Wow! I’ve seriously disappeared since last Fall! Not sure how I get so derailed but I’ve definitely missed tinkering around here on my site. At least I have a new project to show for my down time! I recently relaunched my Etsy shop to sync up with Hey Hi Blog! My old shop was named HomeRoomStudio. I really did love it and I’m more than a little sad to see it go.
For HRS I designed and created fiber arts and accessories that utilized vintage and upcycled materials. I carried handmade items like Embroidery Hoop Art and Jersey Knit Scarves with fiber art pins. I hit 100 sales within my first couple of quarters and then my studio flooded….I had to shut down the shop while we dealt with the mess.
I switched my inventory over to digital downloadable art and let it be.
During that time I thought about what my next move should be. I definitely missed my shop and I missed scouting for my vintage and upcycled materials. I decided I would like to carry inventory that didn’t require such a dedicated studio work space but still allowed me to sell what I loved.
I’m pleased to announce that HomeRoomStudio has officially been relaunched as Hey Hi Goods! The new shop carries mostly vintage housewares along with a few jersey knit scarves and digital prints like the ones shown above.
The inventory is still growing and I eventually want to offer a few handmade goods again but I’m trying to keep the operation small and nimble. I may add my handmade items on a seasonal basis so make sure the check the shop this Fall!
So far I love photographing and staging all my items and giving them shiny new make overs. Check out the shop and tell me what you think!
To learn more about the shop and my love for vintage goods check out my About Page on Etsy.
I’ve been debating about placing ads on heyhiblog.com. The usual dilemmas apply. Do I risk cluttering up the page to try and earn some pennies or keep the design nice and clean? I have worked in Product Design and Development for over a decade so it’s second nature for me to analyze products and figure out the best value for my target consumer. Now that I’m self employed I really miss creating and selling retail items but, as a blogger, I’m pretty excited to explore all types of products now and not just what my employer manufactures.
In reality, this is my livelihood, so I spent some time researching the best ad options for me. Since we’re already Amazon shopping enthusiasts I was excited to try out their affiliate program . I already trust them as a consumer (a little too often) so I feel pretty comfortable partnering with them for business. I really like the control I have over the affiliate content and how it’s displayed on my site. I can pick the exact products I want to suggest and incorporate them into the content I want to blog about. Win-win in my book. I am still looking at other ad programs, with the main rule being, that I am able to control what is being promoted. If you see and ad or affiliate link on my site, it has been chosen by me because it is relevant, I use that service, I personally shop there, I own it, or I wish i owned it! Hopefully these links will be as useful to you as they are to me.
I found all the products in the April styleboard above at Amazon. Most of them are “prime” eligible items as well which, if you’re a member, will give you added savings and speed on shipping and delivery. Going forward not all featured products will be via Amazon but I think this is a nice demo of a symbiotic relationship regarding affiliates. Plus, no spammy ads grossing up the place.
If you’re interested, check them out here:
How do you feel about ads and affiliates on the sites you visit? What do you think about my approach here? Good, bad or is it not even an issue?