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Monday in Beadland

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile — folkcat at 4:37 pm on Monday, August 29, 2005

I hardly beaded all weekend. Now that I’ve established a concept of working M-F as a blogger, I’m applying that to my crafts – to a degree, anyway.

I did make about a dozen more sets of beaded stitch markers on Saturday.

I also discovered, through CraftLilly’s blog, a new resource for us to sell our handcrafted items online with. Etsy, which opened in June, offers crafters the opportunity to put up listings for their finished pieces and sell online. It’s not an auction – rather, you put up a listing, note how many pieces you have in stock, and set a price and shipping options. Compare it to the “Buy It Now” option over at eBay, and you’ll have the idea.

Etsy is still officially in beta, until their official opening in November. But they seem to be having great success already. They had been around barely two months before recording their 500th sale. And to look at the forums, there are at least a few artists who are experiencing pretty good sales figures already.

The main type of goods for sale at Etsy are handcrafted (or hand-altered) goods, made by the person who is selling them. There are also categories for craft supplies, however, as well as patterns, and vintage items.

I had begun putting up listings on eBay last week, but I may be switching over. Most of what I have to offer at this time is either finished handcrafts, or crafting supplies. Etsy isn’t charging anything for listings while they’re in beta, and even when they do begin charging in November, they’ll be cheaper than listing at eBay.

Check them out when you have a chance. I imagine I’ll try to get my first listing up before the end of the week.

On a related subject – if you’re going to sell your crafts, you need to have some idea of how to price them. I have written a couple of posts over at Folkcat’s Fiber Crafts on that subject. I won’t copy them here, but will provide these links:

  1. How I Price Finished Crafts
  2. More About Pricing

Pricing can be one of the most intimidating parts of the process for a crafter just starting to sell their pieces. I hope my discussions about how I handle it will be of some help.

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