I've had my etsy store (sculptedwindows) open for almost a week and it has been fun. I have met many nice people, and the etsy community is so kind and supportive it's real neat. I must thank those that have given me a try on etsy, I appreciate your support, as I had zero etsy feedback.
Opening a shop on etsy is something I have considered for over a year and it finally felt right. It's funny, the day after I decided to try etsy, ebay sent an email announcing more increases in their store fees. Eaby has gotten pretty insane. I do NOT plan on leaving ebay, and I'm not going to rant and whine about the changes they are making. I just want to scale my ebay inventory back some. Carrying an inventory of 600-700+ items on ebay is getting tougher and tougher. I figure I could rent an actual shop in downtown Lancaster, PA for the fees ebay is charging. That's pretty nuts!
Aside from the high fees, ebay is not a very friendly place for artists and smaller sized shops. If you're not an "Anchor Store" or an auction style lister they have made it very tough... and they've made it clear they do not care one bit about me (or you). I was getting a little burnt out with ebay. Etsy is a much warmer, straight forward operation that really caters to artists and crafters. It is going to be a nice addition to my life, much healthier for the soul, I can already tell.
I have lots of goodies to list, mostly clay. I'm not sure why, but I have been into my clay for a few weeks. I'm getting the itch for my wire again, I can feel it coming on! There is a gem show this coming weekend in Philly, I know that will get me revved up to start wrapping again. Be sure to stop by Sculpted Windows on etsy and see some of my new designs!! More are on the way over the next few days!