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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!

 

 

Enough with White Space Already!

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Ho Hum Ho Hum……the front pages of Etsy continue to drive white space photos into your face.  While we just finished with Valentine’s Day pages out the wazoo, the latest pastel trended treasuries are basically boring. The boredom is not because of the wonderful item selection – in fact, I do believe that it is harmful to those artisans- but exists because of the overly stark white backgrounds.  Such a sterile, crispy clean to the point of harshness and blindness to the eyes (its like getting a snow burn) background literally washes out the item. And if your item is a soft pastel color….well there you have it.

Deep rich vibrant colors, like all the shades of red just revealed since Christmas for Valentine’s Day for example, go exceeding well with the white space photos. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July, St Patrick’s Day are jewel tone color rich. As are the seasons of summer and autumn.  And then comes beautiful spring and while we should be rejoicing in the earth’s returning beauty, grace and  rebirth, it tends to wimp out, at least to me, on the pages of the Etsy magazine.

I have been noticing recently a lot of shop items being photographed in also a washed out bleach by the sun kind of look as well. Now this style is rising in popularity as pictorial photographs but as an Etsy buyer,  I want to be able to see what I am potentially buying – in detail. And a little drama doesn’t hurt either.

So first hats off to all our treasury makers who enjoy drama and little white space in their treasuries. And hats off to the shop owners who offered us such delightful photos to build these treasuries upon. I went through a day’s worth of treasuries in our treasure chest and found some really ass kicking inspiration.

‘Light Up the Night Rustic Weddings’ by MDCardsandGifts


Layered Wedding Dress – The …

$1480.00

20 x white color cotton ball…

$15.50

Bridal brooch bouquet light …

$68.00

Solar Lights – Green. Solar …

$15.00

12 Rustic Wedding Favors, Fr…

$36.00

Rustic Flower Girl Basket Fi…

$24.50

Hanging tealight jars Set of…

$75.00

light fixture lamp metal sig…

$200.00

Solar Lids Mason Jar Solar L…

$10.00

Vintage Rustic Wedding Invit…

$50.00

Rustic Log Cabin White Birch…

$14.00

Wedding Cake Topper- Mr & Mr…

$13.00

2 Birch Log Tea Light Candle…

$22.00

Emerald Green Taffeta Prom D…

$115.00

Hand Painted Mason Jar Moroc…

$24.00

Champagne Wedding Toasting F…

$65.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘Hey… Who WHO Who MOVED My CHEESE?’ by CatFabricsandButtons

Inspired by AiryObsessions ESASO Treasury ChallengeIf you are experiencing change in your life, your career etc be sure to read this short story about what 2 mice “Hem and Haw” and 2 friends do and what happens along the way. It’s perfect


Lemon Yellow Glass Jar with …

$25.00

Vintage Cat Eye Glasses. Sun…

$70.00

Vintage multi strand necklac…

$22.99

SALE Yellow Gray Flower Slou…

$34.00

Henry the Owl 8.5 x 11 Gicle…

$22.00

Rhinestone Earrings, Yellow …

$15.00

Bug – Fabric Winged River Ro…

$4.25

Dear God, please don’t l…

$12.00

Sheet Music – Sweetheart Lan…

$13.00

He Loves Me-Loves Me Not-Whi…

$24.00

Vintage Bright Yellow Jewel …

$14.00

Prom Dress Yellow Vintage 19…

$75.00

FOUNTAIN- ACEO Print – Beaut…

$4.99

CrazyCatGlass Lampwork Boro …

$19.99

Lively Yellow Vintage Open W…

$2.75

Art Photo Design Checker Cab…

$10.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘you are somebody’s reason to smile’ by atticle


Vintage German Op Art White …

$45.00

COMING SOON Leather Satchel …

$85.00

Rough Diamond Sterling Silve…

$95.00

Underneath, small 7″ x …

$20.00

vintage sign letter 24″…

$90.00

Photography – Black and whit…

$40.00

Danish Table Lamp Sakura – …

$185.00

Antique 1800s Edwardian Jack…

$495.00

Mane

$50.00

v i n t a g e Unique Metal R…

$12.00

Black and White Solarplate P…

$25.00

Pope Paul VI Religious Medal

$2.00

READY FOR ADOPTION Needle-Fe…

$36.00

Vintage Afghan Off White Cab…

$65.00

Black Iron Horse

$23.00

White and grey felted wool s…

$75.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Of course this is all just my humble opinion. Most really good treasuries have a nice mixture of both white and non-white space photos. So if you want to try something a little different, see what you can do with all 16 slots and zero white space! Then edit by adding some related items photographed with abundant white space and see if you don’t come up with something striking and bold.

One last nod goes to the Etsy Treasury Hunter website. Check it out to see some very special recognition of the non-atypical treasuries created by very talented curators…including our own members. Visit here

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