Do you have an estore on etsy?

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  1. h.a.borcich profile image59
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    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. smile

    1. Jane@CM profile image61
      Jane@CMposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, we have one and sell what is in my avatar smile

      1. h.a.borcich profile image59
        h.a.borcichposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        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!!! smile Holly

        1. Jane@CM profile image61
          Jane@CMposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          They are my husband's vases.  He does amazing work - I call the vases art!

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      cosetteposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      never heard of it. i have started making unique jewelry...can you sell other stuff too, like dolls, or just stuff you craft yourself?

      1. h.a.borcich profile image59
        h.a.borcichposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Hi Cosette,

          They have a rule - made it yourself or vintage, or ...can't remmy the last rule. But it is great place! Good 2 see you smile Holly

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    ryankettposted 14 years ago

    I have no idea, but I know Sunforged had one for his art so you could ask him!

    1. h.a.borcich profile image59
      h.a.borcichposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks smile

    2. sunforged profile image71
      sunforgedposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      thanks, Ryan!

  3. Daniel Carter profile image62
    Daniel Carterposted 14 years ago

    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.

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    EmpressFelicityposted 14 years ago

    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.

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      Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      can you post a link? I love old buttons....

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        Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

        or email me if thats against forum rules, Im not sure...
        Im not kidding. I adore buttons. I know,its wierd. Its along story.

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          EmpressFelicityposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Just go to my profile and click from there!

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    Justine76posted 14 years ago

    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.  wink

    1. h.a.borcich profile image59
      h.a.borcichposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      True smile

  6. Jeffrey Neal profile image68
    Jeffrey Nealposted 14 years ago

    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.

  7. abcd1111 profile image60
    abcd1111posted 14 years ago

    I sell hand-stamped jewelry on etsy.

    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.

  8. wychic profile image84
    wychicposted 14 years ago

    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.

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    poetlorraineposted 14 years ago

    Is this something you can only go on if you live in the states it sounds like my kinda thing

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      EmpressFelicityposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      No, you can be based anywhere in the world.  Everything is priced in US dollars though and your customers will pay you in dollars (even the UK ones).  A PayPal account is therefore vital.

  10. rmcrayne profile image91
    rmcrayneposted 14 years ago

    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.

  11. sunforged profile image71
    sunforgedposted 14 years ago

    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

    1. h.a.borcich profile image59
      h.a.borcichposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I am beyond impressed smile 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

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      ryankettposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      So that is ? I will check it out some time wink

    3. rmcrayne profile image91
      rmcrayneposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I sent you an email.

  12. torimari profile image68
    torimariposted 14 years ago

    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. sad

    Etsy, I should check out definitely.

  13. h.a.borcich profile image59
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    Thank you all for the input smile

      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 smile We shall see how it goes...

      I'll update the thread as we go too smile Holly

  14. Mystic Knotwork profile image60
    Mystic Knotworkposted 14 years ago

    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.


  15. sunforged profile image71
    sunforgedposted 14 years ago

    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

  16. StarryNightsDiva profile image61
    StarryNightsDivaposted 14 years ago

    I have an etsy store ( 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!

  17. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 14 years ago

    i have two shops on etsy .My craft and jewelery are here
    Newlifeand photos are here

  18. h.a.borcich profile image59
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    I will be checking them out! Thanks for posting smile I hope to get some watercolor paintings and carved glass on my store very soon. ! Holly smile

  19. elayne001 profile image79
    elayne001posted 14 years ago

    I have a store at
    if you are interested. It makes me a few pennies now and then.

  20. heart4theword profile image61
    heart4thewordposted 14 years ago

    I too have heard from different people, that have put things on etsy, love it:)

  21. Mike Lickteig profile image76
    Mike Lickteigposted 14 years ago

    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.

  22. AnythingArtzy profile image68
    AnythingArtzyposted 14 years ago

    No I wanted to but they require a credit card to join and I don't use them. so I have an ebay store.

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    SewDanishposted 14 years ago

    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 :-)

    1. h.a.borcich profile image59
      h.a.borcichposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Would you post a link to the Etsy store - I would love to check it out. My friend has a store there too and says the same thing:)
      Nice to meet you, Holly

  24. Miss Chriss profile image58
    Miss Chrissposted 14 years ago

    How successful is the average persons' Etsy?

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