As an Etsy shop owner, it’s always fun when you wake up in the morning to hundreds of new views to your shop that you don’t normally receive. Your jaw drops to the floor and you double check the numbers several times (after rubbing your eyes of course) to make sure that this is really happening.
Yesterday (and continuing today!) was such a day for me. I was fortunate enough to have the picture of a bottle of Dead Writers on the front page of Bookriot.com which in turn linked to a blog post speculating what different scents famous authors throughout history would have worn. It was brilliant! And actually something that I’m working on for the spring. So thank you so much to BookRiot for giving me such a nice shout out and a bump in business.
Here is the blog post and below are some of the writerly suggestions:
“Edgar Allan Poe: Poppies, absinthe, sandalwood, and mold
Flannery O’Connor: Church incense, soap, vanilla, ginger
Jack Kerouac: Cigarettes, cheap beer, unwashed youth, patchouli, car leather
the Bronte Sisters: Heather, sea air, vetiver, primrose, black tea”
First off, I finally got around to going through my perfumes and deciding on what to continue selling and what to discontinue. Unfortunately, due to slow sales and postal restrictions, Eau de Parfums (the alcohol based sprays) are the unlucky ones. If you’d like to get some while they last, I currently have a Half Off Sale going on in my shop. You can get a purse sized 10ml spray for $11.50 and the super pretty 1oz vintage atomizer for only $20!!! Here is the link, remember, once they’re gone, they’re gone:
Dear Canada, I’m sorry.
I love you and I hate to see you get burned but I can no longer offer free shipping on samples 😦 The shipping rate for my perfumes and jewelry has gone up for you too, from a mere $3 to $7.50!! I swear I didn’t want to do this but the US Post Office had an insane price hike on international shipments that started on January 27. It especially irritates me for you Canada because you’re only like 2 hours away from me!! All the other countries in the world always had higher prices but they are across oceans and time zones. IT’S DUMB! Anyway, I hope you can forgive me.
Thank you to all of my customers for being super rad. I’ve really enjoyed running this shop and sharing scents. I’m really excited for what’s in store over the next few months.
First of all, thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the discussion about my shop name! I had a minor freak out over whether I should keep the name or ditch it and pretty much everyone talked me off the cliff and I’ve decided to keep Sweet Tea Apothecary. I feel way more confident about it thanks to everyone’s support…so thank you! You are all awesome.
So name firmly in place, I hired a graphic designer to come up with a new logo and new labels for all my bottles. I’m hoping to roll that out in the next month so stay tuned 🙂
Have you heard of Indie Gift Box? It’s an adorable site in which they provide a box of samples and swag from various handmade shops on Etsy and beyond. I’m working on a wholesale order for them right now which will be featured in their March gift boxes. That is a perfume themed month so if you’re a perfumista, make sure you check it out!
December was insanity (thus my last post being over a month ago). I sold probably 45-50 bottles of Dead Writers and many a locket and sample pack over the course of the holiday season. January has been slower but still regular business. In my first 5.5 months as a shop on Etsy I have made over 300 sales. WOW! For 2013 my main goal is to work on good branding and start marketing myself more to online magazines. I also want to introduce more perfumes and change up my stock. Plenty to keep me busy.
Speaking of busy, for regular readers, in case you haven’t figured it out (I think I made it pretty obvious) I am pregnant and due in May. I’m not one to broadcast this sort of info but I want to bring this up because Sweet Tea Apothecary will be closed from May 1 through July 7. This is a ways off but just wanted to make sure my regular customers have plenty of notice.
I think that’s it for now…can’t wait to show off my new logo soon!