Thursday, February 21, 2008

This fantastic blog write up, is why I absolutely love my customers, and what I do!

Thanks so much fiberdeviant:)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Wholesale and The Small Indie Business, Is It Worth It??

Recently, I've gotten a slew of requests, to do wholesale locally, and overseas. I absolutely love receiving them, and occasionally it works out. Most of the time however, it is larger businesses, just fishing Etsy for a deal on our handwork. Here are some of the problems I can see, when going into a larger wholesale deal.

1. Unless you plan on making 5,000 zipper pouches yourself in the space of a week, you probably won't be able to handle large requests.

2. Buying materials in bulk, so that you actually make money on the wholesale purchase, is a lot of money up front. And you will probably end up with a ton of excess, therefore, lose money.

3. Usually, wholesale would be 50% off your regular price. Unfortunately on Etsy, we all are so competitive for business, we are mostly underselling to begin with. Therefore, who can afford to take 50% off, on a small wholesale order?

4. As I said in number 1, due to the fact that we are small, usually individual, businesses, we cannot handle the volume of a retail store. Unless someone buys a large quantity of our product to begin with, other than getting our name out, wholesale will probably leave us in the red.

Some positive thoughts on wholesale, you can definitely get some great advertising and word of mouth from doing larger orders. Most B&M stores are very professional and accommodating to artists. They found us because they value handcrafted goods, and understand our pricing struggles. Also, they generally give a lot of leeway in production times and quantities.

In conclusion, take a chance with wholesale selling, but be careful not to lose more money than you make!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

You can still get a lifetime banner on my site, only $5! Lifetime Text Ad, $3!

☺Tara Friendly Links☺

Contact me if you have any questions, the site gets about 100-200 hits a day, and I'm working more on it now. It's only 1 1/2 months old.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Just finished my Etsy Survival Guide/Lifetime Helpline from me:)

Check it out, it can only help! At least I hope... LOL

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Stepping Down...

I have decided to step down from my leadership position with JET. I have been kinda absent on Etsy forums and all of our JET groups lately. Between my 3 shops, marketing/promoting myself, kids, house, and 6 pets, I barely have time to breathe!!

So in order to get my own house in order, so to speak, I've gotta let something go. Unfortunately, it has to be my beloved JET group. I will still be participating, and here for everyone.

Thank you all for your love and support in the past year!

February is going to be so busy! Here's a wonderful promotion that I have just started, I've teamed up with a fabulous B&B shop on Etsy:)

Please visit our friends here:

Uniquely Pampered

They are holding a 6 year anniversary raffle. Jewelry by Tara has contributed a necklace, and you can too! Send them your business cards and small samples, and as a thank you for participating, you will recieve FREE advertising, plus a few samples, and a special "Thank You" gift from uniquelypampered.

Fantastic deal! I can't wait to get my free samples☺