Mentoring month with Etsy UK: Coupon code sale 10% off

etsyThroughout July, 10 Makerhoodies worked incredibly hard as part of Etsy UK mentoring month. Using the fantastic resources provided by Etsy UK makers revisited their photography and branding, tags and titles, SEO, pricing, shipping and marketing, carried out shop critiques, brainstormed their ideal customers and planned social media strategies. And they continued making of course…

To celebrate all of this work we’re having an Etsy coupon code sale.  Until 14 August 2013 you can get 10% off all items in the makers’ Etsy shops by entering the code MMSALE when you checkout.

You can read all about mentoring month in this Etsy UK blog post. Two other Etsy teams took part, the Brighton Sellers and British Crafters. The Brighton Sellers team is participating in the coupon code sale too and you can see all the makers taking part here.

Here’s a little preview of the beautiful things the Makerhoodies have on offer:

Hunted and Stuffed

Apollo moon landing cushion by Hunted & StuffedLuxury homeware brand specialising in upcycling rare and beautiful vintage textiles.  Quirky printed tea towels from the 1950s onwards become striking bench cushions or handmade aprons. Vintage silk scarves get reborn as floor cushions. Ornate gilt brocade wedding kimonos are transformed into unique luxury wedding gifts. We hunt for unusual and rare textiles, redesign and repurpose them to create beautiful, unique pieces for the home.

Opian

Organic cotton top by OpianOPIAN is a label ready-to-wear and accessories for women run by Chloé masson. Created in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, we are now based in London, England. All of our items are made out of organic, recycled, retrived or re-used materials, in order to limit the negative environmental impact on the environment. Most items are handmade and manufactured in small quantities or even one of a kind which makes them more exlusive. OPIAN style fits in a modern and minimalist feel while maintaining a comfortable look. OPIAN’s brand caters to a clientele that seeks to reconcile fashion and commitment.

DreamyMeIsMe

Children's illustration by Dreamy MeNo matter how many stories have been told, no matter how many images have been drawn, there are always new stories to be told, there are always new images to draw. I create artist books where my images can be coloured or used to make other people’s stories. Unique, exclusive prints. Only limited editions. Great opportunity to purchase the lovely academic calendars and other back to school prints

Flextiles

Indigo shibori scarf by FlextilesI’m a textile artist working mainly with wet felt and indigo dyeing. I like experimenting with textiles – which I define quite loosely, so I include felt, yarn, plastic, paper, metal and more. The beauty of making items from scratch is that each one is unique. So if you see something that you quite like but would prefer a different size/colour/shape, get in touch! I’d be happy to make something to your requirements.

KPictures

Brixton Market print by KPicturesI am a freelance illustrator living and working in the wilds of South London. I am a displaced (misplaced) Canadian, having found a home and inspiration in jolly ole’ Blighty. I love to draw ideas to life and am open to any and all illustrative projects. I welcome commissions so please contact me if you have any questions.

Prickle press

Stationery by Prickle pressI hand-print cards, prints and various stationery on my vintage LETTERPRESS in Brixton, London using luxurious and environmentally friendly papers and inks. Each piece of card is fed through the press, piled, cut and enveloped by hand. The result is something you will instantly want to stroke, collect, frame or gift away.

Rags&Tatters

Embroidered gift tag by Rags & TattersDelight in texture, in the age of objects and in making them. I hope you enjoy browsing my individually designed and handmade items. Made in my loft studio in London, UK.

 

 

If you’re a member of Makerhood’s Makers’ Club you can see all of the resources we used for mentoring month in the forums.

If you’re interested in taking part in future mentoring events let us know at hello@makerhood.com

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Etsy Mentoring Month with Makerhood!

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Would you like to get tips on setting up or improving your Etsy stall? We’re offering a small group of makers the opportunity to take part in a new Etsy mentoring scheme to improve their online stalls.

You don’t need to have an Etsy stall to take part – just an interest in setting one up. You will be partnered with another Makerhood maker to help each other take your Etsy stalls to the next level, whether it’s getting your products online for the first time or fine tuning your photos and copy to boost sales. Together we will cover topics such as taking photographs, titles and tagging, using site stats and pricing.

Mentoring Month is running throughout July. Etsy is providing tips and online resources, and Makerhood will be offering local support as we go through Mentoring Month together.

At the end of the month we will arrange an event to celebrate and showcase our new and improved stalls. Etsy will be watching these events, and we might have the opportunity for our event to be featured in the Etsy blog.

If you would like to take part, please send an email to hello@makerhood.com, telling us the name of your Makerhood stall and why you would like to take part, by Friday 28 June.

We’re sorry but this opportunity is only for makers who already have a Makerhood stall or who are members of Makerhood Norwood.

 

Are you trading?

Nobody likes thinking about tax, but HM Customs and Revenue has launched its e-marketplaces campaign to help people work out whether they are “trading” – and therefore whether they should be paying tax – when they sell items online. There’s also a video to help you decide.

If you realise that you’ve been trading for some time but haven’t told HMRC about it, you can take advantage of preferential terms, like only paying tax for the past six years and paying by instalments, if you tell them by tomorrow. For more information see their website.

Another Brixton blogger on board

My name is Kim Winter, and I’ve joined Kristina, Karen and the rest of the Makerhood team (obviously your name doesn’t have to begin with K to get involved, but it may help! 😉 ).

I’m a freelance editor – I used to be managing editor of Which? magazine, and I’ve spent the last couple of years helping to launch an Indian version of Which?. I’ve lived in Brixton for nearly 25 years, and I also run the Brixton Windmill blog (the building, not the pub!).

I got involved with Makerhood because I’m currently doing a course in creative and experimental textiles at Morley College near Waterloo (my Flextiles blog records my various experiments).  I’ve been trying to sell some of my (successful) results at various local sales. While there I’ve talked to other makers and realised it can be difficult for individuals to reach local people who might be interested in buying their stuff.

So I think Makerhood is a great idea. There’s a real creative buzz around Brixton at the moment, and I’m excited about being part of it. With my journalistic background I’ll be helping with the website and blog, and interviewing and writing features on local makers. So if you’re planning to sell through Makerhood, I’ll be in touch!