Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Seller, Brandon with the Monsters Forest, posts on his blog about 3 B Street

the Monsters Forest: Opening a second shop.: Hey guys, remember my rant about how Etsy sucks? Well I've found an alternative. A friend of mine on Google+ has been working on a project c...

Monday, January 7, 2013

Pay It Forward 2013

How fun is this? A handmade Pay It Forward Challenge! Let's begin...


Do you like to RECEIVE handmade gifts? Do you like to GIVE handmade gifts and bring joy to others? Do you want to join a blog hop that involves giving and receiving in a PAY IT FORWARD manner?

PAY IT FORWARD 2013


I am participating this project because I believe that giving handmade gifts is important in many ways. Not only does it bring joy to others but it helps us as artists stretch our creative bones, make new friends and connections, and spread the handmade movement further and further into our world. I commit to giving a handmade gift to one person who signs up to participate in this project and who is willing to "Pay It Forward" on ther own blog. Ready to join the fun?

GUIDELINES

  1. If you would like to participate, please sign up by leaving a comment below on this post. Follow up by emailing me (lbarron@3bstreet.com) with your contact information. The first person to show commitment to the project will receive a handmade gift from me!!! 
  2. Post this project on your own blog--I will email you a simple cut-n-paste to make it easy. Gather one new participant and be willing / prepared to follow through with the "Pay It Forward" part!!! (I will send your handmade gift once you've shown commitment by gathering one new participant) Please link back to this original post: ("JOIN THE FUN! Pay It Foward 2013"). I will include a link to your post so we can follow the project from its origin. 
  3. I will give you a small, heartfelt handmade gift. In turn, give a small, heartfelt handmade gift to your participant and bring on the joy! (please wait to send a gift until your participant has gathered their own new participant) 
(also please only enter under one blog... unless you are willing to perpetuate more than one chain)

(If you want to join but my slot is filled, follow the link below until you find an open slot)

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My participant and their "Pay It Forward" blog link:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Branding 3 B Street

I must be on the right track because I saw this video on CBS Sunday Morning this past weekend featuring, Ron Johnson, CEO of JCP, also known as JCPenny. He discussed the makeover JCP is about to endure.  Take a look at the video below:
video

3 B Street's name was created to be just that - a meeting place, a destination for high quality products, and an experience.  We are branding ourselves as the "Nordstrom (sorry, JCP) of Etsy."  3 B Street will have the exclusive feel of "Nordstrom's" with only the best products, features, and customer service.  Eventually sellers will exclaim, "How did you get on there? I want to sell there too!"  3 B Street will become a status quo with a group of elite, handmade sellers who offer great service, take pride in what they sell, and do so with impeccable skills.

The experience will include a personal connection, also common of typical "meeting places."  The entire experience, whether online or at markets and shows will be exhilarating, classy, and high quality, which is exactly how 3 B Street is branding themselves.  I guess great minds do think alike.  Thanks for affirming, Ron Johnson.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Going Live...

3 B Street officially went live at the end of Sept 2012.  What a journey and an exciting one at that. We've built the site from ground up.  No templates, no cheat sheets, no rules.  Simply by imagination, creativity, and listening to my heart.  Now comes the hard part.  Getting others to share my passion.  Over the last several months I've been attending fairs, shows, and markets to find the creative people. I've met some truly talented artists and gotten nearly 99% positive feedback, which continues to motivate me.  I know I'm doing the right thing and that there's a need in the market for sellers to succeed and buyers to find those special, pre-selected products.

In just a little over a month, we've got 70 users.  Not bad for a fresh start!  But, we're nowhere NEAR finished.  With the upcoming holidays, I'd like to get about 300 members by the end of the year.  My passion is not technology or even creativity, but helping people succeed and watching others grow their business as I have mine.  Providing support and resources means more to me than the almighty dollar.  I promise to never lose sight of that goal nor lose my integrity in the meantime.

I just need your help in spreading the word.  Remember to like us on www.facebook.com/3bstreet, follow us on www.twitter.com/3bstreet and share your findings.  Search through the site, tell your artist friends, and best of all BUY products on www.3bstreet.com.  Not only will you make me happy, you'll make my seller happy, and most importantly, yourself happy.

I'm in this for the long haul.  Come join me...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

To be free, or not to be free. That is the question.

Finding the happy balance between cost and value is a challenge.  We all measure that value differently and have to weigh out the cost versus benefit.  I recently came across a discussion thread where a crafter said she didn't "believe in paying anyone for her personal work and helping put money in somebody else's pocket".  I wonder if the suppliers she buys from feel the same way.  If so, then we'd all be out of business.  Fortunately, most support a collaborative environment.

In reality, a service is just that, where you pay somebody else with a greater expertise to do the work. Some handmade sites are offering completely free accounts because they simply want to support Crafters and Artists. The implication is that the rest of us don't, but that is hardly the case. Establishing 3 B Street involves support staff, advances in technology, an immeasurable amount of time, new resources, advertising, design, legal advice, a formal business plan, and much more. Providing a professional service requires a serious commitment.
   
Premier sellers and customers are willing to pay for exceptional service.  3 B Street will be an exclusive venue where sellers won't be over saturated, and customers will find high quality products easily without having to browse thousands of products.  There is an absolute value to pay for this service to achieve your desired outcome.

The old adage "time is money" has substance.  But so does creating a high quality, customized, user friendly, well supported website.  Hopefully the benefits that 3 B Street offers will provide the balance you're seeking.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The number "3"

3 B Street.  I want to expand on some things I recently learned about the number "3" and it's meaning behind the name of the site.  Numerology, the study of numbers, reflects certain aptitudes and character tendencies.  The number "3" actually represents a "path possessing great talent in creativity and self-expression where artistic abilities can only mature through discipline and commitment to the true development of your talent.

The stars are aligning.  Come join us...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

About the Founder, Laurie

Hello!  I'm Laurie Barron and started 3 B Street in 2011 due to common frustrations with other handmade sites and the challenges of selling at markets.  I grew up in the Midwest, attended Indiana University, Bloomington, in the 90s, and currently live in Southern California, with hopes to get even closer to the ocean.  I have an adorable husband, a beautiful white German Shepherd, and two lovable cats that moved across the country with me.
I love being creative as it provides an emotional outlet as well as fulfilling my passion for creativity!  I will try anything new and love making gifts for others.  I currently sell non-slip headbands, dog collars, and key chains at a weekly Farmer's Market in Temecula, CA, as I consider this my "lifeline" for 3 B Street.  Here are some tidbits about myself and what's important to me:
  • The ability to "give back" will be how I ultimately measure success
  • I'm passionate about animals
  • I'm an optimistic dreamer
  • I'm an extrovert and extremely energized by others from whom I can learn
  • I tend to be sarcastic and consider myself quirky, but relish in being different
  • My husband was a race car driver and doesn't always appreciate my sarcasm
  • I work hard and put a lot of energy into what's important to me
  • I like to eat a lot and would rather work out more (I was a swimmer at IU)
  • I believe in having fun and a work/life balance.  In fact, I believe in balance and moderation for ALL things.
I hope you follow 3 B Street and support our new handmade site...exciting things are coming!