|The newest items in my shop|
I started my shop mainly for spending money I would say I haven't actually made any money off of it. I have put 100% of the funds back into other etsy shops which I don't mind at all!
Along the way I have learned what type of items sell and what doesn't. I will be able to use what I have learned to possibly start picking more items for my shop. I am stilllllll stocking my shop with items from my collection...
Here are a few tidbits I have learned from selling online.
Etsy lets you list your items for 4 months with your $0.20 listing fee. I have found most items will sell in that time frame anything I had high hope for finding a new home and re-listing did not sell the second time around so from now on won't re list items but donate, hold giveways or save for crafting. I have an unsold enameled brooch that is begging to be made into a bow for a gift.
Give everything a try at being sold it only cost $0.20 to try. I have listed items I wasn't 100% sure anyone would want and those items sold very quick some even within a few hours. I often look at what has sold on other shops to get an idea of what others buy. I have a few things if I find at the thrift I will get since I know they sell in other shops.
I know my prices are pretty low. I prefer to sell things at above thrift store price but not full vintage retail but somewhere in the middle. Most items I have purchased for myself and I have gotten use out of them so what I get back from them just has to fund a new thrift trip. If I decide to start picking items and have more of an overhead I will have to change how I price items so I come out ahead.
Has been okay no real mishaps, shipping international isn't that scary prices do vary even with the shipping quotes and is never predictable I have not lost any $$ as far as shipping costs are concerned which is great.
Edit: I won't sell glass in my shop I tried my luck with one item and it got broke in shipment I had to refund the money and a beautiful piece got broken!
reviews and keeping in touch...
Etsy is a business transaction and not you sending presents to your friend. At first I though everyone would leave a review but few do. I also hoped to get a message saying when they received my items so I could rest easy but no, no lovely messages come your way. I have one person who followed the community spirit I had envisioned other sales just ended at the post office. I know this now.
Overall I have enjoyed the experience and I hope to grow with my photography and I am loving passing on vintage items to other parts of the world shout out to Denmark and Japan!
If you are thinking about opening a shop you can use this link and it will give you 40 free listing!