Thursday, July 12, 2018

NEWS: Artyah 2.0 Update Delayed Again

The Artyah 2.0 platform update has been pushed forward, yet again, to the end of the year. This news was shared yesterday by Craig Weiss, the owner of the handmades selling venue. Sellers have been waiting for an extended time for the launch of the redesigned site. Unfortunately, another holiday season will come and go without the promised upgrade. There have been some changes and improvements, but not regarding the most critical issues that plague sellers. Among them is the flawed search system and blank default product images showing up on the marketplace page.

A couple of years ago there was a influx of disgruntled Etsy sellers who converged on the site in hopes that it would take off. Many of them, however, became disgruntled with Artyah and returned to Etsy. Since then, a listing fee of .10 has been introduced. Though this is only 1/2 of what Etsy charges, and though there is no monthly subscription, it removes Artyah from the free listing sites group.

Weiss launched the site in 2015 as a place for makers to sell their handmades, as well as antiques, vintage, and craft supplies. The site is based in Auburn, CA. Keep up with what is happening at the site by visiting the onsite community forums.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Business: Fewer Handmades Listing Places?

Today I emailed with Michelle S. at Scott's Marketplace. I was confirming whether or not they still offer free shops, which they do not. They now have 2 subscriptions from which to choose. My response was,

I removed Scott's from my upcoming list of Free Places To List Your Creative Products #2. I only write about free listing sites. Unlike resellers and thrift sellers, most handmades sellers and makers are low-volume and cannot afford subscriptions. They do have the potential to bring in a lot of revenue though.

Seems like many venues are editing out handmades sellers, or making it difficult for them to be prominent anyway. Storenvy used to have a handmades category displayed in the front page navigation bar. When they did a revamp of the site that was gone. They don't have subscriptions, but the site is overrun with what appears to be reseller merchandise. Artfire is still handmades-dedicated but no longer offers free shops. Their subscriptions are also quite steep for many makers.

Handmades sites have come and gone, closing because of poor planning, and/or lack of operational funds or unforeseen circumstances. Some of them include Fervous, Silk Road, GoodSmiths, WinkElf, Artifyy and Addoway. It appears that places for the average handmades seller to list are shrinking. It's more important than ever for those wishing to remain in the game to develop alternative selling places.  

Saturday, July 7, 2018

JEALOUS MEALOUS: Yelli Kelli Hey That's Cute!

Personalized Name Pillow by Yelli Kelli

Kelly Jackson, of Yelli Kelli, does outstanding work that is always a burst of color and joy.  I call it modern-day, rustic crewel design. Of her work, which she has been doing for 25+ yrs, she says, It is a close cousin to crewel, but looser, and more freeform and silly. My style is fun, splashy, cute & original. And she is RIGHT!
Yelli Kelli Peacock Embroidered Pillow
Years ago she started designing freehand embroidered pillows using her favorite fiber, vintage wool yarn. This has become her specialty. In fact, she is the Designer of the Original Freehand Embroidered Bohemian Name Pillow! She also creates custom art for casual living, and funky, fun clothing for children and women, including plus sizes.
Girl's Rustic Pumpkin Hand Painted Tunic by Yelli Kelli

Her main Etsy shop can be found at Yelli Kelli.
Her new plus size ladies clothing shop is

Yelli Kelli's Abstract Wildflowers In Crystal Vase

Kelly has another activity as well. She is the creator & owner of Diva Do's, an all girl art & crafting class where she teaches kindergartners up to middle school. They are currently in their 14th year!
Peacock Feather Hand Painted Bookmark by Yelli Kelli

You can connect with Kelly here by searching these usernames:
  • On Facebook: YelliKelli
  • Instagram: YelliKelliCute
  • Twitter: YelliKelli

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