(Closed) Does anyone have their own Etsy shop?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Destination Wedding has an Etsy shop. She used to sell just little paper crafts and wedding invitations, but had to shut it down during our wedding planning because we had too much stuff to make on our own.

She looked at it again last weekend and is going to start fresh. I think she realized that many of the things she sold before took too much time and weren’t really worth it, so anything she puts up now, she’s going to do a cost/benefit analysis of it to make sure it’s worth making for the amount of time and money spent on it to how much she’ll make from it.

Though it’ll still just be a thing to do on the side and on weekends when she (well, possibly we now) have extra time.

Post # 4
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77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have an etsy shop. And the sales fluctuate, but I have a very small concentrated audience for what I make. 

It’s definitely fun, however it is quite a bit of work. I love Phish (hence the user name and the shop)

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Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have an Etsy shop. When I first started, I had mediocre (at best) photos because I didn’t know how to set up a nice backdrop, etc, so I just did the best I could. Thankfully a photographer from the studio that did our wedding took pity on me, and taught me how to take better photos and helped me with branding as a case study (she gave a lecture at Hello Etsy in Berlin last summer about how good photography can impact your sales). Everything changed. Literally, everything.

The day after we re-launched my shop, I got a convo from the editor of a wedding magazine asking for items for their next issue. It’s been up since there! I’ve been in that magazine twice now, I was selected to send items for the first ever Etsy wedding show, and I was invited to be a part of another wedding show here in Toronto (another invite only event). Sales have been pretty steady, although I expected them to be a bit higher right now considering it’s pretty close to high “wedding season”.

So my biggest tips:

  • Spend the time on great photography. Keep your photos simple and let each one tell something different about your item. 
  • Don’t over or under price yourself. Look at what’s out there and price yourself comparatively. Etsy shoppers are savvy, they know if you’ve overpriced something you picked up at a thrift shop.
  • Find a niche item to draw them in. I find this has worked really well for me. Have something that no one else has (or yours is comparatively better, lol!) and use that as your pull.
  • Don’t buy the Etsy advertising. It’s a waste of money. It rarely works for anyone from everything I’ve read in the forums. I tried it myself and came up with zero sales tied to their advertising.
  • Be nice, personal, and prompt, especially if you’re dealing with brides!
  • You’ll get out what you put in. I’ve found that the time I’ve spent doing a bit of promotion, etc, I get back 10 fold. It’s pretty amazing.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a esty shop, I make and sell detergent free soaps and vegan sugar scrubs. Basicly right now its fairly small. I also do local craft shows in my area. My sales are up and down. i do this part time while working a full time job.  I have a few loyal customers who come back and buy large sums. I do have two custom orders for a bridal shower and a wedding this season which I’m very excited about.

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