Friday, April 16, 2010
Goodbye Etsy... for now
Well, I have officially put both of my Etsy shops in vacation mode indefinitely. Essentially, I closed up my shops for now. Does this mean that I will never re-open my shops and sell on Etsy again? No. It is simply what is best for me right now so I had to make the tough decision to close both my Etsy fiber shop and my Etsy stamp shop. It has been an excellent run on Etsy though with almost 800 combined sales and over 700 combined positive feedback. I am very happy with my time selling there.
You might wonder why I'm leaving when things seem to be going so well there for me. It probably doesn't make sense to some, but it makes perfect sense to me and really that is all that matters. For those who are wondering though... The main reason for closing up shop right now is to have more free time to focus on my family and other life endeavors. One of several secondary reasons is that Etsy is not the same place as when I began to sell there back in the Fall of 2006. Although I still consider it one of the best online selling venues for handmade, the atmosphere has changed there quite a lot, and I personally just do not enjoy selling there lately like I have in previous years. Also, I don't have the time to spend on constantly promoting my shop and listing/renewing items as seems necessary to sell well there. Etsy has many, many wonderful features though. It is just that I feel like I've entered a new era in my life and need a change. I also feel like Etsy has entered a new era, and I really no longer fit in as well there as I had in the past. I still love Etsy for many reasons and may decide to re-open shop at a much later date when the circumstances are different, but for now, it is "goodbye Etsy" and "hello" to other things.
And, just so you know, I am not quitting my online sales entirely. For now, I still plan to keep open my ArtFire shop. It is a smaller venue, and with all the nice tools and seller features that they offer there, it is easier for me to manage my shop on a daily basis. Since I am cutting back my online selling, I hope to start creating for the joy of creating again and have some wonderful felted creations to post on my blog soon so please stay tuned...