Bronwyn Black on Nov 23, 2016
really, really sweet, and the colors are true!!
I live 'a cheval' between Northern France and Upstate New York; your purchase will ship from one of these two places. Items almost always ship within a couple days, however if we are both out of town it could be a few weeks, in which case we will email you to see if you prefer to confirm or cancel. We will always try to tell you in a convo where your item is shipping from, since the Etsy algorithm may mis-state the location, sorry. We have heard that sometimes shops will raise shipping costs after the sale has gone through; we do not: shipping is what it is. We hand-address all packages, and do everything legally possible to pass under the radar of customs. Please don't hesitiate to contact us for additional photos, queries, corrections, layaways, reserves, or just to make human contact. Enjoy!
I have not been on Etsy for so very long. When I signed up, there was a huge learning curve to tackle, in terms of photography, and I am still working on it. Fortunately, all you have to do is browse Etsy to get some great inspirational ideas. I feel I am even starting to see actual clothing catalogs copy the Etsy look (instead of the other way around!) Etsy will give you all kinds of solid good advice when you are starting your shop, even if you have had shops on other sites before. The basic guideline for taking pictures, if I understand it correctly, is: use only natural light; fool around with the angles and such for each shot; use a plain and neutral background.
Not to be obvious, but I would say the best way to get a good picture would be to start out with a deserving subject. And after four paragraphs I am finally getting to the point: What we sell. I will sometimes put something up for sale only for the sake of the photograph. This is not bad business, but it's not shifty business either: an artsy pic may get you visibility through Treasury Lists and so forth, but it's not going to sell the object for you...and that's as it should be. Etsy tells you, above all, to like what you sell. I would never say this in a listing, but I really feel like a nurse sometimes, helping people, giving them what they need, providing. What can I say? I'm a shallow person! But I really do feel it, deep down, and I really do hope my customers are happier GETTING their stuff than they are ORDERING it. If I say that something is amazing quality, or that it's nicer than it appears in the pics, it's because I mean it, because I am reaching out.
The annual Braderie de Lille, in France, is the biggest town-wide yard sale in Europe: Lille is one of the largest cities in France, and the Braderie covers the whole city. It's always the first weekend in September, since the Middle Ages (!!) and people come from all over the world to trade. I live here....
When I was little, I fantasized about getting locked inside Macy's at night, and I have always wanted to be behind a counter. I feel like I am helping someone when I get her together with that object that's gonna make her truly happy, and, living in France, I have access to some tip-top stuff, so I can do it. I have always been a materialistic person, I always want everything to be the best--not necessarily the poshest, the most beautiful, or the most perfect, but the best. When I moved to France I was blown away by how much savoir faire goes into the smallest details here, and I also get really romantic about the past...and I love being able to share that with people elsewhere in the world. In French, we have an expression, Ça fait rêver. It refers to something that sparks your imagination, and makes you imagine how things could be. It's what puts the action in an action figure, and, more than making you buy things, it makes you love the things you have as much as you did when they were new. It's the soul we find in objects.
My shop started with a camera and a beveled crystal ormolu trinket box. I thought this box was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and I could probably sell it. I was right. I think of myself as someone with average tastes insofar as I know that if I love something, someone else out there will, too. And it's a really fun job. What makes my shop special, if it is special, is my seriously sick need to redistribute the best things I can find, living as I do, in the arts and antiques center of the world, France.
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I live 'a cheval' between Northern France and Upstate New York; your purchase will ship from one of these two places. Items almost always ship within a couple days....
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