Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I Just Hit 25 Sales!

I just had my 25th sale in my Etsy store and I can't even tell you how excited I am!

Being able to CREATE art and artistic jewelry and have people WANT them and buy them so that I can turn the money around into different materials to create MORE is so freakin fantastic. I feel fulfilled and complete for the first time in my life and hell, it's only taken 30-some odd years to get here. I am finally doing something I love and thank you to my friends (and family) here who have helped me make that possible. You guys rock.

Edited to add this. I was asked on the etsy forums for tips and then again here by Rocky, so I am copying and pasting what I wrote there. I don't have many tips, to be honest. I still consider myself a very NEW seller, I just got lucky with a couple repeat, multiple buyers! But here is what I wrote on the etsy forums and I hope it can help someone!

This is all a huge learning experience for me. The best thing you can do is to market YOURSELF. Get out there in any way you can and you don't have to spend a lot of money to do it, either. 

Make a fan page on facebook. Make all your friends and family fan you and the word will slowly leak out from there. Offer exclusive discounts to facebook fans. I've gotten the most sales from my fan page.

Learn how to use twitter. I have made a ton of friends there, gotten lots of support, and tons of views and interest in my shop.

Blog. And then make the effort to read and comment on other people's blogs.

Wear your items when you go out and pass out business cards if people like what you're wearing.

Make your shop part of you and make yourself part of your shop.

Networking is not hard but it is time-consuming. It is also free and that makes it the best part.


DeanDesigns said...

Congrats!!! I hope you have many more sales!! I love your jewelry and your artwork!! You are very talented and a wonderful friend!!!!

Rocky O said...

: *)

Well said! It's so great to hear that your creations is bringing you such simple joys (such as, creating MORE!)

I can't wait til I get to your level! :D Do you have any tips for people starting out?

waterwaif said...

I edited the post, Rocky, to include the "tips" I put on the etsy forums.

And thank you, to both of you for your support!

StunningAnnaK said...

Thanks for the tips!

Congrats on sale 25!

Also, thanks for following me!
Following you as well!

hermionerose said...

Well done on your sales!
I'm just setting up an etsy account so very new to it all! Your tips will be very helpful, thank you.
I'm thoroughly enjoying updating my blog regularly too!

Keep up the great work!

waterwaif said...

Thanks, you guys!
And best of luck to you, hermione, with your new etsy account!

Gigi's Consignment Closet said...

Congrats!! You do some beautiful work and deserve much green. :)

richelle jean said...

congrats!!!! love your work. I need to get on top of my work and start my etsy ASAP! this is encouraging! thanks!