Etsy

March 12

Etsy: First Purchase Credit Worth $5 Off

Posted by on March 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Etsy: First Purchase Credit Worth $5 Off

With the incredible popularity of the Etsy promo code we blogged about, we’ve decided we want to blog another promotion coming from Etsy. If you’ve bought anything on Etsy before, you can get a $5 credit for your first purchase. The best news is that your purchase only has to be a minimum of $10! You have to click our link to get your $5 credit. So click away.

Etsy seriously has everything you can think of that is handmade, vintage and made in North America. I checked out some really great items for around $10, just to give you some ideas of the variety you can get. Of course, you can spend as much as you’d like, and enjoy the $5 off too.

I found a Boxer Dog Art Print from Dottie Dracos is gorgeous, and has a special place in my heart since I used to have a boxer. It is only $13.70, but you’ll pay only $8.70 with the credit.

This You’re My Person coffee mug from Tula Tinkers makes a special and useful gift. Pay only $6.42 after your $5 off.

And even though this item is much more than $10, I had to blog it, because it is gorgeous! I love this Easter Wreaths Spring Wreath in Easter Egg from Design a Wreath. It is now $66.89 from $71.89.

Shipping depends on what you get, as each seller is located in a different spot. You can specify only sellers who ship from Canada as well, if that is a worry for you. Note that you can only use your credit with sellers who have direct checkout. If you decide to buy an item from a seller who does not, your credit will still be there waiting for you for when you do.

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February 20

Etsy Canada Promo Code: 15% Off At A Number Of Shops

Posted by on February 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Etsy Canada Promo Code: 15% Off At A Number Of Shops

Do you ever shop at Etsy? If you don’t, you are completely and utterly missing out. Etsy is amazing! And right now there are 20+ Etsy shops who are offering 15% off with promo code in celebration of the Olympics and to support Canada.

Click here to shop @ Etsy.ca now

  • Coupon Code: CANADA15
  • Discount: 15% off
  • Expiry: 24th February 2014

Mooser Mel sent us this great coupon code with a little bit of information about why this promotion is happening. Etsy is a place where you can get unique, local and handmade goods. What better way to support Canada than to support a small Canadian business? I’ve shopped at Etsy a number of times, buying my sons personalized superhero capes, buying my husband a personalized hand stamped necklace, and more.

Here is the list of vendors who are offering the code this week:

As you can see, there is a wide range of items for everyone and I’ve looked into these collections and they are all gorgeous! Handmade items make amazing gift ideas, even for yourself.

Shipping all depends upon the vendor, but these are all Canadian vendors so it shouldn’t be too much.

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September 5

Etsy Artifice Clothing: Discount PVC Clothing & Costumes

Posted by on September 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Etsy Artifice Clothing: Discount PVC Clothing & Costumes

There is a fabulous Canadian company called Artifice Clothing that I have been watching for AGES because they have the most awesome stuff made out of PVC. They have their own website (here) but they are also on Etsy. They use Etsy to clear out production samples, photoshoot samples, exchanges, etc., so the clothing on there is cheaper than their website. Their stuff is perfect for Halloween, comic conventions, and anytime you want to be a little bit naughty and look really nice!

As these are mostly samples and exchanges, the sizes that are available are indicated in the description. If you want something in a different size you can get it for full price on their website (though they do have some made to measure on Etsy as well). Here are some of their Etsy deals:

I have adored this company for ages and am planning on designing a Tron-inspired costume with their glowing PVC items. I also love their Snow White and Harley Quinn costumes – too bad they are not on sale! However, I like these individual pieces on sale because you can really build your own costume with them as foundational pieces or accents and use your imagination. If you are more adventurous, you can mix them into your daily wardrobe.

On my wish list? This 28″ white PVC with luminescent icy blue glowing trim underbust corset for $100 ($10 off the original price). I want that soooo bad.

Shipping varies depending on what you are buying.

All items ship from Canada but depending on your computer, prices may be in USD or CDN. Prices listed above are in USD.

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April 1

4 Wedding Must-Haves You Can Make Then Sell

Posted by on April 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

4 Wedding Must Haves You Can Make Then Sell

If you want to save money on your wedding, then be prepared for the term DIY to become a very important part of your vocabulary. That being said, once the wedding bells have stopped ringing, if you want to recoup some of your costs then the names eBay, Etsy, and Craigslist will also become very familiar to you. What’s the point of learning how to make boutonnieres out of ribbon and cake stands out of old plates and glasses if you can’t also start selling these unique handicrafts online for some extra cash? I’ve made a number of wedding essentials for my own wedding and you better believe that after I’ve said “I do” I’m gonna turn my skills for making chalkboard paint signs and bedazzled tea lights into a money-making side hustle. Here are a few of the most in demand wedding must-haves that you can make then sell online for a profit.

Cake stand

The wedding cake is a major part of the wedding experience, but most of the time you have to either rent or buy a cake stand and those things don’t come cheap. I’ve been on the look out for a reasonably priced cake stand to buy for weeks and I still haven’t found anything under $50. Instead, I’m going to make my own out of some old dishes, and lucky for me it’ll be the perfect touch of shabby-chic for my special day. Not only that, I’ve seen dozens of these same homemade cake stands on Etsy selling for $70 and up, so it should be a piece of cake to sell it later on. I found a great how-to guide on Pin Cookie’s blog too!

4 Wedding Must Haves You Can Make Then Sell

Cake topper

As silly as it may sound, the first thing I bought after getting engaged was my wedding cake topper. I spent $50 on a ceramic bride and groom high-fiving when I could have just made my own for under $5 with materials from the craft store. It may be too late for my wedding, but I bet I know a number of brides who would pay me at least $15 for one of these handmade creations. Thanks to Confetti Daydreams for the inspiration.

4 Wedding Must Haves You Can Make Then Sell

Boutonnieres

Flowers are expensive no matter what season you get married in, so making your own boutonnieres using ribbon or other fabric will save you a ton of cash. Moreover, many brides like to be unique when it comes to styling their groom and groomsmen, so it wouldn’t be difficult to sell these thrifty and fashionable accessories after the wedding. Polka Dot Bride and Hip Hostess have some great tutorials on how to make them, so make sure to check them out.

4 Wedding Must Haves You Can Make Then Sell

Garter

As cute as all of the different wedding garters are splashed all over Pinterest, the fact remains that you’ll only wear the thing for a day. After that it’s either sell it or keep it in a memory box for decades to come. That being said, spending more than $10 on an item that almost no one will see anyways just seems silly. If you follow A Beautiful Mess’ instructions, you can make your own with ease, and since the blogger had such a hard time finding a garter like this for her wedding, I bet you won’t have any trouble trying to sell these online to other brides too.

4 Wedding Must Haves You Can Make Then Sell

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February 14

5 Places To Purchase Last Minute V-Day Gift Cards

Posted by on February 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

5 Places To Purchase Last Minute V Day Gift Cards

In case you forgot (despite our reminders) to pick up a gift and now its Valentine’s Day and you have nothing. Don’t despair… gift cards are still a great way to go! Many of them can be ordered online and emailed or printed out. Here are 5 different types of gift cards to cover partners of all interests.

  • Lush: If your partner loves long hot baths, warm cozy showers, and skin soft as silk – a Lush gift certificate is a great last minute gift. They sell bath bombs, bubble bars, shower jellies,  hair products, massage bars, lotions, perfume sticks and so much more.
  • WaySpa: Does your partner deserve a few hours of pampering and utter relaxation? Perhaps a spa day is the way to go. As previously mentioned they are referring 15% off gift certificates and there are around 2,200 locations to choose.
  • Amazon: If you are somewhat unsure of what your partner might like, perhaps the relationship is in its early stages, Amazon is the way to go. For the bookworm it has books and eBooks, for elected techno-geek it has electronics, for the movie lover it has plenty of DVDs and so much more.
  • Etsy: If your partner is a big fan of arts & crafts, home made, local sources, eco-friendly, and/or vintage then getting an Etsy gift certificate will bring a smile to their face. You can find anything on Etsy and it really appeals to the individuals trying to support small businesses.
  • SwarovskiIf your partner likes anything that glitters – she will positively glow with a Swarovski gift certificate. You pick out the amount and let her choose the piece that most complements her style – whether a necklace, earrings, ring, or even an ornament.

These are just a few ideas for those last minute situations. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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January 29

Great Alternative Shopping Sites for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on January 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Great Alternative Shopping Sites for Valentines Day

More than ever I relish finding alternative shopping websites that facilitate my love for something different and on a budget. Not only can you find unique, vintage, used, reused, natural, handmade, and locally sourced goods, you can often find them at great prices. I am a big fan of a different model of consumerism – one that recycles, reuses, and tries to be as natural as possible. Here are some of my favourite places on the internet to shop:

  • TrendTrunk: Now my go-to place to buy and sell used clothing, jewelry, accessories and shoes. Used is not ‘bad’ – in fact, I have already scored some awesome finds on this website for fantastic prices. Valentine’s Day is coming up so check out this Juicy Couture Black and Gold Watch for $99.99 (orig. $195) or this Relic Classic Remix Flap HandBag for $33 (orig. $49.99). Prices include shipping.
  • Shopcaster: This website is pretty new to me. It is an online marketplace where you can browse and buy from local independent boutiques, though they want you to sign up for an account before you can look through their products. There are plenty of ideas for Valentine’s Day around here – but I like this Pre de Provence lavender soap for $10.99 out of Toronto and these cute Biko Fortune Cookie Necklaces also out of Toronto for $45.

How about you, Bargainmoosers? Have any great ‘unorthodox’ places you like to shop?

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March 11

Coupons on Etsy

Posted by on March 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Coupons on Etsy

Some people I know love Etsy – they are Etsy devotees! If you are unfamiliar with Etsy it is a bunch of people, like you and me, who sell handmade and vintage products via mini stores. I also recently discovered that if you watch and wait, sometimes your favourite sellers will give coupons for discounts!

Recently I went on a little Etsy shopping spree because stores I liked suddenly had fantastic coupon codes.

For example:

  • SouthernTwistedSoaps is offering 20% off anything with coupon code SpringCleaning – I picked up some awesome Olive Oil Cold Pressed Soap.
  • ConsciousSkinCare is offering 15% off anything with the coupon code MOTHER15 – I picked up 100ml of Argan Oil for pretty much $25 including shipping, where here it costs around $40 for 1/3rd that amount.
  • SacredEmpire is offering 20% off her clothing store with coupon code TAKE20 – I picked up a ‘Sorcerers Dress that is to die for – $60 all inclusive for a custom made dress.
  • Aftershowershop is offering 15% off their tulip skirts with coupon code 15DIS – I picked one up in blue, can’t wait for it to arrive!

Even on Etsy you can get great deals using coupons. My advice is to add items to your favourites and check back on the store regularly to see if they have a coupon listed. I Check every few days and managed to score these extra deals on things I wanted by doing so!

Happy Etsy-ing!

P.S. The banner is a picture from my favourites list!

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September 15

Etsy: What it is, Why it’s Good, How You can get a Deal

Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Etsy: What it is, Why its Good, How You can get a Deal

Etsy is a community (or database) of online shops from all over the world. The shops operate virtually independently but are all within the Etsy community which you need to sign up to to buy, make items your favourites and send messages.

Etsy is amazing because it gives shoppers access to fashions from all over the world. You can buy from Norway, the USA, Australia, Russia and many many countries across the world. Etsy is also a wonderful place to find unique, custom, handmade, one of a kind items. I will provide some examples:

  • April Dancer Etsy Store: The designer Frances Smily (originally from Vancouver, now NYC based) sells lingerie on Etsy that is one of a kind! These items are some of her label’s samples and one-off items. If you are a size S (though a few pieces are other sizes) this is a fabulous opportunity to get your hands on lingerie no one else will ever have.
  • AndyVeEirn Etsy Store: This guy makes hand knitted women’s clothing. This Romantic lace top in Grey is one of my favourites and is made to order – which means you need to allow 1-2 weeks for this item to be handmade before shipment.
  • chopper178 Etsy Store: Designs petticoats and dresses + more. Her item sizes are made to order, meaning you give her your dimensions and she makes the item for your body.

What this means from a deal finders perspective:

  • Etsy stores will have coupon codes too. For example: use coupon code: BACK2SCHOOL for 25% off everything in April Dancer’s shop. (expires 30th, Sept 2011)
  • Etsy stores have sales also. AndyVeEirn has a ‘crazy sale‘ on with discounts on his handmade items, I see up to 35% off right now.
  • Also I find these truisms occur in life: If it doesn’t fit well, you won’t wear it. If you don’t like it, you won’t wear it. With custom hand made clothing you can be part of the process: it will be made to fit your body and you can ask for changes in lengths, colours, fabrics, etc to suit your style so you will love it. There is no point in finding a good deal on something you will never wear. It defeats the purpose of deal finding.

Lastly from a woman’s perspective:

  • If it is handmade, custom made, and taken from the entire worldwide supply of fashion… what are the chances you will arrive at a party to see someone else wearing the exact same thing? Pretty close to zero. What if it is a one of a kind item? Then there is 0 chance someone will be wearing the exact same thing.

Pretty sweet.

That, was Etsy 101.

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