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Prep Your Shop for the Holiday Rush: 2009 Seller Workshops

Sep 24, 2009

by daniellexo

Looking at the upcoming calendar can be a daunting prospect for Etsy sellers this time of year. If you’re wondering how to optimize your shop to appeal to the coming influx of holiday shoppers, you’re in luck! We’ve created a series of live workshops in our Online Labs, hosted by your fellow Etsy sellers and Etsy Admin. We’ll talk about everything from developing the perfect gifts that will fly off your virtual shelves, to making sure you’re prepared to ship all of those items.

These workshops are sure to whip you into shape for the holidays! Most will be held on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET in Etsy’s Online Labs.  Core tips from these sessions will also be shared in the Etsy Success newsletters, so be sure to sign up here.

Wondering how our online workshops work?  Have a look at this blog post to get a quick understanding of Etsy’s Online Labs.

Sept. 24, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET

Product Development and PhotographyHosts: Daniellexo & MaryMary

Topics covered:

  • Product development brainstorming session
  • Colors and styles that will be hot this season
  • Tips for photography and tagging from a merchandising expert

For more info, check out these posts on creating great products.

Sept. 28, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET

Creative Ways to Gain ExposureHost: Amy from Pikaland

  • Brilliant ways to gain exposure
  • Building a solid reputation
  • Start thinking outside the box!

Recommended reading: Creativity, Competition and Copycats by Pikaland.

Sept 30, 2009 at 8:00pm ET

Oct 1, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Oct. 1, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. ET

Bigger Than a Breadbox: Photography for Medium to Large ItemsHost: Amby from JulipBags

For more info on JulipBags, check out this Quit Your Day Job interview.

 

Photography for 2-D Artists

JenKiaba will cover taking photos of paintings, prints, collages and drawings.

 

Jewelry Photographing for Etsy

Host: Rhonda from ProlifiqueJewelry

For more info on ProlifiqueJewelry, check out this Quit Your Day Job interview.

 

Oct. 8, 2009 at 5 p.m. ET

How to survive your first Holiday Season on EtsyHost: Aja from SagittariusGallery

Topics covered:

  • Question and Answer session for newbies
  • Making your first sales on Etsy
  • Lots of tips and insights for your first holiday season

Check out SagittariusGallery‘s Ultimate Newbie Guide.

 

Oct. 15, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET

Tagging, Titles and DescriptionsHosts: Daniellexo, HeyMichelle, MaryMary, JulieinCharge

Topics covered:

  • Using tags to get noticed
  • Creative descriptions to woo buyers
  • Optimizing tagging, titles and descriptions for SEO

Recommended reading: Guidelines and Tips to Tagging on Etsy.

 

Oct. 22, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET

Promo Mojo: Get Recognized This SeasonHost: Jen from JStephens13

Topics Covered:

  • Spice up your shop
  • How to coordinate your look and get recognized
  • A complete look, from your shop banner to your packaging
  • Etsy friends who can help
  • Where to get labels, banners, tech help and packaging
  • How to get the word out there

For more info on JStephens13 check out this Quit Your Day Job interview.

 

Oct. 29, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET

Brown Paper Packages Tied up With StringHost: Kristal from RikRak

Topics covered:

  • Beautiful, budget-savvy, eco-friendly DIY packaging ideas
  • How to make a great first impression with your package
  • How to efficiently organize your packaging supplies
  • Packaging and shipping materials and shop branding

For more info on RikRak check out this Quit Your Day Job interview.

Nov. 5, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET

Shipping TipsHost: TBA

 

Nov. 12, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET

Make the Most of Cyber MondayHost: Beth from DiffractionFiber

Topics covered:

  • Product tips
  • Having a sale
  • Promoting
  • Customer service and more

For more info check out these videos from DiffractionFiber‘s last workshop.

 

Nov. 19, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET

Customer Service for Your Handmade BusinessHost: Stephanie from StephanieFizer

Topics covered:

  • Great customer service communication
  • Handling tricky situations with style and grace
  • More nifty skills to help run your business

For more info on StephanieFizer check out this Quit Your Day Job interview.

 

Nov. 24, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET

Staying Organized in the Holiday RushHost: Nicole from Lillyella

Topics covered:

  • How to prepare your shop
  • Maintain your sanity and stay on top of your work load
  • Organization, time management and efficiency

For more info on Lillyella check out this Quit Your Day Job interview.

Dec. 3, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET

Top Ten Tips to Bring in Last-Minute Holiday SalesHost: Corrina from Piddix

Topics covered:

  • Small changes that make a huge difference
  • Research on holiday buying trends for 2009
  • Great places to find last-minute packaging supplies
  • What to do if and when those sales start pouring in

For more info on Piddix check out this Quit Your Day Job interview.

 

Dec. 17, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET

Holiday Recap and PartyHost: Etsy Lab Rats Team

  • Reflections, reactions, and fun!

Looking for more Holiday Tips?  Check out this list of all our Holiday How-To’s:

The Seller Handbook | Visit the Online Labs

139 comments

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 10 years ago

    Thank you for all of the tips! :) Can't wait for the Holiday rush! ;)

  • BluLima

    BluLima said 10 years ago

    Great suggestions!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago

    Fabulous & valuable information ~ I hope to join in at least one session ~ Thank you!

  • evihan

    evihan said 10 years ago

    can't wait:-)...thanx a lot for sharing tips:-)

  • Morado

    Morado said 10 years ago

    Thanks! I guess I need to get over the fact that summer is gone *Sniff!* http://twitter.com/MoradoShop http://www.facebook.com/MoradoShop

  • LemonGrove

    LemonGrove said 10 years ago

    This looks awesome! Thanks so much.

  • LuminousDreamDesigns

    LuminousDreamDesigns said 10 years ago

    Looks like a lot of really great and useful topics! Hopefully I can make a few.

  • ShaneLilyRain

    ShaneLilyRain said 10 years ago

    GREAT tips - Thank you :)

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 10 years ago

    Oct 1 photographing.... Oct 1 photographing.... Oct 1 photographing.... Oct 1 photographing.... God help me.

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 10 years ago

    Brilliant! Thank you so much!

  • mtcoffinz

    mtcoffinz said 10 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you :)

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 10 years ago

    i hate to disappoint but i cannot gift wrap lol. ok, i can, but prepare to laugh when you see what look like a 5 year old did it.

  • LuttrellStudio

    LuttrellStudio said 10 years ago

    Thanks for letting us know! These look like great ways to prepare for the holidays & I plan to be at as many as possible!

  • jewelstreet

    jewelstreet said 10 years ago

    Ooh, can't wait! You never stop learning.

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 10 years ago

    This looks great, I'll try to make as many as possible...a big THANKS!

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 10 years ago

    Oh wow. I'll defiantly be attending these workshops

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 10 years ago

    I'm so excited for the Holiday rush!!!! Thanks for all the tips

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 10 years ago

    Thanks Danielle!! I LOVE the Holiday Rush!!!!!

  • SudsNSuch

    SudsNSuch said 10 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 10 years ago

    Lots of great help! I'm bookmarking this!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 10 years ago

    Thanks for that! I can't wait for the holidays, it's just so fun.

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 10 years ago

    It's been a while since I've attended a Virtual Lab, but there is a lot of good ones coming up. I need to get them on my calendar! Thanks

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 10 years ago

    Awesome, I am definitely going to try to make it to the labs! Thanks!

  • philosophi

    philosophi said 10 years ago

    These look great...I would also love to see a workshop on administration - something that will make accounting and keeping records fun!

  • floresdelsol

    floresdelsol said 10 years ago

    ooo im looking forward to these and learning more info!

  • rikrak

    rikrak said 10 years ago

    woohoo! i'm there! hope everyone will join me on october 29th for the packaging & gift-wrap idea workshop! yay etsy! great links to help us out, by the way! thanks!

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 10 years ago

    Good idea philosophi! Perhaps this would be a good one for the beginning of 2010. I'll keep my eye out for a good host!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Great suggestions.

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 10 years ago

    Great article lots of good info! Canbt wait for the holiday madness to begin;)

  • DreamzBoutique

    DreamzBoutique said 10 years ago

    very good tips...

  • billyandwinston

    billyandwinston said 10 years ago

    Great tips! I can't wait for Christmas!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 10 years ago

    Thanks for all the tips, it's great to have help we can rely on when we're so busy with our shops that we can forget about all the other things we need to take care of in order to have a successful business! I love your picks too, that wreath is just amazing :)

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 10 years ago

    This is such great information -- and all in one place. Thank you!

  • nomadcraftsetc

    nomadcraftsetc said 10 years ago

    I will be reading for the next 3 hours! Thanks for the great compilation of very useful information! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 10 years ago

    Wonderful!!! Thanks for all your help! :-)

  • classicc11

    classicc11 said 10 years ago

    Thanks for compiling these great tips! I'm so excited for my first holiday season on Etsy and a seller and not just a buyer.

  • RageoftheAge

    RageoftheAge said 10 years ago

    So helpful, thank U!!

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the tips :)

  • jessiemccann

    jessiemccann said 10 years ago

    So many good information. Hope this will be a great selling season for everyone!

  • SuppliesHandcrafted

    SuppliesHandcrafted said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much! I'm going thru the tips, 1 by 1!

  • KnockKnocking

    KnockKnocking said 10 years ago

    Wonderful resource of information, thank you thank you!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    I love all of these great tips and resources! Big kiss to Etsy from Girl Tuesday Jewelry!!! XXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 10 years ago

    Since this is my first christmas/holiday season here - I look forward to all the great advice and hope to participate in your workshops. Thanks for the tips!!

  • warpedLaurie

    warpedLaurie said 10 years ago

    good read, thank you for the helpful tips.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 10 years ago

    Such great ideas...can't wait to check 1 of these out. Thanks!!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 10 years ago

    My first winter holiday season here, really looking forward to it, thanks for helping us get ready:)

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much, I have a few jitters as this is my First!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 10 years ago

    it's great you offer advice on photographing. a great picture can really make a store look professional.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 10 years ago

    I can't wait for the Holidays!!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    So cool!! Can't wait!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 10 years ago

    marking my calender - i will be there!! yesterdays lab with julipbags - quit your day job - was really good!!

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 10 years ago

    THANK YOU!!! I am so excited!

  • Schmutzerland

    Schmutzerland said 10 years ago

    This is going to be really great. I can't wait for this! I have a feeling this Holiday season is gonna be totally rock n roll ^____^

  • moonscreations

    moonscreations said 10 years ago

    haha! I'm going to have to quit my day job just so I can take part in Etsy's Virtual Labs! I really wish I could show up for more.

  • stitchesbysara

    stitchesbysara said 10 years ago

    Yay! I'll definitely be there for all the great tips!

  • roslyntaber

    roslyntaber said 10 years ago

    these all look so informative! i can't wait !

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 10 years ago

    Wow! What a great line up of information! I seriously hope I can get my kids engaged in some sort of craft during this time so I can join in. Thanks!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 10 years ago

    Great info, I'll be popping into a bunch of these virtual lab workshops!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 10 years ago

    Lots of reading ahead! Thank you!

  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 10 years ago

    excellent tips! thanks so much, only 92 days to the big day!! :) Thanks for showcasing my mini stockings too! :)

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 10 years ago

    Seriously amazing list of workshops. I work 7:30-4 at my normal job so it will be tough to get into these, but dang it if I'm not going to try! And for those who've never been in a Virtual Lab they are lots of fun and very insightful. It's a really great and unsung hero for Etsy sellers.

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 10 years ago

    Here's to lots of sales this holiday season!!! :-)

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 10 years ago

    ...and I miss my beloved golf ball markers in the gift guides terribly, oh to be replaced!!!

  • LittleWhiteDresser

    LittleWhiteDresser said 10 years ago

    SIGN ME IN FOR EVERYTHING!!!! :)

  • BlueGremlin

    BlueGremlin said 10 years ago

    This is my first holiday with etsy.....i just cannot wait!!

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 10 years ago

    Wow! I am definitely staying in tonight to do the relevant reading...

  • wristielove

    wristielove said 10 years ago

    ooh, lots of labs to choose from!!! thx danielle!

  • pitoreskni

    pitoreskni said 10 years ago

    I'll definitely be staying up late for a few of these!

  • hellobrowneyes

    hellobrowneyes said 10 years ago

    Thanks! This is awesome.

  • aimeesarmoire

    aimeesarmoire said 10 years ago

    Ah yes, let the holiday excitement begin!!!

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 10 years ago

    can't wait for the holiday season to start up!

  • momochas

    momochas said 10 years ago

    Marked all these dates on my calendar, it seems like there will be a lot of good and useful tips to learn.

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 10 years ago

    Amazing collection of info, thanks so much!

  • babook

    babook said 10 years ago

    What a much great suggestion of holiday Tip !! I would to read all ...http://www.babook.etsy.com/

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 10 years ago

    Some of these look like they'll be ver informative. Thanks!

  • EleanorsDesigns

    EleanorsDesigns said 10 years ago

    This is my first year on Etsy for the holidays, so I really appreciate your info. Thank ever so much.

  • bytheway

    bytheway said 10 years ago

    Great set of workshops - thanks! Now that I've been through one holiday season, it will be nice to have this info to go with what I already know :)

  • GgaBulShop

    GgaBulShop said 10 years ago

    great stuffs

  • VintageFashionVixen

    VintageFashionVixen said 10 years ago

    I'm getting ready to fill up my store. This is great advice for the upcoming holidays.

  • Tias

    Tias said 10 years ago

    Like the sound of the word 'holiday rush'....

  • jessgonacha

    jessgonacha said 10 years ago

    This is so great-- I'm bummed that I had to miss the workshop yesterday, but I'll be sure to tune in to the ones coming up! I'm looking forward to gleaning some great tips and getting my shop ready for the holidays!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 10 years ago

    This is great! I'm marking my calendar for sure. I hope I'll be involved in the 'holiday rush'!

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 10 years ago

    I'm getting ready and already have had some holiday sales! Thanks for this helpful info~

  • FatBatShop

    FatBatShop said 10 years ago

    Time to add new things to the store in preparation for the holidays! Thanks for the reminder!

  • SeptemberStars

    SeptemberStars said 10 years ago

    Halloween is coming up fast!

  • miladesigns

    miladesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the article... I hope to join some of the labs!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop said 10 years ago

    This is great for holiday shopping. Thanks for getting us started!!! :D

  • feltalicious

    feltalicious said 10 years ago

    Great article, thanks! :)

  • BySaraLynn

    BySaraLynn said 10 years ago

    So excited for all these!! And of course, I'm a Lab Rat!

  • SecondHandNews

    SecondHandNews said 10 years ago

    Such Great Labs planned, thank you so much!

  • GarageInc

    GarageInc said 10 years ago

    Thank you for all of the tips...

  • LilithEvy

    LilithEvy said 10 years ago

    I think I'll participate to some of them... It'll be the first time! I'll read on virtual lab to see how it's work!! Thanks all to share these tips with us!

  • 3dots

    3dots said 10 years ago

    Thanks!! I Loooove the Holiday rush!! :)

  • DianeLDesigns

    DianeLDesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you!..Great ideas! The Holidays will be here before we all know it:)

  • clubviv

    clubviv said 10 years ago

    such a lovely info. Thank you so much for the info. Loving!!!!!!!

  • SurrenderDorothy

    SurrenderDorothy said 10 years ago

    I'll be there!

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 10 years ago

    Oh what a thoughtful idea! Thank you soo much!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    sounds like lots of very useful info coming up! thanks :)

  • lostmitten

    lostmitten said 10 years ago

    Sounds like it will be highly informative and a lot of fun! :) I love the Virtual Labs!

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 10 years ago

    oh i cant wait!

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 10 years ago

    LOve this!!! Thanks a Lot, I will be at the Labs for sure!!!!!

  • RinconRoad

    RinconRoad said 10 years ago

    Thank you! This should be great prep for my first Etsy holiday season. Can't wait!!!

  • Tutuki

    Tutuki said 10 years ago

    This will be great! So excited! P.S: I am sooooooo in love with those Christmas puddings :)

  • jstephens13

    jstephens13 said 10 years ago

    Hope some of you can make it on October 22nd! I can't wait to lead for the first time on WEBCAM!!! See you all soon. +++++++++++++++++++++++++ Jen www,jlstephenscouture.com

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 10 years ago

    Yes, I'm getting ready for my first holiday season!!!! woooojuuuu!!!!!

  • meredithfenwick

    meredithfenwick said 10 years ago

    going to mark my calendar, i'm so nervous about the holiday season !! :)

  • novaofsweden

    novaofsweden said 10 years ago

    I can't believe the holidays are already coming! Yikes I need to get back in the studio!

  • YourTime

    YourTime said 10 years ago

    Awesome, I look forward to these events!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 10 years ago

    Can't wait for the rush to begin!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 10 years ago

    Great, I just re-organized my craft room. I love it.

  • Nyblaque

    Nyblaque said 10 years ago

    Sweet! thanks for the tips;-)

  • raghousenternational

    raghousenternational said 10 years ago

    Definitely looking forward to these workshops! Ren

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 10 years ago

    cool

  • rethinkink

    rethinkink said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet said 10 years ago

    It would be nice, but the room is full. Why can't you fix it so that we all have a chance to attend?

  • riorita

    riorita said 10 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you!

  • underoakstudios

    underoakstudios said 10 years ago

    Great tips! Super thanks.

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 10 years ago

    Looks like a great line up!

  • riorita

    riorita said 10 years ago

    Great gift ideas!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 10 years ago

    This will be my first Etsy Christmas! So exciting!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 10 years ago

    This will be my first Etsy Christmas too!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 10 years ago

    Bring on the rush!!

  • greeniemarie

    greeniemarie said 10 years ago

    Yippppeeee Holidays!!!!!

  • friendlycreationss

    friendlycreationss said 10 years ago

    that wreath is so cute! i cant wait for the holidays :D

  • RosesDesigns

    RosesDesigns said 10 years ago

    I can't wait! I hope I have the xmas rush everyone talks about!

  • stylmagazine

    stylmagazine said 10 years ago

    Share what you are doing to prep your shop here...! http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6324562

  • happygolicky

    happygolicky said 10 years ago

    SoOOo much to learn and the holiday season is already here!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 10 years ago

    This is fantastic! Thank you for a wonderful post. :)

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the info!

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle said 10 years ago

    thank you for the helpful info. It will be very useful!!!

  • ladaworks

    ladaworks said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the info.

  • lassandaliasdeana

    lassandaliasdeana said 10 years ago

    good information!! ;)

  • mykky

    mykky said 10 years ago

    I love learning new things everyday. I will be there!

  • kidgiddy

    kidgiddy said 10 years ago

    I'm looking forward to many of these labs coming up! Thanks!!! k

  • MySweetPrints

    MySweetPrints said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great info!!!!!!!! ----- Original artwork for the home, nursery and the heart... www.MySweetPrints.etsy.com

  • evgie

    evgie said 10 years ago

    That is a quality tips! Nice post.

  • gandolphoto

    gandolphoto said 10 years ago

    Cool! Hope I can attend some of these.

  • babybaharcollection

    babybaharcollection said 10 years ago

    This is such great information .Thank you !! www.baharcollection.etsy.com www.bahardecoration.etsy.com www.yoyobybahar.etsy.com

  • econica

    econica said 10 years ago

    awesome tips! thank you so much!

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