Busy days

Christmas fair at Norsk Folkemuseum Foto: Pål Mork

And then it was time again. To become a saleswoman, or “kremmerkone” as it named in norwegian. I have contemplated setting up a booth earlier this year, but decided against it. We are heading into the most busy months for all that sell something. I am better off saving up some energy for those. I am having three fairs this winter. Two of them are new, and I am revisiting one of last year. The one where I actually sold something…

This year I have been accepted into the large Christmas Fair at Norsk Folkemuseum. I have no idea how that happened, but there you are.  We are talking heavy tradition here, and a large number of visitors. I am a bit scared. So scared I only signed up for one day.

Two of these fairs are outdoors. Ooof. Which is fine if you live in New Zealand this time of year. That wonderful place where they celebrate christmas on the beach.

This is sadly Norway, and I know it is going to hurt.  You simply cannot fend off cold for so many hours standing still, even if you are an expert in dressing yourself up for the weather.  It is going to be great though, a lovely experience.  Just look at that first picture. Don`t you agree?

It’s alive!

handmadeEarlier this year, it became clear that Amazon had plans to add a handmade section to their site. That was exciting, as they can offer a much larger market than Etsy. On the other hand, the user of Etsy is perhaps more used to the handmade nature of things, and are more willing to pay what handmade costs.

The sellers were screened beforehand, and you needed to fill in an application for it – so I did. And was accepted! The first year they are wavering their monthly fee, so you can check it out first. What they charge when you sell something is not cheap however.

In any case, I found this to be very interesting on many levels, so I have worked to be able to have a few listings ready when it opened. Since they use a different photo set up I need to take them again. Oof. From the looks of it, the search algorithm is something entirely different from Etsy, and many have already been vocal against the “clumping” – that you see many items from only one shop in your search result. The same thing that made me decide against using the norwegian Epla at first. Maybe they will change this at a later date, for handmade at least.

I am still not entirely satisfied with my own little corner over there, that is why I do not link to it yet. But I will for sure, when it is ready.