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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Possibly slightly mature; alcohol/drug themed cat toys on: August 18, 2007 10:45:25 PM
What a neat idea you had - those are great!!  Cheesy
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Any other Mom's trying to do this instead of having a "real" job? on: August 17, 2007 10:54:53 AM
I am a mostly SAHM with 3 kids.  My youngest goes into morning kindergarten this year.  I have done little jobs around my DH's work schedule since having kids and quitting my full time gov't job.  I have done housecleaning (1 yr was enough of that), sewing for a pet company at home but now I only work 6-7 hrs a week at a doctor's office (which is just right for us).  Thankfully we have never been in a situation where I worked fulltime and needed daycare etc.  We have sacrificed in a lot of other ways though...you can't live on 1 income and have it all!  (at least materially)

I am making a small income on etsy every month now and hope and pray it keeps growing.  It is my goal to have a nice part-time income or better through etsy!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Question I know has been asked a billion times - Pricing on Etsy on: August 17, 2007 10:38:20 AM
Yeah, every few days I swear I open it up and debate the prices, I probably spend more time doing that then anything else. I don't want to under charge, but I don't want to rip anyone off either. Constant... Struggle... AHHH!!!

I hear ya - I have agonized and agonized over pricing for the exact same reasons!  Also about shipping - I want to cover my costs, have a teeny buffer but not charge too much.  I have spent much time tweaking my shipping costs too.  (I'm in Canada so costs are higher for me)
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Fabric cat collars on: August 17, 2007 10:35:27 AM
very cute! i've been thinking of making my maltese a collar because the only ones that fit him are ferret collars!  mind if i ask where you got the hardware?

I get my hardware from a wholesale supplier in Surrey, Canada called The Web Source.  Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Fabric cat collars on: August 16, 2007 09:53:45 PM
Hi everyone, I'm new here and am enjoying browsing around.  There's so many neat things to look at!

Anyway, I have been sewing fabric collars for cats for 3 years now and I really enjoy it.

Here's a few examples:

Sorry the pics are so huge - a webmaster I am not!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: new site that look suspiciously like etsy on: August 16, 2007 09:53:37 PM
hmmmm, definitely looks interesting.  I'll have to look into it more tomorrow when I'm not so sleepy   Wink
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Website vs. Etsy Shop on: August 16, 2007 09:50:33 PM
I have been wondering about this.  For one thing, if you have your own website you can put tags in to get items to come up in google much easier and the spiders can crawl your site ets.  I don't think this is possible on etsy.  I am websitely challenged though so I would need major help if I ever did this!!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Fed up with Etsy? on: August 16, 2007 09:47:23 PM
Soaps, I remember reading your farewell on the etsy forums.  Sorry to hear it didn't work out for you.

I have been successful there but I am only comparing it to ebay.  It is 1000 times better than ebay for me. 

I agree, it is flooded with bath stuff.  Also, some people are practically giving their items away.
I started out with my prices too low too but have raised them to a decent retail price and am still selling.
I'll admit though that I always have my feelers out for other sites...
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Question I know has been asked a billion times - Pricing on Etsy on: August 16, 2007 09:42:29 PM
I tried to find similar items and come out somewhere in the middle.  I started with my prices too low and I could tell right away that I wouldn't be happy with continuing on like that.  I think you will get a good sense once you're selling.  I did the hourly plus materials format when pricing.  But then there's the buying your materials time, posting items etc...it's endless!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Should I take the Etsy plunge? on: August 16, 2007 09:39:05 PM
I have been selling on etsy for 5 months now and like it SO much more than ebay.  My fees on ebay were much higher, you pay them whether your item sells in those 7 days or not.  Listings stay on etsy for 4 months for only 20 cents!

I'd definitely go for it - list 5 things and you've only spent $1 and see what happens!  That's what I did and it has paid off!!

Good luck Grin
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