This week we’re talking to Kellie from Folksy shop It’s the Little Things
Could you describe your shop?
I sell a wide variety of both handmade & refashioned jewellery, accessories, homewares & stationery with a vintage twist. I dabble in lots of crafts and I’m always experimenting, so you never know what will turn up!! As a child i was fascinated by all my granny’s nic nacs and art prints, she collected a real mish-mash of eclectic things from the 40s, 50s, 60s & 70s and I still draw inspiration from her style.
Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?
Id like to say quite a range of folks, from all ages… not just fans of handmade but also vintage and recycling enthusiasts. People are fascinated by the past and anything that harks back to a nostalgic era can evoke a feeling of a different time or place, or spark a memeory, whether it be period dramas, retro sci-fi or vintage fashion. I think vintage styles have a timeless element and a look that will last.
Is this your day job?
No, unfortunately!! I work Full-time as an Art Technician, which I love but it limits my crafting & promoting to evenings & weekends.
Have you been into craft and the handmade lifestyle for long?
Ive always had a passion for handmade goods and crafting, from my mum teaching me how to knit a scarf for my Sindy doll to studying Fashion & Textiles at Art College.
Where do you promote your shop?
I believe promotion is the key and I promote everywhere I can, I have a website www.itsthe-littlethings.co.uk and facebook fanpage
I tweet @jelliebean76 and blog but I also use tools like craftjuice and of course the folksy forums where the great folksy community pull together to promote each other, through listings clubs, folksy fridays and sunday showcases.
Do you have plans to expand your business in the future?
I only opened my shop in March 2010 and never dreamed that id actual sell anything or that my wee shop would get noticed, but I have to admit things have been great and are going from strength to strength, I’ve had magazines and bloggers contact me through Folksy to request to feature my work and have also been approached to take part in a series of events held here in Northern Ireland. We are also expecting our first child in May so I guess my dreams of expansion will be on hold for a little while longer :)
What advice would you give to someone thinking about opening up a shop here on Folksy?
Write a bio, even if its only a small introduction to yourself and what you sell, have a clear identity, from your banner to your photographs… take clear photographs using your cameras macro setting on a background or in a scene that suits your product. Have confidence, say hello on the forums and get inolved in the wider folksy community where everyone helps and promotes each other
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