Thursday, September 10, 2009

Setting Up My First ETSY Shop

I drove up to Seattle today to visit my friend Barbara at her lovely home ceramic studio to talk shop, most importantly, to talk ETSY.
ETSY, for you that don't know, is "your place to buy and sell all things handmade." I think of it as an arts and crafts marketplace; you can purchase anything you can think of that is handmade, from jewelry to clocks to original works of art to clothing. Lots of fun.

And I am soon to be launching my own Etsy shop, Raven Meets Crow, featuring funky animal sculptures using recycled and found materials as well as limited edition prints.

But first, I have to set up shop, figure out the ins and outs of paypal and shipping items and pricing and etc. I've been doing a lot of research and I want to launch the whole shop at once, not just one or two things here and there.

So I went to Barbara's today because she has been selling for a while on etsy and has a great background set up for taking photos and has a lot of advice on the best way to get started.
Barbara just had a studio sale and so a few items are still up on the wall.

This is one of the adorable bell/ornaments she has been making lately. If you look up top in the wide shot of the studio, you can see dozens and dozens of them on the center table, waiting to be glazed.

Barbara will be having another studio sale in time for Christmas.
Check out her sites here:
Barb Dunshee on ETSY.
Bd Pottery.

A pic of her cute dog Russell.

1 comment:

  1. Why did you decide on Etsy? There are soooooooo many people trying to sell on that site. It seems one would just get lost in the crowd. I am looking for a market for some of my crafts but admit I have not found a good outlet. Would love to hear what you have to say.
    Nancy -