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Generating traffic on Etsy

Started by Leslie Nieves. Last reply by Pat Jun 10, 2016. 12 Replies

In July I set up an Etsy store for Tamarack Stoneware and have now had it stocked and the information fully developed for a few months. What I'm finding is that unless you add new listings every few…Continue

Post Your Etsy Store (and other links) Here, So We Can Follow You

Started by Victoria Cochran. Last reply by Pat Jun 4, 2016. 22 Replies

Vika on EtsyVika on Rebel Mouse Sign up for news...upper right side of page: "Alerts"…Continue

Favorite Clay

Started by Yelena Kukharets. Last reply by Donna Kat Jul 11, 2015. 1 Reply

Whats everyone's favorite clay to work with?If you're doing slip casting, whats your favorite slip?I'm just curious and like to try out different clays.Continue

ICE (in case of emergency) process for Etsy shops

Started by Leslie Nieves Feb 24, 2014. 0 Replies

Here is a starting point for generating your own emergency process.ICE (In Case of Emergency) Procedures for an Etsy Shop Create a list of URLs for Etsy shops and PayPal account. Provide the User…Continue

Tags: management, process, emergency, ICE

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Comment by Liz Gamelin on February 9, 2012 at 6:11am

Victoria, Thanks for the treasury!

Comment by Victoria Cochran on February 8, 2012 at 7:19pm
Comment by Sharon Ivy on January 11, 2012 at 7:36pm

Check out my latest Treasury "Red-y for Valentine's Day"!

Comment by Sharon Ivy on January 11, 2012 at 8:47am
Wish I had some red pieces! Headed to Atlanta now to pick up the last of the materials needed to try CHT. I'll at least put together a Treasury.
Comment by Victoria Cochran on January 11, 2012 at 8:42am

There are lots of birthdays in January, Chinese New Years hits at the end of the month, and Valentines coming up in February... anyone up for red themed Treasuries? I've put all my red work on the first page of my Etsy...

Comment by Victoria Cochran on December 20, 2011 at 9:03am
Comment by Sharon Hutson on December 14, 2011 at 7:00pm

Teresa and Sharon, I love the intense colors in your treasuries. They are both eyepoppers.  I wanted to chime in with Sharon about sales.  My sales in the last 3 weeks have topped $700, after shipping and fees. It has been amazing! And my shop hasn't even been well stocked, only about 75 items.  I have a garagio full of large bowls and crocks waiting to be glazed, but delayed due to issues with one of our base glazes. :( I finally resorted to supplementing with some commercial glazes until we figure out what changed in the chemicals we have. (Just found a thread that reference changes in custer feldspar which may well be the answer we have been searching for.)

Comment by Sharon Ivy on December 14, 2011 at 3:46am
Comment by Teresa Wooden on December 13, 2011 at 10:28am

Made two treasuries (man, you can spend a lot of time surfing Etsy to do this stuff!  :P  )      :

Comment by Sharon Ivy on December 12, 2011 at 1:47pm
I only decided to really stock my Etsy shop and actively promote it about mid-November of this year, right before Thanksgiving. My goal was to post at least 100 items, but I don't think I ever got over 40-something at any one time. I did as suggested here and only added 3-4 items a day or renewed a couple old items when I didn't have new ones.

I've been pleasantly surprised to have sold 34 items and made over $600 in the last 2.5 weeks. This is after Etsy and PayPal fees and shipping, so not clear profit, but it certainly encourages me to make more pieces and keep trying. I stocked items at various price points, from $7 to $48. I still am not sure how I'll sell larger, heavier bowls, platters and such, but for now this is working well.

Now I realize sales likely will drop off after this week, but I'll look at that as time to get more pieces made and do some glaze testing and concentrate on stocking my shop. Also want to work harder on branding and marketing myself, not just my pottery. I believe folks buy because they like what you represent, not necessarily just because they like your pottery.

Learning so much about Etsy from those who are sharing here. Thank you so much.

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