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Etsy, Oh Etsy, Where Have You Gone?

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Anyone missing the merchandising desk?  I thought maybe August’s absence was a fluke but September seems to be MIA as well. Funny, I thought they used these tips for judging things like….oh I dunno…..the front page!!!!!!!  So if our guidelines are gone for FP treasuries, what is the new standard?

Well, you know what? We can make our own.  So I am introducing the first TPT Merchandising Desk, September 2012. Even if it is already September 10th! Let’s face it, a lot of this is common sense, repeat themes, seasonal holidays and the like so maybe we can write one just as well with maybe a bit of TPT fun and quirkiness thrown into it.

Okay, let’s see, you start with a picture first…okay. I’ll be right back.There – isn’t he a cutie pie? This sets the mood for the article.

Okay. The first section seems to be the common sense section. We all know that with September comes our time limit of only four months to Christmas and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, three months to Thanksgiving, and one month to Halloween. So now is the time to concentrate on gearing up for the entire holiday season. Work on your shop items with appropriate tagging, revamp old titles and improve any pictures you deem necessary. If you only have one photo of your listing, consider using the other available photo slots . Consumers want to really see what they are buying and you want to sell, sell sell!

All these holidays for treasury makers is like being a kid in the candy store.  No lack of good material here. Hmmm….insert another picture here. Okay.

That looks pretty Halloweeny! By the way, these pics are from TPT members posting there items on our September threads.   After all, it is promotion!

So in September we focus on the changing of the season, autumn colors and fashion, Pantone’s Fall Color trends, and prepping for the upcoming holidays.

While we concentrate on fall, remember the other half of the world is going into spring.  So what traditions come in the fall?  School has already started but are you ready for some football?  Tailgating? Camping trips? Hiking in the woods? Ocktoberfest means beer and lots of it so parties, German festivals, beer steins.

Did you know Halloween is the all time leading Adult holiday? Etsy is full of truly unique and wonderful quirky and spooky items. Time to par-tay!!! Steampunk Halloween items are in vogue – have you seen the banners? Awesome!

Think change in weather to cooler temps which means layers in fashion, revamping your home decor to more deep, warm and comfy surroundings.  Popular themes will center around the harvesting of crops, gathering of friends and family around festive tables , fireplaces and apples – lots and lots of apples. DIY kits for making beer, herb infused oils, candles and the like. Think in terms of winter planting, rustic farm settings, pumpkin patches with frost and big fat harvest moons.

Look for old school fashions with an upcycled twist. Mixing fabric textures, knitted and oh yes, those glorious felted items. Leather is never out of style.  Think of fall outdoor sports and sport gatherings, bonfires, cookouts and patio parties for donning casual clothes. Don’t forget to work on your Halloween costumes. Vintage clothing and patterns offer creative souls fantastic costumes for those fun parties. Halloween is the start of the traditional season of parties!

Consider looking at least six months ahead for future brides. Winter and Spring weddings are being planned now so make sure to include these seasons in your shop. Try using an unusual Pantone fall fashion color combo for wedding themes and go crazy with some zany off the wall Halloween weddings.

Beautiful Sapphire is the birthstone and zodiac signs are Virgo and Libra, changing over on September 24th. Let me go find a piece of jewelry to insert here.

Did mention that these photos are coming from TPT member items because they were tagged TPT and I could find them easily?

Now, since it is the 10th of Sept already, I have abbreviated the fun TPT calendar of events to days that simply begged for a treasury theme. Let’s face it – some days are just plain boring. None of that here!

On a serious note, of course tomorrow is Patriot Day with the WTC Remembrance. None of us should forget and there are probably treasuries already on Etsy with this theme. Since there are no other notable dates, we shall move on to the more obscure.

THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

As an entire month, we celebrate Baby Safety, National Sewing, Read a New Book and “Women of Achievement”. Both Classical Music Month and Piano Month are in Sept. For our food groups, we are not as exciting as previous summer months with only Chicken, Honey and Rice ( sounds like a recipe) earning celebrity status.

SPECIAL DATES OF SEPTEMBER FOR GREAT THEMES

9/12 – Chocolate Milk Shake Day

9/13 – National Peanut Day, Positive Thinking Day and Scooby Doo’s birthday

9/14 – the First Department Store opened in 1848

9/15 – Both Make a Hat Day & Hispanic Heritage Month begins ( Sept 15 – Oct 15)

9/16 – Collect Rocks Day

9/17 – Citizenship Day ( Constitution Day) and National Apple Dumpling Day – yum!!!   Goes with that chicken, honey & rice.

9/20 – the First RR Station opened

9/21 – International Day of Peace

9/22 – Dear Diary Day

9/23 – Checkers Day

9/24 – First Toy Store opened

9/26 – Johnny Appleseed’s birthday

9/28 – Chinese Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival and the first Airport was opened.

9/29 – Scotland Yard was formed in 1829.

So there you have it. May this “merchandising desk” by TPT give you some ideas for treasury themes and that maybe, just maybe, Etsy might notice!

 

 

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AUGUST MONTH IS SLAP AS* FULL!

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While we patiently wait on Etsy to straighten out their server issues today, now is as  good a time as ever to work on the month of August calendar for plenty of treasury making ideas. This month is over-loaded and often I think there are repeats, especially when it comes to food. I would like to know who makes all these up or better yet, grants the “national” or “international” status awarded to these dates. There must be some kind of board or something out there where I guess one can apply? Does anyone know? Some make perfectly good sense, while others, well…..you just be the judge yourself.

Okay – it’s a long list so here goes. First, for month long celebrations, we have some really cool ones:  American Artist Appreciation Month, Home Business Month (both of those very suitable for Etsy ), National Catfish, Golf, Inventors, Water Quality and Foot Health Month as well.

The first week of August is National Clown Week; the second week is Elvis, Apple and National Smile Week and the third week is Dance and Air Conditioning Appreciation Week – my personal fave as mine has been on the blink for quite awhile now. I try not to think about it , sigh. The fourth week must be a dud because it just flat got left out.

If you are still not inspired by the month long or week long observances, here is a daily blow by blow for you to mull over.

  • 8/1 – Francis Scot Key’s birthday; MTV debuted in 1981; Respect for Parents Day; Sports Day and Switzerland was founded in 1291.
  • 8/2 – Interestingly, the first Lincoln penny was issued in 1909 ( have you seen all the items made from pennies on Etsy?) and it is also, my favorite, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!
  • 8/3 – Columbus set sail in 1492 and it is National Watermelon Day
  • 8/4 – Coast Guard Day, Mustard Day ( there is a color theme) and National Chocolate Chip Day ( see what I mean about the repeats? )
  • 8/5 – American Family Day, Friendship Day and National Waffle day.
  • 8/6 – Tennyson’s birthday ( 1809), Picnic Day in Australia and are you ready….Wiggle Your Toes Day.
  • 8/7 – Sea Serpent Day…….really?
  • 8/8 – the US dollar was created…I am wondering if also in 1909 as with the penny?
  • 8/9 – Book Lovers Day and National Rice Pudding day.
  • 8/10 – the first steam locomotive was invented and it is also S’mores Day.
  • 8/11 – Hulk Hogan ‘s birthday ( 1953 in Venice Beach CA) along with Play in the Sand Day
  • 8/12 – IBM PC was announced in 1981 ( has it really only been such a short time ago?) and we have Middle Children’s Day …I guess they were feeling left out.
  • 8/13 – Annie Oakley’s birthday ( 1860 – perhaps Goggle will celebrate this one), International Left Hander’s Day and National Filet Mignon day.
  • 8/14 – National Creamsicle Day – now I can see a lovely peach and white themed treasury for that one.
  • 8/15 – Julia Child’s birthday, 1912 in Pasadena CA along with National Relaxation Day.
  • 8/16 – Roller Coaster Day – celebrates its patent from 1898! Can you imagine?
  • 8/17 – Archeology Day and Davy Crockett’s birthday ( 1786 in TN).
  • 8/18 – International Homeless Animals Day ( great one for a theme), plus the Wizard of Oz debuted in 1939 and ….wait for it……Bad Poetry Day! That’s what I said…bad poetry day.
  • 8/19 – National Aviation Day with Orville Wright’s birthday in 1871 makes perfectly good sense and great theme material and then there is Potato Day.
  • 8/20 – National Radio Day
  • 8/21 – Sit Back & Relax Day ( now please go back and read Aug 15th the week before…so on this day I guess you get to only sit back?)
  • 8/22 – Be an Angel Day
  • 8/23 – the first photo of the earth from the moon was taken in 1966 by the Lunar Orbitor and it is also National Spongecake Day
  • 8/24 – Peach Pie Day and Strange Music Day. Oh, the waffle was patented in 1869.
  • 8/25 – Kiss & Make-Up day and Banana Split day ( you could share one after you made up)
  • 8/26 – National Dog day and Woman’s Equality Day. Now, first I hope there is no correlation to the Dog part and the Woman’s part.  I don’t think so but it is sad to note the “equality” part only referred to the right to vote.  We’ve come a long way.
  • 8/27 – Banana Lovers Day and Mother Teresa’s birthday ( 1910).
  • 8/28 – is called Dream Day, taken from MLK’s “I have a dream” speech in 1963. It is also National Cherry Turnover day.
  • 8/29 – the first Scout camp was opened – I am fairly sure this is Boy Scout.
  • 8/30 – Frankenstein day – Mary Shelley’s birthday ( 1797 ) along with National Toasted Marshmallow day.
  • 8/31 – National Trail Mix Day.

So this really is a great month of treasury making inspiration. Couple that with your own favorites, Etsy’s merchandising desk, team challenges and games, and the turning to autumn, you should have loads of fun in August.

Start now too on the spooky stuff – us adults just love Halloween and it is indeed great fun. Go back in and re-tag your items too, to fit what is happening and the upcoming seasons. Sales leap from Halloween straight into Christmas and everyone gets on that roller coaster ride. So get ready. Hard to believe we are already past the half way point of 2012. But there is still a lot of good treasury making days ahead! So have fun!