TEST Etsy Newbie Bootcamp: Class 19 Shipping Snippets

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Well, it's back to school time yet again! Time for some more Bootcamp classes! Welcome to our Etsy Newbie Bootcamp! If you want to take part in Bootcamp and get one-on-one mentoring, or answers to any of your questions, please drop us a line at TorontoEtsyST@gmail.com

We have new sellers joining our Bootcamp all the time, so never fear if you're just starting. You can complete the classes at your own pace.

If you've been toying with the idea of opening an Etsy shop, this is the moment. In fact, if you sign up now, you can have 20 free listings. Just follow our link and enter the code: TorontoStreetTeam.

The entire series so far: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class 7, Class 8, Class 9, Class 10, Class 11, Class 12, Class 13, Class 14Class 15Class 16, and Class 17
If you are just starting out, be sure you've checked out our first module of 6 classes, which cover how to open an Etsy Shop, making your shop look its best including: {Branding & Shop Banners, Shop Profiles Bios and Photos, Make Listings Tempting} and providing the information to your customers about who you are and how you run your business: About Pages, and Shop Policies. These introductory classes should get your shop up and running!

Today we're going to cover recent upgrades to shipping with Etsy!

Speaking of notifications, check out the oh, happy day,
wedding congratulations card by lovelylittlepaperco
Shipping Snippets: Automatic Shipping Notices

With streamlining your workflow and boosting productivity in mind, this July, Etsy introduced some changes to shipping. Now when you mark your item as "shipped" Etsy sends an automatically generated email directly to the buyer to let them know, through a tool called "Shipping Snippets"! No more multiple steps (ship, marking the item as shipped, notifying the customer). Now it's one step. You will be given the opportunity to:
  • identify your shipper, and 
  • include a tracking number (if you have one) 
  • include a message to the buyer
  • set the actual shipping date up to two days in the future (ou set a ship date in the future, your buyer’s receipt will show the order as “Shipping Soon” until the notification is sent. The email will be sent between 9 AM and 5 PM ET on the ship date you’ve chosen. Otherwise, the system defaults to the current day)
  • preview the email which will be sent
  • receive a copy of the message for your own records

Keep your records in style with decorative binder clips from KeepMeClips
If you've already developed the good habit of marking your items as shipped, you'll find that now you can do that and communicate with the buyer more efficiently.
Tip: Do note that this is automatic. If you do have a message for the buyer, or a tracking number to provide, be sure you have that info handy so you need not send multiple messages. Some people, including buyers, hate to see their inboxes overflowing needlessly.

Using Shipping Snippets: Nuts and Bolts

You sell something and want to mark it as shipped. Simply go to Your Shop > Sold Orders and check the Open tab. Sellers in countries with shipping labels, like Canada and the US will see two blue buttons on the open order: "Print Shipping Label" and "Mark as Shipped".

Click "Mark as Shipped" and a window will open which will prompt you to
  •  choose your shipping date (up to 2 days in the future) 
  • add a note to buyer
  • add a tracking number if appropriate
  • confirm your shipper (it defaults to Canada Post for Canadian sellers, and the USPS for American sellers)
  • tick a box if you want a copy of the notification 
Feel serene, knowing your customer knows the package is on its way,
and contemplate seascape Ocean11*14 by Nadia Gurkova
Even more streamlining is availble.  You may also save up to 10 versions of your Note to Buyer. To do so, click the blue message bubble in the bottom right hand corner of the Note to Buyer field.

To preview the email click "Preview" and to submit it click "Submit".

Does this mean your workflow changes? It does for me. If have questions for Etsy you can check out their announcement thread, FAQ and post questions here.

If you are a Canadian or US seller who uses Shipping Labels to print your own postage things are even more streamlined! As soon as you opt to print a shipping label, you get a tool which prints out your postage label with built in Customs forms (if needed), marks your item as shipped and notifies the customer - all in one step. You'll get an additional window to edit a Note to Buyer on the label purchase page.

Orders then move to the Completed Orders tab.

Now you can relax and buy yourself a treat like a lovely,
handmade, tie-dye 100% silk scarf from OrderEthans

The Toronto Etsy Street Team loves Newbie shops! You can find some of our favorite listings from talented Newbie sellers, including those featured in this class in our new TEST ♥ Newbies section. Be sure to stop by often to see what's new in this evolving, curated treasury of amazing Newbie finds!


Etsy Roadtrip Recap! Last stop: Toronto

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Did you go out and meet the Etsy Road trip? If you had to miss it, never fear... you can have a taste of what it was like here:

On the Etsy blog, you can read all about it. Check out some of TEST's own talented members who took part!

Nail-art guru Kate of Nail Kandy shows off her wide selection of nail colors.

Alison of Grace Design shares her accessories line with local shoppers.

Kirikipress’s adorable embroidery kits had an equally cute display.

 Did you make any road trips this summer? What's your favorite road trip memory?

Vendor call: One of a Kind Spring Show Etsy Section! ****Alumni Welcome!****

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Etsy Application Now Online

Back and better than ever!

The One of a Kind Show and Etsy are proud to be partnering up for a third time to bring back the popular Etsy section at the Spring 2015 Show!

We will be hosting 40+ talented Etsy artisans in a tabletop marketplace at the Spring One of a Kind Show & Sale, running March 25-29, 2015 at The Direct Energy Centre. Qualified Etsy Sellers will have the opportunity to exhibit at the most attended and most popular show of its kind in North America!

NEW THIS YEAR! We are introducing the Etsy Alumni program, where past exhibitors can apply for the Etsy section for a second time. Alumni exhibitors will benefit from past show experience, as well as acting as a mentor and sharing their knowledge with a new Etsy exhibitor. If you have exhibited in our Etsy section in the past, we encourage you to apply to join the show for another year and share the One of a Kind love with a new Etsy artisan.
* Please note that Alumni applicants must not currently be contracted for the Spring 2015 show. 

The Details 

Etsy Section Booth Package: $769 + applicable taxes

  • 4 x 2.5' table to display and sell your work
  • Table coverings
  • Individual Etsy signage with booth number
  • Overall lighting and carpet
  • Storage for your excess inventory 

  • Direct exposure to 60,000 qualified shoppers for the 37th annual One of a Kind Spring Show
  • Inclusion in the show guide and an individual profile on the website with image gallery and direct link to your Etsy shop
  • Media and press attention focused on our Special Sections
  • Community support from fellow Etsy sellers on the show floor
  • Participation in an elite fine art and craft show for a fraction of the price
  • Complimentary tickets to the show
  • Free access to the onsite exhibitor lounge

Visit www.oneofakindshow.com 
for complete show information.

Click Here to Apply Now

Application Deadline: October 10, 2014

Etsy: Made In Canada, Toronto edition sneak peek!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Check out our Etsy:Made In Canada page for a sneak peek of some of the vendors and lovely wares you can find at
Etsy: Made In Canada, Toronto Pop-Up at MaRS!

September 27, 10 am to 4 pm, MaRS Discovery District
101 College St, at University Avenue 
(adjacent to Queen’s Park subway) 

Vendor Call: Toronto Indie Arts Market Fall Fashion Festival

Calling all fashion artisans – Toronto Indie Arts Market is now accepting applications to take part in our October 18th Fall Fashion Festival at the Gladstone Hotel.

We have approximately 50 spots for local, independent artisans of clothing, jewellery, accessories and cosmetics/bodycare products. We are looking for cool and unique wares for men, women and children. For clothing vendors, preference will be given to designers who are able to bring the widest range of sizes (petites to plus sizes) to sell off the rack (not custom ordered).

Sorry – no vintage (except for upcycled items), no resellers, no importers and no mass-manufactured goods. All items sold must be created locally and be handmade by the person running the table.

Table prices range from $20 (2ft table) – $60 (6ft table). Garment vendor spots that will accommodate racks are $60. Payment is via PayPal only.

This event will have a $5 admission at the door with 40% of proceeds going to Windfall Basics, an organization that supplies basic clothing necessities to those in need.

To submit an application, please visit www.torontoindieartsmarket.com – full FAQ and schedule are posted under the Info For Vendors section.

Call for Artists: In the Round II at Graven Feather

Thursday, August 7, 2014

IN THE ROUND: A Group Show! Hey artists and art lovers! This November will be our second annual IN THE ROUND group exhibition. Last year turned out to be an extremely exciting and successful venture, as we were able to feature over a hundred artists ( including T.E.S.T's own Carolyn Eady of Sprout's Press Designs, Christine Pensa of Art That Moves and Ele Willoughby of minouette) in the creation and exhibition of hundreds of circular art pieces! In the same vein, this year's IN THE ROUND group show offers each participant a number of lovely wooden supports to work upon. We encourage artists to express themselves in any media, from drawing or photography to textiles and sculpture. The result is a beautiful and varied accumulation of gorgeously graphic 'rounds' filling the walls of the entire gallery!

Any one can participate! Register today! For details and to be part of the show, please keep reading:

REGISTRATION Open Now! (See form)
DROP OFF DEADLINE Saturday, November 1st 2014
RECEPTION November 6th 7-10 pm 2014
EXHIBITION November 6 -29th 2014
PICK UP OF UNSOLD WORK Sunday November 30th 2014

Fashion Friday at Scadding Court Market 707 vendor call

The next Market 707 event which will be showcasing up and coming Toronto fashion designers. Fashion Friday will give local Toronto talent a chance to promote their products, companies/stores and sell as well. All types of designers are welcome clothing, accessories, jewellery, footwear etc. There will also be a fashion show portion of the event for designers to show their designs if they wish to participate, spots for the fashion show will be limited and will be no longer than 10-15 mins long. We plan on having live performances as well and of course of Market 707 food vendors will be open throughout the night for some delicious international street food. If you are interested in participating in our Fashion Friday event please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Event Details:

What: Fashion Friday
Where: Market 707 (707 Dundas St.W.0
Date: August 22nd 5-9pm (first fashion show starting at 6pm)
Table Fee: $25 (we will provide a table and chairs) all other promotional materials and signage must be provided by the designer
Facebook Event Page

Vender Call The Weekend Venders Market

The Weekend Vendors Market*

WHAT: The Weekend Vendors Market is an open-air market featuring the creations of 30+ local small business owners.

WHEN:  Every Saturday and Sunday during the months of August-end of October 2014.(10am - 5pm)

WHERE:  1630 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Just west of Dundas St. West and Brock St.

We are seeking:  handcrafted quality items made and produced in Canada by yourself as well as flea/vintage items. Ex: accessories, new and vintage clothing, jewelery, paper goods, art, knits, vintage homewares, natural beauty products, baby goodies, DIY kits,natural makeup etc.

 PRICING: Please make sure that your products are priced and or that your signage clearly states your pricing.

COSTWe can offer you 2 types of spaces. $40/day for a small (4 x 3ft) and $80/day for a large (8x 3ft). Displays can’t exceed 10 feet in height.
**We have limited tables available for the show and they are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Promotion The Weekend Vendors Market will be publicized via various media outlets, the local BIA, social media, as well as through a poster & flyer campaign and paid advertising.  Vendors will be provided with e-vites to distribute to their own contacts, pdf’s and jpg’s.

**NOTE: It's expected that ALL Weekend vendors actively help spread the word about the event through your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest), mailing lists, websites and blogs. The more buzz we can build up the higher turnout of paying customers.

Want to Apply?

Please send ReFluff* (Adrienne) an e-mail info@refluff.ca that includes ALL of the following:

1.  CONTACT INFO & WEB LINKS - Your name,  the name of your business & your contact details: e-mail, website/Etsy address & tel. number.

2.  YOUR PROFILE -  Provide 1-2 short paragraphs describing your wares & process ~ what you make and how you make it (with which materials).  Also, list your price range, where you currently sell (shops, on-line, other shows), and outline which specific items you would like to sell at the market.

3. Dates that you would like to apply for (single days are accepted as well)
August 2&3, 9&10, 16&17, 23&24, 30&31
September 6&7, 13&14, 20&21, 27&28
Oct: 4&5, 11&12, 18&19, 25&26

4.BOOTH PREFERENCE - Identify which size booth you'd prefer (small or large)

5. Up to 3 photographs that can be easily uploaded onto facebook/ instagram/twitter as well as images that you feel confident being used for advertising. If you would rather not have your images used for advertising or sent out to media or bloggers please indicate and enclose images for judging only. If you can't send images we will refer to your website.

Deadline: Spaces are booked on a first come first served basis and are limited. The earlier you apply the more likely you are to get what you request.

NOTIFICATION: We will be sending out acceptance letters every Monday, and Friday. If you want us to send your letter to a secondary email address please include it in your application.

PAYMENTBooth fees must be received within 5 business days of being accepted. Payment is to be made PRIOR to the event and can be made by e-transfer, paypal or credit card or in person (August 1stth onward). Payment particulars will be given out if you have been selected for the market. ***Failure to pay within the 5 business days will result in loosing your space(s). All payments are final and non refundable. ***

Quirky Toronto

Monday, August 4, 2014

Toronto, possibly the greatest city on the planet, isn't just known for our maple loaded poutines, space age bicycle actuated signals or our illustrious 1993 World Series win.  Toronto is also known for our creative Etsy merchants that do strange and wonderful things like plant seeds that grow shocking violet tentacles.  Every Torontonian is blessed with a delicious face and to further our vanity we'd proudly sport cantaloupe hats upon our pretty domes.  Toronto also has an insatiable love for cats - where even the fellas are self-proclaimed “crazy cat ladies“.  Toronto's creative culture has so much beauty to offer and it's showing no signs of slowing down.
If you are shopping during the dog days of summer, show your fellow Big Smoke merchants some love by shopping local.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto. So grab yourself an Ice Capp and peruse through these charming creations from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.  To view a clickable version of this treasury, click here.
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