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Updated on February 3, 2013

My Etsy Shop

Not long ago I was an art museum curator. Now I am a jewelry designer. I began studying jewelry design soon after I left the museum to pursue my dream.

I decided to focus on metalwork and to specialize in creating unique pendants out of different kinds of metal. Yes, I make earrings, rings and bracelets, but what I like most are pendants.

After making one hundred pieces, I thought I absolutely cannot wear that many pendants. Although selling is not my forte, I thought I would give it a try. I like making jewelry much better than selling it, but I absolutely hate marketing my jewelry. What's a girl to do with a hundred pendants, along with several earrings, and a few bracelets?

Open an Etsy shop what else!

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Marketing Image

It is All Work

And No Play

There is no question that deciding to set up an Etsy shop is work. I had to read a great deal about setting up shops before I could even start. Then I had to read about relevancy, recency, SEO, marketing, pinterest, facebook, twitter, etc. as they applied to Etsy shop promotion.

I needed a banner, avatar and jewelry. The jewelry was the easy part, everything else was all work and no play. I don't like to make this sound unpleasant, but if you have anything else in your life, then setting up an Etsy shop is not a good idea.

Sure many Etsians work, have families, other responsibilities and still have shops. Some are successful many are not. It helps to have a thorough knowledge of how the internet works, social networking, blogging and of course marketing.

Art Fair Set Up
Art Fair Set Up

Am I Promoting My Shop

You Bet

See maybe I learned something. I am promoting my shop right here right now. Since I don't have to walk into a store and ask if anyone is interested in seeing my jewelry, which I do not like at all, I am doing it here.

I love making jewelry. It is now my passion. I wear every piece I make at least once just to see the reaction I will get. If it is lukewarm I try to work on the piece more to develop something eye catching. I pass it by my husband first and if he says it is "nice" or "cute" I take it back to my studio to rework it. I am aiming for the wow or unique factor. I'll take either one.

I sell really well at shows, which is a great ego booster. I try to remember that whenever I look at my stats on Etsy. I really feel strongly that you have to see jewelry, touch it, try it on to really appreciate the design and workmanship of any piece. You cannot do that when you buy on the web.

How many time do you order something and are disappointed when it arrives. It was not the color, style,design that you thought you saw in the picture. Sure you can return it, but postage is expensive and a waste of money if you did not like what arrived. I understand that which is why I try not to understand why selling on the internet can be difficult, especially with thousands of people selling in the same category.

I look on the bright side. After twenty-five years as a curator, I found something I love equally as much and if someone else likes it that is my reward.

Selling Online - Etsy and Other Ways

Etsy is not the only way to sell on line, but for handmade it is without a doubt the best and most recognized site for handmade items.

Let me know what you think of selling online, jewelry in general, my shop, your shop, anything else.

All Ideas and Thoughts Welcome - Do You Have and Etsy Shop

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Thanks so much for visiting and liking "No Sugar Added Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies!" Appreciate that!

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I do have a very underutilized Etsy shop. I have everything set up, ready to add dozens of my handmade jewelry pieces... just haven't gotten 'round to it, because I am too busy with my crochet design. One good thing about Etsy is that once you have set up your item, your work is done, you can simply keep your listing active. At least there's that. Your designs are lovely. Good luck!

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      Thankfultw 5 years ago

      I have a little website, but no etsy as of now. I love wire wrapped pieces, and I'm also finding steampunk pieces interesting. Great lens. Thank you

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      dancerene 5 years ago

      I wish to have my own Etsy shop too but I cannot make products like you do. I admire talented people like you.

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on making the shift! It is exciting!

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Love you jewelry!!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Yes, I have an Etsy Shop and love having an outlet for my handmade items. After 30+ years of crocheting cute critters, etc., first for my children and for friends & family, then for my grandchildren, I eventually ended up -- like you with your 100 pendants -- with boxes and bins of crocheted animals that needed a home. Then I discovered Etsy. :) I don't know a whole lot about marketing and have better luck selling in person at craft fairs, but Etsy allows me to display my handcrafted items around the world, and after receiving delightful custom orders from Switzerland, Greece and France, it's made it all worthwhile! :-) I think having multiple outlets for your handcrafted items is good -- in person, on the web, etc. So, hang in there with your Etsy Shop and eventually you'll have the following you desire.

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      Oneshotvariety LM 5 years ago

      Nice jewelry! Nice lens too! :]

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful jewelry. Good Luck with your Etsy Shop.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Hi Harriet! I didn't know you were on squidoo as well. It's me, Gayle, kitandcaboodleshop on Etsy. I'm part of the Metal Clay Heads team. I love all of your lenses!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great items here, I too like to collect for my wife and daughter! *blessed by a squid angel*

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      flowski lm 5 years ago

      Hi, Nice Etsy shop, but your link into it, is broken at LensRoll.com.