Monday, November 5, 2007

Life in Etsyland

Wow!!! That's all I can think of to say. I started my etsy shop 4 months ago tomorrow and it has been tiring but great!!

I owe it all to my friend Knitnick who got me started on this spinning craze and who has been so supportive. Thanks!!!!

It all started when I wanted a cute bottom whorl drop spindle. I had bought a stone drop spindle from someone else, but the shaft was curved so I was kinda disappointed. So I decided to try to make one myself.

I made one and LOVED it!!! So I ordered some more stones and made some more. Then I gotta kinda out of control buying fiber and my husband felt it was his duty to ask, "What are you going to to with all this STUFFF?"

So I told him I was going to see if I could sell some of my creations. I started out selling a few spindles on eBay and then some yarn. But I was rather frustrated because their listing fees are so high and you can't list for very long at a time without opening a store which is even more money in addition to the fees and their cut.

Then I remembered Etsy. So I signed up, listed a few spindles and from there things have been terrific.

I found an excuse to buy a drum carder so I could add fiber to my shop and I am having a marvelous time. Of course things are so busy now that I am finding it difficult to spin much.

My spindles have been the greatest hit. There are others out there who make gorgeous stone spindles as well. I'm trying to keep my prices as low as possible, because I want people to have some pretty stone spindles to use without having to sacrifice too much to buy one. My least expensive, most popular and probably most practical are the convertible spindles that allow you to use the whorl anywhere on the shaft. These are the ones I use the most.

I am also excited because 2 shops started carrying my spindles this week:

Knitty Couture -
Spunky Eclectic -

Okay...Thanks for reading my first rant. Hopefully I can keep it up.


Elemmaciltur said...

Yay! Congrats on starting a blog!!!

loop said...

I so relate to how it feels to get the Etsy business going and suddenly not have much time to spin! I'm still trying to figure out how to keep that balanced. Let me know if you have any advice or words of wisdom! Your work is beeeeeautiful and your immediate success no surprise. Congrats!!! :)