Let’s try this Etsy thing again

Several months ago, I listed several things on Etsy and was disappointed that nothing came of it. I got a few favorites but never a sale. Since then, my crafting skills have improved, as have my photography skills. I’ve also got a better idea (I think!) of how to make Etsy work for me. It seems like you’ve got to find a niche, make those unusual specific things that you can tag really well. Anyway, I decided to dip my toes back into the water, and I’ve listed three of my favorite pieces. My shop name is bonnyknitsforyou. I’d love it if you’d check it out!

They’re all different categories and they’re varying prices, so it’s kind of a test, to see which ones get more views/favorites etc. I’ve set a low budget for promoting the listings. After Christmas I hope to get a little more aggressive with it and post more, maybe promote more. Anyone have any great Etsy advice for me?

I also have a finished hat to show off. Remember the red cloche I made on Sunday? I got the buttons sewn on and I love the finished product. It’s really an ingenious design, because you can just button the flap as far over as you want it, so the hat can be as snug or loose as you wish. Too cute. I definitely will be making more.IMG_3227Here’s yesterday’s and today’s project. I’m getting clever and bartering with my favorite flower maker, Junie Balloonie. In exchange for four flowers (two for gifts and two for me) I’m making another headband and two sets of boot cuffs. I can’t show off the headband yet because it’s so flipping awesome and I want her to see it first, but I’ll show you the boot cuffs. This is my favorite boot cuff pattern.IMG_3234And of course I’ll show off the flowers when they get here. I hang them on my purse, but they’re also hair flowers/brooches, and she can make them in any colors your heart desires. You can see some samples on her Etsy page here. If you checked out my shop, you might have noticed that I have one of her flowers on my pink purse.

Now it’s back to the yarn. The puppy is sleeping and the house is silent. It’s the best time to create!

6 thoughts on “Let’s try this Etsy thing again

  1. Thanks for your thoughts on Etsy, as Im thinking of starting a store on Etsy. I loved your pink purse. I’m thinking a black purse with a colorful flower would look nice. Good luck!

  2. This is an interesting post because I have wondered for a while how easy it is to use Etsy. Your items look lovely so I am sure you will get some interest now 🙂

    • Aww, thanks! That’s nice to hear. 🙂 Etsy is very easy to use; I’m just not sure how effective it’ll be for me! The key seems to be finding the right keywords for your title & tags.

  3. I’ve had an Etsy store for a while and have only gotten a handful of sales. The relisting fees are a killer if you don’t manage to sell many items or if you’re selling low-value items.
    I’ve also tried Zibbet for a while and I liked it better while it was free. Got a few sales there as well.

    • Thanks, that’s helpful to know. It’s kind of what I’m expecting. I really think I would do better to focus on craft fairs. I haven’t heard of Zibbet; I’ll look into it.

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