Showing posts with label etsy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label etsy. Show all posts

Monday, February 21, 2011

Weeding Through the Regulations

Starting my "shop" has been on my mind a lot lately.  In good ways and bad. 

To review:

  • I have no shop yet.  I went in and signed up my shop name on Etsy but haven't done anything else with it up to this point.
  • My original idea and plan was to make and sell all things KID.  The ideas were pouring out of me around this time last year in crazy amounts.  I was so beyond psyched to continue to hone my skills and collect patterns to make up a little product line.  I even took an Indie Business Course.
  • As many of you are aware, there is a fair amount of controversy these days over children's products and how they are regulated for safety in this country.  Laws have been made and alliances have been formed to push Washington to amend these laws to take some of these 3rd party testing burdens off of the small time producers of handmade goods.  It's only gotten so far.
  • I went through a period (which I'm still not sure I'm completely out of) where I considered abandoning the production of children's items altogether.  That I know of, there aren't crazy regulations on making stuff for adults so a whole new world of handmade possibilities opened up to me.  I started to look for new things I could get excited about making.  I have come across some things that I'm interested in, but there is a part of me that is still very much holding onto the ideas I have for kids.  Which has led me to:
    • Trying to weed through what's currently "allowed" and what's "not allowed" when making anything for kids under the age of 13.  (Quite a range, wouldn't you say?)
    • Getting very frustrated with how dry this document is and wondering if I'm understanding it correctly.
I'm bringing this up for a few reasons: 
  1. If you are a person who makes and sells things for children, please help fill me in on what's OK and what's not.  So far I think I've figured out I can use fabric without worry, but I don't know if I can use things like ribbons, buttons, zippers, etc without having to endure 3rd party testing and the costs associated with it.  Also, how do you "track" your products (if you do)?  I can't tell if this is required if you're using exempt materials or not, but it's giving me a headache just thinking about it.  If this is not something that you want to put out on the internet in the public comments, please consider emailing me.  My intent is to understand and be encouraged . . . I would love to make safe and unique handmade goods for kids without living under constant worry that I'm breaking a law I don't fully understand
  2. Since I have no real grasp on who is actually following along with my blog (past the regular commenters), it would be interesting to hear what kinds of things my readers consider purchasing handmade.  For me, I've looked to Etsy to purchase art, patterns, supplies, jewelry, and gifts.  I assume quite a few of my readers are sewers themselves . . . is this true?  Are you a person who already buys handmade?  I'm not taking a survey, I'm just curious about these kinds of things and wonder who might play along with my questions.   :)
Is anyone else out there feeling held back by the CPSIA?  I'd love to commiserate with you.  Please comment below or email me at skooksplayground[at]gmail[dot]com

Here's a helpful resource I've found if you want to muddle through this with me.  Please?

Onward and (hopefully) upward,


Saturday, June 26, 2010

How It All Began


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I Grad-jee-ated Once Again

Indie Biz 2.0 is officially over [sniff], but I'm not done with it yet. Yes yes, *technically* I graduated on Saturday, but due to my weird housing situation and through the natural course of my busy life I haven't yet finished all my assignments.

I know . . . FOR SHAME.

Anyway, I was in a bit of a crafty rut from all this moving business so I forced myself to do one of my more simple projects that I had skipped over.

A little business card holder:
I filled it with cards from all the Etsians I have done business with thus far (well . . . the ones that tossed a card in with my purchase) because I don't officially have any business cards of my own yet.  Um . . .  and I don't officially have a business yet either.


I really hope to focus on my product line and get some stuff going once all this moving business settles down.

Seriously, I can't WAIT to start putting all my practical AND inspirational lessons to work for me. The sooner the better! Our housing inspection is tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed it all goes well and we don't have any more bumps in the winding road to home-ownership!


a big THANKS to my awesome teachers (Elsie, Jill, and LA) and all my inspiring Indie Biz classmates. Ladies, y'all are AWESOME. :)


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:


Monday, October 19, 2009

Say I WAS to open an Etsy store . . .

what should I make? And how do I not rip off everyone else's creative ideas?

This has been my dilemma since I mused on this with a friend ages ago that I would like to open up a shop someday.

The other factors: money (investing in materials is quite an undertaking when you don't know if/when anything will sell) and time (as you'll recall I have 2 kids now and still work from home for ~15 hours a week at the moment, maybe trying to bump that up a bit more in the future as Kee-ku gets older).

I get a lot of enjoyment out of creating things, but I mostly get my ideas from scouring the web for inspiration and thinking to myself, "I could probably do that myself!" A lot of patterns (most, in fact) explicitly say something to the effect of, "Use this as much as you want for your personal/gift use, but do not sell anything made from this pattern." A real bummer since there are a lot of cute patterns out there that, were that stipulation not in place, I feel like I could crank out several of them and get some business (hello, that bunny?)

Anyway, I'm stumped. Someday I would like to open an Etsy shop for real and make creative things and get paid for it. But for now I don't know how to go about it at all. And there's the whole money and time thing.

Any ideas? It'd be really swell to get paid to do something so fun.

Oh, also I think I should probably be a bit better of a sewist before I attempt to sell stuff to unsuspecting strangers on the internet.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I saw my in-laws on Sunday morning. Yeah . . . I said morning. My husband's grandpa was being honored at a church in Rockford for being in ministry for 50 years. It was a really nice service in a super small church, where the loudest thing that happened was Little Miss falling into my lap while everyone was praying, assuming the "position" and yelling, "PEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!" to get me to nurse her because she was bored. But I digress.

Afterward we went to their house and had a little cookout/party, and at the end of the day I gave Boo-la the rocking chair cushions. My father-in-law asked me if I thought I might like pursuing sewing as an avenue to making money at some point. I kinda laughed it off (I am still VERY much a beginner!) but the question came back to my mind later. More in the sense of thinking that people DO have jobs that they LOVE to do. It just struck a chord with me because I have been having this trouble with "starting" work in the evenings lately. Not that I'm bragging (I'm NOT!) but I have been directed to Etsy by a lot of people since my sewing curiosity began last year. Like I should be making and selling stuff on there. I think I'd like to work on my skills a bit more before I enslave the few extra hours I have to myself to another business. Maybe someday though . . .

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