I probably visit the Etsy website twice a year and for good reason. As a craftsman, there’s something that repels me about it. Almost like i’m witnessing the devaluation and slow painful death of people who create things with their hands in real time. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a beautiful site and there’s some amazing work displayed there. The problem is how ridiculously inexpensive the things are. And it gets worse every time i visit the site. I’m wonde...
Well I just wanted to put out there that I sold my first bowl on etsy yesterday. Here is a link to my shop. I was excited because I didn’t know the person. Here is a pic of the bowl sold.
Etsy has a lot of its own promotion capability right on their site. 1. Showcase – This is where you purchase a spot and it is shown at the top of the page under the appropriate category. It shows on the page as a “sponsored” item.2. Treasury – This a member-curated list of 16 items that a member creates based on their interests. It does not contain their shop items. It also rotates and will show up at least once on the main Etsy page.3. Etsy Picks – This is items that the Etsy ...
There are many different sites to sell on and I’ve tried a few. None have ever provided the exposure and sales that I get from Etsy. There is Artfile, Handmadecatalog, Shophandmade, and Dawanda (European online crafts), to mention a few of the hundreds that are out there. They all perform the same function, but none have anywhere near the traffic that Etsy receives. All you need to sell on Etsy is a PayPal account and an Etsy account. It’s that simple. If you only have a personal PayP...
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see Nature at all. But, to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is imagination itself.” — William Blake, Letter to the Reverend John Trusler, August 23, 1799 Jason Tennant is grounded. He is rooted in his place with strength and dignity, not so distinct from the trees surrounding him. Before ...
I stuck my toe in the Etsy waters some months back… just to see what would come of it. It seemed a better idea to partner with my 30 projects in 30 days ventures than posting in albums on facebook. I imagined that just having a presence could always leads to possibility… And this month feels like a small, but significant milestone was reached. 3 sales. Yes I know that doesn’t sound like much, but these three sales were to complete strangers. Not even friends of friends. O...
Thanks for the information and inspiration from Lumberjock extraordinaire, Mark Decou, I also took the handmade pledge. Read Marks post on the subject, its a good read. (go ahead, I’ll wait.) ... Ok, I took the handmade pledge, and opened up my own Etsy store. So in addition to all the projects and posting I’ve been doing at LJ, I’m going to focus some more energies back on the blog that got me (invited!) here. (Did I say thanks recently Martin?). I also have ...
There is an ongoing debate about whether Lumberjocks should be the focus of a marketing plan by professional woodworkers. There are quite a few professionals on this site now, all of us trying to make a living. I define “professional” as someone that makes all, or most of their income from their woodworking and craft work. Selling something once in a while from your hobby work really has nothing in common with “having” to sell something every day to buy food and s...
Robin and Kathy Tucker of woodmosaics stopped working in town back in 1986. After Robin’s intricate wood-inlayed work was featured in The Best of Missouri Hands catalog and commissioned by Ralston Purina, they were on their way to full time crafting. Influenced by Amish quilt patterns, Robin’s excellent woodworking uses exotic natural woods that range from Satinwood from Sri Lanka to Purpleheart from Central and South America. All of the wood is completely natural, with only a cle...
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