Friday, August 28, 2009

New Product and Weekend Deals!

It's that time again! Time for Weekend Deals!

This weekend I'm offering Buy One Get One Half Off on everything in my shop!

Not only am I having a sale but I have a new product. Suds 'N Such now makes shower gel! I currently have 3 scents listed (peppermint, orange, and green apple) but more will be coming soon. I'm also taking custom orders for scents that I don't have listed yet so if you don't see your favorite scent, feel free to ask!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Make Your Samples Work for You!

After a few years of sending and receiving samples I thought I’d share a few tips that I’ve come up with. Please remember, these are tips for *samples*. Samples and promos are not the same thing. Samples are a smaller version of something that you sell in your shop. Not a pen or button with your name on it. Promos are nice but not always memorable.

First of all, make sure your sample is an accurate representation of your work because that’s what potential customers will see it as. Don’t send seconds/mistakes! You want the customer to *want* your item. Your samples should be as good as the full sized item.

Send samples that the customer can *use*. If you are a soapmaker, send soap. Jewelry makers, how about a small pair of earrings? If the potential customer can use the item, they are more likely to fall in love with it and purchase more later.

Here are a few questions that the potential customer will want to know about your product sample:

1) What is it?
A customer can’t buy it if they don’t know what it is. Not only that, but a lot of my soap looks like food. I don’t want anyone to eat it! Soap and tarts smell and look alike. If a customer doesn’t know what it is, they won’t use it.

2) What’s in it?
This is especially important for bakers and bath & body makers. Please list all your ingredients in case anyone has allergies.

3) What do I do with it?
If it’s not obvious, please give details on how to use your sample.

4) How can I buy more?
Don’t forget to include your business card or website info! If the customer can’t find you, they can’t buy anything from you!

Now who do you give these samples to?

Try to focus on your target market. When you ship out an order include a sample of something else that you think that customer will like. Submit to sampler boxes that focus on your target market. Keep a few with you so when you strike up a conversation with someone about your business you can hand them a sample to remember you by. Hand them out to friends and family. Even if it’s not something they’ll use, there’s a good chance they’ll still support your business by promoting it to others.

I hope these tips help someone. If you have any tips of your own, feel free to post them here!

Monday, August 24, 2009

And the Winner is...

I just put all the names in a bucket and let my daughter pick out the winner. The name she picked is...
CarolSue! Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Back to School Sale!

You need soap. My daughter needs school clothes. SO...

Back to School Sale!

Everything in my etsy shop is Buy 3 Get 1 FREE! When you buy any 3 items you can pick a 4th item of equal or lesser value for FREE! Just let me know which free item you would like when checking out.

These are great for keeping in a backpack or for college students to keep in their shower caddy:

Monday, August 17, 2009

Giveaway! Soap and Soap Dish!

Want a chance to win a bar of soap from my shop and a soap dish from CrochetGal? Entering is easy!

1)Visit both of our shops and pick out your favorite item from each.

2)Comment on this post letting us know which items were your favorite.

3)Include your email address so I know how to contact you.

Links to our shops:

Want more chances to win?

-Every order from my shop during the time of the contest (now through August 24 at 12pm EDT) will receive another entry.

-Write about this contest on your blog, twitter, or facebook for another entry. Be sure to leave an additional comment with a link to your post.

Winner will be picked on Monday, August 24th at 12pm EDT. Winner will receive their choice of one bar soap from my shop and a soap dish from CrochetGal.

Good luck!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Weekend Deals!

In honor of Etsy's free shipping weekend deal, I'm offering FREE shipping *within the US* on all Yarn items in my AngiesOthers shop! This includes all Scarves, Blankets, Coasters, and Crocheted Food! Sale will run from Friday, August 14th through Sunday, August 16th.

Of course I can't leave out my soap shop! Soap weighs a little to much for me to offer free shipping but instead I'll give you a discount of 20% off you entire order!

How do you get these great deals? Simply enter "weekend deals" in the notes to seller when checking out. I will refund you via paypal once your order and payment is complete.
Don't forget to check out my new "Make Your Own Soap" listing! You design it, I make it!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 10, 2009

What do I do when I'm not soaping?

I make scarves! Here are my two newest that I made for my other Etsy shop.

I crocheted this one using a beautiful autumn colored yarn:

I knitted this neckwarmer in a delicious raspberry colored cotton:

Don't worry, I'm still working on soap! I have some new fall scents on the curing racks and they'll be listed soon!