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New Look Etsy ~ and discount offer

Etsy is getting a make over. If you have a shop there you will know this and have been to see what your shop will look like. If you, don’t then it is to be rolled out this week. More on the look in a little…..

To celebrate the new look, which I like, I am giving my wonderful blog readers an exclusive coupon code. Using the code will give you 10% off my drawings and paintings. It’s simple to use:

  1. Head over to my shop AnneLawsonArt and buy a painting. You can buy more than one, and only pay shipping on the first.
  2. When you go through the checkout you can add the coupon code APRIL16 for a 10% discount.
  3. Wait for the drawing to come your way.

Too easy! The coupon will be active for April and it is only available to blog readers.

As for the new look, it is designed to be more mobile friendly. My front page used to look like this (and it still does if you check it out today)

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After Tuesday it will look like this (minus all the editing tools, of course!)

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You navigate by scrolling, and information should be easier to find. I have been astounded by the hysteria generated by the changes. The common reaction seems to be “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”. Then sellers sometimes go on to say “That’s it! I’m leaving!”, which is, of course, their choice. However, just this week I read wise advice that said, “Never make a business decision based on fear.” Make the decision based on reality ~ dropping sales, decreased views, hard statistics.

Apparently overall sales and views have been dropping anyway, so it will be interesting to see the impact the new look has.

I like the clearer, more minimalist look. I have always found Etsy easy to use, and with one exception, I think this will continue. The exception is the ability to rearrange my shop. This is the way to move items around the pages of the shop. The old way wasn’t perfect as it involved a lot of clicking. However there are no pages in the new way and so is harder to navigate. But after time I am sure I will work it out. (But I do feel for those sellers who have hundreds of items in their shop to rearrange.)

Pragmatically, just like the changes to Instagram, these Etsy changes are happening. I have no control over that. I can only control what I do and how I do it.

Remember, the coupon code APRIL16 is there for you to use until the end of April. The link to the shop is AnneLawsonArt

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13 and Market

Remember when I sent off some feather drawings to be put into an online shop? These are a few of the ones I sent. [The numbers were for my benefit, and don’t appear on the originals!]

Well, the shop, 13 and Market is open for business! Yay! Another place to buy my feathers. These ones are unique to 13 and Market, [however, there are other ink feathers available in my Etsy shop].

I was curious to see how Nikki was going to display the feathers. On Etsy I can put each feather separately, with five photos and individual descriptions. That wasn’t possible on 13 and Market, so I love the way she shows each feather and allows you to zoom in on details.

Jump over to the new store and have a look. There are the most amazing moose heads for sale too!

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A new project

In October a customer, Nikki, bought one of my feather drawings through Etsy. A little while later she approached me about an order for her new online store! And today I sent off the drawings…..How fantastic is that?!

I have created a series of ink feathers for exclusively for her; they will not be available on Etsy. I used a fountain pen and water soluble ink to draw them. Because the ink smudges with water I was able to make the downy part of the feather much softer and fluffier than I have been able to get with non-soluble ink pens.

[The purple stripes are sticky strips that allowed me to number them to allow Nikki to make a selection.]

Working with Nikki was the spur to changing my Etsy shop name.

The shop is Thirteen and Market. It is going to be opened in January, and I will certainly let you know when it does. But there is also Facebook and Instagram pages, where Nikki is showcasing items in the shop. I have to say, I thought my feather drawing looked very handsome in its gold frame on Facebook.

Interesting to see how one interaction, in this case on Etsy, can lead to something wider.

And speaking of interactions…..remember you can show us what is happening in your creative world by leaving a comment on my previous post In My Studio.