February savings!

February sale

Valentine’s Day may be over but it’s not to late to save on luxurious handmade soap with our February sale. From now through February 29th, use coupon code LOVE16 at checkout and save 15% off purchases of $15 or more in the Emmet Street Creations Etsy store.

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Add a little excitement to your day with a mystery soap sampler

mystery soap sampler

Let’s face it, in the art of soap making, things don’t always go according to plan. I’ve made my fair share of less than perfect soap. I often experiment with color combinations and new techniques and sometimes these experiments result in soaps that don’t make the cut for their own listing in my shop. The colors may not look as pretty as they did in my head, the scent might not be as strong as I wanted or I might have messed up the design I was trying to achieve. But no matter what the flaw might be, the soap is still perfectly good at performing its duty of keeping you clean while nourishing your skin.

I usually hold the “oops” batches for my own personal use but now I’m offering them to you in a mystery soap sampler at a discounted price. For only $15, you’ll receive a bag filled with five different full size bars of soap adding up to one pound or more. The contents of your sampler will remain a mystery until you open your package but a list of the soaps and ingredients will be included in the bag.

The mystery soap sampler is an exciting way to save money while stocking up on an item you use every day!

Not the adventurous type? Check out the Clearance section in my shop for other money saving offers!

Emmet Street on the road: The Hudson Flea, 10/31

Hudson Flea PosterImage credit: The Green Roots Collection

Come out and see us at The Hudson Flea on Saturday, October 31, from 10 AM to 4 PM. We look forward to seeing you and sharing our delicious scent flavors (and we’ll have special Halloween treats, too)! We’d love it if you spread the word to friends who love handmade and supporting local businesses!

Shop the Hudson Flea on October 31st!

Shop the Hudson Flea

I’m taking the next few days to prepare for my last show of the year! I’ll be selling my soap at the Hudson Flea on October 31st from 10 AM until 4 PM. The flea is located at the Shops at the Evaporator Works in downtown Hudson, Ohio.

There will be over 50 vendors selling everything from food to furniture. I’ll have a selection of my handcrafted soaps along with a few surprises. (More to come on Monday!) If you are in the area, stop by and say hello!

If you can’t make it to the flea, don’t fret! You can buy online in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy. 

Thanks, Cleveland!

Thanks from Emmet Street Creations

We had another successful day at the Cleveland Bazaar on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who came to see us! We had a blast meeting everyone!

If you’re checking out the blog for the first time because you saw us at the Bazaar, welcome! Take a look around. We think you’ll find Emmet Street a friendly neighborhood!

P.S. If you live in the United States, have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Come see us at the Cleveland Bazaar on 9/5!

Come see us at the Cleveland Bazaar

On September 5, Emmet Street Creations will be slinging soap at the Cleveland Bazaar!

Starting at 10 AM, we’ll have a tent set up in Ohio City’s Market Square Park (conveniently located across from the West Side Market) and we’ll be hanging out until 4 PM (or sell out).

Take advantage of this opportunity to see and smell the goodies Emmet Street Creations offers in our Etsy store. We’ll be debuting our indigo inspired soapsCome by to say howdy and stock up on your favorites (an added bonus, you’ll save the usual shipping costs)!

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Maker’s fair and flea market survival guide: Vendor Checklist

Table display for maker's fairEach time I attend a maker’s fair, I go through a flurry of activity in the days leading up to the show and I still get really nervous. Between show promotion and getting all of my products labeled and ready to go, it’s easy to forget something.

I wouldn’t be able to survive without checklists to keep me on track. I use a “week before to-do” checklist and a checklist for my products to keep track of how many items I take and sell. I also use a checklist when I pack up the supplies I’m going to take. Without a checklist, I’m sure to forget something important, like my products.

When I prepared for my first show, I packed pretty much everything in my house and carted it along with me. I quickly learned what was necessary and what I could leave behind. I thought I’d share what I take with me to each show.

Protection from the elements

Many fairs are held outside and provide space for a 10 by 10-foot tent. Don’t skimp on the tent. Make sure it’s sturdy and can hold up to wind and rain. Buy extra walls if your chosen tent doesn’t include them. The first time you have a rainy show, you’ll be glad for the extra protection. And, speaking of rain, bring several plastic tarps to throw over your products for extra protection from blowing rain. Tent weights are another must have item. The fire department came through a recent show I attended to make sure everyone had their tent properly weighted. No one wants a tent to fall on them.

Displaying your products

The way you display your products is limited only by your imagination. I like to keep things simple so I use a large rectangular folding table covered in a nice table cloth. I bring several small pieces of cardboard to use as shims under the table legs in case I’m on uneven ground. I display my products on pretty plates I bought at a discount store. I also make sure each item is clearly marked with the price.

Taking care of your customer

Bring plenty of money to make change. I typically bring $100 in change to each show and I go heavy on one and five dollar bills. I also bring a credit card reader. Many people don’t carry cash and if you don’t have a card reader, you could miss out on sales. Since I also sell on Etsy, I use their card reader. It syncs up to my store and helps me easily keep track of my sales.

Have bags on hand so your customer can carry their purchase easily. Include your business card in each bag so customers can find you later.

Taking care of yourself

It’s just as important to take care of yourself as it is to take care of your customers. Being comfortable means remaining relaxed and friendly throughout the show. Mentally, I could stand and sell my products all day long with no issues. My feet have other ideas and usually begin to rebel after the first 2 hours. A chair to occasionally rest on during slow times and an extra pair of shoes help cut down on my discomfort.

Dress for the weather and wear multiple layers that can be removed as the day warms up.

Bring a small cooler stocked with ice packs, water and nutritious snacks to keep you energized throughout the day. No one wants to talk to a hangry vendor.

Other stuff

A smartphone is an important tool for real-time promotion on social media and taking credit card payments. Bring a portable charger and cord so your phone battery doesn’t die in the middle of a transaction. Paper, pens, scissors and tape are useful for making and hanging extra signs, especially if you forgot to make a sign for a certain product. Paper towels or clean rags help to keep your display looking clean or to dry off products after a rain shower.

You may have a long walk from your unloading spot to your site so bring a heavy duty moving dolly to make the trek easier.

Finally, bring copies of your vendor’s license. You may be asked to show proof that you are licensed to sell your products. Check with your city or state for specific licensing requirements.

If you’re a vendor and you’ve found this information helpful, print up this easy to use Vendor Checklist and try it for your next show.

Did I miss anything? Let me know what items you find invaluable in the comments section.