hoppin down the bunny trail.

5 03 2010

well, it’s day 4, and i have jack to show for my money making efforts so far. apparently the present economy can’t support another personal organizer, and i only have 9 boxtops in my collection. tomorrow i have plans to cash in ever loose penny i can find hidden in the sofa cushions, but for today, it’s etsy time.

i had a shop for a while around 2007-2008, but when i got divorced and my whole life exploded, i let it fall by the wayside. i’ve been meaning to resurrect it for a while now, but haven’t managed to make the finishing move until today. the desperation to scrape up some money is settling in, so i dug out a bit of unsold product i had left over from the jinglekeys heyday (oh, that was the kind of stupid and totally inappropriate name of my shop), and threw those fuckers up there.  i am officially back in business.

etsy’s tough. unless you have a really remarkable product, really remarkable photographs, or get picked to be in the gallery section on the front page, it’s difficult to stand out in the crowd. i sold a few things, made a couple hundred bucks… but it was pretty labor intensive, and time consuming.

1. first you’ve got to make shit, and make it nice enough for people to pay for it. (there is A LOT of complete crap on etsy).

2. photograph your stuff in a way that is appealing enough that people will want to click on it. i’m kind of a shitty photographer, not helping.

3. list your items in a way that is descriptive enough to be clear, and charming enough to be seductive.

4. when/if people do buy your shit, you then have to pack it, mail it, and then send tracking to the buyer. (and hope that they’re happy with the product).

5. then you have to pay off etsy and paypal, and maybe after the cost of materials and labor, there’s a little left over for you.

regardless of the bullshit hassle, i’ll be taking this opportunity to clear out all my excess inventory, as well as to finish up some product that was in process when the walls came tumbling down. this is in no way cheap plug to get people to buy my silly bullshit. it’s just that with this $1000 game i’m playing, no scheme will be left untried.

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6 responses

5 03 2010
xine

I would LOVE to photograph your products if you need help with that! I would totally make the trip… we could make it a crafting day!

5 03 2010
bessmarvin

i would love that! quality time and decent pictures would be a beautiful thing.

5 03 2010
Jen

OK, is the purple rabbit in your pic a cyclops?

5 03 2010
bessmarvin

indeed. i actually have 2 cyclops bunnies for sale right now. didn’t you know? cyclopism is rampant in the bunny community 🙂

5 03 2010
kitkat

i am totally in love w/ wacky party guy neon houndstooth utilibunni! (and i love how they all hang out with Erlenmeyer flasks and graduated cylinders in their spare time…)

5 03 2010
bessmarvin

he’s my favorite too! i’ll look and see if i have any more of that fabric left. i could even make you a cyclops (if you’re into that sort of thing).

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