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16 DIY Stamp Projects For Your Retail Shop

When it comes to retail branding and packaging, we're a little bit stamp happy. Why? Custom printing is expensive! Stamps are an affordable way to dress up any sort of inexpensive boxes, tags, business cards and even tissue paper. The sky is the limit, so we've rounded up a few of our  favorite DIY stamp projects for small business owners. Whether you need a packaging overhaul or just want to personalize a few things, put your (rubber) stamp on it. fragile

1. Fragile stamp: Especially if your goods are easily breakable, you're gonna want to upgrade from the chicken scratch currently scrawled all over your shipping boxes. This cute feather stamp is perfect. (via Etsy)

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2. Business card stamp: Leave your calling card on more than just cards! This rubber stamp gives you added the benefit of never running out of business cards.

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3. Why Thanks stamp: Gratitude is important.

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4. Little bags: Stamps aren't just for paper products—they work perfectly on little dust bags like these.

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5. State pride: Promoting your local-ness is never a bad call. Hooray for shopping local!

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6. Coffee beans: These beans from Hoboken Coffee Roasters are all dressed up and ready to go home with your next customer.

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7. Gifting goodness: If you're wrapping up a gift, personalize it (or let the giver add their touch) to the wrapping!

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8. Stamped wrapping paper: Don't wait until the holidays for this easy potato stamper project. It can be customized by season or simply something that works with your shop all year. You can also use a regular stamp, of course, but an old-fashioned potato is pretty fun too.

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9. Stamped tags: Give your tags some foxy handmade flair.

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10. Do not bend: This little number is great for prints, artwork and photography heading through the mail.

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11. Bakery nod: Are you warming up to the stamp idea yet? Hope so!

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12. URL IRL: Keep it simple with just your web address to help people find you online later.

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13. Address upgrade: When you have time to hand address a package, use that time wisely.

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14. Custom stamped soap: If skin care products are your game, they are begging for your name.

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15. Special delivery: Your clients are unique—make 'em feel special.

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16. The whole package: This branding package is about as stamp-friendly as it gets.

What are you inking at your shop? Let us know in the comments!

13 Unique Price Tags For Retail

Whether you like to DIY or buy ready-made tags, using unique price tags can be a simple way to inject some personality into one of the simplest and most common customer experiences—checking the price. Your inventory deserves only the best to help it fly off the shelves. And if you're interested in learning a bit more about some pricing strategies for those new tags, Kiss Metrics put together a post on psychology of pricing that is quite interesting. Now... tag—you're it!

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1. Mini Jewelry Circle Price Tags (via Tag My Stuff): $7.69 for 200 tags

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2. Star Tags (via EliseBlue): $4 for 50 tags

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3. Swirling Blue Tags (via KAPARA): $3.50 for 50 tags

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4. Chalk Wooden Mini Tags (via britishislesartworks): $9.95 for 100 tags

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5. Painted Neon Colorblock Tags (via Paper & Stitch): DIY

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6. Upcycled Paint Chip Tags (via looneyjoontees)

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7. Shabby Chic Tags (via PolkaDotInvites): $15.95 for 30 tags

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8. Handmade With Love Tags (via seasprout): $4 for 20 tags

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9. Price Tag Stamps (via brownpigeon): $5.95 for a set of four stamps

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10. Carnival Gift Tags (via perfectpackage): $6 for 20 tags

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11. Neon Tags with Twine (via Knot & Bow): $20 for 3o tags and baker's twine

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12. Neon Heart Stickers (via Knot & Bow): $12 for 144 stickers

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13. Geo Tag Printables (via KCPrintables): $3 for printable files

Inspired to change up your tags? Let us know if you have any other ideas to share!

11 DIY Pallet Projects For Your Shop

As a retail business owner, you are thrifty. We know you are. When you're setting up your shop displays though, they need to look like a million bucks. To help you save money while maintaining a polished presence, we rounded up a whole mess of inexpensive DIY inspiration to help you amp up your merchandising window displays, tables, shelving, seating and even your checkout counters. Whether you're going for the upscale industrial warehouse look or the sweet shabby chic vibe, your customers will be floored by what you can create with reclaimed wooden pallets. Roll up your sleeves—let's do this. pallet sighs

1. Pallet Letters: So cool! These would be great for pop-up selling, hanging on the wall or even for your main signage.

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2. Leaning Pallet Bookshelf: This simple shelf is perfect for displaying books, magazines, greeting cards and artwork.

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3. Steel Pipe Garment Rack: These minimalist industrial garment racks definitely need wheels so you can try different shop layouts when you get bored.

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4. Pallet Boutique Overhaul: This French blogger used reclaimed pallets to create the rustic whitewashed wooden walls, built-in shelving and the register counter at this shop! The result? Beautiful.

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5. Pallet Light Installation: An easy accent piece that will add a lot of character to your boutique, this lighting display is a focal point.

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6. Pallet Dividing Wall: Use this to separate different sections of your store, or simply for a creative statement piece that can be done in any shape you can imagine.

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7. Pallet Wall Display: Inspired by Anthropologie, this display would be amazing for hanging towels, throw blankets, or even jewelry with a few hooks added.

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8. Pallet Counter: We are loving this brick and wood design, that's complete with a repurposed pallet counter.

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9. Pallet Stairs: Going up!

 

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10. Pallet Wooden Arrow: Is your store's location hard to find? Point this sucker right to your front entrance.

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11. Pallet Shelving: It looks like a break-the-bank designer shelf, but it's actually made from recycled shipping pallets and a bit of elbow grease.

Any other bright ideas to give your shop an inexpensive makeover with pallets? Let us know in the comments!

Awesome Inventory Photos On A Budget

In the world where pictures speak louder than words, decent inventory photos are a crucial component to a successful eCommerce shop, as well as brick and mortar businesses. And not just decent photos—pinnable, 'grammable, shareable photos. Professional commercial photographers can make just about anything look like a million bucks, but unfortunately they come with a large price tag that many small business owners can't afford. However, with a little ingenuity, good lighting and oodles of patience, you can snap your inventory photos in a flash. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your photos on a budget.

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1. Find the light—the natural light. Natural light is your best friend, because it saves you from renting or buying potentially expensive lighting equipment and also can save editing time. The best light is going to be indirect but bright enough to keep your images sharp without using a flash. Move around your shop, experiment with different locations and try shooting at different times of day to find your favorite light.

2. Set the scene. If you aren't able to take your photos during the day for some reason, it might be worth investing in a white photography box. Amazon sells a few different starter kits that are great for capturing products and maintaining good light when natural light isn't an option. If you prefer to make your own, check out this DIY  light box tutorial. If you aren't using a box, bendable white backgrounds are still a classic, consistent and easy to put together with a few supplies from the craft store.

3. Use a camera you love—and most importantly, a camera you know how to use. It doesn't have to be the fanciest or most expensive DSLR on the market, but it should be able to take high-resolution, close-up photos. A tripod will also come in very handy because you'll be busy styling your "set" and a steady camera will maintain consistency and avoid blurry images.

4. Take a basic photo editing class. This is the single most effective way to polish your images and make them look professional, so it's worth investing in either online or inexpensively through a community ed class. We recommend learning the ropes of free (or nearly free) photo editing software options like Adobe Lightroom, Pixlr and PicMonkey before you put a lot of money into expensive software that might be overwhelming for your needs.

5. Hire a photography student. For the folks that simply never want to DIY anything photography-related, local schools are full of budding camera junkies. Students have a chance to add to their body of work and you have a chance to make friends with an affordable, but likely still very talented professional photographer before they make it big. If your budget is thin, barter!

Let us know if you have any other great tips for product photos—we'd love to add to this list!

6 Shop Window Display Ideas To Show Off Your Inventory

That's a phrase we're sure you could stand to hear more often around your store. Major retailers employ merchandising experts to design their shop windows, but small business owners are often tasked with this exercise alone. It's easy to take a few cues from the pros to make your inventory pop. We've rounded up six eye-catching store window display ideas to inspire you!

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1. Neon Triangles: All you need is cardboard and paint (or washi tape!) to create a modern and colorful backdrop like this one for your inventory. We love the added touch of the hand-drawn border. (via  Haley Ann for Galore)

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2. The Writing's On The Window: Inspire the people passing by to stop and read something that will move them or let them know what's new with you—or, of course, to come inside and buy something. Hiring a local illustrator or calligraphy artist can be a great investment for a window display. For a less handmade vibe, custom vinyl decals from your local print shop are great too. (via Cass Art)

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3. Living Things: Green thumb? Try adding plants to your display or make a living wall like this one. Succulents need a lot of sunshine and are easy to care for, so they are the perfect greenery to throw in the window! (via Liz Marie Blog)

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4. Negative Space: In design, negative space is a positive. Use negative space wisely like this boutique did with large silhouette cut-outs of any form or shape that floats your boat. Hey, maybe even a boat cut-out! Show just enough to make your window-shoppers curious. (via La Casita)

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5. Light It Up: We realize that this particular display is fairly complicated since it involves the entire facade of this building, but, scaled down, any shop owner can implement these cool backlighting and framing tricks to highlight their space. (via FrancFranc Store)

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6. Recycle: When it comes to shop windows, Anthropologie legendary for creating crazy and impactful displays with recycled materials like egg cartons, popsicle sticks and even cutlery. Take a cue from them and rummage through your trash for styling treasure. Your imagination is the only limit. (via Trend Hunter)

What works (or doesn't) for your shop windows? Let us know in the comments!