A portal is a brand new concept – a storefront with items of an artist from different shops all together.
Both shoppers and sellers have a great variety of choices online … in fact this incredible range of choices is both very freeing and can also be fairly overwhelming.Â One shop has mugs, tiles and totes, another has custom postage while a third has prints of those luscious, vibrant, colorful paintings. How can one even know what is available?Â There is a brand new concept – a storefront, a portal, where you can see items from all sorts of shops all together.Â This idea solves much of the problem of searching through multiple shops to see what a particular artist or crafter makes.
Dreamscape, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
The Arcade at The Hand Made Product Directory allows one to do just that!Â It is a pretty simple concept once you get the idea. I put my mugs and tiles from CafePress, cusomter US postage from Zazzle, posters from RedBubble, Art Cards (ACEOs) and framed reproductions from Etsy all in one spot so people have more choices in a manageable way.
Take a look at my storefront – Diane Clancy’s Art – it is a portal where you can go to look at merchandise from many of my shops all at once.Â Conundrum I is one of my vibrant, colorful paintings that many of my customers love. On one page you can see Conundrum I as a mug, tile, tote, postage, ACEO, poster and card.
To me this is a revolutionary way to make online marking much more convenient for both artists and our collectors.Â Another big advantage for us as artists and crafters is that this whole site is “human edited” … this means that someone helps make sure the images and the descriptions showcase your merchandise to a good advantage.Â Most sites are computer edited … so this is a big plus … personalized help.
I encourage you to check out the whole Arcade – both for sellers and buyers.Â My post from a few days ago talks more about the Arcade. Starting Monday each week one seller will be featured – I am going to be the first one on Monday … so I hope you will check it out.
Please share your thoughts with us on this … I would love to hear howÂ YOU handle shopping and selling with so many choices!Â Thanks for coming by!!
~ Diane Clancy