Monday, April 15, 2013

Oh Happy Day!

I am SO excited!

I just hit 300 sales today in my Etsy shop, NaNa's Things!

I have been opened a little over a year and a half and had no expectations or goals for sales in mind when I first opened, so I think that is pretty good!

A wise administrator at Etsy said something I will never forget. She said not to worry about how many sales you have on the little ticker on the sidebar of your front page......... it matters what your profit margin is. Who knew what that meant, but I am slowly understanding this small business thing and I think I get it now (I watch Shark Tank, ya know).

Actually I have learned a lot in the time I have had my shop on Etsy. I figured out a lot of the steps of getting started on my own and signing up for all of Etsy's newsletters and blog and helpful emails has really added to my understanding of running a small business.

The support of the multitude of other sellers is wonderful too. I am part of 10 teams on Etsy ( I just can't resist joining when it sounds like it is so me!) and there is a lot of feedback and help and favoriting, and hearting and Treasuring each others items. That may sound foreign to you if you are not a part of the community of Etsy, but it is all part of the networking and fun of it.

Did I say fun? Yes! I am having a blast buying and re-selling vintage items. It is a passion I have had since I went antiquing and thrifting for that perfect find for my own house over 20 years ago, and have renewed my passion by hunting for and buying vintage things for YOUR house!

There is the thrill of finding that unexpected item you didn't know you had to have, while you were looking for something these botanical prints I found today while looking for a frame for a wedding gift.....

They are beautiful French botanical prints framed in gold gilt frames. I will be listing those in my shop soon.
I have many items like these in my shop but my taste in vintage is endless....I love it all! I recently picked up this vintage garden trowel and vintage red handled hand rake to be used as intended or as decoration in a garden potting table/flower pot/spring time vignette....whatever the imagination allows!

I do have a passion for vintage buttons and doilies and although I don't craft or sew as much as I used to I do have a few items in my shop that I have handmade or handsewn.
There are a few  different styles and sizes of the vintage doily table runners that I hand sew together, and this one is my favorite....
There are vintage button garlands, buttons on purses and buttons on bracelets that I have made....

 I would love for you to visit my shop. It is quite eclectic and I am listing new items almost daily.
Who knows, you might find that ballerina troll with the purple hair you've been missing since the 80's!!
AnnMarie :)
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  1. Congratulations on your sales. You have me beat by far. I went to your shop. You have some wonderful vintage items. I faved you shop.

  2. Wonderful sales news! What fun we do have on Etsy! I never look at how many sales I've had....not close to yours for sure :) But who cares? I'm in it for the fun of it all....and for meeting wonderful new friends like YOU! See ya around on Etsy, here, or on Facebook ;)

    Bonnie Banks
    aka PeabuttonsMom

  3. congratulations ! Your shop is beautiful and it is no wonder it is doing so well. It has you and your vision behind it!!

  4. What interesting items:))) I do believe I have that same garden trowel. Just dropping in to return the sweet visit and the follows:)) (via Pinterest, twitter, google+ and GFC)


    PS Did you enter the TWO giveaways over at my place this week. One is $200 Paypal cash and the other is an digital crockpot:))))

  5. AM, I really didn't think there was another person on earth like me. My friends aren't. They think I'm kinda strange. But, I don't think you would and I certainly don't think you are..........because we a so drawn to the same things. I visited your shop for the first time today.........and I got stuck there. Buttons, enamelware, collections, ad infinitum. I'm amazed....

  6. Congratulations on your sales, that is fantastic! Niki x

  7. Great items in your shop. Strolling through a vintage shop is always nostalgic for me.


  8. Congratulations and well done. I agree with so much you've set about your Etsy journey. I have also learnt a lot during the past year or so and my life has been enriched by the experience. Your doilie table runner is gorgeous. Desiree

  9. Congratulations on 300 sales Annemarie! You have got beat on the sales and the teams. I belong to a lot as well. Lol!

  10. Hahahaha. I loved those trolls. Love the garland and doily table runners. COngrats on passing that sales mark!

  11. So wonderful that your Etsy shop has taken off! I like your doily runner idea (I love linens!)and that button garland is just so cute. I need to stop by right away!

  12. Congratulations on your sales. Love the post. Some great finds.

  13. Congrats on your sales!! A new follower from the Bloglovin hop party. Love your blog.

  14. congratulations and love your etsy shop :) following you on bloglovin!

  15. yea! congrats to you! Thanks for joining our Show Off Your Blog Party. I'm one of the co-host and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    A Dose of Jules

  16. Congratulations! It's such an awesome feeling to see the viewer numbers go up!Although, I do agree about the bottom line too. That's the most important. My Business Degree talking :). Thank you for allowing us to celebrate with you @ The Show Off Blog Party!

    The Wondering Brain

  17. That is awesome on having 300 sales! I am hoping to have my Etsy store open soon and start selling. Thanks for sharing your excitment!

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! You can go to my page here to get more info. Congrats!

    Joanne @ Creative Mess

  18. Congrats on the Etsy success! That's so exciting! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders. Hope you're enjoying your week so far.


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