I also am in the "use what I have" mode. I cut into some thrifted embroidered linen this week. I have three small slim zipper pouches that will be added before Thanksgiving. They turned out so beautiful. Very classic in their monochromatic way.
With Christmas time near, I am trying to actually have some inventory in my store. Instead of doing one large Etsy update, I decided to stager my listings over a period of a week. I am hoping it will be beneficial in keeping my items at the top of searches. One other goal I had was to have different items in different price ranges. I experimented with some business card holders recently. All my PIF people got one in their package. (All the previous versions before I perfected my technique.) When I was in college I was a purse free kinda gal. I used a leather business card holder as a wallet when I went out. I always had three things with me where ever I went: my drivers license, my debit card, and cash. I listed one of these earlier in the week and it's already sold. So I put this one in today. The "V" front makes it easy to grab the cards on the inside. And for the price, it's a perfect stocking stuffer. (click photo to go directly to the listing)
Now how many of you are familiar with the Treasury feature on Etsy? I only started paying attention about a few months ago. I would never go out of my way to wait for a Treasury, but if I knew one was coming up I would have the browser up and wait patiently. This morning as I was listing a few items I just happened to check on the Treasury and saw it would open up in just a few minutes! I finally got one!
It was really fun to put together and I can see how people can become addicted to being their own curator. All the items came from my favorites list or a favorites store. If anyone sees it on the front page, you'll have to let me know!