Friday, January 31, 2014

Items Of The Hour For 1/26-2/1

Items Of The Hour is a weekly thread on the Strategic Promotion For Success Team. Each day 4 items are chosen to be promoted by the other team members.  The purpose of the thread is to bring in new views and hopefully some sales.

Shops can promote the 4 items any way they choose.  Team members can promote by adding the 4 items to their favorites, making a treasury,  sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest , other social media, and any other way they can think of.  Team members who have promoted the other shops have an increased chance of their shop being chosen for the next round.


Strategic Promotion for Success Team Items Of The Hour For 1/26-2/1' by amydscrochet


Peacock Tea Cozy Quilted /Em...

Vintage Mushroom Wood Box Pu...

Lovely LILY & PEARL Beaded E...

TARDIS, Doctor Who - Printab...

Wine cork bird house, wine t...

GORGEOUS Sterling Silver Ri...

Sore Muscle Herbal Rub - Hea...

Twisted 2-flower barrette, d...

Folk Art Chicken Trio with f...

Sunrise Aura Butterfly: excl...

Three glass gems, sea glass,...

Yoga Mist - Intention - Room...

small blue chocolate walnut ...

Hand Painted Greeting Card S...

Wall clock Pink / Rosa Multi...

Yvoirre, France. Rustic Fren...

For a chance to be featured in the Items Of The Hour  please join me here:
Items Of The Hour

Happy Sales, everyone!!


Hi I'm Amy. In my shop I offer a variety of crocheted items and occasionally I list vintage crochet & knitting pattern books. I enjoy working on custom orders. My customers often come up with the best creative ideas; and sometimes offer me the challenge of creating something I've never done before. It’s always satisfying to take a piece of yarn and create something new from it.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Meet our Team Members! -- Cindy from PetticoatsPlus

The SPS Team is an international team of artists, artisans and creators working together to promote their finest work!

Every week we are happy and proud to introduce a member of our outstanding team! They come from different backgrounds, countries, cultures and artistic horizons, but they all have one thing in common : they are driven, creative, dynamic, and dedicated to their Etsy business and to their team, SPST!


Today we are featuring Cindy of PetticoatsPlus, who offers scrumptious vintage fashions and antique collectibles in her Etsy shop. From vintage women's and retro men's clothes to collectibles, jewelry and ephemera, a look around her shop will make you feel as if you are visiting the set of Mad men!

Since Cindy was a columnist for over 2 years, we felt we should give her the floor, be as it may, and have her write her own shop feature.

"I always refer to my upbringing, as "cutting my teeth" in the antique and collectible world. This is due to my mother's love of all things salvageable ...turning that "sow's ear into a silk purse".

PetticoatsPlus is part of my progression as a life-long learner. Though I had sold antique and collectibles for 25 years, I knew nothing about clothes. I was inspired by a desire to rescue these oldies, when working part-time at a local thrift of my many post-retirement jobs!

The name, PetticoatsPlus, comes from my love of marketing. I wanted a name that would stick in the mind. Alliteration is key. The "Plus" was added to "Petticoats", as it left my door open to include collectibles with vintage clothes.

PetticoatsPlus has been opened two years. During this time, I have learned to be much more selective. I realize the value of a label to authenticate clothing and try to purchase accordingly. I believe it gives buyers confidence when seeing the label pictured with each listing.

Models drive my shop. Staging clothes with models makes my clothing come alive the buyer more interest in browsing and spending time in my shop. I have a large group of lovely models. Photography is also part of my life-long learning agenda. Working with people gives me great joy!

My biggest challenge is finding vintage stock. In this particular area, vintage clothing is not considered valuable. Auctioneers are more than likely to pitch old clothing. Estate sales are rare.  My work day is full of hunting, washing, repairs, photography, listing, and promoting. It takes true passion to successfully work for yourself. If I find myself burning out, I simply go without computer access! That isn't hard to do in my locale!

Teams are basically why I've chosen Etsy as a selling venue. I have met lovely friends here. All are like-minded, though we may offer different products. I believe teams are essential to find me posting to threads morning and night!

My best advice to new sellers is, "continue to evolve". You will learn firsthand the importance of photography, pricing, time management and a good team fit. Don't be afraid to change ...switch it up!

I'm taking my own advice on that last comment. I'll be adding more collectibles to PetticoatsPlus. These "sold out" during my first year on Etsy! Plus, I don't have to leave my house to find them!!! "

The SPS Team would like to extend our thanks to Cindy for sharing her valuable expertise with us. Her hard work and passion have definitely paid off, as her shop has many sales to happy customers.

It was so much fun looking at all the fashion and collectibles at PetticoatsPlus. 

Give yourself a smile and visit PetticoatsPlus  vintage boutique today!


If you are a member of the SPS Team and wish to be featured on our Team Blog in the series of articles 'Meet our Team Members' do not hesitate to contact our Leader, Natalie!


Our shop offers shabby inspired items that are time loved vintage, hand crafted, or skillfully revived. Treasures for the home, special events or gift giving can all be found in our aisles! For an added bit of salty charm, we also feature crafted nautical items. Surround yourself with a cozy feel with something from North and South Shabby!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SOTD 1/22-1/25 by Amievoltaire

The SPST Shop of the Day is a daily thread in which team members promote the Shops of the Day by faving, tweeting, pinning, or by using other social medias. 

Members may be added to the Master List by participating in the thread at least 4 times during the week and posting their Shop name and link along with a brief description of your Shop. 

This is a great way to have your shop promoted and keep the cross-promoting going with our teammies. At the end of the week, I will create a Treasury with a few of the promoted items for the week to give you extra exposure to your shops! Enjoy!

A few lovely items from the SPS Team SOTD features :

Sellers of the Week January 22nd through 25th

If you wish to be to featured in the SOTD thread, join us at :


Hi, my name is Angela. I have a passion for fabric and clothing design. Its like making your own puzzles with vibrant colors, patterns and textiles :<)


Selection of Weekend Game #55

Dear Readers,

Valentine's Day is coming, love is in the air. What you have to know about this famous day:
''St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14.''  as Wikipedia says.

I bring some ideas you can buy easily for the ONE:

'Red is Hot!' by ldgrands

Beautiful, bold red!

Red Skull and bone necktie - High Quality Woven Silk - The Hunter.S.Thompson tie - speaklouder
Red Skull and bone neck...
Red Decorative Throw Pillow Cushion Cover Gerbera Daisy Crimson Red White Pillow Case 16x16 18x18 20x20 Gifts under 50 - CrystalGaylePhoto
Red Decorative Throw Pi...
Bright Red Agate, Round Beads 6mm 15" (60 beads) Very Nice Quality - KanduBeads
Bright Red Agate, Round...
Love. LARGE Original handmade abstract painting on professional stretched canvas. 80x60 cm 31.5x23.5 inches - artybit
Love. LARGE Original ha...
Valentine's Day Ceramic Red Hearts Ornaments Minimalist Wedding Favor Love Home Decoration Valentine Gift Set of 4 - Ceraminic
Valentine's Day Cer...
Christmas Red simple necklace - Handmade jewelry girlfriend, wife - designML
Christmas Red simple ne...
Bohemian Strapless White Sexy Dress, Convertible dress, Skirt & Poncho, orange flower  - Made to order - MixeDesigns
Bohemian Strapless Whit...
Red and Yellow California Poppies Living Room Interior Wall Home Decor Flower Vinyl Decal Sticker - VINYL2079DECALS
Red and Yellow Californ...
Neon Polka Dot Print Red Lita Boots  Multicolored - Printable Digital Illustration for DOWNLOAD- Clipart ( 12x12 or 8x10). Item number S0093 - DidiFox
Neon Polka Dot Print Re...
Valentine's Day Ceramic Heart Ring, Oversized Cocktail Ring, Red Adjustable Ring, Pottery Jewelry - Ceraminic
Valentine's Day Cer...
Red Necklace.  Bridesmaid Necklace. Wedding Necklace. Beadwork. - AdoriaJewelry
Red Necklace. Bridesma...
Dark knight inspired men's gothic tie. This steampunk necktie for men is red with medieval knight and armor design. - tiestory
Dark knight inspired me...
Red polymer clay earrings - polymer clay jewelry - stud earrings - floral earrings - valentine gift - Segitanna
Red polymer clay earrin...
Dangling earrings Hand crocheted Red poppies Original design - AmayArt
Dangling earrings Hand ...
Red bead Necklace jewelry with silver chain and charm - CorseCrafts
Red bead Necklace jewel...
Fountain Pen in Cherry Red Acrylic - GECKOWOODWORKING
Fountain Pen in Cherry ...

'Valentine Gifts in Black and White' by everythingdawn

SPS Team Weekend Game 54

Cluster Bracelet White and Grey Pearls, Black Jasper, and Faceted Clear Crystals, Bridesmaid Bracelet, Black Tie Event Jewelry - SeagullSmithJewelry
Cluster Bracelet White ...
Tiny Stud Earrings Bronz Black Ceramic Cabochon Round Post Unisex Jewelry Surgical Steel - LemoneRouge
Tiny Stud Earrings Bron...
Graduation gift-Inspirational Guitar Charm Necklace - Be Yourself -Motivational  Jewelry - RTStyles
Graduation gift-Inspira...
Vintage Womens handbag ,purse ,Faux Lizard Clutch,  reptile bag Alligator, Frame Bag, USSR, Soviet bag,  Vintage Russian bag - bestLuba
Vintage Womens handbag ...
Valentines Day Love Banner Garland Black German Glass Glitter Handmade Decoration Decor - thegiftgardenshoppe
Valentines Day Love Ban...
Chain Cuff / Black deerskin Leather /  Chain Bracelet  /  Enamel Flower / Unique gift for her - Daniblu
Chain Cuff / Black deer...
Black and White Photography on Canvas / Black and White Fine Art Photography / Wall Art on 12x16 Gallery Wrapped Canvas - StudioDandK
Black and White Photogr...
Mid Century Hanging Clock, Electric, Made In Brooklyn - FreewheelFinds
Mid Century Hanging Clo...
Romantic Greeting Card // Today I Have Loved You For So Many Days, Personalized, Modern Calligraphy, Black and White, Blank Inside, Single - EmDashPaperCo
Romantic Greeting Card ...
Inspirational Quote Poster - This is Gonna Be Amazing - Motivational  Print 11x14 Black and White Typography Print - PaperPlanePrints
Inspirational Quote Pos...
Father of the bride cufflinks I loved her first mens wedding day accessories black and white classic font inspired heirloom gift - whitetruffle
Father of the bride cuf...
Black and white heart ornament - Linohandmade
Black and white heart o...
Women Shorty Cowboy Boots Black Leather White Heart Inlay Pointed Toe Western Boots size 7 - RabbitHouseVintage
Women Shorty Cowboy Boo...
You and Me / Black and White Valentines Day Heart Wrapping Paper / Gift Wrap - HappyKit
You and Me / Black and ...
Valentine's Pillow Cover, black and white throw pillow, heart abstract grey silver gray geometric love book bedroom winter home decor - AmeliaKayPhotography
Valentine's Pillow ...
White, black, and silver glitter paper heart garland, wedding, party, decoration - Shindiggery
White, black, and silve...

'Hugs and Kisses' by Daniblu

SPS Team Weekend Treasury Game 55

Pink Hearts Abstract Art - Large Wall Art Print Also Available on Gallery Wrapped Canvas - StudioDandK
Pink Hearts Abstract Ar...
Typographic Print - Hand Lettering - XO -  Hugs & Kisses  - Love Quote - Black and White - Romantic - Rachillustrates
Typographic Print - Han...
Necklace top- Womens Crop Top-  Gold Halter Blouse -  Sexy Urban Fashion -  by MiXeDesigns lab - MixeDesigns
Necklace top- Womens Cr...
FLAMINGO BRACELET Rhinestones/Crystals Jewelry Accessories Pinks Trend Art Deco - couturegps
Valentine's Day SALE Kiss Me 5x7 Photographic Print Valentine Love Heart Red Photograph - NikisPrints
Valentine's Day SAL...
Hearts with flowers bobby pins - thefrolickingfrog
Hearts with flowers bob...
XO Sterling Band - Hug and Kiss Silver Ring - KellyBaldwinDesign
XO Sterling Band - Hug ...
Bouquets of Pink Roses in Chiang Mai Market. Thailand. Nature Photography. Print by OneFrameStories. - OneFrameStories
Bouquets of Pink Roses ...
Earrings purple long dangle glass bead - LarisJewelryDesigns
Earrings purple long da...
Pirate Themed Birthday Card With 1920s Woman Pink and Ivory Mixed Media Art - Tis Her Birthday - rhodyart
Pirate Themed Birthday ...
Rose Bath Cake -Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter - Bath Bomb - - Penori
Rose Bath Cake -Shea Bu...
mini skirt bright pink lino printed floral short skirt raspberry spring summer trends - petrafanella
mini skirt bright pink ...
Peek a Boo........Fingerless gloves, cuffs, winter 2013 trend, warm, soft, versitile, IN style, Hot pink faux fur, Black tweed yarn - nouveauvintageltd
Peek a Boo........Finge...
72 Inch Burlap Table Runner With Fringe Edging Burlap Rose and Lace Tan Color 72 - EverythingDawnHome
72 Inch Burlap Table Ru...
Romantic Art, Cast Paper, Heart Art,  Shabby Chic Decor, Inspirational Gift, Romantic Gift,  Love Art, One of a Kind Art, Inexpensive art - ThresholdPaperArt
Romantic Art, Cast Pape...
Polka dot  studs Hot pink earrings Oval studs April trends - CyKLu
Polka dot studs Hot pi...

Come and play with us this weekend!

I wish all of you a great day full with LOVE!


Hi, my name is Ildi. I really enjoy the process of making pottery: I sit down at a table with clay and try to make something that I have an imagination of. I want something and the clay wants something but in the end I can work until I am most satisfied with the outcome.