I don't think I would have taken the leap so soon, but I put a few pictures on Instagram of some boys' belts I've been giving as birthday gifts, and one of my followers wanted to buy one for her nephew's 2nd birthday. And just like that, a custom listing was put on etsy, purchased from someone in TX and mailed to a little boy in FL. And that was my first official High Cotton Handmade sale. I will be forever grateful for my first client.
|First sale on my etsy shop to an Instagram friend who used to work for Kate Spade|
|packaged and ready to ship|
In order to get the order listed and mailed in time for the recipient's birthday, I scrambled to figure things out like shipping cost, packaging, and branding. I'm still figuring out a few things like my shipping and return policy and I need to create a banner for my home page, but I hope to officially open the shop by Monday.
My plan is to only list a few monogrammed boys' belts (and a few bad boys' belts left over from the craft fair last year) at the start and then I hope to branch out from there: more giraffes, girly belts with tortoise shell buckles, pillows, and fabric bows.
My main items at start include monogrammed toddler/children's belts ranging is xs - large (12 mos - 10 years). The seller can choose fabric (three collections: Nautical, Gingham/Check, and soon Seersucker). Belts are $17 with $3 shipping.
|Sailboats & Seersucker option, block monogram|
|Whales, Swirl monogram|
Checks & Gingham Collection
I can't wait to add some seersucker options to the mix too!
All of the above options are custom made and take 1 - 2 weeks for production. However I have a few boys' belts that I plan to list this afternoon or tomorrow that are ready to ship.
These belts feature a classic military-style buckle in nickle finish.