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« on: July 05, 2006 06:30:06 AM »

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I opened up my etsy store a few months ago and so far have only sold one item.  I haven't made much effort to spread the word yet and know that I need to do that. I make bags - mainly patchwork. I was wondering what other sellers think about selling a variety of different goods in their Etsy store.  Do you think that it's best to get known for making a particular thing or do you have greater selling success if you offer a wider range of goods.  I was thinking about making some other patchwork items - maybe skirts or childrens clothing - and perhaps some crocheted and knitted items.  I would welcome any comments or suggestions on my store -
www.rainydaybags.etsy.com
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2006 04:45:12 PM »

Well, the way I see it, if you make knitted items, you'll get buyers looking for knit items. But when they see one of your patchwork bags, they may decide to buy one. I would personally put tons of different things, this way you can bring in a lot of customers looking for different things, and hopefully, buying more than they would have.

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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2006 05:16:50 AM »

Hey!

My etsy store specializes in the monstrous category of jewelry.  I haven't sold anything yet, but I've noticed that after I posted a few of the sewing items I made, it brought a lot more traffic to my shop as well as more views to my jewelry items.

I figure, if you're multitalented, post those items and you can get more exposure in different categories! Bringing in people from different markets to see your work. =)
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2006 05:38:24 AM »

Yeah !
That makes sense.  I just had this notion that maybe it was important to have a strong sense of identity so that people would remember you for something specific. I guess I could try to have a distinctive style to all my work and that would draw things together.
I had more success selling on Ebay but I think that their fees are extortionate.  I also feel that the people who buy on Etsy seem to understand the true worth of one-off handmade items whereas the Ebayers just want a cheap bargain.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2009 08:17:03 PM »

Just wondering...I recently listed some items in my shop, all pottery.  But I would like to sell some sewn items, aprons, bags, etc.  Would it be better to have a second shop, specializing in that kind of stuff?  Or just sell everything in one shop:  pottery, purses, jewelry, etc?  Any feedback greatly appreciated! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2009 04:34:23 PM »

I think if you photograph your items with a certain look...either background or lighting... they can look very cohesive... 

be sure to utilize your shop's sections.
I offer jewelry and hand embroidery patterns... so I just try to keep them sorted in their appropriate sections so they're easy for buyers to find.

Also, I use the 'featured items' slots to keep bringing forward items that would otherwise get buried behind the front page.

You can work a variety of things into your shop banner as well!

I think it's hard enough promoting one shop... I tried working 2 together & it was too much for me. If you were selling supplies and crafted items... it would make sense to keep those more separate!

Hope that helps! I'm no expert & can only speak from my personal experience!

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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2009 04:35:20 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2009 10:23:12 PM »

BTW... your avatar here rocks! I love that movie to pieces!

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Thanks for the advice.  I took a look at your shop, awesome!  Great stuff!
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2009 11:45:01 AM »

Seconding the advice you've already been given. I think it's pretty much ALWAYS a mistake with Etsy to open a second store.
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2009 03:12:00 PM »

Well, that settles it.  I am branching out and putting lots of things for sale.  Something is bound to sell. Wink
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