For those who have never heard of it, Etsy is a selling site for handmade items, although this has been questioned by a lot of us recently. It is, however, possibly the largest online outlet for us Artists and Artisans, and as such is difficult to ignore.
I left Etsy a few months ago as a matter of principle and as a protest against their endorsement of a seller who was peddling what could only be described as debased filth in the form of greetings cards. I believe he is no longer there.
I have joined again - under my 'stage name' of Beadsage - in the hope of a better experience, and a more receptive buyer base for my necklaces.
I make these necklaces because I love to make them, I love to see Nina wearing the more 'classical' of my designs, and I get very frustrated when I know they are applauded by fellow artists, but fail to sell. I know why they don't sell, I am not pitching at the right market. I am not networking amongst people who will pay me what a design is worth - mainly because most of my online circle of friends are perfectly capable of making the same thing themselves!
I have a skill, I have artistry, I have flair - what I don't have is contact with the customer base I am aiming for, and what I also don't have is a break. We all need 'the break', the moment when someone, somewhere, says 'what the hell are you doing here? follow me and I'll make you famous!'....................we all dream.
So, where was I? Oh yes - Etsy. I've listed Hatpins and Stickpins so far, but I am planning to list at least some of my necklaces - you never know who might be watching! Rock 'n Roll! http://beadsage.etsy.com