Seller Highlight: Cherie / DirtyThoughtsSoapwks

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: Cherie from DirtyThoughtsSoapswks

Cherie makes vegan friendly soap and bath bombs from natural ingredients, using as many sustainable and/or local sources as possible. She then lovingly wraps them in vintage maps she finds at charity shops.

How did you choose your shop name?

The name came to me almost immediately when I decided I would start making and selling my own soap. I just liked the cheekiness and double meaning of the name.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

I am new to Cambridge and wanted to access the market here.

What do you love most about your products?

I love the scents, they are so evocative of different times in my life.

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

Standing out against the competition.

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

Persistence! And adding new products often.

soaps - chai latte maps soaps - lavender soaps - lemongrass soaps - sunny citrus

Come meet Cherie, 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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