Etsy is an on-line, e-commerce site made up of many, many individual shops of handmade, or almost handmade, products. Some shops sell craft supplies or vintage items. It seems like a perfect match for me. Etsy’s been around since 2005 and has sellers and customers from around the world.
I’ve been following a few shop owners to see what they are selling and how they run their site. Having something to sell is only part of the equation. There’s the layout design of you shop, and how you’re going to ship, and marketing so people come to your little shop. And then there is the huge decision of what to sell. I’ve experimented, followed whims to here and there, created a wide assortment of art and dolls and crafts. Maybe too wide.
In the world of Etsy, I think it is better to have a theme, or a recognizable “look”. Questions: Should items have a functional purpose? Be practical? What do people like? Want? Need? Can I make enough to stock a shop? How much time till this take? Will this be fun? How much work? Have I made anything worth selling? Or do I want to create something new? My head is swimming with questions.
As a secondary source of income, I want this to be fun. I want whimsical. My mind is escaping as I create a world. And from that world I am envisioning products. And while I am jotting down notes and drawing little pictures I am also exploring what Etsy is all about.
Do you have an Etsy shop or are you thinking of one? Do you have advice to share? We can learn together. The home page of www.etsy.com has lots of ways to find shops. There are Search Bar, Browse, Categories, Shop Local, and other ways. Many blogs have links to their Etsy shops. There are YouTube videos on How To set up an Etsy Business and Wikipedia has a long article. And there are blogs that talk about Etsy Shops. And there are the shops themselves and making a purchase to see how it all works.