Monday, February 16, 2009

Sell my jewelry? Really?

The EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival asks an interesting question this time around - What made you open a shop on Etsy? What do you like about being a seller on Etsy? What don't you like? I suppose its technically three questions, but anyway...

I've been making things forever, as I am sure most of you already know, so I won't bore you with the details. My good friend Ali from Ali's Adorables found Etsy.com one day while surfing and showed me the site. I'd made her a few necklaces and bracelets as gifts and she decided that she was going to open up a shop and encouraged me to do the same. I set up an account, but it was some time before I decided to actually add anything to my shop. I had made tons of necklaces, bracelets and earrings and most were just sitting in a box waiting for me to do something with them, so I finally decided to take pictures and list them for sale.

I love Etsy because it was so easy to set up a shop! I didn't have to create my own webpage or worry about how to collect payment - Etsy did all of that for me. I also met a lot of really cool people through Etsy street teams and the forums are a great resource.

As for what I don't like - right now its really hard for jewelry sellers to get noticed - there are so many great items out there and listings get buried almost instantly. And the tag abuse is rampant! Its horrendously difficult to browse for things to purchase. Don't even get me started on the search function!

So, there you have it, I opened my Etsy shop three years ago and its been one of the best things I ever did. I was getting tired of making things because it seemed like all of my creations just sat in a box, now people all over the world have a little bit of my heart in their jewelry box. Its really cool!

Happy Shopping!
~Melissa~

6 comments:

ChezChani said...

That is lovely "a bit of your heart in there jewerly."

krakenmosaics said...

I can relate to your comments about selling jewelry! The category is way too broad and everything gets lost. I found my rings on page 99 a day after listing them.

http://krakenmosaics.etsy.com

Oklahoma Etsy Street Team said...

I have the same feeling about when I sell a piece. I like to think about people wearing whatever they bought from me and it making them smile. :)

It is hard to get noticed on Etsy as a jewelry person. I'm going to launch my own Web site soon, so I hope that helps some with sales.

Brigid said...

Oops! The last comment -- from the Oklahoma Street Team -- was actually me.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I completely agree that it's hard for jewelry sellers to get noticed on etsy... but I love your comment about how wonderful it is to know that a people all over have a piece of yours in their box! It's such a special feeling :)

storybeader said...

Isn't it amazing how the things you make get to be seen (and live) all over the world! I like that aspect too.