Monday, March 26, 2012

Free Shop for Life Giveaway from Handmade Artists Shop

Today artisans can choose to market their products on a growing number of online sites.  These offer different options. Some provide free stores but charge per listing and take a cut on sales. Others charge a small monthly fee but not listing fees or commissions.  So artisans will have to find what is a good fit for them.


Taking the plunge might be a bit daunting for would-be artisans or those who wish to grow their business on other sites. So for those of you looking for a risk-free store and one that has absolutely no fees of any sort, the giveaway this week will be of great interest.

The Free Shop for Life on Handmade Artists' Shop giveaway is once again being generously offered by Andrew and Kimberly Kitchen, the founders of the Handmade Artists' Forum, a friendly community passionate about handmade designs.  They created the Shop and blog as a logical progression from their Forum. Their site's mission statement was covered in the last giveaway showing what their members particularly wanted from an online craft venue.

Usually the shop costs $5 a month with no listing or commission fees with a discount for a year's commitment. But the winner of this giveaway gets a shop there totally free forever!  No overhead costs and the sales are all yours to pocket.

Kimberly and I also came up with some tips for those of you thinking about opening an online store :

ONLINE STORES TIPS

Find a Good Fit
Many artisans do well selling at craft shows locally but having an online store is also useful. It's not just the extra sales you could potentially make but the store is your portfolio - pictures of the designs you have to offer and which highlight your particular style.

Some artisans have their own dedicated website. Others choose multi-vendor sites. There are advantages and disadvantages with either type. Your own site will only showcase your work whereas selling as a crowd will involve competition but collectively the shops bring in more traffic - someone shopping for a scarf might well decide to check out the jewelry section.

Some questions you should keep in mind while checking out a potential online venue are :
  • Does the mission statement for the market fit with your personal beliefs?
  • Do you want your items associated with the types sold there?
  • Is your target market going to be shopping there?
  • Does the site offer useful seller tools like custom order options, category listings, payment options and so on?
  • Does the site help you promote?
Take Good Pictures
This is probably the single most important task after designing and making the jewelry and the one where many artisans struggle with.  Without good pictures, potential customers will not be enticed to buy.  Kimberley is absolutely right when she said, "Just take a few minutes to cruise around the many selling venues and you will see what I mean; it won’t take long to be bombarded with any number of out of focus, dark, busy background photos…many of which make it impossible to see what the seller is actually selling!" 

"Make sure that your images show off every glorious detail of your work, front and center and in focus without distractions! Show shots of different angles and staged so that your customer feels like they are holding the piece in their hand. Take a critical look at your pictures from the eye of a potential customer and make sure your treasure is shown in its best light."


Write Proper Descriptions
While good pictures showcase designs, they cannot tell the customer how big or small a piece really is because they are unable to hold the piece in the hands.  What Kimberly says is true, "The only way a customer knows these details is from your description. You must be sure to give measurements, in metric and standard if you plan on selling internationally." 

Why not share the story of how and perhaps why you came up with the design?  Including the inspirational background gives the potential customer a connection to the artisan in a way that is not possible with manufactured goods.  Kimberley adds, "By all means let your personality and passion for your work shine through when you are writing descriptions, but don’t forget to include the meaningful information  a customer needs to make a buying decision. Read your descriptions from a customer’s perspective so he or she is not left with more questions than answers."

GIVEAWAY
If you'd like to try your luck for totally free shop for life, all you have to do is make a comment below.

Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc . If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

This international giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, April 2, 2012. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Good luck!

Before You Go:
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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
Jewelry Making Tips - Jewelry Business Tips 

136 comments :

PaulaJ said...

Count me in to win the Free Shop at Handmade Artists! Also,thank you so much for your article and the tips and advice!

mlsjewel said...

Would love to win this!!!! Thanks for the chance.

Tammy Roush said...

What an awesome giveaway, some person is going to be extremely happy with this one :) Thanks for the chance to win :)

dmooses said...

I'm in also. Love your blog and look forward to the posts everyday!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I'd love to win this wonderful giveaway - thanks for the chance!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I am a blog follower!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I am a facebook fan!

Sherri Stokey said...

Wow - what an opportunity! I'd love to win:)

Nancy Ludvik said...

What a wonderful idea for a contest! This sounds like a great shopping site... I would love to be part of it!

gelfling50 said...

What a thrillingly exciting generous giveaway. When reading your article it was like , "someones been pickin my brain". I am lining up for this one for sure. I am sending a huge thank you to Andrew and Kimberly Kitchen for this fabtabulous awesome giveaway...ty

Cate said...

Lovely giveaway and I'd love to win!! I subscribe to your blog, Pearl, and am a Facebook Fan.

Kristi said...

Count me in! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

Sherri Stokey said...

I forgot to mention that I'm also a FB fan & I subscribe to your blog (love it!)

Elements Pottery said...

Thank you Pearl! I love your blog, it is the BEST!! :)

Creative Moon said...

Would love to win the Free Shop at Handmade Artists! Thanks so much for all the good content on your blog! I've been enjoying following it! =)

Divya N said...

I tried for this giveaway the last time..now I hope atleast the second time works like a charm

Divya N said...

I follow BGJ on Facebook and GFC

Boot ~C said...

this would be just the nudge I need to start selling online

Hibiscus House said...

It would be a dream come true for me! I can't express how exciting this would be for me and my family. Please enter me in the giveaway for Free Shop For Life at Handmade Artists.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Dolly Sarrio

Lynnea B said...

I have had my shop open for just over a month and it has already paid for itself! I love all the promotions that they do for my items and the flat fee per month. BUT that said I'd love to win a free shop.
Shared this on my facebook timeline and will also be tweeting it.

sis5of11 said...

What a great giveaway! I keep thinking about opening a shop but haven't really tried yet.
I'm a blog follower, a Twitter follower, a Facebook fan AND I shared on Twitter, FB and Google+ so count me in!

sis5of11 said...

BTW, I LOVE your blog--I almost always find a great idea or tip!

Boot ~C said...

P/S longtime blog follower!

Carol said...

Add me to the list. I am also a blog follower, twitter, FB. I will also post on FB and the about.com forum!! Whew, think I covered it all..
Carol
www.DesigningIt.etsy.com

Silver Dreams Design said...

I love the whole atmosphere of Handmade Artists' and hope to have my shop set up soon! I shared this on fb, and G+ and it should be auto-tweeting any minute.

Kathryn Behrends said...

I would love to win this. I've been wanting to start an online shop for a long time, just never was able to decide which one - this would take all the guesswork away! I also get your blog, follow on twitter & am a facebook fan! (all because i love this blog so much!)

Wyvern Designs said...

Great giveaway! I'd be interested it that.

Lea Avroch said...

I've been meaning to check out your site. Wonderful tips & advice you posted. Such an amazing opportunity for someone! Thank you for the chance to win!

Kathy Rebro said...

Thanks for the great information. I would love to win the free shop. Have a great day!

Randy Stevens said...

A nice opportunity during these slow times! Much appreciated!

Donna's Artisan Designs said...

Hey there HAF and PEARL!!

What an AWESOME opportunity for one lucky artisan!! OF COURSE I'd LOVE a CHANCE TO WIN!!
I follow your BLOG,FACEBOOK AND TWITTER and I'm sharing on my Facebook and Twitter and my own BLOG...Thanks so much HAF and Pearl!!
Donna

Tiffany said...

I am so in! I am so glad this opportunity is being offered to us.

Amira's Jewelry Design said...

Thanks so much for making this giveaway possible. Perfect timing too as I've been looking into online shops for artists! Would love to win!

Kabi Designs said...

^_^ Thank You so Much for your Article, is Great and Thanks for all Tips and Advice ^_^ I love Win the GiveAway and have a Free Shop for at Handmade Artists ^_____^

Susanna Originals said...

My choice has been narrowed down to between Handmade Artists Shop and Etsy and it would be great to have to opportunity to try them. Thanks for the great info.

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

Oh I would love to win a free shop for life! Count me in.

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

I am a blog follower for sure

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

I am a fb fan in fact that is how I saw the givaway post

Kamala said...

Very cool giveaway.

I would love to win it

K

Michelle W said...

This would be a great start for my business. I would love to start selling my designs, this would be perfect!
mlb_bowman@yahoo.com

Patricia VanDamme said...

What a fantastic opportunity! Thanks for offering it to us. So glad I RSS your blog, always such a pleasure to read your interesting articles.

Sue said...

What a great contest! Would love to win! :)

Almost Precious said...

Sounds like an amazing opportunity and a whole lot less expensive than buying a lottery ticket. I'll keep my fingers crossed. :)

Almost Precious said...

I'm already a follower of your fantastic blog.

Almost Precious said...

And I am one of your fans on facebook too. :)

One Creative Queen said...

Woot! What a phenomenal giveaway!

I'm a member over at HAF, and they sent out a blurb about the contest on your blog, with a link. I'm so glad they did! I have now found another online home, where I am liable to spend way too much time. :) All your hard work is evident in the awesome content you provide.

Thank you - for your content rich site, and for hosting the giveaway. The winner is extremely blessed! xx

jkuhn said...

Awesome opportunity! Thanks for offering!

Almost Precious said...

Pearl - love your suggestions about having great photos and descriptions.

I've just posted about your hosting the "free shop for life giveaway" on my blog.

http://abeadersblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/free-shop-for-life-giveaway-from.html

For $5 a month it's a good deal, especially since there are no listing fees or commission fees when an item sells ... and some lucky person is going to win a shop for life and it's hard to beat that kind of deal even with a stick. :D

margretdzn said...

I would love love to win a shop like this...I looked at Handmade Artists for a shop and I like what they are about.....I am also a fan on Facebook and a blog follower!!

Barbra said...

I have been thinking about joining for awhile & this certainly would push me over the edge!

Dee Bibb said...

Awesome giveaway!!! Definitely count me in on this.

I am a fan on FB....tweeted about the giveaway...and will become a follower of this blog as soon as this message is finished.

dbibb5134 at gmail.com

kumo temari said...

I had an HAF shop as "Crescent Maille" awhile back, and they were super supportive and quick to respond & help with any questions. I'd love to give it a try with my new shop, Kumo Temari. Thanks for the opportunity.

kumo temari said...

tweeted about your blog post as @kumotemari

kumo temari said...

subscribed to your blog as kumo.temari@...

Lisa Glenn said...

Winning a free shop for life on HAF would be *awesome*!!!

I am also a blog subscriber, and follow TBG on Facebook and Twitter... I also +1'd and shared on Google+, and am off to share on FB and Twitter as well!

Thanks so much for this opportunity! Hope to be the lucky gal that wins this one! :)

Lisa
http://freshstringbeads.artfire.com
lisag966@yahoo.com

Shirley said...

You will probably find this funny, but I don't have a shop yet. I have been praying about what to do, and I'm taking this as a sign that I should just go for it! Thanks for the opportunity!

Shirley said...

I am a blog follower

Shirley said...

I am also a facebook fan!

SilverLady Designs said...

What a wonderful giveaway! If I am lucky enough to win you will have given me the confidence to actually set up an online shop. Thanks so much. I live for your blog!

Terry H. said...

I would love to win the free shop at Handmade Artists! Thanks for the giveaway.

Roxann said...

What a great way to market your work!

via facebook

Dolly Sarrio said...

I am so excited please enter me in the giveaway and thank you so much for the wonderful chance to win.

Twitted about the giveaway.

via Facebook

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this giveaway! I have been researching all the sites where I can sell my creations for the best one. This would be a great way to "get my feet wet" !

Vicky F said...

Hey Pearl,

Enjoyed the article and info about selling online. Thank you.

KayzKreationz said...

I thought I had entered, but I was having trouble with my internet, so maybe it didn't go through. I'd love to win a shop for life with Handmade Artists.
http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

KayzKreationz said...

I follow your blog, KayzKreationz on blogger.

KayzKreationz said...

I follow on facebook. http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

KayzKreationz said...

I follow on twitter. http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

KayzKreationz said...

Just posted on twitter about the giveaway.

https://twitter.com/#!/kayzkreationz/status/184419363699433472

KayzKreationz said...

Just posted to my facebook page. http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

Linda C Taylor said...

Wow, what a wonderfully generous thing to do. Thanks for even thinking about sharing such a gift to those of us that might be "on the fence" about listing our creations. Hope this site works for you and your business blossoms.

Linda C
Journeys in Jewelry Design

Handmade Artists' Forum and Shop said...

Looks like a great turn out so far Pearl! Good luck to everyone and we look forward to giving out a free shop for life to the winner :D Please remember though that we only allow handmade, so if your work is not handmade it will be awarded to another artists. Not sure if you mentioned that above or not Pearl but I figured I'd add that fact in for good measure LOL
Anyway good luck to all!
Andrew

Eccentricity said...

Winning a free shop for life would be wonderful. Thanks so much for the opportunity and all the good advice.

River Rock Arts said...

This is great! Thank you Andrew and Kimberly for the generous offer. Count me in. I am a Facebook fan of you and HAS, Twitter follower of both also. I have posted the giveaway on my Facebook and Google+ pages and tweeted about the giveaway. I am also subscribed to your blog.

Sherry's Jewels said...

Winning would be awesome! I Twittered!

Red Tree Studio said...

This would be an awesome win, I need a reason to get an online shop going! Also a FB fan and Blog subscriber.

nost8mt said...

Hello! I receive your emails, follow you on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Holy cow! I sound like a stalker! Lol

I do enjoy your informative blog very much though.

Wildcard said...

Would love to win this! Great Blog, too! I am a blog subscriber, also follow on FB, and Twitter

Anonymous said...

This is a contest I would love to win. The Handmade Artists' Shop is great and will continue my shop with them whether or not I win, but winning would be great.

Catharine Temaluru said...

Me!! Me!! Me!!
Count me in!!

Pamela said...

I would like a chance at a site on Handmade Artists Shop. I am a blog follower and enjoy the tutorials. I would like to win!

Alicia said...

Count me in!

Alicia said...

I'm a blog follower too!

Lina said...

What a great giveaway!! I never win anything but thought I'd try :D

Sherrie said...

Great advice, nice article! Thank Pearl.

P.s. HAF is a great site and community!

violetmoon. nl said...

I'm a member at their forums but I don't have a shop there yet.
I left the link on google+, facebook and twitter.
btw did I mention that I follow your blog and I'm subscribed to your newsletter. :D

Eggcentricity Jewels said...

Wow, wining a free shop for life would be great. Also, thanks for the tips.
Eggcentricity Jewels

GrandpaToys said...

What a great opportunity! And, as it happens, it comes just as I'm retiring from one career and am about to begin a new career full-time!

GrandpaToys said...

What a great opportunity! And it comes just as I'm retiring from one career and am about to begin another full-time! Thanks!

pcoe00 said...

What a nice opportunity. The suggestions you gave are informative also.

SandyW said...

I already have a shop on Handmade Artists Shop but I would love for it to be free. I am now following your blog, because I feel everyone has information to share. And I always learn something new that I can apply to my own work.

Cherie Durbin said...

Thanks for the tips and the chance to win!

sheila said...

I so look forward to opening my mail everyday and seeing what new thing you have for me to learn from and to enjoy. Thank you for your commitment.

UniquelyYours said...

Thank you for a very informative blog.
I would love to win a free shop for life, it`s a brilliant giveaway. Thank you.
Have shared on Twitter, FaceBook, Google+, Kaboodle, Linked In and Ping`ed it too.

Linda

Poe-Poe' Purses said...

This is great! Just joined Handmade Artists by month to see how it goes. Can't believe the number of views I'm getting on the site...hopefully some sales too. Thanks for the chance!

Kris C said...

I would LOVE to win this. I am going to open a HAF shop in April either way. After learning about all the promotion the owners do for their sellers- it's a no brainer! $5 a month can't buy the advertising HAF shop owners get for free!

Mary Hicks said...

What a great giveaway! Count me in!

debbi@yankeeburrowcreations said...

I had (and soon will have again) a shop here...but free would be great!
Debbi
-yankeeburrowcreations

lilisgems said...

Just discovered your blog. Thanks for the great tips. Great giveaway!

Nancy Pace said...

This was a great post! thanks for the wonderful tips. I can't believe what a sweet deal this is, Free Shop For Life! Wow can't beat it, I would love to win:)
Nancy Pace

Ali Marceau said...

WoW! Is it me or are your giveaways just becoming more and more awesome? I'm so glad I follow the blog here and on Facebook and Twitter, or else I'd never hear about any of this!
And I'd be silly to NOT try to win this one!

LL Roden Jewelry said...

Like everyone else here I would love to win a lifetime membership. I also follow on Facebook.

Deborah Barrell said...

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This shop is guaranteed nickle-free, thus it is...."nickle-less" designed jewelry...hence, "Nicholas Designs"...

If you have skin allergies and trouble finding good, SAFE jewelry to wear, come and see me, I can adorn you without scorn.

http://handmadeartists.com/shop/NicholasDesigns

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I am new and trying to get off the ground, thank you for any and all support you can give. This is an exceptional and generous offer, I hope a very deserving Vendor receives this honor!
Thanks,
Deborah Barrell

Juls Twombley said...

I would be thrilled to win this, fingers cxrossed

Shore Debris said...

Excellent advice!

I'd love a chance to win :)

coral said...

I wish I could win. I'm your blog subscriber.

Maša said...

thanks for the chance!

Finding Charm said...

I would appreciate a shop on HAS!
Thank you !!!

Finding Charm said...

I subscribed by email!

Finding Charm said...

I tweeted!
https://twitter.com/#!/FindingCharm/status/185146539625299968

Finding Charm said...

Pinned!

http://pinterest.com/pin/207517495300047010/

Finding Charm said...

Shared on FB!

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=196982080416477&id=1336869305

Patchmaker said...

I'm in! It's a great site!

KipperCat said...

What a marvelous giveaway. I love your blog!

Davey said...

http://handmadeartists.com/shop/MingleMangled

I would love a chance to win a free shop. I am just starting at HAF and it would be a great boost.
Thank you

ArtistiKat said...

I'd love a free shop for life!
Great offer!

...hope this attempt goes through, got an error message the last try.
;)

Pearlygirl said...

A shop here with so many other artists would be ever so cool!

startsarts said...

I'm happy for a chance to win! Great blog:)

Shaiha said...

I would love a chance to win this prize

Shaiha said...

I follow you thru GFC

Shaiha said...

I follow you on facebook.

Shaiha said...

I follow you on twitter

Designs by M'Ayanna (Patrice) said...

Hey, thanks for the great article! I'll follow you from now on!

Mixed Kreations said...

Count me in. Thanks for the tips Kimberly. I'm a big fan and blog follower. Will share giveaway on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks
Linda

Andrea R said...

Put me in the running!

Celticrx said...

here's to the future

Renee said...

I found Handmade Artists a couple of weeks ago and in the process of getting my things ready to show case. I really liked everything about the site and look forward to setting up shop whether I win or not.
Thank you
Renee
Great tips on pictures for sure!

lmurley2000 said...

what a fantastic giveaway, i'm so excited

lmurley2000@yahoo.com

lmurley2000 said...

email subscriber

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lmurley2000 said...

tweeted

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Tina said...

It would be so awesome to win this price. Count me in:)

April said...

Today is the day to pick me to win the Free Shop at Handmade Artists. I've joined your blog, twitter, facebook and pinterest so I'm sure to win.
Thank you everyone ~

Ann Yaconis said...

Love your Blog ! Thanks so much for the opportunity to show my products and being entered in the promotion

nost8mt said...

Please include me in your "Free Shop for Life" giveaway! I follow you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and email. Thank You!

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