My 600th sale on Teepublic: Triumph GT6 Mk1 on a T, mug and magnet 🙂
Total POD sales now 1,397, including 85 so far this month despite my biggest market, Amazon Merch US, being temporarily closed to “help prioritize delivery of high priority items to customers” (Amazon Merch UK and Germany are still operating). Seems Teepublic and Redbubble are taking up some of the slack and presumably lots of people in quarantine keeping busy with online shopping
The mojo is back and I’ve started creating again – here’s my latest design, something a little different to my line drawings (I tried, but it just didn’t work in that format). Based on a photo of the Bug owned by my brother-in-law back in 1986, run through the “photocopy” filter, cut out and selectively colorised orange.
Available on the usual selection of POD products in my Teepublic and Redbubble stores. Redbubble has a “repeat pattern” option which seems quite effective for certain products with this design, on a blue background (opposite to orange on the colour wheel). Very 1970s 😉
Back in November I received an email from Teepublic “Based on your sales, you’re now in the top 25% of sellers on TeePublic! That means you’ve reached our special Master status of designers.” – in recognition they sent me a gift of a book with my best selling design on the front. At the time that just happened to be a 1938 Chevy Master (based on a photo I took at the Sharjah Classic Cars Museum), very apt.
The email also said “I’d love to see you reach our next designer tier soon, Virtuoso, which is our top 10%.” I had just gone past 200 sales on Teepublic. Now on 543, evidently not yet enough for the next level but still pretty happy with that.
In the current situation it’s hard to pay much attention to POD, it’s hardly a priority. I should probably be using the time to create new designs, but the mood isn’t there. Sales have dropped to a trickle; MBA (Amazon) has shut down their print business as they concentrate on shipping essential goods, Teepublic and Redbubble are still operational (POD being their core business) but remains to be seen how long they can keep it going.
“Jubilee” – the superstructure of the Jubilee Bridge across the River Thames in London on a glorious summer day, clear blue sky perfectly complementing the white of the bridge – has been shortlisted to the voting stage of the London Photo Festival March “Bridges” competition
Sales have understandably dropped in the last couple of weeks, no telling what will happen next. I had been intending to go to some events on the classic car show circuit this year for inspiration but obviously that’s no longer possible. Instead I’ll be using the time to go through all those pending images that I’ve been accumulating, get some editing and posting done.
“Let Me Stay” – a “Devil’s Ivy” (Golden Pothos) plant peering from behind the blind on our landing window, lit from below to create the shadow – was selected from entries in the “Still Life” competition for inclusion in issue #99 February-March 2020 of F-Stop Magazine (“an online photography magazine featuring contemporary photography from established and emerging photographers from around the world”)
My 1,000th POD sale – Rover P5B on a black Classic T 🙂
As anticipated by people who have been doing POD for some years November and December were stellar months. My sales had been building up steadily since I stumbled upon my niche of “classic vehicle outlines” in May, reaching 75 for the month of October. Almost tripled in November with 208 sales, and doubled again with 405 sales in December!
Had some great reviews too, one of my favourites being on Amazon for my IH Scout II design on a hoodie, titled “Well-received gift”: “Hubs loved this shirt. Very unique and understated, which he prefers”. Fantastic, unique and understated is exactly what I’m aiming for.
I now have 483 designs listed, 313 vehicles and the rest photos and miscellaneous. So far in 2020 I’ve made 81 sales, bringing me up to this milestone today 🙂 Looking forward to a productive year!
Outline line drawing of a 1938 Chevrolet Master 2-door sedan, based on my photo of the example in the Sharjah Classic Cars Museum (UAE). Really happy with the way this one turned out:
Just sold on an XL Art Print, my 700th POD sale 🙂 I didn’t have time to post about my 500th and 600th sales as I was so busy creating content ready for the anticipated Christmas rush, which has arrived as promised – 208 sales in November (compared to 75 in October) and 183 already in December
As always my thanks to everyone who has spent money on one of my designs, very much appreciated!