I’m Having an Internal Debate

I’ve been up since 5am. That means I have been up alone and can just sit and obsess. Never a good thing for me. Mr. Bernie, Jenny and Michele will tell you that. I start thinking of a bunch of things and my mind just races. Some ideas I have are good ones, some not so good. It depends on the day or if I have PMS as to what I think about.

This morning, I have been thinking about opening an Etsy shop. Yikes! With my upcoming trip to Chicago I want to make some extra play money. I thought about having a bake sale, but ruled that out. So I got to thinking about selling cards and rrecipe card holders online. However, I don’t have a clue in hell how to do something like this. I don’t know how people could customize them. For example: What color background paper or what type of recipes or even how much to sell them for. I also thought about decoupling some Halloween type looking jars. Who doesn’t love Halloween? I would also need to go back to all the places I bought vintage images and check their rules on selling them. Sounds like a lot of work. I’m lazy.What would I name a shop?  See, I have a ton of questions and no answers. This all from a gal who didn’t start crafting until January!

For now this is just in the thinking stages. Any suggestions, thoughts and tips are more than welcome.

Nina,  from  The Adventures of Artsy Nina opened her very own Etsy shop this week. Its called Camp Honeybelle Her first day open she had a sale!! She is selling kitchy and retro items. Be sure to check her out. She is also crafty and Michele used one of Nina’s post for a guest post today. Nina made a cookbook shelf that cost her NOTHING! Check it out.

Have a great Friday!

~Bernie

Comments

  1. I'll be fascinated to see how you go with the Etsy shop. I've tossed that idea around as well, but am not sure about shipping etc…..maybe I'll make it my Project 2012 goal!

  2. I dream of having an Etsy shop. But I have no idea what I'd sell. It'd probably be full of homemade fingerpaints, playdough, and bubbles. That seems to be all I ever have time for anymore! LOL

  3. I agree with all the women here, know your shipping costs first, they will get you by surprise every time! You know what you have tied up in a card or holder so you know what to price them at. You can do it, I know you can, you do great stuff. :) We will have fun in Chicago no matter what!!

    • Oh, I know we will have fun in Chicago. Having a scale at work will allow me to figure out my shipping costs. That is a plus. I can get a weight and so on.

  4. I love this idea, Bernie, and I think you should totally do it! And for the name you should have a contest here at One Mixed Bag! Seriously, I think you'd do an awesome job at this. Go for it!

  5. Okay, I missed something. What is an Etsy shop? Whatever it is, I think you should go for it!

  6. As a gal with a fledgling Etsy shop, here's my two cents:
    I think your papercraft stuff would do well.
    You should go with a shop name that either indicates what you sell, or ties in with your blog name. Cross-promotional stuff works really well.
    I LOVE Halloween, and have a number of gothy friends, so once your site is up, pimp it here, so I can go buy things. :D
    Oh, and coupon code/sales make us feel special
    And have a banner or button to put all over your social sites that lead to your Etsy
    And you can sell stuff you didn't make, if it's vintage, on Etsy….just sayin'

    In other words….go for it!

  7. Bernie, whatever you put your mind to you can do. If I were you, I'd just spend some time on Etsy and find out who else on there has a store similar to what you're planning to do. Whatever the most successful person on there does, just basically do the same thing (you know as far as customization and giving credit for images, etc.)! You can do it, girl!

  8. Cathy W says:

    I have an Etsy shop….I've just never posted anything to sell. Mostly because I can't decide *what* to sell, nor have I taken the time to figure out shipping costs for the few ideas that have crossed my mind. I love the cards and recipe holders that you've posted. Great ideas! Get your shop and go for it! What's the worst that can happen? You don't like it and you stop. :-D

  9. Etsy can be fun, you should do it!

  10. ANd PS… look at this nasty Halloweeniness…
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/66389219/zombie-sever

  11. Aww Bernie! Every night since I started working on Camp Honeybelle, I dream about Etsy. Every night. LOL And I learned a very valuable lesson yesterday as I shipped out that first item: get a postage scale. I sold the cup for 9.99 plus $5 shipping. It cost over nine dollars to ship it! Whoops!!!

    I love that your wheels are turning so early in the morning (about a creative endeavor). Why not try it?! I bet you already have lots of card making supplies. And are the Graphics Fairy's images free to use? SHe has so many awesome ones.

    Does your shop make it's own stamps? Why not design some neat ones and sell them there too?

    • That bites about the shipping. Now you know and can be prepared. I love that name, \”Camp Honeybelle\”
      Oh, what a great idea about us designing stamps and selling those as well. Clever girl you are.

  12. Oh, oh, I'm SO excited for you!!!! Go for it, Bern! Here are some names I can think of for your Etsy store:
    "I Love Do Sweat the Small Stuff"
    "Do Sweat the Small Stuff Rocks!"
    "Shop Here til You Sweat!"
    LOL just kiddin' :))

    Anyhoo, update me on this, cos I sure want to be a client! To be honest, I've been thinking of opening an online store too, not Etsy cos that's for crafty people, right? And I'm not crafty.
    What I am is a shopaholic, though. So been thinking of setting up a nice cozy second-hand online store where clients on a budget can still get nice stuffs.

    Sigh… as if I'm not overwhelmed enough with all these wanting to switch to wordpress thingy…

    Oh, back to your plan for an Etsy store: DO IT!!!!

  13. I think you should totally go for it and open an Etsy shop! It doesn't hurt to try, right!?! I had a lot of luck with Etsy (sold vintage clothes) and I didn't even put that much effort into it. And it really is a great community there. If you do get one up, you know you will have to share it with us all! (good tips from the commenter above too! :))
    And, just looking at the post below, hilarious! :) You are too funny Bernie

    • Thank you. Glad you liked the Zumba post. :)
      Oh, I\’m guessing you were living in the states when you sold vintage clothes. Good for you. Nice to hear about a good result.

  14. Hmmm…I read the same blog post as you yesterday on Artsy Nina, but I did not wake up at 5 a.m. and obsess. But I obsess on other things. Just ask the husband. I have no advice. But I bet if you put your mind to it, which you clearly already have, you can make this work. Good luck!

  15. Make sure you know what fees are going to be charged. And make sure the rubber stamps you use aren't copy right protected. Stampin' Up had issues with that a couple years ago.

    Don't obsess too much or it becomes a stressful chore! Just have fun with it. Sit and create. Take some nice pictures, and sell! And make sure you tweet and advertise on your FB page! Of course, blog about it and tweet that too. Promote, promote, promote!!! And have your friends retweet and promote as well! I think that's why it's called "networking". LOL!

    • Oh, good point about the stamps not being copy-written. Thanks for pointing that out. I think I will do more with just the vintage gals and fru-fru stuff.
      Thank you for the tips!! You are a Goddess.

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