Guess who I got to meet yesterday? Chelsea, from Pins & Bobbins! It was really cool, and kind of strange I must say (and I think Chelsea would say so too!), to meet someone that otherwise only lives on the web. Chelsea was great, she seems like a really fun person to be around and I'm looking forward to getting to know her better. I'm planning to go to our local modern quilt guild for the first time in October and it will be sooooo nice to have at least one familiar face there, me being a bit of an introvert. :)
I had brought this finished Cuzco baby quilt top along on our little quilty date yesterday, thinking I might find some backing fabric at the shop where Chelsea and I met up. Unfortunately, it was just another over-priced Canadian retailer (why IS that?????) so all I did was browse. It was a beautiful shop with lots of modern fabrics and cute stuff, but I'm not paying $19/m for fabric no matter what it is. So on the way home I stopped in at Fabricland, which I have a love/hate relationship with, and found a perfect backing in the clearance section. I'll show you soon, once the quilt is totally finished!!
Okay, now I'm looking for advice! I am considering setting up an Etsy shop. For a couple of reasons. First, I have made SO many things for our own home and you can only give away so many unsolicited things to friends and family (at least in my opinion!), I obviously want to continue this hobby so I need to find other avenues for my creations. Second, there is something that our family is saving up for that I would like to contribute to as much as possible. I'm not looking to make a ton of stuff specifically to sell, more so just to list the many things I seem to make with no intended recipient, the above Cuzco quilt being a prime example! So I just need the nerve to take the plunge! I know that many of you have Etsy shops, and I'd love it if you'd help me with a few things I'm wondering about.....
- I am having a difficult time finding a definitive answer of whether or not Canadian-based shops can accept direct credit card payment through Etsy. Does anyone know?
- How do you decide how much you will charge for an item? for shipping?
- Have you done anything in particular to promote your shop, or is word of mouth and through the blog a good way to start?
Finally, I need a shop name!! I want to come up with something simple, but catchy and not too cute-sy. I've thought of "My Quilted Home", which feels a bit 'country craft' to me, "Coastal Quilts", since I live on the Pacific Ocean, though I'm not sold on it, or something plain like "Heather's Quilts", but I'm not crazy about that either. Also, probably not everything I list will be quilted so I'm wondering if I should go more along the lines of "handmade" something or other. I don't know!! Share your ideas with me! And if I use your idea, there may be a little prize for you. :)
Thanks all! Time for some lunch for me.....