Thursday, December 17, 2009

How many months does it take to start an Etsy shop?

For me, the answer would be 10. For most people, I'm sure it was less. Last January I joined Etsy and in February, set up a shop. Soon thereafter, I shot pictures and little by little (over several months), I worked on making a banner and setting shop policies (shipping, payment, etc.)... today, I finally got around to listing some items.

Over and over, I debated opening the shop, but finally decided it seemed like a good thing for those times I get requests or interest from people who aren't near a gallery, or for after a show. And if new people find my shop and buy, of course that's a good thing... I don't know how much time I'll have to promote it, but I do hope to be good about adding more items. I don't have unrealistic expectations for work to fly out of the shop, but hey, you can't win if you don't play... sound familiar?

It's a fact that I love making earrings. So no matter what, I see the shop as another possible way to spread some joy... if just one person buys earrings that make them happy, it will all be worth it.

For now, I'm just putting earrings in the shop. I may add some larger items like pendants or pins down the road. We'll see what happens. Anyone have an Etsy experience to share - as either a buyer or seller?


  1. Congratulations Cathy, but I think I've got you beat. Last November I opened my Etsy account. This November I finally posted my banner, and this season at the shows I added a sticker to my cards that gave my Etsy shop address and announced I would be opened on January 3rd. I had to just jump in a set a date!

  2. Thanks Wendy! Glad you took the leap! Nothing like a deadline... =)

    And I think I actually joined twice. The first time I didn't realize the user name would be the shop name. So I think I rejoined in February when I set up the shop. Can't wait to see your shop (on January 3rd) Good luck! =)

  3. Ha! I have both beat! I opened my shop in Etsy August 2008 and didn't put anything in until September this year. It happens when it happens.

    Good luck in your Shop Cathy. Your work is gorgeous!

    December 18, 2009 7:55 AM