Saturday, January 29, 2011

Artfire, Ecrater, Auctionbytes, and Webstore

Hello everyone, and hope ya'll are having a super weekend so far!:) I am home by myself today, roaming the internet, making a list of things, and hopefully later this afternoon I will be listing some more items between my stores of Artfire, or even Ecrater.

Does anyone read auctionsbytes newsletters? Well, recently they did a voting of marketplaces that had been nominated. Out of 16 Artfire was rated No. 1. Very good!:) Now, another site was right up there. In fact it was rated No. 2, and that place is called Webstore. I had signed up there a long time know, always looking for a place to fit in. Well, I LOVE Artfire, and will be staying there, but I always have to have another place. Reason being is because not All of my items are 20+ yrs old to be considered vintage. So, since they cannot be listed at Artfire I have to find another place for them. Which that is fine with me. Makes it more uniform around Artfire too. Anyway, I was curious about Webstore, they have slowly been changing, they do place with google, and it was noted in the vote done that they have made some profit here...which it has been hard everywhere right now. 

So...if you have heard about Webstore, deal with them, have dealt with them....drop us all a note here so we can see...Please:)

Ok, off to feed horses, take a break, and come back to working on listings. Trying to set myself a goal, and so far moving along with it:) Thanks for visiting everyone. Stop by here again:)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Artfire Pro Membership. . . .Check it out!

Hello again everyone. Sorry, can't get enough of ya'll visiting me!:) As you all are aware I am selling with Artfire, have become a full active member there, have sold things there that sat with another market place for quite some time and didn't sell, love the tools used, the google analytics, my views are great, great forums and community, very helpful administration that gets involved with discussions and also will ask opinions of the members too. The list goes on. I can only repeat how much I am loving it there, and enjoying it. I like it enough I did set up my 2nd store there, and am so enjoying that too!

Ok, Artfire is doing another special for sign ups as a pro member, and this time it is done with a referral program. Sometimes you have to spend a little to make a little, and so far my sales have been enough to pay for my memberships...both stores, and profitable money after that expense too. No relistings to be ranked in google search, no relisting fees, list it and have more time to craft, repurpose, shop, treasure hunt, work on your SEO, and etc. Sometimes you show right away within 24 hrs, and like me I have hit the 1st page on different occasions too.

Anyway, if you haven't already stop by Artfire. See what others are saying, and give them a try. Everyone is always searching for another place, never keep your eggs in one basket, so stop by Artfire today with the link I have noted at the top. Click it, and away you go! You will love it like many of us do!:) See you there!:)


The New Unofficial Etsy Forums Has Been Started . . . Check it Out

Hello, and Welcome everyone to LilacsNDreams! Glad to see you here, thanks for stopping in, and thanks for passing by too:) 

I have no doubt that many many people by now know about the issues happening again at Etsy, right? The latest being that there will no longer be forums, and you will have to join teams to get answers, search what it is you are seeking in help, and all of that kind of stuff. Whew! Ouch! Sorry, but forums anywhere are great to have! Not only for us sellers to share things together, get to know each other, learn from each other, etc. But, also a place that buyers like to visit too. Here is where they too can learn from what we sellers talk about, and that they too can ask questions. Having to join a team to get that info now? Come On! Sorry, but the majority vote is being upset about it, some are very furious, and so on. 

Well, due to this issue there are many people leaving, closing up shop, or mostly off to find other ways to have their own forums. There is one place that has been started, and is is growing! Not only growing with members, but also with the amount of topics, and so on. Visit with Unofficial Etsy Forums to see what is all happening there, and what others also have to say.

Well, I won't keep ya'll any longer. Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and please visit my stores too. Oh, yeah, I just made another sale at Artfire, and have to get that mailed this morning too. Thanks again for visiting all. Take care, and hope to see you again:)

LilacsNDreams Artfire Shop
LilacsNDreams Ecrater Store

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Artfire Collections of Vintage and Pyrex

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! A place to discuss about vintage, collectibles, dinnerware, kitchenware, housewares, social networks, market places, and so much more. Just whatever comes to mind at the time:)

I got notices this morning that I was included with 2 collections at Artfire. Vintage Tea Time Collection.  Also, Hey Good Looking...Whatcha got cooking...How about cooking something up in pyrex?! This feels really good that out of many many many listings that I have items that are chosen to include with collections by other Artfire Members. I want to thank all of those who include me, and let them know I appreciate this very much too. When you get a chance, stop by to see the collections, and of course visit my LilacsNDreams Artfire Store too. I have yet to do a collection myself. Still feeling things out there, and the collections I do need to work on. I use to do such a think at Bonanza, and enjoyed it. Gives you a chance to really see what other sellers are offering, their work, their collections, and so on.

Here is to hoping everyone had a great weekend, and wishing ya'll a super week too!:)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Results for Sellers Choice 2011 from Auctionbytes

Results are in for the Sellers Choice of 2011 for online market places. Last year had involvement of 1400 people, and this year 2800 participated. Now, this does not say in anyway this is where you should be selling at, and telling you what to do in anyway. But, this survey does help those looking for a marketplace to use with some things to look at, and consider, maybe answer a few questions asked, and show you something to look at you did not think of too. 

WooHoo!! Artfire placed No. 1 in the survey, and Webstore placed 2nd. Auctionbytes showed good comments made, and also those that disapproved of some of the places too. Unfortunately, with some of the disapproving comments made, you could kind of tell maybe where they came from if you are involved with these places. 

Well, LilacsNDreams Artfire Store started back in 2009, but I did not become fully functional till Oct. 2010, and I am very much enjoying it! I sell vintage collectibles with this store, and cannot say enough good about the place myself. So, visit the Auctionbytes Link Newsletter I have added at the top, see what everyone is saying about what sites made it for voting, read who approves & disapproves with their opinions, and what they could tell you about recommendations to the sites, profitability, and etc. Enjoy it everyone, and stop by to visit my store at Artfire when you can also. 

Take care, and have a great day. Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams today!:)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vintage, Collectibles, and Gently Used Treasures at Artfire and Ecrater

Hello to all who visit me today, and Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Glad to have you stop by, pass through, and visit with me. 

Monday, beginning of a new week, and of course things always look good, right? I have gotten a couple of things listed with my LilacsNDreams Artfire store, took a few more pictures, dug through some boxes, found some more glass pieces with some odds & ends to deal with, washed everything, dried, and now I have a mess with the dining room table, and kitchen counter. I have been trying a few pieces together. But, when not sure what I would like to upcycle, and how it looks, I generally will play a bit, and then walk away to see if I am settled on the idea I had. 

I took time to research a few pieces today that will have to go to my LilacsNDreams Ecrater store. When it is not 20+ years old to be considered vintage, it goes to my Ecrater store for listings then. I find different pieces that are neat, cute, coloring, home decor, and still collectibles by many. Just not old enough to be considered vintage. So, when you can, visit that store as well, ok?

Well, wanted to stop by here quick, leave a few notes, and check in on things as always. Hope this finds all of you doing well. Wishing ya'll a super week! Take care, and stop again when you can. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

LilacsNDreams with Artfire Store Discussing Pictures Taken

Good Morning everyone, and Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams today! I stopped by my store blog to add a picture of an item I just listed with my LilacsNDreams Artfire Store. When you can, hop over there to give it a look. I just love taking pictures, and doing some of the displays to show treasures for offerings to ya'll. I know it is time consuming, but it's like window shopping, it should be appealing, and presentable right? If I see something I like in a window from the display, coloring, etc I want to view more and have a closer look. I know they say to use a white background all the time, or even a black one, but I like to add a little to mine. It is not saying this is how it should be displayed, but maybe it can give some ideas to others too. 

Also, I really like it myself when I can see more than 1 picture of a treasure. I like to see sides, top, bottom, any makers mark, and faults, and so on. So, I spend time taking & using as many pictures as I can for my listings. 

Ok, I have given my 2 cents for the day...morning anyway:) Hope this finds everyone doing well, and having a great week. Thanks for visiting LilacsNDreams, and hope to see ya'll again. Take care Everyone & best of luck to you:)


Monday, January 10, 2011

Artfire, Vintage, Collectibles, Dinnerware, Glassware, Pottery, Housewares . . . . Treasures of Many!

Welcome to all Visitors, and to all who also adore vintage, collectibles, dinnerware, glassware, repurposing, upcycling, and so many treasures to mention!:)

New year, here we are getting into the groove of things, fighting with weather for some, those who sell online are getting their stores & goals all into order, etc. Artfire has started off with announcing some things to change, being worked on, and how things are getting started for some futures plans, or things in the working. 

Artfire has announced some changes with the Vintage Market Place they offer, and kinks have been worked on, suggestions given, and right now things appear to be smoothed out for a bit. Many places sell vintage, allow this, allow that, and Artfire wanted to do things just a bit different, but yet useful, works with search engines, and also will help the sellers and the buyers on site too. So, when you can, stop by to visit with some vintage sellers there, and see the box that was added for a quick informational to help with the description of listings. From what I read with the forums, there is more to come, plans being worked on, and this is suppose to work into it. So, let's keep a watch on things there, and see what more goodies Artfire has coming out:)

I also wanted to note as a reminder that Artfire is Handmade, Craft Supplies, Vintage, Media, Fine Art, and Design. Great site, great sellers, wonderful customers have come through, administration is very good to work with & is involved in the forums, answers questions, and keeps not only themselves in mind with changes, but also what can work for the sellers & the buyers too. I have been very happy with this marketplace so far. 

Ok, off to do things. Thanks for stopping by LilacsNDreams to visit, leave me a comment, leave me a note, browse, and hope ya'll enjoyed your time here. Take care, and hope to see you again. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Welcome to LilacsNDreams!

Hello everyone, and thanks for visiting LilacsNDreams today!:) Oh my! Where did this week go? I felt like I just got started with it, and here it is the weekend already. WOW! That one went fast. 

I have been kind of lazy this week, but yet I haven't. Know what I mean? LOL:) I did get a few things upcycled for my other store at Artfire, and I have added just a few things with my Lilacs Store at Artfire too. Hopefully I will get more done this next week with listings, and research too. 

Artfire is moving up with things. They are working on their Vintage Market Place on the Artfire site. I have never seen administrators of a place work with people as much as this place has done. The worked together, compromised, asked, answered, and things are coming together. I guess there will be more to come, but we are on hold with that....we can't know about it yet:) Hey, when you can, stop by to visit my store at Artfire for some vintage, collectible, gently used treasures. If you don't find something in my inventory, make sure to check out other sellers there too. The vintage area is growing, like the rest of the site, and it is really fun to see the changes, and all for the good too:)

Ok, off to take care of my store page with this blog, and then my other blog for my other Artfire store. Hey, thanks for dropping by everyone, and hope to see you again. Take care, and have a super know, the one that came up really fast, kind of like a blink of the eye!:) Enjoy, and be safe everyone!:)

Saturday, January 1, 2011


It's official everyone..........HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!! Hope everyone is enjoying their time, and will enjoy your weekend as well too! Take care, enjoy, and be safe Everyone....from LilacsNDreams:)
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