Post # 1
I am thinking of opening up an Etsy shop. I’m just curious as to what other sellers have experienced as far as how good sales are, etc.
I am not new to online selling, but I would be new to a fixed price format such as Etsy. I used to sell on Ebay for many many years (Power seller, full time income blah blah)… I quit when the fees started eating up too much of my profits and the market was saturated and competing sellers were devaluing items with prices set WAY too low. I went back to a “real job” and now I am a full time student at the end of my 2nd year of school.
So aside from the occasional item I haven’t sold online in a serious fashion for a few years now.
I would primarily sell vintage items, but I might try my hand at some handmade things too. I’m fairly crafty and pretty creative. I made all the flowers for our wedding (paper), the bouquet and bouts, and my own reception hair accessory, and I like to upcycle as a hobby (with clothing). I love to take something ordinary and embellish it to make it awesome. 🙂
Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts/experiences. I need some way to make money but I also love to feed my need for scouring for awesome vintage items and releasing the creative urges. I figure if I can do okay with it it beats whatever extra job I might pick up over the summer. Who knows!?
Post # 3
Hey! I run and etsy shop for sells wedding invitations and wedding paper designs.
i can share all that info on here cause of TOS but if you want go ahead and email me and we can chat! There’s also a wedding bee etsy team that just started too 🙂
Post # 4
@Lilubird: Cool thanks, I will do that! 🙂
Post # 5
I sell on Etsy and have for over 1 year. I absolutely loooove it though I’ve let my shop slide in grad school. I’m gonna get back on it in the next few days though. It’s such a great feeling to sell something you’ve made! I’m not sure what you’re wanting to sell, whether it’s crafts, vintage, or supplies, but you can PM me for more info or with any questions you may have. I’ve sold about 10 things on Etsy and have had 1 repeat buyer for custom stuff.
Post # 6
@LaurenK0105: Awesome! I will probably start with vintage since that is what I know. But I have been thinking about other things I can make. I made my wedding bouquet and everyone complimented me.. it was all paper flowers. 🙂 So I might try that as well.
Post # 7
I’m a bakery/food seller on Etsy and it’s a really nice experience! You really have to put work into making it successful. It’s a little more competitive than ebay, because there’s likely 3-10 other sellers selling similar items. I’ve been open for about 6 months and average out to ten orders a month. (Mostly because I’ve put my shop on vacation a bit)
I find that their seller handbook is really useful to getting started.
If you have any other questions, you can message me on WB and I’ll give my email to further discuss.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone! I know you can’t talk about specifics and I don’t want to get anyone in trouble for ‘promoting’ their shop. I just wondered in general how well stuff sells for ya.
I did well on ebay when I used to sell there but I worked my BUTT off. I still preferred it to any 9 to 5 though (and really, who works 9 to 5 anymore? 7 to 6 is more like it!)