I had to chuckle when I read about cebsme's mom- that description fits me to a T. The only reason I sell my crafted goods is because I can't possibly keep and use them all myself. I get most of my materials for -ahem- minimal cost, because of my job, and I'm a fast sewer so it really doesn't take me long to make anything I have posted in my shop (with the exception of the crocheted camo bag.) All that said, I really do make these things because I love to. It's great fun, fabulous stress relief, and I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finish something really pretty. I don't need the money (although it's nice), but I do need to make things, and I have a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit.
I do believe that each crafter should price their items according to what they believe is fair and right for them. If a customer falls in love with a piece, they'll usually be willing to pay what is being asked.
What? What happened? I posted the bag last night before bed, and when I woke up this morning it was sold, but I had to get ready for work so I didn't look closely...lemme go check. If it was featured, then yay me!
Many manila file folders have given their lives as my business cards. I hated the idea of a white background for them, so I played around with different materials until I fell in love with the cream/ tan color of file folders. It actually looks great since the colors in my logo are dark green and tan, so ow I just cut up file folders, send them through the printer, and cut them out painstakingly by hand. They do turn out great, though. To see what they look like, go to any checkbook holder in my Etsy shop. I use them to show people the flaps in the holders.
Mine's been really slow lately. I keep trying to add stuff to my shop so I'll get views, but no bites lately. Oh, well, it's still the after-holiday slump. I'm hoping for more sales as the winter goes on.
I just started a SALE feature on my Etsy shop, where two random things every week will be 25% off, and I'll pick different items every week. What do you guys think- is it something that'll make people browse more, or will people just wait until whatever they want goes on sale, and I'll never sell anything full price again? Opinions, please!
I've done tons of looking around on Etsy, but the only thing I've bought is lip balm from daisycakessoap.etsy.com...and that's in, like, the last two minutes. But I have a shopping list as long as my arm, and after the holiday bills are paid, I may go wild...