Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas from the Dorset Team!

Merry Christmas everyone, we hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas. The social media team are taking a well earned break over Christmas but we will be back with lots of new exciting things in the New Year!

Saturday, 19 December 2015

#DorsetTeamTips - Putting on a sale or promotion

Even though Christmas isn't quite here yet, the January sales will be on some of our minds already. 

Are you thinking of putting on a post Christmas sale? 

Follow the link for inspiration and all round great tips from the Etsy seller's handbook:

We would love to hear if you are having a sale and what tips you have for other Etsy sellers who want to put on a sale. Please share them using #DorsetTeamTips 

Friday, 18 December 2015

Product Feature - Dinosaur Card by Deepali from Dee's Handcrafted

Our featured product this week is this adorable dinosaur card by Dorset team member Deepali from Dee's handcrafted.

Dee is based in Dorchester and loves paper crafting! 

Dee says "Like most of the crafters I also started with a shoe box and now I have my own craft room. I love spending time there. Even when I don't have any orders to do, I just sit there and look at pretty papers and inks and will have a little play, it's very therapeutic for me. "

Who wouldn't be happy to receive this beautiful combined card and gift box?  Find this on Etsy by following this link:

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Be an Expert - Planning for 2016

We know you are all really busy with the run up to Christmas but if there is a spare minute why not start thinking about what you would like to achieve in 2016. Perhaps a goal for your shop that you would like to set or something new that you would like to learn.

Has been exciting to hear lots of you talking about 'relaunching' your shops in the New Year, bring out new products and expanding into new ventures!

Good luck, we would love to hear what your goals are for 2016. Please let us know in the comment section below.

If you are looking to improve your shop, the Etsy seller's handbook is a fantastic place to start. 

Here's a link to the seller handbook:

We also have some fantastic threads in the Dorset Team to help you kick start your shops in 2016.

Need to help identifying where you are going wrong? and how you could improve your shop? Why not check out our shop critique thread

Are you a new seller? We have a Newbie Sellers thread in the forum here

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Treasury Tuesday

Dorset Smiles

Fun, quirky, humorous picks from Dorset Etsy Team. Hope these make you smile! Please share with tag #dorsetteam

Cheesiest Christmas card pun card funny Christmas card designed by Doodle Dot
Funny Housework Badge Frame
Moustache Cup Cozy, Knit Coffee Sleeve, Knitted Cup Cosy, Funny Gifts For Friends, Gifts Under 10, Stocking Filler, Ready to Ship
Christmas Robin Card | Groovy Robin Xmas Card | Funny Christmas card
Dolly Parton Diamante Jewell encrusted plush pillow cushion
Roll With It - Gicleé Print
Felt Wordpiece: "You can't make everyone happy, you aren't a jar of nutella"
Sale - 4 Pack Christmas Cards - Pug Dog Chicken Moose Sheep Bobble Hat Festive Holiday Greetings Card
Schrodingers Cat - Big Bang Theory Inspired T-shirt
Sunshine yellow kitsch pony necklace on long silver waist length chain - acrylic large horse - quirky necklace - pastel jewellery - retro uk
Jazz Bear, Hand Illustrated Greetings Card
OWL AND TEDDY Hats, Christmas crochet pattern, Christmas Duo Pattern By KerryJayneDesigns, 8 sizes - Newborn - Adult Instant download Pdf Uk
Lilac Funny Tea Print - Lionel Richie Inspired - Hello, Is it Tea You're Looking For Digital Download
Digital Age - Embellished Glasses Party Disco Club Shutter Shades Fluorescent
Ladies on the beach must wear bloomers Print, beach theme decor, beach hut, beach print,beach decor,beach art,beach house decor, typography

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Dorset Team Christmas Fair in Wimborne is TOMORROW!

Can't believe that tomorrow is the big day!

If you are looking to do some Christmas shopping this weekend why not head down to our Dorset Team Christmas Fair at the Wimborne Allendale Centre 

There will be 70+ local designer-makers, vintage sellers and craft suppliers selling at the fair.

This is a fantastic way to support local sellers in the run up to Christmas and also buy some really unique Christmas gifts.

There will be something for everyone, from snap-on spanner bracelets to cushions and from wire sculptures to soaps.

Our fair is officially supported by Etsy U.K and there will be some Etsy goodies up for grabs at the fair!

Saturday 5th December
10 am - 4pm
Wimborne Allendale Centre
BH21 1AS


For more information and sneak previews from stallholders please see our Facebook event page

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Be an Expert - Selling face to face

Our Christmas Fair is fast approaching so team member Lynn has put together this fantastic advice on selling face to face at craft fairs in the runup to our Xmas Fair.
'People buy things from people they like.' So help them to like you! Smile, be friendly but not overwhelming, let your enthusiasm and expertise for your chosen craft and your products shine through.
Don't waste time justifying your prices and NEVER apologise for them. Focus instead on the unique selling points that your products have. Tell people about the skill and work that goes into product X, or what your other customers really like about product Y.
Stay positive. Hard to do, especially when you have done your best with preparation, products and layout and STILL nothing is selling. Switch to treating the event as an advertising opportunity. Talk to people, hand out business cards and flyers, ask for feedback, ask what they'd like to see on your stall next time they come to a Dorset Team fair.
And yes, this is a Team fair, so be Team-minded. If you don't have exactly what a customer is looking for then perhaps another Team member might? Refer, recommend, suggest. At this particular event the other stallholders are your community rather than your competition - a sale for the Team is still a sale for a local small business rather than a chain store or website. Tell customers about Dorset Team, who we are and what we do. Help out other stallholders by keeping an eye on their stall for them if they need a break. We're all in this together!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Treasury Tuesday

Warm and Cosy Dorset

Comforting things from the Dorset Etsy Team! Find us on FB Follow us on Twitter #dorsetteam

Crochet Car Seat Blanket   22" x 18"
Gloves, Norwegian handknitted gloves in Alpaca wool, Maiden and Reindeer
Crochet neckwarmer/scarf. Handmade in grey.
Grey And White Pillow, Wool Cushion, Spots, Knitted Pillow, UK Seller, Grey, White,
Mohair jumper, sweater, hand knitted, Autumn Russet with Winter White cuffs.
Light Grey Baby Booties, Stay On Booties, Knitted Booties, Gray Crib Shooes, Gender Neutral Crib Shoes, Newborn Shoes, New Baby Gift
Flat Cat soft toy handmade recycled woollen kitten - Hannah
Wrist Warmers, arm warmers, fingerless gloves, power gloves, gauntlets, crochet gloves, gaming gloves, goth gloves, alternative fashion
Knitted Bow Headband, Knitted Headband, Knit Headband, Oversized Bow Headband, Cute and Cosy Ear Warmer in Rust Burnt Orange
Black Friday Sale - Hot Water Bottle Cover Knitting Kit
Knit felted bag - in Autumnal shades with glints of gold thread
Sleepy goat; Wide Eyed Goat
Felting Wool Bundle - Autumn/Fall Merino Tops
Beanie hat,Mens crochet hat, Mens Gray beanie, Gray slouch beanie, mens Gray Slouch hat, slouchy Gray beanie, unisex beanie
CROCHET HAT PATTERN Brown Bear hat pattern Teddy Hat pattern, Christmas pattern Bear hat crochet pattern comes in 8 sizes Uk crochet pattern
Scarf Peaches And Cream Mix Flower Shawl Wrap Scarf

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