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Etsy and the like
Fri 5-Feb-16
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Does anyone here make and sell things on Etsy?  If you do, what's it like, is it easy to set up and use a selling account? (crucial for a technophobe like me!).  Do things sell well on there, do you get a reasonable price for your things?  Are there any other similar craft sites?  I've been told about one called Folksy, which seems to be very like it.

I'm thinking about possibly making baby things (crocheted pram blankets mainly, maybe toys too) with a view to selling them.  Don't fancy ebay, we've had a few bad experiences with idiots on there which have put me off.

Any help, suggestions and ideas gratefully received! 

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Fri 5-Feb-16
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I set myself up with an etsy account last year, and it's not that straightforward to do on the iPad, but it might be easier on a PC or laptop. 

However, - and I stress this is only my opinion, I think it's a lovely avenue for crafty people to display and try to sell their stuff, but I think GENERALLY the only people who frequent it, are crafty people, so not sure the audience is that massive outside of the crafting world. 

Would be interested if anyone disagrees with me, as I haven't made the most of the 'shop' I started to set up on there 

Fri 5-Feb-16
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Good point Jan, that had actually crossed my mind.....if you're not a crafty type then you probably won't have heard of Etsy.  I'd be interested to find out if anybody actually manages to sell stuff on there on a regular basis.  I don't want to make a massive business out of it.....don't want to get into the stress of all that for a start!  I just like crocheting, mainly blankets and throws, but we've got enough of those for ourselves now!  I still want to carry on crocheting as I love it so much, and nowadays my wrists (and hot flushes) cope better with smaller things rather than bed size blankets.  I just thought it would be a good way of making a bit of pocket money, whilst carrying on with doing something I love. 

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Fri 5-Feb-16
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I wouldn't bother to go to etsy Sue , I have an etsy shop I set up to sell Ian's paintings and my cards . It was easy to set up on the main computer, but had no traffic at all , there is too much competition on there, my daughter in law also has a shop for jewellery she makes, she has sold 2 things in 3years

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Fri 5-Feb-16
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Oh right, thanks Eileen, that's not very encouraging.  I guess it will have to be ebay then.....if I do go ahead with it.  Craft fairs would probably be a better bet, but they're generally at weekends and I can't get anywhere unless OH takes me, and he works weekends.  I might just make the stuff anyway and wait for people to have babies  big_laugh

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Sat 6-Feb-16
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Having thought about it, I reckon I'll get on with making things and building up a stock, with a view to doing a craft fair in the summer.  Husband can have a day off work to take me.  I may possibly put one thing on ebay, just to see how it goes.

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Sat 6-Feb-16
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I'm a bit like you Sue, I started the craft stall because I loved making the jams and chutneys, and although I had a decent band of followers and fans, there's only so much I can 'dispose off' via that route. I do enjoy the craft stall stuff, when I'm in the mood for it, but sometimes I think I should pack it in, hefting boxes of jars around is heavy work, the knitted stuff sounds a much better idea.

Sat 6-Feb-16
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give it a go Sue , at worst you will have a nice day out and you will be able to do some thing you like to do in your spare time , at best you will build up a nice little business

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Sun 7-Feb-16
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Yes, not saying you shouldn't try Etsy, you're not loosing anything by giving it a try, they only charge if you sell anything. On a nice day craft fairs are fun, usually lots of like minded people to chat to, and I've made many friends from them.

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