This week we’re talking to Zoe Badger from Folksy shop Zebedee
Could you describe your shop?
My Folksy shop is filled with a contemporary and colourful mix of florals, landscapes and architectural multi-layered lino cut prints.
Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?
I think my shop appeals to people who like to buy original art, as opposed to digitally reproduced images.
Is this your day job?
Zebedee shop is my main job. I devote as much of my time as possible to it. It fits around my family life and other weekly commitments.
Have you been into craft and the handmade lifestyle for long?
From an early age I have been a supporter of crafts and all things handmade. My family moved from London to Devon when I was seven to live the “good life”. My Mum was a potter (still is) – so I accompanied her to many craft fairs at that time. Where I live now, in Buxton , Derbyshire, I am constantly amazed at how many people have “home” industries.
Where do you promote your shop?
I promote my Zebedee print shop at craft fairs locally, with free postcards displaying my work and contact details. Also galleries nationwide that stock my work have direct links to my shop.
Do you have plans to expand your business in the future?
At the moment I am happy with the level of business activity, I have two online shops, I do contemporary craft fairs and occasional workshops. The online shops have led to exhibitions, commissions and a lot of contacts I would never have had without them.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about opening up a shop here on Folksy?
I would always encourage someone to set up a Folksy shop. It is a great opportunity to showcase your work and a brilliant platform to get feedback on your product: reviews and favourites.
It is a completely different experience to selling face to face, but never the less still a buzz.
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