Thursday, January 15, 2015

Selling Crafts on Amazon Continued

I can't remember what part I am on now. Anyway, I will say with no reservation that selling on Amazon has been one of the best business decisions I have ever made. It is unbelievable to the amount of traffic and sales Amazon generates. I am only kicking myself for waiting so long to do it.

A couple days ago we had a record breaking day on Amazon. We sold 100 orders of my Crochet Edge Skip Blades in about 6 hours. I have never seen such a thing! That is the power of Amazon. Yes they are strict. Yes they will always side with the buyer. But that is why they get the traffic they get.

I am hoping to apply to sell our handmade scarves on Amazon this week so I will update my blog on how those sales go. I suspect they will do very well. Because it is considered a Womens Accessory I have to get authorized to sell them. Pictures have to be perfect so we are working on that now before we apply.

Speaking of pictures. I am now using removethebackground.com for all of my pictures. I love this site!! I send them the pictures and within 24 hours I get back perfectly colored and sized images for Amazon. Well worth the 1.00 per picture.

We are now going to add more of our products Fulfilled by Amazon as it really does free up your time to have Amazon ship for you. Maybe I can take more days off that way!

Our top selling Amazon item. You can also purchase these on my website http://kayscrochetpatterns.com/collections/crafts-handcrafted-arts-other/products/crochet-edge-blade-for-fleece-makes-perfect-crochet-holes-crochet-edge-projects


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My New Crochet Pattern for my Arm Crochet Knit Scarf

I had a family member send me a picture of an arm knit scarf. Well I don't knit so I came up with my own crochet version. This scarf is so fun and quick to make. Great beginner project or a gift for a friend. If you don't want to make your own I also offer them already made! http://kayscrochetpatterns.com/collections/crafts-crochet-crochet-patterns/products/kays-quick-and-easy-hand-crochet-bulky-rope-scarf-pattern-instant-download



Monday, January 12, 2015

New Bernat Blanket colors coming in May 2015!!

My inventory for Bernat Blanket Yarn is pretty wiped out right now but we do have a huge order coming hopefully this week.

I am excited as they are adding I think 8 new colors to the Bernat Blanket Home Decor line. One of those is Coal aka Black. I cannot wait!! Many of us have been begging for this color. They are also adding new baby colors such as Pretty Girl and Handsome Guy. As soon as they send me pictures I will post them.

The holiday season was busy so I am now trying to catch up on my blog.

Happy New Year!

Picture of my first try at the Crocodile stitch. Fun!


2014 Holiday Craft Sales on Ebay, Etsy and Amazon in Review

I have to say 2014 was one of the strangest holiday selling seasons I have ever been through. I attribute most of the oddness to all the changes and glitches that were made on all 3 websites starting in Aug 2014.

This is when Google updated, Etsy made changes, Ebay was having glitches and fighting with Google and Amazon kept going down. Then we had the Ebola scare and ISIS.

Normally we have a great amount of sales from Labor day through Christmas. Last year didn't follow that path at all. Sept was great followed by one of the slowest Octobers we have ever had. Then it finally started picking up in mid November. But good sales didn't really start until after Thanksgiving.

Thankfully we still ended up doing more than the year before but we did miss our goal.

The good news is 2015 is going like gangbusters. Yeah that.

I guess the take away is that you just cannot control what outside influences can do to your sales. You just have to keep going forward and do the best you can to promote yourself.

Wishing you all tons of sales in 2015

Kay's Crochet Mystery Boxes/Bags Update

We have been getting a lot of questions on our Mystery boxes so here you go! First some have asked why we are now shipping in bags. USPS...