How did the idea for your business come about?
How did you come up with your shop name?
What inspires you and what keeps you motivated?
My customers keep me motivated. Every time I think I had a slow week or a lull in sales, I will get a really sweet, motivating feedback from a customer saying how much they love what they purchased and how they will be back! That in itself is worth the time and effort I put in! I love it when someone is 100% satisfied!
To what do you attribute your success?
How do you go about marketing your business?
Use the forums-- they are your friend! There is so much useful information on the forums every single day! Info for newbies to info for buyers. It's really helpful to stop in every now and again and say hello! Plus you would be surprised how many people will visit your shop just based off of a post on the forums!
I market a variety of ways including my blog, through Twitter (although I'm not so sure if I have gotten any sales from it yet, but we will see...), through a Facebook Fan Page, business cards, word of mouth, posting in forums, giveaways, sales... and I am thinking of renting the Goodyear Blimp for Super Bowl time-- that may get me some customers!
Three pieces of advice you can share with fellow Etsians aspiring for success in our marketplace?
Being positive! With that, I mean staying positive in your shop announcement, profile, policies, forums-- everywhere! Nobody likes a Debbie Downer (remember Debbie from school Heather-- oooh god she was a downer-- lol) If you stay upbeat and lighthearted, it goes a long way!
For all Old Bag Vintage Readers, I am offering 10% off any purchase now through November! During checkout, in the message to seller section say "OLDBAG" and I will refund you back 10%! YAY!
What a great interview. Thanks, Maryann! Love you, MWA!!