I am doing it, finally. A foray into the world of cosplay, my way. Wire worked ears, and I am starting with Vulcan ears. Yup, Vulcan. The sketch for the ear is very rough. I am not much of a quick sketch artist, but I had to get my concept on paper before my ADD brain decided to go on to other crafty things. So, if you scroll down, you will see the first style of ear. Why Vulcan? Well…
When you first start on a hobby, you don’t really know where it will take you. I had a friend introduce me to making jewelry, and now I have boxes full beads, wire, and thread. I have seed beads, gemstone beads, Swarovski crystal elements, and jump rings to make any rainy day, or God-forbid sick day, into a crafting spree. I learned a lot since she showed me this craft, and I am going to share some of it with you.
So, by the suggestion of a friend, I am submitting my pieces to auctions on Facebook Groups. This is new to me, and there is always a learning curve, and this is a bug one for me. I am used to setting up a listing, marketing it, and then hoping someone will find it and buy it. Business has been non-existent. I have made moves to Storenvy and back to Etsy, which hasn’t helped, I know. I am just ready to try anything that will get my sales going, and this seems to be something that might just work.
For those of you who are wondering how auctions that are NOT on Ebay work, read on…
Yes, I know. I have written a “click-bait” title. GASP. Sorry, but I felt this needed to be said, and I needed to get your attention. With that out of the way, I can continue with what this blog is about:
Buying Crafting Items and Selling your crafts…
It seems benign and a little everyday to talk about buying things on the internet, but with the influx of Chinese products on the market and new crafters breaking into their field of choice just about on a daily basis, I felt I needed to post this. So, on to the post, shall we?
New Year, goals at the ready, and here I go!
Yep, it’s me in all my bed head glory. Why? I have no shame. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve seen me in my pajamas. It’s social, but I keep it clean. This year is going to be packed with plans, goals and hopefully moving into an better place so I can really get things rolling with my crafts. What’s in store? Well, keep reading, and you will find out!
So, you’ve got your etsy shop. You’ve got your social media, and now you’re trying to keep up with all of it. It’s enough to make even the most stalwart of people go, well, cross-eyed. After all, all you wanted to do is make things and sell them, and now you’re your own marketing consultant, producer of videos, and poster of social media on top of all the other things you were doing.
There are tools, my friend, to make your life a breeze.
We all want to be successful on Etsy. We all want enough sales to make us smile and keep us busy so we can avoid the dreaded “day job”, but there are some things that you need to keep in mind when selling on Etsy to make it a smooth and rewarding experience.
Try not to carry just one-off items…
I made this mistake, and now I am scrambling to fix it. These are one time items that you can reproduce, but chose not to do so. Upcycling items and vintage items are obvious exceptions to this because, well, you can’t make them again. If something you can reproduce sells in your shop, keep it in stock. If you don’t have it on hand, you can change the shipping time to reflect that it is a made-to-order item.
Your shop is up and running, and you want to get the word out there. Great! How do you do that? By being social. Where do you start? Well, most people start with Facebook, even though they keep changing their algorithm to make the little guy have pay to get our names out there. It’s frustrating. I know, but it is doable.
…or why aren’t I making any sales through Etsy?
You opened a shop. You’ve put up listings, and you’ve even got a Facebook page. You’ve religiously posted your wares on your page, and now you wait while you schmooze on Facebook, and you wait, and you wait some more. If you have an iPhone or Android phone, you’ve probably downloaded the app. You’ve heard about the wonderful “cha-ching” but you have yet to hear it. It’s been a bit, like a couple of months, and you’re getting discouraged.
Don’t fear, my friend. There are a few things you need to know to calm your anxiety and keep you from feeling downtrodden.