Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's a Sad Day, But there is a brighter side!

Note: Hard to ship item, (over $10 just within Canada!).

Unfortunately, I've decided to close my Etsy store. I really loved it, 2009 was a great year for me on there. Due to lack of the time it takes to list, Etsy's saturation and lack of marketability, and the dismal economy and astronomical shipping costs from Canada post, I am wasting my time listing and nothing is really selling anymore (at least not on Etsy). I want to concentrate on my local market, and my Sand Magic Creations, and just scrapbooking for myself and family, so this was the best decision. All the items already listed are 50% off, and I will refund on Paypal.

On the brighter side, I am looking into running organizing a few local art and craft sales, within the community. I think keeping it local is the way to go, and the key to sustainability. Hopefully, our plans will come together by the summer, and my handmade items will be available there. I think in the meantime, I will concentrate on creating more wonderful items that I don't have to worry about shipping due to the size, shape or weight it's such a freeing feeling!!

Cheers and happy Wednesday!


La Vie en Rose said...

Sorry to hear about you closing your etsy shop. I do understand why though. I agree the shipping is a huge problem and can really hamper things. I think that one has to work way too hard to make money on etsy, basically it has to be your full time job. I would love to start up some craft sales in my area, as we are totally lacking in that department.

Here's to freedom!

sassypackrat said...

People seem to be closing left and right. Sounds like you are making a good economic decision and I wish you all the best!

Dayhomemama said...

I think Canada post has made it increasingly hard to ship items within and outside of the country. I think financially, it is a good move because although I have to pay for tables sometimes at the local markets, I don't end up having to front the shipping costs. I find people are more willing to spend money when the item is right there to look at and feel. On ETSY we're fighting for attention between 1000's of other shops too, it's hard to stay on the top of the list. I never did make it to the front page on ETSY ever!! LOL!

Rebecca said...

Best of Luck on the local craft stuff, let me know and I will check it out and bring some of my friends along

The Oxford Family said...

Much luck in your local sales! I really wish I could sell locally in person. Etsy can be very frustrating!

*** Suzy B *** said...

Sorry to hear about the Etsy Shop, I enjoyed my purchase ... my first Etsy buy!. I look forward to recieving my just orered goodies. Good luck in all your ventures.
Sue B x


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