|Staffordshire Mantel Dog–sold for $75.00|
My Etsy store has been open for a little over two months now. I’m going to be honest about how my business is going because there may be people thinking about opening an Etsy store, and if my experience can be helpful, then I’d like that. I opened my shop in 2013 on October 15th with about 10 items listed for sale. My goal was to list at least 15 items per week, and I’ve been meeting this goal.
From October 15 to December 31 (2.5 months) I sold a total of $290 in merchandise, not including shipping charges. I’ve been adding new merchandise regularly, and I’m at about 70 items right now. My total sales thus far in the new year (.5 months) are $250–almost as much as I made in the previous 2.5 months! I hope it is a sign that the business is starting to grow. I guess only time will tell. My goal is to list upwards of 300 items and keep there. I’ve sold a total of 40 items since I opened on October 15th, and I have received five stars from everyone who’s taken the time to write me a review. I’m pleased with my progress thus far.
I thought it might be interesting to see some of the items that have been selling. The Staffordshire dog (above) I bought while we lived in England. I really wanted a pair for my mantel, but I’m so cheap, I only bought this one. Then a good friend, also living in England, bought me a beautiful set, so I could sell this one.
|Vintage 4″ Santa–sold for 1/2 price–$7.49|
I bought a large box lot of Christmas decorations this past summer and sold many of the items during my first two months on Etsy. Those that didn’t sell before Christmas, I marked down afterward, and they’ve been selling that way too!
|Original Painting–sold for $34.99.|
I picked up this little painting, along with a matching one of a lighthouse, at a sale in the fall. I really love it, but have nowhere to hang it. The frame was plain, unfinished brown wood. I gave it a coat of black acrylic paint, sanded it in a few sots and then waxed it. I was very pleased with how it turned out, so was the buyer 🙂
|Little Wooden Birdie–sold for $4.99|
The shipping cost more for this bird than the bird itself, since the buyer lives in England! He fell in love with it and was willing to pay the $9.50 it took to mail it there.
|Buttons–sold for $4.99|
|Funky primitive wooden thing-a-ma-bob–listed for $24.99.|
I think this would look awesome in just the right spot–on a coffee table with something in the opening? Hang on the wall? It has great weight and the surface feels smooth, and old. I just love it.
|Handcrafted pendant with French background, holding seaside memories: sea glass, shells, coral, & pearls: listed for $22.99.|
I just recently began to list a few items that I’ve hand crafted myself. This is one of them. I purchased the empty watch case, selected a page from a French text and backed the case with a portion of it. Then I hand picked the various bits of the sea to include inside. It also comes with a 30″ chain.
|Set of three numbered burlap tags: listed for for $8.99.|
I recently gave a tutorial on how to make these nifty burlap tags–you can make them yourself, or buy some from me!
|Vintage Chianti bottle with drippy rainbow candle in original box: listed for $34.99.|
Lastly, this Chianti bottle and coordinating candle are new items up for sale. I purchased the candle years ago and the Chianti bottle just last week-end. They make a great, original pair, and some 60s loving person is going to grab them up. These bottles with the drippy candle poked in the top were all the rage back then; I know my parents had one hanging around.
That’s it for the Etsy update!
Bye for now,