Seller Highlight: Nicola / Oopsadoodle

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop at the end of this month, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!

This episode: Nicola from Oopsadoodle

Nicola creates wonderfully personalised gifts and custom made stationery.

How did you choose your shop name?

I just wanted something that sounded a bit quirky and cute whilst describing what I do – doodle!

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

I started my making stationery items for friends and family, mainly wedding stationery. I discovered that I really enjoyed doing it and thought Etsy would be a good way of seeing whether other people like what I do!

What do you love most about your products?

I love being able to make things personal to my customers, it really makes a simple idea become something special.

What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?

Time management. Whilst it is my dream to be making my own stationery and artwork full time, I am still having to do a day job, which means it can be difficult juggling the two especially when it comes to visiting the post office!

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

Fast communication, I have the Etsy seller app on my phone so I am able to respond to customers quickly. This and handwriting personal thank you notes has gone down really well with my customers so far!

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Come meet Nicola, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!

29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

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yvettebessels

Hi - my name's Yvette! Originally from the Netherlands, I am a kind, lively and laid-back person with a can-do attitude. Together with my husband Sean, we have moved from the Netherlands to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK), Leamington Spa (UK), Sheffield (UK), Sydney (Australia), back to the Netherlands, to Dusseldorf (Germany), Cambridge (UK), Frankfurt (Germany and now Toronto (Canada) in the last 9 years. And no, I don't think this is our final stop either! I have learned most of my photographic craft whilst at Art college (quite a few years back), from the two portrait studio jobs I held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and from assisting fine art dealer Linus Carr in Warwick. Even though I still own and use my digital camera, I mainly shoot on medium format Black and White film, using a Rolleiflex TLR. As I become more and more fascinated with old photography techniques, I started shooting wet plates in 2013. You can see some of my work on www.yvettebessels.com As anyone who has visited my shop 1000crows.com or '1000crowsVintage' on Etsy may attest to, I am a big fan of carboots / charity shops as well as vintage fairs, garage sales, auctions ..... you get the idea - and my house is slowly filling up with beautiful random things - some of which I sell online, and some of which I will hoard for a while. x

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