Seller Profile – ImogensImagination

Seller Profile – ImogensImagination

Name
Sophie Cooke

Etsy Shop Name
ImogensImagination

A bit about my product range
I make and sell hats, fascinators and hair accessories for all occasions. Whether you need something for a wedding or just something to brighten up your head on a dull day at the office, I’m your woman.

I learnt very early on that folks will only buy hats if they have an occasion that requires a hat…and that’s a pretty niche market! To provide a constant income, I diversified my ranges to include everything from hair clips and headbands for everyday wear as well as berets for those cold winter days.

I sell these more accessible ranges at local craft and vintage fairs as well as online. This has allowed me to form great relationships with my regular customers, so when they do that big date in the diary, they know exactly where to come for their headwear!

I started an Etsy shop because…
I wanted to sell more stuff!

I didn’t have the skills, time or confidence to start my own website when I joined Etsy six years ago. It provided a brilliant solution and continues to be a great outlet for my work, alongside my own website.

I also love, that thanks to Etsy, I can now say that I have sent my designs to every continent on the globe!

I feel inspired by…
All sorts of things. But I am a serial hoarder and so sometimes the best inspiration can simply be a studio tidy-up.

It’s amazing what you can find in forgotten boxes on the top of a stack of shelves!

When I’m making, I like to listen to…
Radio 6…best radio station ever!

My favourite product to make is…
Anything design that I can create a production line for!

That might sound a bit dull, but I find the repetition of the tasks quite soothing. I also work faster because the muscle memory in my fingers is retained. I find it hugely satisfying to see how much I’ve made at the end of good day’s work.

My plans for the future are…
At the mo I’m gearing up for Etsy Made Local, our annual team-run Christmas Market. As I’ll also have another event the same weekend, I’m just trying to get enough stock made and ready for the Christmas rush.

However, I am also starting to plan my Spring/Summer millinery designs for next year, they will be photographed at the beginning of 2018…it’s always a battle to be constantly thinking 6 months ahead!

A few of their products…

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Seller Profile – Totes by Wendy

Seller Profile – Totes by Wendy

Name
Wendy Dutton

Etsy Shop Name
Totes by Wendy

A bit about my product range
I make and sell a variety of bags including Totes, clutch and makeup bags plus purses. I also make pet collar accessories such as bandana and bow ties, my bandana can also be personalised with your pet’s name.

I started an Etsy shop because…
I was made redundant in September 2014 from a stressful job and I was looking for a new direction. My daughter suggested Etsy after I bought myself my first sewing machine and fell in love with sewing!

I feel inspired by…
I am inspired by some of the great fabrics available at the moment but I never buy in bulk for my bags as I like to keep my product volumes low so that my customers are buying something unique.

When I’m making, I like to listen to…
I am lucky to have a workshop in my garden so in the summer I just love to listen to the birdsong and the waterfall from my pond, I find it very calming!

My favourite product to make is…
Personalised pet bandana as I love some of the unusual names that customer have for their pets.

My plans for the future are…
To keep expanding my product range so that I have a broader appeal so maybe add some men’s products

A few of their products…

Seller Profile – LilMissWednesday

Seller Profile – LilMissWednesday

Name
Julia Thompson

Etsy Shop Name
LilMissWednesday

A bit about my product range
Home decor bits and pieces, that reflect my love of all things gothic, retro and geeky! Think skulls, lots and lots of skulls…..I currently stock cushion covers, gothic-style bunting, lampshades and make-up bags, and add stockings and advent calendars to the mix during the festive season 🙂

I started an Etsy shop because…
When we bought our own place, I found I was having to order all the gothic-type stuff I wanted all the way from the US, and I was tired of paying all that money in shipping charges! So I started to make things for myself, then friends started asking for custom pieces – and so LilMissWednesday came to be.

I feel inspired by…
All the wonderful creative types around me!

When I’m making, I like to listen to…
Rammstein. Mostly because this is what I listen to 90% of the time!

My favourite product to make is…
Christmas Stockings. There is something so brilliantly festive about starting to put these together, and I love making little gothic ones that I know will find a loving home in a gothic nest like ours 🙂

My plans for the future are…
To try and squeeze in some more time to expand my product range – I love the process of learning to make new items. And to just continue making more of the things I love! There is a never-ending stream of amazing fabrics being released all the time – I love hunting these down and adding new styles to my products.

A few of their products…

Seller Profile – Homespunwonders

Seller Profile – Homespunwonders

Name
Katie Collins and Heather Kaye

Etsy Shop Name
Homespunwonders

A bit about my product range
We sell hand dyed yarns based on the flora and fauna of Yorkshire plus knitting and crochet accessories like stitch markers, project bags and yarn buddies. We also have a range of blankets, shawls and rugs perfect for snuggling on cooler days.

I started an Etsy shop because…
We love creating and started selling our handmade textiles. We love colour and decided to expand and make our own hand dyed yarn.

I feel inspired by…
The beautiful countryside of Yorkshire and the glourious flowers, birds, butterflies and wildlife within it.

When I’m making, I like to listen to…
Radio 4 – women’s hour, PM and the Archers especially.

My favourite product to make is…
Our alpaca yarn as its so soft and squishy.

My plans for the future are…
We’d like a local yarn shop one day but until then we love exhibiting at wool and craft fairs, joining in with Etsy events and interacting with our customers on social media.

A few of their products…

Seller Profile – Maxwell Harrison

Seller Profile – Maxwell Harrison

Name
Jayne Harrison

Etsy Shop Name
Maxwell Harrison

A bit about my product range
I design and make sterling silver jewellery using traditional techniques – my favourites are casting, forging and acid etching. My work often (but not always) has a minimalist feel to it and sometimes incorporates semi-precious stones. I’ve recently introduced a range of concrete accessories for storing and displaying jewellery. I originally made these to show off my pieces at events and got just as much positive feedback on them as the jewellery they were holding, so putting them into production was a bit of a no-brainer, really!

I started an Etsy shop because…
I wanted a way to fund what was becoming a very expensive hobby! I knew that jewellery was something that I wanted to try to make a career out of and Etsy seemed like an ideal way to test the waters, as well as giving me instant access to an international audience. Being part of Sheffield Sellers on Etsy really helped me to get going and I’m always learning from our more experienced team members.

I feel inspired by…
Simple geometric shapes, unusual textures and repeating patterns found in nature. I love picking up items on the beach and wondering how I could incorporate them into something tactile and wearable.

When I’m making, I like to listen to…
BBC 6 Music or one of umpteen Spotify playlists I have on the go. I love a bit of Queens of The Stone Age or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club when I’m hammering metal and Scroobius Pip’s “Distraction Pieces” podcast is great for calmer moments.

My favourite product to make is…
My little nugget stud earrings. I make them from puddles of molten, recycled silver and I just never know what’s going to happen when I hit the metal with my blowtorch. There is a certain element of predictability, but each earring ends up with a unique shape and texture and there’s just something lovely and satisfying about that.

My plans for the future are…
To design a brand new, botanical-themed collection for spring/summer 2018 and to get my work stocked in more physical locations, as well as continuing with my Etsy shop. A little further ahead, I am aiming to go part-time with my day job and eventually, work full-time on my own business.

A few of their products…

Seller Profile – SheffieldMugCo

Seller Profile – SheffieldMugCo

Name
Rob Duffin

Etsy Shop Name
SheffieldMugCo

A bit about my product range
I design and print a variety of personalised gifts, largely with a Sheffield and retro theme.

I started an Etsy shop because…
My wife recommended it! I’d tried other platforms that didn’t really work and she already had an Etsy shop so I got my 40 free listing to start from her. Fast forward 12 months and there I am leading the team…

I feel inspired by…
Sheffield! Much of my work features the city in some way, but I have always loved the old travel posters featured various holiday destination which I am very much inspired by to create my own designs featuring different Sheffield landmarks.

When I’m making, I like to listen to…
6 Music most of the time, or Test Match Special when the cricket is on.

My favourite product to make is…
The last one! Having printed thousands of mugs, the actual product remains the same, but the designs are constantly changing. Print a new design on a mug for the first time is always exciting to see. My favourite design still remains the mug I designed for when the Tour de France came to Sheffield, a mug I still use every day.

My plans for the future are…
There are a number of Sheffield landmarks I’d like to cover still but I’m working on broadening the range of designs I make to have a wider appeal beyond Sheffield.

A few of their products…

Seller Profile – Altered Chic

Seller Profile – Altered Chic

Name
Lisa Swift & John O’Nions

Etsy Shop Name
Altered Chic

A bit about my product range
We make and sell colourful personalised gifts, cards and finishing touches for presents. Our main ranges are our glittered cut out cards, our personalised ribbons and our personalised letters.

I started an Etsy shop because…
As a manufacturer of handmade gifts we were looking for new places to sell our products and knew that Etsy would be a great fit. The customers on Etsy really appreciate the time and skill that we put in to making each and every product.

I feel inspired by…
Our daughter and her friends. We love designing things for children. Children love colourful products and so do we. We are currently working on a new range of decor for children’s rooms this summer.

When I’m making, I like to listen to…
As our machines are quite noisy we don’t tend to listen to music in the studio or workshop. We occasionally listen to the radio but usually we’re just having a good natter!

My favourite product to make is…
Our personalised glitter cut out cards. We make them for so many different occasions including weddings, new babies and birthdays. The glitter tends to get everywhere but we still love making them!

My plans for the future are…
We have recently invested in some new machinery and we can’t wait to get create and make a whole load of new bright and colourful products. Watch this space!

A few of their products…

Etsy Made Local – Sheffield 2016: Popeye & Daisy Jewellery’s First Market

We asked first time seller at Etsy Made Local – Sheffield 2016, Ayla from Popeye & Daisy to tell us about applying for and trading at her very first market last December at Sheffield Town Hall:

Image: Popeye & Daisy Jewellery

​My road to Etsy was quite a long one – I attended a Silversmith & Metal Jewellery course at Sheffield College for a few years and absolutely loved it. However, as you can imagine, making silver jewellery starts to become an expensive hobby! As I was not able to wear everything I was making myself and after friends and family had received plenty as gifts, I had to start looking for ways to sell my jewellery and reach out to a new audience.

It was early in 2016 that I was at that point, and I set up my own online Etsy shop.

I put my first pieces on sale in April and had my first purchase in June, around the time I joined the Etsy Sheffield Team. The team are great bunch of creatives who are very welcoming and were only to pleased to offer support and guidance from the outset.

Shortly after joining the team, the application process for Etsy Made Local 2016 opened and I applied immediately. At the time, I didn’t have much stock, but I knew I would have the next few months to design and create pieces to sell at the event. The application process was straightforward and involved filling in a simple online form with information on your shop and items for sale, along with links to your Etsy shop and social media sites.

Photo: Danni Maytree Photography

In the run up to the event, the team leaders kept everyone up to date with news at our regular meetings and via social media – this made the final few weeks leading up to it a lot less stressful. They also sent out helpful tips and advice for anyone who was new to selling which definitely helped settle my first-time nerves.

The few days before the event, I started to get apprehensive – what if I didn’t sell anything? What if no one liked my jewellery?

It felt like a very big leap to step out from behind my online Etsy shop in to the real world of selling, but I had spent the prior months creating pieces and planning my display, I knew, at the very least, I had done everything I could to make it a personal success.

The market weekend was fantastic, from the preview evening on the Friday Night, to the last hour of Sunday afternoon. The rooms were packed from start to finish, and knowing there was a one-in-one-out queue at one point was really exciting for all involved. This was testament to the hard work of the team in run up, especially on the media campaigns to promote the event.

Etsy Made Local was a great success for Popeye & Daisy and I am continuing to build on what I learnt at my first fair to grow my little business further. I have sold at several other fairs and markets since, including several Peddler Night Markets – a personal favourite! I am also building up my product ranges and hope to release my first cohesive collection very soon.

I cannot wait to apply for Etsy Made Local 2017 and hope I can be a part of what I am sure will be even bigger and better than 2016!

[Etsy Made Local – Sheffield in 2017 will take place at Sheffield’s Cutlers’ Hall on Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December 2017 – applications for stall holders are now open til 31 July 2017]

Image: Popeye & Daisy Jewellery

 

TOP TIPS

  • Do a trial run of your display stand before the event so you know how it will look and how long it will take to set up (and take down).
  • Stand your ground – I had a few customers who tried to barter and get a better price. You are not at a car boot sale – you are selling unique items and you need to price accordingly. If you reduce prices because someone asks you are only underselling yourself and under-mining other customers who might overhear. Yes, it meant I lost a sale, but I could have lost many more if I have agreed.
  • Make wrapping and packing as quick and easy as possible. All my jewellery was displayed on wooden blocks or in dishes so I needed to individually wrap each item. I set up a little packing station behind my shop sign (so no one could see) and had everything to hand (i.e paper cut to size and bags opened and ready) this made things much quicker, especially when there was a few people waiting to pay.
  • Offer card payments – I was surprised at just how many people wanted to pay by card rather than cash. On the recommendation of other Sheffield Etsy sellers, I purchased an iZettle card reader to take card payments. Make sure you factor in the additional fees into your pricing though. *Use code RLQRY4 to get £10 credit if purchase an iZettle reader and you use your new card machine within 30 days*
  • Be friendly with your neighbours – days can be long and if you are alone you may need them to watch your stall whilst you grab a coffee.

Ayla x

Popeye & Daisy Jewellery

Photo: Danni Maytree Photography

You can find Popeye & Daisy on Etsy and on social media at:

Etsy Shop:     www.popeyeanddaisy.etsy.com

Twitter:     @popeyeanddaisy

Instagram:      @popeyeanddaisy

Facebook:     Popeye & Daisy Jewellery

How to Buy Online and Collect at Etsy Made Local Sheffield

eml-shop2Do you like to do your Christmas shopping online?

Fancy saving some money on delivery charges?

Well thanks to our stallholders you can do both of these things!

We have got together with our stallholders to create a fuss-free shopping experience over the Etsy Made Local weekend.

As you will already be aware, all our stallholders sell online via Etsy, that is our common link.  You can browse links to their shops here and you’ll also be able to see whether they are taking part in our exclusive free collection promotion.

Alternatively, you may want to check out our themed Gift Guides where we have gift ideas for all the family and for every budget from a variety of our team members. Those who are taking part in the promotion are clearly marked.

 

So how does it work?

Once you have found what you are looking for, simply add the item to your cart.

In the cart there is a prompt to add a shop coupon code, just click on this and a box will open for you to add that all important code.fireshot-screen-capture-135-etsy-shopping-cart-www_etsy_com_uk_cart_refhdr

By using our dedicated discount code EMLCOLLECT when you pay for your online orders,the postage fees will be removed from your final order price.

The person you have bought from will be in touch with some instructions about what you need to do to collect your order but it’s pretty simple.

  1. Come to the Etsy Made Local market at Sheffield Town Hall on Saturday 3rd December (10-5pm) or Sunday 4th December (11-4pm)
  2. Visit the stall of the seller whose goodies you have ordered and collect your order.

You may well be asked to bring a copy of your order confirmation and some photo ID, so please do come prepared, but you will be given full instructions by the seller with your order confirmation as to what to bring.

 

Happy shopping and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

Ps. We will never know if your placed your order wearing your PJ’s and covered in mince pie crumbs, or skiving on your lunch break, your secrets are safe with us!

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