So, I have bitten the bullet and am setting up my own Etsy shop! Yay! Cue excitement! Well, actually the truth is, my mother has been pestering me for the past two months about how much stuff I have and that I really should try and sell some of it off. So finally, I relented and with the commencement of my community nursing studies (very exciting but financially burdening), I have to agree that just like that very famous supermarket slogan points out – “Every Penny Counts!”.
My shop is called Miss Tricot’s Vintage Finds and you can find it here. I am selling off Vintage Sewing patterns, vintage clothes and a few bits and pieces of vintage haberdashery!
So without further ado here are the trials and tribulations of setting up shop on Etsy so far:
I took ages deciding on my shop name – as your username for Etsy is your shop name! A little bit annoying as I had to cancel my first account because it wouldn’t have made a very good shop name. Using ‘Handmade by Freya’ would have been a little deceptive if I wasn’t actually selling things that I made. So I settled with Miss Tricot – because I like French words and I love lingerie. You use a lot of tricot in lingerie. (Just in case you were wondering!)
I’ve packaged and labelled up all my patterns
I really admire people that sell prolifically on places like Etsy and eBay. Pricing things up, working out the postage, working out your shop policies, taking good pictures and packaging up your products. It’s not easy and it takes up so much time!! I’ve done the old eBay thing quite a few times but it is such a hassle!! I decided to try Etsy for a change but I’m not sure which one is the best to be honest.
I’m not even particularly sure if my prices are right, they probably aren’t because nothing has sold yet! Anyway, this is strictly a one off short term venture for me. Once I’ve got rid of the stuff that I’ve listed, I am certainly not going out and finding more things to sell – there is too little time in my life to sew as it is!
(I’ve gone a little overboard with postage and packaging supplies…)
And If any of you do fancy taking a look at my Etsy shop that would be wonderful and I really would appreciate any feedback! And if you do fancy buying anything, i’m offering all my readers a 10% off discount code – just type in LITTLEBLACKCAT – and the discount will be applied to your bill!