The Victorian Heart Shoppe's eighth year was an eclectic mixture of growth and gratitude. Our sister site, an online Victorian magazine appropriately named Victorian Etc., was published in January of 2010. We could not have anticipated the momentous launch of this life long dream (to write). Not only have we had major contributions from the members of the Heart Shoppe, we have also created a forum for other would-be and accomplished writers across the international web. It is for this reason in particular and for all of our many blessings that we were inspired to list a "Baker's Dozen" reasons to join our community.
Our 2011 list of Reasons to Join the Victorian Heart Shoppe!
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Media Release 10/16/2009!
12 Tips for a Successful Christmas Bazaar Table
by Victoria Otto
The following tips are recommended for a small retail shop participating in an arts & crafts holiday fair or a Christmas bazaar.
Up to 6 weeks in advance:
1. Make a list and check it twice; more often if a tendency to misplace lists exists.
2. Brand your booth with the following items: (These can be purchased "free" at www.vistaprint.com for only the cost of shipping) banners, business cards, calendar magnets, rack cards, etc.
3. Invite friends and recruit plenty of help for the actual sale day.
4. Inventory your products (something old, something new): ordering too late could cost a sale so make sure to have plenty of that "most popular"' and "brand new" item on hand for the big day.
5. Print out a readable price list, stickers and tags get lost in the shuffle: whole dollar amounts (round $4.95 to $5) will make it much easier to make change at the actual event.
6. Get in the spirit of the event with tablecloths, decorations, centerpieces, etc. that reflect the holiday theme.
At the event:
7. Provide a sample to all interested traffic (if you are selling perfume, spray a business card "to go", free recipe cards for a food booth, etc.).
8. A sale isn't a sale unless there is a discount: offer 20% or more off the regular price and be sure to bring a calculator.
9. Feed the impulse buyer: the 'five and dime' has acquired dollar signs so be sure to have at least one $5-$10 item for the impulse buyers, perhaps no higher than $30 unless you are prepared to take checks or credit cards.
10. Stage your products: the most expensive jewelry looks better on a hand, the most beautiful scarf around a neck, an exquisite 'wine charm' dressing a crystal goblet, the idea is to show off the goods (baskets, boxes, bags)!
11. Have an appropriate cash drawer, money bag, or register, with plenty of change (makes both dollars and sense).
12. Remember the true meaning of the event: Christmas is a celebration of the Christ child's birth. Arrive early, have fun, be of good cheer, suggest appropriate gifts, and be thankful for all blessings from Above.
About the Author
Victoria Otto is the owner and CEO of the retail website, Victorian Laurels, and the membership mall, Victorian Heart Shoppe. She has a BS in Mathematics and is a retired school teacher of twenty-five years. Victoria lives in New Mexico with her husband, Jeff, and their dogs, Dukey and Roscoe.
The Victorian Heart Shoppe's fifth year has been a bustle of activity with a blast of media recognition. From our page one article in the much acclaimed online Victoriana Magazine, to our Vendor Spotlight in the world's largest online flea market, Qflea, the word is getting out that we are the place to shop Victorian. Please join us as we celebrate the 2008 successes supplied by several of our enthusiastic members.
We celebrate the 2008 success of our members!
I did redo my entire website with all new graphics, jewelry designs and new photos.
I am Thankful for the business I have had this year and hope for a more successful 2009.
Linda Charmed Victorian
Here at Sandra's Custom Mailboxes we're pleased that 2008 has been a busy year! We now have 4 successful mailbox websites and have added a bunch of new articles for our clients. :-)
Sandra Sandra's Custom Mailboxes
2008 has been a wonderful year for SweetNecessi-Teas! I am currently in the process of adding hands to my workforce and soon will be able to sell my original products, such as the Tea Cup Tote and Dressed to a Tea Cozy to tea rooms and gift shops. I will have a booth at the May,2009 Tea Expo in Las Vegas to launch my wholesale division.
Warmest Regards, Karen Sweet Necessi-Teas
We added a on-line Country Emporium to our site, where folks can see what we carry in the gallery and order online if they cannot make it into our brick & mortar gallery. X'& Oh's is a Canadian Cross Stitch company whose wonderful charts are available in many countries around the world. They have just released another pattern Internationally from my painting entitled "The Inside Story" . To date this makes 15 of my images available in Cross Stitch patterns or Kits. They are available from my website as well.
Shelley Shelley McVittie Studios
Country Victorian featured my home in this month's [November] publication and Romantic Homes put my beautiful holiday decorated house on the cover of the December issue, and I was honored to receive a 10-page feature on the inside. I have been receiving emails from all over the world from women who have been inspired to redo, recreate, or redecorate their cozy spaces to reflect the spirit within themselves . . . Inspiring others is all I ever wanted to do, and now I have found such a huge audience of grateful readers.
Kindest Regards, Cathy Treasured Heirlooms
At The Tea House Times, we are grateful for all the delightful and supportive people we have met or been introduced to through the enjoyment of tea and sharing of tea traditions. The support has enabled us to launch two new services this year: Tea Bureau - a tea business directory (including Tea News Bureau and Tea Speakers Bureau); and Tea Course - online education and social networking to further connect tea businesses and consumers, globally. Happy Thanksgiving! Take time for tea with friends and family and share your own traditions.
Gail The Tea House Times Tea Bureau
Nancy and Julie of RosesAndTeacups.com have had an exciting 2008! Their "Broken to Beautiful" program for victims of domestic violence, funded by sales of their jewelry, ornaments, and mosaics created from pieces of china, has been included in the book, The Green Bride Guide, available in December. They have also just closed a deal on becoming the exclusive international retailer for Whimsical Bliss Studios, creators of extraordinary, one-of-a-kind ceramic teaware, gifts, and accessories.
Nancy and Julie Roses and Teacups
I think my biggest accomplishment this year is to have customers now in every state but Hawaii and in 20 different countries . I am very pleased with the success of my business. I have added two new lines of merchandise this year and hope to add another next year.
Nancy Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe
My sales have increased on my website since last year, that is great!!!. I have also recently opened a small Victorian gift shop in the quaint town of Churchville, New York.
Thanks, Millie Millani's Antique Cottage
In September we were pleased to be a corporate sponsor of the first Make Mine Pink, “Getting Down to Business” retreat in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia! This included the following invitation to all of our members: "We would love to extend an invitation to you and all of the boutiques at the Victorian Heart Shoppe. Registration has just recently opened to the public. It is going to be lots of fun and very informative...it will be a very safe and friendly environment."
170 Years of Unbridled Passion: The Women of the Victorian Heart Shoppe
Ranging in age from 35 to 70, their bios read like the pages of a 19th Century romance novel. Meet the women of the Victorian Heart Shoppe and take a walk into history through their passionate dreams fulfilled.
They came from all walks of life as their paths crossed, from shopkeepers to innkeepers, from artists to teachers, from homeschoolers to thoroughbred race horse trainers, from writers to illustrators, from secretaries to classical musicians, from "Cookie Queens" to runway models. Let these women weave you into their lives, but beware, as you will become entwined in the common thread of all things Victorian.
Although they own boutiques, galleries, home studios, bed & breakfast inns, gift shops, and booths in antique malls; most of them have created their "Somewhere in Time" moments in a virtual reality known as the "web". Diane, who lives in upstate New York, described her 15 minutes of fame as "having the courage and faith to start my own business and to do what I always dreamed of doing!" And, they have all shared a passion to create and collect!
Our women's online Victorian businesses gathered at a quaint little "town square" website appropriately named Victorian Heart Shoppe. Since January of 2004, when Victoria's dream of coordinating a "window shopping" Victorian mall was realized, she mused: "With the help of my husband and webmaster, we built it and they came!"
The women of the Victorian Heart Shoppe have been modest when it comes to their accomplishments. Their shops and products have been featured in magazines such as Romantic Homes, Romantic Country, Country Victorian, Elle, Greetings Etc. and more. Their artwork has been incorporated into books and even on puzzles, such as Shelley's "Please Mr. Postman" done by Ravensburger in Germany. Darna had 36 of her amazing hats worn at the Kentucky Derby this year. Lisa had her children's book Matilda Private Eye: The Case of the Missing Socks published, and Galia had a book of inspirational poems published. Nancy and Julie are in the process of expanding their Broken to Beautiful program, an outreach to women in domestic violence situations. They love every minute they spend volunteering for many organizations.
These women are an inspiration to young women everywhere. Nancy, an interior decorator said, "I am semi-retired…very ill with Lupus and Sjogrens Syndrome…in pain 24/7, and it's not over till I win." For the most part, they would rather talk about their husbands, children, grandchildren, and pets than themselves. Linda's pride shone when she spoke of her "daughter Tara and her husband Derrick [who] are both active duty Air Force", and Eve spoke of her teenage children who "have been and are the light of my life; they have awarded me with all richness of the world. It couldn't get any better than that." There is an overwhelming sense of contentment as Debra suggested, "I love all I do and wouldn't trade a thing", or as Elizabeth described, "My life is very full and blessed." Michelle reflected, "I am looking forward to a bright and prosperous future, by God's grace."
Visit the women of the Victorian Heart Shoppe and take a walk through a secret garden, to a haven, to a simpler time, to another era, to their Victorian world.
Thanks to my husband, Jeff Otto for transforming a pretty pink box into the Victorian Heart Shoppe of my dreams. Thanks to Barbara Salazar Jaynes for lending her literary expertise to the proofing and editing of this piece. Thanks to all of the women of the Victorian Heart Shoppe for their friendship and encouragement with this undertaking. Thanks to SitePro News for their helpful articles, "The 10 Commandments of Press Releases" from 6/15/2007 and "How to Write a Media Release" from 9/14/2007.