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« on: October 30, 2008 01:40:31 PM »

Hi, folks,
Recently I've been playing with the idea of opening an Etsy store and selling some of the crafty stuff I make.  I've done art and craft stuff for AGES, but have never been brave enough to try to sell anything.  Well, I realize it's approaching the Christmas buying season (those evil box stores have had Christmas stuff up for AGES!);  however, we are also in the middle of an ugly recession (the worst since the Great Depression, according to all the media).  So . . . GOOD time or BAD time to open shop? 
Maybe I should mention I was thinnking of trying to sell some hand-dyed silk scarves, candles (beeswax or regular), bath salts/scrubs, possibly some fine art stuff.  Any thoughts, feedback, and/or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated! 

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008 09:09:33 AM »

Recession or not, I think the Season always guarantees for some sales. My shop, after almost a year of doing nothing picked up last Christmas. Then, I think sales generate more sales and I sold one or two things every month since, with the obvious exceptions of January and August. It's not much, but after almost a month of nothing in Octobre I was about to post a thread here asking if others feel they are affected by the crisis, when I sold my monthly item after all. Now I'm preparing for some special season's listings and despite everything I have good hopes.

What's stopping you? Setting up a shop costs nothing and listing is very cheap! Besides it's a way to show your work all over the world. It's mainly why I'm on Etsy, not the actual profits. Who knows what it will bring you?

Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2008 02:35:25 PM »

There is no time like the present.  And like LeChat said, it costs very little.  If you can afford the minimal fees you may as well go for it.  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008 03:08:20 PM »

Go for it, I think now is the best time with the holidays coming up!

« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2008 05:36:14 PM »

I would say go for it if you have the necessary start-up funds. But, from what I've read around the Etsy forums, even the sellers who have the most sales aren't doing so well right now. Many are complaining about the economy, but others blame it on their lack of advertising/marketing. So, I'd say it's a toss up.

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