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sweetface
Dec 1, 2003

You'd be surprised what I laugh at.

It's so cool to see other Goons on Etsy! I had to heart all of your stores!

I started selling on ETSY in early December of last year and it has been great! SOOO much better than eBay. It's easier to use as a seller, and much cheaper in terms of fees. Still, you have to learn how to play the game. There is a lot of competition as it's growing in popularity by leaps and bounds.

My niche is maternity t-shirts, new dad shirts, stuff for grandparents, etc:

http://jellybeanapparel.etsy.com

For all you buyers out there, definitely check Etsy out. I have gotten some awesome deals! I bought my mom a hand-made, convertible wool (not knit, but you could wear it different ways) hat for $35 after Christmas. It was from a NY hat maker and very chic! There are some higher prices, sure, but some stuff that is way cheap, you almost feel guilty.

Feel free to ask questions. I do this full time, but just on Etsy. I've learned A LOT along the way.

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psychicattack
Mar 22, 2003

Ask me why I don't punctuate the last sentence of my post

altazakin posted:

My store's being restocked right now, I got featured on Etsy's main page and it WIPED me out. I'm making hundreds of bars this weekend.

Thanks again for your stuff; my friends LOVED IT!

I am cheating on you with another soap maker, though. I like the stuff from these guys, too. They must think I'm the dirtiest, smelliest pig. I'm totally addicted to buying yummy soaps and melty wax things that make your house smell good.

I like this chick's jewelry , too

I spend way too much money at Etsy. If you guys keep posting your links, I'll end up buying something!

Nrapture
Feb 8, 2007


So I finally added a few (two!) items to start my Etsy shop: http://nrapture.etsy.com

I'm specializing in cross stitch that is in no way cutesy kittens, rainbows or crosses yet doesn't require 100 different colors to complete. I haven't seen anyone else with quite the same idea so I'm hoping there is some interest.

altazakin
Aug 2, 2004

So you're not that special. Welcome to the human race!

Whispering Machines posted:

Does anyone know of any etsy shops that carry perfume oils? I like exotic/dark/unusual stuff, like one might find at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.

Searching for "egcg" will give you top-of-the-line bath and body sellers. It's the Etsy Green and Clean guild -- we focus on proper sanitation, disclosure of ingredients, labeling and testing. It might be a nice starting point for your search!

Whispering Machines
Dec 27, 2005

Monsters? They look like monsters to you?

Sweet, thank you

Debbie Metallica
Jun 7, 2001



psychicattack posted:


I am cheating on you with another soap maker, though. I like the stuff from these guys, too. They must think I'm the dirtiest, smelliest pig. I'm totally addicted to buying yummy soaps and melty wax things that make your house smell good.

That stuff looks AWESOME but I'd feel like I was cheating on villainess soaps if I bought from that shop. But...oh man... so tempting. The Villainess lady must think I'm disgusting too because I bought a TON of stuff from them last month. I have no idea when I'll burn through it all but that's hardly the point.

Nrapture
Feb 8, 2007


tony danzas ho posted:

Question for anyone that makes art things and sells them on this site, specifically things like paintings: Is it worth it? Do you actually turn a profit and feel like the time you put into setting up the shop/shipping things out/etc is made up for by the money you make?

Or is it more of a "I love my craft and I do it because it brings me pleasure" type of deal

I know it's been a while this was posted, but I've just been figuring this out myself. Yes, some people make money. However, those people generally treat it as a business that they spend quite a bit of time promoting. Posting in etsy's forums, maintaining a blog, developing a myspace, facebook and flickr page. Some run their own website and handle all sales through etsy. In other words, success seems to take a bit of time up.

Is it worth it? Well, it would probably depend on the person. If you want to sell artwork for a living or to supplement your income, etsy could help and the promotion you do would help sales through any location including a gallery. If you just enjoy painting and mainly give away your works to family/friends without any hope of making it a career, then the time needed to promote may be too much committment for you.

Rathina
Jan 8, 2001


Well I love crafts, but never do them as I can never figure out what to do with all the things I make. So I've gone ahead and opened up my own Etsy shop, hopefully it works out, then I can actually start doing crafts again haha.

http://rathina.etsy.com

Dominoes
Sep 20, 2007



This is my one-item, for now, shop. I just listed the hair goo I've been working on for a while. I can say without a doubt that ETSY is worlds more professional-looking than eBay. The vast majority of ebay sellers are aesthetically retarded.

Dominoes fucked around with this message at 03:46 on Mar 17, 2008

Mrs. Orgasmo
Jun 6, 2005

Full of SCRAP!

This is my etsy shop!
http://promosinasnap.etsy.com

Alfalfa
Apr 24, 2003

Superman Don't Need No Seat Belt

Buy My Wife's Cookies

Carlton Banks Teller
Nov 17, 2004




Goddamn, Alfalfa, that's cookie porn right there.

Linear Ouroboros
Mar 29, 2007
Sweet loving Ginger!

Very very early stages. Only just starting. Working on getting some steampunk stuff up first. Don't have a digital camera, so every time I want to get a pic I have to beg one off of a friend/relative/random passerby.
But other than that.
Here's my etsy.
https://www.waywarddreams.etsy.com

Carrot Cake
Jun 25, 2005

but what IS science?

Come look upon my creations and delight!
http://hbart.etsy.com

Andraste
Oct 22, 2005


I'm a potter and I've just started an Etsy page. I mostly do functional pieces like cups, bowls, vases, etc.

But I also do some figurines, mostly sheep right now. I don't have any listed on my Etsy because I'm currently putting together a bunch of my sheep to take to an art show.


EstherGeraghty.etsy.com


I'm hoping I can generate a few sales, I'm not really sure how much revenue an Etsy can generate, but I'd love to eventually be able to sell enough pieces to buy my own wheel and in the future maybe even a kiln.

barraGOUDA
Apr 19, 2006

FISH + CHEESE = YAY

Holy cow you guys have some awesome etsy shops and as soon as I have money again I am going to spend all of it there post haste.

I don't have an etsy shop myself, though I've toyed with the idea. I do like Sweet Spice's shop far too much for my own good. I got a Shea Stick that smells like Rum Raisin from the Sampler and I got hooked. The Shea Sticks and Sugar Scrubs are the best.

Rathina
Jan 8, 2001


Yah, I am totally enjoying Etsy, I've gotten 6 sales so far since signing up ( http://rathina.etsy.com )It does take a lot of work though to promote yourself though I am starting to realize. And its also addicting, I've spent so much time on Etsy in the past 3 weeks I've totally neglected all my other usual websites like myspace or celebrity gossip pages haha

Nrapture
Feb 8, 2007


Rathina, I know what you mean. I've even been neglecting SA to some extent. Oooo, owl light switch plate. Grandma is all about owls.

Kahlua
Jun 16, 2001

As long as I have a hole in my butt, you will never deep fry new potatoes again.

Oh man an etsy thread how did I miss this?

This is my main shop in which I sell nerdy and cute 1" buttons -- and some other stuff too.

And this is my other shop for buttons that kind of clash with cute things -- politics, propaganda, etc.

And here are some shops I love!

Australian jewelery; I bought earrings for my mom's christmas gift and she loves them.

Kanzashi, Japanese silk hand ornaments. The girl even hand-dyes them herself. They're expensive but so pretty.

Alberto's World, plushies from Germany. I want Joaquin the deer SO bad.

I'm so glad to be able to check out goon etsy shops.

Since I started this new job a week ago, I haven't been able to devote as much time to my shop and I can really tell from the lack of steady orders. Argh!

Donald Sutherland
Jan 17, 2008


I discovered Etsy this morning thanks to this thread, and just set up my own shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5787755

I've been browsing the ones that have been posted and I'm greatly enjoying looking at other goons' creations. This is an amazing site.

pixel8ed
May 31, 2004
A three-legged woman is better than a headless man.

Donald Sutherland posted:

I discovered Etsy this morning thanks to this thread, and just set up my own shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5787755

I've been browsing the ones that have been posted and I'm greatly enjoying looking at other goons' creations. This is an amazing site.

Your bowls are amazing! Good luck on Etsy!

Kalista
Oct 18, 2001


I bought a new handbag on Etsy last week. Normally I'm a little hesitant to buy handmade cloth bags, but this one caught my eye and it's actually very well made, and precisely what I was hoping it would be.

Seller is jpleasant, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5142715 and here's my new bag:



Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's my new favorite

Calienta
Apr 4, 2008


ooo Kalista - très chic.

I'm a bit of a nerd in that I spend all my money on my dogs. My favourite sellers so far are all for collars!

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5179515
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5365177


Sigh. I'm so in debt but I want another collar. I want!

Pile of Kittens
Apr 23, 2005

Why does everything STILL smell like pussy?



I make stupid frilly girl things that I'll never want to wear. I have like two things up right now, though:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=2626



edited for tables oh god

Mrs. Orgasmo
Jun 6, 2005

Full of SCRAP!

Kibbles posted:

Yeah, just got my order from her. (OMG YUMMY STUFF) I LOVE ETSY, I'm going to keep an eye on this thread, shop some more next week, probably.

I now browse it a lot and pick stuff up because most shop owners have great prices on top of cool stuff. I'd rather have that go straight to the person. Seeing some good stuff in the thread, my poor credit card.

I did get a few friends (some goons) laugh at me for buying soap "from Somethingawful".

I just got my order from Savor and her stuff is amazing! Best smelling soap I have ever owned. Had to order more! I have become such a soap whore!

altazakin
Aug 2, 2004

So you're not that special. Welcome to the human race!

Thank you Kibbles and Mrs Orgasmo !

I gotta pimp myself out for a second, I restocked and listed a couple new items today! I have some more that will be going up tomorrow, once I get the pics taken.

Has anyone thought of starting up an Etsy street team/guild for SA? Think it would help us get exposure?

http://savor.etsy.com





Nrapture
Feb 8, 2007


Mmmm... those look so delicious.

I'm not entirely sure what Etsy street teams do (other than work to promote the group), but I'd be interested in learning more if there was an SA one. http://nrapture.etsy.com I sell cross stitch patterns for non-traditional images like:

and

and

Mrs. Orgasmo
Jun 6, 2005

Full of SCRAP!

I had to pick up those yummy soaps lol

Here is the FAQ on the street teams!

Resources for Etsy Teams
Etsy Teams Frequently Asked Questions (with answers!)
What is an Etsy Team?
An Etsy Team is a group of sellers who have decided to work together to achieve a set of goals. These goals can be to promote themselves, their craft, their city or their particular interest on Etsy. Or it can be a goal of getting to know and work with other Etsy sellers, or general networking and skill sharing. You can find a list of all the existing Etsy Teams here!

Why should I join an Etsy Team?
If you'd like to participate more actively in the community, find other like-minded Etsy sellers, share networking and promotional opportunities or have your shop become more visible on the site, joining an Etsy Team is a great idea.

How many Teams can I join?
You can join as many Teams as you have time to actively participate in. Typically, we recommend people only join location-based teams for the area where they live.

Can Etsy Teams charge dues?
Yes, a Team can elect to charge dues. These dues might typically cover the cost of group advertising (in print or on the web), the cost of an email list service, promotional costs for a particular event, web hosting fees, etc. It is up to each Team whether or not they'd like to charge dues and how said dues are collected or spent.

Can my Team open a shop?
Yes, here is a guide to group / Team shops on Etsy.

How do I become a Team leader?
You can email Teams@etsy.com about becoming a Team leader. Teams that have a small group or pair of leaders are typically more organized than Teams with a single leader, as running a successful Team can be a lot of work.

What does a Team leader do?
A Team leader keeps a contact list of all members on the Team, initiates and organizes Team events, is a member of the Etsy Team leaders google group (you receive an invitation to this group when an email is received about the Team at Teams@etsy.com), receives occasional Team Leader update emails from the Teams Coordinator (sarawearsskirts), plans Team meetings, moderates any private Team discussion forums (ie, yahoo groups, google groups, flickr, etc), encourages Team participation, sends updates once a week (or less, if need be) for the Team profile page to Teams@etsy.com. Most importantly, a good Team leader delegates many of these tasks to members of the Team to help run the group smoothly.

What kind of events can my Team plan?
Anything you can imagine! Events that Teams plan should work toward achieving the Team's broader goals - networking, shop promotion, community building, etc. Great events for Teams have been scavenger hunts, trunk shows in the Virtual labs, Team Challenges and Contests, Team-wide sales, blogging events, etc.

What Team should I join?
You can join a Team based on your skill or craft (ie, you can join a knitting or fiber team if you are a knitter, a jewelry team if you are a jeweler, etc), a Team based on personal interest (ie, the Beagle Team if you live with or love Beagles) or a Team based on your physical location (ie, if you live in South Central PA, join the South Central PA. If there isn't a Team where you live, consider starting one, even if you only have a small handful of members at present time - maybe one of your Team goals would be to recruit more neighbors to join Etsy!)

How do Global Teams work?
Over the internet, of course! Global Teams are rather amazing in that they're an opportunity to get to know artists around the world that you have something in common with (ie, your love of handmade) who you might never have met otherwise. You can hold meetings online in the Virtual labs or private chat rooms, participate in forums to discuss Team business, plan virtual events like on-Etsy scavenger hunts or photo contests, etc. The great thing about Global teams is that everyone has different contacts - you can market a global team around your town in person in coffee shops, etc., and potentially even reach a larger market than a local Team can, since everyone has a physical location.

What do location based Teams do?
They introduce the value of handmade to their community! A local team can hold in-person shows at local boutiques, galleries, parks, etc. They can also put a face with a name (or avatar) and meet in person to hold promo swaps, skill shares, studio tours, etc. They can flyer locally in neighborhoods, coffee shops, art stores. They can also hold craft-a-thons to attract media attention and send press releases to local press for their activities that are news-worthy.

I sent an email to Teams@etsy.com and haven't heard back yet. What should I do?
Check your sent mail to be sure you sent the email to the right address - Teams@etsy.com - teams with an s! If you sent it to the right address, you should receive an auto-response email (check your spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox). Emails to Teams@etsy.com are addressed in the order they're received. We get a high volume of emails to this address, which is great! We love that teams are so active. However, it means you may not hear back for up to a week. Please don't repeatedly email about the same thing, or send convo's to Teams admin. If you got the address right and received the auto-email, rest assured we'll get to your email as soon as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience! This process will be improved soon, but in the meanwhile, we're working as hard as we can.

How can I get an article about my Team into the Storque?
Read this handy guide on submitting Team pitches to the Storque!

I have an idea for Teams. Who can I tell?
Send any ideas to Teams@etsy.com!

How can I start an Etsy Team?
You may want to check the list - to make sure there isn't already a fabulous Team already running with the same goals as your Team. If you'd still like to start one, visit http://team.etsy.com/startateam.html and follow the instructions on the template carefully, especially the part about listing the members' usernames.

What can we post on our Team Profile?
You can post links to places your Team meets up, like Flickr groups, Google groups, your Team's blog, etc. These are important for helping your Team communicate and also good places for people to learn more about your Team. We reserve the right to only post relevant links - we won't post links to eBay pages, other selling sites or an individual's blog, for example, as these aren't really what Etsy Teams are all about.

Who should I email if I have questions about Etsy Teams?
Email Teams@etsy.com!

Dominoes
Sep 20, 2007



We should absolutely start a team: We really have nothing to lose, and it would help promote our shops by exposing buyers of one of us to the others. I don't really have the time to run one, but if someone does, go ahead and register us.

Mrs. Orgasmo
Jun 6, 2005

Full of SCRAP!

Dominoes posted:

We should absolutely start a team: We really have nothing to lose, and it would help promote our shops by exposing buyers of one of us to the others. I don't really have the time to run one, but if someone does, go ahead and register us.

Savor and I were thinking about being the leaders. We just want to see if there would be enough interest before investing time in it.

altazakin
Aug 2, 2004

So you're not that special. Welcome to the human race!

I'm not 100% sure I have the time to be a leader. I guess it all depends on what we want out of the team, how active we want to be?

Running Savor takes almost 40 hrs a week and I have a full time job on top...I think I'll pass out if I take on too much more. If anyone does want the leadership (Mrs Orgasmo!!) it's allll yours

Mrs. Orgasmo
Jun 6, 2005

Full of SCRAP!

altazakin posted:

I'm not 100% sure I have the time to be a leader. I guess it all depends on what we want out of the team, how active we want to be?

Running Savor takes almost 40 hrs a week and I have a full time job on top...I think I'll pass out if I take on too much more. If anyone does want the leadership (Mrs Orgasmo!!) it's allll yours

You sell more then I do, but I also have a full time 40 hr job plus my etsy shop! I don't mind being a leader, but I will need some help So if anyone else is interested in helping.

I will get things stated, fill out the application.

So what should we name it? SAGOONS TEAM? GOON SQUAD? ETSY GOONS?

Mrs. Orgasmo fucked around with this message at 14:34 on May 13, 2008

altazakin
Aug 2, 2004

So you're not that special. Welcome to the human race!

I know that the new rules require us to use the word team -- etsy has said that they won't mediate disputes (like other people stealing our tag) unless we have the word team.

Tethyis
Dec 13, 2006

The happiest fish..


I prefer etsy to ebay also. My shop is https://www.tethyis.etsy.com.

Mrs. Orgasmo
Jun 6, 2005

Full of SCRAP!

altazakin posted:

I know that the new rules require us to use the word team -- etsy has said that they won't mediate disputes (like other people stealing our tag) unless we have the word team.

Do you mean in our tags. Like can we have etsy goon squad as our team name and then our tags be etsygoonsquadteam.

Or does team have to be part of the actually team name.

Dominoes
Sep 20, 2007



Mrs. Orgasmo posted:

You sell more then I do, but I also have a full time 40 hr job plus my etsy shop! I don't mind being a leader, but I will need some help So if anyone else is interested in helping.

I'm willing to help out. Sign us up.

Mrs. Orgasmo
Jun 6, 2005

Full of SCRAP!

Dominoes posted:

I'm willing to help out. Sign us up.

Great thank you Dominos. I have a thread in SA Mart right now trying to get our logo going.

What is your etsy username? We can chat on convos.

Dominoes
Sep 20, 2007



Equilibrium.

Frida Call Me
Sep 28, 2001

Boy, you gotta carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time


Hi, I'm a newb to selling online.
http://dissociatedesign.etsy.com

I'm online all the time, and am willing to help. I don't know what skills I have that will be of use, but I've been a scribe for my local meeting group for about three years now.

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Mrs. Orgasmo
Jun 6, 2005

Full of SCRAP!

Matrim posted:

Hi, I'm a newb to selling online.
http://dissociatedesign.etsy.com

I'm online all the time, and am willing to help. I don't know what skills I have that will be of use, but I've been a scribe for my local meeting group for about three years now.

Great! Thank you!

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