Thursday, 21 September 2017

Gifts For Children - Etsy Made Local - Dorset Team Christmas Fair 2017



Each year the Dorset Etsy Team holds a Christmas fair in Wimborne, and this year we get double the fun as the fair is on for 2 days instead of 1! It's on the 2nd and 3rd of December in the Allendale Centre, BH21 1AS. There is free entry to the event, though you might need to pay for parking nearby if you are driving there.

This Gift Guide is to give you an idea of what kind of things you'll be able to buy at the event. All these stallholders are signed up to attend, along with lots of other fabulous makers! Here are some gifts especially good for children... the best thing about Christmas is seeing their faces light up when they open the perfect present, so get choosing!

If you see something you particularly want, please get in touch with the shop owner to make sure they will be bringing that item on the day - or you might be able to pre-order it.


Carara Designs - Handmade Children's Teepee / Wigwam:


Chasing Rainbows Co - Deer / Fawn Necklace:


The Stitchery Dorset - Handmade Steampunk Cat Pencil Case: 


Peanut & Gremlin - Unicorn Crayons: 


Rhubarb Hill Crafts - Reindeer Food: 


Little Rose Birds - Glitter Hair Bow: 


Doodle Dot Dorset - Rainbow Fairy Door: 


Jessalli - Personalised PJ Bag: 

We hope to see you at the fair. If you'd like to see the full list of stallholders (over 60!), please click here: http://dorsetteam.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/dorset-team-christmas-fair-2017.html?fref=gc&dti=131229187473381

And here's our event Facebook Page, we'd love to know if you are planning to come along: https://www.facebook.com/events/380837568923443/?fref=gc&dti=131229187473381&hc_location=ufi

We hope you manage to find all those perfect presents this year!




Thursday, 14 September 2017

Stocking filler gift guide - Dorset Team Christmas Fair 2017




Our Dorset Team Christmas Fair is fast approaching. This year it is going to be an extra exciting event as we have not one but TWO days of shopping! Each day there will be around 60 stalls of handmade items, craft supplies and vintage goods. Here is a small taster of items by makers who will be selling at the event, all the gifts featured are £10 and under so make really great stocking fillers gifts. 

The fair takes place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 2017 in Allendale Centre in Wimborne. Please put the date in your diary, it is going to be a really fantastic day out and a great way to pick up some really unique Christmas gifts whilst supporting local independent makers and sellers. 



Bird button brooch made from a mixture of modern and vintage buttons by Frankie and the Buttons - £10.00



Everyone loves a Christmas craft project! This Rudolph felting kit comes with everything you need to make your favourite reindeer friend by Hawthorn Handmade - £9.95


This stunning vintage berry spoon would make a really unique stocking filler and perfect for serving those Christmas sprouts! - Nemeton - £10.00



Christmas wouldn't be complete without a Christmas robin! This lovely handmade keyring was made from Terri's original illustration - Terri Peay - £4.50


This UK coastal wildlife colouring book is perfect for keeping the kids (or you!) entertained. The book features 20 different animals who live along the coasts of the United Kingdom - Sarah Lovell Creations - £4.95


Beautiful mini light box by Satis House Five - £9.58 



This embroidered facecloth is a fun and practical stocking filler by Coralies Crafts Gifts - £4.00

For more information about the event, please see our blog page: http://dorsetteam.blogspot.co.uk/p/etsy-made-local-dorset-team-christmas.html or visit the Facebook event page where you can see more sneak previews: https://www.facebook.com/events/380837568923443

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Gifts for Women under £20 - Etsy Made Local - Dorset Team Christmas Fair 2017


Gifts for women for under £20 from stallholders at the Etsy Made Local - Dorset Team Christmas Fair 2017.


Navy daisy headband by Beauxoxo - £10 


Personalised makeup bag with gold lettering by Jennifer Grace Creates - £8.50


Hand-painted unicorn stone in black and white by Little Vagaries - £14


Everyday moisturiser for all skin types by Ginger Stone Skincare - £18


Floral monogram mug by Doodle Dot Dorset - £7


Owl embroidery kit by Hawthorn Handmade - £14.95


Mixture of vintage buttons for crafting projects by Nemeton - £3.50


You can find our full list of stallholders for the Dorset Team Christmas Fair here: http://dorsetteam.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/dorset-team-christmas-fair-2017.html

and can find out more information about the event over on our Facebook page which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/380837568923443

We hope that you might come along for a fun festive day out and support these wonderful local makers and sellers. 
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Be An Expert - Forward Thinking - Wholesale For Christmas

Etsy recently published this Seller Handbook guide to Wholesale Christmas Prep: https://www.etsy.com/uk/seller-handbook/article/wholesale-christmas-preparation/159623538888. Even if you don't sell wholesale yet it's an interesting read to give you ideas for the future!

Could you dip your toe into wholesale this Christmas by asking a local gift shop if they will stock a few of your items? It could be the start of something big! If you want to look into wholesale more you can check out the Indie Retail Academy website for some more advice: https://www.indieretailacademy.com/
Even if you never want to sell wholesale, you can still take some useful tips from the Seller Handbook article to apply to your own shop:
- Change pitching stockists to pitching you mailing list - get you Christmas Gift Ideas emails ready
-Focus on packaging - think about offering gift packaging to your customers during the Christmas season
- Set up order deadlines - have a think now about what you will do if you get busy, and when people need to order by to get their item for Christmas
- Stock up to snag last minute orders - make sure you have enough 'blank' product in to keep making new things as your items sell, whether it's balls of wool or vintage spoons - make sure you have enough to see you through November!
If we get ready now then Christmas will be easy!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Be An Expert - Forward Thinking - Autumn Trends

We are marching towards the end of summer, and things will be starting to gear up for the Autumn and Winter seasons - Christmas is only 124 days away! Before Christmas we do have lots of other things to look forward to - pulling on our comfy cosy woolly jumpers, kids going back to school, watching fireworks, trick-or-treaters at Halloween, watching movies tucked up inside when it's stormy weather. Is your shop going to be ready for the change in season?


If your shop sells knitted or crochet items your hooks have probably already been flying to get ready for the cooler weather, but make sure you take a minute to check your inventory so you know how much you have to sell. For other shops - how can you aim for the Autumn? If you sell prints or mugs can you use some 'cosy nights in' phrases on them? If you sell jewellery have a think about the colours and shapes people will be wanting to wear. If you sell ceramic pots can you photograph them with pens and pencils in for a back-to-school (or back-to-uni) idea?
If you aren't able to change your actual stock, can you change the way you style it? Create an Autumnal Instagram photo or two, using Autumnal colours with a pine cone or other suitable prop. If you can get these ready now then you'll be able to hit the ground running when the time comes!
If you'd like to see what trends are on the way, then a couple of places to look are here for a brief look at expected fashions: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/style/autumn-2017-fashion-trends-aw17-styles-women/ or you can look at the SpringAutumnFair Instagram page to see what they are sharing from their upcoming trade show: https://www.instagram.com/springautumnfair/ 
Have fun getting ready for Autumn (and make sure you start thinking about Christmas too!).

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Be An Expert - Product Promotion - Videos

Using videos to promote your products can really help your items stand out from the crowd.

Here's a recent Etsy Seller Handbook article on How To Market Your Business With Video: https://www.etsy.com/uk/seller-handbook/article/how-to-market-your-business-with-video/137667391868
Videos on YouTube can be great to include lots of detail, and it's easy to share them from there to Facebook  (lots of potential customers out there are browsing videos on Facebook!).
However your videos don't have to be long or complicated to help your items stand out. You can try using apps like Hyperlapse (an app that speeds up your video) or Boomerang (this takes bursts of photos and stitches them together) to show glimpses of your work-in-progress or finished products. If you are sharing your finished products then show them in use or just turn them around to show the item from different angles. See more about these 2 apps here: https://blog.hootsuite.com/instagram-apps-boomerang-hyperlapse-layout/ 
You can use these short videos in your main Instagram (or FB) feeds. You can also use them in Instagram stories. Instagram stories is a collection of videos which you can add to throughout your day - but they disappear after 24 hours. If you are recording the video directly in Instagram make sure you download it before it disappears! Stories are good to use because the accounts you follow with recent stories will appear at the top of your instagram feed, so you are more likely to be spotted by your followers. Here's some info on Stories from the Instagram blog: http://blog.instagram.com/post/148348940287/160802-stories
Another fun idea you could try is to make a product photography turntable like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFPJqtcWNSU and use it to show your items from all sides!
You don't have to start sharing lots and lots of videos, but the occasional one will help your customers to get a better view of your items and your shop.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Be An Expert - Product Promotion - Brand Reps

Do you find it hard to take enough great photos of your products so that you can fill up the photo slots on Etsy AND share great images on social media? You might want to think about getting a Brand Representative - Brand Rep for short.

A Brand Rep is someone who you give FREE products to, in exchange for them to take stylish photos of those products for you to use on your Instagram and other social media accounts. There are also Brand Enthusiasts, who will buy products at a discount from you, again to provide you with photos - but obviously an enthusiast would have to be someone really keen on your products, as you are expecting them to part with their money as well as their time. For more information on Reps & Enthusiasts see this post here: http://cuttingforbusiness.com/2015/10/21/what-are-instagram-brand-reps-enthusiasts/
Instagram is the best place to find Brand Reps - create a 'Brand Rep Search' image with some text, making sure to include the Instagram handle for your shop (so people can find you once the image has been shared). Use the #brandrepsearch hashtag and other appropriate hashtags to get found. Ask applicants to share the image to increase your reach. Have a deadline for when to apply (keep the application open for a few weeks at least to give people time to share and apply). You can also find Brand Reps by joining Facebook Groups like 'Let's Rep Together': https://www.facebook.com/groups/letsrep/
Make sure you are clear on what country you are happy to post items to (a lot of Brand Reps are in the US), what you expect from a Brand Rep, and how long the term will be (a good initial term is 3 months). Once you've chosen a Rep or Reps make sure to have an agreement or contract in place setting out time-frames for delivery of items and how long the photos will take, what the photos will be used for, and other points. Here's an example of an artist licensing agreement: https://artlawjournal.com/download-artists-licensing-agreement-free/ or search 'Brand Rep Terms & Conditions' in google to see what terms other brands have set out for their reps. Remember these are all just for guidance, and if you want an in-depth legally-binding contract you should pay for a contract lawyer to draw one up.
Here's some more advice on working with Brand Reps: http://mumswithhustle.com/blog/lucky-7-tips-for-working-with-brand-reps/

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Dorset Team Christmas Fair 2017 - Stallholders announced


Happy June everyone! With all the beautiful weather that we have been having recently, Christmas couldn't feel further away but preparations and planning is in full swing here at the Dorset Team as we are planning ahead for our annual Dorset Team Christmas Fair.

We are very excited to be able to announce our stallholders for the 2017 event. Thank you so much to everyone who applied to be a stallholder this year. Competition for spaces was particularly fierce this year and we received the highest number of applications ever! A huge congratulations to everyone who was successful in getting a space.

This year we will again have a fantastic selection of local makers and sellers. There will be everything from illustrations by local artists to vintage products and from crafting kits to handmade jewellery.

For more information about the event, including sneak previews from our stallholders, please see our Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/380837568923443.

The event will take place on Saturday 2nd December and Sunday 3rd December at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne. Entry to the event is free.


Stallholder List for Dorset Team Christmas Fair 2017
 *Please note that this list is subject to change. We will be reviewing more applications in August and running a reserve list for stalls.
Handmade bunting by AMA Designs Bunting


Handmade earrings by Buttons and Bits


Card selection by Chasing Rainbows


Mugs with original illustrations by Doodle Dot


Limited edition collagraph print by Genny the Printmaker 

Grey hare amigurumi kit by Hawthorn Handmade


Coastal wash bag by Kate Wakley Textiles


Pencil case/makeup bag by Ndieh Designs

You got this card by Sarah Lovell Creations


Succulent necklace by Slumbermonkey


Hare cushion by Terri Peay



Vintage decorative hook by Tickiti Boo



Handspun British Jacobs wool by Wildforest Wool

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Find out more information about our event over on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/380837568923443

We hope to see you there!