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Taking Cool Pictures for Etsy – FREE Expert Etsy Training Pt 2

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Taking pictures for Etsy is EASY! Follow along with me while I take some cool pictures for a listing.

Here are 5 Tips for interesting Etsy Pictures:

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1. Have cool, but not show-stealing, background props

Some of the “props” I love to use include leaves, wood and rocks. I can use fall leaves to give that warm “fall” feeling, or green leaves to convey a fresh spring-time renewal. I will then switch out the main picture depending on what season it is to signal the buyers that this item is perfect for right now.


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2.Take a picture of a hand holding the item, or wearing the item, or both

Having a picture of what you are selling with or next to a human person gives your buyers a sense of how awesome it is to be with your items. How does your picture make your customers feel? Warm, happy, full, cool? Another plus side to having a picture with a human as your prop is conveying a sense of size. This will decrease negative reviews from people who never ready your item descriptions.



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3. Nature is sexy, everything looks good with a nature element

Personally, I like to have nature used both as a prop or in the distance. It just give this whimsical and natural feeling that is pretty calming. A calm customer tends not to worry about all the but’s and if’s of a purchase. They just go for it.



4. Lighting is best from that bright ball of plasma gas that floats in our sky

Now, don’t get me wrong, a nice bright window is awesome, but that freaking sun man… So lit. If you are lucky enough to easily haul your wares to an outdoor location, this truly produces the best light. Plus, it’s free! If you are vampire, however, you may want to invest in a light box.


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5. Consistency is key, incorporate a similar feeling in each picture

It’s actually pretty easy to be consistent. At first, I had a space painted board (still in use) and all my pictures were shot on it. Now, I have branched out in to pics with rocks and bark and whatever, but I am doing this for nearly every listing. It doesn’t always have to be rocks, or always have to be wood.

Once you find your photo “personality”, you just got to roll with it. Perhaps teal things look good with your products. Incorporate a teal background for one pic, a teal vase for another pic, teal ribbon in yet another. You get my drift.


Next tutorial will include how to efficiently fill out an Etsy listing!

I believe in FREE training! This Free Expert Etsy Training is the 2nd in a long series of how to become the best Etsy Seller you can be! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more lessons coming soon!

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Best Type of Pictures that Sell Product on Etsy – Free Etsy Training Part 1

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There are many questions you might have about what type of picture will be best to sell the most products on Etsy! Should you have an all white background? Should you have have a model with your product? What types of background props should you use?

The short answer is: It really depends on your product.

However, I do have some answers for you!!

You have 10 pictures on an Etsy listing now, so take full advantage! It’s not exactly necessary to have each background be the same, what’s important is that your wonderful item is showcased to perfection!

One of the biggest questions I had and found no answers for was whether or not to use all white backgrounds for your Etsy Product Pictures. The answer was… a gray area.

Doing my own study, I compared the sales of a popular item with a white background one week, and a magazine worthy full color picture the next week. What I found was that I got more likes and more sales.

However, due to recent Etsy changes in their algorithm and their partnership sharing etsy items on google shopping, google has other ideas. Google has stated that their bots can find and categorize white background pictures better, so they prefer white background pictures. But, they have also admitted that should you product be what a consumer is looking for, your etsy listing will not be hidden from them.

It’s important to get a sense of size for your product. Not everyone takes time to look at the item descriptions, so a picture of your items in hand, worn, or next to a standard sized item (fruit, utensil, plant, etc) helps viewers to imagine the item in real life. This in turn helps the customer start to visualize themselves with your products, increasing the likelihood of a purchase.

Here are at least 5 types of pictures you should consider for your Etsy Listings:

  • Instagram “Magazine” Glamour Shot
  • Picture with a Human Model or Body Part, such as a hand holding a mug
  • Up Close Zoomed In picture showing texture, thickness and/or detail
  • Seasonal Prop Pictures, to switch out for warm/cold weather and seasonalities
  • At least one all white background to show complete product without distraction, and to possibly use for other sales sites and venues

Esty changes all the time and so do you! In time, Etsy will be a bigger and better site to sell on. Don’t be afraid to come back to a product and retake pictures as your skill increases.

So, go for it! Time to take some instagram worthy, magazine framing, beautiful and spunky pics!

I believe in FREE training! This Free Expert Etsy Training is the 1st in a long series of how to become the best Etsy Seller you can be! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more lessons coming soon!


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Etsy PLUS ~ The New Etsy Plan, Is it Worth It?

I have been “successful” on Etsy for 4 years now, so of course a NEW thing on Etsy is sure to tickle my interest.

Here is a pretty in depth video I just did to really dive into the back-end of what is new with Etsy’s first monthly payment plan.

At this time, Etsy Plus will be $10 per month until January 2019, where it will increase to $20 per month. Whether or not any of the features you receive with this plan are worth anything, remains discoverable.

Initial Perks Include:

  • 5 Choices of Banner Options (Carousel, Collage, Big, Small, None)
  • 2 Choice of Featured Listing Layouts (Traditional, or 1 focus listing and 4 small focus listings)
  • $5 Promoted Listing Credit
  • 15 Free Listings, Renewels seemed to effect this countdown but at a 2 for 1 rate
  • 30% Off Moo Cards
  • 20% Off 1st Order of Custom Printed Boxes
  • Restock Request Emails
  • Custom URL Discount and Redirection (Your “.com” goes straight to your Etsy Shop)

It is a mighty list, indeed. However, will it feel worth it at $10 per month? $20..? Some of these perks do not benefit me personally, just by the way I run my store and how my products are made. You may find them much more valuable than me.

I feel like half of the “perks” are merely discounts. Should you take advantage of the URL, for instance, you only benefit from that the 1st initial time. Each consecutive month you pay for this privilege seems moot t that point.

The Restock Request option is intriguing! I did like the fact that even before these new Plans, they added a “Cart Recovery Discount” option for sellers to switch on that recognizes stagnate items left in shopping carts and turns them into an opportunity to send the cart owners discounts for the items. It is interesting that a function like this is separate from the Plus Plan. Perhaps they had thought of charging for renewal emails sent initially, either way, here we are.

Just needs a little bit more. It’s like paying for coupons and renting a front page carousel. Getting 15 free credits and $5 in ads is neat and has an $8 value, but it’s not really free when you pay $10 for it.

For now it seems interesting, but if I don’t often utilize the discounts, Renewal Notification system, or the promoted listings, all I am really paying for is a fancy carousel banner and featured listing layout. I will wait until there is just a bit more to entice me.

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Retired Listings SALE! ~ Say Goodbye to Some Oldies with 30% OFF!

59 listings are going to be gone from my Etsy shop FOREVER.

Don’t Freak OUT! We all felt this time was coming. I’m going to be 100% REAL with you right now. When I got started I was making designs taken from the things I loved. Star Wars, Legend of Zelda, Every Comic Book Character EVER. And you know what? It’s a teensie bit illegal.

Now, I’m not afraid of no police showing up on my door and taking me away, but all it takes is one lawyer to rip the carpet right out from under me, and then FoxyFunk would be DEAD.

So this is it! Any designs that are a direct symbol from a game, show or movie are outta here! I know 59 sounds like a huge number, and it is. But, there will still be over 115 designs left and I plan on making a whole lot more designs that are as beautiful and weird as you are. 💖

I have made a special Section of my Etsy Shop that includes ALL the designs that are going bye-bye and taking a much needed rest. They are all 30% OFF and remember I do FLAT Shipping ($3.95), so go crazy!

I love you all SO much! If there is any design you’d like to add in your life that I can help you with, let me know! If it’s a design I end up putting in my store, you get a huge MUSE Discount!


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Morning Tea with Foxy! Vlog Episode #1 – What am I doing with My Life?

Hello world!

I have decided to start a vlog where I document my excursion into new ways to make some mundo moolah! If you’d like to learn and earn along with me, be sure to check out my youtube page and like & subscribe!

MY GOALS are to Figure out HOW TO:
1. Maximize Profit on Etsy and eBay!
2. Experiment with Thrift Flipping and Retail Arbitrage.
3. Make Online Store of my Handmade Products.
4 See idf Depop or Poshmark are worth it.
5. Maybe try Dropshipping??

Come with my on my journey to find MORE ways to make MORE money in less time! My ultimate goal is to start earning enough money to go to Disney World!

Let’s LEARN and EARN together!

Retail Store:
Poshmark: (Sign up with code FOXYFUNKDESIGNS to get $5 off your first order!)


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Over 4000 Sales on Etsy! 40% Off Code!!!

Wow! What a wild ride it has been! 

When I first opened my Etsy shop in May of 2014, I had about 3 listings. My Legend of Zelda Triforce Earrings, Dr Who Tardis Earrings and the 3D Sharknado Earrings. I slowly but slowly (I was working as a restaurant manager so I was a very full time worker) I started adding more and more designs whenever I could. I now have over 200 designs and have opened my own retail store in Loveland, CO – Laser Moon! WOW!

So in honor of this magnificent milestone, I gift to you 40% off all orders this week!

Enjoy! (Psst: It’s a good time to stock up on Halloween styles! 😉 )

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This is Halloween, New Designs and Costume Ideas!

For some, Halloween is a holiday spent all year round! For others, Halloween is right around the corner! Either way, it’s best to get started on those costumes and styles!

I just recently started bulking up my Halloween styles. If there are any you would like to see, please message me! So far I’ve got some Gravestones and Coffins, and of course Jack Skellington earrings and necklace!

But, what about the costume!? I do make CUSTOM costum pieces, for that hard to find last finishing touch! I also have staple costume jewelry sets for costumes such as Sailor Moon, X-Men’s Jubilee, and even pixel hearts for Undertale fans!

Check out my Halloween Section of my Etsy Shop! You are surely going to find something to make your Halloween truly spooktacular!


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Etsy Reviews Reach Over 1000!!!!

10% Off code: TENPERCENT at Expires 4/10/17


Etsy is one of my favorite places to sell and I am so GRATEFUL to you mighty fine folks for diggin’ what I’m doing! I never would have thought in a million years I would be doing this and I humbly thank you all for your support!

In honor of reaching over 1000 reviews in my etsy shop, everybody gets 10% off their order of $1 or more!


This code is valid at only from now until 4/10/17.

Thank you, I love you all!!! <3

10% Off code: TENPERCENT at Expires 4/10/17

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Final Warning from Esty! Copyright Infringement and YOU…

I LOVE Etsy. And I wanna work it out. If you love something, tape it to your face, as I have always said…

Sooo… Got my final warning from Etsy for Copyright Infringement!!!!!
What am I to do!?!?!

How did I get here, you ask? Cuz I’m a big fat NERD. I love videogames, superheroes, aliens, tv, and so much of that pop culture yumminess!

Some designs I make are very “inspired” as in similar shape, color or “feeling”. Some things however, I admit it, straight up from a thing. I’m sorry. 🙁

pacmanNearly everything that has been taken off of Etsy was from a video game! I have had 8 things in the last 2 years (exactly) taken down. Every one was from FallOut, Pac-Man, Portal, or something along those lines. However, the last “straw” was a Pac-Man design I have had in my store for nearly that whole 2 years being open. However, the Portal design I had up was taken down within 24 hours.

Wondering how many you can have taken down before they shut your doors? I have heard 3 strikes and your out, but I think it really is a case by case situation. There’s really no way to know how long you can “get away” with something. But should we even try to “get away” with it??


From Esty’s Fact Guide: “It may be tempting to include names of popular brands or celebrities in your listing titles, tags or descriptions – for instance, the name of a luxury handbag company that inspired your purse design. But using that brand’s name in your tags has been considered problematic by certain IP owners. Similarly, just tacking on “inspired by” or “____-like” in the tags or description may not prevent you from receiving a notice of infringement from the IP owner for a number of legal reasons, such as causing confusion. The same goes for any items that were “inspired by” popular books, movies or television shows.”

If you are wondering if you can get away with it, don’t chance it! And for the record, that “10% change in a design thing” – is NOT a thing. Don’t let a lawyer have to tell you. 😛

Am I mad? NOPE. I am GLAD I was able to share this fandom of a beloved game to the masses. I hope every time someone wears what little I have dispersed into the world gives a smile and cheer to the people who wear and see it. I hope it sparks conversations of how great that game is and share memories of their past. I hope it sparks a friendships that last a lifetime! I wish I could afford to get proper licensing for such big brands so I can keep spreading this love, and hopefully one day I can!

And this little piggy flew right into a success lit sunset!

So what to do now? Out of fear of my shop closing, I took down a bunch of things. It was kind of sad… Then I thought to myself, “Hey Mere-bear, you got style gurl. You got some bangin’ designs all of your own! You gotta take those designs and blow it up, lady! You ARE a designer! You have talent… and dammit… people like you!”

Gave myself a pretty good hug after that pep talk. You be prepared world! Be prepared for new FoxyFunk Designs like you’ve never seen before!

I hope I can inspire YOU to be the BEST you ARE and spread that jam all over this peanut butter sandwich! If you have any questions about  your Etsy experience or copyright and trademark rules, please message me!

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Black Friday Sales, Everybody’s Doing It

It’s that time of year again. Luckily for the us, we have the World Wide Web (nobody calls it that anymore), otherwise known as the Net (which is another phrase that didn’t stick but you catch my drift…).

The internet, and every single large & little shop within – including my shop, will celebrate Black Friday in a way that will get you a whole lot less trampled.

I just loaded my Black Friday ~ Clearance section of my Etsy shop with all the favorites! Prices start at $5 & Shipping is always a FLAT $2.95 for First Class. Load up them stockings with these stuffers. X-Mas is almost here.

Black Friday Clearance ~ foxyfunk designs