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In Topic: Creating Product Lines / Over Time

21 January 2016 - 12:09 PM

Nancylee: I know several people who make a full time income on Etsy. The secret is hard, hard, hard work, making the same thing over many times and of course it helps enormously if someone at Etsy's headquarters likes your shop so they feature it in their emails, home page etc. 


I know a few people, also, but I don't think there is a magic formula. I do a lot of what my friend tells me to do with jewelry, and she sells a lot. But she's been on etsy for a long time. I also agree that if they like your shop and feature you, you're golden! That seems way too happenstance to me, and not like a business plan - you can really predict what they will like or feature. So I continue to explore other ways, including linking my IG and my FB to my etsy shop. I have a tumblr, but haven't used it yet. 

In Topic: Creating Product Lines / Over Time

20 January 2016 - 02:09 PM

Etsy isn't an easy road. At Christmas time in 2013 and 2014, i had a lot of orders for custom mugs. Then came the "Sharpie mugs," mugs that people buy from China or somewhere like that and then write on them or have them printed with sayings or names. Number of custom mugs I've sold in the last year: zero.


Etsy no longer caters to truly handmade. They have changed their rules, and the etsy market is now flooded with things like the Sharpie mugs, or jewelry that has components made in China and maybe assembled by hand here. It is a tough road. But I do see that there are some sellers who sell very well there: either they have 10,000 sales already of smalls like ring dishes, or they sell something different, like the weights used when fermenting. One lady makes a living making and selling those weights. Ugh. I can't even imagine the repetition in that. 


I think there's a way to be successful on etsy, but I haven't found it. I tweak my SEO all of the time, I redid all of my titles and tags, retook many pictures, it's just hard. There's a huge market out there. I do know people say you should have at least 100 active items in your shop, so I do strive for that, between pottery and jewelry. But to me, selling a lot on etsy is like some magic trick I haven't figured out yet, and may never figure out. Just do your homework - you may be better at figuring it out than I am.




In Topic: Ceramic Income Streams For Studio Potters

20 January 2016 - 07:54 AM

Hi Mark,

I love to drive and explore and stay in hotels, I'm a real vagabond, but I can see how the set up and take down would kill me after a while. It's very physical and time consuming, especially with pottery as opposed to jewelry. :) Thanks for sharing so much of your successful ways. It is tremendously helpful to me, and I appreciate it. 


In Topic: Creative Wholesale

19 January 2016 - 01:52 PM

Oh, OK, I misunderstood, my apologies. You handling all of the paperwork for them is a good deal for them also, as it is a PITA. I say this as someone who owned a shop that consigned local and American made goods. Offering to keep track for them is very helpful, but if they didn't know and trust you, I'd doubt they'd let  you do that. I wouldn't have let consigners I didn't know and trust keep track and let me know what sold and how much I owed them. I realize that most artists are good and honest people, but still...there needs to be trust to do that. 


Mug, I'm not saying that someone doing volume doesn't deserve more than 50/50, but as a shop owner, I'd not do less that 60/40, with the 40 for the shop. In most situations, not this one, the shop owner keeps track of all sales, pays the credit card fees, electric, heat, pays employees to sell the goods, etc. So it wouldn't be worth it for me to take less than 40%. 



In Topic: Creative Wholesale

19 January 2016 - 10:38 AM

This is a great idea!! Your margin is good, much better than most consignments, which are usually 40/60 here or even 50/50. Just to be clear, in the beginning, they bought them, but you now sell on consignment? Because you said you would buy them back if it didn't work out -