Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Julie & Blu's Countdown to Christmas 6; Gift Guide

Can you believe it? Christmas is only 55 Days shopping days away!

Julie & Blu will be having Countdown to Christmas 7 starting Friday right around noon so if you want to join in the fun check it out.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wait A Minute Mister Postman; Postcard Party 5

Two more days until Halloween!  What does that mean for me?  November 1st is the beginning of the Holiday Season, Hurrah!  I am very excited to start my holiday shopping and to start my Christmas Card tradition.  It may be surprising to many that while I love vintage postcards and ephemera, especially holiday, I have been the worse person to send out my own greetings.  

Not this year. This year I have grand plans to send out my Christmas cards in a timely fashion and to make sure that I send everyone in my little circle a note.  We'll see how well I do when it really comes time; I will have to keep everyone posted on my progress LOL

Here are a few more great Vintage Thanksgiving Greetings:


https://www.etsy.com/listing/163183211/antique-postcard-vintage-thanksgiving?ref=shop_home_active
https://www.etsy.com/listing/163183211/antique-postcard-vintage-thanksgiving?ref=shop_home_active
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/84120862/antique-thanksgiving-postcard-turkey?ref=shop_home_active
https://www.etsy.com/listing/84120862/antique-thanksgiving-postcard-turkey?ref=shop_home_active
Now it is your turn to share your favorites:  I would love to have you join my Postcard Lover's Linkup Party! Want to show off your prize postcards? Then Link up below...

There are a few rules before you link up (but not many.) Please help promote since that will make this so much more fun!

Rules:
Most important: Must be Family Friendly
1. Follow my blog via GFC, Bloglovin, or Network. If you are new please leave a comment so I can follow you back.
2. Grab the button and post it on your blog. Either on your blog or a specific post (if you do not have a blog you are excused from this step.)


Postcard Lover's Tuesday

3. Post from your Blog, Shop, Website, basically anywhere that you can link from.
4. Post your favorite Vintage Postcard, Handmade Postcard, Art made from old Postcards, Digital Art from Postcards... You get the picture ;)
5. Limit 3 Post per person per party (usually weekly)

6. Have fun and enjoy the Postcards

I would love it if you reposted this fun Postcard Party!
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Inspirational Sunday Party; Laughter is the Best Medicine 2

Here are a few post I found funny this week.  I hope you enjoy and will add a few in the linky party below:


Posted on FB from http://bestfunnyjokes4u.com/
From FB at That Fish Place - That Pet Place
https://www.facebook.com/thatpetplace?ref=stream&hc_location=stream
So now it is your turn. What has tickled your funny bone or inspired you this week?
There is a few rules before you link up (but not many.) Please help promote since that will make this so much more fun!
Rules:
1. Follow my blog via GFC, Bloglovin, or Network. If you are new please leave a comment so I can follow you back.
2. Grab the button and post it on your blog. Either on your blog or a specific post (if you do not have a blog you are excused from this step.)
Laughter Is The Best Medicine

3. Check out at least 2 other posts, follow if they are new to you, comment, etc.
4. Post something that you found Funny or Inspirational this week, it can be from your blog or it can even be a project or even a piece of art you created for your shop. But do not link your main page or shop home page.
5. Limit 2 Blog posts and 1 Shop post
6. Have fun and get inspired
I would love it if you reposted this party! get the InLinkz code  You may also like:
Let's Get Social Sunday

Saturday, October 26, 2013

US Christmas Spending Trends; Small Shops & Businesses Unite to Market With a Big Voice

This year the National Retail Federation (NRF) is predicting that U.S. shoppers will be spending 2% less on their holiday shopping than last year.  While that can be very disheartening for retailers in this year of "recovery,"  there is a small glimmer of hope for those of us that own online boutiques; the NRF has predicted an increase of 13 - 15% for online sales.  According to their polls the average American shopper plans to do 40% of their shopping online.  But unfortunately it is not as easy as simply waiting for the increase of traffic to just happen.  Etsy has 800,000 active sellers according to PandoDaily , in 2006 Ebay report 1.3 Million (yes MILLION) sellers according to OrdoroBlog, and Amazon 1.6 Million Sellers from 2009.  Then don't forget about Artfire, Zibbet, on and on the list goes.  In summary that means that my poor little shop has just about as much chance as I do winning the lotto! Of course I am a big dreamer and play the lotto so I am still in.

The entire point to this little post is not to bring people down or to make them want to quit but it is to bring attention to how important our grassroots advertising and promotions are.  If you want to be successful there will be 3 ways (as I see it) Pure luck and timing (which we all use a little,)  Pay professionals to manage your Marketing or Pool your resources with others and spend a lot of your own time promoting.  I strongly believe we have power in numbers; we are little fish in a big ocean but together we can be seen from satellite!  For a good example of this check out my short post to see evidence of how fast the Twitter Tree improved traffic to my shop and put me on Etsy's radar http://butterflyintheattic.blogspot.com/2013/10/wow-twitter-tree-really-works-take-look.html

There are several opportunities for Etsy, Artfire and free standing shops to self promote and while helping yourself you help others that are in the same situation.  I host several of them and join in many others.   Here are few that are current:

Friday is my turn to host the Twitter Tree, here is the link to take a peek: http://butterflyintheattic.blogspot.com/2013/10/twitter-tree_25.html
It may seem a bit involved at first but is very simple; give it a try, if have questions the group is wonderful and will gladly help you. We are all there for the same reason to tweet and get tweeted.

The Twitter Tree is hosted 3 times a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by different blogs. If you would like to receive notice of when they are running you can send me your email and interest to ButterflyInTheAttic at Yahoo dot com. I will email you the links.

Postcard Lover's Tuesday


Laughter Is The Best Medicine

 The Blue Print: Countdown to Christmas

They're in Week 6 and it is a great way to link up your items
http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2013/10/countdown-to-christmas-week-6.html
http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2013/10/countdown-to-christmas-week-6.html

Teams found on Etsy and Artfire are also very helpful:

https://www.etsy.com/teams/8029/etsy-promotion-forum
https://www.etsy.com/teams/7491/blogging-buddies

Pacific Postcards Team

A few Bloggers are very dedicated to group promotion one great blog to visit would be Christie Cottage.  She often has several promotions and features going on and is a great resource:
Christie Cottage

The PPT Team's BNS is open to members for free all they have to do is express interest to me and after I add them to the next BNS they will need to help promote.

*•♪ღ♪*•OCTOBERFEST.•*•♪ღ♪•* ♪ღ♪~ PPT's Autumn BNS ~ OPEN TO ALL ~ No Minimum ~ OPEN' by postcardsintheattic

Antique Postcard Thanksgivin...
$6.95
Farm in Autumn Downloadable,...
$4
Pumpkin Harvest ACEO origina...
$5
Vintage Flower Children Fair...
$35
ACEO Owl Acrylic Print Ol...
$4
Thanksgiving Vintage Postcar...
$4
Fall Handmade Fabric Postcar...
$11
Soviet Vintage Glass Vase - ...
$24
CARDS, blank cards, fall col...
$3
Victorian HALLOWEEN Postcard...
$2
Beautiful Antique Fall Thank...
$5.5
Brown and White Leaf Cane Po...
$5
Halloween Spooky Doll Masque...
$2
Beautiful Sunset Vintage Pos...
$3.39
SALE - Vintage Spooky Hallow...
$17
Vintage Postcard Beer Barrel...
$4.95

There are many other opportunities for marketing your shop for free or for a very small fee; the most important thing is that you are doing something to market yourself.  If you simply list your items and wait for something to happen it never will, even if it is the next best thing to sliced bread, because no one will even know it is there.

So my challenge to you is go out and find some great groups and Promote! Promote! Promote!  We may be small but we pack a punch.... GOOOOoooo.... TEAM! Raahh!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Twitter Tree

 
The Twitter Tree© will is hosted by a different shop Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:

Instructions:
Only 2 Items per person
 
Each Tweet must contain the hashtag #CCFRNDS

Only 2 other Hashtag may be used.

Include your Twitter Id, mine is @ButterflysAttic 

Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.

Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).

No Mature Items

Tweet Everyone’s listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate. Team Leaders do watch who is tweeting and who is not.)
Limit of two (2) hashtags

 Here are Mine:

 

 Antique Undivided Back #Postcard 1907 Holly Branches frames Beautiful Winter Scene http://etsy.me/17aVzlW @ButterflysAttic #CCFRNDS



Antique Postcard 1920 A Merry Xmas & A Happy New Year Covered w/ Glass Beads & Glitter http://etsy.me/1h4Udlk @ButterflysAttic #CCFRNDS

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*•♪ღ♪*•OCTOBERFEST.•*•♪ღ♪•* ♪ღ♪ ~ PPT's Autumn BNS ~ OPEN TO ALL ~ No Minimum ~ OPEN

NO MINIMUM BUY IN NO NEED TO CALL OUT - BNS Updated periodically POST THE TRANSACTION LINK & SHOP NAME NEW BNS STARTS EVERY WEEKEND Open to Everyone but if you <3 Ephemera JOIN THE TEAM! http://www.etsy.com/teams/9158/pacific-postcards-team

Antique Postcard Thanksgivin...
$6.95
Farm in Autumn Downloadable,...
$4
Pumpkin Harvest ACEO origina...
$5
Vintage Flower Children Fair...
$35
ACEO Owl Acrylic Print Ol...
$4
Thanksgiving Vintage Postcar...
$4
Fall Handmade Fabric Postcar...
$11
Soviet Vintage Glass Vase - ...
$24
CARDS, blank cards, fall col...
$3
Victorian HALLOWEEN Postcard...
$2
Beautiful Antique Fall Thank...
$5.5
Brown and White Leaf Cane Po...
$5
Halloween Spooky Doll Masque...
$2
Beautiful Sunset Vintage Pos...
$3.39
Vintage Spooky Halloween Par...
$20
Vintage Postcard Beer Barrel...
$4.95
 
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May The Sales Fair Sprinkles Her Fairy Dust On Us Today



I'm copying April's Brilliant Idea and opening a Linkup to post your items:

Feel Free to grab the code: get the InLinkz code