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« on: July 21, 2009 08:48:07 PM »

i am starting an esty shop focused on selling products made from post-consumer materials. i'm going to be offering lots of items-hand knit accessories and clothing, sewn clothing, hand dyed yarn, hand spun yarn, vintage items, furniture, and household items. i am concerned that people may not want to buy furniture based on shipping costs? does anyone sell furniture on etsy? if so have you had any success?

i'm also a little worried that i have too many different kinds of items. they all center around the theme of being 'green' by reusing materials and giving them a new lease on life. on one hand i think that it should work because the items that i am selling are all very common in the indie shops in my town- but on the other hand i'm worried because it seems like people tend to have more of a niche on etsy.

thanks for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2009 11:25:12 PM »

Since they all center around a theme, I think it's more than ok to have lots of different items.

Shipping costs may deter some people, but who knows?  Local people may buy, or if someone wants it bad enough, they'll pay the shipping. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2009 09:04:31 AM »

I would love to sell the furniture I've repainted and rehabbed, and I've thought about it but the shipping costs would kill me, especially because most of the furniture I rehab is the old, heavy stuff from the thrift store.  Even end tables are quite hefty.  Craftygurl was right, though; try selling furniture locally instead.  I did that with one of my book tables (its a wood tabletop and the legs are small piles of books)--I sold one to a local bookstore owner when I showed him a little demonstration of it at his store.  I couldn't really transport it far because it was going to be so heavy, so we worked out an arrangement where I came in to his store and worked on it in the backroom.  That worked out wonderful!

As for a niche on Etsy, I wouldn't worry about having a particular one.  In fact, I'd say the way you make things out of recycled materials is a niche in itself!  That's what my niche is--I make wallets, jewelry and home decorations out of recycled materials.  I'm also expanding my offerings to polymer clay jewelry, but "recycled crafts" will always be my niche.  It's one thing when you make a craft out of traditional craft materials, but its another thing altogether when you figure out how to adapt non-traditional materials to make traditional-type crafts.
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2009 10:31:09 PM »

thanks for the encouragement guys! selling furniture locally seems like it may be the way to go, but why not list the items on etsy anyhow- i mean after all it only costs 20 cents!
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2009 08:56:07 AM »

I agree that furniture shipping costs would be way too much. However, I would list them on Etsy because you can "buy local" on Etsy and I know I personally check locally from time to time.
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