Thursday, December 17, 2009

the etsy times

Hey...i'm sure most of you have seen this - but, I just want to say how much I relate to each of those talented sellers featured in the article - especially Paloma's Nest - once you add kids to the mix, it's even more exhausting. What do you all think?


  1. Thanks for sharing this article, Wendy. I was starting to feel like a total failure for having to cut back and close down my etsy shop for a while. I don't have near as many sales as you do, so I can't imagine what life is like for you guys right now.. . .
    I sincerely hope that a balance can be found for all of us. . . to do what we love and still love it. :) Have a great Christmas!

  2. Awesome article. Thanks for sharing. I think i'll repost! Merry Christmas.

  3. all i can say is that mrs paloma's nest must have a very independent baby. or a nanny. i've tried and tried to work with alden around and it's just impossible, and he doesn't sleep at night unless i'm with him. the shop must wait. not jealous! (ok, maybe a little) just sayin' :)

  4. Interesting article. I think often the case is that a lot of people on Etsy are missing the knowledge about pricing and covering all expenses and allowing for profit. That is something I'm looking at very closely right now. The problems Etsians face are the same as any other new small business. It's a lot of work until you learn all that business stuff and then things normalize. That's what I'm hoping for myself. Outsourcing sewing has to be an option for me because if I do it all myself I couldn't grow. There's so much that can be said about this topic.

  5. I am sure that you and other successful sellers are counting your blessings. It is a luxury to be able to complain or worry about too much work and "having it all." Enjoy the success, while keeping in mind the other sellers who are working just as hard without much benefit.

  6. thanks for the comments everyone - one thing i wish had been covered in the article was the vast difference between gross sales and net sales - those sales figures look high to those who are not selling at that volume, but the reality is your net profits (if you are in fact pricing to make a profit) are about 1/3 of your gross, you work 70-80 hour weeks (we work 7 days a week, long long days) to make a very average income when everything is all said and done.
    we/I have no complaint whatsoever about that - in fact, I feel very fortunate to be where we are, working together 80 hours a's exhausting and fulfilling and we're thankful for it!

    thanks again to all of you who have supported us! it's what keeps us going!


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