How2 Tuesday: Packaging Prep for 2011

Okay, okay!
I must be crazy talking about getting ready to ship orders in 2011
when the Holiday hasn't even been here and went!
Really, I'm not...
Take a good look at all of those cardboard cartons
from Etsy and Amazon and who knows where else
speeding across your doorstep every day!
Instead of sending these boxes directly to the recycle bins
lets let them pass Go! Give them a new life!
Cut them open and into precut sizes that'll slip into
your bubble envelopes and flat rate boxes.
They're a lightweight (and free!) way to add strength
and durability to your shipments. They also provide a surface to
tape and/or staple your products, business card or swag!
If you ship via USPS, now is the time to order your supplies for next year! You'll receive them early in January when things are a little bit slow. The perfect time to prepare...
My absolute favorite day of the year is the day after Christmas.
I'm so excited to clean, and organize,
and prepare for new year sales!
I cut stacks of 3x5, 5x8 and 8x10 pieces of cardboard
to fit into my bubble mailers and small flat rate boxes.
Little "pockets" are affixed to each board and a business card slipped inside. 2x2" zip lock bags are filled with Etsy & Trashion stickers and buttons and stapled to each board too.
It's fun to get swag!
Most of my items ship in a small flat rate box.
So, I partially assemble a few dozen boxes by stapling the front
of the box closed and insert a 5x8 board with business card and swag. They'll nestle inside one another to make storing easy.
So, you see, it really isn't too soon to get a start for next year.
Positive Thinking = Positive Results!
Images © USPS
Text © remaker


Trash Talk Thursdays: A Trashion Tribute

A silly poem by Jodi from Tubby Tabby’s JewelBox
The next time you must buy a gift,
it really would be nifty,
If you would check out Trashion team f
or something upcycled and thrifty
We take stuff other’s feel is trash,
and make awesome gifts to give.
They’re eco-friendly and help the earth,
where all of us must live.
Just let me say, handmade is cool.
We’d love you to stop by.
There’s so many little Etsy shops,
for you to give a try!
Much Love,
Image & Text © TubbyTabby


What's Up Wednesday

This week one of our team members will be selling her handcrafted trashion wares at a show in Fayetteville, AR.  If you're in the area, please stop by.  Not in the area, but know people who are?  Fabtastic - please send them this link and encourage them to "shop local, shop trashion" for the holidays!

Punkinhead Designs will be selling her lovely repurposed wares at Fayetteville Farmers' Market - Holiday Market 2010 on Saturday, December 4th from 10am - 2pm.  The market is located at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, AR.  More information is listed at the Fayetteville Farmers' Market website.

Shop local and shop handmade at Fayetteville Farmers' Market - Holiday Market this Saturday.  The crafty members of the market will offer a selection of locally-made wares perfect for holiday gift-giving and decorating!