Bags at a New Store

To everyone who live  outside of Peterborough and was jealous that they could just walk into a store and purchase one of my bags you are in luck! If you live in the Greater Toronto Area (or anywhere close to there really) my bags will now be available to you!

As of right now my bags are available at The Coal Miner’s Daughter a small boutique in the Mervish Village near Bloor and Bathurst. Also, a special treat since I’m interning for them right now if you come in on a Tuesday or a Sunday you can talk directly to me about the products if you have any ideas or specific orders.

Here’s some directions so you don’t get lost trying to find it (I did)

Take the subway up to Bloor and Bathurst and when you come out of the subway station turn Right and walk along the street for a block until you see the HUGE sign for honest Ed’s. Cross the street and walk up beside honest Ed’s for a block and turn right again. The store is along this street close to the restaurant with the patio. It’s the one with the mannequins in the window and you walk up a set of stairs. There should be a rack of clothes on the stairs. The sign’s not very big so don’t feel bad if you miss it.

That’s all for now!

Jacqueline

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New Favorite Etsy Shop

 

Octopus Cigarette Case, Steampunk

Steampunk Octopus Cigarette Case from Cosmic Firefly

 

Hey blog people

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with this blog but I headed back to school in September and since then I’ve been running around stressed out of my mind to keep up with my schoolwork, let alone this blog. Anyways I was cruising around Etsy while I was updating my prices and I discovered my new Favorite shop.

I’m not sure if I mentioned earlier but I have an extreme love of all things Victorian or Steampunk and this shop’s Steampunk accessory offerings have blown me away. I am now lusting after Octopus embossed flasks and cigarette cases (for my business cards) as well as cog and gear necklaces and spyglass pendants.

So go check out http://cosmicfirefly.etsy.com and prepare to drool all you steampunk fans.



Renaissance Treasury

Renaissance Corset by Sarlume

I made my first ever Treasury on Etsy today and I think it turned out really well. The whole thing is themed around Renaissance Fairs and has lots of flowers, leather, corsets, masks and organic looking jewelry.

Check it out and tell me what you think

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c7153d992bb6d9155f445c4/renaissance-fair

Jacqueline

Featured in a Treasury

My Ikea print bag is now being featured in a Treasury on Etsy called Magic Forest. I love being featured so go check it out and post a comment

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c7010ec28256d9193bdf546/magic-forest

Jacqueline

A Huge New Order

Last night I received the single largest order I’ve EVER gotten for my bags. My friend’s sister wanted going away gifts for the girls she works for at her pool and so she bought seven bags from me! She took two with her and asked me to make the rest by the 28th because I hadn’t realized my stock was so low and all I had left were the ones that weren’t selling as well.
This means for the next three days I have to buckle down and get at least two done per day. I don’t think this will be a problem I just need to get off the computer and get started.
I’m really excited about this it’s a really nice end to my summer and gives me a little extra cash before I go off to school next Tuesday.
Well I’d better get to work!

Jacqueline

New Developments

I’ve had a rather productive few days. I’ve finally got my sewing mojo back after loosing it from lack of sales. I decided that people needed to see new things from me so I’ve been creating non stop for three days.
So far I’ve done some new lower price accessories to entice people to keep visiting my shop. These include a floral themed headband in orange (pictured below) and a turqoise bangle with fabric roses in Ultramarine blue, black and turqoise (Spring/Summer ’10’s hottest colour)
Orange Rose Headband
I’ve also begun some more complicated bags including a blue leopard clutch with a woven flap (it’s REALLY cool)

Not only am I set on making some new product I also have a new outlet for my fabulous bags which is Tango on George St. owned by Rebeca who aproached me after seeing my shop on Etsy.
This is all rather exciting to me but I kindof wish it had been this way earlier in the summer. Oh well not much I can do about it now except keep plugging away. As long as I’m busy sales will come.

Jacqueline

A Real Job

As September is looming down on me once again it is time for me to secure a “real job” for the school year. This makes me kind of sad because I will once again have a fixed schedule and creativity will be discouraged. However this year I am determined to get a job at a place where I can actually learn something about the fashion industry besides how to fold t-shirts (fold the sleeves in and fold the end twice to display the front nicely)

However, it always seems there is a trade off with this type of job. I can pretty much guarantee that it will pay me nothing. (It’s supposed to be a chance to gain experience and growth. Now having a good job is nice, but having money is also nice. Especially since right now I have negative money the dreaded D word (debt) So I’ll either have to be resigned to a job that doesn’t pay in money that I like, or a job that pays well that I hate. (would you like fries with that).

I’ve already applied to a retail job a a cute boutique in Toronto so I hope that I get that job I think it would be great. I’m also hoping that they might take on some of my bags as a favor and maybe actually make me some money. You never know.

I’m sure i’ll work it out somehow but I’ll likely be hugely stressed out for the next eight months. Hooray.

JacquelineSparkle denim hobo bag on blue chair

a tiny bit discouraged

There was a space in time when I was selling bags. I remember it, it wasn’t a dream (I think) but lately I seem to have hit the wall. No sales for the last 3 weeks.

To attempt to combat this screeching halt in sales I’ve approached several stores in an attempt to have my bags in more places to be seen by more people. However, I seem to be getting no where. I think maybe it’s the time of year, every store I go to the owner seems to be away on vacation or in the case of the last store I approached. actually selling their store and not ordering any more inventory. A lot of them seem interested, but not right now.

Maybe this is just normal ebb and flow but as I’m going back to school in the fall it doesn’t really bode well for me. Oh well I guess I’ll just start thinking up some new ideas and hope for a miricle

Jacqueline

Huge Relief

Last month I had a sale on Etsy. I was so excited and i packaged up my bag, put a free fabric bow on it and skipped on down to the post office to deliver it. I then waited to hear back from my buyer when she received it.

And I waited, and waited, then two weeks later I heard from her asking where her bag was! I was panicked I sent her a note saying that maybe it was just held up at customs and I nervously waited to hear from her again. Then after a full MONTH she finally received her bag. I was so glad because just the day before I had been planning to bring another bag up on my camping trip to NY and ship it to her. That would have meant I would have LOST a lot of money on that sale.

As scary as this episode was I realized that from now on I HAVE to include tracking numbers on all the orders I ship out because that way at least I can guarantee the buyer that it has been shipped and where it currently is.

I hope I never have a scare like this again because I just about died of a heart attack at the age of 20 (I don’t think my parent’s would have appreciated this with all the money they’ve put into my education)

Jacqueline

Networking

People always tell me that networking is important, that it grows your business and encourages potential customers. All this is true, however it’s nice when you find someone through networking that can actually help you improve your product. This past week I was at my grandparents and I met a very nice older lady named Carol. It turns our Carol LOVES to do machine embroidery. Now this doesn’t really seem like something to get excited over, except that I’ve been wanting to get tags for my bags for awhile now to help expand brand awareness when I sell through other shops.

Now since Carol loves embroidery she agreed to do some tags for me. And not only that, since she likes doing this she isn’t even going to charge me for anything but materials! This is very exciting to me because the whole reason that I don’t have tags is that when you order them through professional companies they make you buy 1000 tags as your first order! I’m not going to use that many tags this summer so it just seems silly to have that many.

So thanks Carol for doing this huge favor for me and I once again learned that networking helps.

Jacqueline

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