Saturday, December 20, 2008
anticipating the inevitable post-holiday hangover/letdown/blues/what have you, i thought we could be preventative by having another Trade and Replace to help counteract the symptoms!
i've posted a poll on the sidebar as to dates in January that we could have the next TnR... please vote!!!
i also hope that most of you who participated in our lovely Secret Santa/Hannukah Harry event have received your presents... if not, please let me know via convo and i'll try to help!
happy holidays to you guys - LOVE YA!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
When you get your present, please post on our chat thread so we can ooooh and ahhhh over what you got! you can find it here: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5877812&page=1
and don't forget to add a comment to the original secret santa/hannukah harry blog post when you've sent your item... the deadline has long passed!!!!!
whoot whoot for holiday presents!!!!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Anyone interested in an itsy bitsy fast and furious trade and replace this weekend? i'm taking the first seven shops that convo me and we'll go from Friday night to Sunday night!!!!!!!
Whaddya think???? (i already have one taker!)
p.s. (don't post your intentions here because i won't be checking them as much as my convos!)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Then hope and wish no longer! Here is the TradeAHolics' Secret Santa/Hannukah Harry Gone WILD!!!!! It's easy! Just read the rules below!
♥ This is definitely NOT mandatory! Only willing Secret Santas, please! (lol!) If you sign up, you agree to participate - you CANNOT pull out once the list has been compiled! THE DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP IS MIDNIGHT OCTOBER 31st, 2008!!!!
♥ The Secret Santa gift that you send to your Santa should be around $25 - it can be 1 - 3 items totalling $25. The gift MUST be handmade by you!
♥ Please convo - and ONLY convo - muffintopdesigns with the following information (feel free to cut and paste to make life a little easier!) If you can put SECRET SANTA in the convo subject line, that would be fantastic and save me a lot of hair pulling later!
Any allergies/food dislikes etc:
Any other info that can help your Secret Santa choose something especially for you!:
♥ Names will be matched on Saturday, November 1st, 2008 and you will be convo'd the information on your Secret Santa. PLEASE NOTE: you will only be sending one package to one person! It's low maintenance!!!!!
♥ Packages should be sent out by Nov 28th, 2008 to receive in time for Christmas - or sometime shortly thereafter. I would suggest sending it via Priority Mail/Airmail with Delivery Confirmation, a tracking number, and/or insurance, just in case it gets lost in the holiday rush!
♥ When you send your item, post a comment on this thread (and this thread only) that you sent it - BUT NOT TO WHOM!!!!! (it's a secret, remember?)
Any questions? :) Happy Santa/Harry-ing!
xooxox muffin (and mini muffin)
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
so... to kick this all off, we'd LOVE to have a HUGE 2 week long trade and replace event!!! we'd like this list to be made up of some of our newbies who are willing to show themselves and their shops off! if you don't know what a trade and replace is, read this:
"Trade & Replace - exactly like a Buy & Replace - except no money exchanges hands. There will be 10 - 15 names on the list, and people who want to "trade in" will have to negotiate with whomever they want to bump off for a trade... of course, if you want to BUY in, how can we say no? Remember, NO money changes hands, you negotiate a fair trade including your shipping."
I hope that makes sense!
So newbies - if you'd like to be one of the shops to kick us off, add a comment HERE with your shop name! I'll be taking the first 15!!!
And everyone else - don't forget to label your items for trade with our tag, "TEAM TRADE ON"!
Ready, set, TRADE ON!!!!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
i just want to thank everyone who has helped me keep the membership thread alive over at etsy... and to everyone who responded to our "cleaning house" email! Ak and i are in the process of reviewing all the info we got back and will post the membership list here ASAP!
i've also done some research into how we can be more active, have more fun (as if that would be possible, LOL!) and promote ourselves, both individually and as a team. our trade and replace events have been so fabulously successful that i think that it would be easy for us to be even more successful if we got creative!
so here is a list of some of the "events" that i thought that our team can put on in the upcoming year... read this over (sorry it's so long), and feel free to post your comments, thoughts, & creative ramblings. we want to hear what you want to do!!!! (please note that some of these ideas are quoted from my research "sources" because they've explained it so perfectly already!)
1. Card/Promo Swap (from the Storque) - Card swapping is a low-cost, easy way to get your shop's name out. By swapping cards with members of your Team, you can promote each other's shops by word of mouth and give potential customers something to remember to check it out. Team members personally recommending a shop means the buyer is more likely visit, mark as a favorite, recommend to a friend, or even buy something for themselves. Most Etsy Team members who are sellers have business cards with their Etsy shop addresses on them. There are countless ways to make these cards to promote your shop, including inexpensive ways to make cards yourself, using stamps or having them printed in bulk.
To begin the swap, post publicly however your Team communicates (through email, a Flickr or Google group, etc.) announcing a call for participants in the swap. Card swaps are most effective when the swapping occurs between shops with complementary styles. Consider your target demographic and the demographic of the other shops you are swapping with.
One person should be in charge of collecting all the mailing addresses via email from participants. Set a deadline for sending in addresses (there should be an end date to the swap).
Once the emails are collected, compile a list or spreadsheet with all of the addresses. If there are fewer than 12-15 participants, send the whole spreadsheet to everyone on the list. If there are more than 15-20 participants, break the list into smaller, more manageable lists, and send each list to the members of that list.
Each participant sends a small stack of their business cards to each address on the list.
Once the cards are received, each participant includes cards from other members in packages they mail out from sales in their shop, or distributes the cards in person to potential buyers or at craft shows or markets.
Your Team can organize card swaps as often as you see fit, and organizers can take turns putting the swaps together. Enjoy! And get creative about what types of promo items and cards you swap, and how you distribute the cards you receive from the swap!
2. Studio Tour - i know that we had been kicking the idea of doing a virtual studio "tour" via simultaneous features on the team blog and individual shop blogs. i also just realized that etsy has been doing the same via the Storque - talk about reinventing the wheel!!!! LOL! the initial conversations around this idea involved featuring 2 team members every week or so - what we would need is a brief write up about your studio space, as well as any photos you might want to share with the world! at the same time, you would post about your studio space on your blog - this way, we can generate traffic to members' individual blogs too! i know that we all feel like we already know each other, but this will put a more "human" face onto who you are!
3. Online Sale Event - easy peasy, right? we all agree on a sale event that we will all run simultaneously. we can also start a shop "ring" associated with the sale where you promote another shop (or shops) in your shop announcement (which would totally rock now that etsy has enabled links to other etsy shops in the announcement section!!!)
4. Scavenger Hunt - now this would need a little more creative padding because this has the possibility of becoming quite involved. i remember entering a scavenger hunt held by a team who were all from the same city who chose a location in that city that you had to find. you had to go through the shops involved, read the profiles to find clues, and then post on their blog what you thought the answer was. (does that even make sense? geez, i need more sleep) anyway, at the end, the winners got to pick from prizes that had been donated from the team members. anyway, in a nutshell, it was quite fun. the storque featured the scramble hunt organized last year by the Plush Team - read about it here: http://www.etsy.com/storque/section/events/article/plushteam-scramble-hunt-contest/321/
5. Collaborating on a Piece of Art/Grab Bag - little missindie had a great idea that she posted on our thread - she explains it pretty well here:
"we should do a giant art piece that gets sent to each member of the group that wants to participate. and the rules could be that when you get the piece in the mail you have to add something to it [something that corresponds with your shop] like add a crochet piece if you crochet or add beads if you make jewelry. then you send it to the next person on the list so that they can add their piece and so on and so forth. we could sell it and then split the cost between everyone that participated. Or donate the money to a cause."
along the same lines, the TransCanada team has formed a little collective where they collaborate on goodie bags/grab bags. their shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5343947 and check out their profile as to how they make it work.
6. Weekly Team Thread - okay, i have to admit that i LOVE LOVE LOVE checking in on you guys every day since we have started the membership thread. and i find that i end up missing everyone once our trade and replaces are over... so if we had a weekly thread that started every Monday, it would be like our own virtual coffeehouse!!!! we would catch up on everyone's new items, share stories and problem solve etsy issues, and just hang out!!! (of course, if i'm the only one feeling this way, then just smack me, please!)
7. LAST BUT NOT LEAST... the all famous TRADE AND REPLACE! - yes, i admit it. i'm a junkie. and this WILL be our next team event, hopefully to run at the end of September after we compile the members' list and everyone gets back to school/work/whatever. i'd like for us to feature all new members, or members who haven't participated in a TnR before, so i will be convoing you newbies to ask if you want to participate this time around! and of course, our "old-timers" will be around to bump you off the list!!! let's show our members some LOOOVVVEEEE!!!
anyway, that's what i've come up with so far. i am dying to hear your thoughts!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
however, it's become quite obvious that not everyone who signs up for the team becomes an active member. and because our team is all about trading and teamwork, we'd like our members to participate in our events, and not necessarily just be a part of the team in name only.
as teams go, we're pretty low-key and low-pressure! and i'd like to think that we have fun!!!!! this is in NO way a put down on the shops that haven't participated - we do know that life gets in the way sometimes!
so, the instructions are simple. please send me a convo if you'd like to remain on the traders' team active members' list. and please participate as much as you can if you DO decide to remain on the list!
we will be planning another trade and replace event - and the studio tour - ASAP, so get cracking!!!
love you guys,
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Okay, i've finally recovered from the Trade And Replace!!!! and what a fantastic time we all had! the trading was fast and furious, the goods were fabulous, and the conversations, as always, were fantastic!
i personally had about 10 trades as a result... how many did YOU do! i love everything that i've gotten so far - you gals are sooo talented!!!!!
here are some of the highlights:
"trade ho"!!!! (take a look at threeofwands' trade ho bracelet in the picture above!)
all of our wonderful new newbies!!!!!! YAY!!!
brownies, marshmallows and fudge
the trading buzz
not sleeping because of the trade addiction
there are actually too many good memories to post here.... :)
thanks again to everyone who participated - and i can't WAIT for the next one!
as most of you know, Ak and i will be "cleaning house" this month in regards to whittling down our membership list. we have quite a few people who aren't very active with the team, so we'd like to take a roll call of people who would like to remain members... but you have to promise to be active in our events! LOL! seriously though, how can you help but trade? LOLLLLLLL!!!
we also talked about doing a "studio tour" of members' workspaces here on the blog, so stay tuned for details! i think that we'll feature two members' spaces here on the team blog, each week or two, so get thinking about what you'd like to say and take some pictures of your space! (even if it's just a TV tray in front of the couch!) you can also feature your space simultaneously on your own blog!
anyway, now i'm babbling... thanks again everyone for EVERYTHING! see you all soon!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
i haven't heard from anyone yet on the starting list that they can't be part of the game this time... so here it is!
http://snitterdog.etsy.com/ or http://thegreenefairy.etsy.com
http://butterflydesign1.etsy.com or http://earringparadise.etsy.com
once again, review the blog for the "rules" of this TnR and get your shops ready! i'll be starting the thread about 6 am ETSY time, so please please please help me keep the thread up and the trading flowing!
READY, SET, TRADE ON!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
and while we're here... let's wish AkHotDoggies a wonderful move to her new home! we'll miss you while you're relocating... and can't WAIT for you to get back here to ETSY and your team!!!! safe travel and lots of love!!!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Here are some highlights:
snitterdog, courtneywatson, eastcoastkitsch, and both knits making their trade debuts
creationsbychristina cheering up gloplace
indulgentcreations cleaning everyone up with her marvelous soaps
flamingolady trying to convince everyone that flamingos CAN make good housepets
beckynot showing off her animal saving efforts
gems' gorgeously scented stuffies
chendric, ravyen, kaleidoscope, butterfly1, echoesofstars, mimi and muffin's jewelery
kristy's red barn bakery goodies and thisisit's fabulous journals
lorain's soy candles lighting up the place
rusticdiva and heychica bouncing in and off the list multiple times
salsagal's upcoming wedding
magymai711 and lapetite's vintage stuff
I know i've missed people... but everyone knows how wonderful they are... and how wicked our team is!!!!!!!!
We'll have another next month, and the theme is Christmas in July!!!! so get your holiday lists ready and you won't have to shop come December!!!!!!
Thanks again, gang, we love ya!!!!!!!!!!
xoxoxo Ak and Muffin
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The line up is as follows:
Someone posted under the blogger id "Dee" - can you give me your etsy shop name so i can add it to the list? I can't access your blogger profile to see what your shop is!!!!!
Just in case one of these shops cannot fulfill it's TnR duties, indulgentcreations (http://indulgentcreations.etsy.com/) is the alternate shop!!!!
So, go ahead and browse these shops... who are you going to bump off first? Hee hee!
xoxoox Ak and Muffin
Monday, June 2, 2008
And it's all thanks to our wonderful wendiwinn! (http://wendiwinn.etsy.com) Her talents will be adorning our blog for (hopefully) years to come!
Thanks to everyone for voting... and see you all at the Trade and Replace this weekend!!!!!!!!
xoxoox Ak and Muffin
Friday, May 23, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
FlamingoLady (our reporter on the street) just let me know that there is an article on team tagging on the Storque! Take a look... and when we know what acronym we'll be using, we can all make sure that we're doing it properly - AND in the same way!
Friday, April 4, 2008
Okay, no one has been voted off the planet - we don't vote people off here at the TradeAHolics!!!!
the tribe HAS spoken and our next TnR will start SUNDAY, APRIL 20th, 2008!!!! Ak or I (who ever is up first) will start the TnR thread in the Promotions forum in the early morning, ETSY time (which is Eastern Standard). The list will be made up of the shops that ended the last TnR - unless they are unable to participate. (just convo either one of us and let us know)
So, make sure that you can stay and play, make sure your shop is stocked, and make sure that you are ready to TRADE!!!!!!
A quick reminder - don't forget to vote on the team tag and don't forget to get designing on the widget and the banner!!!!
Ready, set, TRADE ON!!!!!
xoxooxox AK and Muffin
(thanks to cafepress for making the fabulously funny tote bag!)
here is the list that will start the TnR - it is the last list that was posted when we closed the thread.
this is the list from the last pages of the thread:
http://sweetside.etsy.com/ - wonderful beads, fabric and quilting/sewing
http://knitandpearl.etsy.com/ - has jewelry and fiber arts!
http://beadsidemyself.etsy.com - great jewelry and cards.
http://unefemme.etsy.com/ - the most amazing fine art prints and bags!http://sarahinflorida.etsy.com/ or http://theknitbrit.etsy.com/
http://beckynot.etsy.com/ - sweet jewelry for pets and humans! Plus a suave new line of "supplies"
http://gloplace.etsy.com/ - has fabulous jewelry!
http://stacirose.etsy.com/ - has lovely jewelry!
http://thepeachtree.etsy.com/ - beautiful semiprecious jewelry!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Let's decide TOGETHER!
i've put a poll up on the sidebar - vote for the week you'd like to have it! because it IS a whole week, it is a little bit of a committment to keep the thread alive... and to have enough stuff to trade!!!!!!!!!
so, VOTE, and we'll have one soon!!!!!!!!
xoxoox AK and muffin
p.s. we can't stop listening to the "soundtrack" - it makes us think of you guys!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
this is what it is:
post your favorite song here in the comments section.
when i get to 18 or so, i will compile a CD and list it in my MuffinTopsyTurvy shop (http://muffintopsyturvy.etsy.com/) , where they will be on sale for just 0.20 plus postage!
make sure you also let me know if you are interested in having one of these "soundtracks", so i will know how many to list.
*** HERE IS THE PLAYLIST (SO FAR!!!!)
1. Come Together - the beatles
2. Hey Ya! - outkast
3. Stuttering - ben's brother
4. I'm Waking Up to Us - belle & sebastian
5. Without You - Harry Nilsson
6. Chain of Fools - aretha franklin
7. Either Way - wilco
8. Ballroom Blitz - sweet
9. Little Red Corvette - prince
10. Ana Ng - they might be giants
11. International Harvester - Craig Morgan
12. Kiss - prince
13. I've Always Loved You - 3rd Day
14. Destiny - zero 7
15. Try A Little Tenderness - otis redding
16. It Never Entered my Mind - miles davis
17. Just Like Heaven - katie melua
18. Oh It's So Quiet - bjork
19. I Can See Clearly Now - jimmy cliff
20. Made To Love - tobyMac
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
1) Have a blog
2) Have enough information about your and/or your art located in either your blog or your Etsy profile for someone to create a feature on you.
How to play:
1) From the number of participating blogs, we'll match up all the shops. Members will not know which blog is doing their feature.
2) Each person will have from Monday, March 10th until the end of Friday, March 14 to post their assigned feature.
3) Participants will needs to hunt thru the blogs to find the blog featuring them. This will increase traffic to each participating blog and help us all to get to know each other.
4) Additionally, we will have a thread in the Promo forum for all of us to keep current on the goings ons and bring even more traffic to your blog and your shop.
5) We'll be sending out blog assignments tomorrow (Sunday, March 9th)
As of Saturday, we have 10 members that are participating!!
The promo thread is located here: Trade-A-Holics Blog Feature Promo thread
Come out and give the thread a bump or two!!
Be sure to check the blogs that are participating to find out who's blogging who!
And the blogs that are participating:
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Altered Notebook - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9862384
El Brico Abacus Earrings - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7646566
xoxoox muffin & Ak
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
A couple of last minute things:
1. Don't forget to put "Etsy TradeAHolics Challenge" in your title
2. Don't forget to convo/email Ak or myself with your link so we can post it here
3. Make sure that you get the word out to every person you know! We'll be taking votes from everyone and anyone that can vote - not just fellow Etsians!!!
We will NOT be posting pictures of the items here on the blog - we want everyone to have to visit your shops in order to enter! WE WANT TRAFFIC!!!!!!
Prizes will be awarded to the winner with the most votes, and then we will do a draw from the people who voted! Everybody wins!!!!!!
So, you better have your craft on!!!!!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Here's a run down of how the game works:
Once there are 10 stores participating, the moderator will request everyone to Convo your 4 choices of shops you wish to trade with. Then the moderator will match everyone up in order of convo received, (if you send your convo early you will be pushed to the end of the line for not following the rules. The moderator will post the list with your name first and the store you will "buy from" next to it.
When you see this list you will go to that store, pick out an $8 item(s) (NO MORE AND NO LESS than $8 total before shipping) you will add it to your shopping cart and check out, BUT DO NOT PAY! If you pay for the item, which means that you did not read my instructions and you will be out of some money.
Everyone will pay to ship the item from their shop, if you are worried about not coming out even; don't list a heavy $8 item.
*you MUST have at least 5 items listed in your store for $8 each for your buyer to have the option of what they want
*You may ONLY pick one $8 item from the store you are given.
*You can choose items under $8 as long as they equal $8 before shipping!
*PLEASE IF YOU DO NOT INTEND TO STICK AROUND DON'T ASK TO BE ADDED TO THE LIST
*PLEASE so we know where the sales are coming from in the notes section put TRADE GAME.
EtsyFriends is an Etsy Street team with shops that sell a variety of items. They are a team for building friendships, and promoting each other. They also have a separate shop that members donate items to sell for charity, but are much more than that. Use the tag "etsyfriends" to find items listed by their members.
Be sure to check out their blog!
Come out on Thursday nites to get your TRADE ON!!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I'm sure that I'm not the only one though, LOL! And I KNOW that I'm not! So Ak, bead and I want to SEE your blogs - and we want to put links to all of our traders' blogs here on our big blog so that the world can get to know us!!!!!!!!
Right now, shoot off a comment to this post with your blog title (the way you'd like it to appear here) and blog address and we'll whip up the list of links lickety split!
this is my blog title - "Inside the Muffin Top Shop"
and my blog address is http://muffintopdesigns.blogspot.com/
Ak's is - "an Adventure in Color"
bead's is http://beadeliciousbaby.blogspot.com
Just another way for us all to promote each other and promote the team - and maybe eventually, we'll all have links to each other's blogs on our pages... wouldn't that be fab? Like linking us all from wherever we are in the world....
Now I'm getting sentimental. Go right now and post your link.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The descriptions of the games are as follows:
Trade & Replace - exactly like a Buy & Replace - except no money exchanges hands. There will be 10 names on the list, and people who want to "trade in" will have to negotiate with whomever they want to bump off for a trade... of course, if you want to BUY in, how can we say no?
Secret Admirer - the people who want to participate throw their names in the ring, and you will be sent another trader's name to whom you will send a "secret admirer" gift. Everyone will state their preferences so that the person receiving your name can sort of tailor the gift to that person. You won't know who has your name - and they won't know who you have... until the very end! This one is a little less "public" - it will probably generate less traffic from outside etsians, but is sweet nonetheless.
Secret Trader - very much like the Secret Shopper game, where there are 10 - 20 people on a list, and they are given a time frame from which to "purchase" from someone who they have been matched up to. There is a spending limit set, and everyone gets "matched" to a shop from whom they "purchase" from. Only in this one, no money is exchanged and the seller pays for shipping - everyone gets a sale and a "trade"!!!!
Traders' Tag - there are 10 - 15 people on the list, and a set "spending" limit - someone is chosen to start and they choose 1 shop from which to "purchase" from. When they are finished shopping, the person from whom they shopped from goes next and chooses a shop from which to shop from. And so on, until everyone gets a "sale". Once again, no money is exchanged and the seller pays for shipping - and everyone gets a sale and a "trade".
Scavenger Hunt - this one is a little trickier - we choose something to "hide" in one of the etsy trader team members' shops. All of the other shops will have clues inside them that leads to the "prize", but outside etsians have to go searching through the shops to find them. Gets tons of traffic and tons of views... and perhaps sales if someone finds something they like!
I might have botched these descriptions - AK, feel free to edit me if I have been wrong. It's early here and I haven't had my tea yet, LOL!!!!! I hope that this helps!
READY, SET, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trade on!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Ak, bead and I are going to run a poll over the next couple of weeks to see what our March event should be... rumour has it that perhaps a TRADE and REPLACE is in order... but we'll see what the tribe decides!!!
Come on and join us!!! xoxoxo muffin
Friday, February 8, 2008
http://muffintopdesigns.etsy.com/ - 20% off all jewelry until the end of the sale! include "etsy trade promo" in your notes to seller when you checkout and wait for a revised paypal invoice!!!!