Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Etsy: Too Much Work to Be Worth It?

I guess it depends on how you plan on "doing" Etsy.  What do you plan on selling, what do you hope to get out of it?  Are you looking to quit your job and make a living wage off of it or are you just looking to share your hobby with others and make a little bit off your craft on the side?

These are the kinds of questions I ask myself all the time.    I read a New York Times article on the Etsy phenomenon this evening which mentioned the idea of women thinking they could "have it all" (all, as in, the ability to stay at home and be with their families, do what they love, and make a profit off of it to the point that it would be more lucrative than the career they may already have) . . . and interesting read to be sure.

I'm including a link to the aforementioned article to get a little discussion going here on your thoughts on Etsy.  Do you sell on there already?  Do you hope to?  Do you approach Etsy as a legit business or look at is a fun sidebar to the crafting you would probably be doing anyway?  What do you hope to get out of it?  It's appropriately titled, I think:


Ronni and Sean December 22, 2009 at 9:27 AM  

140,000 a year??? That is obscene. It's funny, because I was poking around on etsy a few days ago looking at sellers that just had a sale and noticed that one of this particular seller's scarves sold for something like 150 bucks. And thought...who is paying that?? Apparently a lot of people.

Skooks December 22, 2009 at 10:12 AM  

I agree! I tend to think people don't have money for handmade luxuries these days, but I guess it just depends on your point of view. These listings must be up for a reason. Depending on the item, I could see how your TIME would be worth that much, but sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my brain around the person that can (and does) afford to pay that.

Lilith's mommy December 22, 2009 at 1:46 PM  

For me, it's just some extra money. I'm a SAHM. Anything extra is nice. Everyone asks if I have an Etsy store. Hopefully within the next couple of months it'll be open. I just have to get busy.

Skooks December 22, 2009 at 4:29 PM  

I hear ya on that. My initial idea to sell came from a desire to make a lot of different projects that I don't really need personally, but that I would be interested in making for enjoyment's sake. I think it's already branched off a bit from that in my mind, but that's where it started. I just find everything I see and read too inspiring!

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