- Arts and Design
Etsy Seller Interview Series- YeOldeSwapShop
Check out YeOldeSwapShop here:
1. When did you open your shop?
"I opened shop in October 2014"
2. What do you sell?
"We sell vintage items. Our specialty I would say is old dog related items. We also have a lot of old glass and try to carry old pottery pieces as well. Plus we tend to have a have a lot of knick knacks in stock. We just love old stuff!:
What is your favorite item from YeOldeSwapShop
3. What is your favorite item in your shop?
"Favorite item is a tough one because I love so many things in the shop. My favorite items would probably be the Victorian era glass. These are the pieces that inspired companies like Fenton. They are beautiful and full of detailed workmanship. That is what I love about the Victorian era and early 1900s. The workmanship and artistry in everything just is not seen anymore. A simple coffee pot back then was a work of art. Not so much today."
4. What is your biggest challenge?
"The biggest challenge I face as a vintage seller is the decreasing interest in vintage items. There are less collectors and more people who simply get rid of grandma's stuff because they don't want it. I have to find ways to reignite people's interest in cool old things. And I have to come up with creative ways to market my items. Today;s customer may not care that this milk glass lovebird dish was made by westmoreland, but they may still love it for their weddings or anniversary. Vintage sellers today have to think outside the box in order to be a success"
5. Where are you from?
"I was born and raised in sunny Florida. Never laid eyes on snow, not once in my life. Don't want to either. I hate being cold."
6. Why do you love Etsy?
"I love Etsy because it is the only place where I can find some pretty cool artwork by some very talented people. I also love etsy because it is well known enough to help me be successful in my sales. I have my google feeds disabled in my shops. My success at etsy is a direct result of etsy being a destination site for consumers. And I think that Etsy will only get better over time"
7. Tell me about your shop
"My shop has over 300 items now and I add more every week. We have probably over 3000 items in storage right now waiting to be listed. The hunt for cool and rare finds is so much fun. I wish I could list as fast as I find. We have made 81 sales on etsy since October and have 27 feedbacks so far. Our customers seem to like us and we love them!"
8. How did you get interested in collecting?
"Treasure hunting is in my blood. I come from a long line of people who collected and sold antiques. I remember loving going to antique stores as a kid. Started collecting figurines of various sorts as a child and I also collected coins for a number of years. Specifically I personally collect lladro figurines, Fenton glass, Glass cruets of all ages, Quadruple plate victorian metal, Pocket dragon by Real Musgrave, Windstone editions, and whatever odds and ends that I decide I cannot live without lol"
9. What kind of things would you like to learn about next?
"there is a lot of study in old things. I currently and working on my study of glass. A lot of my focus is on EAPG and Victorian era glass. I would like to learn more in the future about mid century kitchen glass. It is extremely popular and really pretty cool. I would say that is likely my next focus. Though I would also like to swing my attention to pottery pieces as well"
10. What's in store for the future?
"The future of our business on etsy involves growth. I would like to continue growing the number of items we offer. I would also like to look into offering items for jewelry makers. Once we have established really well with out vintage business, I would be interested in vintage destash items for the jewelry makers, plus we would like to become a source of beads and gemstones. That is well into the future though. We do have a little destash listed as an experiment just to see how our potential market will be. I hope to watch etsy continue to grow and I look forward to growing with etsy. So far I am very impressed with the site."