1) Etsy. What made you open a shop on Etsy? What do you like about being a seller on Etsy? What don't you like?
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2) What item from another sellers shop do you secretly wish you had thought of first?
In the summer of 2007, my mom and I were beading jewelry when we realized that we were making so many bracelets that we would either have to wear them from our wrists to our elbows or we needed to find an outlet to sell some of our creations. A look around my blog shows that I'm a huge animal lover and my mom is too so we quickly decided that we wanted to sell our jewelry and donate the proceeds to animal charities. At the time we didn't know how to go about doing this or where to even begin but a search for animal beads online took me to an Etsy shop for the very first time and after checking it out further we realized Etsy was where we wanted to set up shop. My mom lives in Las Vegas and I live in Oregon so it was difficult coordinating everything at first but we soon figured it out and BeadedTail opened the end of December 2007.
I like selling on Etsy because of the low fees and ease of use. Also, I'm a member of several teams and I really enjoy the support and friendship I get from my team members. The bad points of Etsy include that there are so many sellers that it's easy to get lost in their search features so advertising outside of Etsy is extremely important.
After a little over a year on Etsy, we have sold 40 items and donated over $450 to charity! We hope 2009 is an even better year and we both have plans of learning new things so look forward to our expanding product line in the coming months! We're making tails wag one bead at a time!