For awhile now, I’ve been thinking about opening an Etsy shop to sell some of my handmade fiber items. The two main things that I want to sell are handwoven blankets/throws in wool, Mohair or cotton and braided roving rugs. Here are a couple of pictures.
Well, that day came earlier this month when I got all the administrative things done, like registering a Fictitious Name (Summerhill Spinner) with the PA Department of State and designing a logo.
I then had to figure out how I’ll ship these things because you have to have all those details on your listing.
Shipping turned out to be an unexpected challenge because some things, like my braided roving rugs, are an odd shape and should be sent rolled up. Thanks to a little out-of-the-box thinking and the desire to save weight (and thus the cost to ship), I stumbled on a solution.
At first I was researching these “poly mailers”; plastic flexible envelopes. But they seemed to be rather expensive and not the size that I was needing. Then I thought I could make my own boxes from recycled cardboard (that still might be something to consider), but I was still liking the idea of lighter weight and reduced bulk yet with strength.
I stumbled on “Tyvek” house wrap (there are other brands) and I wondered if that would work. Well, off to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center, and down the contractors’ aisle. I felt a little out of place because I’m not much for doing my own construction. I found “house wrap” and some wrapping tape and, “Bob’s your uncle”, I think I have a solution. The stuff is tough plastic with a woven thread (how appropriate) built in for added strength, it even looks woven. Can’t wait to try it out.
So, if you’re inclined, take a look at the site at: summerhillspinner.etsy.com.