Since we began in October of 2008, we have received so many wonderful messages that from time to time, we would like to share these messages with you.
We want folks to know that what we are doing is working and we want you to hear that from other people... not just us!
If you feel like we have helped you either with research or with your sales, we would be very grateful if you let others know about it in this thread. :)
We want you to be confident that our system works and by hearing what others are saying we hope to inspire you. If we are not doing a good job... tell us what we can do to improve.
Oh.... and we also have cake.... who's first... ;)
Ooh we can have our sugar free cake?
I agree with you...all the wonderful members here have helped to make this site a Huge Success !
I'm fairly new to TVV, having joined sometime in the summer of 2011, from a referral in a Ruby Lane email. I've been an online seller since 2003 but became exclusive on the Rubies in 2011. Everyone who has posted here has said it so much better than I could, but let me say that this place is so warm and welcoming to newbies that I felt instantly at home, I wasn't afraid to post discussions or reply to them and I have learned SO much here about online selling in AVC that it has definitely contributed to my successful first year on the Rubies. The members here are so willing to share their knowledge, commiserate about issues, and just have fun too. Thanks for letting me be a part of this fantastic community! And of course, for the cake!
I'm sure The Vintage Village has made a big contribution to many sellers of vintage. I need to utilize it more....wonderful people, great items...thanks to all the hard working staff.
As a newbie of only a year here on the VV, I would say I wish I hadn't waited til this year to become a Diamond Member and start to use this site more. My bad. I didn't realize the advantages of the pictures, comments, postings, help all here on the VV. I am not always tech savy and I am sometimes afraid to ask for help because I just know everyone else is better at this 'social networking' than I am. And I still can't load my Etsy Mini to My Page!!! I love how other sellers have their Pages but get lost in the jargon of how to do it their way. I guess my suggestion would be to share these page links to newbies right away so they realize how you upload to Google daily and how Ning works and how all of that impacts customers coming to their store. And if I am speaking out of turn and you already do this and it is my fault for not taking the time to read your emails, then again, my Bad. On a real positive note: since I have stepped up coming here everyday, loading new pictures just about everyday, commenting and joining in discussions, I have learned alot!! I am totally glad you send out emails and tho I am limited to my involvement in Social Networking, I have improved! Tho I will never TWEET! :) I also do not feel un-welcome because tho I am a seller on two sites, I am not a Vintage Professional and do this as a Hobby. Tho this Hobby does consume me as I love doing this! In the 3 years I have been selling, I have learned so much from other sellers who were not afraid to share their knowledge. This site works for me better since I participate.
So thank you--all of you Vintage Folks on TVV! Especially Lora and Cheri!
Many Hugs, Donna
This is still the best place to be, there is always need for improvement no matter what you do. But here it is fast acting and growing so something must be right. Keep up the good work Lora :)
And you are right! Providing info when folks join is key.
There is a balance I have to try and keep between making sure newbies are informed and not overloading them with too much too soon and have them run screaming out of the room!!!! lol ;)
In the last year I have included a new feature based on that.
When folks join, they are immediately taken to the FAQ's Page. It does not cover every detail, but it's enough to get them going in the right direction.
It's rare that anyone joins the village and is not overwhelmed with all the aspects we provide here so my philosophy is to let folks go at their own pace and when they are ready to ask for help, I try to make sure there are lots of ways to do that! :)
One of my personal stumbling blocks over the years is trying to get across what we do here. Since we do a variety of things, it can be hard to get folks to understand the function of the site.
Especially since Social Networking a few years ago was not as wide spread. But now that folks have become familiar with it and know that the key to selling is finding ways to get your name out there, I spend less time trying to explain it! :)
It was new to all of us at one point so never ever feel bad if it took time to "get it"... it's all good!
And I will message you about the Etsy mini... :) And if you want we can chat live for me to help you with the page set up. Or even if someone else is willing to help that would be great. :)
I am grateful to Carol from Ruby Lane for introducing and inviting me to The Vintage Village. I know I would not be near where I am with networking if it were not for TVV (though, I still have lots to do). For example, a very kind TVV friend, Graceful Shops Sandy even went the extra mile and personally called to help me with FB which had been a challenge for me. Now, where else would one go to find such great people and get that kind of help? People really do help each other here and the atmosphere is great. The amount of knowledge here has no boundries. I know there is a lot more I need to do and it's somehow comforting to know TVV is here. There is something new to learn here every single day and I appreciate the personal touch and gentle reminders by you-know-who to get me motivated to network more! I would highly recommend this site to any person who loves vintage.
And don't forget Mary!!!! :) She does tons of things here that are behind the scenes that helps us tremendously.
OK! Way To Go MARY!!! :)
Well, as many of you may know, I absolutely LOVE this site. I was just needing that "something" to take my store from where it was to where it is heading now. Since joining this site, I have made new friends, grown my business, and most definitely broadened the scope of my advertising--and that's only in one month! I honestly don't look at my involvement here as anything but pure joy as this is the most welcoming site I could ask for.
I am still learning all there is to offer here, but genuinely appreciate all the assistance and generosity so far.
~Cassie at Vanity Flair Vintage
I think that I am going on 2 weeks here at TVV. Within 24 hours I saw the wisdom of paying the small fee to be a diamond club member. Although I have been selling online for almost 5 years at Ruby Lane, I had let my shop just sort of "hang out" while I went back to work at a "real job" as an RN in order to pay the bills after the financial disaster in 2008. Welllll, boy oh boy, things have sure changed. I was totally clueless about the role of social networking now. I never heard of Pinterest, let alone some of the others.
Thanks to Lora, and several of the other awesome members here, I think I am on the right track to rebuilding my shop so that it will generate the income I need so I won't have to go to work as a Greeter at my local WalMart :)
The forums and discussions are full of informative things. It will take me a while to get up to speed on all of it. However, I really want to say that I feel so at home here. Everyone has been generous with their time and so helpful at answering some of my questions that show I am clearly "clueless" about online retailing at this point. Thank you thank you, thank you. TVV has given me the incentive and the hope that I can once again have a sucessful and thriving online business.
Esther at Antiques du Jour
Vintage Village has consistently been an outstanding marketing tool for my stores on Etsy.
But even better than that ... VV has become my most favorite home on the internet! When I get frazzled, stressed, excited or just plain need a place to hang out .... this is where I come! Thank you VV for everything!