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Any illustrators out there using Etsy to sell prints or other related stuff? I am considering taking that challenge on...
#1 - November 18, 2010, 06:33 PM

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I know a few who do. The success must depend on how much you put out there, both in product and promotion. One of my friends only makes a couple of dollars every six months or so while another has a very successful Etsy store.
#2 - November 18, 2010, 07:00 PM
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I am a huge fan of Etsy and I love it when illustrators sell stuff there. I can't speak for the rest of the world, obviously, but the things I often end up buying are small – postcards, birthday cards, that kind of thing. I did buy a limited edition glee (giclee? blimey, can't remember the term!) print from Elisa Kleven once, but that's the most pricey thing I've bought from a children's illustrator.

Cards are relatively cheap to produce and... if you don't sell them, at least you can send them! So it's a win-win, no?
#3 - November 18, 2010, 07:42 PM

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I was just talking to my husband yesterday about trying to sell on Etsy.  I love some of the artists I've found there.
#4 - November 19, 2010, 06:43 AM

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I took the plunge and just opened a store in the last couple weeks! I like how much info they have to help you get set up. And people really do seem to find you by just poking around looking at stuff. I'm just starting to advertise right now, but I've already had lookers and one sale.
So please stop by and visit! http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueSkyArtwork?ref=pr_profile
Jill
#5 - November 19, 2010, 08:08 AM

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Hi Kristen! It's nice to see you around again :)

I've been wanting to open an etsy store for quite a while, but I'm waiting until I have more time to figure out everything. Really want to. Not sure I have time to create, update, sell, ship right now.

Would love to hear about people's experiences on how much time it takes to start and maintain the etsy store.
#6 - November 19, 2010, 10:25 AM
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I love to look at the illustrators who have work up there- will be looking at your stuff Jill-
I looked into it and it does take a lot of time= really have to keep your "store" updated and fresh- and the illustrators I follow- have blogs- that keeps the traffic going to etsy- with little give aways- features of what will be in their etsy shop-  they do a lot of "buzz" building- and interacting on their blogs- to lead traffic there-
I did a little Christmas shopping there last year-
the buy a little origional piece of art or print is prett cool.
#7 - November 19, 2010, 05:36 PM

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JillB - I checked out your shop. Great prints!!
#8 - November 19, 2010, 08:17 PM
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JillB, I love the skis and poles in the snow! I might have to make a purchase.

I've also looked into an Etsy store for some of my crafts and art.
It really looks like a fun idea. I still need to copyright one poem that I was going to turn into a small illustrated print.
Several editors suggested selling it in the gift market.
I'm home sick today and now I can obsess about this. Watch, I'll have a store open by the end of the day.  :yup
#9 - November 20, 2010, 04:58 AM

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Sully, I like your style. Sick in bed, create and sell! Genius. I'm going to try that. (Sick too.)
#10 - November 20, 2010, 07:51 AM

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Since I just did it, I guess I can comment on the "how long does it take to set up?" question. I spent about a week of evenings just reading their informational stuff and looking at people's shop sites. After I decided to go for it, I spent about 2 hours a day for 3 or 4 days uploading my profile info, looking over my paypal settings, setting up shipping & tax preferences, etc. Then I started uploading images for sale. I was nervous so the first one probably took a half hour! But then I copy & pasted a lot and the successive posts only took a couple minutes each.

I can see that it's a time commitment, but it's a good feeling that I have an outlet for sales instead of just having my art sitting in drawers at home!
Did you set up a store, Sully?!
Thanks for looking you guys-
Jill
#11 - November 20, 2010, 09:15 AM

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Jill and your medium is perfect for etsy- you can pull several prints and then add a few hand details to them and they should sell well- have a few blog friends who cut out wood in assembly line and then paint unique characters- and do well- have not quite figgered out the time factor for fabric-
#12 - November 20, 2010, 10:57 AM

I've started my account and I'm working on setting it up so I can sell.
I made two small handmade crafts tonight and may post them for sale this weekend.
This is all very exciting.  :paint
#13 - December 01, 2010, 02:03 PM

Hey, Jill.

I did set up my store... http://www.etsy.com/shop/willowstreetworkshop
I'm having a lot of fun playing around with it.
Did anyone else set one up?

mary
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