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I had never heard of Etsy until one day I coincidentally came across it through Pinterest.  I found it to be a really cool site with unique and amazing items.  Only a few short months after finding Etsy I decided to use it to sell my Cake Toppers.  I knew so little about how Etsy worked.  Although I had joined teams I wasn’t familiar with the acronyms, how to participate, how often to post new items or how else to help promote my shop.  When joining teams I had to read and agree to team rules, much of which included terminally I was not familiar with or understood how it related to my Etsy shop.  For one team I had to agree to not create new threads… threads? What is a thread?  Once part of the team, games would ask me to post a search link.  What is a search link?  How do I get that?  Fortunately I figured it out but I wish I had known or had some guidance.  It’s for this reason I’ve come up with some helpful tips and definitions to aid you in your new venture. Definitions / Acronyms                Threads – Team Discussions/Games.  Usually generated by the Team Captain or Team Leaders.                 Fave – To Favor, Favorite, Heart, Like an item or shop                Heart – To Favor, Favorite, Fave, Like an item or shop                Unheart – To click on the Like/Heart until the red heart is white again with the intention of clicking it again…

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For almost 2 years I have dedicated myself to designing practical and affordable cake toppers.  Thinking outside the box and testing the limits of cake design I have created some of the most diverse and extraordinary toppers.  No matter how simple your cake is, a little ribbon and the perfect topper you can turn simple into spectacular without breaking the bank. Airplane CakeAdd 1 or 2 drops of blue food coloring to your buttercream frosting.  Mix and add red dye until you get the desired blue.For the clouds I used white icing already in a pouch with tips.  Only about $2-$3 at Walmart.  The finishing touch is my Red Airplane Topper.  This adorable red and white wood toy airplane is hand painted. The plane has moving wheels and propeller making it not only a cake decoration on the day of your party but is the perfect lasting keepsake.  Wingspan: 3 ¼” Front-Back: 3 ¾” Tall without stick: 1 ½” Tall with stick: 6 ¼” The Airplane is also available in vintage varnish or orange & white.  CandyLand Cake Add 1 or 2 drops of red food coloring to your buttercream frosting.  Mix and add red dye until you get the desired pink. To create a contrast I selected a darker pink polka dot ribbon then topped it with one of my toppers. This topper has a colorful mix of lollipops that surround a candy colored rhinestone number 4. The polka dot ribbon and glittery base to tie it…

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Over The Top Cake Toppers is dedicated to designing the most unique, fun, fancy and distinct line of cake toppers.  Our toppers are non-traditional; hence our slogan: Fun, fancy, sometimes whimsical but always Over The Top! Our shop offers a wide range of genre for almost any event. The various styles are affordable and practical.   Transform any cake from modest to magnificent with just a few items; frosting, ribbon and one of our toppers.  Here are just a few of our toppers.  If you haven’t done so already, I invite you to visit my shop by clicking the link above or going to www.overthetopcaketopper.etsy.com. Masquerade/Mardi Gras Gatsby / Roaring 20’s Children’s CollectionReviews…

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Opening up my Etsy shop was both exciting and nerve racking.  I was so optimistic, but mixed emotions wrestled inside of me.  I had not had my first sale, but I could already envision the sales count climbing; yet the pessimist in me saw a complete bust.I dove in head first, but quickly realize I was in over my head.  Marketing my shop made me feel like I had to be an advertising expert, professional photographer, graphics designer, customer mediator and social media guru.If you are reading this you may have already realized that being creative or having a good eye for amazing vintage products is not enough to be successful and build a cliental on Etsy.  Truth be told selling online can be quite overwhelming.  So how do you face the daunting task of taking amazing photos, getting a large amount of followers on social media and what the heck is SEO???My first bit of advice; don’t get hung up in being perfect and most importantly, do not get discouraged.  Here are some simple yet effective ideas and tips to help improve your Etsy sales.NetworkFor starters, join a few Etsy teams where you can promote others and they promote you.  You may be a member of a few teams; good for you, but joining is not enough.  Do your homework.  Pick 2 or 3 good teams; and by good I mean active.  Just because a team has 500 or more members does not…

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I FINALLY DID IT!! I’ve launched my very own blog!  After months of debating if I should or should not start my own blog, I decided to stop wasting time and just do it.I wish I could tell you that I sat down one day and wrote down all the pros and cons, evaluated the cost benefit and networked with an awesome team that has my back…. but that is not the case.  I’m here solo, learning as I go and ready to share the experience with you.Launching my own blog has been on my mind for a while, but I’ve been avoiding it.  I felt that starting a blog would only take away time and focus from my shop; however almost every article I read with advice on how to increase sales and have Etsy success highly recommends having you own blog.  So how else to see if all the advice is true but to take the plunge and begin to blog.Welcome to all of you joining me and Thank You!  For those of you who are not familiar with who I am or what I do; from 8-5 I am an Engineer for the Quality Department of a global medical company.  I’ve been with the company for over 10 years.  Although I have a degree in Accounting, I love learning and growing.  Through the years I managed to work my way from Accounting to R&D and finally Quality…

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