Some sellers don’t offer international shipping because they worry that no one will be willing to pay the cost, or because they fear it will be too complicated to consolidate. This is exactly how I felt, and then I took baby steps and started selling to Canada a few years ago. After offering it within a week I had a sale! I still remember how excited I was at the thought of my products being used and enjoyed by someone halfway across the world! I had to make some adjustments such as learning new shipping rates, adjusting my timelines for delivery. The involvement has taught me a lot about how to appeal more to an international viewer. Over the years I was hesitate to expand my shop international, then today I expanded my field again, so as of today I am selling to the UK.
Although you can certainly limit your Etsy business to domestic buyers, part of the fun of selling on Etsy is connecting with so many people. First, however, you need to get a feel for the ins and outs of shipping internationally. These tips have helped me expand my business and hopefully they could help you. Keep a few points in mind:
- Items shipped to some countries, such as Canada and countries in the European Union, may be subject to duties or taxes.
- You need to include a Customs form! To figure out what type of form you need, check with your carrier or go to the Customs website. Be sure to fill out the form thoroughly, to keep it from being held up at Customs.
- Shipping certain items: think food products, plant and animal products, precious jewelry, could be prohibited in some countries. To find out whether your item is prohibited, check out the Individual Country Listings page on the USPS website
- Remember: Be sure to warn international customers that you can’t be responsible for delays if your package gets stuck in Customs.
Whether you’re a new seller or have been selling for years, offering international shipping is a great way to open your shop up to a vast customer base!
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Unless you visit a zoo or a bird sanctuary owls are the birds that are very rarely seen. Here in my state there are only four species of owls; The Great Horned Owl, The Barred Owl, and The Screech Owl. In a previous internship job I had the opportunity to work and take care of The Barred Owl; this is when I fell in love with this beautiful creature. We all know that owls are the top night time predators when it comes to birds of prey. They are the night time equivalent to the eagles, hawks, and falcons of the day. They can be graceful flyers and hunting their unwary prey in complete silence. During the weeks of my internship at the Rehabilitation center I was able to nurture the sick or hurt owls that we took in. Not only was I lucky enough to be up and close with these beautiful creatures, but I learned interesting things as well especially at feeding time the Screech Owls fed on insects mostly, while the Barred Owls ate mainly mice or shrews.
Did you know..? Owls can be found in the folklore and culture of practically every country and continent in the world. For instance, the owl in African culture is taboo, whose name is whispered in hushed tones. Or in the American Indian culture, owls are looked upon as ‘messengers’ and/or ‘familiars’. Also owls can be seen in several children books such as my daughter’s favorite Little Owl Lost by Chris Houghton. After reading countless times this cute book and my experiences working along with owls I wanted to create a unique planter that not only myself would enjoy, but others that love this mysterious creature!
By following the link you can see my one of a kind owl planter!
Did you know September is the month of Self-Care Awareness?
This is the time to remind us that taking care of ourselves, first and foremost, is essential. We all tend to put others needs before our own, especially being a mother of three and a wife. Self- care is often neglected and it’s crucial that we remember to take time for ourselves. You can use this month of September to make self-care a part of your daily routine; practice being good to yourself. It can be as simple as a conscious breathe in the morning or as luxurious as time away from the pressures of everyday life. The kindness we show towards ourselves will manifest into a kinder world. When I do have my “me time” I take time to sit or tend to my flower gardens, this helps me relax and relieves any stress that I was going through that day. Did you know that there are many plants that have several benefits for you? Two of my favorite, herbs; lavender and Basil are always in my garden or in my kitchen window sill with one of my planters that I 3D printed these plants both have a wide variety of benefits for your body.
Take for instance, Basil it is not just an ordinary herb that you can find in your pasta it has many medicinal factors as well. It can sharpen your memory, eliminate infections, remove phlegm from that stubborn cold, it’s an anti-stress agent, and lastly it can help those hurtful migraines! As for Lavender this beautiful plant can treat anxiety, fungal infections, hair loss, and external wounds. Both of these plants can also be blended into teas or drinks that actually taste really good!
My favorite drink to create in the summer is Lavender Lemonade. If you use fresh, garden flowers, make sure they have not been sprayed with pesticides. Do not use florist flowers.
You can find the recipe by following the link: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/lavender_lemonade/
So next time you are at the grocery store or at a local greenhouse you should be able to find these beneficial plants and Flymeawaycreations will be adding both of these plants (seeds) to purchase within a couple of weeks! www.flymeawaycreations.com
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On a personal note I love to visit and explore Craft Fairs. I love to stroll through the isles and visiting the vending tents to see what creative idea that person has made. Here in NC there are so many festivals and craft vending places to visit that its hard to squeeze in every place within that particular event month. I have taken my Etsy shop Flymeawaycreations on the road to sell at a few craft festivals. Being a craft vendor is fun, although it can feel overwhelming too. I am still learning through trial and error when I take my Etsy shop out on the road. Selling your handmade items can be a rewarding experience plus it helps promote your online shop if you have one! Our shop is located in a small town near the NC coast we are lucky to be a part of a great craft/vendor market known as the Salty Air Open Market. After driving by this cute market multiple
times, I decided to stop one day and stroll around to see what type of vendors are set up. I noticed that my items that I create are unique and no one created what I did. After I spoke to someone and saw that I could bring something different and new to the market I had to try! Being part of this market is great and I have had successful sale days along with more traffic visiting my Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook Flymeawaycreations page.
I would like to share along helpful tips that have helped me succeeded on those market days.
- Staging to draw in the crowds to increase sales. The key is setting a theme or props to help display your items, which can draw the people into your tent/table area. Having a covered 10×10 tent and tables help create your own area. ( I sell 3D printed planters, so my tent is full of blooming flowers!) ( Starting this month I will have a 3Dprinter printing items to show our customers how our work is created.)
- Bringing enough change, many people are likely to pay with cash, so be prepared to make change if you receive high $ bills. Also accept credit cards by using a card reader, this prevents a customer from walking away. ( Our shop accepts credit cards and cash, using a square card reader is easy, and I have sold many items by taking credit cards.).
- Being organized and pricing your items is very helpful, it shows the customer that you are prepared and lets them know how much your items are worth.
- Having business cards to hand out shows that you are professional and its a great marketing tool especially if you sell online. ( By doing this I have had more traffic at my Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook page.)
- Be friendly! Just saying hi to the people walking by can help start a conversation and it brings the people more into your area to get a close up of those handmade items!
Now, after finding your craft vendor fair/ festival that you would like to set up and sell t take along these helpful tips above and go sell successfully & have fun!
My days can be chaotic with three kids and balancing my Etsy shop,plus selling locally on the weekends. It can be difficult at times to find ways to keep them entertain. My kids love to paint, draw, and especially color, but the crayons or even the pencils could be boring to use. One day the kids pulled out the crayon box and we all noticed that the crayons were mostly broken, so this is when I had an idea to melt down the broken pieces and re shape them into new pieces! ( I saw this once on Pintrest and I thought to myself lets try it!) So the kids joined in and helped make tiny pieces of red, yellow, blue, green crayons and mold them into heart shapes. We had taken an old baking cupcake heart pan from the kitchen, put the broken pieces of crayons into the pan and melted the crayons in the oven for about 15 minutes. When the time was up outcome heart-shaped new crayons!
After collecting more candy and baking pans over time I have created all different fun shapes for my kids and to sell on Etsy. It’s easy to create any fun shape if you have the right molds! I like to use silicone molds they are easier to clean and the shape looks better as well.
So don’t throw out those broken crayon pieces this DIY is a huge hit with kids, and it’s a great opportunity to have fun with the kids! Follow these easy steps to get started & have fun!
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Next, peel the paper wrappers from each crayon.
- Break the crayons into small pieces if needed ( ½”). Smaller bits will melt more quickly in the oven.
- Fill molds with crayon pieces. If you want crayons to have an ombré look, group similar colors together, graduating from dark to light, but rainbow crayons are a fun look too.
- Place the mold on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crayons are completely melted.
- When removing the cookie sheet from the oven, be very careful, not to spill any, melted crayons.
- As the crayons cool, they will harden you can speed up the process, by transfering the molds into the freezer after the crayons firm up.
- After about 30 minutes, remove the molds from the freezer. If the bottoms of the mold are cool, you can release the crayons from the mold by first gently pulling and stretching the molds to loosen up the crayons and then pushing each crayon up and out from the bottom. If the molds are still warm to the touch, return them to the freezer and check again in 10 minutes.
- Start coloring with your new colorful crayons!
You can check out all the fun shaped crayons at my shop by following the link below: