One day recently, out of the blue, I received an email from a fellow Etsyian, Chakra Pennywhistle. She had seen my Etsy listing for the zipper pouches I made from a Massachusetts tea towel and repurposed denim jeans. She makes Custom Circle the Date Patches using the calendar part of vintage tea towels. She asked me if I would like to have some of the cut towels she has leftover from making the patches. Wow! She was so generous and sent me an overstuffed box of wonderful patterns and designs. I started right in on making zipper pouches with the beautiful vintage tea towels. I can't thank her enough, she's an angel for offering them to me.
Yesterday at the Essex County Environmental Center the weather was picture perfect and the turnout was great. My plarn totes got a lot of attention and 2 sock bunnies found new homes. My sales were mostly to old customers and other craftspeople and I appreciate their support. It was really nice to be outside on such a perfect day and Abby had fun in the afternoon exploring with Jen's daughter (Jen from GoLightly). All the pictures are here.
This Saturday I'll be back at the Essex County Environmental Center for their Earth Day Celebration. I'll be in the Green Vendor Tent selling my repurposed handmade goods. The weather is supposed to be great and I'm looking forward to a fun day! Here's their writeup about the event. Hope to see you there!
Join the Essex County Environmental Center and partner
agencies for a celebration of Planet Earth. Enjoy the Green Vendor
Tent, canoeing, hikes, beekeeping demonstrations, and more! Plus, learn
about natural resource and energy conservation and stewardship
opportunities. Sponsored by PSE&G.
Time - 11am to 4pm
Location - Essex County Environmental Center, 621 Eagle Rock Avenue,
Fee - Free
For more information - Please call 973.228.8776
Recently I've been lucky enough to have my handmade work featured in great blogs. Crafting A Green World did a cool story on reusing sewing patterns and featured my Paper Pulp Letters and Sewing Pattern Flowers. Suzy Said has a wonderful write up about Montclair Made products available at the shop. And Sparkle Me featured my Cardboard Packaging Billfolds in a fun story about cereal obsession. Thanks to all these awesome sites for featuring me!
I just wanted to write a quick post about something very meaningful to me...laundromats. I started using them almost 5 years ago and back then I loved it. It was great to get every load done at once and be done with it. But lately the local laundromats have been leaving me wondering where their priorities are. They don't change the batteries in the smoke detectors for years and they beep constantly, the change machines don't work at all, and the machines themselves break down constantly. I can't figure out how they don't see these as essential elements of their business. It has always been a dream of mine to own a solar powered laundromat cafe, so I think about these things. Besides, I'm doing my laundry there, and when 2 machines simultaneously didn't spin out my loads I swore off that laundromat for good. I returned to one I had gone to a few years ago. I don't know what happened there but the machines were in total disrepair and if I dropped anything on the floor I felt compelled to wash it again. Ew! A quick search for local laundromats turned up one in Bloomfield that I decided to try today. It was laundromat heaven! I wish I had gone there long ago! The place was immaculate and every machine worked! There was a variety of sizes of machines to choose from and instead of a change machine you bought a card, brilliant! And bonus, you get $2 extra when you load up a new card with $20! Splish Splash, you have won me over!
When I first looked into selling on 1000Markets I compared their fees to other sites I was already using to determine if it was an affordable venue or not. Today I compared fees from 1000Markets, Etsy, eBay, Big Cartel, and Amazon and found the results worthy of sharing for others who may never have taken the time to look closely at them. Please keep in mind that I sell handmade items only on Etsy, Big Cartel, and 1000Markets, and use eBay exclusively for merchandise I sell in the brick and mortar shop that are not handmade. I also used the fee rates that apply to those types of items I sell which are included in the categories of toys or everything else, however, the fees vary based on type of item. Notable differences to me include whether or not there are PayPal fees, if there is a listing fee or not, and whether or not the commission fee includes the shipping price.
Amazon Pro- $39.99/month subscription fee 15% commission fee (total cost meaning item cost plus shipping cost) .50 closing fee
Amazon Individual- no listing fee .99 closing fee when item is sold 15% commission fee (total cost) .50 closing fee
eBay- I pay $15.95/month Store subscription fee 3 ways to list- Store Inventory, Fixed Price, or Auction Style Store Inventory- .03 listing fee 12% commission fee when item sells Fixed Price and Auction Style- .35 listing fee 9% commission fee when item sells plus PayPal fees- 5.3% fee (total price, including shipping)
Etsy- .20 listing fee 3.5% commission fee when item sells (item price only, not including shipping charge) plus PayPal fees- 5.3% fee (total price, including shipping)
1000Markets- no listing fee 5.5% commission fee when item sells (total price including shipping) .50 closing fee
Big Cartel- no listing fee free up to 5 items $9.99/month subscription fee up to 25 items $19.99/month subscription fee up to 100 items plus PayPal fees- 5.3% fee (total price) when item sells
The results can be understood easily by using the example of a $10 item with a shipping cost of $4.95. The final fees when this item is sold would be different on each site (monthly subscription fees are noted for the sites that have them):
I think it's important to consider how many items are sold in a month and how that effects the monthly subscription costs. Also, Amazon may appear more expensive here but they get more page views than any of the other venues. There are many factors involved in examining venue fees and I encourage everyone to take a closer look at their own expenses.
I did a post like this just over a year ago and I think it's time for another. So this is that post where I just list search terms people have used and found this blog...2009 edition. copabanana public school game Anne Taintor mugs vmask (still!) repurposed jeans algae crochet lunch bag mad libs easter cookie sock bunnies artistprofilefromamerica halloween paper products etsy copa bananas mrsa finger puppets vintage alley verona nj ugly doll t shirt 1000markets anne taintor cards 3d cat cards cool pens ella bloom nj flyer to announce reopening of store getting ready for easter glen ridge eco fair
We have lots of great Easter basket goodies at the shop. Closed Sunday but open Friday 12-8 and Saturday 10-6.
no.1-Fun flipbooks are great forward and backward no.2-Easter cards for everyone no.3-Driving Animal Pillows are Made in Montclair no.4-Super cute kits in great collectible tins no.5-Novelty bandages you won't find anywhere else no.6-Little Miss and Mr. books are popular classics no.7-Uglydolls are still going strong no.8-Travel chopsticks are just the right size for Easter baskets
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