Let's talk about hair crap. The miles and miles and MILES of hair crap and things with feathers, rosettes, tulle, etc. that are gorgeously on sale at etsy.com. And crocheted pieces. And jewelry. And everything else
Disclaimer: This is not an anti-etsy post. I am one hundred percent certain that EVERYONE on etsy has more balls than I do. And more talent. And access to a REAL craft store that is NOT 45 minutes away. And real fabric instead of freecycled t-shirts.
As I have been crafting, I have had lots of people wonder if I am going to have an etsy shop (which I do, BTW, but only to mark favorites and buy things). I would never in a hundred years be able to sell anything on there. It is so ridiculously popular and has become so mainstream that I am sure I would never compete. My designs are cute and heart-stopping, I know, but nothing in comparison to what is available on etsy.
See here. And here. And some here. And OMG isn't this amazing!?
So, my answer to etsy.com is always a resounding no. It's an over-saturated market, whom I love dearly, but won't engage. My decision: buy local and sell local. My dream over the next few months is to create enough pieces where I can co-op at some of the local stores. No one is really selling anything like this in my small town - and, if the feedback I am getting is really honest, my hair crap and jewelry would be a hot commodity.
In the meantime, I have to shout out to my friends who LOVE to receive stuff in the mail. Show me some thanks by posting a pic about how fabulous my jewelry is, okay?! Case in point, Jenn.