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    Hi - just been exploring etsy for the first time. Hee hee! Swirly Arts - thank you - you made me aware of this, even though you probably don't know it!
    (btw, love your swirly stuff )

    Well....just been reading through all the info and do's and don't's and what not, and just wondering whether to take the plunge or not?

    It looks great to me, but how has everybody else found it?

    thanks
    diane xx
    Diane
    www.artsandcraftsinthepeak.co.uk

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    Everyone is really friendly there, its cheap to list but not a huge sales success.

    The forums are worth a visit and id say give it a try , ive got two shops there mirroring my websites.
    http://www.LunarraStar.com & http://Lunarrastar.etsy.com
    http://www.DarkEleganceDesigns.com & http://DarkEleganceDesigns.etsy.com

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    • #3
      I've just joined too. I'm going to put some of my phone/bag charms on there in a few weeks (I'm going away next week so not a good idea to start up now!). It's good value at 10p (20 cents) listing fee for 3 months I suppose.

      Is Etsy the best place to sell handmade things do you think?


      Laura Lou xxx
      Laura Lou xxx

      My Beaded Charms Shop - new 3d beaded charms added regularly!

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      • #4
        I haven't had a massive number of Etsy sales but the ones I have had have been substantial and usually to the States/Canada. I've had orders for several photo frames to one buyer, a large personalised house sign, decorative plates... the sort of thing that I usually show at craft fairs to attract attention but don't always sell on the day due to the price tags. As mentioned above, it is cheap to list, the listings last a lot longer than on the likes of eBay, there is a good community to get involved in if you like and you can really push your work if you want to. It's also an easy way to set up an online 'shop' that you can refer people to with a personalised URL... very handy if you want to add it to business cards, etc.
        That's my opinion anyway! Hope someone found it useful.

        Si.
        Wood Tattoos
        Decorative Pyrography for all Occasions - Author of "Woodburning with Style" (2010) and "Learn to Burn" (2013)
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        • #5
          [quote That's my opinion anyway! Hope someone found it useful.

          Si.[/quote]

          Thanks for the feedback so far - and yep all useful opinions! Seems to have a positive rating so far... think i might give it a go!

          diane
          Diane
          www.artsandcraftsinthepeak.co.uk

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DianeKing View Post

            Thanks for the feedback so far - and yep all useful opinions! Seems to have a positive rating so far... think i might give it a go!

            diane
            Go for it, there's nothing to lose really! It's not as if there are any Tugglesque subscription fees.

            Si.
            Wood Tattoos
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            • #7
              I'm happy with Etsy, sold to the States, Australia and the Uk and picked up 3 or 4 commissions.

              Chris.

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              • #8
                I love their treasury feature, have you explored that yet? Its addictive.
                http://www.LunarraStar.com & http://Lunarrastar.etsy.com
                http://www.DarkEleganceDesigns.com & http://DarkEleganceDesigns.etsy.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DianeKing View Post
                  Hi - just been exploring etsy for the first time. Hee hee! Swirly Arts - thank you - you made me aware of this, even though you probably don't know it!
                  (btw, love your swirly stuff )
                  Did I??? I'm confused now! I love Etsy and that's where I put most of my items for sale although I do have a Dawanda shop too but that gets neglected. If you need any specific help then just shout as i might know the answer!
                  Visit my Etsy store http://swirlyarts.etsy.com
                  My daily thoughts! http://swirlyarts.blogspot.com
                  My blog of cute stuff http://cuteable.com


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                  • #10
                    I like Etsy - some success selling and it seems the more you sell the more you will sell, if that makes sense. Access to huge world market, sellers all buy handmade stuff, good UK community (UK team) and cheap to list. Worth a little gamble!
                    www.oldbagcrafts.com
                    Me on etsy: www.oldbagcrafts.etsy.com
                    Me on ebay: www.stores.ebay.co.uk/old-bag-crafts
                    My blog: www.oldbagcrafts.blogspot.com

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                    • #11
                      I've had a few sales on Etsy. Nothing big but have just listed a few more things following the demise of Tuggle. Unfortuantely I hadn't saved the photos I used for Tuggle so am having to go through the whole process again!
                      LC's Beads
                      http://www.freewebs.com/lcsbeads
                      http://www.lcsbeads.folksy.com
                      http://www.lcsbeads.misi.co.uk
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by swirlyarts View Post
                        Did I??? I'm confused now! I love Etsy and that's where I put most of my items for sale although I do have a Dawanda shop too but that gets neglected. If you need any specific help then just shout as i might know the answer!
                        Yep you did - just cos your name and stuff stood out to me on this forum, and I've heard you talk about Etsy, and seen the etsy link. Sooo...when I thought I'd look it up, I looked up your shop to see an example. Hopefully unconfused you!

                        Well, it all sounds well worth the gamble. Anyone know anything of art sales on Etsy? Noticed lots of various artworks on there, so a good venue for paintings too?

                        thanks everybody!
                        dianexx
                        Diane
                        www.artsandcraftsinthepeak.co.uk

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                        • #13
                          I think the key to Etsy is the keywording so that stuff comes up more often in searches (which then leads to features on the treasury, and then the front page...). I unfortunately neglacted this a bit with my first few listings, but will redo them again when it comes to relisting. You can relist at any time, making them come up closer to the top of searches (done in date order) and this also puts them on the main page for a few seconds too, so it might be worth considering relisting them occasionally too for this if things are a bit slow. There seems to be a lot of people who now work full time Etsy (it's like those eBay sellers that are now full time), so it must work for some people. Unfortunately the exchange rate isn't in our favour at the moment, but think it's definitely worth a shot!

                          Sorry, don't know much about art selling, but if you have a browse at other people's shops and numbers of sales, etc you should hopefully get a feel for it!
                          Help me out by entering my raffle for a custom art quilt:http://pennydog.wordpress.com/help-me

                          Patchwork patterns shop on Etsy: http://pennydogpatterns.etsy.com
                          Illustrations and fabricy gifts on Etsy: http://pennydogillustration.etsy.com

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                          • #14
                            etsy is a great place for selling art
                            my portfolio: gorjuss
                            my shop: gorjuss.etsy.com

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                            • #15
                              i love this forum

                              just looked at your etsy shop gorjuss and can see you've made a lot of sales! your stuff truly is gorgeous

                              thanks for the feedback and all points are in mind as I'm setting up my shop - thank u x
                              diane
                              Diane
                              www.artsandcraftsinthepeak.co.uk

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