So I finally got my Instagram (IG) shop up and running! I posted several of Dallas' pre-worn clothes along with several hand-made items that I also sell in my Etsy shop. It was very easy to set up, the hardest part is finding the time to take the pictures and list the item specifications.
To start off I created a new IG account because I didn't want to post on my personal account. I chose to use @beegleandboo since that is the same name as my Etsy shop. Then I listed my shop policies: First Paypal wins. No returns. Shipping and handling and Paypal fees included.
Finally I started posting my items. I took most of the pictures with the IG in-app camera because then you don't have to worry about cropping the picture into a square. I listed what brand and size the item was and how much it would cost. You can list more information about the quality if you want to, but it is not necessary. For some listings I used the Picsart app to make a collage. This can be helpful if you want to show multiple pictures of one item. For instance if there is a small stain that you want to show a close up of, if there are multiple pieces to an outfit, or if you want to show the item being worn or used. Another app that can be helpful for your IG shop is Textgram. You can use this app to add text to a picture.
When someone decides to purchase an item they will leave their Paypal email address. Then you just log-in to your Paypal, click Request Money, and then Create an Invoice. Input all of the requested information including the price, item description, and due date. If you choose to charge seperately for shipping and handling and/or Paypal fees you can enter those amounts in the invoice. Paypal charges 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction and you can either cover this expense yourself or ask your buyer to pay it, just make sure you disclose that information in your shop policies.
Finally, once the invoice has been paid you must ship the item(s). I prefer to ship through Paypal but you can also just take your items into the Post Office, UPS, FedEx, etc. From my experience Paypal has the cheapest shipping through the USPS. When an invoice is paid, it gives you an option to print a shipping label. The recipients address pre-fills and you just have to input the weight and shipping method. There is a picture at the bottom of this post that shows shipping prices by weight. I just use a kitchen scale to weigh my item(s), print the label,and then I pack the item(s) into a polymailer. You can get a couple hundred polymailers from Ebay for under $15.
To promote your shop you can do giveaways or share other shops and ask them to share your shop in return aka "share for share." You can also re-post items or screenshots to remind people what you have in your shop. The more you put into it, the more you'll get out!
And that is the basics to setting up and IG shop!! If you are new to the world of IG shops I suggest you read my post Must Read for Mommas: Instagram Shops. This post further explains how IG shops work and how to purchase items from other IG shops. You can also follow my shop or some of the others listed in the post to see how everything is done. I have included some pictures of some of the items I have for sale in my shop as examples. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
We had a kind of "blah" week, but still managed to have some fun! I was busy most of the week getting my Etsy shop up and running so Dallas was grumpy because he was not getting as much attention ;)
We didn't have anything major happen this week. Dallas was very talkative and extremely squirmy, even more so then usual. His new favorite things to do include putting his hands in Mom and Dad's mouth, putting his feet in his mouth, and pulling Mom's hair! We managed to get one video of him laughing (you can watch by clicking here) but that is the only laughter we got out of him all week!
We just got home from the beach today and we had a lot of fun there! Dallas went into the ocean for the second time and he loved it! He ate a few mouthfulls of sand and licked plenty of saltwater off of me; it'll be interesting to see what tonight's diaper looks like!
We also got good news from the Doctor this week. Dallas went from 12.4lbs to 13.3lbs in just over two weeks! The Doctor said that he is happy with the weight gain and that everything should be fine! With the way Dallas has been eating I am honestly surprised that he didn't gain more weight!
We are going to finish off this week by having a nice relaxing night at home! Dallas is passed out on me now and when he wakes up it'll be time for him to eat some green beans! I'm going to get off of here now so I can enjoy some snuggle time with my lil man!
After a few days of really getting down to business, my Etsy shop, BeegleandBoo, is finally open!! I have had so many ideas in my head for so long and I finally found some time to get them out!
I named my shop BeegleandBoo because those are the silly names that my husband and I call eachother! My husbands name is Ben so I call him "B" and that somehow turned into Beegle and he uses Boo more than my real name! I think that the shop name represents the fun and quirky style that my items have!
In my shop you can find hand-stamped and hand-dyed children's leggings and shirts. I will eventually be adding onesies and maybe even some adult sized shirts to my shop. I hope that you all will stop by and check everything out!
Dallas also switched from peas to carrots this week and he just can't get enough of them (click here to watch a video of my messy eater)! He has a bottle of prune juice twice a day, to help with some constipation problems he's been having, and carrots mixed with rice cereal for lunch and dinner. He is also breastfeeding every 2 hours or so, so hopefully his weight will be up from his last Doctors appointment. We have the follow-up appointment on Thursday so I am excited to see if anything has changed!
My lil' monkey, or as my Papa calls him, "Munker Bunker," is also becoming better at controlling his body. When you hold him he will reach out and touch your face, I absolutely love it when he puts his little hand on my cheek! He has become so much better at holding his toys and controlling his grasp as well. I enjoy watching him grab and play with his stuffed animals and teethers. He has also become much more squirmy and he loves flailing his arms and legs around! I caught him fist pumping this week and just had to get a video (click here to watch)!
We sure have enjoyed this week with our baby boy and we are looking forward to week 19!
|Drinkin' that prune juice!|
|A Boy and His Dog :)|
This is my first time doing a "Blog Party!" I am fairly new to the blogging world, but so far I am really enjoying the connections I have made, and I am hoping to make many more through the 2013 Ultimate Blog Party!
I am 22, a SAHM, and wife to my amazing husband Ben. We just had our first child, Dallas, on 12/1/12. Ben is in the Air Force and we are currently stationed at Hickam AFB in Hawaii.
I started Serenity & Bliss blog because I wanted to stay better connected with my family and friends. We are so far away from home and this is a great way for me to share our lives with them. I also am looking to connect with other moms and enjoy sharing tips and advice on raising children! I also enjoy sharing recipes, craft ideas, beauty tutorials, travel ideas, and just any good ideas in general!! I have some grand plans for this blog and look forward to what is to come!
1 Cup of Italian bread crumbs
1 Package of Pillsbury crescent rolls
8 Slices of ham
8 Slices of swiss cheese