Your Aura is Blue
Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life. You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships. The purpose of your life: showing love to other people Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

About Me

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This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)


The Importance of Packaging

The first line of business for my Etsy shop in 2009 was to revamp the packaging that I use to ship my jewelry creations in. Doing that, while keeping shipping costs at a reasonable level has been a challenge, I'll be the first to admit. All of those cute earring cards, labels, ribbons, and organza bags do add up. It's tempting to go crazy, but one must be realistic, especially in these times of "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle". I think it is safe to assume that most people are not willing to pay exorbitant shipping fees in exchange for a package that looks like it came from Tiffany & Co. (or are they?) I've bought my share of items on Etsy, and I've received packages that have ranged from the simplest packaging ever (wrapped in paper towel and newspaper) to some that have arrived in fancy boxes with personalized labels, business cards and even candy. This leads me to wonder ~ how important is packaging to the Etsy buyer? Are you more impressed by the seller when you receive your purchase wrapped in fancy packaging? Or, does most of that stuff end up in the trash/recycle bin? Even in the early days when my packaging was relatively simple, I wanted the buyer to feel like they were receiving a gift. I've always adorned my packages in some way, just to make the recipient feel special. Some of my customers have expressed their delight at this in my feedback. To others, it doesn't seem to make much difference. My curiosity on this subject has lead me to add a new survey at the right side of this blog. If you would be so kind as to take a second and answer it, I would be very appreciative!
Thanks for letting me know your thoughts!


jacjewelry said...

I took your survey! I always like packaging my jewelry - don't know why, but making it look like a little present gives me a sense of accomplishment. :) Check out this site:
They have great prices, and flat shipping makes it worth it if you buy a lot!

Alison Kelley said...

I think presentation is very important! I've come to find that visually pleasing things make people remember thing more. I keep all the really nice packaging I've ever gotten, yep, I'm a clutter bug!