In other news, here I go again with Etsy. You might have noticed that I have a shop over there on my sidebar again. I have to say, I am still not the biggest fan, since it is so crowded in that place, and I'm not a fan of crowds, but compared to the other options, it is the most user friendly, accessible, and most frequented ecommerce site out there as far as I can tell. I gave Big Cartel a try, I like the look of it, much more sophisticated, but they do nothing to help you out. I did have a couple of sales but no thanks to them, they don't help with getting you out there in the public view like Etsy. I also looked into Shopify, because I like the catalog app they have for my ipad and there are some really nice shops in the catalog. But again, you have to do all the getting out there yourself, no one is helping with that like Etsy. I don't like Etsy's way of showing your sales, I really don't think it's anyone's business what your sales history has been, I wish they would give the option to show or not to show that. With that said, I'm going to give it another try. It's easy enough to do in the winter when I have some time, so why not. So after some bead making, I sat at the computer getting to know my Etsy shop again.
I have a few stars left for the season, some of the best I have made, I love these. They are only $24, great for that under $40 Christmas gift and they are in my shop! Have one sent to your mom's house for her to give to you, I'll wrap it up for you, haha!
I read an article the other day that said 43% of retail sales next year are expected to be ecommerce sales. I would much prefer that to the show hell I went through this year, but I want to see my customers once in awhile. I have no idea what the answer is to selling art, I don't even want to sell art. Actually, it just occurred to me, if I call it craft and make items that are more craft like, it might be easier to sell it. Selling my "art" is a painful process some days, but selling craft, that's not so bad. Maybe I will just sell art to those who ask for it..... hmm.... this might keep my sanity in control.
Go check out my "crafts" and tell me what you think!
PS: FREE shipping on the stars right now!