Bah. I hate August. People are not sprucing up their homes but instead are buying their kids new clothes, spending money on school supplies, and trying to get back into their regular routines instead of sprucing up their homes. Seriously, where are people’s priorities? But come September folks start thinking about getting ready for the holidays and fluffing up their nests for guests and family to visit. I am trying to remember and enjoy this little lull in business.
To gear up for the busy holiday season ahead I thought I would share some of my favorite resources for fine-tuning my business lady skillz. Here are my top 10 resources for creative businesses and vendors in antique malls. Or just crafty and creative people in general.
When I was a vendor at Vintage Market Days last year a fellow vendor, Cottage 960, told me about Jeanne Oliver’s website and my jaw dropped . How did I not know about this amazing resource? Jeanne’s website is jam packed full of hands-on videos for creative peeps. Some of them are free and some of them have a fee but all are worth the time to watch.
Here are a couple of gateway drug videos to get you officially hooked on her website.
Creativity Takes Courage (Free)
If you are a vendor in an Antique Mall Selling in an Antique Mall: A Beginner’s Guide is an eBook on Amazon that is a great read. At only $2.99 any vendor, seasoned or newbie, will come away with new information for running their business.
Look for local opportunities to network with other creative businesses and vendors in your area. If you are in OKC Indie Trunk Show is hosting a workshop for vendors and guess who is teaching the social media session? If you don’t know of any local groups ask other vendors or the owner of your store if there are any Facebook Groups or Meet-Ups you can join to sharpen your creative pencil with others who love the same things you do.
When out treasure hunting I use First Dibs, Etsy, and Ebay to look up the value of items on my iPhone as I shop. Many times I can quickly see if something is in demand and what the markings mean. Keep these bookmarked so you refer to them often.
Handmadeology is a great website for crafty how-tos, tips for Etsy sellers, Marketing tips, Blogging tips, Interviews, Product photography, and tons more. Some of their videos have a small fee but most do not. This website is mainly centered around Etsy but there are still tons of great takeaways if you don’t sell on Etsy.
Craftsy.com is the mecca of online creative classes with courses on everything from cooking to knitting. Warning: they have an app. Don’t download it. Unless you want to knit your whole back to school wardrobe then feel free. I had to delete mine because I found myself totally immersed in free Craftsy videos at a ridiculous rate.
Lastly, for some blatant self pimping, if you paint furniture in antique malls or even for fun you NEED My eBook. Get all of the knowledge and insider-secrets from professional furniture painters in one book!
What are your favorite resources for getting your creative juices flowing? Share ‘em with us!