Seller Highlight: Alana / AWPrints

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop this upcoming weekend, 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: Alana from AWPrints

Alana’s current items consist of Screen Prints which she designs and makes by herself, most of which are one off’s.

How did you choose your shop name?

I wanted to choose something simple that reflected the items that I sell.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

After I finished my Degree in Fine Art I was determined to remain creative. I think Etsy is a nice way to do this – especially if you lead a busy life.

What do you love most about your products?

They are very personal to me, having made most of them throughout my degree – I also love the colour combinations.

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

Making new products – as I work full time, finding the time to make new things is hard but when I get round to it, I love it!

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

See what else is out there that is similar to you and take tips from other Etsy shops! Just have a real good browse and make yourself aware of your competitors.

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Come meet Alana, 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



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 As anyone who has visited my shop 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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