Friday, April 03, 2015

Ravelry In Store Pattern Sales

Dear Fellow Indie Dyers & Designers,

I have good news! Ravelry is now allowing those of us who primarily do shows or have just a studio sometimes open to the public or sell only online the opportunity to be a part of Ravelry In-Store Pattern Sales! Yay! However, there is a catch. In order to sell a particular designers patterns you have to ask them individually to do the following steps:

1. Go to your Ravelry Pro Account. Under Pattern Sales, click on Configure Store.

2. Scroll down to In-Store Sales and click on the button marked "View Retailers"

3. Scroll down to my shop LavenderSheep (it should be near the top) and click on the drop down list where it says "blocked" and change it to "permitted"

That will add my shop to allow me to sell your designs.

So here is what you can do:

-If you are an Indie Dyer, sign up! It took almost 2 months to get my account, so be patient. Then get the word out that you want to sell designer's patterns. Think of how many samples you have in your booth. You are already sending people to Ravelry, why not sell them patterns right there on the spot with your tablet or phone?! Pass on this post, so that other dyers know about it!

-If you are an Indie Designer and you would like Indie Dyers to use your patterns, do the steps above and add everyone you feel comfortable adding. Check back often to make sure you aren't missing any newly added shops. Pass on this posts to other Indie Designers to get the word out. When you add a shop, let them know that you have added them. Like, if you add mine, I would love to know it, so I can plan out gorgeous samples with my yarn!

Most of all, thanks for reading this and getting the word out!

Yvonne Ellsworth
LavenderSheep

19 comments:

Robynn Weldon said...

Thanks for this info! I've added you (Robynn Weldon). My Elfbaby hat and Wraparound mitts are both great for sock yarn.

Thea said...

:) Thanks for sharing this - I'm BabyCocktails and have added you :)

Yvonne Ellsworth said...

Thank you both for adding me! I'll have to check out your patterns!

kate bostwick said...

I just enabled your store. Thanks for reaching out with this post, unless we know to check it's easy to go unnoticed. I'm Cowtown Knits on Ravelry.

Shannon Okey said...

Hey Yvonne! I enabled both Cooperative Press and Knitgrrl patterns, let me know if I can help in any way!

Meg said...

Done! And thanks for the step by step! And great luck to you ... and huge fun!!
meg

Deb said...

Hey Yvonne! I just enabled Deb Buckingham, Knit On Designs on Ravelry.
www.ravelry.com/designers/deb-buckingham

Let me know if I can assist in any way.

1atalante1 said...

Just added you.
Atalante on Ravelry, http://www.ravelry.com/designers/lotta-groeger

Guernseygal said...

Thanks for the heads up! Have added you to my permitted list.

Nina Machlin Dayton said...

I have enabled sales for your store - Nina Machlin Dayton Designs. Please let me know if I can do anything else to support your shop selling my patterns. Thank you!

Mary Lou said...

Done - great step by step. I'm MLEgan. Now I have to look at your stuff!

SpinningLara said...

Thanks for posting this! I've enabled pattern sales for your shop. I'm SpinningLara on Ravelry.

Sheri Karobonik said...

You are enabled in my store.Sheri Karobonik Designs. Morning Glory and Grandma's Summer Shawl are great in sock weight yarn.

FiberistaFiles said...

Hi there! I'm an indie dyer and just attempted to sign up like you said, as I get a lot of pattern questions while at shows thanks to my samples.

But the "register your LYS" process wouldn't allow me to sign up under any option other than brick and mortar store, which I'm actually not (I sell online and at shows). I couldn't sign up as an online store or as a store that sells at events.


Did you have to sign up as a Brick and Mortar store as well? Did I go wrong somewhere? The original post was a little sparse on details other than "sign up" (I made the assumption you meant as a LYS which is the only place I could find pattern sales were an option).

Thanks for any help you can provide. I'm excited about this opportunity.

Yvonne Ellsworth said...

Hi FiberistaFiles, the way I did it was go to my shop page on Ravelry and set it up. I put myself as a brick & mortar and then didn't add any hours. I put in the notes that I am open by appointment only, which I am. I have quite a few customers who come and visit my studio. I'm also going to have an open studio in a couple of weeks that's open to the public. Then after that I went through the process of adding In-Store Sales.

However, when I looked at the back end of my pattern sales, using the steps listed in the post, I saw that there were a number of shops that were listed as "travels to various events by van" and a shop that offers online only. My suggestion is, if you have your studio open to the public at all that you list it that way. If it doesn't and you can't get it to work, contact Sarah and ask her about it. Her email is: contact-us@ravelry.com. She was very helpful and answered all of emails right away. Let me know if there are any other questions I can help with! Yvonne

Meanest Mommy said...

I just enabled your store as well. My business is Meanest Mommy Knits.

http://www.ravelry.com/stores/meanest-mommy-knits

Yvonne Ellsworth said...

Thank you!

Mary-Heather (rainydaygoods) said...

Just to clarify a quick thing (because we're getting excited emails about this!): this opt-in feature for shops with appointment only hours or dyers with studio hours isn't actually for In-Store Sales at shows, festivals, etc - the service can't be used at events. Our terms haven't changed and that still isn't permitted - we know people would like to sell at shows but In-store Sales are all that are allowed with this service, and nothing has changed there. I hope this helps to clarify!

Yvonne Ellsworth said...

Mary-Heather, is this a feature that will be available soon? It seems like something that everyone involved would like to see happen.