Monday, May 31, 2010
Compliments of Sassy Belle Wares
When I was going through the checkout process, I noticed something in the PayPal part that I had never seen before. There was a one question survey asking how I found Flapper Doodle. I always wonder how buyers have found my shop, SassyBelleWares, so I was almost as excited about this question as I was about my new notecards! Yeah, I know about Google Analytics but that makes my head spin so I was thrilled to find there was a simpler way to get an answer to, “How did you find my shop?”! Of course, getting an answer is dependent on the customer answering the question, but I figured it can’t hurt to try.
So off to PayPal I went to figure out how I could get this question into my checkout process. I found the answer almost immediately and was shocked at how easy it was to implement the one question survey! I realized I couldn’t be the only one who did not know this was an option. After all, this was the first time I had seen it at checkout and I have done lots of shopping on Etsy! Thank you Eloise and Ramona for making me want to buy your notecards thus stumbling upon this helpful feature! In return I will share my discovery with everyone!
The quick and easy steps to add the one question survey:
1) Login to your PayPal account
2) Under “my account” click “profile”
3) Under “selling preferences” click “custom payment pages”, then click “options” and go to “merchant service options”
4) Check “add a customer service survey” and fill in the blanks*
5) Make sure you click “SAVE” before you exit
* I used “How did you find SassyBelleWares” for my question. I thought using my shop name rather than just “us” or “me” might help them remember my shop better for next time. You can ask any question you would like and add any answers for the customers to choose from. For the five answer choices, I used:
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The kids came home and they were fussing at each other and the next thing I know, I am prying Happy off of Grumpy, all the while getting kicked and punched.
School is over as of this Friday for summer, really?
Do your children get along and if so, how are you making that happen?
Monday, May 24, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
YT: They are illegal
Happy: If they are illegal, then why do they build stores to sell them in?
YT: They do not sell drugs in stores.
Happy: Yes they do!
YT: No, they do not.
Happy: Are you sure?
Happy: Oh, Mom, look over here (points to store building)
The sign read "Super B Drug Store".
Friday, May 14, 2010
The quilt pictured was a custom order. Didnt Trina do a great job picking out all the fabrics for her baby's crib quilt?
The top has that old fashioned ripple quilt feeling and the back is sooooooo soft (I've mentioned that already havent I?).
Monday, May 10, 2010
I wasnt sure what to expect, but I did alot of research and looked at tons of pics of others booths and yada yada yada.
my target audience--I was very surprised that I had tons of girls age 8-13 who loved all my raggy bags. They pulled Mom, Dad, and the grandparents by the arm to my shop.
buisness cards--I bought a very small amount (see here) and I was completely out very early. I needed hundreds of them.
your booth---I cannot tell you how much trouble other vendors go to to make their booths look fantastic (and they did look great). Things need to be hung not sitting on a table (people cant see it there). Luckily someone told me all this before I went and I did have my bags all hung up on display and I had ran twine from pole to pole on my tent and hung my quilts up with clothes pins. I think it turned out very good.
items up front--what you put on display up front will bring people into the back of your tent. In other words, dont put just your expensive items up front. Put some cheap ones up too and it will get people to look at everything. Those baskets of goodies up at the front of my booth were a big hit. I filled them up with $5-$15 items.
what I should be making and selling---I had alot of people come by and say, "do you have any.....". When I told them I did not have that, they told me they have been looking everywhere for one. Guess what? I will start making those now. I had one lady buy up everything I had of one kind of item (which I didnt have much of). She wanted more of them. It was an item that I dont make alot of because I dont sell alot of them online. I now realize that just because one particular item doesnt sell good online doesnt mean it wont sell good at a fair. I sold more of the things that dont normally sell in my online shop. This could be just because the items that sell good online were the more expensive items, what sold good at the fair was the lesser expensive items.
some things should be labeled---like my baby products. Changing pads, diaper bags, washies, wipe cases, and etc. all of that should have had a big sign over it saying what it is or something to that affect. I didnt sell alot of them and people kept asking what it was. They are usually big sellers for me and next time I will set it up right and make sure they continue to be big sellers.
tents---this is something that would have been helpful to know about beforehand. EVERYONE HAS WHITE TENTS! I went to Academy Sports, I bought a tent I could afford (they do not say what color they are on the box), and hoped when I got it home it was something pretty. It wasnt, it was hunter green and I refused to lug it all the way back to the store. I worked with it and I stood out amidst all the white tents. Still not sure if I will buy a new tent before my next festival.
What I would Do differently
Most of the vendors have some type of walls around their tent. Some are part of their tent, some build walls. I really liked my quilts blowing in the breeze so I dont think walls are for me, but I will next time have some kind of corner curtain to hide the poles, just for aesthetic purposes only.
The weather called for little to no wind. Big mistake for me to have believed it. I did not bring weights or sandbags. I will next time. I lived in torture of my tent blowing away in the 18mph winds. For those of you that dont know, people fill piping with concrete and stick a screw in it and hang it to each leg of their tent for weights. Great idea! How come nobody told me this when I asked for advise?
I will not wear cheap flip flops to a fair again. My feet ached by the end of the first day and they were dirty from the wind kicking up dust. Sneakers will be worn from now on.
I do not reach my goal. I had some high expectations. I did make enough to make back all the money I spent on the festival and pocket a nice chunk of change. So, all and all I am happy with my first fair and I will definately do another one.
When I returned home, I had more orders waiting on me than I had ever had at one time. The people who took all my cards must have went to their computers and made some orders.
Any advise that any veterans of art festivals can add to this post would be great as I am still a rookie and am always hungry for new knowledge.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Last week, after a week of everyday tryouts, Grumpy was picked for a team of 15 out of 77 girls for volleyball next year. She has never picked up a volleyball before. Go Grumpy!
Grumpy has legs up to her neck and she is freakishly strong, but she is very timid and clumsy, and well grumpy (snicker), but we are very proud of her.
Needless to say, Grumpy is in a very un-grumpy mood (this is always good news for me).......