Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
The Beginnings of the Etsy Chapter
I’M STARTING AN ETSY SHOP! I’ve been saying that I wanted to open an Etsy shop since I started this blog back in August of 2011. I have yet to do so after a year in a half… but that’s all going to change! I’ve decided to finally plunge into Etsy land and get my shop rolling. I’m going to start out selling wreaths, and then ease my way into other things like prints and graphic/web design services. I’m looking at a launch date of March 2013, since I have loads of work to do beforehand.
I started off by brainstorming which wreaths I want to make for the shop. I’m going to launch the shop with 6-12 pre-wreaths. Eventually, I will add custom wreath options, but with my current schedule and space in our apartment, I can’t do so right away. But I already thought of six new designs, one that you’ve seen before. I’m really excited about them though! I want one of each for myself!
I actually used a $50 gift card from my Parent’s that I received for Christmas to start off the little shop business. Michael’s was having a sale on felt (buy 1, get 1 50% off) and on ribbon (buy 2, get 1 free) so it was the PERFECT time for me to stock on on supplies. (I still need to find some discounted wreath forms though, or just go into Michael’s everyday and buy 1 form, with a 40% off coupon). I ended up buying a TON of felt, six different kinds of ribbon, glitter, glitter adhesive and a letter “L” for a monogram wreath.
Because of all of the felt I bought, my receipt was HUGE! It was as tall as I am, and even the cashier said, “That’s some receipt!” I also learned while at the register that I can’t say “wreath” normally. She asked what I needed all of the felt for, and I stumbled over the word wreath twice. *facepalm*. I blame my PA Dutchness. The best part about the whole thing though was that I still have $5 and some change left on my gift card after all of that.
Now the labor intensive work begins. It’s time to cut up all of this felt into circles, triangles and whatever else I need. I got about 10 sheets of white felt done while Travis was cooking dinner, but I have a long way to go!
Any tips from fellow Etsy shop owners are MORE than welcome! Advice on shipping costs and methods as well! No idea where I’m going to find boxes, since I dont’ think the large flat rate USPS boxes will be big enough.