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Thread: what makes a difference with Etsy?

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    I have noticed they were leaning toward more commercial looking vendors, such as people selling fabrics and stuff. My son in law is a computer geek, so I will have him design a web page, but I may have him help me with an etsy shop as well.

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    I would like to also know what makes sell. I sell about one or two a year and not enough to suit me.

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    Some of these places are quilt shops that are selling samples. When they are ready to let these go, they tell their customers that they can get it on Etsy. I know I bought a wallhanging that way (I didn't want the pattern, I wanted the specific quilt...LOL).
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    Etsy is not just for hand made items. It started that way but has evolved to where you can sell supplies (ie fabric, buttons, etc) and vintage (pre 1994 items) and hand mades. I started with one shop where I was selling vintage glassware, linens and collectibles. Late last year I opened a 2nd focused more on quilting and sewing items. Its been slower there mainly because of my lack of activity. Most of my items are under $50, and I have done pretty well with the 1st store. The others are correct...GOOD photos are essential along with appropriate SEO tags. It does take work, especially for the photos, editing and so forth, but I hope to eventually develop my stores into at least a supplemental income source. If I were to make quilts to sell there, I think I would do a mock up and then offer to take custom orders, mainly because quilting is so subjective. A color/pattern/fabric you may love may not be in my favorite category and if you have a pile all made up in your favorites, then you have to narrow down to find others that also like your favorites.

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    I know when I'm looking at quilts and quilt tops on etsy or ebay, I tend to go for the more neutral color quilt tops, not the quilt tops with wild colors and I like a regular pattern, like an irish chain or pinwheels.

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    I have a shop on Etsy and have sold a few things over the years. No quilts though mostly vintage things I have come across. After I am finished moving I will be putting up a bunch of things found in my grandmothers basement.
    I had a few quilts up and didn't get any bites so I just took them down. The one just doesn't seem to be to anyones taste,it is kind of odd, so I will probably end up using it for a dog blanket They don't care what it looks like. LOL
    I do know from reading the newletters I get that some people make a living out of it. But it seems to be the only thing they do. I get involved in too much other stuff..

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernSkyQuilts View Post
    Hi, I joined Etsy a few years ago. First year I sold no quilts. I reworked my site, took better photos and also adjusted my prices. I adjusted my prices since I was just paying a 40 percent commission to a gallery. I have sold 92 quilts on Etsy. Highest priced $1,800.00 lowest priced $50.00. I found that once I got the first sell and first feedback from that customers the quilts started selling. I always ship quickly, and give my customers a quality product. For me Eysy has worked. Etsy is a first rate place to sell art.
    Holy mackerel - 92 quilts! I had to see what you make Peggy and found your Etsy shop. Your quilts are outstanding and there are quite a few there that take my breath away they are so beautiful. I am so impressed. You must be a very busy quilter! Welcome to the QB by the way. I hope you decide to stick around here too - this is a great group of people and we would love to see your quilts! You can even add a link below your signature showing that you are an Etsy seller.

    HSQuiltingMom, I'm no help on how to sell except that I know my approach of being casual and lazy about it does not work.

    I think Etsy started changing when they added the ability to sell supplies. So far though you can still find plenty small sellers of handcrafted items. I like to gift shop there.
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    https://www.goodsmiths.com check this out its a market place on line for all sorts of handmade crafts ......
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernSkyQuilts View Post
    Hi, I joined Etsy a few years ago. First year I sold no quilts. I reworked my site, took better photos and also adjusted my prices. I adjusted my prices since I was just paying a 40 percent commission to a gallery. I have sold 92 quilts on Etsy. Highest priced $1,800.00 lowest priced $50.00. I found that once I got the first sell and first feedback from that customers the quilts started selling. I always ship quickly, and give my customers a quality product. For me Eysy has worked. Etsy is a first rate place to sell art.
    What a treat to go thru your Etsy site and admire your work..Love the sense of humor in the McKenna Ryan wallhangings...The only difference between you and I..I'm happy when I get my little squares on point...LOL..

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    I had a few quilts up and didn't get any bites so I just took them down. The one just doesn't seem to be to anyones taste,it is kind of odd, so I will probably end up using it for a dog blanket They don't care what it looks like. LOL w
    Dama,

    Cut it up into squares and sell the squares!! Theres one lady there that has nothing BUT chenille squares she sells and she charges 25-35 for each PIECE, which measure around 24in sq. . I should have done that with the 1/2 doz chenille spreads I had to sell, but I just couldnt make my hands take scissors to them, so I sold them whole for between 55 and 85 each. Most of what I am selling are things I accumulated during my marriage years and I am ready to "lighten" my load, as my daughter would curse me to hell and back if I die and leave her all this stuff to dispose of! The only thing she accumulates are books and NOT my 400 or so quilting book library either!

    My mom died a couple of years ago and she just had one room to clear out...it took days~so I decided then it was time to pass my treasures onto someone who would love them as much as I do!

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