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Shop Small Sale Roundup

So this morning already I have read a report that someone was shot for over a parking space at a Reno, NV Target last night, and at a Macy's in New Jersey two men were shot, killing one. Uh, it's just a TV folks, certainly not worth this craziness!!

For this holiday season, I plan to support our small businesses. No, they don't make TV's but they do make some of the most amazing and unique things I have ever seen, and the craftsmanship far exceeds anything you would buy at a big box retailer in most cases. Shopping small supports local communities in a BIG way, and really these people are your friends and neighbors, and I want to support them first before I take my money to big box places and make people like the Walton family even richer than they already are.

Annndd-the bonus is I can do it in my PJs while sipping coffee (or wine) from home!

Below is a roundup of some of my favorite small shops and some of the special sales they are running for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday (really Sunday, you are lacking in your shopping sale moniker).

I'll kick it off with our little shop :)

 

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GIfts for Tiny Humans - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

Toys, tee shirts and tepees! The gifts on this list will be sure to delight kids of all ages.

Taxidermy Baby Hippo Head by Nothing But A Pigeon

Ballet Giraffe Art Print 8x10 from Serious Creatures

Desert Birds Tunic by Freckled Chicken


Batman Deluxe Small Peg Set by Wooden Leg Named Smith

ninja turtle inspired handmade sock monkey by Mush Tushy 

Bunny Plush Pillow in Pastel Peach with Black and by Regal Cottage

Happy Star Plushie by These Things

HERO kids tee in athletic grey by Sweet Tees Shop

Handmade teepees from Bonjour MaeMae

Girls Fall Dress Girls by Emmi Lee Designs


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Gifts for the Hostess with the Mostess - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

We all have that one friend that loves entertaining. Don't just bring a bottle of wine, show your appreciation with a gift that can be used for future parties or be a conversation piece (ok, and bring that wine too!)
Celadon serving bowl with multi glaze stripes by BLUEFLAMESTUDIOS


Fused Art Glass Coaster Black Opal Art Glass by kesslercraftsman


Machine Embroidered Kitchen Dish Towel Blue and by InYourBones

Mojave Natural Leather Bowl by Scout and Lilly


Siracha Dish Towel by Fisk & Fern


Dragonfly Heart Pocket Planter by bothhandsstudio


Large Peacock Illustration Print by curiousandfanciful


You're Home Hand embroidered hoop art for your home by bedthread


Calaveras Craft Apron by miamaria



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Gifts for the Geek - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

Geek /ɡēk/ An enthusiast of a particular subject matter. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer. The subject matter could be science, technology, dinosaurs, space and anything in between. You know who they are...In fact, I am one, please buy me all the things on this list ;)

100% Star Stuff Notebook by Pigsey Art

Wood Periodic Table Clock Baltic Birch by miniFab

Dinosaur Quartet Sandblasted Glass Set by Monster Dance Designs

Tea-Rex Ceramic Coffee Mug Coffee Cup by Happy About

Astronomy Pull Down Chart Reproduction  by Curious Prints

Pistol Shrimp Scientific Illustration 8 x 10 Print by J Shih Illustration

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Song Poster Music Art by Voice And Sound

Foosball 11 x 14 Signed Print Gamera and MechaGodzilla by Chet Art

Leather Bastet Mask by Surly Bunny

Introvert Pendant engraved alder wood by Monica L Knighton

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Gifts for the Local Lover - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

I haven’t met too many people who don’t absolutely fall in love with Texas. I mean, seriously, what’s not to love?! The diverse landscapes, the friendly people, the quaint small towns, and BBQ. People who live in TX sure seem to love it-share some TX (or Dallas, or Austin) pride with your loved ones this holiday!

 Dallas Skyline Watercolor Painting 8x10 Print by Tread Studios
Dallas Bridge Framed Art Print by Soza Designs 

Texas Wall Decor Reclaimed Wood Mix by Wayne Works 

Texas Dish by Lemon Glaze

Texas Custom State Cut Book Letters Book Art by Letter Lounge

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Gifts for the Fabulously Fashionable - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash 2015


The countdown to the Bash has begun and throughout the next two weeks I will be sharing some gift guides for y'all to get your shopping lists started.

First up, are gifts for the fabulously fashionable friend - You know who she is, always with a cool statement piece, looking all effortlessly put together. 

See the whole gift guide here with links to the shops so you can see all the great handmade items our Jingle Bash artists make! 



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How-To Prepare for a Craft Show Part 1.3: Create Signage

Our third installment of the blog post we guest wrote on Etsy Dallas about craft show setup.

From part one of the Etsy Dallas blog post:

Create Signage
On average, a customer ask the price of items only twice before they feel uncomfortable asking again. Put them at ease by creating signage or putting price tags on all of your items. Make sure signage is easy for them to spot and big enough to be read from a distance. Also, be sure you have business cards handy and in a place that is easy for shoppers to find.

You may think that not having prices opens the door to conversations with your shoppers, but what if you are too busy to speak to everyone (and we hope that you always are)! 

Photo via Erica Sirotich Illustration


Signage should contain the following:
  • Your shop name at the top and something calling out that it is your price list
  • A list of each type of item (or item category) and it's price
  • Any special show pricing or bundled pricing you may offer
  • Show shoppers whether you take credit cards and which ones (you can just put the logos on it)
If all of your items are OOAK and priced differently, consider putting price tags on all items in an easy to find spot. Keep in mind if your item has movable parts or is delicate, putting tags on the bottom may not be wise. You are better off putting them somewhere that may not be as attractive but can cut down on unnecessary handling and breakage.

Another tactic is to price sections of product. For instance all items on one table are $20, you can put up one sign that states that for each table. You may also want to add signage to differentiate your product, even if it is all the same price. Do you sell dog collars for $15 in all sizes? Maybe your signage needs to point out sizes to help shoppers locate the item they need.

Consider putting up an additional sign or two where appropriate to tell shoppers pertinent info about your product and what sets it apart. Is your yarn hand spun by you, or is the wool sourced from local farms? Does your jewelry re-purpose vintage pieces? Do you take custom orders? Is it eco-friendly? Tell people about it!

Need some inspiration? Check out our craft show display board on Pinterest for more!


Be sure to check out the rest of this series on the blog!

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Spring Bash Countdown Cont'd

Need to spruce up your space? Look no further than the bash where you will find some awesome wares to freshen up your decor!

Our Green Nest mixes vintage and modern items with a splash of color. This painted antler is the perfect conversation piece for an end table or mantle.



The Letter Lounge gives new life to old books cutting them not only into letters but a variety of shapes and symbols. This particular book is mine, which I picked up at WRLM last year. I plan to add a science book to my collection this year :)



Blue Flame Studios makes a variety of teapots, mugs and serving pieces which are beautifully glazed to perfection. In addition to this dynamic statement serving bowl I love their black on black (matte/gloss) teapot.


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Calling All Crafters!

Let's get ready to SHOP + PARTY + ART + CRAFT:

    * The best shopping experience featuring handmade art & craft from Dallas and beyond
    * Free DIY crafts to make and take
    * Bars and restaurants on-site
    * Party tunes
    * Photo Booth benefiting a local charity
    * Free admission, wheelchair/stroller accessible, plenty of free and secure parking
    * Free collectible Bash Bags™ for the first 50 adult shoppers in line at 11 am, chock full of handmade goods from artists and sponsors:

                  
A crowd favorite, the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash will offer up the popular and highly coveted Bash Bags™ for the first 50 adult shoppers in line when we open to the public at 11 a.m. These reusable tote bags – chock full of handmade products – have become a thing of legend, and shoppers have been known to arrive three hours early to stand in line for one!



Applications for the 2014 Etsy Dallas Spring Bash are open! Visit the Handmade Bash website to learn more and apply! Don't forget to mark your calendars for April 26th and we'll see you at the Shops at Park Lane!

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Woodland Creatures

My last post featured foxy finds from Jingle Bash artists...today I think I'll add a few more woodland creatures to the mix :)

Don't forget the Jingle Bash is Saturday, Nov 23 from 11-6pm!


Owl Skirt by Freckled Chicken www.etsy.com/shop/FreckledChicken

Baby Toy Ball with Rattle by Regal Cottage www.etsy.com/shop/RegalCottage


Sasquatch Greeting Card by Refill My Glass www.etsy.com/shop/refillmyglass


Racoon Plushie by Regal Cottage  www.etsy.com/shop/RegalCottage


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Sly Like a Fox - Jingle Bash

Wowza! The Jingle Bash is quickly coming up! We have lots of great artists this year and hope to see you all there!

Today I've rounded up some of my favorite foxy items from shops that you will see at the Bash.

Fox Watercolor painting by Anna Tovar www.etsy.com/shop/annatovar


Foxy Fox T-Shirt by Dowdy Studio (I bought this shirt and can assure you it is super soft and comfy!)
www.etsy.com/shop/DowdyStudio


Fox Lunch Bag by Dozy Dotes Totes www.etsy.com/shop/dozydoatstotes


Fox Bookend by Ray Lynn Woodshop www.etsy.com/shop/RayLynnWoodShop

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