Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Custom Orders

I received a convo (conversation) on Etsy over the weekend. The individual wanted to know if my Wooden Handle Handbag Purple Dots handbag was available in another fabric choice.
I responded yes, and asked her what she had in mind, if there was a particular color, etc and her response was, "Not really. I was just curious about what options are available. I'd love to see pictures of the choices."

Pictures of the fabric choices? I have fabric all over my Studio, but pictures of the fabric swatches? Should I send her an email with a hundred fabric choices? I thought about including something on Etsy, but I am limited to 5 photos with each item listing. So obviously that silly idea will not work.

So this has me thinking about how to include a custom order option with the different fabric choices with each listing.

So how will I do this...perhaps a page on this very blog with pictures of fabric swatches and its item name and number. I thought that a customer could then enter their choices during the order process in the message box during the checkout. Perhaps that is a bit too confusing for a customer...

There is always the idea of creating a website again, but I really don't want to go down that avenue.

What to do, what to do...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ask the person for SOME idea since you have hundreds of fabrics available. That's an impossible request and I think they are just wasting your time. If you go into a retail store they don't stock every color or style...

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

I had to do something similar to this once! Just throw all your scraps together so it looks nice and you can see tons of them - take a picture with your digital and then post the pic - that way it gives some ideas and someone could say. . . "I want a fabric that looks sorta like the pin and black polka dots only in blue. . . . " or whatever! Love your handbag you have shown here - very cute!

Ms. Marie said...

I make digi scrapbooks, and I've thought about that also..and maybe you can upload pictures on flickr and then have the customer send you the url of the one she wants.