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Saturday, April 2, 2011

To Etsy or Not To Etsy? - That Is The Question

My dear friends,

I need some advice!
I am thinking about selling my creations in the future some time, because if I don't I am going to end up having to rent a storage unit or two to fit all of my things in! I am in two minds about it though. I have checked out Etsy and it seems to be a really good place. I am thinking about opening a store with them and I'm not really sure what is stopping me.

My friends from blogland, those of you who sell their creations on Etsy or not, what do you think I should do? Let me know about your thoughts or experience with Etsy! It would be much appreciated!

So, the question is ...

to Etsy or not to Etsy??

Please, drop me a line and share your thoughts!
And last but not least ...

... something little I would like to share with you.

I have had this little wooden carved angel since I can remember and I don't even know where she came from or who gave her to me. She has traveled around the world with me all my life, which was more than once and has never been damaged or lost. She is so tiny and precious and her little light always shines for me, so I don't get lost in this big place called "life".

I hope you have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Karen...I have several friends that sell on Etsy and they really enjoy it. I sell on Ebay, but it is different, because I am not selling hand made items...I say "go for it" I have bought tons of things off of Etsy...Plays with Paper is one of my #1 sellers! It is sometimes difficult to search, so you need to have a really good description of your items and good pics too. hope this helps, Tiff at The Cranky Queen

  2. GO FOR IT! ETSY has ben an awesome experience for me. i have NEVER regretted opening my shop. it has brought me much joy and creative kinship. it is super easy to get started and the etsy staff is ever sooo supportive. i can't imagine WHAT i did before i opened my shop. you will be so happy you did. what have you got to lose???

  3. Hi Karen. I have asked myself that question many times. I have spent a couple years selling on eBay but that turned out to be very expensive and even if you list ten things for sale, it doesn't mean the right person is going to bid and buy them. I have since gone the Etsy route and have sold a number of things. Lots of interest, treasury lists, circle etc. but that doesn't always translate into actual sales. As a fellow Canadian (Ontario too) I find it is a hard sell to the US. Most of what I have sold has gone to Australia and Alaska! Some stuff to Canada too. Etsy is a wonderful place to start, easy to list, fairly simple to navigate and you cannot beat the cost of twenty cents per listing and they remain there for four months I think. It is also so simple to re-list when they expire. Another place I plan to sign on to is Gabry Road, http://gabryroad.blogspot.com/ It is relatively new, sells all over the world but is only $20 to join for the year, list as much as you want. And it is Canadian! As it is new it is not huge but it wont grow if we don't support our own local stuff either. We are getting ready for am move so I have had time to get on it but will as I have a shop-full of items to sell. I am sticking with Etsy as it is so convenient and will also be adding Gabry Road to my outlet soon. I wish you the best, wherever you hang your shingle!