Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Hi everybody. Anybody here that relies on ETSY as a good or decent percentage of your earnings?
I have an ETSY account, I don't put my 100% in it because I've been really busy creating for this Summer show season. I love to browse the site and I enjoy so much stuff that people sell there. I have never sold anything there but I've been so busy that probably I am doing it wrong . I guess I will study it in Fall or Winter when show season slows down for me. Just wanted to see if there is good success stories, Thanks!
Ive never done it either but my 'sources' tell me that not much original art sells there.
They used to show you how many items a person has sold but they dont do that anymore, so its really hard to tell.
I personally feel that art should be sold in PERSON. Atleast in my case thats very important. People should be able to touch, feel, smell(?) the art to get the total vibe of the art. Just like when you go see art in a museum versus just seeing a picture of it. The same piece of art can give me the chills in a museum but leaves me FLAT in a picture or online.
Just my 2 cents..
I've had an Etsy shop for almost a year. I put about 2% of my energy into it, maybe 1%. Was a fair amount of work to set up and the shop needs to refreshed often-at least monthly-which I have not been doing. AND you really need to tag your work correctly. I've gotten a few commissions from my shop. I keep the shop because it provides an online presence for that particular segment of my work. Etsy is a pain. I know a few local artists, one is a potter, the other hand dyes wool, I have another friend who sells vintage children's books and does well. Each of them put a fair amount of time and energy into their Etsy account, I know the potter works on hers each week-and has the sales to show for it.
I primarily use the shop to keep my winter-table show stuff out there-which sells very well and is quite different from what I'm doing in the art shows this summer. My Esty shop has 100% green work-real dried flowers surrounding real hand done calligraphy on recycled papers framed with repurposed and recycled frames. Folks love the stuff. I have always sold out by Christmas. I'm out there on the circuit selling oil paintings this summer.
I keep the shop because it's better than keeping that work in a closet where no one can see it. I too figure on putting more time and energy into my Esty shop during the deep, dark winter months. It doesn't cost much and the online presence it better than keeping your work in a closet.
I have an Etsy page, but I only use it as a photo gallery. In 3 years I have had very few sales and I don't really expect anything other than having a web presence and a place where my customers can go and see some of my work. However, I know of other people who sell tons on their Etsy site, I have no idea how they do it!! :)
This is my page: www.capricedesigns.etsy.com.
I've had an Etsy Shop for a little over year and it's doing OK. I find it easy to use to fairly inexpensive. It's only $0.20 to list an item and if the item sells they take a much smaller percentage when compared to other sites (such as eBay).
Like most things in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
I have about 20 sales in a year and a half. They were mostly around $50-60. I post my less-expensive things; I think there's more of a market for impulse-buy items. If I add new items & post one a day for a while I do notice it will usually stimulate a sale or two. I think having more items in your shop gives people more ways to find you when they search, and shops with 100 items do much better. The setup is not bad and the support for sellers is great.
That being said, it is a major time-sink. It's easy to burn a lot of time for not much result. But if you can find the right niche you can probably make a respectable bit on the side.
You can get on craftcount.com and see a list of Etsy shops by sales. You can also see what each shop has sold - if you're looking at their main shop page, it will say "1438 sales" on the side bar & if you click on that you can see what specific items were sold.
It's still a better idea to have your own site and not be tied to a third party, in my opinion. But it's a good way to get something online pretty quick and people selling supplies to other Etsians do pretty well.