Monday, March 30, 2009
All about Etsy: A tutorial (of sorts)
Sine of my readers have asked me about Etsy. So here's the scoop:
Etsy is an virtual craft fair, open 24/7. Sign up when you land in the site with a user name and password. If you think you may be selling there someday, use your name or your business's name.
You can search the site with tags (like "books, craft" or "blue, jewelry"). An easier way to get started is to use their searches: you'll see them on the left-hand side of the home page.
What can you buy? Handmade crafts: jewelry, books, tee shirts, clothing, bags. There is a range of beautiful items here. You can also buy crafting supplies (I've done some damage in the fabric and Japanese paper shops). If you find a shop that sells things you love, such as DianaTrout.etsy.com :-), look at that seller's favorite shops.
I confess, it took me a little while to get comfortable ordering from Etsy. I can highly recommend it. It's been really great to give a handmade gift for holidays, etc.
Environmentally friendly, supports artists and the recipients are always thrilled with a one-of-a-kind gift.
(Above picture is one of my rescued and rebound blank journals.)