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Subject: Estsy Mentor or Newbie Help Wanted
Date Posted: 9/6/2008 8:59 PM ET
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Hiya,

I am looking to start an Etsy site. I would love to talk to someone who knows the ropes better than I. I am looking to work ing in and selling Papercrafts. Any and all Help, input or opinions would be gratefully accepted.

LAdystyx

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 9:14 PM ET
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Maragaret,

I don't know a lot about etsy but I opened a shop a few months ago. I've had 10 sales so far. I just started adding more items. The hardest part for me was making the banner. I don't even remember how I made it but it's up and running.

Here's my shop if you would like to look at it. FineThreads.etsy.com

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 10:28 AM ET
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Wow you have some Gorgeous Stuff. I have an in with the Banner My Husband is a web Geek so he is going to Make a custom one for me. 

ladystyx

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 10:50 AM ET
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Sounds like your husband will be able to help you a lot then. You shouldn't have any problem getting started. Let me know when your store is open so I can have a look.

Thanks for the compliment on my crocheted items. For me, once I had my first sale I became more motivated to crochet more.

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 10:16 AM ET
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Lovely stuff Anne!  Maragaret - do you have your shop up yet? I'd love to take a look if you do.  I'm on etsy too - marcinyc.etsy.com if you want to take a look.

 

 

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 10:45 AM ET
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I am still working on it.  My Hubby has promised me a banner By Friday.  I love your Earings. So I have a Question/s is one page of Product the Norm? How do Street teams work?

LAdysytyx

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 11:11 PM ET
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Marci,

Thank you, I love your earrings!

 

Maragaret,

I never tried the street teams or any of the other things they have on etsy. If you do try them, let us know how it works? Just seems like there is never enough time.

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 3:28 PM ET
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Has anyone ever tried the showcase on Etsy? I was thinking of giving it a try.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 11:27 AM ET
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Following this thread with interest. I'm thinking of opening a shop, but it seems so overwhelming. I have a friend who did it for a while, and she agreed that etsy is so saturated that you almost have to have a way to market it or your store will get lost.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 11:34 AM ET
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I went on the message boards yesterday to ask other sellers if the showcase was worth the money and all that responded said it isn't. None of them that answered ever received sales that way.

http://madeitmyself.com/   Here's another store I found out about on the etsy message boards. It's in the beta stage so it's free right now. I'm not sure how it is. If anyone tried it, please let us know.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 5:53 PM ET
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Sorry folks, I've not been back to this thread in yonks.   Thanks for hte compliments on my shop/earrings.

re: showcase, I would have said the same thing -- consensus amongst sellers who've bought showcase spots is that it's not worth it.  You really must market yourself to make it work.  I just do it 'on the side' so I don't rely on it for income, rather it's mad money that keeps the crafty side of me happy (and able to buy more craft supplies).

 

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 9:18 PM ET
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Marci,

I do it just for a hobby also but I still would like a little more business. I don't find their search to be real great either. I have to see if I can figure it out. The tags and the way I listed my items are not showing in some of the categories I was hoping to see them. I sent in a message to the help center to try and get some more information.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 9:39 PM ET
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i know all about etsy.... SHOPPING that is.... i love handmade items....

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 9:41 PM ET
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just saw ya'lls stuff...... NICE items...

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 3:30 AM ET
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I have an etsy shop http://valeriebeads.etsy.com and do fairly well there with hardly any outside advertising. BUT, I sell handmade supplies and have a rather niche market. I have never done a showcase but would possibly do one for a holiday, especially since they really aren't terribly expensive considering the cost of regular print advertising.

Chat is a great way to get your things seen. Other people will post your URL in chat and a picture will show up on the side (it's Flash based chat, so it's all fancy). It's generally considered a faux pas to show your own in chat unless you are specifically talking about it though. I've had a few sales and a lot of trades from chat, which is nice during the holidays since it can get half the presents done that way. There are often chat rooms with tiles like "come trade" as well, if that is what you are looking for.

Joining street teams also helps. A street team is a group of people that serve multiple purposes...marketing with others, promoting, fun things like challenges. It all really depends on the street team you are in; some are relaxed and don't require anything but yourself, and others make you pay dues to help with advertising if that is what you're in the team for (personally, I like the chatty, fun kind that don't impose participation rules). There are all kinds too from location based to fans of TV shows, to the specific hobby you do. If you find you're in a street team you don't like there is no rule saying you have to stay either.

There is also the promotion section in their forums too, but that one tends to move fast and your topic can get buried quickly.

There are also people on etsy who will sell you their services/talent at making banners for you. Usually you can ask on the forums or start an Alchemy (custom order) request. if nothing else you can use Gimp, which is a free program for photo manipulation and retouching. Simple text can be put onto a photo of your work for a banner. There is also Inkscape which is a vector/illustrator program that is free (and open source) but you would of course need to learn a lot more to use that.

Hope that helps anyone who is interested in opening an etsy store.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 11:52 AM ET
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Thank you for all the information Valerie. It was very nice of you to take the time to write.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 12:33 PM ET
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I am getting much Valuable info. I am still working on my store. I willadmit I am having a number of offline sales and that has caused me to not have all the time to work on it. It is still In Progress. though.

I think. That I should have it up by next wed. at least that Is my Goal.

ladystyx



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Date Posted: 9/27/2008 12:50 PM ET
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I have a shop on etsy and LOVE it!  I do lots of buying there and got all but ONE Christmas gift through Etsy last year. Anne & Valerie, I added you to my Favorites.... going to add the others from this thread in a minute. 
Here is my shop if you want to peek.  www.quiltnut60.etsy.com   I make soaps, lotions, candles, jewelry, quilts, scarves, etc.  My shop is slow right now because I'm busy with trying to move, etc.

The forums there are free of course, and people there are VERY nice!!!!! I've made hundreds of friends there.

:)

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 1:11 PM ET
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Thanks Dawn. Wow, you really had a lot of sales. Did you make your own banner? I really like it.

Subject: RE: I am at etsy
Date Posted: 10/2/2008 3:32 PM ET
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I just started on etsy....I put stuff on a few weeks ago and have not sold one thing yet.  I am making a few other items to put on and that will be it. If I dont sell anything on there by the time my 4 month listing fee is up, I will not post there again. I sold 4 of my halloween paintings on ebay recently so my work cant be that awful!  Let me know how things go, I hope you have better luck there than I am right now. I am in the process of making pattern keepers right now, so I hope those sell.  My etsy name is DuckCreekPeddler. good luck!  - thebookhunter

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 11:59 PM ET
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Kimberly, did you ever go on the forums on etsy? Everyone is very friendly and has a lot of great suggestions. I learned a few things by going on there. Are you going to add a banner and profile to your store?

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 5:51 PM ET
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FYI, I didn't get my first sale until like, 6 months after I opened my shop. You also need to advertise on your own to make your etsy shop work for you. Don't depend on etsy to generate sales for you. That is a mistake a lot of people make and then they get frustrated at the lack of sales and give up. Etsy doesn't have the traffic like ebay does, and etsy doesn't advertise the way ebay does either. They are two very different places, and are there for two different reasons.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:43 AM ET
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Etsy also isn't friendly for buyers who just want to browse around.  The search has what...5 categories?  "Handmade" is a bit broad, but I saw no way to browse through anything more narrow.    I spent about 15 minutes got frustrated with the inability to browse usefully, and quit.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:47 AM ET
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I think their search needs some work too but I'm hopeful it will happen over time.

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 1:44 PM ET
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Outta curiousity... how well do you guys think that stuff like quilted potholders/oven mits, pillow, even quilts would sell on etsy?

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