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Hi illustrators!

I was wondering if you've had any success with selling on Etsy?

Whether you simply uploaded your work, or targeted it to the Etsy market? If it's mostly children's art prints you've sold, etc?

Any tips or stories are appreciated, as my shop is newly-open:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/JoeyElkins

Thanks!
- Joey
#1 - June 13, 2013, 02:44 PM

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I don't have any advice, just wanted to say that I like your prints and wish you luck:-)

God bless,
Susan
#2 - June 14, 2013, 08:39 AM
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Thanks, Susan, for the kind words :-)
#3 - June 14, 2013, 10:40 AM

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I can't speak from the seller's point of view but I've bought art prints from Etsy. I found an illustration on Pinterest, fell in love with it and clicked on the Etsy link. There I found lots more beautiful illustrations and I bought a whole bunch! In case you're interested, this was the illustrator: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/majalin?ref=seller_info

So if you can, try to get your stuff posted on pinterest (post it yourself maybe once you've got followers?). It's a good way to draw attention to your work, I think.
#4 - June 15, 2013, 01:35 AM

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Hi Franzilla,

That's so funny-- I've found that artist too through Etsy browsing (testing the same keywords I've been using), and "favorited" her shop. You and I must have similar tastes :-)

I've post a few images on Pinterest-- and it drove a little traffic (I opened my shop 2 days ago). I'm still new to Pinterest, though. I'm involved with most other social media, but Pinterest is just so expansive, it'll take some time to navigate and learn!
#5 - June 15, 2013, 09:38 AM

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No insight, but your reading moose and the star suitcase are awesome!
#6 - June 15, 2013, 09:49 AM
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Hey Joey,

You've got some really cute work!

I've been on Etsy for a few years (https://www.etsy.com/shop/philliker) and have sold a few items through it. I haven't found the key to success with it (admittedly I haven't put in much work to do so) but there are a lot of good, informational posts on their blog about how to make a successful shop.

Here's a general sellers' handbook that aggregates some of their posts- https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/the-seller-handbook-archive/

If you go to the blog and search something like "success" or "promotion" you'll get hours worth of good insight.

Good luck!
#7 - June 15, 2013, 07:52 PM

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Thanks, Sauna and Phil!
#8 - June 18, 2013, 09:57 AM

Those are a lot of fun! Have you ever sent samples to parenting blogs or magazines that sometimes feature fun kids' products?
#9 - June 18, 2013, 11:48 AM

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Thanks Christine-- haven't sent those yet. I'm waiting until I have more stock of them. And since the "animal and furniture" prints seem to be selling at an equal rate, decor & design blogs might be a better option. Waiting to see where it all lands as sales increase... :-)
#10 - June 19, 2013, 10:58 AM

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I have not tried to sell any of my illustration work on etsy, however, i just want to say you have soe great stuff!
#11 - June 24, 2013, 07:10 PM

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Hi Joey!

Love your shop :) Your work is adorable and charming!

This is not expert opinion, but it seems like the illustrators who do really well there branch out a little bit - they have other complimentary products with their artwork incorporated. Just something to consider eventually.



I've had a couple of different shops on the ol' etsy. One is mostly for mittens, and I run it with my mom https://www.etsy.com/shop/wildrabbits

The other one has more of my original work, and whatever I feel like making at the time. It's mostly pillows right now, and  plush  https://www.etsy.com/shop/wildrabbitsburrow

I'm admittedly not excellent at marketing. I would rather spend time making things or writing. But obviously, the more you can spread the word, the better you'll do.

Good luck! You already have a few sales - well on your way  :moose
#12 - June 25, 2013, 10:36 AM

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I've enjoyed this thread.  Joey, I love your artwork...it made me chuckle....and, Lindsey, your squid-work is wonderful. :fireworks
#13 - June 25, 2013, 01:21 PM

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Thanks everyone, for the notes and checking out the shop. It's cool to see your shops as well.
I've gotten 9 sales so far since opening last week... so here's hoping that continues!
Good luck w/ yours too!
#14 - June 25, 2013, 08:35 PM

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I have a quick question re: the prints -- do you create them yourself (on the computer/printer), or do you have someone else do them? Haven't tried Etsy yet, but I'd like to!

Thanks!
Samantha
#15 - June 29, 2013, 07:32 AM

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Hi, sorry sbell -- I never responded to your question!

I get them printed at a local print shop specializing in art. But I'm saving up for a large-format Epson Artisan 1430, so I can print them myself and not have to drive 45 minutes round trip whenever there's an order!
#16 - August 18, 2013, 08:49 PM

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9 sales in the first week is really good. I used to sell vintage home decor on Etsy and that would have been a great week for me!

I agree that the illustrators who seem to do well usually have multiple versions of their prints available. (Different sizes, cards, etc.) but that is not necessary. The audience of Etsy is pretty diverse, but I can say that the gift and home decor market is pretty big there. My sales picked up in October/November/December when I added (and appropriately tagged) holiday items. In addition, for illustrations, I would definitely say home decor is the way to skew things. Personally, I tend to shop for prints when I'm decorating or when something big happens in my life. (For instance, wedding, first apartment together, and now first baby).

Pinterest seems to be a good way to generate traffic, if you are comfortable with having your work "out there." I have bought a necklace I found on Pinterest the same day I saw it on there and am planning on buying a print for our baby's nursery from a pin I saw just the other day. (BTW, I love your "maybe today is the day I will find a dragon" print. So adorable! I favorited it for future reference.)

Personally, I'm drawn to prints that incorporate a phrase in some way, but not exclusively. I don't want all the artwork in my house to have a saying on it, but sometimes they are simply the ones I like the most.

Best wishes! Your illustrations are fun and colorful; I think they will do well on Etsy.

One final note: this will seem unfair, but the only way to keep getting fresh attention from buyers is to systematically keep fresh listings on a weekly or preferably daily basis. I finally learned I needed to add this into my factoring for price-setting. Buyers will search for what terms they are looking for and generally will NOT hunt back 50+ pages. They usually buy something they find in the first 10 pages or so. The only way to get back near the front of the search results is to RE-list your item periodically so it appears "new." The weeks I listed at least a few "new" items a day were the weeks that I got the most sales.

Hope this helps. :)

p.s. An Etsy-seller friend of mine has also had some success with using her (fantastic) photography of her items (she also sells vintage) over at http://society6.com/. You might want to check it out if you have any interest in using your art on products other than simply prints.
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Now I'm late replying!  Thanks so much for the info about prints!

Samantha
#18 - August 29, 2013, 06:09 AM

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I really enjoyed browsing your Etsy shops!!
Lindsey, your pillows are adorable! Bags, fun and colorful like your pillows, with a writing or book theme, would be awesome for SCBWI conferences!!
Wish you the best, Joey. (The cards idea is a good one!)
Happy Illustrating!! :paint
#19 - August 29, 2013, 07:48 AM

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Thanks Andrea-- that's a good call on the holiday items, and the re-listing. I'll look into that. And glad you like the dragon one-- it's one of my favorites too :-)
And thanks Dionna for the kind words.

Oh, and if anyone somehow doesn't use cloud-based storage for their art files, here's a Dropbox referral link:

http://db.tt/Cr5VB8k

I had to re-install my mac OS and lost several files I hadn't backed up on a hard drive from the last few weeks... but luckily I had them all on Dropbox.

It's free, and using my link will get us both more than the standard free storage!

At any rate, no matter what you use-- go back up your files this instant!

- Joey
#20 - August 30, 2013, 10:35 AM

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I know this is long after the first post but just wanted to say that I have a shop on Etsy too now! It's such a hassle and a lot of work setting it up! I wish I had some insight for you, but mostly I'm still getting myself organized. I have 16 items up at my shop and nothing has sold yet (need to work on my SEO). My shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DaniDuckArt It would be really neat to see more Illustrators who have a shop (part of the reason why I dug this thread back up). Anyone who hasn't posted have a shop? Love the things I've seen on there already from the illustrators here!
#21 - October 11, 2013, 02:30 AM

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I'm also late in replying here. I do have an etsy store but I am making resin pendants, mostly from my own graphic design and illustration work.
My friends have been buying prints to decorate their nurseries for new babies so I think there's a market there. Other markets would include downloadable files for crafting and scrapbooking. I see printable paper patterns a lot. And there were some other stores I found that had targeted items such as illustrated chore lists (also downloadable files).
I've also been playing around with deviantArt. They also have a print on demand option but the site is a little hard to navigate. An unofficial poll there suggests Tumblr is where a lot of people look to follow artists. Pinterest is pretty good too but you have to pin other people's work as well as your own to start to get a following.
Mishka

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#22 - January 16, 2014, 10:58 AM

I just started my site up again on Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/shop/willowstreetworkshop
It does help keep me in the creative mood. Now I'm going to check out everyones sites. I just checked out yours Mishka, love the snowflake pendants!
#23 - January 18, 2014, 01:36 PM

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Thank you, Mary. :)
#24 - January 19, 2014, 05:41 PM

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Just reading this thread now; interesting. I have a tiny Etsy shop which I need to give more attention to:
www.etsy.com/shop/sophiesart
REcently I heard an "Etsy 101" talk at the library, and the notes are here, fyi....
www.clevelandhandmade.com See Etsy 101 on right hand column.
Good luck to you all!
#25 - March 04, 2014, 07:49 AM

Thanks for the link, Sophie! I love the items in your shop especially the Northern Lights one. I'm trying to increase my listings right now.
Good luck with your shop.    :paint
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