November 22, 2010

Announcing Earthenwood Wholesale on Etsy!

 Big news in Earthenwood land!  I opened a new Etsy site just for wholesale!  I have been wanting to make some changes to my wholesale procedure for a while, and my testing of Wholesale Bundles in my regular Etsy shop have been successful, so I hope this will help solve some of my wholesale dilemmas.  I want to make it convenient for my high volume designers and store buyers to make purchases without having to wait forever and without me losing my mind!

I logged into Etsy a couple of days ago and discovered they have new coupon codes.  YAY!  So now I can put the whole shop on sale (which I will be doing this week for Thanksgiving sales weekend!)  But I can't discount my wholesale bundles any further, so I decided it was time to split into retail and wholesale Etsy sites.  I am celebrating by adding a bunch of $100 Wholesale Bundles for now and I hope to add some more standard wholesale packages in the future, which will all be in stock and ready to ship.

This is the start of another series of changes I will be making to Earthenwood in the new year.  I really love the way I can sell and ship in-stock items from my Etsy shops so easily, but I am getting more and more frustrated by my website sales that are made to order.  I think I will be moving towards an inventory based system (which my website at Big Cartel allows me to do very easily) and I hope that will open up more time for me to be creative and make new things. Also, it will end some of the frustration of customers having to wait for me to make orders, especially the smaller retail orders.  I still will make some wholesale orders to order, but how great would it be to have speedy delivery of  the items in my website catalog?  I will have to shut down for a few weeks and work on stocking up and I will have to be vigilant about being organized. So, that's the plan for now, at least.  I still haven't got it all figured out, but this feels right.  And that's pretty much how I run my business... going with my gut.  I would love to hear your thoughts about these potential changes!

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

2 comments:

  1. Oh boy, that's gonna be hard to resist!!! EEEEK!!!

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  2. YEA for big changes, Melanie! Sounds like you have it going on. So happy for you. I think I need to whittle down my collection of Earthenwoods before I go all wholesale on you!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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