Shop news – February 2017

Hello! I’m popping in to let you know about some new bags going in to my Etsy shop this weekend, and also to explain a small price increase.

Firstly I have a small handful of bags ready to ship and ready to go in the shop. You will find a mix of old friends and new additions. In particular there are some drawstring bags – I have had lots of request for these so they will now be a regular part of the Eldenwood Craft family.

Feb 17 bag update

I have also been cutting out a further set of bags, hopefully ready within the next couple of weeks. And further still, thank you to everyone who bought a bag in my recent pre-order listing. These have been cut out and will ship soon.

In more news I have been plotting a new bag design that I am ridiculously thrilled with. But I can’t tell you any more than that just now – keep your eyes peeled on social media for more news in due course.

Over the last few weeks I have been looking back over 2016 and how Eldenwood Craft has developed. I have thought about what worked well, what I would do differently, and most importantly what fun I have had and what a lovely bunch of people I have been able to connect with through bags and knitting. One of the great things about Etsy are the statistics they provide you with, and I do like a good stat! I can tell you for example that my shop was viewed more than 15,000 times during 2016 and that was mostly by people in the U.K., followed closely behind by the States, Canada, Australia, Germany and Sweden (I could go on but maybe it would only be me that finds this sort of stat interesting!). But thank you everyone for having a look – I find that sort of thing very exciting!

Inevitably this review has included looking at the finances.  And so this is a long-winded way of saying that I am going to make an increase to the price of my bags. This is not something I want to do because it’s not about the money at all, although it does need to be financially viable. However reviewing the materials used and the time it takes to make each bag, as well as doing a little bit of window shopping on Etsy to see what other makers are doing, I feel it is the right step to take.

It will not be a huge increase, but it will be enough to allow me to continue using the fabrics I like to use (and that I believe you also like to see in the shop). As Eldenwood Craft has developed, my focus has very much been on creating a quality product, and I try to use fabrics that maybe other makers are not. I would like my pricing structure to reflect this better. Sometimes I use more expensive fabrics and sometimes I’ve absorbed this extra cost. Sometimes I can’t though and so you will already have noticed some of my bags selling at a slightly higher price.

So going forward from this next update you will notice a different pricing structure; I hope you don’t mind too much (and gosh this was a difficult post to write – who likes talking about money!).

On a more positive note I know some shoppers are left frustrated at not being able to buy a bag at update time, because they get snapped up so quickly. I will be looking at ways to remedy this over the coming weeks.

So, with a shop update to sort out this afternoon I will sign off with a big thank you for reading.

Emma xx

10 Comments

  1. They all look so beautiful Emma. I can understand that you have to increase your prices, fabric is so expensive this days and you must account for your time. Looking forward to seeing your update this afternoon. Ellie x

    1. Thanks Ellie! Not an easy decision at all, especially when I know that my buyers are all such lovely people!

  2. A quality item has to be priced accordingly. Your time, expertise and fabric choice must be factored in Emma, this is the right thing to do. I find it very dispiriting that makers of such beautiful things often struggle with pricing. I will always save up a bit harder for something handmade. You shouldn’t feel bad about it, the big multiples certainly don’t. I just love the bag you made me and have had lots of compliments. It’s wonderful. X

    1. Thanks Michele, I appreciate your comments. It is wrong of us to feel bad about the pricing thing, but for me I suspect it’s because I feel such a part of a lovely community of crafters and so it’s my friends that are feel the price rise. But you’re absolutely right, the high street big guns wouldn’t worry! I’m delighted you love your bag!

  3. Looking forward to sadly browsing only this update. Please do not worry about having to justify your price increase, there isn’t a brick and morter shop in the land that doesn’t do it. Nobody should expect our small independent businesses to absorb costs. Your products are amazing and totally stand up to the price.
    Love kelly

    1. Thank you lovely! You’re right, other shops do it all the time don’t they so we shouldn’t feel guilty about being able to balance the books.

  4. You bags are worth every money and understand the additional cost quality comes with a price and I’m happy to pay for just that quality.

    I hope I manage get one tonight 🌞

    1. Thanks Jackie! I do try hard to make a quality product and I’m glad you like them!

  5. I have one of your robin bags, it’s beautifully made and I know the fabric you use isn’t cheap. You should charge what you need to charge, the crafting community understand you’re not buying mass made products.

    1. Thanks Jo, I really appreciate that! And glad you like your robin bag!

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