Sometimes talk is cheap. Sometimes you just have to do it. I am tired of hearing myself talk about how I blowing money on Etsy fees . I am not breaking up with Etsy completely, but am thinking it would be nice to have the majority of my jewelry for sale at Big Cartel where there isn't listing fees, and they don't take freakin commission on every damn sale. I will keep Etsy open and I'm thinking it would be good to have my "Favorites" there, pieces that sell well, designs that have been repeated. And save the one of a kind pieces, for Big Cartel. That's my thought.
But for now, I need to start fresh and am sick to death of looking at jewelry that has sat in the shop for months and some have up to 18 hearts, and over 500+ views. Time to clean it out. So I've discounted every item $10 and am offering free domestic shipping until Sunday Sept 12th. On Monday, I will revamp the shop and will reopen it maybe mid week. That's the plan, we'll see how it goes. Til then you can find new items listed at Big Cartel!!
I know, it looks a bit crazy that I just wrote a nice article in Stringing about selling on Etsy, and now it appears that I'm leaving but I'm not leaving! I do think that Etsy is a great place for selling handmade items, be it jewelry, or whatever. I am thankful for where it has brought me today, and will continue selling there, I promise!
Since I am here and I'm being all honest and open about my feelings about Etsy, I have one more thing I'd like to get off my chest. For those of you who have followed me for the past 3-4 years, supported my work- THANK YOU- from the bottom of my beady heart!!
For those of you have started following me for inspiration, creative ideas, design ideas, vendor information, bead sellers and suppliers- THANK YOU! I am glad that you are learning something from me, and the blog- that it keeps you coming back for more.
For those of you who think it's okay to copy my design ideas from the books and magazines you've seen me in, and for those of you who follow me for your next big idea to sell on Etsy... you should know one thing. I don't think it's right.
I really really enjoy making jewelry. I mean, like REALLY love making it. I was joking last night with Kelley about my obsessive compulsive tendencies that force me to believe that I HAVE to show something new every day. That I HAVE to list, every morning, or the sky will fall if I don't. That is how much I love what I'm doing. But this is the important fact to remember.
I make jewelry.
So that I can SELL my jewelry.
So that I can BUY more beads.
So that I can MAKE more jewelry.
That's the basic bottom line.
I'm still trying to sell my wares! I don't create jewelry so that you can get your next big idea. I create jewelry so that I can put smiles on my customers faces when they open the little jewelry box that comes to their mailboxes.
I couldn't be more clear about my intentions.
That's all I have to say on that topic. Thanks for reading this far. I know wordy posts aren't generally in my repetoire. But today, I had to say it.