Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Alison from AMIdesigns.etsy.com is a fellow UK seller, hailing from Northern Ireland. Let's get to know the girl behind the counter...
Cats or dogs?
Fruit or chocolate?
chocolate of course!
my hubbies prawns in garlic butter
City break or weekend in the country?
Soaps or documentaries?
Bath or shower?
shower. I never ever have a bath
What brought you to Etsy? Tell us about your shop ... do you sell anywhere else?
When I started making jewellery I stumbled across the crafts forum and read a lot about Etsy. Eventually I decided to give it a go. AMIdesigns.etsy.com I make beaded jewellery and online I sell mostly bracelets, though that's not what I started off trying to sell. I mostly sell memory wire bracelets or chunky cluster bracelet. My other online shop is on Folksy - www.AMIdesigns.folksy.com
What’s the favourite item you’ve made so far?
I love the Caviar bracelet, which is the first cluster bracelet I made with silvery grey glass pearls
OH, those are Nifty's favourite too, although I prefer the chocolatey one...or maybe the teal...or maybe the champagne...
What has been the most useful lesson you’ve learnt so far?
To make a success of it, it takes loads of time, effort and promotion
If you could start again, is there anything you’d do differently?
I'd tell myself not to get down when the sales didn't come immediately. It wasn't really until the summer and being on here for 7 or 8 months that I started selling consistantly
How do you see your store developing?
Probably more bracelets and more designs.
What have you been doing today that I’ve interrupted?
Updating my blog! amidesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
What’s your top marketing tip for today?
Treat each buyer as well as you can. Answer convo's promptly, use attractve packaging and I offer a small discount for repeat buyers, which seems to encourage people to come back again
Thanks Alison! To find out more, go to
and of couse she's @AMIdesigns on Niftyknits new favourite, twitter!