Saturday, August 30, 2014

Enjoy the Slideshow

Hi everyone!  I've been out of commission for a while --- had surgery earlier this week.  BUT tonight it sure felt good to make a new slideshow.  Be sure, when you start watching it, to have your speakers on --- go to the slideshow, hover over the bottom left corner and you'll see three icons -- one with two red strikes over it.  Click on that one and the music starts.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW SLIDESHOW ... Presenting many Etsy shops

Those Broads From Etsy:   New slideshow -- time to start planning gifts for the holidays (even if it is 290 degrees outside!! :+)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Do You Have an On-Line Store? If So -- You've GOTTA Meet Marsha!

I've discovered a shop at Bonanza that offers a MUST HAVE service for anyone who has an on-line shop. I'll probably hate myself for writing this post, because the lady who does this is so good, and I kinda hate to share her --- but she IS so good, I think everyone who reads this should let her work her magic for their shop, as she has for mine.

Marsha Muller has My Texas Treasures at Bonanza . She is a shop owner and sells items just like the rest of us. BUT she has one item that none of us can match. She markets and promotes other peoples' shops. That is one of the "items" she sells and while her inventory is wonderful, this service is just over the top. She knows the internet like no one I've ever met. She knows HOW to promote. AND she doesn't use a 'robot' to do the promotions. She and her partner twitter, pin, StumbleUpon and do other avenues as well, promoting their clients' merchandise. She understands all of these promotional sites and how they work. And each evening, she sends a report of where she's promoted my shop. I'll never tell her, but she really doesn't HAVE to do that because I KNOW what she's promoted based on the sales I have. I'm not exaggerating. Tonight in my newest shop I had three sales which is the most I've had in a day since opening just a couple of months ago. And when my report came in tonight, I was not at all surprised to find she'd been heavily promoting that shop today.

The rest of the story is especially for Etsy sellers. As with any other sales site, we pay them for our listings and pay a percentage when we sell. That is only fair -- we are using their site to sell. I have absolutely no problem with that. BUT when they promote search ads for a "per click" fee it makes me wonder why, with all of the listings and sales that happen in a day, why they can't just include everyone in the "internal search" since everything we sell gives them a percentage. I watch the forums. I see people who say they set a budget of $100 or $200 a week for search ads. I go to their shops and look at their sales and wonder HOW they can believe they are turning a profit. And I've used search ads and they have certainly never paid for themselves.

When I started with Marsha, I believe I purchased the $14 package. (I think she also has a $9 package). My sales have been going up ever since and my views have quadrupled. AND if you are on Etsy, you KNOW how sales have been since 2014 has been devoted to "testing".  Then another Etsyian told me about My Texas Treasures.  I am now going with a monthly package -- and speaking of "package", I am packaging orders every night. I still do my own promotions in addition to what Marsha does --- but her marketing is much more effective than mine, of that I'm certain. What I'm warning here though is should you decide to try her service, don't think 'oh now I can sit on my fanny and I don't have to promote anymore". If you are serious about selling, you'll use her service IN ADDITION TO doing your own.  And you WILL see your sales going up!

And let me add this disclaimer:  I am not getting any reward from Marsha for writing this. In fact, she doesn't even know I AM writing this (but with her nose for the internet she'll find it -- she misses nothing)  :+)  (When I made my first YouTube video I didn't tell her, and the next day she told me how well I'd done)  :+)

Now I'll go start banging my head against the wall for having written this -- I truly don't want to share her but she's a neat lady who deserves recognition, and if you are following our blog, you deserve to know about her service!

Monday, August 18, 2014


I've been hearing this from my shoppers a LOT lately. They can't find my shop (hang onto those business cards you get with your thank yous! :+) --- but they know I sell Stampin' Up stamps.  They put that into the search and up come 300 pages.  BUT they can't find me!!!

OK -- I don't play Etsy's game of paying them for listing, paying them a percentage of my sales, AND also paying them for being included in their own internal search engine --- so that is why you can't find me in "search" ... UNLESS you simply enter "annswhimsey" in the search box. THEN you will see a question .. "do you want to find shops with the name annswhimsey in them?"  -- yes you certainly do!  :+)  The best way to not run into this is to put my shop into your browser's favorites -- then just click on it from the favorites (or bookmarks as some browsers call them), and you'll be in my shop.  This is true also of Sandy's shops --- and I'll put the links at the end of this, so you can follow them, put us in your bookmarks, and never have to wonder if we've gone missing again!!

Also I've had three shoppers complain to me that "every time I go into Etsy it looks different".  Etsy has been  running experiments for months now --- and we, as shop owners have NO say in the matter. During these months a lot of Etsy sellers have left, or have decided to just sit it out and wait until Etsy comes up with THEIR idea of perfection. Sandy and I have chosen to just sit it out. For all it's wrinkles and warts, Etsy is still the best place to sell and the best place to buy on-line. Sellers are honest and the only caution I add to this is be SURE to check and see where they are from!  Sweat shops are NOT good places to buy from -- but there are thousands of American, United Kingdom,  Canadian, European, Australian sellers --- they are the vast majority -- and they are safe, honest, and you do not get cheaply made items. (and no doubt I've forgotten some countries but you get the picture).

So please do not think that all of the confusion on Etsy right now is any fault of any seller -- and as the bottom line of all of their sellers keeps falling, so does Etsy's -- so hopefully soon they'll feel the monetary pinch and get their act together. In the meantime you can find us "broads from Etsy" at the following links (and don't forget to bookmark us!!!)   Just click on our names to go there (to bookmark us -- have I said 'bookmark' enough?  LOL)

annswhimsey   (Stampin Up, Restored vintage art, antiques, vintage, magazines, ephemera, jewelry and more)

hugsandholidays  (Gift bags, totes, purses for all occasions)

annswhimseypaper  (Gee paper -- ephemera, magazines, children's books, adult books, restored prints, advertisements -- anything paper!)

craftstuffdepot  (Anything you need for your own crafting can be found here -- scrapbooking items, sewing items, creations to make your holidays great)

I HOPE this helps you find us on Etsy --- and if you have any trouble just email me at or leave a comment here on the blog and one of us will get back to you.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

School Is Starting!

Can you believe it???  This Monday our kids start back to school. This weekend is the last weekend the swimming pools will be open! WHERE is the year going??  I'm starting to panic because I haven't finished Christmas projects for my family yet! Of course us "Broads" have been working on Christmas (and Halloween I might add) in our shops --- here is a peek at a few of our Christmas items.  And of course, you don't want someone else to get them first ------ RIGHT????  :+)

               The Greatest Santa Picture Ever
Make Your Packages Beautiful

A Package & Present All In One
Christmas Decor They'll Always Remember

AND yes, of COURSE, I've conveniently made the notations below each of our pictures into hyperlinks so just click on the title and there you are -- in our respective shops :+)

So .. soon we'll all be attending football games, spending warm Fall afternoons working in our gardens, and preparing for Trick or Treaters before we know it (I'll cover that NEXT time :+)  BUT we've got to remember how fast the first seven months went -- and we've already finished a week in the eighth month!!!  Time to think of sleigh bells!!!