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When I still had my Etsy shop open and did craft fairs (before this blog took over my life) - I sold more in October, November and December than I did the entire rest of the year. That's why it's critical you start making your crafts now so you have enough in stock and you are ahead of the game when the orders start coming in!
Speaking of being ahead of the game...The Hungry JPEG just released a special Christmas Craft bundle which includes 44 commercial use Christmas designs. I seriously wish I had this available when I was selling because it would have saved me a ton of time designing Christmas files I could legally sell.
For example, let's say you are going to sell customized kids Christmas shirts. You could cut a bunch of the reindeer monogram frames now on HTV and having them waiting so when you get an order all you have to do is take one of your pre-cut reindeer frames, cut the monogram and press them both onto the shirt.
I have also found the easiest way to handle the busy holiday crafting and selling season is to limit your offerings. Offer just two or three different variations on each item so you can prepare ahead.
If you offer too many variations you'll have to start each order from scratch.
Let's say you sell pillow covers - offer one size and only three or four different design choices (don't forget to bundle them as a set at a slight discount to increase sales). Again this gives you the opportunity to work ahead and create a stockpile which you will definitely need if you are selling at your first craft fair, but also if you are selling on Etsy or locally.
And finally, you do not have to wait to put up Etsy listings until you have the actual products made! You can create mock ups in Silhouette Studio. This will give your listings some time to get established with the search engines while you're then creating the actual item.
If you like my Silhouette selling tips like this, definitely check out my latest 110+ page ebook, Cutting a Profit: The Ultimate Silhouette Guide to Running a Successful Business.
And don't forget to grab that Christmas Craft Bundle from The Hungry JPEG I mentioned because it will only be sticking around at the $14 price or another week or so!
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