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CAN 2019 BE YOUR YEAR?

By Voice of Our Village 4 months ago 195 Views No comments
CAN 2019 BE YOUR YEAR?

Do you want 2019 to be “your” year both personally and professionally? The year where you achieve your goals, realize your dreams, and end the year with a feeling of genuine accomplishment? Well of course you do! Based on your experiences in 2018 however, you know that your best hopes and intentions don’t necessarily get the job done of achieving your goals. So, what’s your plan?

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Why I Chose Our Village - Jamie Hansen of Jamie Hansen Art

By Voice of Our Village 5 months ago 222 Views No comments
Why I Chose Our Village - Jamie Hansen of Jamie Hansen Art

"I plan to add more of my services to my Our Village storefront. That site will allow me to test out new ideas and services without having to build a website to collect sales. With no listing fees or selling fees, I can afford to post any and every idea I have to the site. I have so much more clarity and joy in my work, and I’m so excited to see what 2019 will bring!"

Jamie Hansen began working in watercolors as an exchange student in Germany in 2002. Watercolor was a quick and portable medium that she used to record her experiences and travels. She graduated the following year with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and worked for fifteen years in graphic design, e-commerce, and product development.


​HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM SHOPS ON OUR VILLAGE™

By Voice of Our Village 7 months ago 296 Views No comments
​HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM SHOPS ON OUR VILLAGE™

HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM SHOPS ON OUR VILLAGE™

Our Village™ provides shoppers direct access to some of the world’s greatest artisans, crafters, makers, and small shops. Here are some of the holiday gift ideas provided by Our Village shop owners.

What do shop owners on Our Village have in common? They pour their hearts and souls into creating their products. They love making the products they hope to sell to you. The holidays are approaching and now is a great time to begin your shopping for special, unique gifts for your family and friends.

TJsCraftyCorner – “Blue/White Wreath” - $40.00

https://www.ourvillage.com/bluewhitewreath.html

Ann C. Crafts – “Christmas in the Big City” - $45.00

https://www.ourvillage.com/christmas-in-the-big-city.html

Jamie Hansen Art – “Custom Christmas Card (Watercolor)” - $90.00

https://www.ourvillage.com/customchristmascard-customwatercolorfamilyportraitchristmascard.html

The Traveling Turner – “Sierra” - $35.00

https://www.ourvillage.com/sierra.html

Creative Expressions – “Ho Ho Ho” - $62.95

https://www.ourvillage.com/ho-ho-ho.html

HandmadeWithHeart – “Christmas Floral” - $15

https://www.ourvillage.com/christmas-floral.html

Smoked Jerky Outlet – “Smoked bacon sampler Gift Basket, 6 Delicious Flavors, Great Christmas gift” - $36.99

Candied Bacon, BBQ Bacon, Cajun Bacon, Sriracha Bacon, Maple Bacon, and Honey Bacon jerky

https://www.ourvillage.com/smoked-bacon-sampler-gift-basket-6-delicious-flavors-great-christmas-gift.html

Tissue Box Covers and Beyond – “Christmas Tree Goose” - $16.00

https://www.ourvillage.com/christmas-tree-goose-geese-crochet-outfit-dress-garden-statue-lawn-goose-clothing.html

MarranArt – “Christmas Hound Stationery Set” - $2.99

https://www.ourvillage.com/christmas-hound-stationery-set.html

Kim’s Vinyl Expressions – “Santa’s Nice List Hanger” - $15.00

https://www.ourvillage.com/santa-s-nice-list-hanger-ornament-christmas-personalized-child.html


Get the free “Our Village Shops” app from the following links:

Android Users – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ourvillage.android

Apple Users - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/our-village-app/id1438798716?ls=1&mt=8

ARE YOU A SELLER? Our Village’s online marketplace provides a risk-free opportunity to sell your products.


Please visit www.OurVillage.com, open your shop, and enjoy your first 30 days free!

​IT’S TIME FOR SHOPPING SMALL 24/7/365!

By Voice of Our Village 7 months ago 166 Views No comments
​IT’S TIME FOR SHOPPING SMALL 24/7/365!

One day a year is not enough! Can you work one day a year and expect the earnings from that one day to support yourself and your family for the other 364 days? Of course not! Small businesses can’t do that either. That’s why Our Village has become “Home of The Shopping Small Movement”, promoting Shopping Small 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The success of the Movement depends on you and everyone else who recognizes the importance of small businesses and the families’ dependent on them.
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Helping those who need it most

By Voice of Our Village 7 months ago 561 Views No comments
Helping those who need it most

Helplessness and hopelessness. Those two words when strung together make one of the world’s saddest phrases. Unfortunately, those two words, along with “fear” are the words that best express what too many women experience in this world. When they experience helplessness, hopelessness, and fear, what can we do to give them hope?

PHOTO TIPS FROM OUR VILLAGE™ TO IMPROVE YOUR SALES

By Voice of Our Village 8 months ago 1029 Views No comments
   PHOTO TIPS FROM OUR VILLAGE™ TO IMPROVE YOUR SALES

Our Village™ knows that presentation is important for sellers! The quality of the photos used by sellers when presenting their products can mean the difference between making a sale - or not. We all know when selling a home that “curb appeal” is a very important factor when sellers are attempting to attract buyers. That same principle applies for sellers when posting photos of their products being offered to customers. Here are some simple guidelines to follow that will boost the “curb appeal” of your product photos.
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OUR VILLAGE™ – THE ETSY ALTERNATIVE FOR SELLERS

By Voice of Our Village 9 months ago 3042 Views No comments
OUR VILLAGE™ – THE ETSY ALTERNATIVE FOR SELLERS

Our Village™ offers sellers an Etsy alternative with some rather significant differences and people are beginning to take notice as you’ll see from the article links below. Etsy is the 800 lb. gorilla in the artisan eCommerce marketplace so Our Village is in a “David vs. Goliath” position as they position themselves for sellers who are tired of paying listing fees and commissions on their sales.

GET THE FREE "OUR VILLAGE SHOPS" APP FOR SHOPPERS

By Voice of Our Village 11 months ago 2053 Views No comments
GET THE FREE "OUR VILLAGE SHOPS" APP FOR SHOPPERS

Our Village™ provides shoppers with direct access to some of the world’s greatest artisans, crafters, makers, and small shops. What do shop owners on Our Village have in common? They pour their hearts and souls into creating their products. They love making the products they hope to sell to you. The first part of Our Village’s tagline begins with “Products with Passion”. That says a lot about our shop owner’s products. They take great pride in the work required to create the exceptional products listed in their shops. Pride in their products. Pride in their work.

OUR VILLAGE – A “NO LISTING FEES / NO COMMISSION DEDUCTED FROM SALES” ALTERNATIVE TO ETSY

By Voice of Our Village 1 years ago 174 Views No comments
OUR VILLAGE – A “NO LISTING FEES / NO COMMISSION DEDUCTED FROM SALES” ALTERNATIVE TO ETSY

Our Village™ (https://www.ourvillage.com/) offers worldwide online Sellers “no listing fees/no commissions deducted from sales” when compared to the online marketplace Etsy. Etsy charges Sellers a listing fee of $0.20 per item and recently increased its 3.5% commission to 5% which is deducted from each Etsy shop owner sale. Plus, they also take a 5% commission on the Seller’s shipping fee to their customer.


Shop 1

Shop 2

Shop 3

Total Sales

  • $450
  • $865
  • $1,230

5% Commission Fees

  • $22.50
  • $43.25
  • $61.50

Shipping Costs

  • $43
  • $82
  • $117

5% Shipping Commission

  • $2.15
  • $4.10
  • $5.85

Total Profit:

$425.35

$817.65

$1,162.65

Let’s break this down to what Sellers are truly concerned with, the bottom line. For an Etsy seller who currently lists an item for $30 and charges $5 for shipping, they pay $1.25 in listing/commission fees. With this price increase, the same seller will pay $1.95 under the new fee structure - 70 cents more, or an increase of almost 60% in this case. Our Village knows that the bottom line matters. That is why Sellers keep 100% of their sales and are not charge listing fees or commissions. Our Village believe that a low cost, $5 a month fee structure, allows the Sellers to get the most bang for their buck. That’s real value you can take to the bank.

Sales example for 1 month - Our Village


Shop 1

Shop 2

Shop 3

Total Sales

  • $450
  • $865
  • $1,230

Commission Fees

  • $0
  • $0
  • $0

Shipping Costs

  • $43
  • $82
  • $117

Shipping Commission

  • $0
  • $0
  • $0

Monthly Shop Fee

  • $5
  • $5
  • $5

Total Profit:

$445

$860

$1,225

Real example from an Our Village shop owner. “New Depression Guitars by James Floyd” recently sold one of his custom-made guitars for $450.00. If this same item was sold on Etsy, besides charging the $0.20 listing fee, they would have deducted $22.50 commission from the sale plus another 5% commission of the shipping fee.

By offering unlimited items and no listing or commission fees for only five dollars a month, Our Village is here to help the everyday and professional Sellers alike. Most internet Sellers have regular full-time jobs, supplementing their monthly income for their families by selling their products online. Working from home near the family is an increasing desire for many people. Our Village provides the most economical, internet marketplace for Sellers and supports the “Shopping Small” movement. Oh, and did we mention that the first 30 days are FREE?

Based on the old African proverb “It takes a village…”, as the worldwide Our Village marketplace grows, so will their charitable efforts. 20% of Our Village’s gross revenues are donated to non-profit organizations providing support to battered or homeless women and their families.

Sellers are invited to open their Our Village shop at: https://www.ourvillage.com/customer/account/create/ and enjoy your first 30 days FREE!


Get the free “Our Village Shops” app from the following links:

Android Users – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ourvillage.android

Apple Users - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/our-village-app/id1438798716?ls=1&mt=8

ARE YOU A SELLER? Our Village’s online marketplace provides a risk-free opportunity to sell your products.

Please visit www.OurVillage.com, open your shop, and enjoy your first 30 days free!

RUN YOUR OUR VILLAGE SHOP AS A BUSINESS

By Voice of the Village 1 years ago 185 Views No comments
RUN YOUR OUR VILLAGE SHOP AS A BUSINESS

We know you, as a shop owner on Our Village, are passionate about your products. As an artisan, crafter, maker, or small family-owned shop owner who take great pride in your products and the work that goes into them, we know that your focus is on creativity and selling your products. Sometimes that focus may lead you to overlook things you could easily be doing that adds bottom-line profit dollars to your bank account each year.