Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January 2011 Newsletter

Happy New Year, TeamSC! With 2011, we're striving to be more dedicated, more involved, and more focused on our Etsy Street Team! Our mantra for the next few months is participation, participation, participation!! So if you've been looking for a way to get more involved in team events, challenges, contests and promos, then 2011 is the year for you! Let's jump right in with this month's featured artist.


ARTISTS: Kay and Lori from Lexington, SC
SHOP: Bedesisters
ABOUT: This sister-in-law duo spend their time crafting gorgeous goodies from fabric. Handmade fabric baskets, jewelry, scarves, and bags--you'll find them all in Kay and Lori's shop. Their goals this year are to devote more time to their craft and their etsy shop, as well as participate in more indoor craft shows.
DESCRIBE YOURSELVES IN 5 WORDS: "Creative, colorful, often tired, occasionally temperamental---in one word, family."
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN SC? Kay is a South Carolina native, while Lori has adopted SC as home. Kay says, "My favorite description of SC is 'a place where winter comes late and never wears out its welcome,' although, it's coming perilously close this year!"
TELL US ONE THING WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU. According to Kay, "Lori can put together a theme party in her sleep. My children think she's a genius." And Kay used to work in a hydrogeology research lab, where she helped with studies of reclaimed coal strip mines. How cool is that?

As mentioned before, TeamSC is looking for major participation from our members in 2011. We're putting all our focus and attention into team challenges, the team shop, and keeping members abreast of all the happenings within TeamSC. We're calling all members to step it up and really focus on helping the administrators with creative input, challenge themes, and promoting the team! We want to be the best Etsy Street Team we can be! So here are a few things to be looking for in the coming weeks.

**We are looking for creative members who have super-dooper thinking caps to help Rosemary (MinnieMaes) come up with new and inventive Creative Challenges for the team. We want to know what type of challenges you'd be most interested in, and which ones you would be drawn to participate in. So, stop by THIS THREAD on the message board and let your ideas be heard!

**There's a new section on the message board titled "Participation." Bookmark it and check it often for details on how you can get involved with TeamSC! From Challenge ideas, marketing ideas, and more, you'll find lots of useful information on this thread.

**I don't know how many of you have visited the Team Shop lately, but it's a little empty. So, TeamSC, we're looking to our members, new and old, to help us fill our shop to the top!! For those new to the team, the idea behind the Team Shop is to promote South Carolina artists who are members of TeamSC by showcasing a variety of items from different shops. Your item does not have to be themed in any way---we want to see the best representation of what you do on Etsy. It costs $1 to list 3 items, and you will keep the proceeds made with a sale, minus the listing fees. When an item sells, you will be notified by a TeamSC administrator, who will send you all the shipping information you need to send the item to the buyer. For detailed instructions on how to list your items on the TeamSC Shop, read THESE THREADS on the Message Board.

In addition to listing three items at a time, you can also enter one of TeamSC's monthly Creative Challenges to enter an item into the team shop. Rather than listing your challenge item into your own shop, you will list it in TeamSC's shop. We will waive the listing fee, and the rest of the rules are the same. There is a detailed instruction thread on the message board HERE. This way, we're sure to get lots of new items in the team shop!! (Remember, you can't list the same item in two separate shops on Etsy---their rules, not ours. So the item you upload for your entry into the Challenge must not be listed in your shop and ours, unless it is a duplicate.)

**The administrators will also begin sending a weekly email, to help keep our members as up-to-date on team events as possible. These emails will include reminders about challenges, upcoming events and promos, local craft fairs, and other information pertinent to the team. These emails will begin next Monday, January 17, and will continue to be sent every Monday. If you are not receiving these emails, please contact Abby from SimplyCharmingSC.


**There were some questions on how to list a photo on the Message Board. That question has been answered on a new thread on the Message Board titled "How Do You Do That?" If you have any questions at all about how to use the Message Board, address them here, and we'll be happy to help!

**We are looking for members interested in sharing their skills at marketing. TeamSC is currently on Facebook and Flickr, and now we're looking for volunteers who know how to put us on the map. If you have any ideas or any knowledge on how to promote TeamSC off site, please contact one of the Admins (listed at the bottom of the newsletter.)

**The Business Card Promotion discussed in October's meeting has been tabled for now as we are focusing on team participation. We will pick it up in another meeting later this year. For now, check out Etsy's new Coupon Code tutorial.

**January's Creative Challenge, Fire and Ice, is up and ready for entries! Check out the Message Board for more details. Let's dive right in, TeamSC!

**We've had a huge increase in our numbers since our last newsletter in October, so prepare to shake out the red carpet, TeamSC, and let's welcome our new members!

Sandy (Morgan Alexa Designs)
Rosemary (MinnieMaes)
Comments, questions, or suggestions for upcoming newsletters or weekly emails may be sent to Abby (SimplyCharmingSC)


  1. I just sent 3 items and my $1 to Sandy. Hope it helps.

  2. Got it Barbra and I'll have it up by this evening. Thanks

  3. Great newsletter. I'm working on my Challenge item and I hope to have some time this weekend to put more items in the Team shop too:)


  4. The shop is already starting to fill up!! That's so great! Thanks for your participation, TeamSC!