Well, 2010 has been a pretty good year, I suppose. I turned 34, found some grey hairs, made plenty of pots, and accomplished some good goals. The latest goal of mine was to enter the world of ETSY. I felt a little behind as I approached mid-December. I unloaded last friday, shot 200 images on saturday and sunday, and listed 51 pots on ETSY on sunday (well, monday until 2:30am). Listing that many items at one time is a little insane, and I do not recommend it. However, when I set out to do something, I always want to knock it out of the park. Well, I wouldn't say I've hit a homerun, but I can say that my initial response to ETSY has been good. As of today, I've had 10 ETSY sales and "deactivated" a few items that I sold locally through ETSY. Let me just tell you that "It is a ton of work to make this work well." From taking pictures, to photoshopping, to listing, and relisting......it's a lot of work. I've been asked, "is it worth it?" I say "yes." First of all, it's gonna be another bad winter, and I can't rely on walk-in traffic at my shop. Secondly, I'm reaching people from across the country that I may not have reached before. Thirdly, full retail. When you're good at marketing, like I think I am, why not try to reach your customers directly? Fourth-ly? A new social media community with a common goal of selling handmade work can teach us a new skill.
I know that the mix of quality on ETSY turns some potential sellers off. I say, direct people to your shop and use it as a tool. I still have a lot to learn, but I'm going to give it a shot and hope for the best. Good luck! Oh, and visit the shop ;)