28 May Etsy Paid our Mortgage!
When I say Etsy.com paid our mortgage, I am not kidding. We have been selling wire jewellery and sculptures for 25 years on the street, at craft shows and to stores. When I discovered this on-line boutique where one could sell hand-made and vintage items I decided to give it a try. For the first couple years we had sales, but continued with our shows and various part-time jobs.
One day a customer told us that she was going to use one of my husband’s wire bikes as a wedding cake topper and BAM…our niche found us! ( I can hardly say WE found the niche). We now specialize in custom wire wedding cake toppers. I am so grateful for all the wonderful special requests we get from our customers for custom orders. https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeatherBoydWire
Etsy is all about trying things out and being open to suggestion. It is a user friendly site with minimal costs for listing and selling items. I always recommend Etsy to fellow artists, jewellery-makers and photographers.
I have helped a quite a few friends set up shops. Some have gotten discouraged due to the HUGE quantity of products and competition, but others have persevered, found their niche and succeeded.
Start by StARTing TIP: If you are a maker…open an Etsy shop. It costs NOTHING to open your shop and 20 cents per listing. If you know someone that is a maker…tell them to check out Etsy…it ROCKS!