For the last few years I have had lots of friends, locally and around the world, follow me on Etsy. I have a little
Vintage shop, I shop locally and around the region. I go to small thrift shops, the Goodwill, auctions and farm auctions. For me, the process is simple. I go, I look, I hunt, I shoot, I drag it out of the store. (I hunt with my camera but I love the metaphor of hunting!)
In the last few months I have had friends come and ask me about the shop. They see my posts, usually my "SOLD ! ! !" posts on facebook. I didn't realize that people were
watching and dreaming about doing this themselves.
As soon as someone asks I go right into my "method". I believed it was common knowledge....apparently not. Most times their eyes glaze over...they are often overwhelmed by the amount of information I throw at them.
If you are considering entering this most creative arena be sure to ponder the full picture. If you enjoy the researching of each little item you sell, if you enjoy writing about these pieces, shipping these pieces, communicating with customers (even when they are not happy) and the easiest of these tasks....shopping. It could be for you.
A dear friend in England, Eve, of The English Shop and My Little French Shop,
gave me a great persepective...I asked her about a policy in my shop...it
wasn't that complicated, but I needed an outside opinion. Her
response..."it's your shop, do what you want!".
That simple phrase empowered me and remined me of my role in the store.
I have helped launch a few shops on Etsy and would love to help encourage you.
In the continuing blogs I will "show and tell" my process. I believe this will be more encouragment than technical knowledge of the internet but when I learn something, I will pass it on.
Leave any questions you may have and I'll do my best to guide you...
Vintage Home Shop