Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What's New With Two - Hair Clips for Craft Shows

Two Seaside Babes has consistently struggled with the ability to provide lesser-priced products that don't break the bank to make and that don't require a long period of time to crochet. Bath and beauty items crocheted in 100% cotton, such as facial scrubbies, bath puffs, and washcloths, were offered at the start of the year and it filled this void temporarily. While the items sold well, I was never fully satisfied with the amount of time required to make them, and the fairly low profit I was receiving for them. This was a great concern of mine with upcoming craft shows and art festivals that Two Seaside Babes will be a vendor at. I was genuinely afraid that most people (despite showing in rather well-to-do shows, festivals, and fairs) would take a look at my moderately-priced goods and move on.

Additionally, my second problem is that I crochet mostly hats, an item targeted towards colder weather. A few of my shows are in the middle of Summer and I was afraid how I would attract those buyers clearly not interested in purchasing a thick, wool Buckle Beanie in the 90 degree heat. So browsing Etsy, I came across a "new" product that I think is going to work amazingly well for Two Seaside Babes. I must note, that since the Etsy market is clearly over saturated with this item, I have no intention of selling these items on Etsy. They will only be found at the shows, festivals, and fairs where Two Seaside Babes is a vendor.

What better Summer item is there than a hair clip for your little girl? After all, why would I not offer hair clips? I offer hats, so it only makes sense that when a girl is not wearing one of Two Seaside Babes' hats that she is wearing one of our clips right? Well, at least that's my kooky thinking behind it.

I'm extremely satisfied with what I have to offer so far. While I only have a few styles so far, I plan on offering much more in my booth. I've taken alligator clips and wrapped them in colorful ribbons with polka dots, stripes, and gingham. A crocheted flower is then attached to the ribbon. Sometimes I add jewels for a little something extra. I'm even offering bobby pins for the bigger girls. While I have many more styles to work on, and numerous color combinations to come up with, I'm thrilled about the possibilities that hair clips will offer for Two Seaside Babes.

These hair clips will be offered for typically under $5, which is often something that a buyer will feel like paying for a spur-of-the-moment purchase. While they are often hesitant about spending $30 to $40 for a hat, I feel like this is something that might make people stay longer in my booth.

Yes, I'm totally in love with my product packaging. I consistently use the same image for ALL of my packaging. This gorgeous picture of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, modified to be very faint, aptly suits the Two Seaside Babes theme.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Amigurumi Patterns Coming Soon to Two Seaside Babes

I decided about a month ago to start bringing back my Amigurumi creatures to Two Seaside Babes. While I'm no longer going to offer animals and other assorted creatures whose patterns can easily be found on the web, I will be offering a plethora of animals that I have created the patterns for myself.

Timothy the Amigurumi Triceratops Dinosaur - Lime Green and Purple - $30

Olivia the Amigurmi Octopus - Blue - $16

Beatrice the Three-Eyed Amigurumi Monster - Yellow and Blue - $25

Alfred the Amigurumi One-Eyed Monster - Red and Orange - $25

I will be offering my patterns for sale individually and in sets or groups (as I will be offering 3 of each style of animal...3 sizes of octopus, 3 different monsters, 3 different dinosaurs...and so on). So look for them soon in Two Seaside Babes!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Two Seaside Babes Has a .Com

I'm very pleased to announce that Two Seaside Babes now has their very own .com! It has been on my to-do list for quite some time now and I finally broke down and purchased the Two Seaside Babes domain a few days ago. In addition to the domain I've also created our webpage which explains more about who we are, our products, our shop policies, and the ways that we can be contacted.

While it is still clearly a major work in progress (I still have to add a number of products and include more of our contact information), but I am more than pleased with how it is set up. It took me the better part of a full day to figure out how to setup everything on Yahoo's Small Business SiteBuilder. Originally, I started with one of their basic templates, but I was not satisfied with anything they had, so I created my own. Even after spending a number of hours using my original Etsy banner and some other photos, I was not satisfied with the look of the page. So really what is present now was really my second attempt (and I'm sure as I become more proficient with it, there will be many, many more attempts).

My product page is my favorite. Since I'm unsure of the traffic that will be directed to my store, I was extremely hesitant about upping my account to include a market (the ability to sell my products directly through my store). So currently I have (will have) a picture of all the items currently listed in my store. A viewer simply needs to click on the picture or "View Listing" button to be taken directly to the listing in my Etsy store! While it is a very lengthy and time-consuming process, I feel as though all of the hard work is completely worth it. I only have my infant and adult hats left to list right now.

And lastly, I'm working on a "Contact Us" page which will hold the basic information about how Two Seaside Babes can be contacted. Also included is our additonal sites like Etsy, 1000 Markets, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and of course Blogspot (I'm sure I'm forgetting some)!

So please feel free to check us out at: http://www.twoseasidebabes.com/