I’ve tried selling on Etsy.
And I’ve failed.
It’s easy to get lost in the sea of hand makers selling their wares on Etsy. It’s also easy to see why I failed in both of my attempts.
My first attempt to sell on Etsy was zipper pouches. Go ahead and type that into the Etsy search engine. Thousands of zipper pouches will come up on page after page using every fabric pattern imaginable. Real original, huh?
On my second attempt, I tried selling baby items. Again, typing anything baby into the Etsy search engine will reveal endless results.
So how is one supposed to distinguish themselves??? It’s easy to get frustrated feeling swallowed up by Etsy, it feels like every idea has already been thought of and I’m about 5 years to late to the game.
And then last week, I was cleaning out a closet when I came across a problem and in trying to come up with a solution it hit me! I could make one. I spent Brynlee’s nap time that day trying to create my idea and when I finished I loved it! It worked perfectly!
As the day wore on, this idea kept forming in my head, would others, could others, use this too? But with that same spark that drove me to figure out the various measurements, the cost and time breakdown and had the wheels spinning uncontrollably in my head, was a small voice that said what are the odds this will work out this time, it hasn’t worked in the past, and besides, someone has probably already thought of it, so might be easier to just not try.
So I decided, before I would invest any more time into this idea, I needed to find out whether there was anything like this available. I can’t tell you how terrified I was to start searching Etsy. I was so excited about this idea that I was worried if I found it my hopes would be dashed once again.
But you know what, I couldn’t find it on Etsy, so I took to Google and couldn’t find it there either.
So I spent every spare moment this whole weekend creating sample after sample, testing out different options, each one working better than the last until I finally settled on a version that was exactly what I was going for!
But now here is the real risk. I could fail again!!! And this time, it’s my own original idea, which might make it hurt a little worse this time, I think.
On the other hand, you, others, might love this idea as much as I do and it could be a success. But if I never try, then I’ll never know and that, will be the real failure!
So, next Monday, I’ll be sharing my idea with you and making it available in my Etsy shop! I hope you’ll stop back by to check it out (and hopefully love it as much as I do) and leave me your feed back because I am always open to suggestions!
And I could use all the support and encouragement I could get!!
Oh, and there just might be a giveaway involved…