Have you heard of DaWanda? They recently launched online out of Berlin mitte (my favorite place in Berlin for shopping), and offer a free store to newbies that sign up before May 31st. After 5/31, a standard rate will apply, so try to sneak in during this special offer. DaWanda is somewhat of an Etsy operation, they offer storefronts to sellers on one condition, that you make whatever it is that you’re selling. Even a great big table like the one below, which I love.
“Dawanda is a new online marketplace for artists, designers and artisans across Europe to set up their own shop to sell their handmade products.”
The site is in English (British), French, and German, you select the language by clicking on your flag of choice in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. You can browse by color, tag, technique, materials, or category. You can even create and organize wish lists and vote for your favorites.
Why does the world need DaWanda if Etsy is already out there? I think that for most Germans without credit cards (not the norm in Germany), they prefer using their bank account to pay for things and DaWanda gives sellers that ability so it makes things a lot easier. Most of my German friends and family do not even have (or want) Paypal accounts, so I think DaWanda offers them the chance to engage in a little e-commerce in the way they are most comfortable with, via their bank account. Plus, unlike Etsy, the site is in 3 languages, including German.
Check out DaWanda and let me know what you think. I’m interested in hearing what my pals in Europe have to say about this site.
Psst: Bridget Davis has some great pillows!
Jasna Janekovic is a very talented lady that lives in K?ln, Germany and has some of the most gorgeous images on Flickr that I’ve seen in awhile. Very relaxed, uncomplicated, simple. I love the lighting, softness, there’s just this vintage beauty about her photos that makes me want to spend a weekend on my grandparents farm drinking peach iced tea and collecting wildflowers in a basket. Jasna has her own little store online selling beautiful homemade delights created by her own hands. Everything in her store is completely Jasna, step inside, you’ll see. Completely charming.
(images by jasna janekovic)
Do you read Adorn magazine (published quarterly)? It’s growing up all the time, and I enjoy watching it evolve. It’s fun to see who they’ll feature next, so many great finds in this super cute ‘n crafty magazine. Adorn truly support indie artists and bloggers like crazy, which is refreshing. Not just a slight nod either, the entire issue speaks of them and to them and their cult of followers.
The evolution of Adorn is interesting to watch because it somewhat mirrors how blogs gain popularity. Not through expensive advertising, knowing the “right” people, and fancy events, but through indie craft fairs and web chatter, which is how I found out about them back when they first launched. And so far, word on the street is very much in favor of this “Crafty girls guide to embellishing life.”
Psst: I’m eagerly awaiting their Summer issue since a few of my favorite artists are featured in it (Lisa Congdon comes to mind). In case you aren’t that familiar with Adorn, look for it in the craft section at your local bookstore, like Borders (where I find mine). You can also subscribe to it, which I suggest because Borders seems to sell out of them quickly.
(images from adorn magazine)
To keep our Shop Girl series rolling, I had to post this letter from Alicia today because I think opening an Etsy shop is on the minds of many lately. I receive a steady stream of emails on this very topic each week, so let’s open it up as a discussion to see what your experiences with Etsy have been, as either a shop owner or buyer, and hopefully, answer some of Alicia’s questions below.
“You write about different Etsy shops a lot, which I love, and I was thinking eventually I would open one. I wondered if you knew anything about having a shop in general. I’m concerned that perhaps a lot of sellers make stuff that just doesn’t sell, probably due to lack of buyers or publicity, or, how do you even know if your product is interesting to others? Anyway, do you know how well the average seller does? Is there a website that discusses this? I think Etsy is so amazing because there is so much inspiring stuff to buy and I can’t resist being so inspired as to do it myself.” -Alicia
Okay gang, we need to help Alicia out. Anyone have some advice to share? (If you’re a freelance writer, take this as a cue to write your next “How To” guide, there’s certainly enough books about eBay out there – someone write an Etsy book – quick! Even if you self publish on Lulu.)
Psst: If you’d like to read more small biz related posts, click on the words “shop girl” or “small biz” below.
Thanks for writing in Alicia!
(image from etsy store owner munieca)