Friday, 23 October 2009

Win 1 of 2 £200 Handmade Prize Packs

Hi All,

It's been a busy few weeks sorting the fabulous Handmade Competition and I'm happy to announce it is now live on the Competition page. We had 32 designers donate their favourite handmade goodies to create 2 huge prize packs worth over £200 each.
Thanks to all the wonderful designers / makers who donated:
Silver Leaves, Creativesque, Gooseberrymoon, April Daisies,
seventysevenyone design, Tomato Tea, See The Woods Designs,
Mel's Handmade Cards, Hollie Lollie, Claire Hurd Design, Kooky Boutique,
Rose & Raven, Big Blue Bed, Eiriels Eclectics, Les Petits Anglais,
Jewellery by Shalini, Studio Gilead, Milly & Pip, Dig The Earth, Snapdragon Beads,
Emily Hooper Designs, Hotdog & Me, CV Jewellery, Hand Knitted Things,
Beady Pool Jewellery, Junky Chicken, Joe Hurry Creations, Jenny Flower Blue,
Nuada Accessories, Dollipops, My Furoshiki, Mia Belle Jewellery

Visit the competition page to see what's included in each fantastic pack and get your entry in now. The competition prize packs will be on show & accepting entries at Handm@de Fair Oxford on 29th Nov 2009. The competition closes on 4th Dec 2009

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
www.twitter.com/ShopHandmadeUK

Monday, 19 October 2009

New Featured Designer - Gooseberrymoon

Hi Everyone,

It's been busy this week, all the competition donations are in and I've nearly finalised the Competition page. There were so many donations I've split the prize pool into 2 lots both worth over £200 so stay tuned for more info.


I just added a new Featured Designer to the site, the lovely Nicky from Gooseberrymoon. Nicky creates beautiful social & wedding stationery and I can say it's stunning, I have the lovely Stems Notecard set here in the office as Nicky donated this to the competition. Have a read of her interview here.

Don't forget the deadline for Sample Box submissions in this Friday 23rd October. Thanks to those who have already got their goodies in.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
www.twitter.com/ShopHandmadeUK

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Sample Box Update

Hi All,

Thanks to those who have submitted products to be included in the sample boxes. I've had a few designers concerned with the deadline I've set so I've now altered this to Friday 23rd October, hopefully that will help.

To get involved please email to info[@]shophandmade.co.uk the following details so I can determine suitabilty:
  • Image of your product
  • Quantity you wish to submit
  • The cost you would need to be reimbursed to cover materials & time
  • The RRP of the product
Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
www.twitter.com/ShopHandmadeUK

Monday, 5 October 2009

Sample Box Launch

Hi All,

After many months of discussion, testing & calculations I'm very pleased to be able to launch the first run of Shop Handmade UK Sample Boxes. For those newer readers to the blog you can read more details on Sample Boxes here.

What does the Sample Box Offer Sellers?
Sample boxes are a way to get your goods into the hands of buyers and to get your brand noticed. In the past sample boxes have involved designers giving goods away for no payment so this becomes a costly form of marketing. Our box concept aims to pay designers their costs associated with making their goods therefore making the cost of this form of marketing nil.

What does the Sample Box Offer Buyers?
Sample boxes are a way for buyers to purchase a range of designers goods at a reduced sample price to try. They may not have normally purchased your goods or may have bought lesser value items, the sample box is a way for them to see and feel your goods and know what to expect when they purchase from you in future.

How will the Sample Boxes be promoted?
Once the sample boxes have been grouped they will be photographed and promoted on a dedicated page on Shop Handmade UK detailing each product (with a link to the designers store) in the box with the usual RRP and the special sample price.

This page will have a link to one of the UK selling sites where buyers can purchase the sample boxes. In addition to selling online Shop Handmade UK will be at the Handm@de Fair Oxford on Nov 29th where we will have all available boxes for sale.

There is just one decision to make and that is where to sell the boxes. Both Coriandr & Folksy have kindly agreed to Shop Handmade UK setting up a shop to sell them. Unfortunately Etsy have not permitted them to be sold their at this point in time. I've created a poll so you can tell me which site you prefer, whilst we like to promote all UK selling sites I am only setting up one shop to reduce admin work and as costs do not permit the boxes to be duplicated over multiple sites.



How will Designers be Paid their Costs?
We must abide by the distance selling rules for online purchases and we must ensure goods are received so payments will be held for 14 days to cover any refunds / returns requested. We will notify you that the box your product/s were in has sold and after 14days we will pay the amount you have requested via Paypal.

How to get involved
If you are a designer / maker and would like to submit 1 or more products to be included in the Sample Boxes I need the following information from you to determine suitability for inclusion:
  • Image of your product
  • Quantity you wish to submit
  • The cost you would need to be reimbursed to cover materials & time
  • The RRP of the product
You need to email these details to info [@] shophandmade.co.uk. As the Sample boxes offer buyers a discount of between 35%-40%, products that have been priced with wholesale pricing in mind are usually more suitable. Once I have calculated your product I will be in touch to advise the next steps.

I am looking to have the boxes ready for sale by 2nd November to give a good sale time in the lead up to Christmas. I've set a cut off date of Mon 19th October for all goods to be received which is just 2 weeks away so if you want to get involved please do not delay and submit the required information now.

If you have any questions please post a comment here or contact me direct on info[@]shophandmade.co.uk.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
www.twitter.com/ShopHandmadeUK
www.facebook.com/ShopHandmadeUK

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Dreamaid - Help build their new Knowledge Base

Hi All,

I've been contacted by Dreamaid.com, they are one of the new sites I blogged about last week here as they are currently working on their new knowledge base system. They are seeking members help to comment and vote on their plans. Whilst the full details of Dreamaids' knowledge base has not been released yet, from what I have been told it's where handicrafts people can exchange techniques, ideas and expertise but with a few features over and above your standard forum.

The knowledge base is due to be launched next week so those who are already members, and those who join now will receive an invite to participate in this project. Dreamaid are still being filmed as part of a TV documentary, due to air in November which will no doubt result in much PR and hype over the site and those sellers already selling there. If you would like to help build their new knowledge base then please sign up now. Don't forget, it's free to list on Dreamaid.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
www.twitter.com/ShopHandmadeUK