Thursday, February 24, 2011

Selling on Etsy

For years I have been creating jewelery off and on, as a creative outlet. I love to make pretty things, and make things pretty! Over a year ago I created an Etsy shop, with every intention of adding my handmade goodies, upcycled lovelies, and vintage thing-a-ma-jigs. Somehow the whole thing got put on the back burner, but I kept creating whenever I had the urge.

Last month I brought over some jewelery to local photographer Jackie for a photo shoot. I had worked with her previously doing hair, makeup, creative direction, helping hand etc. I had a lot of fun at this shoot. I had full creative reign, styling, makeup, hair, you name it. A friend of Jackie's modeled the jewelery and did a lovely job.


Owl In A Clockwork Tree


Clockwork Garden


Her Secret


Sea Flowers


Sea Horse


Spring Bloom


Secret Garden


I've been slowly getting things together, from packaging for when I ship items, little cards, the promo shots, and of course the jewelery (which I like to think of as wearable art :D), but I've still not yet taken the leap? What is wrong with me?

I am really excited to finally get things going, and have so many more things in mind to create in future. (I'm dying to buy more bits and bobbles for the jewelery, as well as eventually gussy up plugs and such for gauged ears.)

I love everything I've created, but I guess I've set up my own mental road block. ("I don't know how much I should charge... I don't want people to think I charge too much, but I don't want to undersell myself... What if no one likes them? What if I miss them... What if something breaks, and then someone rages about it? I still need to figure out how much shipping will cost... blah blah") So, all of that being said... I would love to get some opinions/feedback! How much would you be willing to pay? What is fair? Etc.

For all you business savvy ladies, tell me about your business' beginning. I would love to hear it! ♥


On a sidenote: I Trade Handmade, and would love to make a trade with you! (I've not yet been added to the page, but have been assured I will be soon!) I would be more than happy to trade illustrations or jewelery with anyone else who is participating! Email me to set something up: deerelora@hotmail.com



9 comments:

Oddity:86 said...

They are all so beautiful, you do lovely work! Here are some links for pricing and shipping:

Shipping:
http://www.gotogreatpanes.com/blog/shipping/

Pricing:
http://www.everythingetsy.com/2010/09/price-it-right-etsy-business/#comments

I hope these help and also check the Etsy forums, there are lots of helpful tips. I can't wait to see your Etsy shop! :)

Elora said...

@ Odd - Thanks! It means alot :D

Ahh! Thank you so much for the links as well. They will be helpful!

I can't wait either! hehe

The Cookie Button said...

Your photos and crafts are beautiful.
You seem like a very talented lady ^_^
I have a Folksy shop which does okay, I don't sell too much on their at the moment but it depends on the season.
However, I also sell in a local craft shop which does much better :)

with a chance of said...

You have a lot of the same questions I have! I have gotten so close so many times. I've taken the photos, written the discriptions and everything and then I pu the breaks on.

You're jewelry is lovely! It would do VERY well on Etsy in my opinion. Take the leap of faith! I hope to join you shortly ^_^

Erin D said...

Take the leap!!! These are so lovely! The sea horse necklace is awesome <3 I'd love to own one :)

Erin D said...

PS...I took one of your buttons. I heart your blog!

Elora said...

@ Button - Thank you very much :D I've actually thought about trying to sell locally as well. Like maybe doing craft shows and such. I bet it would be a lot of fun!

@ with a chance of - I'm glad to know that there is someone else just as ready set wait as I am hehe I really appreciate the encouragement, and I think you should definitely go for it too! I've seen lots of pretty things that you've created on your blog, and I'm sure they would do well on Etsy too! :D

@ Erin - Yay! Thank you doll :D You're very sweet. (I've added your button to my list as well! I love yours too! hehe

Dita Maulani said...

Oh my this is amazing. I love your photo shots. I don't know why but I wasn't too confident when my friend took my picture x(

Great make up!

Dita

Elora said...

@ Dita - Thanks so much :D Shooting with friends is probably one of the best ways to do it. It's safe and fun! And thanks again! hehe

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