Lately there is much buzz about etsy being a great way for artisans to market products. I was just wondering if any fellow hubbers are also on etsy and what you think of it, how it is working for you.
Yes, we have one and sell what is in my avatar
Hi - And I have seen those gorgeous segmented vases!!! How did you get into something like that? I wonder how much patience you must have!!! Holly
never heard of it. i have started making unique jewelry...can you sell other stuff too, like dolls, or just stuff you craft yourself?
I have no idea, but I know Sunforged had one for his art so you could ask him!
My niece has an estore on etsy, and she apparently enjoys it. I'm not sure if there's a lot of money in it, but I think she's pretty consistent in building it and continuing.
I've got an Etsy store selling vintage clothing and - of all things - old buttons. I don't make masses of dosh with it but it's still a useful if minor source of income. It has extremely reasonable listing fees (far cheaper than eBay) and setting up a store is very simple.
I dont use etsy, but I do have a freind who does. She has jewlery she designs adn makes, and one of her rings is named after me!!!! She loves it, but I have no idea if shes making tons of money.
Money isnt everything tho.
The wife is working on getting set up there. She makes handmade jewelry on a hobby scale and is getting set to ramp things up. She had some pretty decent success on Ebay for Christmas sales already, so hopefully Etsy will also give her some good results.
She does have a coworker who sells some of her items on there, and has had pretty good luck with it.
I sell hand-stamped jewelry on etsy. abcd1111.etsy.com
I'm not getting rich from it, but it has opened up opportunities to sell by word-of-mouth as well.
It doesn't cost much to post there. And for the small amount it remains up for about 6 months if it doesn't sell first. I recommend it for artisans over eBay. Take a look around and see if anyone is selling something similar to what you might be interested in selling. See how many sales they have had.
Christmas made biz pick up and that was nice.
Be forewarned though, you can get lost looking at all the cool stuff there. I got hooked when I first started checking it out.
Mine is empty right now because I canceled my listings when I moved, I didn't have time to answer questions, ship, or make custom orders. Here pretty soon I'll be re-starting though, I was definitely impressed with it last time. I got into participating on the forums there and creating treasuries, as well as advertising through word-of-mouth and on my social networking pages.
I do bead-woven jewelry and hair toys, getting ready to expand into glasses cases and possibly checkbook covers, as well as polyclay sculpture (mainly lifelike humans, a few lifelike animals, and some house piggy banks) and a smattering of crochet and quilting. I also had some luck with my sister-in-law's macrame jewelry in the same store, but since she's not making it anymore I've worked on expanding my own inventory to macrame as well.
I've always been really happy with Etsy, and for a while I made my living off of selling crafts through Etsy, Ebay, and local shows and such, as well as selling loose beads on Ebay. It is a lot of work to really get going, but once you do it can be a ton of profitable fun.
Is this something you can only go on if you live in the states it sounds like my kinda thing
Yes, I have OldGloryByVern. My link is at the bottom of my profile. My sister also has a store, WoodcraftsByVern. It only costs 20 cent per item for 3 months. I haven't had any sales. My sister has had 3 sales. I think you have to figure out the etsy site equivalent of keywords and SEO. I was told it also helps to be active in their forums and join your area's local etsy guild if there is one.
Putting your etsy store in your signature in email, sig in forums, writing hubs and blogs about your business and items, creating articles that lead to your store, facebook fan pages, myspace pages, twitter accounts
All of these should be utilized
Anybody who has an etsy store that has a steady inventory, feel free to contact me and I will gladly do a short interview with you and post your article some pics and and alink to your store at
MAybe one of us can write a HUbbers of etsy hub, or start a dedicated etsy sellers thread.
I have sold many different items across three accounts at etsy, but my main item is a PCB Business card holder which I can make to order and seems to sell everytime I remember to relist (no keywords, no special listings..I think im just found by etsy browsers, although I do link to my store all over the place)
There is an etsy plug-in for facebook that looks good, and there is also one for your blogs that also works on myspace
I am beyond impressed I haven't decided to go for it yet, but many think I should.
My art is varied - sand blasting glass, painting, sculpting - so it seems like it would be a good opportunity.
I will be looking for my hub buddies at etsy:)
And keep me posted if you would, Holly
So that is http://www.makemoneyfrommyart.com ? I will check it out some time
I always thought it was a cool idea, but never got to trying to use it. I'd love to sell prints online, or more, but never had enough followers on say, deviantart plus I just haven't figured out their new printing-sizer so I haven't made any new prints in a while.
Etsy, I should check out definitely.
Thank you all for the input
My husband is my biggest fan and is opening my etsy store...he says I just have to do my beautiful art and he will do the rest We shall see how it goes...
I'll update the thread as we go too Holly
I have an Etsy store, about 3 months there and over 100 sales. Since I sell those sailor bracelets everyone at the beach wears. I was really surprised to see how well they do in the fall...
It seems the success in Etsy is more from advertising outside Etsy rather than waiting for the site to do any work for you. Its like anything else, it takes effort to make it work, nothing happens without work.
Hello, everyone who has posted a link,sent me an email or has a link to an etsy store on their profile has been linked to.
Christmas buying may be at an end, but Mothers day is fantastic for handmade craft sales.
Keep in mind I am willing to do a true showcase of your sites and work open invitation
I have an etsy store (http://www.etsy.com/shop/StarryNightsBoutique) but I've only just started uploading inventory to it. I spend most of my time selling on my own website. I do have one sale from Etsy though and I've been told that first sales can take anywhere up to 6 months to get so I guess I was fortunate that way. I'll keep you posted!
I will be checking them out! Thanks for posting I hope to get some watercolor paintings and carved glass on my store very soon. ! Holly
I have a store at etsy.com/shop/elayne001
if you are interested. It makes me a few pennies now and then.
I too have heard from different people, that have put things on etsy, love it:)
I've gone to the site but haven't tried to sell anything on etsy yet. It is a goal of mine for the spring if I can get it done.
No I wanted to but they require a credit card to join and I don't use them. so I have an ebay store.
I've been selling on etsy for about 18 month and I'm really enjoying it. It has taken me by surprise how time consuming it is promoting, letting people know where to find you. Sales are slow, but steady, so I'm happy :-)
by Jane@CM 9 years ago
Woo hoo, I finally opened an Etsy store for my hubby's segmented wood vases. Now I need a banner but have no clue how to make one! I have photoshop, but I'm not very proficient at it.
by cjcarter 6 years ago
I have sold my paintings on ebay before, and I was wondering if etsy.com might be a better way to go? Has anyone else had success on this site or could offer advice as to how to sell paintings online?
by Jane@CM 10 years ago
We did it! We opened an Etsy store to sell my husbands segmented wood turned vases. There is a lot of work to setting up an Etsy store! I want to thank everyone who has commented or emailed me about his wood vases that I feature in one of my hubs - your comments and feedback...
by ryannaylor 6 years ago
What would you say are the pros and cons of etsy? Do a lot of actual shoppers go there or is it mainly artists selling to other artists?
by Answered 3 years ago
I am considering selling my paintings. Where I live there aren't really any galleries that do it. I was wondering how it can be done online. I've seen people selling on Ebay but they don't seem to sell much. Does creating your own website and advertising do it? or what? I'd love suggestions. Thanks.
by Laura Deibel 8 years ago
Does anyone have any experience with selling items on etsy.com?They ONLY allow sellers to sell handmade, vintage (>20 years) or materials. Any idea about the buyers? Listing prices seem more reasonable than eBay.
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