Another e-mail question. This time from Constança from Portugal. She’s thinking of opening an Etsy shop and wants to know about my Etsy Experience.
Martin and I have always made things. Martin is the more artsy one of us and enjoys illustrating and painting. I’m the craftsy one, I sew (although Martin is really good at sewing too!), screen print, gocco print and paper craft.
I started out with the Mini and Bonus pillow covers and later added the Mini design on double cards, note cards and favor bags and a little later on the robot designs.
I’m pretty satisfied with the results. I’m not making a lot of money and what I make I usually spend in other Etsy shops but it’s been fulfilling in terms of the joy of having a shop and others liking our designs.
We’re not really sure how to go on with the shop at the moment. Our original stock is thinning out and although we have a million ideas we also don’t have a huge amount of time and it does take time to run even a little hobby shop like ours. Selling a five dollar item doesn’t really pay considering the fact that the production takes time and it takes quite a bit of time listing the item and once you have orders, you pack and ship which takes time too.
The more expensive items in the shop are more worthwhile in terms of making money although they also take a lot more time to make. For the pillow covers I’m prewashing and ironing the fabric, hand cutting the screen template, screen printing, setting the print by ironing again, zigzaging and sewing the pieces, assembling the cover and ironing once more. With the dollar being extremely low I don’t make much on each cover when translating into Swedish kronor. I still enjoy it all, it’s just that with a full time job, a house, a family and the blog there’s simply not much time left. What I’m saying is that I might keep the shop on the slow burner and add new items if and when we have the time. I’m starting to realise there are only 24 hours in a day and I should at least sleep six of them and have a couple left over for sitting down infront of the TV and reading a magazine or two.
Here are a few tips that I’ve learned along the way. Maybe you can add some in the comments section if you have a shop.
That’s my Etsy experience. I have to say I do love Etsy, I love that I can get affordable art there and cute fabrics and it’s such a pleasurable experience buying from all the wonderful shops.
Are you Etsy sellers? I’d love to visit your shops!