STS (Shop The Swap) Spring Market 2021 Discussion

Oh yes, we’re getting ready for another round of STS (Shop The Swap)! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:
Signups for this swap will open on Friday, April 16. Watch this space for updates!
Between now and Friday, I’ll be working on updating the swap details, timelines for the swap, and whatever else needs working on.
Meanwhile, let’s start chatting!
Feel free to ask any questions about how the swap works, tempt your fellow swappers with info about what you’ll be offering in your shop, offer suggestions on what you’d like to see in shops, etc.

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Signups will run 04/16 (Fri) through 04/24 (Sat)

Set up your shop no later than 04/25 (Sun)

Claims accepted from when you’ve set up your shop through 05/16 (Sun)

Last call (over/under) from 05/17 (Mon) through 05/22 (Sat)

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Helpful Links:
STS 2020 (i.e. the previous round)
Example of a STS Shop



What happens if I am away from my home base during the swap?
If you are traveling or otherwise unable to keep your shop open, you can close for a short period of time (a week or so). Please be sure to message your swap organizer so that everyone is in the loop.

Can I offer custom items in my shop?
Custom items can be offered, but they must be finished and sent in a timely manner (so keep this in mind and only offer custom items that you can finish quickly). When completed, custom items should be posted and reserved on hold for the person you made them for. The person can then submit a formal claim for the custom item.

Can I offer items that are not crafted by me?
A small amount of handcrafted items from other people may be offered in your shop, but the majority of the items should be made by you. Please be mindful of the potential of hurt feelings when selling items made for you in other swaps. Crafted items from others must be credited with the name of the creator or you will be requested to remove that item.

How do I price my items?
Charge what you think is fair for your crafted item! It might be worthwhile to take into consideration factors such as time invested, supply cost, popularity, etc.

How do I generate sales?
There are no guarantees that claims will be made from your shop. To make a sale you may need to adjust your prices, restock your shop with new crafted items/supplies, or run special promotions such as flash sales or weekend specials.

What should I offer in my shop?
Use the discussion thread for brainstorming any new items to offer in your shop! Or talk about what you can make to gauge interest from your fellow STSers. And if you’re in the market for something you’d like, go ahead and post your request in the discussion thread. Someone may be able to make it happen!

Can I put an item on hold if requested to do so?
Putting items on hold (for a short duration) in your shop is at your discretion. Only items that are currently listed in your shop can be put on hold. Holds should only be accepted when your shop is open. If a shop is closed and you are itching to claim something, please message the shop owner and ask that they let you know when they reopen so you can claim. Please do not ask people via private message to hold items for you until you can submit a proper claim; this is not an acceptable way around the “first properly formatted claim wins the item” rule.

My points/claims don’t match what I think they should.
Is something wrong?
If it has been awhile since you made the claim, or if the organizer admits to having been sloshed/sick/tired/attending to life in the real world since the points tally and/or claims list was last updated, go ahead and send her a message. If your claim is a few days old and has not shown up on the claims list, please send her a message to inquire about it. No worries, we’ll sort things out.

Do I have to list my claims (bought and sold items) in my shop?
Aren’t you keeping track of my points?
Yes! I am keeping track of your points, and in any disagreement, mine is the list that counts (just kidding, or am I…). Seriously though, it makes it easier to resolve any discrepancies if I can compare your list to what I have in my records. I do go through the shops on occasion to add up points and make sure we’re all on the same page.


Woohoo! I have a whole bunch of “Operation Use Up Yarn” items I can list and, of course, bird cards to start my shop!


Gotta dig through my finished miniatures to see what I am willing to let go. Love this swap!


I am going to be trying this out. I make all kinds of things but then they just hang around here. I’m hoping people will want to buy them so I can get more opinions on quality and such. Someday I hope to sell so I think this will be a perfect time to test things out. :slight_smile:


Yay! I’ll work on finishing stuff up this week. I love this swap!

We also have sunshine all this week so maybe I will try to take good photos of the finished items I have. Photos are hard!


Oh man… I may have to do some serious digging into boxes to dredge up things to offer. :slight_smile: Okay, okay, I’ll go look… :yum::laughing:


@artsycandice If you still have the Gemini pendant from the last STS - I want it for my SIL. I love my Capricorn one.


So I checked out the example, and read the FAQs, but I’m wondering if I would be able to offer up/put on sale a card crafting book I have? It was not what I expected it to be.

And would I be able to offer up craft making supplies instead of crafted projects?
I’m plagued with 4 leaf clovers in my yard


This is primarily a swap for handmade items.
After meeting the minimum requirement of having at least 5 handmade items, feel free to add a few craft supplies. And yes, a craft book counts as a craft supply :slight_smile: HTH!


Considering if I’m up for this or not; I haven’t done STS since the old site…


lol, I think I still have several. :grin:

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I love this idea, but not sure what folks might like to see. I crochet, needle felt, laser cut… Lots of jewelry… I’m feeling unsure what to make :woman_shrugging:


I’m always up for laser cutting because that is something I can’t do! I also love needle felted things!


Cool. How about what kinds of things? Coasters, keychains, boxes, jewelry…
Should I just make a wide variety? I haven’t done this type of swap before - usually I’m making to someone’s specific tastes. Any feedback is welcome!


I think any or all of those things! Magnets, ornaments, whatever brings you joy to make.


It is a little intimidating and it’s just like a real market - some wonderful things won’t sell.

I try not to go crazy and use stock on hand as much as possible to avoid added costs. And then make things I wouldn’t mind keeping or can easily give away.

The shop is open for like a month and you can craft the whole time and keep adding to your shop. You only need 5 handmade items to start.

Do you make friendship bracelets? I love them and just can’t figure them out. I got 3 in the secret Santa swap, gave one away and one finally broke after non-stop wear since November. I’m down to my last one!


Yes, I can definitely make friendship bracelets. Have any favorite colors? :wink:

I like bright colors! And black and white. I also like natural (like hemp).

I would prefer something I can tie and leave on until it withers away. :grin: