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My first account [Jul. 24th, 2009|05:18 pm]
I just scored my first store account today. The fates have degreed that I should start by selling flamework glass buttons to one of the local knitting stores, and who am I to argue with the fates, or for that matter my lovely wife who suggested the idea, and then started pimping out my work to the local knitting community. The owner of Cast Away, a local knitting supply shop, was also nice enough to have faith in me. She likes to stock unique handmade item produced by local craftspeople, and well I’m unique , local, and she likes my work, so there you go. She gave me a list of other items she would also like me to consider making for her store, and said that in the future she would like me to make some custom buttons for some of their in house knitting kits. I hope this becomes lucrative for both of us.

This is all very exciting and new. I have been a civil servant for the past 25 years, so running my own business is a little scary for me. My father started and ran several businesses while I was growing up, so I learned some of the fundamentals from him; build a good product or provide a good service, price it fairly, stand behind your work and always keep your word. These are good things to live by, but some things I never learned at my father's knee, things like how to set up an ecommerce site. I’m afraid I don’t know a good deal from a bad deal when it comes to ecommerce. So if any of you have some knowledge about such things please clue me in, because I am lost in a sea data and techno jargon. What I need is a small site the looks nice, with a shopping cart, that I can easily post pictures of the items I would like to sell. I don’t know HTML, and although I could learn a little, I don’t want to become a programmer to run the site. Ideally drag and drop works for me. ;-)

[User Picture]From: mamapduck
2009-07-25 12:46 am (UTC)
Speaking of, can I get on the list for Christmas ornaments? I'd like to buy about a half dozen. (I'd *like* to buy several dozen, but then the husband would hide my checkbook.)

I will ask HusbandMan about websites, but I do hear good things about Etsy.com
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-07-25 03:49 am (UTC)
I will send you some pics as soon as I the new Christmas line is ready for viewing. :-)
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[User Picture]From: winneganfake
2009-07-25 12:46 am (UTC)
Heya, plaidbrat's husband here. Anyways, if you're looking to start up your own site, and you want to do it with drag & drop level of ease, with e-commerce bits in there, your best bet is probably to get Dreamweaver- there's a number of free extensions for doing e-commerce (such as the paypal one I use for Tormented Artifacts) the level of coding needed is minimal (let's face it, if you want a really nice site with all the bells and whistles, and want it to do e-commerce, you're going to need a little bit of coding to pull it off.)

That said, if you just want to be able to put a few pieces up for sale, or be able to email a link to a potential vendor and say "see this? I can do fifty of these for you wholesale," you might be better served by doing an etsy account or somesuch- zero coding, no expensive software, and they handle the e-commerce end. Plus it lets you do retail level orders as well.
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From: moira_ramsay
2009-07-25 12:51 am (UTC)
Do they have a Mac version?

I would most likely be handling these kind of details for him.

Cool and THANKS!

How is the VorpalBrat????

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[User Picture]From: winneganfake
2009-07-25 12:57 am (UTC)
It's Adobe, so I assume so, yes.

No problem- I've been drooling over the glassworks as well, and well, anything to help out another artisan.

The VorpalBrat is, well, vorpal. But good.
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[User Picture]From: winneganfake
2009-07-25 01:07 am (UTC)
And also duh- get a deviantart account and start posting stuff there as well. Great for cross promoting yourself to other artists and potential customers. Like this guy: http://ajglass.deviantart.com/
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[User Picture]From: vitrarius
2009-07-25 06:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for all of the great info and links, I'll keep you posted on how things shake down.
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[User Picture]From: duchessletitia
2009-07-25 01:10 am (UTC)
Go you! (I really like your work)
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[User Picture]From: gormflaith
2009-07-27 07:13 pm (UTC)
This is full of Awesome!
I love the name.
All good things to you and yours!
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