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The Etsy Debacle

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It's been awhile, I know. For now, let me just get past that and to the point;

Etsy has announced some drastic changes to the seller format, including hiking transaction fees from 3.5% to 5% (which also applies to shipping!) This really puts a halt on small business growth especially alongside the other listing and renewal fees. While I understand and did not mind paying fees for obvious services rendered by Etsy; fee hikes and premium package subscriptions for tools that might prove required for success are a different story and beast altogether. Taking chunks of bottom lines and punishing honest sellers for the shady behavior of fee-dodgers by cutting into shipping, is cruel and detrimental to the relationship not only with seller-platform but more importantly seller-customer relations....as prices for most shops on Etsy have to rise to make ends meet, the customer will sizzle and wonder WTF and either not buy anything at all or buy much less and less often. so I have been on the fence about what to do...I am leaning toward phasing out the Etsy store altogether and directing people to my website; it would help me to streamline my online sales anyway! I know Etsy is an online shoppers dream; with all the user history, shiny user interface, and hip items available; but for sellers, it's been an uphill struggle with Etsy corporate to meet the customer in the middle. Etsy just seems to like hovering around doing all the wrong things to pretend they're improving the experience, but in the end, Etsy wants to turn around and act as though the crafters and makers haven't built them a multi-million dollar, publicly traded company! Well, I'll be updating my website store with inventory and new items, so please check there soon and consider supporting small businesses no matter the platform they choose. http://www.branchandbeak.com

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND ONGOING HOLIDAY SALE

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND ONGOING HOLIDAY SALE

For folks who want to find unique and thoughtful gifts for family, funds might seem more thinly spread this time of year, we feel pressures even when we actively resist, to participate in the chaos of the season. It doesn't have to continue!

Actively practicing choosing quality over cheap/quantity is difficult for some people, the latter might seem like your only choice sometimes, but you've got to think ahead; thoughtful gifts that support small and local business is really what will give you that holiday spirit of giving and appreciating the holiday traditions. AND! It helps grow the community of entrepreneurs (and fellow witches). Creating unity and a sense of hope.

I know that I try to purchase from my small local businesses first and from there spread out my budget to small businesses that I can access online. The rest of my gifts end up being handmade by me, like baked goods or weavings, soaps, candles, etc.

Right now in the Etsy storefront, a sale is going on and lasts through Dec 1!  10% off your entire order of $20+ (no code needed) and FREE domestic shipping on orders $30+ ! (code: FREESHIP30)

Please HALP support not even small, but TINY business this season, for instance, you'd be helping me to buy a new ink cartridge for my printer! Which is how I print my labels currently. <3 https://www.etsy.com/shop/BranchandBeak

 

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GRATITUDE

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GRATITUDE

Serendipity seems, in my experience, to occur when you are on a path which aligns with your purpose, with your passion. Since I started Branch & Beak back in 2011, serendipitous signs to stay on this path have dotted the journey. Near the start of this year, a really bright, neon, flashing sign swung from some branches above me; forcing me to look up and ahead. For almost 6 months I have been experiencing such love and support not just from my closest friends and family, but from acquaintances and strangers alike. Nodding to me in a knowing way, entrusting me with their well-being and graciously holding me accountable for all that I am determined to do. I can be a bit shy at first, about most things, but when you step into my sphere you will know great loyalty, love, and support, both from me and from the plants I use. That is Branch & Beak. That is magickal herbalism. That is well-deep truth.

I wasn't sure how to properly post this, how to approach what depth my gratitude went to. I need to be able to share this type of "review" with y'all, not just to let you know; "hey look! people buy my creations and they adore them!" --BUT-- to also convey how others have used them and been impacted by using them. These may be tools in constant transition on the surface, but believe my heart, I have worked long and carefully on the items I offer. Yes, "branding is everything", the look will come in time, but I'm focused on the quality and integrity of what I'm creating FIRST and FOREMOST. Magick is real, and it is in you.

So, for a couple of days I have been trying to figure out how to express this intense feeling of gratitude and love without being too much or too little. Huge side note: I suppose that's been my struggle as an adult: bending, retreating, and hiding myself and my feelings so that others are not scared off, annoyed, or offended. Hopelessly alienating myself ahead of time so that I don't get rejected. Instead of just letting the cards fall where they will, I've been trying to maintain control of where the cards are even played. Letting in very few and holding others at arm's length, and ultimately, what game is it that we all play? A game for unconditional love, acceptance, and maybe even understanding, right? Well--Emily understands. We are perfect strangers, but for her realness, her openness to connection and community, her willingness to feel deeply and without censoring her truth, I am extremely grateful. I have been changed and emboldened by customers before and it doesn't look to be a fleeting thing. I'll be honest, I have been brought to tears a number of times by customers who have reached out to tell me about their positive experiences using Branch & Beak products. So, after getting a bit misty eyed reading her post and watching her video, I asked Emily if I might share what she had experienced, and she enthusiastically encouraged me to share away! I gather not everyone is going to have profound experiences, or revelations, or obstacles removed while working magick, let alone Branch & Beak tools, but I'm doing all I can on my end to create genuine tools for your process, so remember, there's leg work on your end as well. Know that you are supported and loved, know that anytime you choose to support your well-being and nourish your spirit, that you are doing the work and results will follow. 

You can view the video HERE where she speaks of her experience using the Citrine essence anointing oil. 

While I'm here, I'll mention that if you feel the pull at all to make a purchase from me, please be pulled. I'll be adding some products to the website so you can shop directly but for now please visit the Etsy shop ! Or take a look at my events page to see where I will be locally! Come meet me! Let's get down to brass tacks and talk, let's adventure down the path together. Branch & Beak is personal and public all at once, it is transparency while still maintaining mystery, because curiosity is animal instinct, we love to discover things. We love to wonder. Never hesitate to get lost, you may end up finding yourself! (cheese plate just put on the table)

Thank you. To Emily and all my customers. Thank you for being who you are, when you are, where you are. I suppose I was overdue for a big blobby cheese post. 

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FLASH SALE!

Greetings, fronds! The inventory I have currently is very low which is great, because I want to start rolling out the new products and look in the next month or so. I hope you'll take advantage of the already severely reduced prices on top of the coupon code I'm releasing for a limited time, and feel free to share with friends! Again, thank you for supporting Branch & Beak! 

To get $5 off your order in my Etsy store use code: APRILRAIN5
at checkout with min. purchase of $15 in cart

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