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« on: May 24, 2010 03:47:44 PM »

For a long time I've known that I need to have more focus in my crafting (and fashion) style, and especially with my Etsy shop. Does anyone else have this problem??: I like to do all sorts of different things, so I resist the idea of settling into one kind of project (ex: reusable snack bags, purses, children's clothing, ladies tops/dresses) or one type of style (ex: bohemian, prep, punk, etc--but I'm pretty sure now that bohemian is me). But then, I'm all over the place! And in regards to my Etsy shop, I don't want to "limit" myself by narrowing down the type of projects that I do, and as a result I have done nothing in months because I have too many ideas, each "better" than the other, and no "most important" thing that I need to work on first. So, I get NOWHERE!

So, really, I need help. I need input. I need opinions on which kind of things I should do primarily (for my Etsy shop). It doesn't help a ton to look at my sales and see where the best seller is, because I haven't done a lot of sales and they're also all over the place (because my product line is!). I just don't know... Should I focus on children's clothing and accessories? Pillowcase dresses and matching purses are awesome, easy, and adorable. But ladies tops, with ruffles and flowers, are really huge right now and they're fun, too. (I don't think purses/bags are my thing, because they require too much time and special materials that aren't readily available to me at a reasonable price.) I've been doing flowers a lot lately, but I think that market is totally saturated and I don't really enjoy that anyway, not like I enjoy real sewing.

Anyway, I'm certainly not expecting anybody to take lots of time to analyze my blog, but I really have to get my focus figured out, or I might as well stop renewing my Etsy listings and just clean my house! 

Thanks SO MUCH for any input! I really value your help.


BTW, if you do feel like helping this misdirected girl out, "sewing" under LABELS on the right is a good one to click on to get a feel for the things I create. TIA!
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2010 01:05:33 PM »

Only you can decide what your focus should/must be. It depends on what you like to do, have time for, and have ready materials to do it with. It's easy to get into kids' things when you have kids; they grow up and you could lose interest eventually, but for the next 5 years at least you can be inspired by their current interests and use them as models and critics. I'd say the most important thing to craft is what you enjoy doing, can relate to, and can stay motivated to continue to create. Selling crafts in a business is quite different from making stuff on the fly on your own dime and time. It can be pure drudgery at times, making the same basic thing over and over, but if you want a business you have to deal with the drudgery along with the good stuff.

« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2010 04:13:24 PM »

I struggle with the same issue - from what type of crafting I want to sell (jewelry, hats, corsets, purses, armwarmers, hand-dyed yarn, alternative maternity clothes, etc) to what style (goth, punk, victorian, steampunk, mod)...

IMO, I think it really just depends on what the goal of your Etsy shop is.  Do you just want a little extra income?  Do you want it to replace a part-/full-time job?  If you're looking to replace a "regular" job income, then I do think you need to focus/specialize in one area.  I wouldn't worry so much about what is "more important" or "better" - I would just try to do what you enjoy and can see yourself doing over and over (the 'drudgery').

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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2010 05:32:59 PM »

I tend to appreciate variety in shops, if you like it, chances are that a person who likes the same things as you will like all the work you do. Then again, sometimes shoppers do like to go to a shop that they can always expect to find the same type of thing in.

From your blog, it seems like whether you're making clothing or hair accessories, you do tend towards the floral items. So why not, rather than sticking to one sort of project, just have a "theme" where everything is sort of earthy/boheme/gardeny?

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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2010 11:37:58 AM »

I never thought of that.  That helps!  Thanks!  I guess I'm trying to find the handful of things that I should stick with, but using the same specific style might help with the dreaded "drudgery". 

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