August 17, 2015

The Art of Shipping Fees


The Art of Shipping Fees



Trying to figure out what to charge for shipping can be tricky.  Shipping from Portland, Oregon to Buffalo, New York is going to cost more than shipping to Seattle, Washington.  Dig the idea of your goodies in a far, far away land like Australia or Germany?  What if your customer loves your shop and wants to pop more than one item in the cart?  That changes both the weight and the shipping price.  Finding middle ground is key.  A simple averaging system can be the best cure all yet!  


Get a scale.  Easy enough to find.  Embrace the power of Google and order one online, you won't even need to leave the house.  Alright, got the scale?  Weigh the item!  Be sure to include the envelope, the thank you note, your business card, the packaging, the gift box, and whatever freebie you pop in to show your appreciation.  Now go to USPS and play!  Pop in your zip, now pop in a few zips of places you'd enjoy seeing your handmade lovelies sent off to. Now take the price smack in the middle and run with it!  Wah lah!!!  You now have your shipping cost.  Same goes for international shipping.  Knowing your options helps. Small item?  Go the airmail route!  Just don't forget about the customs form.  Still stuck?  Compare yourself to others.  Find an online storefront that makes similar items and see what they charge their customers for shipping.  Just keep in mind it's not always black and white.  Some sellers calculate their shipping costs into their item price.  Look at the cost of the item and then the shipping fee to decipher. 


Tackle any additional items your customer adds to their cart with a flat low rate.  Not too high as you want to reward your customer for buying more, however you need to be realistic so that you can cover costs.  You can use the averaging system here too.  Keep in mind that you can always refund your customer any over-payment in shipping fees after you're back from the post office, but going back to your customer & asking for more money afterward?  Just no.  Don't.


Try and avoid clerical errors when entering your shipping fees when selling your products online.  Updating a shipping profile from your phone on the fly?  Not the best move.  Take your time.  Sit down at your desk.  Do it right.  I learned this one the hard way and I'm not new to any of this. 

 Also, admit when you make mistakes.  Then make up for them!  Like so.

FREESHIP15 @ checkout!
daisychains.etsy.com 

August 6, 2015

Remembering the Process


Keep It Simple

Starting over again takes time.  You have to reorganize, regroup, and remember your process.


Step 1 - Pick Out The Base Material


 Step 2 - Choose What Moves You


Step 3 - Assemble, Wait, & Pass The Time


 Step 4 - Enjoy the Results!

December 18, 2011

Heart of Craft @ The Woods TODAY!!! 12/18

Heart of Craft


@ The Woods
6637 SE Milwaukie Ave 
Portland, OR 97202
3-8pm

Leave the kids at home, grab your husband, your BFF or significant awesome and make a night of it at the Heart of Craft's 21+ over show!  Situated in the heart of Sellwood The Woods has an atmosphere that perpetuates calm and savvy.  

Purchase a glass of wine or your favorite spirit, enjoy some grub and cinch up your Holiday shopping. With 30+ local artisans the choices will be easy and well thought.  

From Portland artists such as Missionary Chocolates, MeMe Cosmetics, Molly Muriel, Big Woo Wear, Arts and Rec Letterpress, Amy Wing, Sew Many Cats, Attic Journals, Eclectikid, Little Daisy Chains (that's me), B Hive Designs, Holden Lee Tees, Woolie Originals, Handmade Julz, Jen & Jocelyn, & Urbana to name just a few, the company in itself is worth the outing.

Hope to see you at the last show of the season!

December 1, 2011

The Mooberry Winter Bazaar - 12/2 & 12/3

The Mooberry Winter Bazaar

Friday December 2nd & Saturday December 3rd

It's time to tackle those Holiday shopping lists!

Stop by Mooberry Elementary to shop local handmade goods, try yummy homemade treats and stock up on all your Scentsy, Mary Kay, Advocare & Pampered Chef needs!

Don't forget to bring the kids on Friday for pictures with Santa!

Here is a sneak peek at who will be participating:

IC Confections
Advocare
Scentsy
D'alli Designs
Little Daisy Chains <--------- That's Me!
Light Within Stone Design
Espinsoa Party Inc
Close to my Heart
Theta & Sigma
Joy Because
Tastefully Simple
CNC Tags
La Imperial Bakery
Nicole Marquez
Krissy Carrier
Shilpa Chava
Angela McVey Kinney
Pampered Chef
Mary Kay

November 21, 2011

PDX Craft - Sneak Peek

PDX Craft - A Holiday Marketplace


Open Bible Church
November 26th, 2011
3223 SE 92nd Ave., Portland, OR 97226
10am-5pm

Here is a sampling from just a few of the 33 local artisans participating!





Also vending?  


To see more click here:  PDX Craft

Happy shopping, hope to see you all there!

November 16, 2011

Parents Magazine - An Online Blog Feature

Adorable Etsy Gifts for Every Kid


Parents Magazine posted their online 100 Days of Holidays guide this week.  Look what I found on page 3 of the "Adorable Etsy Gifts for Every Kid" gift guide!  It's my Fun With Marbles Ring!!  So excited.  They even wrote up a fun little blurb.  Check it out!

November 15, 2011

PDXEtsy Cyber Monday Sale - November 28th, 2011

The PDXEtsy Cyber Monday Sale!


PDXEtsy is putting on a Cyber Monday sale of awesome proportions!! With over 80 Portland area artisans participating you’ll be sure to find huge deals on what you need this holiday season for all, big and small.

Get your shopping list ready today and beat the crowd by previewing the entire list of PDXEtsy shops offering you loads of online savings, deals or freebies this November 28th!


Alanna Risse
 http://alannarisse.etsy.com/
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Arts and Rec Letterpress
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Avalon Shipping Co.
 http://avalonshippingco.etsy.com/
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 Beadfreaky
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Bleu Oiseau Photography
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 Buttonlandia
http://buttonlandia.etsy.com
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Caught Necking
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Chained Expressions
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Collar Topia
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Creations By Angel
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Derwin Designs
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Designated Dryden
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Donut Disco Prints
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Elation Greetings
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 Find and Flourish
http://findandflourish.etsy.com/
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HH Knits
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Holden Lee Tees
http://holdentees.etsy.com/
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House of Moss
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HymoWear
http://hymowear.etsy.com/
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Jen and Jocelyn
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Joy of All Crafts
 http://joyofallcrafts.etsy.com/
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 Jules Java Jackets
http://julesjavajackets.etsy.com/
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Kan Yo Fuse
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Karma's Kreations
http://karmaskreations.etsy.com
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Kendra Binney
http://kendrabinney.etsy.com/
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Kusala Knitworks
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Laughing Fridge Art Magnets
 http://laughingfridge.etsy.com/
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Leah's Glass Creations
 http://leahpellegrini.etsy.com/
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Linden Tree Photography
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 Little Canoe
http://thelittlecanoe.etsy.com/
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Little Daisy Chains
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Little Paper Cities
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 Lori A McKee
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 Luna by Karina Potestio
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Mama Jean's Kind Threads
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Mandy Allen Metal Arts
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Mimi Muse Designs
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Miss Purl
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Muluk Recycled Designs
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Nuala Clothing and Accessories
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Ohlnu

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Patsy Fine Design
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Pearly Grey
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Pinky Crafts

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PomLove
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Rad Cat
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Rainy Isle

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Recycled Arts
 http://recycledarts.etsy.com/
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Relica Vintage
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Rill Rill

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Roots Soap Company
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Rose City Lady Vintage
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Saressa Designs
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Scrumptious Suds
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Second Star Designs
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Sesame Seed Designs
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Shells Jewels
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Skinplicity
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Soma Venus
 http://somavenus.etsy.com/
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 Stonez N Stix
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Super Phoebe
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Ta-Dah
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The Cozy Project
http://thecozyproject.etsy.com/
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 The Epoch Yeti
http://theepochyeti.etsy.com/
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TK Jewelry Designs
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Trillium Artisans
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VintagePDX
http://vintagepdx.etsy.com/
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Where The Moon Goes
http://wherethemoongoes.etsy.com/
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Zhu Zhu's World
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Zig and Hersh Designs
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