Monday, January 14, 2013

An Etsy Shop a Month

Approximately four times a year, I think about opening an Etsy shop.

Last year, I was going to go full bore crocheting these little chair booties.

I thought this would be a great idea, especially since this post is the most popular post on my blog. Last year, it even beat out this post that so many people find by searching for 'brick', simply because I snagged (and properly sourced!) a photo of a brick wall from some random site on the Internet.

Obviously, that idea died.

But then, I made two baby blankets on two separate occasions for two people last year, and I thought to myself, I should start an Etsy shop of baby blankets!

And then I finally worked the last end into the baby blanket I made for my sister and my tired, achy fingers brought me back to reality.

Now, let's go back even farther. I used to make pretty earrings.

This is an ancient photo dating way back to 2007. I still have the blue ones. The brown and green earrings disappeared somewhere and the black and white ones were left in a hotel room, and I still miss them.

It seems like every few months or so, I'm thinking about something I can make to sell. And, every few months or so, I don't do it.

On the weekend, I stitched together two pillow covers to cover a couple down-filled pillows that I picked up for cheap in the Home Sense clearance section. It was easy. And fun. Probably the most fun, simple sewing I've ever done. Of course, my brain starts ticking. I start exploring Etsy, looking at prices, comparing expenses, punching numbers into my cellphone's calculator. Of all the random Etsy-shop thoughts I've had, perhaps sewing pillow covers in the most realistic, the most plausible.

Still, I'm unlikely to do it. Seriously. When do I have time to sew pillow covers for someone else's living room?

Anyone else like me out there? Constantly eyeing Etsy sellers with just a tinge of jealousy and wishing you could join their numbers?

9 comments:

  1. I dont know exactly how etsy works for the sellers...but could you not post things you have made and then sell them as you finish? Then you wont need to stress about keeping an inventory.

    Also, your chair booties are much cuter than the giant socks that my old TV tray used to wear :)

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  2. That blanket is BEAUTIFUL. I know how to crotchet basic things but I can't follow patterns as the person who taught me (grandma) didn't follow patterns either so I never learned what anything is properly called.

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  3. Just found your blog on a Creek line house comments...(I think)
    anyway... I WAS like that... and then last year in Sept. I finally did it. I opened my shop. You know what? I'm not making tons of money...but I have made some sales, all of it vintage items...I do crochet, and I'd LOVE TO FIND A NICHE...let's face it, home made crocheted cloths and scrubbies are not a NICHE. I don't even do "ALTERED ART" But, I keep doing...and I keep adding. I figure I can get rid of some of these things around here. I have sold a crocheted Fall Banner...and wouldn't mind selling more of my own items, rather than just vintage stuff. Am I jealous of others out there not anymore. Etsy stores are work...with little pay-off ...early on. I hope to be making more this year. If I do, ...I do.

    You'd be surprised at what sells. You could start out putting little items in there, and taking orders for your blankets... do a little bit at time. It doesn't cost much to start it up...I'm sure you've done all that research you can stand.... I'm not super successful, but I can try and answer any questions you might have.

    I personally thing the little chair booties...would sell!
    nice to meet you, have a great week, Pat

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  4. I would love to have an etsy shop! I just dont think anyone would want to buy my random crafts because as Pat is saying I have no sort of niche market crafting plan!

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  5. My cousin started an etsy shop selling crochet hats and accessories for kids. She was a teacher but decided to become a stay-at-home mom and wanted something for a little income boost. I don't know how much she sells but from her fb posts it looks like she is doing alright. Her etsy shop is closed because she is moving but she has pics on her fb page- https://www.facebook.com/LilPurpleHippo?ref=ts&fref=ts
    I know that she gets a lot of business from craft fairs and local boutique stores. I can connect you two if you want any advice!

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  6. Yup! All the time, but I don't know where I'd find the time or as Jules says a niche.

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  7. I have opened a little etsy shop and STILL dream regularly about opening another one! Haha. I know for me it's a combination of my love for all things crafty, and the dream of working for myself. For now though, I stick to my one little shop and paint/manage my shop in the evenings and weekends... !

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  8. PS. I *love, love, love* those chair booties.

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  9. Jeanette, Do it!!!.. it's been fun. I actually haven't sold anything, but my daughter has. Most of the stuff I've made- has been given away. Which is ok too. Love Love love the baby blanket! great colors!

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