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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blast from the Sneak Attack Past


Kelly and I are taking a look back at the Sneak Attack shops from the past. Find out how they are doing now and see how the Sneak Attack affected their shop. Look for us each week on Wednesday's.
On September 24, 2008 Kerry from kvwilkinson www.etsy.com/shop/kvwilkinson was the very first Sneak Attack. She creates gorgeous watercolor paintings and note cards. These wildflower notecards are beautiful.



Kerry’s shop started with zero sales, she ended up with 9 sales from the Sneak Attack. And today she has 181 sales, her shop is doing great!

 Here’s what Kerry shared about how the Sneak Attack affected her shop;
 “It is hard for me to believe the sneak attack was over 4 years ago! It occurred a short time after I joined Etsy and it really helped to launch my shop. I remember the amazing feeling of the orders and positive comments coming in from the Team. It was very validating! I am no longer selling on other venues; I do my watercolor painting as a sideline and sell primarily through Etsy and my local contacts. Etsy allows me to reach an audience and sell my work in a simple and streamlined way. I absolutely love it!
I want to thank the Handmade Movement Team for choosing me for an early sneak attack. You helped me to develop my confidence with on-line sales at a time that I really needed it.”

What a wonderful feeling! The Handmade Movement team is paying it forward to these newbie shops, now veterans. If you haven’t done so yet, check out Kerry’s lovely paintings and note cards.


All the best,
 Amanda
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On September 25, 2008 the team sneak attacked Nicole Maki from the shop Perky Nihilist
www.etsy.com/shop/PerkyNihilist .  Her shop had started with 0 sales and by the end of the attack she had 11 sales.  Today her shop currently has 61 sales.  I sent her a convo and this is what she had to say:


Thanks so much for contacting me. The sneak attack still stands out as one of the sweetest things I've experienced from the online arts and crafts community.
The week of the sneak attack I was seriously considering closing my shop as I wasn't sure it would ever be noticed. It almost felt like a sign from the universe to have so many strangers appear when my confidence was so low. Thank you!
After the sneak attack I recommitted myself to my shop, decided that in order to get any sort of traction with customers I'd need to stand out from the crowd and find a way to reach a broader audience. I did this by focusing on building my blog:  www.madebynicole.blogspot.com/ and subsequently changed the product I sold from cards and embellishments to original collage and prints. 

Sure enough, after years of focused attention my Etsy shop 'took off' this past summer and I'm gaining customers from a variety of sources.
Since then I've been invited to participate in local craft fairs and art shows and my pieces have found their forever homes all over Europe, the United States and Canada.

I can't thank you enough for the sneak attack. It was just the encouragement I needed to keep doing what I love and now my art is a secondary source of income.


Warmly,
 Nicole

It was so great to hear from her and how this team made such an impact on her and her shop.  While I was not part of this attack, it still made me feel good to know how it had helped her keep going.

I found many great things while browsing though her shop and must say this is my favorite:


Please take some time to browse around her shop and show her a little more love from this team.


Until next time!  Kelly

Written By: Kelly of juBEADlation and Amanda of CuteNCurlyBowtique