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Old 04-01-2014, 11:40 AM   #1
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Thinking of starting an etsy/hyena cart/facebook shop. Help and ideas?!?

I recently made a doll for my 3 year old son. I posted his picture on Facebook and started getting requests from friends and family to make dolls for them! In the past month I've made about 10 dolls and discovered that I really love doing it. So many people have suggested opening a shop...I have no idea where to start or if there would even be interest. So, here's my questions:

What do I need to do to start up shop?

Would you'll be interested in Waldorf and a Waldorf style doll as a less expensive option (this would be my main product). Waldorf dolls would be made with wool, Swiss cotton interlock, Tibetan wool hair or wool yarn. Waldorf style dolls would be around $75-$100 cheaper but have cotton interlock, fiberfill, and faux fur hair but still have the look of waldorf dolls.

How do you think of and decide on a name and make sure that it's not already being used?

What guidelines do I need to follow when making children's toys?

How do you do your bookkeeping for tax purposes?

Is it actually worth my time?

What do I need to do to make a testers ad on the WAHM group here?

How do I figure out pricing?


Thanks for reading through my post and any help and here's a few examples of my dolls . These are all Waldorf style options. Be brutally honest and give me opinions, please!

16-17" with magnetic pacifier and fur hair





16-17" thumb sucker with fur hair





16" with wool yarn hair





15" with wool yarn hair



7" scrap baby

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Old 04-01-2014, 11:59 AM   #2
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Re: Thinking of starting an etsy/hyena cart/facebook shop. Help and ideas?!?

They are adorable!!!! I love the wool yarn hair...although I am not sure of pricing
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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No advice on the business stuff but LOVE LOVE the dolls!! Great job. That top baby is precious.
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Re: Thinking of starting an etsy/hyena cart/facebook shop. Help and ideas?!?

To be honest, I just up and did it. No planning, no goals, just opened shop. I had a bunch of fabric already laying around so why not. I have no plans to make it some sort of regular huge income. I don't put a lot of work into it and I don't get a lot out of it, but counting the sales I have had offline, I have made a profit.
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Since you're getting requests locally, create a Facebook page for your business. If you have a personal fb page, ask your friends to like your business page (please only do this no more than once a week so you don't spam your friends). To keep your business page forefront, post from it once a day.

Start with one site to sell at, so either Etsy or hynecart - less to keep up with.

Take great photos! That's huge! Photos of kids playing with the dolls will help sell them. Like a tea party or sitting in a basket on a bike - ideas off the top of my head. Make it easy for people to imagine the child they're buying for playing with your doll.


Oops just realized that you mentioned Facebook in your title. If I were to open a store I would sell from Etsy and promote from a business fb page.
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PS. Love the dolls! Especially the last one! I would love to know pricing on waldorf style ones!! Super cute!
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Thanks everybody! I think I'm going to give it a go. I'd like to test dolls through here so I'm going to check into that shortly .
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