Actually, I would set up a shop now to get used to the way Etsy works, and make sure everything's perfect by September, which is when I'm told the holiday shopping picks up. Also, you'll be able to get some feedback (through buying or selling). Another reason to get started early is the advice and contacts you can get on their forums, which has been really helpful to me. I've only been a seller for a month, but I feel really prepared now!
My strategy for listing items is to post enough that you have 2-3 pages in your shop, and then add 1 item per day to keep your shop from getting buried under other people's new listings.
Hey, Robin...I was East class of '96...my bro Greg was '98 and he lives in Madison now...I'm glad to be out of "the Bend"...way too conservative for me...but I love Wisconsin in general and Mke in particular...Madison's great, too, seems like their crafty scene is really going strong!
I know Knitwit does a small one and Loop has open knit from 5-7 on Tuesdays...I've been thinking of starting one because I have at least 10 friends & coworkers who are interested...I think there's a need for it but no one actually steps up and plans it. I'm in the process of moving but once I'm settled I would love to get things going. A city the size (and hipness level) of Mke should have a dozen SnB groups!
Living in Milwaukee, attending UWM (Sociology degree, here I come... someday!) I grew up in West Bend, about an hour north from here. If any of you are in the area June 18th, check out the Art vs. Craft show @ Turner Hall from 11-6...its the first big show for me so I'm a little nervous...I've been crafting excessively to ease the tension!
My cats ignore me until I'm involved in a project...when I make jewelry I sit with the bead board on my lap & they've been scolded enough to know they have to sit next to me. But I learned to knit recently and they consider any form of yarn their territory...My boy, MacKaye, will lay on my lap...and Exene, my girl will sit at my side...he goes for the needles & she takes care of the yarn ball...the perfect kitty strategy! When some one asks my what a project is made of, I tell them "90% wool (or whatever) and 10% cat hair."