Thursday, June 26, 2008

LavenderSheep Shop!

I am happy to say that after much time and work on my part and on the ever helpful Peninah, I have finally managed to get my new web shop up and running!

I am so excited to finally have it in existence. It is a continual work in progress, as most websites are, but I am very proud of the work I have done on it. I have learned a lot along the way. I wanted to talk a little bit about why I am switching over from having an Etsy shop to having my own web store. I really feel like I have outgrown what Etsy can do for me. I kept hitting little things that built up over time that limited where I want to go with my company. That is not to say that I was otherwise unhappy with them as a company or as a resource. They were the best first step that I could have ever made with my store and I am so happy that they were available. I would recommend them again and again to any artist that is just starting out and needs a good venue. However I have come up with a couple of main reasons why the website is a much better thing and where I would like to see my little yarn shop go:
  • A lack of categories: being limited to 10 categories was fine when I was just starting out. However now that I have nearly 20 different yarns and rovings, not to mention project bags and new ideas, I felt like 10 categories with no sub-categories really limited me.
  • Only Handmade: I love that Etsy has an only handmade policy. I plan on buying lots of stuff in the future from Etsy shops because of the handmade only policy. However, I have ideas about combining other products with my yarns that would go entirely against that policy. I can't tell you guys quite yet what I am up to, but I have been thinking about patterns or maybe some lavender products. Some nice things that would accent my products well, but that I don't have time to make or produce myself.
  • There are a couple of other little things that are nice too. Things like no need to relist items, no listing fees, items not getting buried, etc... These things aren't huge, but are a nice change.
I just thought I would talk about some of the reasons I am making this change. I don't want people to think that I have had any negative experiences with Etsy. Simply they have given me the building blocks to grow my company to a point where I can now move on to something bigger. I am still not sure what I am going to do with my Etsy shop, but I should have items listed there until September.

So, go and check out what is left in my Etsy shop. As things expire I will move them over to the new shop! Make sure to check out the new shop! I think it is pretty cool! So far I only have yarn listed there. The yarns that are up are Alpaca Lace, Handspun, Nylon Ribbon, Panda, Panda Silk, Silk Lace, Silk Noil, Silk Noil Petite, Silky Sock, and the New! Superwash Sock!

Note: Sorry about the lack of photos. I am having a little technical difficulties, so I am mainly working off of my laptop for a couple of days. I can do pretty much everything, but my latest photos are still on the main computer.

1 comment:

Penny said...

:) Glad to help. You have me curious what your next products may be.