Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sometimes I think about opening up shop


Lately I keep having this little urge to open up shop.  As in, to sell some of my handmade treasures.  It wouldn't be the same thing all the time.  It would be a collection of whatever I happen to feel like making.  Or making two or three of.  But I wonder: would anything sell?  I wish there were some way to sell things online in such a way that's convenient to both sellers and buyers that didn't cost money to post items on.  I love Etsy, but I yawn when I think about having to pay a little percentage for everything I post.  I just want a cozy, quiet little corner of the online world where my things could happily sit on a shelf and not collect dust pennies even if they didn't sell for a while.  Is there such a place?  Such a way?  If you know, please tell me.  In the mean time, I'm going to keep thinking about it.

8 comments:

Shannon said...

Artfire offers you a monthly fee and that's it. No perentage or per item listed. However...I shut my shop because the flow of traffic is not like what it is at Etsy. Realistically the amount etsy charges is so worth it...It's literally pennies...

Nikki said...

You can make a button through paypal, and add it to your side bar if you have something to sell. You pay a small percentage on each sale to paypal. You don't have to pay to list it because it's on you blog.

Slipstitches said...

I think Nikki and Shannon both gave excellent advice. To add, if you know anything about SEO (search engine optimization), you can apply it to your blog post titles or store-item titles and this will increase your site traffic. Wish you well.

Beth said...

There is always craigslist!

The Jessee Journal said...

I like how she does it on The Idea Room with items for sale on her left column -- sure, your sales will only be as good as your readership but it's a LOT easier to manage than an Etsy shop (and there a kabillions of those so I wonder how people make money sometimes

alee said...

I too think of opening up shop somedays...but I will let you be the guinea pig. If you find a great way to do it, let me know! :)

Nancy said...

try big cartel. It might even have a free option.

Shannon said...

...and there is thousands of etsy shops but there are millions of customers world wide! My shop is a hit...as most are!!!