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Old 03-30-2013, 07:41 PM   #11
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Re: Opening an Etsy Shop

I have been wondering the exact same thing. I have been told by many people that I need to open my own ETSY shop (I crochet a variety of items), but I am not sure if I want to deal with the hassle or if it would have been worth it. This has given me a large amount of info, than you!!

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Old 04-05-2013, 12:37 PM   #12
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Re: Opening an Etsy Shop

My etsy shop does reasonably well, as does my own website, but the bulk of my sales come from artisan markets and craft shows. There are a lot in my area, though, so I don't have to travel and stay overnight to do shows like some people do. Once you have everything else set up, it might be worth checking some of those out. There are some good teams on the etsy forums with helpful information on how to start doing markets.
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My etsy shop does reasonably well, as does my own website, but the bulk of my sales come from artisan markets and craft shows. There are a lot in my area, though, so I don't have to travel and stay overnight to do shows like some people do. Once you have everything else set up, it might be worth checking some of those out. There are some good teams on the etsy forums with helpful information on how to start doing markets.
Thanks! We actually have a craft mall in town and I have a booth there. I plan to do some craft fairs and such, just need to bulk up my ready made inventory first.
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Re: Opening an Etsy Shop

I've wondered about this too. Seems like there are so many shops it would be hard to compete with. Good luck!
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Re: Opening an Etsy Shop

Been thinking about opening a shop too....maybe I will with some advance planning. It's tough with a FT job but we're looking into our future and self employment is the card for us, we think!
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:09 AM   #16
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Re: Opening an Etsy Shop

Eh, you know...I didn't do a single bit of research or anything.

I had a bunch of stuff made already, and fabric in my fabric stash....so I just took some pics and did it. I have sold about 8 items in about 8 months (two were off line sales-one at a garage sale and one through word of mouth.) But, I haven't spent anything that I didn't already have, don't buy anything new unless I have made a sale, and IMO, have done reasonably well.

The thing with etsy is, it costs VERY little to list something, and then there's no other fees until you sell something. And you don't really have to do much to get people to your shop. So the most time you spend is in actually creating the items, and if you are going to be doing it anyway, might as well get SOME return, right?
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:38 PM   #17
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I think a lot of moms start with the online stuff but should do the craft fair or farmers market route instead.
I now also have an Etsy shop ,but it is not how I make most of my money.
Nothing beats to one on one interaction of real customers. You can see what they are interested in, see the reaction to your prices,and they ask questions that can help you direct your marketing on line as well as in your booth.
It is much harder to make money online so I use it as a supplement and for my local customers to refer friends that are not local.
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