Should you open an Etsy shop?

Recently, I have had a few friends ask me if they should open an Etsy shop. I have summed up my thoughts about Etsy below, to try to help out those who are wondering if it is worth it.

  1. Do you want to sell things you have made? Yes, open a shop.
  2. Will you sell something? Maybe. But still, open a shop and then market yourself. Etsy is made up of reportedly 1.6 millions sellers. If you want to be noticed by anyone at all, you have to market yourself
    1. Instagram – free and easy marketing. Understand hashtags and use a public account.
    2. Facebook – share, share, share.
    3. Pinterest – create a board and post your items there
    4. Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. So many platforms. Use them to your advantage.

Etsy is easy. It is not free. It costs money to post items, Etsy takes a cut when you make a sale, and of course, there are shipping fees. The great thing about this system though, is that you only get charged when you decide to post an item and when you happen to sell. Other sites, such as Squarespace, let you host products but have monthly fees. These can range from $10-$3o, even when you sell nothing.

You also have to know NOTHING about coding to open a shop and it will still look professional. If you have ever tried coding, you know this is a welcome relief that allows you to focus on your products and not your site.

Have I made a bunch of sales on Etsy? – No, but I have made more than I would’ve without starting a shop.

I also have my products at a local coffee shop, which has increased my Etsy traffic. Be patient and be persistent and look for ways to raise brand awareness. But definitely, if you are hoping to sell anything at all, open a shop.

Friends and Food

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meat and cheese on a slate tray

Getting together with friends can prove challenging sometimes. Where to meet, when to meet, and what to do are hard questions to answer when you are synchronizing 3 schedules. We finally decided on a date which left where and what. After discussing places to eat I decided to ask my friends to come over to my place. Simple grilled cheese sandwiches were the cuisine of choice. The weather has been rainy and cool and there is nothing like comfort food on a chilly day! We used a raclette so that everyone could make there own sandwiches. I laid out a spread of meat and cheese and baked some no-knead bread. My friends brought over some meal supplements – tea, chips and artichoke dip, and cookies. Raclette, in the simplest explanation, is a clean version of fondue. We enjoyed sitting around the raclette grill, talking and laughing, while we waited for our bread to toast and cheese to melt. It was the perfect way to catch up and feed our hungry stomachs.

inside the house
homemade bread

Event Design – Weddings

Event planning is overwhelming because there are so many factors and variables to consider. The first time that I faced this challenge on a grand scale was for my DIYBrit and Tory - Pittsburgh Wedding - 608 wedding. My family put together big Christmas parties so I was used to doing a lot of work for a celebration, but this time, I was in charge. (cue panic). It would have been a lot easier to have an event planner, elope, or find a destination where you show up and all of the work is done. However, I thoroughly enjoyed planning and designing my wedding from start to finish.

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