Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Listing Items On The Website

Well, I have started listing items for sale on my new site.  A bit different, but I think I have it figured out.  For the photos, they cannot be saved with the same name ending, even if the rest of it is different.  You can't save it as "thumbnail" for each different item. All of your extra photos will revert to the current one you just listed, that was a bit hectic, trying to figure out what I had done, then going back and correcting, and remembering, don't list them the same!  But otherwise I like how it is shaping up.  I'm happy with the Shoppe Pro hosting, and I purchased my template from  she has been very helpful as well.  I found a great site with counters -Stat Counter , they have invisible counters and it gives you more information as well. I just thought it would be nice to know, is anyone visiting.  I bought a book on SEO, search engine optimization.  It states that it can take one to three months for the search engines to find you, if they find you.  So I'm doing my best with keywords and such.  That's why I thought the counter would be nice, to see if I am ever found!  Back to work.....

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Into The Unknown -My Own Website

I am a vintage seller on etsy, and I love selling there.  But I have begun to wonder, what if?  What would happen if I had my own vintage website. It would give me more freedom of what I listed, and how I list my items. Things are so up and down on etsy, one month is extremely good, the next is extremely slow.
I tried to research in the forums on etsy, but it seems most of the people starting webs make jewelry, and lots of those sites are just linked back to their etsy shop. So, I looked and looked at templates, and I looked at different web hosting, there are many out there, I finally picked Shoppe Pro. They have an area for you to make your own template or design for your site, I started with that, but I just wasn't happy with what I was coming up with.  I looked through the different designers they offer, and looked, and looked. I wanted a rustic looking template, but wound up picking one completely in the opposite direction.  When I saw this one it just spoke -restful. So, I purchased it about two weeks ago.  It is still in the beginning stages, there is a lot more behind the scenes to take care of than you realize.  There is a shopping cart, I got that set up, still having some slight issues.  Then another site to deal with shipping charges, changes to make with paypal.  Changes on the hosting site to make to your site.  But overall, I have really enjoyed the process.  I am learning, trying to stay relaxed about it, and enjoy it.  I don't know if it will get noticed, or how things will go, but there is only one way to find out! Go for it!  I will still keep my etsy shop, I thought I would move certain items and leave others there.  My new site is  if you would like to check it out.  I don't have any items listed yet, just a picture of a crow I just happened to pick to practice with.  I was trying to check everything out to see if it worked properly.  A few bugs to fix but the Shoppe Pro site has been very helpful. We'll see what happens and I'll keep you posted.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Victorian Hats -Some Are Very Unusual

I am not a hat person.  I do not wear hats, I don't look good in hats.  I recently purchased several old postcards of women and their extraordinary hats.  I wonder about the weight of some of these hats, were they heavy to wear?  Did your neck get tired?  Did they ever take them off, when they were out and about?  And in one of the pictures, there is the baggy hat.  I'm afraid my mother would have to threaten me pretty severely to get me to wear such a hat.  I have seen a photo of a young girl with this style of hat, I was guessing maybe someone had made it for her  -as a lark.  I can see I have much studying to do on the history of women's hats!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Vintage Motorcycle Christmas Ornament

I must honestly admit, when I first found this ornament I thought it was handmade.  After researching online I found that they were made mostly in Japan and Czechoslovakia from the 20's to the 50's.  I think this is a wonderful ornament for a vintage Christmas!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The End Of Summer -If the Weather Only Knew It

Summer seems to be just hanging on, the nights are getting cool, in the fifties. It's so nice to sleep with the windows open. But, the days are still getting up into the 80's and 90's, and we need the rain desperately.  The grass is turning back into the dull dry brown, hard on your feet stuff.  I have been  to some very nice sales in the past month, one of the items I found was this wonderful little- cork or stopper. It is made in Czechoslovakia of blown glass.  I think it is just the sweetest little thing.  I hated to list it in my shop, but that's what I buy things for.