sweetlilystudio.etsy.com - it's pretty bare at the moment as I am deep into a costuming project that won't let up until May. I interviewed Fred Bering a while ago and had planned to try to sell the article I wrote - but I think it will go into my blog (aquamarinequeen.blogspot.com) when I come out from underneath this project!
I do a lot of juggling lol. Nah its easy once you have the products listed. I found doing little niche shops is much better for me than one large website. Because they are all on ecrater it is very easy. I have a few on different venues, like blujay, addoway and yourhighbid.. What makes it easy is I am a stay-at-home wife. The kids are all married and gone so I can't say stay-at-home-mom lol. I love challenges and this is a challenge. Thanks for the nice complemnt on my aprons. I have dozens yet to add.
UNC WON! YOOOHOOO! Oh yeah - Joyce, on BN there are no "vintage police" but 20 years is pretty much the accepted norm. Did you look at my Vintage Valuables Store? I have newer things there too - just what I like and think are fine goodies... my Fabrics Fibers & Fun is for my materials - and other funky stuff is going to make into my Wears store besides clothes.... Retro pillows & tarted-up steampunk clothes , jewelry etc. You know, anything before 1989 is vintage? I hate to think what that makes me...a classic, I guess!
My IDs are dragonmum2, dragonmumtwo and, creatively enough, dragonmumtoo. Give me a holler when you get set up - I'm all into everyone's business and can help smooth out the transition.... even though it's easier than anywhere you've ever sold before! Good luck! Leslye
Joyce, I'm glad you came and checked out BN. It's a growing venue & sales continue to increase. BN only came out of beta in Oct and already has 44742 members (don't have to join to buy if you don't want to). It's been fun watching the numbers go up so quickly - they're always listed on your "my bonanzle" page along with lots of cool things & what you can do with your booth (including adding google analytics...but it tracks your items stats for you anyhow.
I've been having health problems since I joined BN, so I've mostly moved my items from my totally dead store on OLA & added my new great high end collectibles. I've not had much time to talk in the forums or put much in my blog. For me, collectibles, vintage jewelry, toys and fabric are the best sellers. My last 4 buyers found me from specific google searches. I'm just starting out - a have a bunch of friends who moved from OLA too and already had a loyal group of buyers. One of my friends who just joined here, Patricia Grant, has her own site, a BN booth - and auctions vintage jewelry on overstock - but really only to a loyal buyer base. She does great.
The offer thing: Most people just "buy it now" - makes everything easier. I'm willing to go down a few dollars on most of my items because my profit margin is fairly high - I set my limit, though. Unless someone is buying multiple items, I figure going lower than $3 isn't worth it. The offer is a negotiation - totally optional. We also use it to adjust shipping amounts, etc. (there is a shipping calculator for usps & ups too!)
Sales - you can talk to folks in the forum - like I said, they are quite variable but increasing. Depends on items & how much promotion you do. You can set your shop up to feed straight to google base daily, weekly or monthly. Vintage is SO hot now - as long as you can get yourself "out there" & spread yourself around the site (most sellers are buyers too...just like on feebay). More people are finding the site for shopping - I don't thing there will ever again be a place like eb used to be; where people just went straight there & then hunted.
Can you tell I've given this a lot of thought?
Please ask any questions you want! If you read my BN profiles, you know I love to be in everyone else's business - and I'm sometimes even helpful....