News: Need your advice! + Shop Updates

June 15, 2010

Hi friends:) I just got back last night from our little vacation. We traveled to St. Louis and Louisville for a wedding, visiting old friends, my sister’s graduation party, and soaking up time by the pool:D I am wiped out and avoiding unpacking…he he. It was so much fun though and well worth it.

I am in the process of adding lots of new items to the shop. Just wanted to give you a peak of my design process. I am always finding inspiration through imagery and it often turns into an accessory design:) Here is just one example..

Also, NEED SOME ADVICE! I would like to open a second online shop site other than etsy for a few reasons. Does anyone have a shop on or any other online market place? I need your feedback! Let me know your experiences…pros and cons!

Look forward to catching up with some blog reading:) Be sure and check the shop for new items popping up this week!

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  • Sorry I can’t give you any advice on but I CAN tell you I love the new headband!! So cool to see where your inspiration comes from!

    Love it!

  • Love the headband! So cute!

  • such a acute headband!! very well inspired Anna! Glad you had a lovely time!

  • Beautiful! Love this new accessory. Great work Anna! And I LOVE the this + that (as you can see from my Thursday posts!) Very cool! xo – jami

  • You are just too creative ~ love it! Hope you find the advice you are seeking. xo

  • great inspiration images- I am considering using big cartel as well for my photo shop, I think if you can look at your feed for an average of say 3 months and then look at what Big Cartel requires it might be worth it. I also love the clean white background- love hear what your thoughts are 🙂

  • I’ve checked out Big Cartel too, but it doesn’t seem to have the same community features or abilities to search. In other words, it’s harder to browse or find things you like unless you’re in the know about a certain shop. I’ve found so many great things through Etsy’s Treasury or the finds email. Just my two cents…would love to learn more tho.

  • I’ll be curious to hear what you find out 🙂 Good luck with the unpacking!

  • I have two shops, one through big cartel (my primary shop), and one through etsy (my original shop, which I keep primarily because I have quite a few ‘high profile’ sites that link there, and I don’t want to lose those referrals). I really like big cartel – the back end is so simple to use, and I find it to be much more efficient than etsy. I am able to list items on big cartel so much more quickly! It also allows for much more customization, and the flat fees are nice and straightforward. Also, a huge benefit for me is their integration with pulley – a site which allows for digital products to be sent to the customer automatically, which makes sending off my artwork simple for me, and instantaneous for my customers.

    Anyway, I am very pleased with big cartel! I do agree that it is definitely for shops that are able to generate their own traffic, unlike the community feature of etsy. From a cost standpoint, the big cartel pricing structure may only be a beneficial for shops with a certain level of activity as well.

    So, now I’ve left the World’s Longest Blog Comment Ever, but I hope that it is somewhat helpful for you! Please feel welcome to send me an email if you have any questions I might be able to help you with!

  • What a pretty headband!

  • I LOVE that headband. I have to check out your etsy site!!

  • hehe love the this and that pairing! can’t wait to see the new items in your shop, i bet they will be adorable!

  • already checked out some of your new stuff and lOVE it! you are so talented.

  • That is a great headband! Thanks for your sweet comment today.

    xo Marcie

  • Awww love it! So I have no experience, but am working on opening my own website/shop soon:-) Etsy is fab but I’d love more control and exposure. Best wishes dear!!!

  • love to see where you got your inspiration! so cute. I am sure you hear this all the time, but I would seriously kill for your hair. I think that very time I click on you blog:)

  • Your blog is so inspiring! Found you on Little Blue Deer and am so glad I did!

  • That headband is adorable~ as are all the things in your shop! I love seeing what inspires you! I haven’t tried big cartel, but I thought about 1000 Markets. (The thought didn’t get too far, though, because business just kicks in…). Interested to see what you end up doing! Have a great day!

  • sounds like u had a great time on ur trip! welcome back! i know what u mean, i hate packing AND unpacking haha the headband is adorable!

  • Both the inspiration piece and the one you made are fabulous!

  • very well inspired Anna! Glad you had a lovely time!
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