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A few Etsy questions

I am a stay at home mom, and I'd like to start making things to sell on Etsy, but I don't know what kinds of things are overdone, boring, or just plain non-sellable. I have a sewing machine, and I guess my craft "expertise" is in sewing (hand and machine). I cannot knit, and I have tried to pick it up, but I just don't get it. I do have those hat looms, and got pretty good at those, but I don't think anyone wants anything like that haha...

Also, if you sell (or have tried to sell) things on Etsy, have you gotten a good turn over (meaning, do you think it was worth it to sell on Etsy for what you paid to make the things)? 

Any ideas would be great! I don't think this goes against TOS....

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Re: A few Etsy questions

  • My advice would be to look at what you do and then search for it on etsy. If there are already a lot of sellers it may be tough. Also look at how much they charge and see if you could do it for that price including time and supplies.

    I've had a few friends try to sell stuff and they had better luck on fb through word of mouth. Good luck!
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  • What do you do well? I wouldn't go by popularity, but what your talents are in. If you make a good product and sell it at a reasonable price, you will get customers. You can always promote on Etsy and do other things to get yourself established. I'm sure, like everything else, it'll be slower in the beginning until you build a reputation.




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    I think that you got some great advice from PPs. I would just like to add that DH's cousins wife sells jewelry, and she decided against Etsy because they charge you a fee for each item you have listed every month (until it sells). Etsy is obviously a more popular site and you would get more initial traffic that way, but if you don't want to pay a fee, there may be other sites for you, you would just have to find ways to get the word out yourself. 
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    image km_md:
    I think that you got some great advice from PPs. I would just like to add that DH's cousins wife sells jewelry, and she decided against Etsy because they charge you a fee for each item you have listed every month (until it sells). Etsy is obviously a more popular site and you would get more initial traffic that way, but if you don't want to pay a fee, there may be other sites for you, you would just have to find ways to get the word out yourself. 

    This is not exactly accurate-- Etsy charges you .20 per listing, which last 4 months before it expires. If it sells, you renew the listing for an additional .20!  Big Smile

  • Don't rely only on Etsy. I like having it as somewhere people can go online (like an anchor point,) but most of my sales are in person or word of mouth.
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