find them now in the Housewares section!


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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