Square it Up!

4 Apr

 I don’t think I told you this, but I have another boutique coming up.  It is THIS week!  I am very excited to have been asked to participate in this boutique.  It features items made from Vintage Buttons.  I am one of only 3 artists that will be participating.  My good friend Stephanie from Keeko’s closet and Bloomz is one of the other featured vendors.  I just LOVE her handcrafted Bloomz.  They are the perfect addition to a hat, scarf, or just worn in your hair.  Check out a very small sampling of her work here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Keekoscloset in her Etsy shop.  I’m excited to see her newest stuff.  She has promised selections from her original collection as well as some new exciting designs that I can’t wait to see.

The other participant is the sister of our host.  I haven’t had a chance to meet her yet, but I have done a little reconnaissance work with the world-wide web.  I found her Etsy site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ButtonWillowJewelry  I have to be honest when I say, I’m a little scared that I might spend all of my profit from the boutique on her beautiful earrings.  I especially like the handcrafted earring stand…. If only I had enough earring to necessitate a stand.  I guess that problem may solve itself later this week.

So, needless to say, I have busy again creating a bunch of hats for this event.  I have been working hard at making some more spring like styles to suit the amazing weather we have been having lately. 

After much thought, I decided I needed to find a reliable way to accept credit card payments for my hats.  Credit cards just seem to be what most people choose to carry these days, which means me not being able to accept them limits my business.  So, I did a little internet research and found the perfect solution.

Meet the Square:

This little white square contraption attached to the iphone is a credit card reader.  It, along with its fancy app for my iphone will easily allow me to process credit and debit card payments at any time.  I can’t wait to try it out at the boutique.  I did a test run and charged myself $1.00.  It went through perfectly using the wifi at my house, but the thing works great on 3g coverage as well.  Once the card has been slid through the device, the customer signs their name directly on my phone.  Then, they can choose to have a receipt emailed or texted to themselves. 

I’m very excited for this new technology.  Even more excited by the price of this little gadget. FREE!  That’s right, once I signed up online, Square shipped this little bugger out to my house for free!  I didn’t have to pay for a thing.  Even the app download was free.  There are fees for using it, however, they are minimal and seem to be right on target with the other credit card readers out there.

If you live around the area and are looking for something to do this Friday, or Saturday, please come out and say hello.  The details are below:

 

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