Thursday, October 16, 2008

Design Group Interview With PoppySt

I am so excited to finally bring you my first design group interview with the talented ladies at PoppySt. We will try and do these once a month. If your design group would be interested in doing an interview then let us know! First off, I want to say thanks to all those amazing ladies in the PoppySt design group for taking the time to do this.

Who is the leader of the group, and are there any Mods?

Rene’ (girlygirloriginals), There is a co-leader Cindy (justcindy68) and 4 mods Traci (travelin*light) Lynn (chloe*beth) and Melissa (gumdrop*shop) Brooke (willowtreeboutique).

How long has your group has been around? We have been around for about 1 ½ years.

What are the requirements of getting in over there? The requirements are that anyone that might be interested in joining PoppySt. Boutique may go to our visit our blog ( or visit our Group Me page ( fill out an application, where we as a collective group vote- a designer would need an 80% yes vote to be invited to join for their 30 day trial period.

How many members they have? We currently have 15

How long has your oldest member been with the group? The longest would be 1 ½ years, your newest? 2 weeks (Shawnta of mamigirlboutique) .

Are you currently accepting applications from new designers to join? We are ALWAYS open to accepting new applications.

How do you come up with your launch ideas? We brainstorm and bounce ideas off of each other, once we come up with the idea or ideas if there is more then one, we take it the group and vote, or maybe someone else may have ideas.

How often do you launch, and do you have set launch dates for the year? We have what we call our MAJOR launches (4 x a year) these are usually guest launches with tons of advertising, and we do what we call a monthly Shoppe Launches we do those second Tuesday of every month (and the members can list whatever they choose).

How long does it take to pick a launch theme, make the items for the launch including the templates, and then get the listings up? We have 3 months in between launches so depending on how busy everyone is we generally try and work on those at least 3 months in advance.

How would you define the groups style? Do you like to have a range of designers that specialize in different areas, or does everyone have a similar style?

We are a unique group of designers and with that comes unique designs!

Once a designer is invited in to the group, are there any requirements for them to continue to be a member? Yes, we do have a 30 day open policy, meaning after 30 days if the designer decides PoppySt. Boutique is not a good fit they may leave or vice versa, so yes there is a 30 day trial period.

Do you inspect other designer's work before inviting them into the group? We do ask the potential designer to please send us links to their top 5 designs.

How do you handle a group-mate when a designer in the group has upset her customers? We have only had to deal with that once, fortunately for us the designer had already left the group…If that were to happen now we would hope that the designer and the buyer could come to some sort of an agreement and work it out.

What would you do if you knew one of your fellow group-mates was shilling? We know that shill bidding happens on ebay, If we thought someone was shill bidding, We would of course make sure that without a doubt that this was indeed happening, and if it was happening we would have to ask the designer to leave PoppySt. Boutique.

How would you handle a copy cat? We would let the PoppySt. designer work it out discreetly with the copier.

What is in the future for PoppySt? PoppySt. Boutique as a group is such a AWESOME group…We are really like family, i.e (there are quite a few members that live in Michigan and they got together and enjoyed meeting each other face to face this past summer) Cindy and Rene’ also got a chance to meet a couple of years back, and in a few weeks Rene’ will be traveling to Michigan and hoping to meet some of the gals from Michigan. ..The future for PoppySt. Boutique ONLY GOOD THINGS!

***Now, PoppySt would like to give my blog readers a chance to win a $60 Gift Certificate, to be used on any one auction, or one Etsy purchase from a single designer. Below are some pictures of past designs, and a list of the PoppySt designers linked to their current auctions. All you have to do is match the designer with the design. The designs are numbered, 1-13, and most of them have the designers name right on the picture, so this shouldn't be too hard. You can post your answer here or email them to me directly. The person with the most matches will win, and if there is a tie I will pull a name from a hat. You have until next Friday the 24th at Noon. Thanks sooo much for playing!!***

Number 1

Number 2

Number 3

Number 4

Number 5

Number 6

Number 7

Number 8

Number 9

Number 10

Number 11

Number 12

Number 13

And The Designers:
















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Patty key*west*kids said...

I loved reading about PoppySt.! I have always loved your group and all the awesome designers!!!

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Kori said...

You girls have a wonderful group! such cute designs- Fun to read about you guys! A big wave to Melissa and Holy!

Clara said...

GREAT interview girls...and what an awesome group!!!! Good luck to all of you!!!! :)

justcindy68 said...

ahhh thank you everyone!! A big huge thank you to Michelle for supporting us at Poppyst!!! Cindy :)

Gumdrop*Shop said...

Thank You so much for your continued support of the designers at Poppyst. We love all of you girls :)

I wish I could play in the game too...


colettoscloset said...

Thanks so much for the feature! We love your blog!!

Royal Rugrats said...

Michelle thnks so much for supporting Poppyst! Good luck to the winner:)