I decided to write a totally honest post about what’s been going on with me lately. For those of my followers who’ve noticed, I’ve been taking a long break. I greatly appreciate those who’ve missed me & begged me to return. I’m back, but I’m not sure how long. Long story short, I’ve learned I’m not one of those people who can do two things well. I can’t blog and work my Etsy shop. Nor can I work my Etsy shop and blog well. I have to choose. Chances are, I may shut down the blog a few months from now.
My followers love my posts on what sells on Etsy. I’ll try to catch you up on the last 4 months before I go. Bottom line~I’ve been noticing my Etsy views have greatly fallen off in the last couple of years. Last year they seemed good, but not as good as the previous year. Of course, there’s always lots of competition for eyes on your stuff. This year’s sales are worse than last year. So I really need to get to work again, and I can’t blog well too. For those who don’t blog, it seems easy. You just sit down and write a post, right? No, it’s not that easy! Lots of background and techy work is also involved.
Here’s a breakdown of last year and this year:
2017: August sales: 30
2018: August sales: 19
2017: September sales: 23
2018: September sales: 14
2017: October sales: 24
2018: October sales: 20
For those who do Etsy or Ebay, you really need to work your shop every day, and there have been many days…weeks really…I haven’t touched it, and it shows.
What also comes into the mix is where we are in life. My husband and I are in the midst of drastic downsizing, and we’re getting rid of lots of stuff. I can’t go out and buy more stuff while I’m downsizing, so I’m running low on stock. We’re trying to decide whether to sell our house & move to a smaller one. That’s a whole other ball of wax…moving or getting ready to move. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for either blogging or Etsy-ing.
Those are my dilemmas for which there are no easy answers.
Without further ado, here are the results for…
August Etsy Sales
I found this vintage wooden pipe stand on the last day at an out-of-town estate sale. Pipe stands do well, but I thought this took longer than usual to sell. I loved it because it was unusual. It needed some work to make it look this good…repairing loose veneer, re-staining some spots, and oiling the dry wood.
Vintage Mortar and Pestle made in Italy. This took a while to sell because there were a lot of them on Etsy & the pestle was cracked. I was surprised it sold at all.
Over 14 yards of really pretty sewing trim. I had already sold some of it in yard lengths, but doing it that way was too slow, so I sold the whole lot.
Bought: Can’t remember…not much
I had no idea what these were when I bought them, but they looked interesting. I found out they were parts to a Timbale set. They’re dipped into dough to make shapes, fried, and covered with powdered sugar. You might have seen them at county fairs.
Pretty little perfume bottle I found at an estate sale.
Paperback booklet minus its cover on “100 Houdini Tricks.” I bought it hoping to find out how they do those mysterious cutting-people-in-half tricks, & the levitating-bodies-in mid-air tricks, etc. No such luck. It was mostly card tricks, but it was still interesting. Somebody was curious too and bought it.
Vintage Box Purse found at an estate sale.
Yes I know, I was shocked too at that price! There weren’t many on Etsy & those prices were high. I took a chance, but it took a long time. I was about to lower the price when it sold.
A ho-hum el cheapo vanity tray I picked up at an estate sale & sold cheap.
Bought: can’t remember
Set of Shower Curtain Rings
These are fun pieces I wore to a Hawaiian Square Dance Party. I really didn’t expect them to sell, but someone needed it for their Luau party, and you can see the tiara was missing the “y” in baby. I found it by the time I shipped it though.
“Luau baby” tiara and 2 cloth hibiscus hair clips
Bought: can’t remember
Back in the day when I used to cross stitch years ago…
A set of flatware I found in a cabinet while going through my clutter. Missing a couple of pieces.
Bought: can’t remember
A really old vintage suitcase that has seen much better days, so I set it for my JUST-GET-RID-OF-IT price.
Bought: can’t remember (I’ve had it past my memory.)
Souvenir of a trip to Austria…
Sold: $20.00 (it sold pretty quickly, so I probably under-priced it.)
A vintage funeral basket…what they used to put flower arrangements in a long time ago. Another thing in the stash at home.
Sold: $30.00 with shipping over $60 to Australia
Ornate mirrored vanity tray
Vintage Tablecloth…selling for a friend
Set mismatched brass candle holders
Bought: About $6 for all
Lastly, 2 boxes of vintage tiki forks found at an estate sale. A poor risk…they took forever to sell.
Sold: $10.00 to someone from South Korea (who paid over $14 for shipping). They must not have tiki forks over there, LOL.
Hope you enjoyed the long overdue post & hope you enjoyed it!
And if this hasn’t whetted your appetite for what sells on Etsy, go check out my friend Wanda’s Just Vintage Home blog. In this post she shares what’s sold in her Etsy shop and booth over the last several months. Fascinating reading for all of us sellers!
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