Friday, 31 July 2009

Weekend Deals

Hi All,

Here's a few Weekend Deal's I've spotted, If you have one running let me know so I can shout about it.

Beads By Sam is offering 15% off all items in her Etsy store until Sunday 2nd August.Raspberry has FREE worldwide shipping on postcards.Lazy Giraffe has a Summer Sale on and for this weekend until Sunday 2nd August, FREE Worldwide shipping.
Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Events Page Updated

Hi All,

Just wanted to let you know I've updated the Events page with 3 new fairs. Chorlton, Bristol & Sheffield. If you are looking for a fair to exhibit at of visit have a browse.Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Saturday, 25 July 2009

1000 Designers Milestone Reached!

Hi All,

I've just updated the directory with 21 new designers / makers and I'm thrilled to say that this takes the total designers listed on Shop Handmade UK to over 1000. When I started Shop Handmade UK in December 2008 there was 520 listed so that's some growth. More importantly that's many great stores with lots of fabulous products on offer by talented Brits.

This does mean the site needs a little makeover and the directory needs to be split and reorganised to help buyers find what they are looking for. Over the next few weeks I will be making some category suggestions so please comment.

Here is a selection of those new designers recently added to the site:From top left:
Jim Jam Sandwich, Tobyboo, Gemma Correll, Polka,
t-boo, Fen & Ned, Little Bird Too, Three Red Apples,
Eiriel's Eclectics, Girl Industries, Bodrighy Wood, Frute Juce

Lingerie Sale!

Hi All,

Love Baby Grand, the London based emporium of knickers is have a sale. Many knickers reduced by between $5-$15.00 in their Etsy store. Doesn't matter what size you are they have sale items from XS - XL. Have a peek now!
Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Giveaways!

Hi All,

I've 2 new giveaways to let you know about. The first is from Hatastic! for the gorgeous Eclipse Fascinator. Entries close on September 14th. Click here to enter.
The second giveaway is from Creativesque for a lovely set of 5 notecards & mini envelopes. Entries close 31st July. Click here to enter.
Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Friday, 24 July 2009

PR / Promotional Opportunity!

Hi All,

I'm in touch with a PR company who are looking for goodie bag donations for one of their clients. The company runs style and confidence coaching for women via one day workshops. They are looking for donations of items to go into 35 goodie bags for the attendees of their first workshop. Items should be suitable for women aged 30+. If you can't donate products then discount cards are also welcome, any number of products welcome.

The deadline for donating is 3rd August. As this is the first workshop for the company there will be local press, journalists attending the workshop and there is the possibility of national glossies attending however is unconfirmed at this point. If you are interested in taking part please contact me on info (@) shophandmade.co.uk with details of the product and quantity you can donate. Any questions please comment or contact me direct.

If you can't donate to the goodie bags due to time frame or other, I'm also running a trial for a new concept of Sample Box. Donations to this will reimburse costs, to read more and assist with the trial click here.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Sales, Sales and More Sales!

Hi All,

I've 3 great sales to tell you about. The first sale is from Daisy Chain Jewellery, the lovely Jo is offering 10% off all jewellery until August 14th + a blog giveaway with 3 prizes up for grabs.

The 2nd sale is from Ruby Spirit Designs. Tracy is offering 10% off all jewellery in her Coriandr store until 31st July. If you love vintage designs start shopping now.
Lastly for those of you who love to knit Katrina from Tomato Tea has 10% off all yarn in her Coriandr store until 31st July.Happy Shopping!
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Monday, 20 July 2009

New Featured Designer - Illusio Creative

Hi All,

It's been a busy few days and I'm pleased to introduce you to our newest Featured Designer, Lorrie from Illusio Creative. Lorrie is our first Artist to be featured, read my interview with Lorrie here and discover stunning drawings, paintings, fibre art, photographic prints and more.

Enjoy!
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

20% off @ Beady Pool

Hi All,

Just found another great sale, Beady Pool is offering a huge 20% off at their Folksy store & their website until Midnight 21st July so don't delay. Discount automatically given as a refund via Paypal after order.
Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Sample Box Update & Trial

Hi All,

Following on from my poll and discussion on a potential Shop Handmade UK Sample Box, I wanted to post some findings and thoughts on the sample box idea and propose a new style of Sample Box.

Most sample boxes are US based and whilst a few of them do appear to work very well, with buyers and donators happy there are some issues that have been raised:
  • Boxes are priced too low devaluing the products and workmanship
  • The content is inconsistent in terms of value and duplicate products
  • Designers / makers who donate do not receive any monetary compensation so this equates to a costly form of promotion
  • Items donated are usually in the lower price point which is understandable
New Proposal

Based on the above I'm proposing an entirely new approach to the Sample Box concept with the following aims:
  • Designers will be reimbursed the 'cost' value of the items they donate once they are sold. By 'cost' I mean the cost of materials and time taken to produce the item donated. No other sample box offers reimbursement to designers. This will allow designers to donate higher priced items knowing their costs will be covered.
  • Designers would pre-agree a price they want for each item to cover costs and this would be agreed before you send any items in. This will help me design boxes based on costs, product and style or theme of each box.
  • Boxes will be sold on an individual basis, possibly themed depending on the mix of goods donated. All items contained in each box will be listed & pictured so buyers can see what they will receive before purchasing.
  • Boxes will be offered with a range of prices as opposed one set price according to the contents. Whilst the retail price will be higher than other sample boxes, they will represent a very big saving to the buyer and better value.
Your Input

This is where I need your help. I'd like to plan a few boxes on paper so I can ensure the finished product is both appealing, offers real savings for buyers and offers designers reimbursement for their goods. For those interested in assisting with the trial can you please email the following information about the products you would like to donate, to: info [@] shophandmade.co.uk:
  • Image of your product
  • Quantity you can donate
  • The cost you would need to be reimbursed to cover materials & time
  • The RRP of the product
(All pricing information will be kept confidential and used only for the purpose of ensuring each designer is not out of pocket but reimbursed their actual costs. This is needed as some products cost more to produce than others. The aim is that each designer is not out of pocket.)

Once I have the information I will create images of 1 or more potential boxes with the required purchase prices and distribute this information back to the designers who have donated for their initial feedback. If that is positive then we can move forward to producing and selling.

In the previous poll it was evenly split between those who wanted the sample box sold to UK buyers and those who wanted them sold Worldwide. I think the best way to cater to everyone is to offer an equal split on Etsy and the other half on a UK site to be decided.

If anyone has any questions or comments please feel free to post below, the more input the better.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Another Deal - 15% off Illusio Creative

Hi All,

Another deal for you is 15% off ALL items in store from Illusio Creative. Offer ends this Sunday at 12pm GMT so don't delay. Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Friday, 17 July 2009

Sample Sale This Weekend

Hi All,

I just spotted on Twitter that Quercus Silver is having a sample sale this weekend with a huge 20% off gorgeous silver & resin rings:

The Watermelon Ring is my favourite. Don't wait til Sunday to buy.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Sunday, 12 July 2009

New Designers Added

Hi All,

I've just added 17 new handmade designer / makers to the website. Below is a small selection of the talent we are bursting with in the UK. To view all new designers visit the directory here and look for the 'NEW' icon when browsing the categories.


Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk