haldecraft — Etsy

My 10 favorite Etsy shops (and what I love about them)

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I may have a favorite-shop problem -- I have way more than ten! So these are my ten favorite ceramic/pottery shops, and what I love about them. Does it seem strange, you might ask, to favorite shops of people who make ceramics, when I make ceramics? Not at all, I would reply. I make ceramics because I love ceramics; just because I admire what someone else does, doesn't mean I would make it the same way; just because I didn't make it doesn't mean I am blind to the creativity and beauty of it. So, here are ten artists and...

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A few reasons why Etsy is a great place to start a small online handmade-items shop

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1. Etsy has very little startup costs. You have to pay to list your items as you list them, and other than that your only startup "cost" is your time. It does take time to photograph items and list them, and time is a factor when you're one person running a by-hand business... but if you are willing to spend the time and don't have the money to start your own website, Etsy wins, hands down. I feel like I should point out though that there is a small additional percentage taken when you sell something - but you're going...

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Free Advice Friday: Stats and item views on your Etsy (or other) shop

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I have a love/hate relationship with the forums over at Etsy. On one hand, there is genuinely useful information in there, if you can get past the misspellings and the lack of punctuation. On the other hand, sometimes I think I'm the only one who knows how to do a key word search because PEOPLE, chances are good someone has already asked that question about postage, and that question about whether or not the convo you got is spam, and that question about copyright. Er. Uhm. Anyway. One type of forum topic that will make my eyes glaze over and...

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About

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My name is Lorena Haldeman, and I am the owner, maker, creatrix, artist, and hard-working woman behind HaldeCraft. I was bitten by a crafty bug as a child, when my grandmother tried to teach me to knit and crochet (ostensibly to keep me quiet while "her shows" were on). That didn't take very well, but she also had a ceramics studio and the first time she put a brush in my hand and I painted  that duck purple, I knew that was for me. In the years since then I have kept with my beloved ceramics, and also picked up soap-making,...

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