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Going to the Show - Our 2017 Shows Come to a Close

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Going to the Show - Our 2017 Shows Come to a Close

As our 2017 market season comes a close, we are left thinking about the year in retrospect and as is typical for any business, discussing the endless should haves, could haves, and might haves. The only similarity between selling on-line and selling at a venue is the importance of having products with demand, however once you step into that arena with the gladiators battling it out for attention from the Roman Emperor all things learned along the way go out the window. Our conservative approach of laying items out on the table and letting shoppers browse much like they would...

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Back to Beading

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Back to Beading

Bringing the Beads back to NiciArt Once a very popular category in our shop, beaded bracelets and jewelry offer a timeless fashion appeal and enrich our collections with brightly coloured themes. While gemstones provide the stunning focal points for our metal jewelry, beading remains unmatched for adventures in theming with colour. Listing one new sterling silver, gold, or mixed metal jewelry product everyday in 2013, our Metal Challenge 360 consumed most our time and diverted attention away from our hemp and beaded jewelry to the point where we continued forward with only metal jewelry in 2014. Although our plans included...

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Ending 2016 on the Wet Side

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Ending 2016 on the Wet Side

Rain in Arizona is often a news worthy rarity and novelty for photographers to capture those rare rainbows or beautiful moments of white water roaring through the dry desert arroyos. When planning an Art Market, no one ever expects a cancellation due to weather, so to have our first market of the new year cancelled was indeed a surprise. The trouble began in our driveway where I managed to get our Ram Truck stuck in the wet sand and had to switch over to 4 wheel drive to even make it down to the street. As the day progressed, the...

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Crafting with Social Media and the Customer

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Crafting with Social Media and the Customer

Some of our best selling products have evolved through suggestions from our customers and social media which is why I always recommend that every boutique crafter listen very closely to suggestions from shop visitors and become and active participant in their sharing sites. Social media is not just a tool for improving Domain Authority, Trust, or plastering products on a wall with the hopes shoppers flood your store. Instead social media should become a learning experience with two way communication and human to human interaction. Cyberspace is an extension of your three-dimensional world rather than an abstract addition. Having been...

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NiciArt gets a Facelift for the Holidays

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NiciArt gets a Facelift for the Holidays

With the holiday shopping madness in full swing, we decided to give our beloved old-school style template, the Supply Theme, a facelift thereby eliminating the sideways scrolling menus, pop ups, and drop downs which make navigation an exercise in finger gymnastics. Our new responsive theme features a simple organized structure of menu options and emphasizes "click and go." As the shop designer and resident engineer, practicality usually supersedes aesthetics, so this revised organization of products into nice neat categories represents a bit of painful mental wrangling. Our studio captures more the work flow of a hardware aisle, where we know...

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