helped THE HANDMADE MOVEMENT reach another milestone!
Since the conception of the Sneak Attacks started on September 24, 2008
by Michael Phipps of Scatterbraintees, as of Saturday, July 20, 2013 we have reached a total of
8,006 SALES and 491 Attacks on a total of 1303 SHOPS!
We also reached a milestone of 816 SALES since the beginning of 2013!
I am so proud of our accomplishments and how we have helped so many shops over the years!
Kelly of juBEADlation and Amanda of CuteNCurlyBowtique have started a series of articles catching up with shops that have previously been attacked. Be sure to read their "BLAST FROM THE SNEAK ATTACK PAST" every Wednesday! It's so uplifting to read about where and what these shops are doing today!
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
Here’s what Kerry shared about how the Sneak Attack affected
“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.
On September 25, 2008 the team sneak attacked Nicole Maki
from the shop Perky Nihilist
.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.
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.