Saturday, April 26, 2008

New Blog & Shop Advice Needed

I have decided to create a second blog for my Blythe rambles and pictures. I have been making a lot of Blythe dresses lately, and the weather has been great, which means I will be taking lots of Blythe pictures soon. I don't want to flood this blog with Blythe talk, because I would like to keep this blog interesting for everyone, including those who don't like Blythe. (Hello Boyfriend!)

So, those of you who do share my love for Blythe, or who just like to look at them, please stop by at Tinylicious!

Tinylicious: New Blythe Blog

I need some advice concerning Blythe items in my shop too. When I started my shop I didn't think about the fact that maybe it wouldn't be so great to have both my jewelry & accessoiries as my Blythe goodies in one shop.

Now it has come to the point where it is like that, and I'm not sure how much I like it. What do you think? Would it be better to start a new shop for my Blythe items? I'd call it Tinylicious by Tizzalicious, so I'd still have my name there.

I think what bothers me most about opening a second shop is having to market that one too, and the fact that if someone would want something Blythe and something jewelry, it would be hard to combine the order. I could of course state that I can combine shipping if someone would like to order from both shops. But how would I go about that? Tell them I will refund? Or tell them to wait paying and send them a paypal invoice?

Does anyone of you have 2 shops, and how do you deal with that?

I created a poll in the left side bar (right under the ads), please vote and tell me what you think is best!

9 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, this is an exciting time for you, trying to figure out what your next step should be!

    I think the idea of starting a new shop would be a great idea if you feel you're selling two greatly different things. I've thought about doing the same with some of my "other" craft stuff. I was talking to a girlfriend on Etsy who did just that, and with great success. You've already developed a base, so you can use that to your advantage. You can make comments in this blog about new posts in the Blythe post. And vice versa. It's a great idea!

    Good luck!

    ReplyDelete
  2. cute! i voted 'wait and see', just from my experience. i tried selling cards in my shop, then thought i should open a second shop for them, but they didn't sell, so now i'm glad.

    if you do open a second shop, i say refund the customer for the shipping overages if they buy from both of your shops at the same time. it will only be a few dollars, so it's not like they're fronting a ton of money and have to wait patiently for you to refund them some. also, i think adjusted paypal invoicing is a pain, but that's just me :p.

    i hope whatever you choose works out great for you! :D

    ReplyDelete
  3. Good luck with your new endeavors! I've often considered splitting my shop. Right now I have both jewelry and sock monsters. Everytime I really think about it, though, I just don't think its worth the extra effort. Two shops to market, too shops to monitor, two shops to publicize. Oy. I just don't have the time! As a shopper, I enjoy a variety in a store, too.

    Good luck making your decision!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think it would be hard having two shops, but there are people that do it..How much time do you want to spend on each one? That might help you decide.
    You have lovely things..

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh gosh I don't really know whether to open a second shop. On one hand it's extra work, but then as 'Julia' said you could cross-promote & it could be really worthwhile having more exposure & an even greater online presence having the 2 stores.

    Congrats on the second blog! I'm off to check it out now :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. As you know, I'm constantly battling the conflicting store items in my shop. I think your things all have a unified feel to them though. I'm too worried about the amount of time and effort it would take to run and promote both shops. Do you have the time for this? =/

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Tizzi. Sounds like things are going very well for you, Congratulations! I guess my thoughts are this; if this is your primary source of income / employment, it would be a good idea to have a separate shop with a strong identity. Then it would be worth all the extra marketing push related to it. If this is more a having fun on the side business for you, I'd take the wait and see approach.
    The Blythe work is excellent!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great idea on the new shop and new name. The new name describes that your items are made for dolls. I have 3 shops on etsy and get a little confused- so keep notes in a notebook! Good luck and congrats!

    Sandy P.S Love the patterns you used for your Blythe dresses!

    Sandyxox

    ReplyDelete
  9. I think you should wait and see or just decide not to. Personally if I'd heard you sold something - be it jewelry or Blythe accessories or both - and I wanted to buy them, it wouldn't stop me from looking at the store or buying both just because they're on the same place. In fact it would tempt me to buy the other thing too!!

    Tinylicious is an adorable name and the blog is a good idea =)

    ReplyDelete

Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog! ♥ I read all comments, and visit all your lovely blogs.