As I briefly mentioned yesterday, people can create their own products with Artisan 82 designs via spreadshirt.com. This means that should you desire one of my Very Dapper Gentlemen designs on a product that is not in my shop, you can create it yourself. Cool, right? You could make a Very Dapper Frog mug for your Great Aunt Millie! or - A Very Dapper Bear phone case for your cousin! or - A Very Dapper Owl onesie for your friend's new baby!
Here's how you do it, in five easy steps:
Open the Spreadshirt design thingy at this link: www.spreadshirt.com/design-your-own-t-shirt-C59. Choose your product over on the left.
Once you've picked your product, click the Choose Design button. Enter the name of the Artisan 82 design you love and click Search.
There it is! Click on that. You can close the Choose a Design dialogue box, if you want.
Click on the image to position it. Click on the button on the right to make sure the image is centered horizontally.
Choose your size and colour options on the lower right and click Add to Basket.
You'll be prompted to either proceed to checkout or design another product. When you proceed to the checkout, Spreadshirt will handle all your payment and shipping information. If you have any customer service or technical inquiries, you can contact them or visit their help page.
5 easy steps and your custom Artisan 82 product is on the way. Happy designing!
One night last week I had the idea to open an apparel shop for Artisan 82. I was looking at print-on-demand companies in hopes of getting a shirt to wear to craft shows and thought that it would be awesome to offer my designs on apparel to the general public.
With excited enthusiasm I jumped into editing images, uploading files, and trying to feel my way through some simple HTML code. Late that same night, I had a pretty decent looking apparel shop. Awesome. I shared the link to the Artisan 82 Facebook Page, asked my friends and family to help promote and got some really encouraging feedback on the designs.
And then... and then...
I went to order the shirt that had started me down the apparel shop road and encountered an $18 shipping fee. Gah! $18 to ship a t-shirt. Are you kidding me?!?
This is the bane of the Canadian online shopper's existence. In a world where so many of the products we want to buy are sold from the USA, it is so frustrating to painstakingly pick out an item you want, only to find out that shipping is cost prohibitive.
As an online seller, I've faced similar frustrations with shipping items out. For instance, it is cheaper for me to ship an item from Ontario to Southern California than to southern British Columbia. I hate that I have to charge Canadian shoppers more for an item that originates in their own country.
So the point of this rant? I shut down my original apparel shop. I can't ask someone to pay those kinds of shipping rates. I won't.
The great news is, I've got a new apparel shop, with awesome international shipping rates. This shop is hosted by spreadshirt.com and these are their shipping rates:
$5.50 to Canada! So much better! AND another great feature of this site is that users can print their own products, to their own specifications, using my designs! So, if your Great Aunt Millie desperately needs a coffee mug with my Very Dapper Beaver, and I haven't listed that product in my store, YOU CAN MAKE IT! (More on how to do that later.) I'm so thrilled with SpreadShirt! Check out my shop-in-progress here:
Are you wishing for any products that you don't see listed? I'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions on items to add.