With less than a month to go before my first anniversary on Etsy, I'm closing in on a milestone I never thought I'd be talking about just yet.
Despite many fairly slow months on Etsy during late winter and the entire spring, I'm closing in on sale #100 (last night I made sale #99 Yay! picture to the left)) My 99th sale was made to a repeat customer and she has asked me to create a pair of earrings for her, to match her new bracelet. So it's possible the earrings will be #100!
I've had so much fun during my first year with Etsy. I was turned onto Etsy by one of my managers at my JOB, who was so excited about the chance to start her own online business and maybe retire from work a year or two early. Her excitement didn't last very long and she never got around to opening an Etsy shop, but she is very happy Etsy has worked out well for me.
There have been many people who have helped me with ideas and suggestions...too many to even remember everyone. But many thanks to Etsy members KimberQuinn, SouthPacificBody, CapturingLife, the entire EtsyNJ street team, Etsy admin for my shop critiques (which made a big difference in my shop's appearance) and the list could go on and on.
I will be doing the craft show at the Forked River's annual CrabFest on August 2nd. The show draws between 400-500 people every year and this year they will have 2 local radio stations broadcasting from the festival. The craft show will FREE for the public and we'll hopefully have nice weather and many walk-up customers.
I was also contacted about doing a show the following week in Lavallette, NJ. I'm waiting to hear back, for more info, but I'd like to get a 2nd show in before the end of the summer.
My fall schedule is filling up quickly and I'm already looking to commit to shows at Monsignor Donovan (in Toms River) and Southern Regional Craft Show (Manahawkin) and the people putting on the Forked River Craft Show are looking to have a November show just before Thanksgiving. These shows would probably fill up my November calendar.
So with all that being said, I better spend some time tonight at my work table. I have a lot of creating to do!
til next time...