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Time Your Listings to Peak Hours — Get More Sales

Everything Etsy has an interesting post up about timing your listings to get more sales. They list the exact time frames that they believe are the best for getting more views and sales. I am curious if your experiences match up to the advice given here. What are your favorite times to list?

Another note – I am running low on product pictures to feature along with my blog posts. If you want to be featured, or I missed you this time around (sorry if I did, was just an oversight!) please send over your shop information to my email. Thanks!

etsy photo tips

Etsy has a great series on the storque from last year I believe titled “How-Tos for the Holidays”. I wanted to share with you the video on photographing your items – it is chock full of great tips and ideas for taking great pictures of your work.

Also – don’t forget that today is the last day to enter the giveaway. It seems that Amanda’s cards are quite popular around here. good luck!!

(Every Picture Tells a Story hand stamped necklace by Kristen’s Custom Creations. Thanks Kristen!)

Free Accounting Software & Tutorial



If you are like me, business accounting is something that always seems to end up as a bottom priority. We are already heading towards the end of the year, and I have a LOT of catching up to do! I am happy to say that Holly from Accounting Spot comes to the rescue once again! On her fabulous blog, she points out that Quickbooks offers a totally free solution called Simple Start. Holly is offering a free tutorial that walks you through how to set up Quickbooks Simple Start to work with your Etsy shop. I now know what I am doing this weekend 🙂 Thanks Holly!

etsy holiday open house

Looking for a creative holiday marketing idea and a way to find a new audience? What about finding some other local crafters near you, and hosting a Holiday Open House for all of your friends? You could have it at someone’s house, or find a local shop who would also love the traffic. You would all share the cost of light beverages and appetizers and have your work on display. You could advertise it to your friends as a holiday “one-stop-shop” event with the added benefit of supporting local artists and friends. You could use the Etsy shop local tool to find people near you.

Has anyone ever tried this? This really doesn’t just have to been for the holidays. You could do a Valentine’s Open House, a Spring Open House, etc, etc.

(Red hot rose fascinator clip by Sara Peach’s Hair Accessories. Thanks Sara!)