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Quit Your Day Job: Copper Leaf Studios

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Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
I started my career in art education – I had a crazy schedule teaching at a high school in the morning, a middle school in the afternoon, and a university at night. One year I researched non-toxic printmaking techniques that I might safely bring into the classroom. Things changed and I didn’t end up teaching the class, but I fell in love with the textured metal surfaces, and Copper Leaf Studios was born.

I sold in a few galleries initially, then heard about Etsy and set up shop. My first sale was a complete surprise! Things grew steadily from there, and before I knew it I had a business on my hands. I left the university and branched out into wholesale and consignment. I still had the day job, so I let the business grow naturally. I don’t think I ever really expected it to be my sole income.

What steps did you take to prepare for transitioning into full time Etsy selling?
The whole full time thing happened due to layoffs. I went through several years of cut backs first, so I had some time to prepare and mentally brace myself. I did a lot of practical things, like putting money aside, building up inventory, and networking with as many artists and galleries and businesses as possible. I also did a few impractical things, like losing sleep and panicking. I was a single mom, and it was scary — but it was a “now or never” kind of moment.

What is your favorite part of the process in working with metal?
I love it all — etching the textures into the thick metal, cutting the detailed designs, even doing the mundane things like routing the wood blocks that go on the back. Some parts are creative and exciting, some are meditative.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • Be excited about your work. It’s contagious! At its core, marketing is nothing more than telling others about what you do. The trick is doing it consistently, and comfortably, and professionally – whether it’s social media, or submitting to blogs, or networking. 
  • Once people are interested, find ways to stay connected! I write a weekly newsletter/blog where I share new work, tell stories, and talk about upcoming events. I love to write, so it’s a natural fit – but for others it might be something else. Find what clicks, and do it regularly.
  • On the flip side, I also think it’s critical to step outside of your comfort zone. I heard a famous artist advise, “If by the time you’re 30, all your friends are still artists, you’re doing something wrong.” His point was if you’re only interacting with your peers, you’re missing all the other amazing and interesting people out there — and most likely, your potential customers. So each year I try to do something to stretch myself. This year I’m going to more professional networking events. It’s definitely a different realm! But I sell to a lot of businesses and professionals, so this is where I need to be.

What is your most popular line of items to date?
Custom copper maps! I’ve sold hundreds, including a giant 6×4 foot (1.8×1.2 meter) copper & wood-burned map of the entire world. It was designed for a lovely Etsy seller as a surprise anniversary gift to her husband. The copper pieces are removable, so the couple is literally building the map as they travel the world and spend their lives together.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Art shows have become very difficult recently. Even shows that have done well at in the past are proving challenging now. While I love meeting customers face to face, I have to face the fact that this may not be the most effective use of my time and resources right now.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
The interruptions — some of my processes are lengthy and some days it’s difficult to carve out an uninterrupted chunk of time. I can’t complain as I gained a few hours in my day when I got rid of my long commute. My dad retired around the same time I became self-employed — we used call each other in the afternoon and say “guess what I’m not doing right now — driving!” and laugh.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The seasonal swings — you’re either slammed, or you hear crickets, that’s just the way it is. This was especially difficult when I first became self employed — I found myself getting stressed when I was busy, and stressed when I wasn’t. I had to take a deep breath and let it go.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
The security. I know that sounds weird, but after years of cut-backs/recalls/lay-offs, I know how much stress hangs in the air in those situations, and how insecure it can really be. I am much more in control of my career now, and that’s an incredible freedom.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?

  • Take a business class. Read a book or blog. Spend as much time on the business side as you do on your craft.
  • Diversify! Try wholesale or consignment. Have a studio or trunk show. Offer commission work. Find which combination works with your products.
  • Try new things! It can take time to find what really clicks.
  • Have confidence in what you do, and put it out there! It will never be finished, and you’ll never be perfect. 
  • And… There is no “big break” either. It’s all just one foot in front of the other.

What goals do you have in store for the future of CopperLeafStudios?
I love doing larger commissions for people and businesses that reflect their aesthetic/personality/brand. It’s incredibly challenging, both creatively and technically. There’s invariably a moment of “Dear God, what have I gotten myself into?” But they always seem to work out, and when I look back, those are the pieces I’m most proud of. I hope to make work like this the cornerstone of my business in the future.

Anything else you would like to share?
Just a huge thank you to Etsy and its wonderful community! I’ve made so many friends, both online and in person through the Cleveland Handmade Team — the encouragement and support here is incredible.

Thanks for sharing your story, Chris. Check out her work in the Seller’s Items below.

Seller Handbook | Quit Your Day Job Series

  • cieliblu

    cieliblu says:

    Congratulations! What an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing :)

    2 years ago

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin says:

    Your work is great. Congratulations on your success!

    2 years ago

  • VampedUpCouture

    VampedUpCouture says:

    Beautiful Work! Gratz!

    2 years ago

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree says:

    Wow, I'm so glad they featured you. I love your work. Tremendous shop and inspiring story.

    2 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    Excellent interview. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations, Chris.

    2 years ago

  • filix

    filix says:

    i honestly keep holding my breath for some "big break" when really, i should have peace with where I am, and the quality of work im producing. Loved your savy interview~

    2 years ago

  • humblebea

    humblebea says:

    Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing your story! (-:

    2 years ago

  • karencollins78

    karencollins78 says:

    I love your work and your inspiring story!

    2 years ago

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt says:

    Chris, how great to see you here! Even better that I already own one of your amazing pieces. xo

    2 years ago

  • HelenesDreams

    HelenesDreams says:

    I really love your work! What a wonderful story...thank you !

    2 years ago

  • alibli

    alibli says:

    Your work is brilliant... congrats and thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • funktionslust

    funktionslust says:

    Congratulations, beautiful and so unique

    2 years ago

  • DancingLoonJewelry

    DancingLoonJewelry says:

    I love your work and your story-I hope I can build my jewelry and photography into something as special as your metal work. Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • InkFive

    InkFive says:

    Fantastic pieces!

    2 years ago

  • TastefulThings

    TastefulThings says:

    your works are extraordinary. thanks for sharing your story.

    2 years ago

  • riricreations

    riricreations says:

    LOVE this~ keep making your gorgeous creations!

    2 years ago

  • fondueavenue

    fondueavenue says:

    Beautiful! I love the map...so awesome!

    2 years ago

  • designsbytaylor2u

    designsbytaylor2u says:

    wonderful. thanks for sharing your story. this is really encouraging.

    2 years ago

  • zJayne

    zJayne says:

    Wonderful! Having the pleasure of meeting up with Chris (as a member of the Cleveland Handmade Team). . . I can vouch for her amazing talent and clear headed views, help, inspiration. She's also so SO funny! She can make me spit my water! Okay, did I really type that! She so RoCkS - we are lucky to have her! xo ~waving, Jane

    2 years ago

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers says:

    Wow!Just love your metal work, the textures and colors are amazing!

    2 years ago

  • CopperLeafStudios

    CopperLeafStudios says:

    thank you guys :) truly, and sincerely~

    2 years ago

  • AstoriaLane

    AstoriaLane says:

    Congrats on the wonderful feature!!!

    2 years ago

  • FreshlySkweezed

    FreshlySkweezed says:

    Bravo! Interesting and honest post. Solid advice that I appreciate and intend to use. Many thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • rewstargazer

    rewstargazer says:

    Incredibly, unbelievably inspiring! In the teaching world right now, I'm going through that awful cutback/layoff feeling, and hearing someone who got through it and made things *better* is so helpful!

    2 years ago

  • phunkygemini

    phunkygemini says:

    Lovely work, Chris! Excuse the tangent but your grey wrist warmers are darling!

    2 years ago

  • BarkingSandsVintage

    BarkingSandsVintage says:

    Congratulations! Such lovely work.

    2 years ago

  • CopperLeafStudios

    CopperLeafStudios says:

    good luck rewstargazer!! It is HARD to go through that -- especially after spending so much emotional energy teaching your kids. Thinking positive thoughts for you!!!

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Beautiful work, lovely to hear your story. I can totally identify with some of your worries, I'm a natural worrier and really need to 'let go' more!

    2 years ago

  • BudgetWeddingBouquet

    BudgetWeddingBouquet says:

    Wonderful inspiration, your art is truly one of a kind!

    2 years ago

  • CopperLeafStudios

    CopperLeafStudios says:

    phunkygemini -- cashmeredejavu made them for me! Awesome shop, and super nice :)

    2 years ago

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo says:

    Congratulations! A truly inspiring story!

    2 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    I have those moments when working on large commissioned pieces, especially if they're something I've never attempted before... but they DO always work out & they ARE always the best things I do! I think it's all largely a question of having faith in yourself... & not getting too freaked out about the seemingly limitless amount of faith your customers have in you! Love your work, it's unique & beautiful with a fabulous tactile quality.

    2 years ago

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux says:

    Fabulous feature, and sound advice from the artist. Congrats from a native Michigander in MN!

    2 years ago

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages says:

    Beautiful items here

    2 years ago

  • vickiorion

    vickiorion says:

    I've been a big fan of your shop for a long time! Congrats on the feature and the success.

    2 years ago

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos says:

    Wow, your work is amazing! Your are an inspiration!! Congrats on your success and for doing what you love!

    2 years ago

  • cosmicheart

    cosmicheart says:

    Your work is amazing! You really found the medium that was made for you. I like what you said about stretching yourself. I think everyone should try it more often. I don't call it stretching yourself, I call it scaring yourself. It is when you know you need to do something out of your comfort zone and you can feel the fear inside you. It is a leap of faith. When you try it and succeed you feel great and empowered to try something new again.

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Love your work!

    2 years ago

  • kumosgreetings

    kumosgreetings says:

    I adore your shop. Really beautiful work. :)

    2 years ago

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet says:

    Congratulations, Chris! I'm so happy to have gotten to know you through the Cleveland Team! You are inspiring and I'm so glad you got to quit your day job too : )

    2 years ago

  • thiswayup1

    thiswayup1 says:

    Amazing, congrats!! I know exactly what you mean about art shows...glad things are working out for you :)

    2 years ago

  • anakim

    anakim says:

    I adore Chris work and I'm lucky to own one. Most of luck and success to you Chris - you deserve it!

    2 years ago

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign says:

    Love your work!

    2 years ago

  • kscanuck785

    kscanuck785 says:

    gorgeous pieces! enjoyed reading your interview :)

    2 years ago

  • LittleCritters00
  • TheFlannelDog

    TheFlannelDog says:

    Personally, I am a big fan of your soap at your sweetpeainwinter alter ego Etsy shop Oh, and your zucchini bread and epic use of puns. :-)

    2 years ago

  • ghoghooghora

    ghoghooghora says:

    inspiring story! great work!

    2 years ago

  • ghoghooghora

    ghoghooghora says:

    inspiring story!

    2 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    Beatiful work! Congrats to you on being featured...it's well-deserved! Also, thanks for such a great article!

    2 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi says:

    Beautiful work!

    2 years ago

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio says:

    Congratulations on your feature! Best wishes for continued success!!!!

    2 years ago

  • CopperLeafStudios

    CopperLeafStudios says:

    {{hugs}} to the awesome zJayne & **kisses** to TheFlannelDog! And cheers to Sherry and Vicki and Anakim and LazyT... to the best part of Etsy: the people!

    2 years ago

  • pepperpressny

    pepperpressny says:

    Your story is so inspiring and work is stunning! and how true that there might be less security, not to mention creative fulfillment in a full time job than being self employed and creating your own path to success. Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • jwlrywrkroom

    jwlrywrkroom says:

    Congratulations! I've always been an admirer of your work and wish you continued success!

    2 years ago

  • Gakabo

    Gakabo says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, it's inspiring and comforting to hear that you can become sucessful doing what you love, and judging by your work, what you were meant to do with your life. I'm a new Etsy seller, and also about to be laid off from my day job, which is both scary and exciting! Congratulations on being featured and good luck for the future :)

    2 years ago

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt says:

    Great interview! love your work.......congrats on the feature!!

    2 years ago

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose says:

    So good to see you here! congrats!

    2 years ago

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd says:

    congrats! i'd like to get my business to be in the place yours is one day! thanks!

    2 years ago

  • stonz

    stonz says:

    Chris is AMAZING. Talented, smart and adorable. I know...I have met her! LOVE this interview....and everything she does. Go Chris!!

    2 years ago

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux says:

    Im going through the same thing. Thank you for some inspiration, especially after a panic sesh this morning.

    2 years ago

  • MaidenJane

    MaidenJane says:

    Such great advice and very proud of our fellow Cleveland Handmade Team member!

    2 years ago

  • nikkipoo08

    nikkipoo08 says:

    Ya know I needed to read your story to day. Thank you for sharing. Your works are beautiful. Best with everything to come and more!

    2 years ago

  • Niftic

    Niftic says:

    Fabulous work, great insight into the artist's world! Gotta love Etsy!

    2 years ago

  • stitchnmomma

    stitchnmomma says:

    Congrats Chris from another Cleveland Handmade member. This feature is much deserved!! <3

    2 years ago

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana says:

    Congratulations! Beautiful work.

    2 years ago

  • mkb1262

    mkb1262 says:

    Incredibly beautiful, unique and architectural all at the same time. Truly professional at its best.

    2 years ago

  • simpleelementsdesign

    simpleelementsdesign says:

    This is wonderful! Chris freely gives of herself to help her fellow Cleveland Handmade members. I have found her to be inspiring and giving. So glad the rest of the Etsy community gets to know what a wonderful artist and person you are, Chris. Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • DebsWhimsicalDesigns

    DebsWhimsicalDesigns says:

    Congratulations on your feature CopperLeaf! Well deserved! Beautiful work and a classy lady!

    2 years ago

  • urbanartifaks

    urbanartifaks says:

    wow, Chris-congrats on the feature!! You are always such an inspiration to everyone-you should really have your own column :) good for you! You Go, Girl!

    2 years ago

  • missrubysue

    missrubysue says:

    HOrray for Capitalism and Entrepeneurship! Only in the United States of America can we persue our dreams and make them come true! I love the promise of economic freedom as we work hard at what we love and are rewarded financially and emotionally. God Bless America! MIss Ruby Sue

    2 years ago

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns says:

    So glad to read your story Chris!! You're always such an inspiration!!

    2 years ago

  • SummerfrostPhoto

    SummerfrostPhoto says:

    AHH! Im so glad to see your story here, I have been following your work since I started here on etsy and found your work of Traverse City, MI (my hometown). love, love, love all you do, and keep up the great work!

    2 years ago

  • JLynnCreations

    JLynnCreations says:

    Congratulations to you Copper! As a long time admirer I am so very excited to see you featured!!! Way to go :)

    2 years ago

  • VictoriaMBaron

    VictoriaMBaron says:

    Great story! Love your work :)

    2 years ago

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy says:

    So excited to hear Coppers story!!! An Etsian and artist I've had great respect for since meeting her here on Etsy. Congrats to your success Copper well deserved and earned!!!

    2 years ago

  • raspberrybutterflies

    raspberrybutterflies says:

    Beautiful work great story

    2 years ago

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy says:

    Glad to see you featured Chris - it's well deserved! Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Congrats!!! Your work is beautiful! =)

    2 years ago

  • lifeneedsart

    lifeneedsart says:

    Wonderful article, Chris! It's so exciting to see you featured here!

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Beautiful work! Congratulations and continued success to you.

    2 years ago

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios says:

    Fabulous work & great article. Thanks for the marketing tips. xo, MJ

    2 years ago

  • feelingartsy

    feelingartsy says:

    Great interview and store. Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • Metalworksjewelry

    Metalworksjewelry says:

    2 thumbs up.....WAY up! Congratulations Copper on your great article!!

    2 years ago

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler says:

    I'm so thrilled to see Chris featured here. I'm lucky enough to know her in person and be able to know what a professional, talented, hard-working and most of all nice person she is. (I can also attest since I own a piece and have given a few as gifts that her work is top-notch! It's unique and gorgeous.) Congratulations on the feature, and even more congratulations on your ever-growing business! May you always find success.

    2 years ago

  • LaceyClaireDesigns

    LaceyClaireDesigns says:

    Congratulations Chris - great article, great product, and great blog. Hope to see you around Cleveland Heights as that is where I live too. :)

    2 years ago

  • ScrappyStuffShop

    ScrappyStuffShop says:

    Wonderful article!! Thanks for the reminder about keeping up on business knowledge. It becomes easy to forget about that and I have so much to learn. Best wishes for your continued success!

    2 years ago

  • itsnewagainvintage

    itsnewagainvintage says:

    So proud to have one of your beautiful pieces made especially for me.

    2 years ago

  • lestroisfleurs

    lestroisfleurs says:

    Yeah Copper... so thrilled that your success has been an Etsy feature story.... you are an inspiration to all of us! Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord says:

    I've loved your work for years! Great article!

    2 years ago

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry says:

    Yeah Chris! We are so proud of you. What a great story and you are so inspiring. You have always been such an asset to our ClevelandHandmade Team!

    2 years ago

  • dorana

    dorana says:

    congratulations! SO happy for you!

    2 years ago

  • VintageRerun

    VintageRerun says:

    Copper is a jewel! Your praises are well deserved.

    2 years ago

  • Crafterall

    Crafterall says:

    Hooray! As a fellow ex-teacher and current custom map maker, I had to stand up and applaud not only your courage and tenacity to keep doing what you're doing, but also your grounded and clear words of advice for others. Well spoken! Congratulations on all of your hard-earned success, and may this be just the beginning!

    2 years ago

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage says:

    Beautiful work. I love it, and a great article too. Congrats.

    2 years ago

  • botny

    botny says:

    Such a wonderful article about an impressive and dedicated artist! I too have quit my day job (about two weeks ago actually!) to focus on Etsy and finally be able to give it my all now...it was so nice to read your wonderful article and actually be able to relate and also grow from the knowledge you shared!! Great advice and beautiful work! Congrats!! :)

    2 years ago

  • TheWhimsicalBlossom

    TheWhimsicalBlossom says:

    Thanks for the great advice and congratulations on the feature. Your work is beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • wildfireatheart
  • robertcoffin

    robertcoffin says:

    Beautifyl work.

    2 years ago

  • Stephaniemakesall

    Stephaniemakesall says:

    Yay Copperleaf!! I always wondered if you had one one of these, now you do!!

    2 years ago

  • DesignsByNancyT

    DesignsByNancyT says:

    Wonderful inspiration! Congratulations on doing what you love!

    2 years ago

  • virtuallori

    virtuallori says:

    Chris is one of the most grounded, level-headed creative people I know, and it's been a delight to watch her business grow and blossom over the past few years. Her business advice is spot-on, and her craftsmanship is extraordinary. Congratulations, Chris!

    2 years ago

  • handprintlady

    handprintlady says:

    I love your work! As a professional ceramist and tile maker in my past, I can really appreciate your work!

    2 years ago

  • sewlutionsbyamo

    sewlutionsbyamo says:

    Oh my goodness, I was so excited to see you featured, congratulations - your work is magnificent. --a fan.

    2 years ago

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello says:

    Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar says:

    So happy to see you here! And so nice to read a little bit about you. :)

    2 years ago

  • sassandperil

    sassandperil says:

    Fantastic read with so many great points! Thank you for sharing your story and best of luck with your continued success!

    2 years ago

  • mimiworkshop

    mimiworkshop says:

    Congrats! Love your Items.

    2 years ago

  • CopperLeafStudios

    CopperLeafStudios says:

    thank you guys so much~~ reading the comments is humbling to say the least!

    2 years ago

  • rikahonthelookout

    rikahonthelookout says:

    this is awesome, congrats!!

    2 years ago

  • tmlCREATIONS

    tmlCREATIONS says:

    What a fantastic interview! I especially love what you said about the swings of seasons - so true! You are an amazing artist! Keep it up! and congrats:)

    2 years ago

  • jenjenpb

    jenjenpb says:

    Such an inspiring story...thank you!

    2 years ago

  • JewelMeShop

    JewelMeShop says:

    An incredible story by a successful artist. Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • sonjayugoslovenka

    sonjayugoslovenka says:

    You are so talented. Keep up with a good work.

    2 years ago

  • VintageStorytale

    VintageStorytale says:

    Congratulations, beautiful work

    2 years ago

  • TrudysPaintedLadies

    TrudysPaintedLadies says:

    Copperleaf is a fabulous asset to the Etsy community and congratulations to her. Beautiful Work ! Great interview...

    2 years ago

  • ShopTinyTreasures
  • peshka

    peshka says:

    Cool!

    2 years ago

  • modernrubbishsf

    modernrubbishsf says:

    What wonderful work, and what wonderful advice. Very practical, thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • toriska

    toriska says:

    I somehow missed this before. Congratulations! You've been one of my favorite shops ever since I first saw your work.

    2 years ago

  • mysticartbuys

    mystic lady from mysticartbuys says:

    thats great ! i made my first etsy sale today

    1 year ago

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC from SusiesBoutiqueTLC says:

    Congratulations on your feature. I made my first sale today. :)

    1 year ago

  • sunkissedsisters

    Graebelle Campbell from SunKissedSisters says:

    We just got our first sale as well. Reading your story is so encouraging. Thank you for sharing it with us. And congratulations on your success. The SunKissed Sisters

    1 year ago

  • teebster001

    Tiberius Ardeljan from SilverBellJewelry says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, I just made my very first sale today after checking my homepage every 10 minutes and losing sleep for the last week since I opened my shop. After reading your inspiring article and receiving my first order today, I already feel much more confident. Congratulations and I wish you continued success!

    1 year ago

  • Zoharous

    belinda bakiraaye from Zoharous says:

    This is awesome and you are a true inspiration. I got my first say yesterday and I'm still stunned. Thanks for the encouraging words of wisdom.

    1 year ago

  • wendynordli

    Wendy Nordli from BayCreationsbyWendy says:

    Thank you so much for the article. I can't believe how exciting it is to check out all the stats on Etsy, and see products up for sale once listed. I just got my first sale and it's a great feeling! It's good to hear your perspective on the different aspects of transitioning from working outside of the home to full time Etsy. I have to say I'm loving that part of it, and can't wait until I become a little more relaxed about the order end of it.

    1 year ago

  • deckerlaura

    Laura Decker from DeckerHandmade says:

    Wow! Stunning work.

    1 year ago

  • dreamsinreality

    Emily Ream from dreamsinreality says:

    Your so very inspiring. Thank you. I lvoe your art

    1 year ago

  • clayworksnw

    Giovanna Carpentieri from CLAYWORKSNORTHWEST says:

    Fantastic work and great article. Thank you for your words of encouragement, I am brand new to ETSY, just opened my shop last Friday CLAYWORKSNORTHWEST and had my first sale. I can relate to being laid off from work, this has affected me as well, I am taking the jump into my life's work creating one-of-a-kind ceramics for the home, garden and business along with brand new small ceramic house pins. Thank you again, Have a wonderful holiday season!! Warmest, Giovanna Clayworksnw Portland, Oregon

    1 year ago

  • hamidruggallery

    hamid masoudi from PERSIANNOMADS says:

    I just got my first sale and it's a great feeling "like i am not virgin anymoor ,almost make me cry

    1 year ago

  • emmahodea

    Dea Retro from AtelierDeaRetro says:

    Such an inspiring article! I just had my first sale today too, I can't find the words to describe how I feel, you all here understand me for sure and that's really amazing!

    1 year ago

  • lydiabrooks0

    Lydia Brooks from VisionsofGraceJewelr says:

    My first Sale...Wow..I though it would never happen..I was begining to second guess myself...Thank you for your information..it makes me feel better..U R AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

    1 year ago

  • handmadefry

    Sanja Vidović from HocusPocusStudio says:

    Today I received an e mail from Etsy in which they congratulate me on my first sale. I was so excited and happy and surprised ..... that wonderful feeling that someone like my handicrafts ... I admit, I was jumping for joy...

    1 year ago

  • nanasnestegg

    Mary Beth Vanderlinden from HealingReikiJewelry says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I was getting nervous when it took weeks to have my first sale but then it was just days until my second and then a day until someone inquired about a custom order. Now I am really excited knowing people like what we are creating. Blessings to you and your business.

    360 days ago

  • outlookbunch

    Outlook Bunch from OutlookBunch says:

    I just made my first sale and your quotation was in my congrats email from Etsy. Truly inspirational :))

    286 days ago

  • lildivas4u

    Christie from lildivas4u says:

    Very good write-up! Just made my first sale and stories like this are very motivating! Thanks :)

    220 days ago

  • chakola5648

    Connie Friend from MyPradaPlan says:

    Thanks for your inspiring story.

    209 days ago

  • 2013jewels

    Joyce from AAHJewelry says:

    What an inspiring story. I'm just getting started on Etsy although I've been selling jewelry locally for several years. Thank you for your great story.

    175 days ago

  • elfinriley

    Paula Parsons from ElfinRiley says:

    I love reading these success stories. It gives me hope and confidence. Well done you!

    155 days ago

  • DinetteN

    Dinette from UniqueModel says:

    Inspire

    153 days ago

  • bulwergirl

    Sonia at BigWhiteDog from BigWhiteDogSkinCare says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations and bravo for your perseverance. -Sonia

    129 days ago

  • karmacandleco

    Good Karma Candle Co. from GoodKarmaCandleCo says:

    Beautiful work! I just made my first sale and you have inspired me to continue making and creating! I just love the etsy community and it's positivity! "Some parts are creative and exciting, some are meditative." such a lovely way to put it, persistence and perseverance pays off in the end! Wish you all the best! :)

    123 days ago

  • floodclocks

    Ray Flood from FloodClockMaker says:

    Love your work!

    121 days ago

  • luchianni

    Luchian Nita from ClassLimitedMetalArt says:

    Beautiful work and artist too! Thanks for your inspiring story. Congratulations!

    67 days ago

  • salliedurette1

    Sallie and Luc Durette from TheKaleidoscopeStore says:

    Thank you for sharing your story of your corporate retreat. We have been making kaleidoscopes for 27 years, and in the last 8 It's been a steep decline in sales. We have tried everything, but Etsy. We finally took the plunge. Our concern was angering our galleries - but, when we sell retail, we never undercut the full keystone, plus a % to cover shipping.We want to be very fair to our galleries. We just went live w our Etsy site less than a week ago, and we had our first sale three days later. Yay!! I hope your success is contagious for the rest of us. Good luck to you all.

    4 days ago