Helen Hart's Embroidery World

Helen Hart's Embroidery World

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A SELLING TALE...or Big Brother control "on speed"...

Thanks for the feedback on sales venues. Very helpful.
Recently, I decided to try listing some things at eBay again. I was sorely disappointed to find that they have changed their Buy it Now policies. You once could list for one, ten, or thirty days. That is no longer the case. The listing says "Good Until Canceled."

Now, this might sound like a bargain on the face of it...but think about it and you may feel differently. This means that the buyer has no urgency or deadline for purchase. They say it this way:"“Good 'Til Cancelled listings will renew automatically every 30 days unless your item a) sells before that timeframe (except for sellers who have enabled the out of stock feature), b) you cancel your listing, or c) eBay ends your listing as a result of an eBay policy violation." (Notice their very English spelling of the world CANCELED.)

But sellers have found that there is more to this than meets the eye. Besides the lack of urgency to buy, the seller is also subject to automatic renewals every 30 days (not made clear when you list).

In the FAQ (not on the listing form) we find:
“Good ‘Til Cancelled listings will renew automatically every 30 days unless your item a) sells before that timeframe (except for sellers who have enabled the out of stock feature), b) you cancel your listing, or c) eBay ends your listing as a result of an eBay policy violation. Each time your listing renews, the listing will either count toward your monthly free listing allotment, or you will incur the standard insertion fee based on your eBay Store subscription level.”

I searched the web for a workaround for this and, although I found some, they were dated and had obviously been found by the powers that be as they did not work. I thought to change to auction with a buy it now option but that required me to start the auction for less than I wanted or make the buy it now price more than I wanted. A no-win situation.
And that was the end result...no wins, as I closed all my auctions. I won't have anyone, big or small, making my decisions for me, even it it is just as simple as relisting an item.

The end result is they have lost me as a seller unless I decide to do straight auctions.

To add to the ridiculousness of this tale, I had a piece of fabric listed that called it a "South Western pattern" and used the term MCM, which is a short cut meaning for Mid-Century Modern.

I got a notice that they had removed my listing because I wasn't allowed to use the names of "companies". I thought it might be the airline, so I changed my listing. (South Western has always been a term for the colors and vibe of certain patterns and colorways...)
Well, it got canceled again...and this time they let me know it was the MCM that was stuck in their craw. Hard to spell that one out with a character limit but I made do.
Now, I do not know of a company called MCM, don't care to, and, upon looking, found there were many listings that said MCM for mid-century modern (spelled out in their product description). Go figure.
More later on where I decided to list my items.

Q.
I am looking for input from those who use online selling in their business, whether it is Etsy, Zibbet, Shopify or one of the many others. Where do you have a store, what do you like about it, what are the pros and cons of where you are. You can answer me privately if you like at [email protected] or comment here.

I am particularly interested in hearing the pros and cons of "free shipping".

Contact information, map and directions, contact form, opening hours, services, ratings, photos, videos and announcements from Helen Hart's Embroidery World, Education, Winchester, VA.

Helen Hart's Embroidery World updated their address. 07/23/2021

Helen Hart's Embroidery World updated their address.

Helen Hart's Embroidery World updated their address.

09/22/2019

A SELLING TALE...or Big Brother control "on speed"...

Thanks for the feedback on sales venues. Very helpful.
Recently, I decided to try listing some things at eBay again. I was sorely disappointed to find that they have changed their Buy it Now policies. You once could list for one, ten, or thirty days. That is no longer the case. The listing says "Good Until Canceled."

Now, this might sound like a bargain on the face of it...but think about it and you may feel differently. This means that the buyer has no urgency or deadline for purchase. They say it this way:"“Good 'Til Cancelled listings will renew automatically every 30 days unless your item a) sells before that timeframe (except for sellers who have enabled the out of stock feature), b) you cancel your listing, or c) eBay ends your listing as a result of an eBay policy violation." (Notice their very English spelling of the world CANCELED.)

But sellers have found that there is more to this than meets the eye. Besides the lack of urgency to buy, the seller is also subject to automatic renewals every 30 days (not made clear when you list).

In the FAQ (not on the listing form) we find:
“Good ‘Til Cancelled listings will renew automatically every 30 days unless your item a) sells before that timeframe (except for sellers who have enabled the out of stock feature), b) you cancel your listing, or c) eBay ends your listing as a result of an eBay policy violation. Each time your listing renews, the listing will either count toward your monthly free listing allotment, or you will incur the standard insertion fee based on your eBay Store subscription level.”

I searched the web for a workaround for this and, although I found some, they were dated and had obviously been found by the powers that be as they did not work. I thought to change to auction with a buy it now option but that required me to start the auction for less than I wanted or make the buy it now price more than I wanted. A no-win situation.
And that was the end result...no wins, as I closed all my auctions. I won't have anyone, big or small, making my decisions for me, even it it is just as simple as relisting an item.

The end result is they have lost me as a seller unless I decide to do straight auctions.

To add to the ridiculousness of this tale, I had a piece of fabric listed that called it a "South Western pattern" and used the term MCM, which is a short cut meaning for Mid-Century Modern.

I got a notice that they had removed my listing because I wasn't allowed to use the names of "companies". I thought it might be the airline, so I changed my listing. (South Western has always been a term for the colors and vibe of certain patterns and colorways...)
Well, it got canceled again...and this time they let me know it was the MCM that was stuck in their craw. Hard to spell that one out with a character limit but I made do.
Now, I do not know of a company called MCM, don't care to, and, upon looking, found there were many listings that said MCM for mid-century modern (spelled out in their product description). Go figure.
More later on where I decided to list my items.

Q.

07/05/2019

I am looking for input from those who use online selling in their business, whether it is Etsy, Zibbet, Shopify or one of the many others. Where do you have a store, what do you like about it, what are the pros and cons of where you are. You can answer me privately if you like at [email protected] or comment here.

I am particularly interested in hearing the pros and cons of "free shipping".

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02/19/2018

29 Days until Spring

The crocuses are really sprouting!
Nothing winter can do now but spit or fume...but it's almost over.
Nothing makes me happier than Spring.

01/26/2018

53 days until Spring

I can't wait!!!

I have seen my first robin and today found a crocus peeking out of the ground.. It's just a little shoot, but I recognize its sweet green face from the vigils of other years.

Such a hopeful little sprout.

I went to the store the other day to buy some glue for a project. It was a half gallon jug. Someone said, "That's a lot of glue!"

"I saw my first robin today" I responded. "I am going home to glue him to that tree!"

Those who heard laughed and I was grateful for the light moment and the fact that no one stepped out of the shadow to berate me for potential "cruelty to animals".

Sometimes the joy of the moment is deeper than it seems.

I am old enough to remember when we were unconsciously given the benefit of the doubt when we spoke and not analyzed, criticized and demonized to death.

Once in a while we hear the cutesy remark, "Oh that is so 1990s." or "that is so yesterday."

Would that it were....

Photos from Helen Hart's Embroidery World's post 11/13/2017

Nature's Bling

Went out to the post office today. The front yard is full of yellow leaves that have fallen from the majestic maple in front of the house.

This tree got the luck of the draw as it is on the side of the street with NO telephone wires. So it has not been mutilated.

Wouldn't you think with all the new developments available that cities and towns would spend some of our tax money on burying the wires so we can see clearly? I went out to take some pictures of the moon the other night and had to rearrange several times to find a place with no overhead wires. I don't photoshop my pictures....believe in taking the picture with the camera...so I have to pay attention:)

Back to this morning. Sending along a picture of the raindrops caught on the many leaves in my yard's golden carpet.....and one had a lovely "fairy pond" just waiting for a wee sprite to come along and have a swim. And one of the rising moon as well. The world is always beautiful if you look in the right direction.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving coming up already! Just yesterday it was summer!

I hope your machines are humming and your embroidery world is full of customers who appreciate your talents. Be sure to charge for them!!

06/06/2017

The Vintage Hart: Beautiful Old Things...Old Things Made Beautiful!

Small is Gorgeous

Went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2. There was a commercial...normally I detest commercials at movies and on news videos because CAN'T WE EVER JUST ENJOY AND LISTEN WITHOUT THE SALES PITCH. (and I am committed to never buy any brand of product I am forced to watch.) But this was a great one.

Even though ostriches can't fly, the one in the commercial does after experiencing Virtual Reality via a GEAR headset he finds on a breakfast table, He gets it on his head and is carried by a simulator into the magic world of flight. Experiencing what it is like, he practices and practices until he succeeds, much to the amazement of his friends and family. Samsung's tagline reads, "We make what can't be made, so you can do what can't be done,"

The ending is what you can't.

I loved it. My Grandfather used to say "Can't never did anything" and he proved it with the invention of so many submarine safety devices and life-saving equipment like the Momsen Lung and the Bell Chamber.

In my embroidery seminars I used to encourage discussions about what we do and what we should try. Sometimes when the sentence started with "Well, I can't"...I would smile and say, "But can't never did anything."

One of the things we CAN do that we think we can't is charge what we are worth. There are so many embroidery/printing shops that deal in volume and so seem content to make a fraction of the profit their talent and skills deserve, To them the dollar is the reason.

Perhaps it seems impossible for the smaller shop to compete against that. But like David when he figured out how to fell Goliath, we can do it by finding a niche and filling it. Do what THEY can't or won't do. I used to hear folks lament that "we just can't compete against that hard sell and low price"..and this is a case where I would say, "Yes you can."

I remember a lady that attended one of my seminars and she raised her hand and shared her story. She had many people coming in to her new business asking for orders so large she had to turn them away, She yearned for the small orders, the "onsie twosies" and the custom requests. Many in the class was aghast and I called on one shocked face to say what we were all thinking.. and she said it as well or better than I would have. "Don't turn it away, Find a large shop that wants that business and forge an agreement that you will do the small orders they get and you will send the big items their way..preferably for a finder's fee as well as referrals for the jobs you want." Never turn away business.

Brain storm with friends, watch the Internet for trends and jump on before it's time to say "I wish I had thought of that." Put yourself in constant thinking mode...Be ready to come out with a printed or embroidered shirt and have it on your Internet site for sale or at ETSY or ZIBBET if you have a store there BEFORE the bloom is off the rose. If you have the chops, put up the order form and a graphic the day an event happens and you have a pithy comment to stitch or print. Then print them or embroider like mad when the orders come in. 😅🤑 And if the volume is too great job it out.

True story: A woman once put a stock design on a sweatshirt and pitched it to a home shopping network. They accepted it and she was overwhelmed with orders. She didn't go out and buy more equipment and work herself to death. She found a "partner" to produce it. One of the "big guns" we sometimes fuss about made many of her dreams come true. (Of course, to do something like this you have to use a stock design whose producer allows unlimited production...so check before you buy, or digitize your own.)

If you are into a gentler and less consuming form of competition😇 think of a way to take a product and turn it into something amazing.

I like to work with vintage fabric and linens making lampshades and bridal pillows and so much more. I love to look at sites like Pinterest for inspiration and then put my own spin on things. I am hoping to beef up my offerings on www.thevintagehart.com and www.lamshadekeepsakes.com now that I am in full recovery mode.

I am so committed to this and some writing I am doing that I have offered all my non-vintage fabrics and trims (and some vintage unsuitable for my focus products) for sale at those Zibbet sites and at FabricandTrimStudio and Hartefacts on Etsy. That's a great way to free up capital to pay down debt or invest in your unique products and ideas.

There is an old saying, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Add to that "or sell it." I am lightening my life's load and becoming debt-free and focused.

Making gifts and gorgeous things that no one else does, can or wants to ...being willing and able to add an embroidered name to that heirloom christening gown or stitch a child's adorable quote on linen for a framed gift, can bring you what I call "specialty dollars".

Just begin as you mean to go on and charge a good sum for these unique treasures. In the personalization business it is amazing what people are willing to pay for something they really want...and you have the talent, training and experience to make their dreams a reality.

In my years of making the dreams of others come true in stitches, I have only had one person question my price...and they were surprised it didn't cost more.

That's what we are...Dream Makers...

What are called "bespoke" items demand a premium and I think they are so much more creative and fun to produce than the same item over and over..So I say "let them make shirts" and I make the high-dollar specialty items...more fun, less time, less repetition and many times the same or more dollars for equal time. Factor in the cost outlay and upkeep on all the extra equipment and maybe there are MORE dollars. Yes, big may be beautiful but small is gorgeous.

If you have a unique product or offering in your business, I would love to hear from you at [email protected] and I will share it with my EmbroideryLine (www,EmbroideryLine,com which embroiderers and printers of every stripe, professional or hobbyist, are welcome to join) or at my HelenHart website. If you give me permission to do so, I might include it in one of the articles I write.

Back to the movie I attended,,,there is a scene where Peter Quill is fighting his father EGO who says, "Listen to me! You are a god. If you kill me, you'll be just like everybody else!" And
Peter Quill, our hero, replies, "What's so wrong with that?"

I loved that quote...because it sums up how we all should feel about our fellow man - the ones that, although mortal, follow the golden rule and keep their mayhem in their video games.

But, about embroidery...we don't want to be like everyone else. We want to be unique and different, creative and astonishing. And we want to be paid for that.

So, CHARGE! And, like the Ostrich, FLY.

There is a poem at the end of my second book, "Professional Embroidery:Stitching by Design that says it perfectly, By Guillaume Apollinaire, it reads:

Come to the edge
He said. They said: We are afraid,
Come to the edge
He said, They came.
He pushed them, and
they flew.

I would often end my seminars with this...and hope that everyone had the feeling that they really could when they walked out the door.

The Vintage Hart: Beautiful Old Things...Old Things Made Beautiful! Welcome to The Vintage Hart Home of Vintage and Bespoke Treasures ! A WORD FROM OUR GIFTS We've been ironed and polished, Laundered and mended,

Lampshade Keepsakes: Our shades are made from vintage/designer fabrics. We welcome custom orders. 03/02/2017

Lampshade Keepsakes: Our shades are made from vintage/designer fabrics. We welcome custom orders.

I have opened a new page called Lampshade Keeepsakes to help direct people to my new website called,....www.LampshadeKeepsakes.com. I hope you will visit the page and "like" it and visit the website, too. I am having a whole lot of fun creating shades...it has been the perfect amount of busy-ness for my latest recuperation!

Lampshade Keepsakes: Our shades are made from vintage/designer fabrics. We welcome custom orders.

03/02/2017

19 DAYS UNTIL SPRING

I saw a robin today. I didn't get a picture but I just wanted to spread the news. They're BACK!

Photos from Helen Hart's Embroidery World's post 02/24/2017

25 DAYS TO SPRING

Today it is 80 degrees. The mailman came 'round with no coat and a big grin. Everyone is smiling. I had my car washed and can't stop going out on the porch and taking BIG breaths!

The purple crocuses have bloomed. And I found a little yellow one in the middle of the soon-to-be grass that must have been transplanted when they dug up my yard last fall to replace the sewer and water lines. It looks so cute and brave out there, just soaking up the sun. I send you also a portrait of my day lily and some forsythia blooming by the roadside.

Those of you in the warmer climes might find this a little..boring:) but our northern neighbors won't I bet!!

I hope that the sun is shining wherever you are and, if not, that you can borrow some sun from my weather report and the pictures and just have faith....Spring really is on the way!!!

Timeline Photos 02/22/2017

27 days until SPRING

Crocuses and day lilies and forsythia have all made their debuts!!!!

01/20/2017

INAUGURATION DAY

The skies are cloudy and, for many, reflect the mood. Today we see the “peaceful” transition of power in our Republic.

As is the case with any election, there are those who are pleased with the results and those who are not.

I am pleased that Hillary Clinton has been denied the Presidency. Not because I don’t want to see a woman in power (think Margaret Thatcher) but because I want that first woman to be morally and ethically worthy of the title and the respect. I hope I live long enough to see a woman President of the United States…but the right woman…not just any woman pitched upward to break that glass ceiling.

The man who has won is not my choice. He has little experience and is arrogant and self-absorbed I do not think he is any more worthy of the honor than the alternative but someone has to win…so we go on.

And go on we will. Every Inauguration should be a celebration of liberty—not a partisan victory in a mostly two-party system. This transfer of power is a miracle unfolding to many of the countries of the world where dictators hold sway and people are held in all forms of bo***ge. Let’s celebrate that if not the man with his hand on the Bible.

Some question the legitimacy of the new Commander-in-Chief crying about rigged elections. But the best way forward for me is to accept what is, make the best of it for four (or eight) years and hope that next time the winner is more to my liking. It is true that the winner is always to the liking of some, not all. That is the nature of the beast.

I want to beat my chest and gnash my teeth right now. I want to start a riot, give an unkind speech and denigrate the man and his wife and family. I want to prostrate myself in the path of the parade, create obstructions, raise my voice to a screech and vent my displeasure, unhappiness and, yes, fear. I want to start a fire and scream “Never My President.”

But the reality is that the only fire that should burn on this day is the one that shoots the flames of liberty into the amazing and rarefied air of this free United States of America.

So, I will not march. I will not belittle. I will not threaten to leave my country, make speeches that mock, throw bottles or rocks. I will not weep or mourn and act like it is the end. It is always a beginning.

I will redirect the anger and disappointment I feel into energy for another time…four years or eight years hence, where I will be the one who is full of joy and hope as I welcome a new President who might change the world and lead America to greater glories and reclaim some that has been lost.

When the new President is sworn in at noon I will accept reality, deal with it, work with it, and pray, for him and our great nation.

That is how it should be. We are not a nation of crybabies and whiners. We are a nation of great and worthy people.

God bless American and give us the grace to accept the things we cannot change…and the wisdom and energy to change the things we can.

The election year of 2012 cannot get here fast enough—and, if things don’t go the way I want, I will wait with dignified AMERICAN patience for another election cycle in 2016—or a mid-term perhaps—when things might change.

There is always hope. And there will always be change.
WRITTEN ON
January 20, 2009

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