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A few reasons to think about leaving Etsy

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Did you see my post last week on a few reasons why Etsy is a great place to start your online shop? Here are a few things that I ran into when my Etsy shop got larger; if similar thoughts are running through your brain, you might want to start looking for venues other than Etsy. 1. While Etsy is inexpensive to start with, if your shop really takes off, your monthly fees can get pretty high. How high is so high that the expense of running your own shop is the lesser payment? Well, that's a number that you'll...

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Off the needles: Candy Rocks

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Yarn: HaldeCraft HandDyed Marion in the former club colorway "G-ma's Candy" Pattern: Fissility by Lorena Haldeman Started: February 2, 2014 Completed: February 15, 2014 Notes: The February project for the 12-in-14 -along over on Ravelry. I loves them!

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A few reasons why Etsy is a great place to start a small online handmade-items shop

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1. Etsy has very little startup costs. You have to pay to list your items as you list them, and other than that your only startup "cost" is your time. It does take time to photograph items and list them, and time is a factor when you're one person running a by-hand business... but if you are willing to spend the time and don't have the money to start your own website, Etsy wins, hands down. I feel like I should point out though that there is a small additional percentage taken when you sell something - but you're going...

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To re-skein or not to re-skein; that is the question

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From the mailbag -- Why do you reskein your yarn after you dye it? Doesn't that take time you could be using for something else? Hogtown Special There are a few reasons I re-skein my yarn after dyeing it. One reason is neatening up the skein; one reason is showing a little better how the colors play together; one reason is to have a uniform size and shape for my products. Browncoat The way I dye yarn, it gets moved around a lot. Adjusted on hangers as I dip-dye, massaged and mushed around as it's soaking and I try to...

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Who's got the buttons? THIS SHOP!

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You've probably been seeing these coming, if you follow my photo-of-the-day (now cross-posted to BOTH Facebook and Google +, in case you're not on the Instagrams). I think I've finally got a handle on buttons. No, they don't look like the buttons I had been making, but they're incredibly easier and quicker to make! I'm just getting started with these, and am still working out what sort of colors I want to stock on a regular basis, so the colors may change over the next few months as they sell and I get feedback and/or requests. I also have a...

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