What is an Etsy Shop?
Etsy is an online global market place where creative people come to sell and buy handmade or vintage items. It is also a social network made up of more than a million sellers and thirty million buyers. Since it is a social network, in order to have a successful Etsy Shop, it’s important to take an active part in the community, something I’m still learning about.
If you want to take a peek at my shop, you can find me at: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LavenderbyLenie
How this all came about is rather interesting. It wasn’t so much that this shop was planned as that I was nudged into it. It all started back when I did a post on “Bring Back the Pollinators”. http://frugalforeveryone.ca/bring-back-the-pollinators/ At that time I decided to increase my organic lavender garden by 120 plants to attract more bees and butterflies.
Of course that many additional lavender plants would give me a humongous amount of lavender to play with. Making up lavender products seemed the obvious solution, but then what? That’s an awful lot of gifts, so……….why not sell them.
Etsy Shop – A perfect match.
Planning products for sale naturally requires a sales outlet. eBay was the first consideration, especially since we already had an excellent reputation there with 100% positive feedback. That was worth a lot, but eBay fees have been creeping up and are now rather on the high side. Then Meredith came along to provide the answer and this step fell into place with no effort on my part.
Meredith, a super creative member of my blogging group, had recently set up her own artsy shop on Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ThePaletteMuse and wrote about it in a post on her blog.
That sounded interesting and worth looking into as a possible outlet for lavender products. As it turned out, it was a perfect match.
More learning required:
At this point I had the raw material, ideas for products and a possible sales outlet, but more was needed. Since the customers can only view photos of the products, it was important to make those appealing. This was definitely one of my weak points and something I had been working on and learning about but it was slow going. Once again things worked in my favour.
At my next visit to the Library, staff greeted me with information about free computer training they were offering they knew would be of interest to me. They know me well.
For some time learning Paint had been on my todo list and here was the perfect opportunity. Of course I signed up. The really good part, once Paint had been conquered, was that it became easy to make up the labels and envelopes for the different lavender products, as you can see from the photo to the left.
The Etsy Shop – Almost there:
Moving right along on to the next step…learning about Etsy. Things again worked according to plan – if there had been a plan, that is. It turned out that the gal teaching the computer tutorials was a bit of an Etsy expert. She knew all about it and ran me through the whole process, from setting up the shop to listing items.
And that’s how I simply coasted along to become an Etsy Shop owner.
Want to set up your own Etsy Shop?
I was extremely fortunate in getting the right information and help in the right order and at the right time. I would wish the same for others wanting to set up an Etsy Shop, but chances are it probably won’t be quite as cut and dried. However, if you are interested you can first go to https://www.etsy.com/ and check out the site. After that, you may find the following resources listed below helpful.
My Etsy Shop is still at the beginning stage with much yet to learn, but so far so good. A few items have sold and more are being produced. Mostly it’s fun – making a few extra dollars feels pretty good too.
Talk to you again next week,