Do you sell your items off Etsy too?

United States
June 16, 2008 6:18am CST
I opened up an Etsy shop 2 weeks ago and now I'm thinking of offering some items in local shops too, like wholesale or consignment. Is anyone else doing this? Tips? Advice? I want to offer to local shops but I'll be moving by mid July to another state but just 4 hours away so if anything I can ship or drive down to restock. I'm not sure I want to do this with the edible items for legal reasons and I can't control how long they let them sit or freshness that way. I want to do it with the handmade jewelry and reusable shopping bags.
3 responses
• United States
16 Jun 08
Ye. I sell my creations off Etsy...I think if you're treating this venture as a business, you can't rely only on Etsy to make money. I have done some wholesale in small boutiques, but I have never felt comfortable enough to consign my items. I've heard some horror stories of items that were not cared for properly, not displayed properly, stolen from the store and store closings, w/ items not returned. I would want the store to have a vested interest in my pieces for me to be comfy about leaving them there. Stick with wholesale, if you can. I also sell at craft faires and I'm trying to set-up a couple of homeshows for the fall and early winter. Good luck!!
• United States
17 Jun 08
Thanks! I'm actually thinking that I might have to close down my shop. I'm going to have a sale to get rid of any nonedible items, take the edible ones off and then close. I will be moving to a relative's house and won't have access to the internet for at least 1-3 months. It breaks my heart to do it but I'll open up a new store once I'm able to.
• United States
17 Jun 08
Sorry to hear that! I hope you do check back in with us here at myLot and Etsy when you have internet access again.... take care and talk with you soon!
• United States
16 Jun 08
I love etsy a lot, but make sure you're selling stuff you make yourself, supplies (accurately tagged), and follow all of the legal mumbo-jumbo that applies. Food seems to be an area where there are a lot of certifications needed, in most places, but you can check with your local health administration for that. I do some consignment at a local nursery, and have had a bit of success with it. Most people are having slow sales, currently, because of the summer and because of the gas prices. However, don't give up! Keep your shop open, list a few things every day, and make sure to promote and network with other sellers. I love etsy, and I think my shop is listed on my profile. I hope you enjoy your new shop and have great success!
@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I would think that you would not want to leave things in shops where you do not live nearby, because of the gas crisis. It is also true that the four hours you will spend driving, you could put into making something to sell, and I think that would be a better use of your time. I hope you are doing well on Etsy. I have not explored it, or picked an item to sell on it. Best of luck for you.