I love when things are handmade. To me, it makes each piece different and unique in it's own way. I have won giveaways before from Etsy shops and I think they are really great. And so I was overjoyed when Elizabeth, from USAFwife08, agreed to allow me the privilege of reviewing her site. And!! She was so kind and offered a giveaway of one of her tan Totes!!! There are soo many ways you could use this tote. Believe me, I would love one myself:)
Now, I spent a little bit shopping through her store. She does a lot of crocheting baby items but there were other items I found that were neat as well.
This is one of her crocheted items. These Baby Booties are adorable!!
I also liked her Quilted Pillow Case. This is a Patchwork Case and is very cute:)Then I looked through her jewelry. I like that these are simple but elegant at the same time. This Turquoise Bead Bracelet is something you could wear with a casual outfit or for a date night.
I have to say, one of the things I most liked about her shop is that her items are very cheap! I have been on some Etsy stores where the prices are more than I would pay in the store. But Elizabeth has very fair prices and much of her stuff is on sale right now. Overall, I would give this shop 5 stars!!
Now, Elizabeth has answered some questions I had for her and you can read them below.
Elizabeth, how did you choose the name of your shop?
I wanted my shop name to be me own name. It was the name of one of the mother's of King Henry's wives. I thought it was kind of catchy. However, to find my shop on Etsy, you have to search for the user name which I wasn't aware of for some reason so I suppose my shop name is usafwife08, which is based off my husband who is in the Air Force. Don't know what you can make out of that answer! lol. I wanted my shop name to be Elizabeth Howard but you can't search for it in the search data base, if that makes sense.
When did you know you wanted to open a shop on Etsy?
The moment I heard about the site I knew it was something I wanted to do. I knew several people who had friends who where using the site. I went and checked it out and I really loved it. I was trying to start my own website but I found that the community atmosphere of other people also selling handmade things would be more helpful and I would probably make more sales on a site such as Etsy.
How long have you been making items to sell?
I started earlier this year. Sales have been slow for me but they have started to pick up a little since I have been making summer items.
What type of items do you specialize in?
I started out making baby crochet items but they didn't seem to be selling as fast as I wanted so I whipped out the good old sewing machine and I am now making just about anything. My totes have sold out so I am really excited about that and I may start specializing in making totes. However, I will probably continue to make napkins, blankets and baby booties along with any other item I feel like making.
Is there any advice you can give to someone who is looking at opening their own store?
My advice would be to ask a lot of questions, especially toward the veterans on Etsy. I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do on Etsy. Here are some examples:
Make sure you have a product that is marketable. For the most part you know if it really could be, just be honest with yourself. As far as shops go, make sure you have clean crisp photos. Have good descriptions of each item along with the dimensions. Make sure your shop pleasing to the eye, a place someone would want to come back and visit. Besides that, never give up! The economy is slow right now and I think that is keeping a lot of people from buying. So, just hang in there and keep trek-in away.
What do you enjoy most about having your own shop?
I personally love to see the feedback! I love to hear that each person has honestly enjoyed the product and that they would want to come back to my store! It really makes me happy to see other people happy and excited about what I make.
READERS-Elizabeth has offered one of these totes for giveaway. No, it does not come with the stuff in it:) You get to fill it with what you want if you win it!! Read below and follow the instructions to enter the giveaway. You MUST follow directions.
MANDATORY ENTRY-Go to USAFwife08 and look around her store. Then come back and tell me in a comment an item you would like. It cannot be one I have named above!! You do not have to leave the product link but it has to be something in her shop.
EXTRA ENTRIES- Please leave a separate comment for each entry. If you get 3 entries, leave 3 comments. That way you get all your entries. I only put in however many entries are listed, so if you put in 3 entries in one comment, you only get one comment.
1.Tell me something you would carry in this tote or what you would use it for.
2.Add USAFwife08 to your favorite sellers. You must be a member of Etsy to do this.
3.Follow Elizabeth on Twitter.
4.Buy an item from Elizabeth's store. 5 entries on this. I will check with Elizabeth though to make sure the item was purchased.
5.Follow me on Twitter.
6.Follow my blog through Google Friend Connect.
7.Subscribe to my blog via RSS Feed.
8.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done 3 times a day. Please space them out. Also, please use the #giveaway hashtag and @ElishebaH
9.Blog or post about this on Facebook. 3 entries on this one as well.
10. Email this to a friend. You can get one entry for up to 5 people. So 5 is the most you can get for this entry.
This giveaway will end 8/6. Winner will be chosen through Random.org.