Photo giveaway, and here’s why

December is the month when I start thinking seriously about the approaching new year.  It’s the month when I reflect on what I’ve accomplished, and where I want to be in the year to come.

This January, like a lot of other people in this world, I will start the year with a new plan that I will attempt to execute.  And when I evaluate myself next December, I hope to see that I’ve met my goals, or at least some of them.  I have a rather long list this year so I guess I’ll start by taking one day at a time.

And as Thomas Jefferson once said, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”  

With that said, I have set up a photo shop on Esty where  I’m going to be selling some of my photos.  I’d love for you to hop over there and take  look – but make sure you read the rest of this post first!

In celebration of making my first move toward the new year I have decided to host a giveaway of  one of my 5×7 photo’s.  The photo I’m giving away is titled Little Creamer.  I had a lot of fun creating this image, and I’m hoping the lucky winner will appreciate it’s uniqueness and enjoy it in their home, or office.

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So, here are the giveaway details.

To enter;  visit my shop at E and Esty and  look at my pictures and decide which one you like the best.  Once you’ve done that, come back here and leave a comment (in the comment section of my blog) telling me which photo is your favorite.

For additional entries you can tweet or pin this post.  Or you can (from your favorite photo page at Esty)  tweet, pin, or like the  photo you’ve chosen as your favorite.   Just make sure that you  leave a separate comment (in the comment section of my blog) for each of the extra activities you have completed.

There is a maximum of six entries for this contest.  I’m sorry it’s only open to US Residents only.  The winner will be picked December 24th.  Remember to leave an email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

Good luck! 

Also, if you are an Esty seller then please follow me and I will follow you back.

Congratulations Denise, the winner of the photo Little Creamer.  Your prize will be shipped soon!

This contest is officially closed.

The Challenges of Selling on Esty

I’ve tried my hand at selling on Esty before.  Earlier this year I attempted to sell some vintage costume jewelry and a few other vintage items I’ve collected over the years.  Needless to say my efforts didn’t prove very fruitful.  I ended up selling one item.  The sale of that one item paid for my for my listing and selling fees which were very reasonable. I quickly determined that selling on Esty was not a get rich quick endeavor.  Eventually my listings expired and I threw in the towel and carried my treasures back up to the attic.  At that time, I found my biggest problem was driving traffic to my Esty site.

I recently decided to give selling on Esty another try.  You know the old saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try-try again.” This time I decided to mix thing up a bit.  I opted to sell some of my handmade embossed Christmas cards, homemade dog treats, and some vintage buttons.

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Aside from the same old problem of driving traffic to my site, I’ve found that one of the hardest things about selling something homemade or otherwise, is pricing your items fairly.  I always cringe when it comes to this part of the selling process. I think a fair price for a handmade or homemade item should accurately reflect the labor you put into making that item, along with the cost of materials you purchased.  Vintage items are slightly different however, they are often priced according to the current market trends.  Of course you can ask yourself the ultimate question “Would I spend that kind of money on that item?” But that’s not really a perfect way of deciding on your price.  Everyone’s idea of cheap versus pricey varies, and also depends on how capable you are of producing that item yourself, or finding it elsewhere. 

I recently read that a lot of people who sell on Esty are already very crafty themselves – very obvious. It’s quite likely that most Esty users are sellers, not buyers. 

The trick is getting buyers who aren’t Esty sellers to your site is just that – tricky.  That’s hard to believe especially after reading that in February 2011, Esty sold 1.85 million worth of merchandise in just that month alone.  So what is the trick?  I suspect that advertising your shop outside of Esty, using upgraded selling features that are considerably more costly than the typical listing fee, proper tagging, and building your circles of friends through Esty are just a few ways to draw attention to your site.  Many tips on selling can be found in the sellers handbook which offers a wealth of information but it is quite voluminous.

The bottom line, running a business on-line or elsewhere takes time.  You need to be creative, be able to think outside the box, and devote yourself in both times of success and failure.  There are no easy answers, or rarely get rich quick opportunities.  Hard work, persistence and patience are the key.

The question I ask myself?  Do I have the patience it takes to build my small Esty shop?  Time will tell.

Do you sell on Esty?  What’s your opinion?  Please chime in….