Today is my anniversary on Etsy I opened my jewelry shop Totally Twisted on March 11, 2007. So I’ve been on there 5 years. A lot has changed in that 5 years and yet nothing has changed. I still struggle to make any sales, struggle to be seen and I just plain struggle.
I have 2 shops Totally Twisted and Jean Hutter – Artist and they couldn’t be more different. I do quite well selling my paintings and I am so thankful for that but the jewelry is another story.
Thinking back on my early days on Etsy – I remember the Treasuries and Treasury West. I would sit awaiting the treasury to open up and when I snagged one I was so happy. Being in a treasury then was really something and if you made the front page – that was beyond awesome. I used to look through the treasuries and see which got the most views. I would always comment and if I happened to be lucky enough to be in one – I was grabbing that screen shot so I could save it. Not any more. I don’t think I have made a treasury or even looked at one in over a year.
I also was always on the Etsy forums – reading posts, commenting and enjoying the humor, in-fighting and just the helpful hints. I do not think I have looked at the forum pages of Etsy in over a year or more.
And the Etsy Teams – boy there were a few teams I would have given anything to be on. There were teams I applied to and was rejected. Actually I applied to a team a month or so ago – was rejected and was pissed for a day or so and then didn’t care. I figure selling is pretty much a singular pursuit so I have always done it alone no since changing that now – what was I thinking.
As I reflect on this post I wonder why for me the Etsy thrill is gone. I think a lot has to do with Facebook and the amount of time it eats up in a day. Not that the time is all wasted – I have meet many new friends, can promote my Etsy Shops – heck I have even had sales originate from Facebook. I also think selling jewelry on Etsy or any place for that matter is not an easy task – there is so much good and bad competition out there. I think a good move is to create tutorials – something I think about but just do not do (yet) – I love to bead but don’t know if I want to get caught up in the pattern making, the illustrations or even the kitting.
So where do I go from here – I will stay on Etsy even if I am not excited anymore. I will continue to bead because I love to make jewelry. I don’t see me back making Treasuries or on the Etsy forums as Facebook has replaced that for me. When I do find myself in a Treasury I still am grateful for the nod and excited to think someone likes my work. I also may do a few craft shows this year – not that I find that too thrilling but it is a good way to network, get feedback on my work and just maybe make a sale. I don’t know what the answer is for me and I hope this does not come across as snobbish but this is just the way it is.