• How to find suppliers, step by step

    One of the most frequent questions I get asked is "who are your suppliers" or "how do you find suppliers?" STEP 1: RESEARCH I use Google or Yelp to find suppliers. Search similar phrases (for eg, include "screen printing" and "tshirt printing" instead of just "tote printing") in case suppliers SE...

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  • My 2020 sales are 1088% YoY: my theories why

    My website sales are 1088% YoY (my sales from 1/1/2020-8/31/2020 were 10.88x higher than my sales from 1/1/2019-8/31/2019). I can't believe it either; these numbers seem unreal to me.My decision to take a break between my jobs (which was kind of scary— I had never left a job without another lined...

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  • Am I ready to start selling wholesale?

    5 q's to consider:** BUT FIRST!!! If you are looking to sell to wholesale, I 100% recommend joining a community or taking a class on it. There are SO many nuances, edge case scenarios, and support you will need as you launch. The community and course I got from Proof to Product sooo many years ag...

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  • Should I start on Etsy or Shopify?

    Deciding whether to start your shop on Etsy or your own website really comes down to answering one question: Are you starting this business to A) establish a brand & scale a business, or B) sell something for fun and see where it goes? Which one should you use? Investing in your own website ...

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  • COVID-19 Fundraiser Products!

    I don't have much to say about the epidemic (follow my Flipboard magazine for interesting reads about it, though! (Why yes, I did just start a job there this week ;)) that hasn't already been said, but I know this crazy time has affected everyone in some way and, on top of that, I know how blesse...

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  • Introducing: Pickles Points

    2.5 months (and a whole different world...) ago, I asked a question on insta-stories: "2 weeks ago, I released a new pin, 1 week ago, I released personal stationery, and this week, I released sticker sheets. Is it annoying when I release products 1 by 1, week by week?" In Pickles history, I p...

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  • A Jar of Pickles' 6th Birthday!

    It’s really hard for me to have a definite date of the beginning of A Jar of Pickles. My Etsy was a random thing I started in college because I was making fliers/logos etc for student groups on campus, and my roommates suggested I should put stuff up for fun. It was a very passive project; I’d just design things every couple of months when I felt like it.

    Because of this, I never had a “launch date” but the start of Pickles can be marked by a few significant milestones:

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  • letterpress? :O

    I have been thinking about making letterpress cards for YEARS. Inspired after I went to a letterpress workshop, I reached out to a bunch of letterpress printers in 2015.

    Every year I consider it, and every year I chicken out. I am very risk adverse and rarely will take any kind of financial risks with Pickles, even if it's not technically a risk (for example, it took me 5 years to buy a $200 label printer.. lol). 

    But while I spend lots of time on Pickles in my current job-less state, I am so, so close to taking the leap!

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shop blog

An attempt to document how much fun I have with my ever-growing side project