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How do I become a featured seller

Hi everyone

Please can @Folksyadmin & anyone else :wink: please please advise how I can become a featured seller on Folksy…

Many thanks

Rebecca

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A very interesting question! I have a feeling that its something that folksy select themselves - but look forward to hearing from feedback.

This should help you out
https://folksy.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/57283-how-can-i-be-featured-on-folksy

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been trying to find the answer to that for TEN YEARS>…lol

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8 years for me :slight_smile: We need an special club for ‘Faithful but Un-Featured Sellers on Folksy’ :slight_smile:

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Thanks everyone for your replies @Verchielbeadsandjewellery @DandelionsGallery @teabreaks @SashaGarrett

Looking forward to @Folksyadmin.

Thanks
Rebecca

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You can find interviews with previous featured sellers on the blog to get an idea of what brand identity/ photography style/ design ethos folksy are looking for
http://blog.folksy.com/category/interviews/meet-the-maker-2
I’m now at 5 years with out being a featured maker.

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I was lucky enough to be featured a few years ago, and they approached me, right out of the blue. I’ve no idea what made them look at me as I’m hardly the definition of a successful seller…

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You have a lovely well stocked and well presented shop with lots of different things and ready good photos. What’s not to love :). :slight_smile:

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Joy, you’re very sweet, thank you. I think perhaps they were sick of me as I was complaining a lot about a certain issue at that point. It didn’t work. I’m still complaining and I will continue complaining until the resellers and the fakers aren’t allowed to open shops lol

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We would all love to be featured sellers but I think it is really luck of the draw - there are things you can do to help your shop get noticed by the Folksy team, good photos etc, but ultimately its their choice :slight_smile: I used to dream of being featured but now just accept that out of the 3500 sellers here It is unlikely (although still better odds than winning the lottery!) and just keep plodding on.

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But if aspiring Featured Sellers look at your shop and your listings and your photos they should be able to easily see that your shop is an excellent example of how to be featured. Xx

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Hmmm…we’re all our own best critics aren’t we? I see so many problems with my photography that I cringe…still, the time when the light is best here (ie this time of year) is the exact same time when I’m descended on by a flock of brides, bridesmaids and prom dresses, all needing to be altered. So all hope of doing anything on Folksy but paddling gently to hold my place in the stream is gone, along with most of my sanity and a lot of my hair…this place keeps me sane every summer, really.

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Don’t look like Folksy Admin can advise how to become a featured seller.

Paul

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Hi Rebecca. Sorry for the late reply - I don’t get tagged into the @folksyadmin account so missed your post. As @SashaGarrett says there is an article here that explains how featured shops and products are chosen. https://folksy.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/57283-how-can-i-be-featured-on-folksy

One of the secrets to being featured is brilliant photography - this article explains what we look for http://blog.folksy.com/2014/01/31/how-to-be-featured-on-folksy-product-photography-tip – but there are other things we look for too, like having a good story to tell, making interesting or unusual products, a well-crafted brand identity, exemplifying a particular skill, craft or style, a good selection of products for a particular occasion or season, as well as being a good example of a Folksy seller (eg well-stocked shop, good titles and descriptions, interesting ‘About’ section) and using social media well. We also try to feature a range of different crafts and styles, as well as both established and emerging makers.

I hope that helps answer your question :slight_smile:

@JOYSofGLASS is right Lois. Your shop is always beautifully stocked and we loved the ethos behind it: that you hate to see beautiful fabric go to waste, and so created a business using your offcuts in an interesting way. We also thought it was perfect for an August slot, as your work is bright and summery and embellished with summer insects like ladybirds and bees. Plus we (I) have a massive soft spot for your embroidered cuffs.

I still really like your interview :slight_smile: http://blog.folksy.com/2016/08/22/beesandblossoms

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I’d love to know too, I have a feeling mine is not being cohesive enough and not telling a story, oh and also not having the bright white backgrounds , I suppose I’ve answered my own question :smile:

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It would be lovely if we could all be featured…I retook all of my photos and think my descriptions, tags etc are fine. I design and make my own bears so definately fit the criteria of artist…there are a lot of sellers on Folksy and I suppose we are all like a needle in a haystack…my story may be boring though, nothing fantastic just that basically I love all crafts…went to work…became disabled…finished work…started my business instead. .nothing much more to tell really. :grinning::grin::joy:wouldn’t make for great reading.
I have discovered some new shops from the featured sellers that I otherwise may have missed so it’s good to have them on the front page, somehow their meet the maker interviews always sound more glamorous and exciting than mine would :grinning::grin::laughing:.