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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 17, 2008 12:13:31 PM
Sorry, girls, but I need to VENT!  Angry

I just got a totally snotty email from a new-ish Etsy seller telling me that my Antique US coin pendants were all totally illegal and 'she thought someone should tell me'.

For the record, since I'm sure not everyone is all up on their US currency laws, it is illegal to FRAUDULENTLY alter currency that is CURRENTLY IN USE.  I'm fine under that definition two ways: 1) The coins I use are out of circulation or antiques and 2) I'm not altering them in an attempt to counterfeit (ie: making a $10 bill look like a $100 bill = illegal, thats the 'fraudulently' part).

The email set me off because it was snotty, and it assumes that I've been selling on Etsy for almost 2 years without ever bothering to look into the laws, which OBVIOUSLY I did before I ever listed any coin jewelry.  My day job is at a law firm, I spend most of my waking hours surrounded by lawyers, TRUST ME I got lots of advice on this before setting out.   I do make an effort to use only out of circulation coins (which is pretty easy, now that most European currency is out of circulation) and even if I do sometimes wind up with a coin that is currently in use, the fact that I'm not altering with an aim to counterfeit still makes me fine under the law.

Sorry . . .I warned you guys that this was going to be a vent!  I'm not going to bother writing back to the other seller (cause, like I said, SNOTTY!) but her email really had me ticked and I had to have my little freakout somewhere, so in the event that you've read this, THANKS for listening Smiley

So, I sold at my first craft fair on Saturday.  FUN!  I didn't sell much (my items were a little higher priced than many others) but in the days just after the fair I sold 3 items to buyers in So. California, so I'm thinking the fair was helpful on the promotion front, at least Smiley

Here's a photo (with my fiance behind my table)!

22  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 10, 2008 02:45:56 PM
wow, really?! thanks for the heads up! My google alert missed that one Smiley
23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 05, 2008 05:49:53 PM
so . . . my sales are going fine, nice and holiday-ish Smiley but i've noticed, my initial views are WAY DOWN.  has anyone else seen this? normally i'll list an item and within an hour or so i've got about 5 views.  Some of mine are staying at 0 now for up to a full day though!  I wonder if its etsy view counters being wonky, or just a flood of people listing all at once (trying to catch holiday buyers)?  Is it just me, or have any of you noticed view weirdness too?
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 02, 2008 12:10:07 PM
cyber monday was sort of a bust for me too, but I also did well over the weekend. and today I woke up to 1000 hearts! hooray! Cheesy   

Is anyone doing any holiday fairs? I have my first fair ever on the 13th . . . i'm super excited! Cheesy
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 01, 2008 03:11:30 PM
congrats on the hearts pinky k and the sales beag!!! 
I hit 600 sales yesterday. hooray! Cheesy
looks like the holidays are treating us all well!
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: November 20, 2008 01:27:18 PM
batgirl, that is odd!  hope you get it figured out.

has anyone noticed sales picking up for the holidays yet?  my views have been really high lately, but my sales so far seem to be about the usual.
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: November 07, 2008 11:13:16 AM
Yes, congrats Batgirl! Tis the season for non-payers, unfortunatley. I've had 2 this week. I think its the downside of getting all sorts of new buyers in for the holidays. 
Bea G - things are going well in my shop!  I've listed my first few items using 12k gold and I've been dabbling in some ancient coins as well. Thanks for asking! Smiley
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: November 06, 2008 10:35:08 AM
Hey guys! CONGRATS to Barbalot on her 500 sales and BeaG on her 2k+ hearts!!!!
29  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Henry VIII Pumpkin! on: October 31, 2008 02:19:19 PM
thanks!!! I totaly shoud've had disembodied pumkin heads lying at his feet.  TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE! Cheesy  He won the contest for "scariest" pumpkin!
30  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Henry VIII Pumpkin! on: October 31, 2008 12:12:48 PM
thanks guys!!!! I'll find out after lunch if anyone got it . . . but I put a printout of a portrait of Henry next to the pumpkin just to up my odds Smiley
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