Blogger was down yesterday when I tried to upload my pic of the day, and today I can write, but it's not letting me upload a picture... So, text only it is. (I'll try to load a pic later today - probably just too many people blogging away right now!)
I have been on cloud nine the last few days - everything's coming up Etsy! :) Now that I have signed on, I can't believe it took me so long. I had two sales in the first three days of being there... no site can compare to that. I feel so much better about sharing my work there, and I'm excited about the range of items I can sell/show. I'm thinking about greeting card packages, bookmarks, zines, handpainted furniture, and decorative sculptures. There's just not enough time in the day for all the things I want to get my hands into! I have got to focus on painting, and painting up a storm, for the upcoming open studios show, and other shows in the near future, but in the long run, I think Etsy is going to be a perfect place to share the range of mediums I enjoy working with.
I'm making a bold step changing selling venues right before the height of the Holiday season, but I feel like it's the right choice to make, even right now. I was thinking I'd take my time to close my eBay store, but after working on eBay for hours last night, I'm almost finished going through recent works I'm sending to Etsy, and older works I'm discounting on eBay as a moving promo. I'll probably only give it a few more weeks (as opposed to months) before I close shop there. I'm thinking I'll continue with one eBay auction a week, but as I keep repeating, I'll be focusing on Etsy for 99% of my online sales in the future.
The forums on Etsy show what a fabulous community of creators are on the site - everyone is so helpful and supportive, there is very little ego or negetivity, and there seems to be a universal feeling of satisfaction with the site. I would recommend Etsy to any creative person to explore. It's the smallest of investments (10 cents a listing) - it's really worth a shot!