LETTERHAPPY LUST LIST - SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

Okay, I don't know about you, but I've had the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack on repeat for like 3 weeks now. SO GOOD. If you're a Disney nerd like me, you'll definitely enjoy these picks. (items are linked below)

1. yellow crochet dress by americanarchive / 2. red rose patch by WolfClubCo / 3. antler flower crown by LittleLadyAccessory / 4. mid century lanshire clock by thisattic / 5. navy bowtie by baboshkaa


Want more great finds like this? Come hang out with the @shophappysociety on Instagram! It's a beautifully curated space featuring the very best in small biz. Interested in a feature? Be sure to tag your items #shophappysociety so I can find them!

etsy shop tips: building a community

So, you're an Etsy seller.

And you're the only Etsy seller you know IRL.

Your friends don't quite get what you do, and your spouse has been really nice about listening to you talk about the latest weird convo you got, but let's be honest.. wouldn't it be nice to talk to someone who actually understands the joy of the "cha-ching" and the frustration of the "3-star-feedback-even-though-they-wrote-a-positive-review"?

There are two ways you can build a community within Etsy itself, and one way to join a super kick butt (if I do say so myself) community outside of Etsy.

1. The Forums

The Forums are a mystical place on the Etsy interwebs where you can chat with fellow sellers about anything and everything including site glitches, a promotion you're having in your shop, or that "huge crack of thunder at 1 o'clock". (Actual thread title right there, folks.)

Just be careful not to get sucked in for too long. Trust me, it's happened to the best of us. You can find a wealth of useful information inside the Forums (it's especially great for diagnosing tech problems and getting immediate feedback). You can also find some crazy negativity, which I personally like to stay wayyy the heck away from.

2. Etsy Teams

Etsy Teams let you connect with other sellers, grouped together by interests, locale, similar goods for sale, etc. When you join or create an Etsy Team, you have your own team forum where you can chat with your fellow members in a private environment.

Lots of teams run challenges, help fellow members promote their goods, have IRL and digital meet-ups, and generally just keep each other sane.

3. If you want a forum AND a team that's totally on your side (no crazy negativity allowed!), I would absolutely LOVE for you to join the shophappy society.

You can ask questions, share your big (and small!) wins, and meet fellow makers and curators. Vintage, handmade, and supply sellers from every corner of the globe are ALL welcome!

I'm also constantly sharing my own expertise and giving you tips and tools to make the most of your Etsy biz.

Whether you're just starting out or getting serious about growing your hobby into a legit biz, I hope to see you there very soon!

etsy shop tips: encouragement and an invitation

When I started selling on Etsy in 2009, I remember putting my first few listings up, and not really knowing how the whole thing worked. What I did know is that I was too damn millennial to sit in a cubicle all day long. This was it. This was my dream.

I made $200 that first month and I was ECSTATIC. I made $500 the second month and I was on top of the world. I rode that high for several months, and then I realized..

This was a hobby.

It was fun, but it wasn't sustainable. If I really wanted to make this a living (and I did.. more than anything else in the whole wide world!), I needed to figure out the system.

Now, when I list something on Etsy, I'm confident that it will be relevant, show up high in search, and get seen by the people who will become my best customers and favorite fans.

Take this dude for example - he's currently on page 2 out of 72 of ALL hard enamel pins on Etsy. The average buyer will only look through 3-5 pages of search results to find what they're looking for, so trust me when I say that being there is crucial to the success of your shop.

If you know deep down that your shop isn't quite reaching its full potential, I want to be a part of your story. I know exactly how it feels to want more. Exactly how it feels to want to do anything but sit in a cubicle for 8 hours a day.

I'd love to invite you to be a part of the coolest club on the interwebs, just for Etsy sellers like YOU. You know what you want. And you're more than capable of it. Let me help you get there. 

Here's how to join - click the button below and enter your email address to request acceptance. I can't wait to help you grow that amazing hobby of yours into a successful biz! See you there!

happytatts x the confetti bar collaboration

Alright, y'all.

I'm SO excited to announce this collaboration with The Confetti Bar! When Jessica reached out to ask if I would design a couple of fun temporary tattoos, it was a total no-brainer. I mean.. bright colors, confetti, parties.. HELLO! Is she my soul sister or what?

We came up with four words that are so fun to wear - smile, celebrate, joy, and party. You can have them on hand as favors for your next get-together, or just for everyday fun.

Available now in the happytatts Etsy shop!

All photos courtesy of The Confetti Bar.

etsy shop tips: time saving tools

Did you know that Etsy has an abundance of built in tools to help you run that awesome shop of yours? As a busy human and business owner, I know I'm always on the hunt for hacks to make my hours and minutes stretch just a little further. Try a few of these if you’re looking for ways to save time!

The Sell on Etsy App

Although my personal favorite feature of the Sell on Etsy app is the “cha-ching!” sound it makes every time you make a sale, there are so many more reasons to love it.

You can manage your shop from your phone on the go, and you’re able to do basically everything you can do on your computer, including listing items, answering convos, checking stats, and so much more.

No more worrying about what’s going on in your shop while you’re away from your desk.. if one of your reproducible items sells out, you can instantly renew and add to your quantity while you’re at brunch or shopping with friends. If someone has a question, you can reply in a timely manner, which makes a great impression with current customers and potential buyers.

Shipping Labels

If you are still handwriting addresses and standing in line at the post office.. well then.. my dear friend, we need to talk. Etsy’s shipping labels are basically the best thing since sliced bread. (Serious question, though - where did that expression come from?)

You can print labels (with tracking!) right from your home printer (for a discount!) and you’ll never have to stand in line at the post office ever again. Sounds too good to be true, right?

Well, it’s not.

International and upgraded shipping labels are just as easy to create as domestic ones, so you can open your shop up to the entire world.

You can even print a scan form to hand to your postal worker, either as a scheduled pick up at your home or a personal drop off at your local office. All of your orders will be automagically registered in the USPS system, and your customers can start tracking their packages right away.

Listing Variations

Did you know you can add variations to your listings? If you offer several colors or sizes of the same item, instead of spending all your precious time creating multiple listings, you can give your buyers all of their choices right inside one little listing.

Just enter your offerings inside the listing itself (be sure to show photos of all options, too!) and Etsy will turn them into nice little dropdown menus that buyers will be able to select when they’re checking out. Super easy for you. Super easy for them.


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