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Shop Makeover Series: Stretch Your Boundaries

Feb 16, 2009

by Yael Falk

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Yoola shares her own Shop Makeover story with us, as a follow up to Mary’s Broaden Your Target Audience with Tiered Product Lines. 

I want to tell you about how I achieved successful sales figures by stretching my design into new dimensions. Many Etsy sellers have successful designs in terms of high views, many hearts, appearance in Treasuries and even front pages, but somehow…low sales.

Until not so long ago, I was one of them. My most successful item was my knitted wire pomegranates, pictured above. They appeared everywhere: numerous front pages, numerous blogs (small and big) with interviews, articles, even Etsy blog articles (Rosh Hashanah and Shop Local).

BUT, I made very little sales. Only 2 poms were sold.

I had to do something, and I felt I had to tackle it in an original way. I knew that if my issue was only a matter of price, it was a dead end. My work is time consuming, and I could not afford to cut my prices any more than I already had. I just SO wanted to translate my Etsy visual success into a financial one — this is where my stretching began.

I focused on 3 assumptions:
1. Maybe people just loved its visual impact, i.e. the photos.
2. Maybe people just loved poms (because of all that they represent).
3. Maybe people were curious about how I make them.

These assumptions led me into several potential directions:
1. Develop a line of prints, greeting cards, or postcards with my pom photos.
2. Develop more pomegranate items that would resemble the big ones, but would be more affordable.
3. Write tutorials that would teach anyone to knit a pom.

I decide to start with option #2, which is what I do best. I designed a “mini pom bead,” and it was received quite successfully. My mission was partially achieved, but I wasn’t yet satisfied.

I debated for several months about option #3, to publish or not to publish. After discussing it in the forums with many fellow Etsians, I came up with a list of pros and cons.

The cons were:
1. Risk of exposure to copycats and competition with the sharing of knowledge.
2. The item will no longer seem as special when it pops up everywhere.

The pros were:
1. Publishing your knowledge gives people get the opportunity to respect you as a designer and a pro.
2. There are many enthusiastic crafters who would love to have a pom, but would not be ready to pay its full price, and by offering them a tutorial I enable them make their own.
3. The wider exposure will benefit the finished products because more people will have a respect and appreciation for my skill and my vision, and so sharing how they’re made would enlarge its sales figures as well.
4. Different people would purchase my finished items and my tutorials, so its not actually one instead of the other.
5. The GREEN aspect – distributing tutorials creates less pollution than mailing items overseas.

I eventually decided to follow the pro path and offer tutorials. It’s been a success ever since! I am now encouraged to write more tutorials.

The stretching, of course, can never end. Once the tutorials started taking off, questions about supplies started to emerge. Thoughts about offering my clients an easy and fast solution gave way to kits.

The bottom line is stretch, stretch, stretch — your mind, your media and your boundaries.

What do you think sellers? Have you tried to stretch your shops’ boundaries? Comment below!
If you’re a seller who has been doing a Shop Makeover, post your before & after photos in our flickr group!

Seller Handbook | Shop Makeover Series

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PATTERN fat little forest owls............ amigurumi pattern for round fat owl,  bird, toy plushie PDF
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5 for 13 -  SCRABBLE Tile PENDANTS - Also Includes a TUTORIAL on how to make them and over 70 GRAPHIC IMAGES
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Beanie and Flower Crochet Pattern for Baby and Mommy
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Youth Mary Jane Skimmers (crochet pattern)
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My happy daisy pendant in various colors
My happy daisy pendant in various colors
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350 comments

  • maiziedesigns

    maiziedesigns said 10 years ago

    What a great article! This is very helpful for all sellers in reviewing how to get create in selling their goods as well as branching out in new directions for their shop. Thanks for you sharing.

  • sweetshorn

    sweetshorn said 10 years ago

    Inspirational - thank you!

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 10 years ago

    It's often a mystery as to why some items are featured constantly but not purchased - I like the lists that you've made :D

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab said 10 years ago

    Yoola, thanks so much for sharing this story with us. Congrats on the results of your well earned success!!!

  • dawnaurora

    dawnaurora said 10 years ago

    very nice article. Very informative. Like how you can stretch your ideas.

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 10 years ago

    Brilliant! Tutorials is something I'm about to launch and I'm really excited. Plus your Poms are so clever! I love them!

  • MyLittleHands

    MyLittleHands said 10 years ago

    What a smart way to approach your challenge! Best of continuing luck to you and congrats for making your own success!

  • shellieartist

    shellieartist said 10 years ago

    Yoola, great article and packed full of useful information. I sometimes feel like I have good product, original work and affordable things but I seem to get lost in the shuffle. I am going to take your advice and try to start thinking outside of the box. Also, congrats on your success...you have a great attitude and incredible work!

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 10 years ago

    I've though smaller similar products to cut prices before...but not pattern publishing/ tutorials. Great ideas!

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 10 years ago

    I just finished re-taking most of my pictures this week. Now I need to get working on this! ^.^

  • AnthologiE

    AnthologiE said 10 years ago

    Thanks for taking the plunge to explore your shop boundaries AND share them with us. It was really helpful to see the process you went through. Especially that pros and cons list of selling tutorials for your design. I think that's pretty common to want to say "look what I did" as an artist, but very noteworthy to say "look what YOU can do"...also definitely lets others appreciate time involvement, like you said.

  • MyDearest

    MyDearest said 10 years ago

    i like your thought process and how you worked through your issues. this is a 'tutorial' in itself! thanks

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    wow. thanks so much for sharing your detailed thought processes and ideas. congrats too on your success. agreed v deserved :)

  • melaniescrafts

    melaniescrafts said 10 years ago

    Fabulous article!!

  • muxoriginals

    muxoriginals said 10 years ago

    This is great, Yael! Thank you :)

  • joojoo

    joojoo said 10 years ago

    What a fantastic article, I totally agree with you about the part that you said more people will have a respect and appreciation for your skills and vision. It's really true, because the will also realize that it's not an easy job to do that.

  • ffflowers

    ffflowers said 10 years ago

    There's a lot to think about here - thank you!

  • RoyalPrincess

    RoyalPrincess said 10 years ago

    A very nice article and good solution design !!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago

    great information ~ thanks for publishing it!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    This is really cool to read!! I love to hear how other sellers go about making tough decisions like this. We all have to make hard choices, and it's neat to see problem solving in action.

  • loulouandoscar

    loulouandoscar said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for this inspiring article, I think I may fall into the lots of exposure, not so many sales category! I will start stretching my imagination now!

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 10 years ago

    good things to think about, I liked your info on the specific questions you asked yourself-good stuff, thanks!

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife said 10 years ago

    You go, yoola! I remember the thread where you asked for advice on the kits and tutorials! Glad to see it worked out for you!

  • HugsandHolidays

    HugsandHolidays said 10 years ago

    Great article. I can relate...what I thought I would sell was my assumption. I had to step back and listen to my customers tell me what they wanted. I thank and love each and every one of them, on and off etsy.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your gift and ideas, Yoola! Much success to you and your shop. :)

  • sillylittlelady

    sillylittlelady said 10 years ago

    Very interesting article, now I just have to brainstorm ways that I can stretch my shop...ive got a few ideas in the works ;)

  • bunnyboutique

    bunnyboutique said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Yoola. It's goes to show that sometimes solutions are more simple than you think they might be...*just thinking out loud* I constantly search my brain for new ideas, and probably spend too much time thinking about it than actually doing it. More action required most likely.

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 10 years ago

    Very helpful indeed! I'm definitely going to take your advice Yoola, and stretch!

  • ellecools

    ellecools said 10 years ago

    Great article. Thanks Yoola! I really think any healthy business must always grow, evolve, adapt..all that..to stay vital, and those changes can also be exciting and rewarding.

  • Ichela

    Ichela said 10 years ago

    Hi! It is real, some people buy Original crafts because it likes them, but many of them doesn't know or imagine how much time, your work takes you to finish one of your products. In my case my brother said "how many of paintings and products you can do in a day or in an hour" (as a engineer mind), it definitely define our "price" or value. (I hope you may understand what I want to said my native language is spanish, thank you).

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 10 years ago

    Great ideas! Awesome business approach! Thanks

  • veneta

    veneta said 10 years ago

    So, did you end up trying #1 as well, with the prints? In all, are your sales figures now where you want them to be? Thanks for the article and I really appreciate the creative, yet purposeful way you've gone about things. A great example - thanks for sharing!

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 10 years ago

    i absolutely love this article. thanks so much for posting. now i have a few idea's bubbling in my head!

  • DzyMsLizzy

    DzyMsLizzy said 10 years ago

    Some good ideas, but don't particularly fit with my product lines. 90% of the items I make are not "teachable" by print media, and require some specialized, expensive equipment (i.e. a kiln). Manay of my other items are one-of-a-kind vintage, so not handcrafted, and again, nothing I can do with them to increase my sales. However, your concept is interesting, and may be beneficial for many others. Cheers... Liz

  • AntoinetteDesign

    AntoinetteDesign said 10 years ago

    Awesome article, it was lovely to see the 'pros' and 'cons' list (I'm a 'pros' and 'cons' list maker!) Thanks for the great insight!

  • FlowerPress

    FlowerPress said 10 years ago

    Really interesting!!

  • lilyja

    lilyja said 10 years ago

    Respect!:)

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 10 years ago

    great ideas. I will definitely be thinking about this

  • lilyja

    lilyja said 10 years ago

    And definitely inspiring. thank u

  • HELICOPTERstudios

    HELICOPTERstudios said 10 years ago

    Great advice! Thanks.

  • PillowThrowDecor

    PillowThrowDecor said 10 years ago

    What a fantastic, well written article. I have a few pillow kits in my store with another 50 on the shelf your story is so timely. I need to get off my butt and get the show on the road. Thank you ever so much for sharing!

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  • GourdKin

    GourdKin said 10 years ago

    Great ideas and well thought through and YOU ACTED ON THEM! Now that I know it's possible I have no excuse not to get moving.

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 10 years ago

    wonderful article Yael!!!!!!! Congrats, congrats, congrats, you deserve the successful so much!!!!!!!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 10 years ago

    Fantastic ideas - well-thought out and most of all, thanks for sharing them with us all, very generous of you. Great karma!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 10 years ago

    thank you Yoola for being so specific with your dilemma! Your thought process is invaluable - and I hope to borrow your inspirational questioning. This is one of the best articles on tiered pricing, sales results and ensuing conundrums I have come across!! Thank You kindly, Annette!

  • jacjewelry

    jacjewelry said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this with us! I found this very useful, and you brought a few factors to my attention I never thought of before.

  • CrownBindery

    CrownBindery said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much!! Yes, new ideas to inspire us all to reach for the sky!

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 10 years ago

    Great article and very inspiring! I'm in the process of making some changes on my shop. Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

  • themachinestops

    themachinestops said 10 years ago

    Fantastic article! I am now inspired to do some brainstorming of my own!

  • BohemianThings

    BohemianThings said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. This is one article I will read over and over again as I enter into opening my own shop. There is so much to be learned here. Bohemian Things

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your business process and how you were able to grow it on a different path.

  • akane

    akane said 10 years ago

    Wow... what a great article! I remember you in the critiques forums when you were just starting out. I felt the frustration in you voice that you weren't doing as well as you'd like, but I knew your product was very original that that there would be a buyer for your designs. I just checked out your shop and have seen a huge change in the overall look, photos, and the jump in sales. You've sold many PDF's, but I also noticed that you've sold your larger pieces as well! Great job! I'm so happy for you and your success!

  • alwaysadorable

    alwaysadorable said 10 years ago

    I need your brain, LOL. Such good thought processes! Okay headed to get some pen, paper, and some brainstorming on!

  • edieart

    edieart said 10 years ago

    Great article! thanks for sharing :)

  • kris57

    kris57 said 10 years ago

    Wow! I need advise! What can I do? Can you check my blah store page and give me some tips related to my stuff. I am going to think and brainstorm myself.

  • beckysglass

    beckysglass said 10 years ago

    I really gained alot of inspiration from this article! I hope I can incorporate some of it! Thanks so much!!!

  • seweasypatterns

    seweasypatterns said 10 years ago

    Excellent article!! This is exactly how my patterns evolved :) I was selling the finished products but not very often. But as soon as the patterns were offered, my shop BOOMED!! Now it is my bread and butter. It really pays to expand your thought process and methods. Thanks!

  • perebags

    perebags said 10 years ago

    Thanks Yoola!

  • Lirola

    Lirola said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article! Congrats Yoola!

  • yalipaz

    yalipaz said 10 years ago

    Yael, Thank you so much for this article it is inspiring and it is so wonderful of you to share. I love your work and your shop is amazing and I wish you many sales. Yali

  • beaneandco

    beaneandco said 10 years ago

    Nice to hear hard work pays off. Great article! Thanks for sharing.

  • eraseandrepeat

    eraseandrepeat said 10 years ago

    what a great article! and filled with informative tidbits, hmmmm... food for thought for me :) thanks for sharing!

  • veroque

    veroque said 10 years ago

    Yael, I love your work. you are very creative:) Thank you so much for you sharing, This is very helpful.

  • nectorgirl

    nectorgirl said 10 years ago

    I have always loved those pom's. It's great when tutorials are offered, it really gives items value when people realize what it takes to get to that finished piece!

  • haannh

    haannh said 10 years ago

    Adorable stuffs..Thanks for sharing.

  • QuipDesigns

    QuipDesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you! Something to think about... :-)

  • mmsomewhere

    mmsomewhere said 10 years ago

    thank you

  • DvoraSchleffer

    DvoraSchleffer said 10 years ago

    Great article Yoola. So great to see how you analyzed the situation and found your way to turn it around. Very inspiring.

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 10 years ago

    Oh Yoola! you are so great! I really love your poms...tutorialsor mot (:

  • AyalaLevinger

    AyalaLevinger said 10 years ago

    One of the best articles I have read! Really good points to think about! thank you!

  • anakim

    anakim said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article, fabulous work Yoola! May your poms will bring you a lot of luck:)

  • Berlinski

    Berlinski said 10 years ago

    They are such great ideas! Congratulations on your success! ...hmmm...lots to think about...

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 10 years ago

    Thanks for such an inspiring article. I've always been an admirer of your wire work... its beautiful!

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 10 years ago

    Thank you Yoola! You're an amazing artist, I really respect you, and a fellow wire knitter :D This is the key for success, analyzing our strengths and weaknesses!

  • galit

    galit said 10 years ago

    I'm inspired!

  • rafya

    rafya said 10 years ago

    Very interesting and encouraging article, I am agree about that stretching can never end. wonderful Yael !!!

  • OdeliaLa

    OdeliaLa said 10 years ago

    A great example of how sharing with others can only give more BACK and will not take AWAY. Thank you for teaching that.

  • rosemaryhill

    rosemaryhill said 10 years ago

    Brilliant! Thanks for letting us know about your success.

  • DanutaDesigns

    DanutaDesigns said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article describing a positive thought process. Well done, I love your work.

  • Yoola

    Yoola said 10 years ago

    Thank you all for your wonderful positive comments, I'm so happy i wrote this article :)

  • AaronOverstreetArt

    AaronOverstreetArt said 10 years ago

    Great article! Thanks Yoola!

  • gaialai

    gaialai said 10 years ago

    Great article!!! I think that when people will try to do them they'll more appriciate your work. I knit beads and jewelry and it was very intersing for me to read how another artist knits. I learned a lot from it :) Thanks!!!

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike said 10 years ago

    Now, this is an excellent article - and very inspiring. I have a lot of thinking to do now about my own shop. !כל הכבוד

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us, it's so inspiring! Your work is beautiful, I love the new smaller pieces.

  • TheStrawberryGirl

    TheStrawberryGirl said 10 years ago

    The way you analyze your shop's potential is really helpful. I'm inspired!

  • artinthefamilykb

    artinthefamilykb said 10 years ago

    I'm impressed and glad to have stumbled on your article. Great brainstorming, stretching and executing. Thanks for your help.

  • XPoppysWickedGardenX

    XPoppysWickedGardenX said 10 years ago

    A very nice story! You have such wonderfully unique Ideas I am glad that you can share them all with us!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 10 years ago

    Well-written and thought provoking article. Thanks for challenging us...

  • filo

    filo said 10 years ago

    Yoola, thanks for the article. I remember your forum posting about weather or not to do a tutorial. I am glad that it has worked out so positively for you. Also I think that for a true creative spirit, its important to share and absorb the risk of being copied. Its so easy to say "I can do that" its only when others try that they gain real insight into the time and effort that is needed to come up with such gracious inspired creations.

  • NannysDesigns

    NannysDesigns said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the good article. I have been trying to stretch my ideas, which are in the action now, hope it works out. Thanks for the ideas.

  • mistflowerstudio

    mistflowerstudio said 10 years ago

    Yael, what a fantastic article. I've been thinking a lot about stores reinventing themselves lately and your article brought up many good points. You are so talented and kind. I wish you continued success in the future! You will always be the Queen of the Pomegranates!

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 10 years ago

    This is wonderful! Thank you!

  • hilariagalleries

    hilariagalleries said 10 years ago

    wow I really enjoyed your article! I'm afraid I, too, am one of those Etsy sellers with many hearts, a few really popular items but few sales. While I can't really offer patterns for my work :) it still challenges me to think of other ways to offer my product. Diversification and ingenuity is so necessary to success in business.... thanks for the awesome read!

  • Inbaliya

    Inbaliya said 10 years ago

    Yoola, your article is inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • atouchofvintage

    atouchofvintage said 10 years ago

    i wish you all the success on your tutorials and any other way that you will 'stretch' in the future! congrats!

  • lalala08

    lalala08 said 10 years ago

    Those poms are one of my favorite things on etsy! Great article, thanks for sharing! Keep up the great work!

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 10 years ago

    It's great to see how people learn and stretch and adapt! Yay Yael!

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts ~ love the poms!

  • lilacpop

    lilacpop said 10 years ago

    I have the same issues-lots of views and great feedback but hardly any sales. You gave me some great ideas! Thanks!

  • wristcandycreations

    wristcandycreations said 10 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for sharing your tips for success with us! Best of luck to you!

  • popsiclestick

    popsiclestick said 10 years ago

    I can't thank you enough - I think a lot of us are at this stage and this is awesome food for thought!

  • LaireMarie

    LaireMarie said 10 years ago

    Great story! Way to think outside of the box!

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 10 years ago

    popsiclestick said it - "food for thought". Thanks much! Another inspiring article.

  • punkybunny300

    punkybunny300 said 10 years ago

    Congrats on your success, tutorials are fabulous! This article definitely got me thinking!

  • michon

    michon said 10 years ago

    Great article, I've seen your poms and love them so I guess I'm one of the people who looked at them a lot but didn't buy, LOL.

  • 3cdKidStuff

    3cdKidStuff said 10 years ago

    thanks for sharing... we can't teach folks how to draw, but thinking about how we can make our product line more accessible has got me thinking! uh-oh!

  • OmShop

    OmShop said 10 years ago

    Great!!!

  • tiedyedmonkeys

    tiedyedmonkeys said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Like you I have Items that get lots of views but few sales. I figured it was the economy. But you have inspired me to try to come at my store from a new direction!

  • jensingh

    jensingh said 10 years ago

    Nicely written article, thanks for sharing a peek into the making of ideas!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 10 years ago

    Excellent article, Yoola. Great, concrete examples of stretching your thinking and expanding your line. I think a lot of Etsy sellers could benefit from this.

  • SarahLamont

    SarahLamont said 10 years ago

    great article! how sweet of you to share your findings.... Etsy is such a wonderful place to be.

  • SeventhCloudStudio

    SeventhCloudStudio said 10 years ago

    Great article! This really applies to my own shop and I've got some great ideas....Congrats on your success!

  • shopgoldmine

    shopgoldmine said 10 years ago

    Smart and inspiring! Thank you :)

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted said 10 years ago

    Such a great article! Thinking out of the box has inspired me to do the same. Thank You! Keep up the good work!

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 10 years ago

    great article, I love to know people and there process. I am a big process nut.

  • ALEALE

    ALEALE said 10 years ago

    very brave and smart ! I would need your advice with my zero sales !!!!!

  • limitz

    limitz said 10 years ago

    Yoola, u did something very clever.. in this world of ours where u can copycat is a fact (and I'm not saying it in a bad way, its just there and a part of us) and/or people are inspired by one another, the smart thing is to share, from your own will. You are very right and I am happy to see it worked for you. Thank you very much for sharing!:-) תודה!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 10 years ago

    Thanks for your insight into your business...it's very inspiring and invaluable information. Wishing you continued success.

  • MortonWildlifeOils

    MortonWildlifeOils said 10 years ago

    That's great. I also get compliments on my work with no sales to support them, so I've been working on some new ideas to hopefully make my shop stand out more and give people a wider range of options. Thanks.

  • Easy123

    Easy123 said 10 years ago

    Yoola, Thanks for an inspiring article. I have purchased earrings, and patterns from you and they are fantastic! I may need to rethink my business model.

  • spicerakdesigns

    spicerakdesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for this article! I, too, am trying to brainstorm on ways to expand my shop's boundaries...thank you for sharing your insight and experiences!

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article with helpful ideas I can use for my own shop. Thank you for sharing your success story.

  • hazelnutcottage

    hazelnutcottage said 10 years ago

    oh, my, i need halp! i need brain stretching halp! i have ideas! but, uh, did i say i need some halp?!

  • LilPeasandCarrots

    LilPeasandCarrots said 10 years ago

    I can't believe I missed this! Thanks for picking my Modern Pinafore Pattern Kit!

  • Gocreativity759

    Gocreativity759 said 10 years ago

    Great article. I feel the same way too - I need to stretch my visions into something more affordable and more creatively sound...These pomegranate shapes remind me exactly of these wire sculptures I saw at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, CA a few years back. The shape and this style of weave is almost identical! Very cool, clean and intricate. I wonder if these were inspired at all from these old Asian wire sculptures.

  • blithegardens

    blithegardens said 10 years ago

    Really good information. There are always new ways to look at every problem!

  • CrochetRoanoke

    CrochetRoanoke said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on your well-earned and well-deserved success! Thank you so much for sharing this business strategy and for sharing your amazing talent!

  • SowingOats

    SowingOats said 10 years ago

    Great article and lesson. It shows true business acumen. Too many times all we think about is throwing in the towel on something that isn't working. You did your homework! Its a lesson I am going to work harder at applying to my own ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  • ArchetypalTheatre

    ArchetypalTheatre said 10 years ago

    This is inspiring! In my own shop, I had mostly expensive handmade art dolls. I am now adding more affordable pencil sketches and paintings, as well as making prototypes for smaller, simpler figures that still stay true to my vision. Making cards using photos of the products sounds like a great idea. (I'm certainly guilty of buying images of original art instead of the original!)

  • yoganoodles

    yoganoodles said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the insight! I am new to the Etsy community and crave suggestions for growing a successful business. What I really loved, though, is the fact that you talked about your process...the questions you asked and how you made the choices you made. And, by the way, I love poms!

  • paintingpam

    paintingpam said 10 years ago

    Way to go!! Thanks for sharing about the tutorials which would lead to more respect for your product. I'm bookmarking this page and will consider something similar.

  • twistedsisterarts

    twistedsisterarts said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much, I've been struggling with the same issues. I've been developing a new line, that I can sell as a kit as well as the finished article. You've made it work, and that helps so much.

  • teamzvonik

    teamzvonik said 10 years ago

    I read this story yesterday and I have been really thinking about what you have said about stretching. Thanks for the thoughtful, educational and supportive article.

  • brownbunnybyiris

    brownbunnybyiris said 10 years ago

    Fabulous article!

  • SmadarsTreasure

    SmadarsTreasure said 10 years ago

    Great article, thanks for sharing your ideas and thoughts! בהצלחה וכל הכבוד!

  • waxandwool

    waxandwool said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for a great article!

  • artsycraftybabe

    artsycraftybabe said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! I couldn't agree more, as I've done the same thing. My patterns have given me way more success than my finished products have.

  • FireFaeryDesigns

    FireFaeryDesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you, Yoola for the inspiration. I am brand new to Etsy, and anxious for ideas to make my shop a success. Best of luck!

  • lauraslefthook

    lauraslefthook said 10 years ago

    Thanks for this article. I have been working along the same lines. I have been working on adding patterns as well as adding another line of similar products to my best seller. It is a work in progress.

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 10 years ago

    very innovative! I love you thought outside the box to increase your sales. I'll have to try to do that with my shop...hmmmm....

  • kestreldesigns

    kestreldesigns said 10 years ago

    Great advice. I definitely need as much of it as possible to try and "make it" on etsy. Thanks!

  • SapphireLizard

    SapphireLizard said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! I've run through a similar line of thought about my Spring Flower Bouquet rings. Everyone loves them, raves about them, but I've only sold 6 in a year since I debuted them. Good to know I'm not the only one in this boat. It ehlped me a lot to see how you approached the situation.

  • HawkManStudios

    HawkManStudios said 10 years ago

    I've had an Etsy location for almost a year now but just recently started placing my work on Etsy. Your article will be the cornerstone of what I do to be successful on Etsy and I thank you for your experience, knowledge and for being a true artists and sharing. Thank YOU!!

  • absolutelysmall

    absolutelysmall said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for this article! I've been so lucky to be featured in so many places...yet since that doesn't translate to sales much, I've been wondering what was wrong with me. Not only did this article give me great ideas to expand, it made me feel like less of a looser! ^o^ So, thanks for that.

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 10 years ago

    Super article! It motivates me to "think outside the box." Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  • mishmishmarket

    mishmishmarket said 10 years ago

    Kol Hakavod Yael!

  • margotbianca

    margotbianca said 10 years ago

    this is a great article. i like your carefully considered pros and cons. i've thought of offering shirt kits in my shop, since making my own fabric and sewing garments produces an expensive product that many can't pay. i appreciated reading about your experiences. (and, i'm one of the people who've hearted your poms :) thanks so much.

  • darklingwoods

    darklingwoods said 10 years ago

    I love how you were able to use your creativity to focus on a solution! Thank you for sharing!

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 10 years ago

    fabulous, how logic an artist:)

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 10 years ago

    Very good article. I have the same problem, lots of views and no sales. I will really considser trying the shop makeover.

  • Sigaliot

    Sigaliot said 10 years ago

    Great open minding article. Thank you for sharing and good luck with sells!

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns said 10 years ago

    Yoola, I have been such a fan of yours from the beginning! This is a very comprehensive article and I so appreciate knowing your step by step process in expanding your business! Thank you! and lovely work - as always!

  • retrovertigo

    retrovertigo said 10 years ago

    That's a great way of explaining it. Especially about sharing your knowledge and earning community respect. I really appreciate what you've written here. THANKS!

  • WandaWorks

    WandaWorks said 10 years ago

    Yoola, Thanks for helping me with your wonderful article. I could really feel your brain working with great problem solving as a result. It is not the customer who won'y buy, it is we who cannot sell them what they want ! I wish we could draw more attention to etsy from people who love hand craft but won't ever do it themselves... now there is something to ponder. Would love to talk with you about that.

  • pamglew

    pamglew said 10 years ago

    inspired ideas! thanks for the refreshing read

  • BellaBeeDesigns

    BellaBeeDesigns said 10 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for posting this, and helping me realize to think out side the box! :-)

  • HazelnutDesigns

    HazelnutDesigns said 10 years ago

    Wow, amazing article, and insight on how to grow your etsy shop! Very methodical - and it worked! Great job!

  • fibrogirl50

    fibrogirl50 said 10 years ago

    Thank you for such an encouraging article. It prompted me to think outside the box; something I need to practice more of :)

  • Sudstress

    Sudstress said 10 years ago

    Those are some great eye openers. Thanks for the perspective. I'm going to take a look at my shop the same way.

  • hopgrasser

    hopgrasser said 10 years ago

    wonderful, inspiring, thoughtful article. thanks for sharing your insights!

  • LanaKole

    LanaKole said 10 years ago

    LOVE love LoVe this article. Such awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing Yoola!

  • sweetwilliams

    sweetwilliams said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your thought process and the success that it produced.

  • LoveAngelaHandmade

    LoveAngelaHandmade said 10 years ago

    Dear Yael Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and insight into how you can rethink your craft to obtain better sales. I'll be keeping a copy of this article to refer to! Thanks again. Cheers from Sydney, Australia! Angela www.LoveAngelaHandmade.etsy.com

  • blossomnbird

    blossomnbird said 10 years ago

    Thankyou Yoola for a great article. Just what i've been thinking and trying to do too. I call it expansion. So many ways you can expand on your work. Creating different products. I'm trying to find the time to get all the ideas happening :) Beautiful Poms!!

  • mbzap

    mbzap said 10 years ago

    thanks for the words of wisdom- it's always interesting to hear how successful sellers find their paths

  • vella

    vella said 10 years ago

    Great article with great ideas, Yoola, Thanks!

  • envejewelry

    envejewelry said 10 years ago

    many thanks for writing this! I guess I would fit into that category.. and you've given me much to think about. :)

  • EnchantingBeautiful

    EnchantingBeautiful said 10 years ago

    Cool informative article thanks!

  • TherapeuticScent

    TherapeuticScent said 10 years ago

    Very well written, easy and straight forward to understand. Thank you for sharing! Congratulations too on your success and new discovery!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your insights with us. This is very thought-provoking!

  • Rejina

    Rejina said 10 years ago

    Fabulous article!!

  • Kwan

    Kwan said 10 years ago

    This is a very well written article, thank you for sharing Yoola, this is inspirational and gives me encouragement. Congratulations on your Etsy success.

  • fantasybeader

    fantasybeader said 10 years ago

    Thank you for your ideas, I love the way you ask yourself questions, I do that all the time. Wishing you much success. Heather

  • smmak

    smmak said 10 years ago

    Nicely done! Informative article that I will return too. Koodos to you!

  • adorebynat

    adorebynat said 10 years ago

    Great article. It's an eye-opening to share your knowledge with others.

  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop said 10 years ago

    You are definitely an inspiration to all of us! Thanks for sharing your wisdom with many of us in the same situation.

  • maejane

    maejane said 10 years ago

    Awesome inspiring article! Thanks for sharing what you've learned along the way :) It helps to tap into fellow seller's perspectives! xxo

  • applepiekids

    applepiekids said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your insight. I think stretching our minds is the key.

  • treeformjewelry

    treeformjewelry said 10 years ago

    I really like the idea of "stretching" your ideas. This is great!

  • jurphy

    jurphy said 10 years ago

    Great article - you have really given me something to think about - thanks!!

  • pennyglassgirl

    pennyglassgirl said 10 years ago

    The advice in this article is great and very useful and relvant ot me. Thanks.

  • peppermintdesigns

    peppermintdesigns said 10 years ago

    Really inspirational; thank you! I loved the way you stretched your ideas!

  • GloamingDesigns

    GloamingDesigns said 10 years ago

    thank you so much for sharing your experience! as everyone has said, it's really inspirational and articles like this remind me just how great a place Etsy is.

  • wyldewoodpapers

    wyldewoodpapers said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful example of positive thinking and problem solving! Thank you for inspiring me to do the same.

  • MakeMeOver

    MakeMeOver said 10 years ago

    Wow - very thought provoking article! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas & growing pains. It's always good to look for the pros (& cons) of ideas, & to keep our minds open to other ideas. We all have some wonderful talents around here!! Gotta love Etsy :)

  • TheRusticRoosterFarm

    TheRusticRoosterFarm said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this. I am just getting started with my etsy store, and I appreciate all the help I can get.

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 10 years ago

    A great way to think about this issue! I'll have to work on a way to implement this for my shop! The first step, the lists...

  • patk860

    patk860 said 10 years ago

    I am so new to this so it is great to hear such good thoughts right from the start....Thanks!

  • basketrybotanica

    basketrybotanica said 10 years ago

    So - do people think that I could sell basket weaving kits? I tried that on eBay and it was a disaster. Etsy might be a different audience altogether. I have the supplies in stock and could easily write up a tutorial. Opinions? email me @ cmoorecole@gmail.com. I'd love some constructive ideas.

  • BritmericaLane

    BritmericaLane said 10 years ago

    Some very good ideas.

  • GlassTortoise

    GlassTortoise said 10 years ago

    Very interesting article. Definetly gave me some things to think about. Good job. Love your poms!

  • DarkStar

    DarkStar said 10 years ago

    This was just a wonderful dissection of the creative process....thanks! Gives me ideas, and hey...that's always a good thing, right? ;) DS~

  • misohappi

    misohappi said 10 years ago

    I like your marketing ideas. Your poms are unique & infused with beautiful colors.

  • risingphoenixtoys

    risingphoenixtoys said 10 years ago

    Nice article. I thought stretching your boundaries was just part of running a business.

  • cybergirl5710

    cybergirl5710 said 10 years ago

    Great article. I can't wait to try some of these ideas myself.

  • Bearlynstitches

    Bearlynstitches said 10 years ago

    I enjoyed your article a lot. I've been thinking about other ways to expand my brand new shop ( can't believe I'm thinking that way already!).

  • CJsBeadedJewelry

    CJsBeadedJewelry said 10 years ago

    Enjoyed your article--new to Etsy--trying to pick up all info I can. I have a variety of items I do and I've discovered by watching the 'views', I can tell which items create more interest...and hopefully, more sales. Thanks! CJ

  • Jahaarts

    Jahaarts said 10 years ago

    Great info. i have lots of items that i make (because i am a compulsive creator) but i have had an interesting time trying to figure out how to get more sales and exposure...Looking forward to applying the info! Thank You!!!!!

  • aislinnoccasions

    aislinnoccasions said 10 years ago

    great article! congrats! your shop is great!

  • shadesofsplendor

    shadesofsplendor said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for the info!

  • marinataliera

    marinataliera said 10 years ago

    great article !!!! Thank you !

  • Nalto

    Nalto said 10 years ago

    awesome info!! thanks:)

  • beladonnajewels

    beladonnajewels said 10 years ago

    This is such a great article and huge inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

  • mloartwear

    mloartwear said 10 years ago

    very interesting and well done article! thank you!

  • mimianddottie

    mimianddottie said 10 years ago

    fantastic story. thank you. I am inspired.

  • JonesyAndCrane

    JonesyAndCrane said 10 years ago

    Oh I have a lot to think about! I want to make our beaded cuffs more accessible. The problem is, they take forever to make (like your great poms, Yoola), the design took ages to perfect, and they often use beads that are harder to find. Sometimes I even wonder if my photos are too good and "give up" the process. Especially because I'm not the best at exposure. But I love your take on it, Yoola, and it's great to see all these tutorials. I'm very inspired to stretch - Thanks, all!

  • lucywallis

    lucywallis said 10 years ago

    All very helpful for a newbie! Thank you for sharing your struggle and your solutions. I wish you every success. Lucy

  • ArtFromTheHeartBySue

    ArtFromTheHeartBySue said 10 years ago

    Thanks for such great advice...It goes to show how thinking "outside the box" lends itself to new opportunities!

  • autumntakesme

    autumntakesme said 10 years ago

    thank you for this very helpful article!

  • Wampum

    Wampum said 10 years ago

    Thank you. It is very helpful!!!

  • dreamspiralart

    dreamspiralart said 10 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for sharing, Yoola. I like the way you broke it down so logically.

  • cappucinomix88

    cappucinomix88 said 10 years ago

    this was great, thanks!

  • wynnemrabbits

    wynnemrabbits said 10 years ago

    So glad you took the time to help your fellow crafters with this great article on making the most of our etsy shop. I am so glad I found this before we opened the shop...because if we had failled we may have just left etsy as the rabbits already keep us very busy and usually in a 'hole', tee hee! Thank You...Yoola

  • arosha

    arosha said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! I found your article to be especially inspiring. It's all about thinking "outside the box"!

  • haannh

    haannh said 10 years ago

    Worth reading over and over again!Very inspiring..

  • EllaLouisDesigns

    EllaLouisDesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you! very useful article inspiried me to change my ideas about my etsy shop.

  • amyquerin

    amyquerin said 10 years ago

    Sounds like great advice for those of us getting started!

  • JazzGreen

    JazzGreen said 10 years ago

    very informative, thank you for sharing...

  • mackieboo

    mackieboo said 10 years ago

    Excellent article... thank you for your story!

  • snipandtuckdesigns

    snipandtuckdesigns said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for the advice it is just a matter of thinking out of the square when it comes to your product, invaluable, thanks again

  • SeamusAshley

    SeamusAshley said 10 years ago

    Thankyou for sharing, and spreading a positive and inspiring story !!

  • closet149

    closet149 said 10 years ago

    thanks so much. i'm learning so much about selling on etsy thanks to generous bloggers like you.

  • momgen

    momgen said 10 years ago

    wow this will help my store a lot...thanks for this one.

  • khakaridesigns

    khakaridesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for the information. My jewelry shop is just up and running again and I really need to make money this summer since I am off work! I think I will start by working on a line of less expensive earrings to work into my higher priced items. THANKS!

  • BeyondUsual

    BeyondUsual said 10 years ago

    A WELL TUTORIAL IN ITSELF. THANK YOU. AFTER ALL, AS MY BETTER HALF ALWAYS SAYS: "COMMON SENSE IS NOT SO COMMON". I LOVED HOW YOU APPLIED THE PROBLEM SOLVING TECHNIQUE FOR YOUR ISSUE. NOT EVERYONE CAN SEE AND THINK LIKE THAT. THANK YOU FOR SHARING IT WITH US.

  • ALICELETTS

    ALICELETTS said 10 years ago

    definite food for though, many thanks

  • YasmeensCollection

    YasmeensCollection said 10 years ago

    After reading this, I'm going to offer more than childrens clothes. It's my passion, but it's very competetive . I just need to branch out. Thanks for the advice.

  • eclecticmoi

    eclecticmoi said 10 years ago

    Thank you Yoola, you are such an amazing inspiration ♥

  • MyKreation

    MyKreation said 10 years ago

    Thank you really helpful

  • sweetsmilesbaby

    sweetsmilesbaby said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much, just the info I was looking for.

  • BethanyOgle

    BethanyOgle said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring, Thanks.

  • EmbellishYourself

    EmbellishYourself said 10 years ago

    I like the unique options you thought of. It's a reminder to think outside the box!

  • jenharruff

    jenharruff said 10 years ago

    Wow, this was really a great article for a newbie like myself! Thanks for opening up my mind to new ideas.

  • dolliecs

    dolliecs said 10 years ago

    I've been toying for some time with the idea of stretching my boundaries and as a result of reading your article, I've decided to spread my wings and take a leap of faith! I create a variety of jewelry designs, but what i strive for is a "signature" line. A line of jewelry that is very distinctive to buyers and lookers; i.e., when someone sees one of my designs, they can easily recognize it as a Dollie C's piece because it has that "signature Dollie C's look/style". So, thank you for sharing your informative article. I'm ready to s t r e t c h my creative direction dive into the deep end of the pool. Stay tuned!

  • Jackiegee

    Jackiegee said 10 years ago

    Very inspirational and helpful. I am new so this will be a big help for me. Thank you!

  • Shamamomma

    Shamamomma said 10 years ago

    Great idea! I was dappling with thius idea, but now that I have read this, I will design a kit for the holidays! thanks S

  • NanMoon

    NanMoon said 10 years ago

    Very good article, it helped me think in a new way.

  • jewel359

    jewel359 said 10 years ago

    I never thought of this before reading your article, but it sounds interesting. I just have to figure out how to apply it to my shops. Thanks for the idea. You've given me much to think about.

  • FreZa

    FreZa said 10 years ago

    This is a great analysis, and it shows an open mind, and a generous soul. Good job! and thank you so much!

  • EcoInspired

    EcoInspired said 10 years ago

    Interesting and helpful. Thank you.

  • SmartGalDesigns

    SmartGalDesigns said 10 years ago

    Wow! You just really opened up my mind. Thanks!

  • duchessdesigns

    duchessdesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the information, I need to apply it to my shop. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • etchingsnthings

    etchingsnthings said 9 years ago

    As someone who has had low sales since I started this article is very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • missnatch

    missnatch said 9 years ago

    Inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  • talchen

    talchen said 9 years ago

    wonderful article!! I love you work! Thank you!

  • craftive

    craftive said 9 years ago

    I love your shop and all your work.

  • roses4mary

    roses4mary said 9 years ago

    Very nice, Yoola! Inspirational, think outside the box!

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 9 years ago

    I think that when a challenge presents itself and one stays positive, the better idea comes along. I think you did that and set such an inspirational example! Thanks Yoola and Happy Holidays!

  • TomBjornDesigns

    TomBjornDesigns said 9 years ago

    thank you! very inspiring!

  • elizabethsantry

    elizabethsantry said 9 years ago

    thank you for an honest and detailed story of your success. its so wonderful to see more-experienced sellers give tips and suggestions in order to help the community. sometimes its easy to forget that we are all in this together....

  • rlmstudios

    rlmstudios said 9 years ago

    what a GREAT article! How do you think your ideas and strategies could translate to visual art! Plus Im brand new here! yea me!

  • NoisyButterfly

    NoisyButterfly said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational. Thank you.

  • NoisyButterfly

    NoisyButterfly said 9 years ago

    KooDoos!!

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 9 years ago

    Amazing and simple! Less work, less materials, more money! Great.

  • Simag

    Simag said 9 years ago

    Wow... what a great article!!! Great job! I am so proud of you Yoola and happy for you and your success!בהצלחה וכל הכבוד I Love Pomegranates & the Pomegranate symbol meanings deal with abundance, fertility, lusciousness, generosity and union. Used in many cultures as a symbol of marraige, fertility, and love, the pomegranate with its leathery outer skin and its juicy, sweet interior is a symbol of encompassing bliss, reminiscent of passion and luxury. It is also a strongly feminine symbol, and is associated with female sexuality. When visions of pomegranates dance in our heads during a reading it is time to consider the power of our divine feminine side. The pomegranate is also a message for us to tap into the luxurious side of life - recognize the richness, abundance and wonder that surrounds us at every turn. It is also a sign of union with the divine as well as union with others. Happy New Year To You All!

  • VintageMarquise

    VintageMarquise said 9 years ago

    awesome !! merci so much !!

  • myglamour

    myglamour said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • sistersilver

    sistersilver said 9 years ago

    So true. If we want to stay in the business, your advice is absolutely perfect. I hope folks take what you say seriously and look at their possibilities instead of limitations

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound said 9 years ago

    Good thinking! Trying always to come up with new ideas, angles, fresh items & hit on the afforadability question. Thank you, dahlila xxoo

  • kerrybeary

    kerrybeary said 9 years ago

    Very helpful! Thank you!!! Happy New Year~!

  • TrilliumStudios

    TrilliumStudios said 9 years ago

    Always great to get the insights of others. Thanks for the thought-provoking ideas, and Happy New Year!

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    ThatOldBlueHouse2 said 9 years ago

    Very nice article. It is important to analyze our shops/sales, and constructively try to improve upon our ideas. In college I had a project to do a window display for a fashion merchandising class..I did one using vintage hats called Mad Hatters! I got an A & my teacher said..."great idea, now expand on it"! I thought, Huh??? I did my best & I'm supposed to expand!! Years later I see what she meant!

  • cosmichippodesigns

    cosmichippodesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your keen thought process. I love your Poms and the idea that you took them a couple of steps further impresses me. How to do this with handbags is another issue. But I'm going to stretch my brain to come up with a solution. Wishing you continued success!

  • SWANclothing

    SWANclothing said 9 years ago

    this is one of the best things i have read about growing my line in a while. it really astutely addresses walls you can hit. thank you very much.

  • kidgiddy

    kidgiddy said 9 years ago

    I have come to similar cross roads - I don't get as many views or in a many treasuries - but I'm also still new and can appreciate that. I am very much looking forward to expanding my business in 2010 to offer not only the PDF patterns but also unique kits! My products too are very time consuming. I can totally appreciate all of what Yoola has said here! Esp the time vs. cost factor. I can't really afford to cut my prices - so I'm all up for plan b...and c!!! Thanks Yoola!!! kg

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 9 years ago

    I agree. Though my problem is keeping up! Take a subject, or concept, turn it on it's ear & stretch it in many different directions. You never know what will or won't take off unless you try!

  • shupg

    shupg said 9 years ago

    great post, Yoola (love the poms!) I think I am having the same problem you had, lots of views/hearts & no sales. It'll definitely get my thinking for the new year. Thanks and have a great year ahead!

  • laantigua

    laantigua said 9 years ago

    Thank you for your great advice. Sometimes, we don't apply our creativity to our own thoughts, and you showed us how to expand our minds.

  • SommerDesigns

    SommerDesigns said 9 years ago

    Great article and advice on how to think out of the box for increased exposure and sales. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Emilynn

    Emilynn said 9 years ago

    Thank you - I have a lot to learn from experience.

  • vixensnaturaljewelry

    vixensnaturaljewelry said 9 years ago

    Very cool! I was thinking about sharing my wire wrapping tutorials for the New Year! Thanks!

  • monkeypuzzle

    monkeypuzzle said 9 years ago

    Excellent food for thought.....will be on my mind as I set into the new year...thanks!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 9 years ago

    thanks for all of the info Yoola! This is very helpful to me and practical. My New Years resolution is to go over my shop with a fine tooth comb and your article helps motivate me Cheers and Happy New Year to all!

  • TimmerysBebeBling

    TimmerysBebeBling said 9 years ago

    THANKS for all the advise. I'm new on Etsy and appreciate all the help I can get. I will use your advise as I head into the new year. I will be working on thinking outside of the box!! Thanks again!!!

  • fuchsiabloomstudio

    fuchsiabloomstudio said 9 years ago

    really helpful- I am in a similar situation and this will encourage me to think out of the box!

  • Yoola

    Yoola said 9 years ago

    Tank you all for the kind words, I'm glad to see my blog post get new audience almost a year after being originally published, everything is of course still relevant :) maybe its time to write part B to this article under "I could leave my day job"....... cheers everyone and happy new year.

  • benoitdesigns

    benoitdesigns said 9 years ago

    Great ideas — thanks for the insight! I enjoyed reading it.

  • feltmeupdesigns

    feltmeupdesigns said 9 years ago

    thanks for this yoola, great article, I have been thinking for a whole now about offering. Your article has really given me a lot to think about. Thanks mel

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 9 years ago

    awesome article! I guess though it's a little difficult to take into my own vintage field.. :)

  • HappyLifeStudio

    HappyLifeStudio said 9 years ago

    Such a very helpful and uplifting article. The bottom line - stretching the boundaries could be used by anyone. And just makes you to think and try to figure out what are the flaws in your (my :-)shop. You had a very smart approach to resolving the problem. Thanks Evona

  • tracyschaal

    tracyschaal said 9 years ago

    This article makes a lot of sense and has got me thinking on what I can do for my shop. Now I have some new years resolutions because of you! :o) Thank so much and best wishes everyone for a prosperous and fab new year! xxo

  • JOANSGARDENS

    JOANSGARDENS said 9 years ago

    Very thoughtful article...thank you, Joan

  • littlemuffinbottoms

    littlemuffinbottoms said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for your article. You really made me think about what I could do differently in my own shop.

  • FoundryDesign

    FoundryDesign said 9 years ago

    Thank you, Yoola, for such a good article. As a fairly new Etsy seller, I've enjoyed quite a bit of exposure for my designs, but modest sales. My sweaters are expensive -- also because of the time and workmanship involved -- and I have been searching for a way to communicate what photos often cannot. Sharing technique does seem scary at first, but also could allow many more people to enjoy what I've figured out on my own in terms of new ways to look at recycling knits. And for those who may read tutorials without intending to actually make the item (like vicariously cooking a meal while reading the recipe), we may win new customers.

  • mwc1artist

    mwc1artist said 9 years ago

    This is just what I needed. My shops and products are gorgeous (feedback) but sell poorly. I tried what you suggest with the tutorials but never thought of selling the tutorials from the shop. As a writer, tutorials are a natural for me. I'll have to give some thought as to how I can apply your ideas to my shops. Or how I can stretch my shops to incorporate your ideas. Thank you! Marian

  • PoppyTogs

    PoppyTogs said 9 years ago

    I love this article!! Definitely a thought process we all need to go through! I LOVE new ideas, and of course thinking outside the box! Thank you!!

  • judygonzalez

    judygonzalez said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your new found knowledge, I think it can transfer to different forms of art as well! I do think your poms are VERY cool and could translate well to a installation piece when you are ready to go in THAT direction!

  • reinaldovalentin

    reinaldovalentin said 9 years ago

    Wonderful, great idea, inspirational, and makes me think can I do this?

  • auntbethys

    auntbethys said 9 years ago

    Yoola, what a generous and excellent many-faceted article. It is catalyst for much thought and growth. You pried open that little crack in my mind and let more sunshine/ideas flood in! I read the thread and see that what I feel is already stated by so many. I'm thrilled to be here and to learn from you all. Yoola, t h a n k y o u ! Beth

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 9 years ago

    thanks for the inspiration.

  • annaaizic

    annaaizic said 9 years ago

    great article!Thanks ...I was thinkung about tutorials myself...hmmmmm thanks anna

  • JuliaPeculiar

    JuliaPeculiar said 9 years ago

    Very useful advice and an inspirational article. Thank you for sharing Yoola. Julia

  • decoratethediva

    decoratethediva said 9 years ago

    Happy New Year Yoola and thanks!!!

  • vintagerenewal

    vintagerenewal said 9 years ago

    That was such fantastic brainstorming! Thank you for walking us through it with you. I have also been fortunate to have lots of great features on my furniture. I have been realizing that I need a smaller impulse item that people can purchase for a splash of color that's not a killer on the wallet. I've been wanting to do pillows for the longest time and just keep putting it on the back burner. You just re-inspired me to get started! Thanks Yoola. :-) Love your stuff!

  • satsumabug

    satsumabug said 9 years ago

    This is fabulous! I think of myself as a good brainstormer, but I never even thought of analyzing the "great feedback, no sales" situation in that way. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!! And I love the poms :)

  • knitsomestudio

    knitsomestudio said 9 years ago

    I just opened my Etsy store and am very grateful for new ideas. Thank you for sharing!

  • lazyredcat

    lazyredcat said 9 years ago

    yes!! you forget to slap yourself in the face sometimes. thanks!!

  • taylorjaynefabric

    taylorjaynefabric said 9 years ago

    A lot of great ideas. Thanks for the insight!!!

  • applenoggin

    applenoggin said 9 years ago

    Very exciting! I agree that you have to constantly stretch your boundaries and thinking! Both on Etsy and in life! I have always thought about offering gift wrapping service in my shop. I never actually tried it because my entire life I've been a notoriously horrible gift wrapper. Well, yesterday and the day before I locked myself up in my house all day and night and practiced gift wrapping packages. Now I am a pro and I have a gift wrapping service listing in my shop as of today!!!

  • whizzbangle

    whizzbangle said 9 years ago

    great article - new year's is a good time to reflect too! thanks bj

  • TiffinyDesigns

    TiffinyDesigns said 9 years ago

    You've given me a lot to think about! Thanks so much for your insights!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 9 years ago

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  • TreacherousDesires

    TreacherousDesires said 9 years ago

    Really great ideas!

  • kittybblove

    kittybblove said 9 years ago

    Great article on thought process- very inspirational.

  • DanceInMyGarden

    DanceInMyGarden said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, one that has hit a chord with many by the looks of it. I am constantly thinking of ways to 'grow outside the box', and the different ways of doing this...I guess I just have to take that leap!

  • Crazy4Art

    Crazy4Art said 9 years ago

    I think you are right on target! Very, very creative and inspriational. I am going to apply your concept to revamping my shop, which is having the same problems...Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

  • cuteasabutton4baby

    cuteasabutton4baby said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. I am new to the etsy community and I too find it kind of frustrating to have tons of views and no sales yet. For instance two of my items have over 40 views and may other items of mine have over 20 but no sales. The guessing game is killing me on trying to figure out why this is. Good luck with your continued success.

  • crystalglowdesign

    crystalglowdesign said 9 years ago

    Really great article! Very inspirational and gives me things to think about! I admire the way you tackled your problem!

  • UniquesewingBoutique

    UniquesewingBoutique said 9 years ago

    Since I'm very new to Etsy, all the info is so helpful, especially trying to think outside of the box makes a lot of sense, thank you everyone for the tips. A healthy and successful New Year to every one.

  • lynnatblueskies

    lynnatblueskies said 9 years ago

    Wow, I would imagine after seeing a tutorial one would want to just buy one all ready made. They are so pretty and SO intricate!! How did your sales improve after the tutorials? Lynn

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 9 years ago

    What a great and inspiring article - thank you for sharing.

  • HandmadebyEmilyShop

    HandmadebyEmilyShop said 9 years ago

    Thanks for that, it was really informative. It's great to see your problem solving path, and creative yet practical solutions. Emily

  • Designare

    Designare said 9 years ago

    Very interesting article, great craft.

  • vestedbeevintage

    vestedbeevintage said 9 years ago

    I definitely going to stretch stretch and stretch for 2010!!! love this blog post! Thank you so much!

  • artivicki

    artivicki said 9 years ago

    thanks for sharing new ways of getting noticed..sadly I buy more than I sell on etsy... love the crafts here especially the jewellery... got to stop ha!

  • PinkPerch

    PinkPerch said 9 years ago

    Yoola, I absolutely LOVE your work. So fun and unique! Thank you so much for sharing your story, it's been very inspiring! Lesley :)

  • have2paint

    have2paint said 9 years ago

    These ideas are very practical. You deserve your success. Good luck.

  • WishesAndSpells

    WishesAndSpells said 9 years ago

    This artigle was very insipiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • RuebiRetro

    RuebiRetro said 9 years ago

    Great ideas! thanks!

  • JoannaBoyes

    JoannaBoyes said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article - you really helped me think about my work and where I need to diversify. I've got lots of new ideas I now need to start work on! Thanks so much.

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 9 years ago

    What a great article- great ideas, great inspiring and a lot or opportunities for us!!

  • sacredstonesngifts

    sacredstonesngifts said 9 years ago

    Love this article, makes me wonder and think about my work and how I can make some changes. Thanks

  • sacredstonesngifts

    sacredstonesngifts said 9 years ago

    I love this great article, makes me wonder and brainstorm as to what changes I can make. thanks

  • mercersdaughter

    mercersdaughter said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration. I know I have to do something to stretch my talents/minds and sales!

  • YoyosAndMore

    YoyosAndMore said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration!! :) I've got some work to do.

  • TrashiqueBoutique

    TrashiqueBoutique said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing ur ideas with all of us. It is so great to be a part of such an awesome community, where others are just as happy to see all of us succeed instead of just self. I understand the reason for concern about sharing ur knowledge, hopefully no one will take advantage of ur generosity. I am very new to Etsy and have learned so much already from so many wonderful people. Thanks again, Billie

  • Gossamerart

    Gossamerart said 9 years ago

    The number of comments you have received just confirms how many artists on etsy are keen to improve their sales. Sometimes achieving sales is very daunting indeed. The amount of time, effort and creative energy that goes into our work is hard to comprehend. Not only do we have to be creative in the producing what we do best but then we have to be creative gathering information on how to get the product out there for the world to enjoy. Your attitude and ideas are great! Thanks for sharing them.

  • SolDelSur

    SolDelSur said 9 years ago

    I totally agree with Gossamerart. You are a very smart woman! stretch stretch stretch

  • papermellie

    papermellie said 9 years ago

    This is So fantastic. I recently began blogging (www.papermellie.typepad.com) and my hopes are to include tutorials with links to my shop. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and this experience.

  • imaginehandcrafts

    imaginehandcrafts said 9 years ago

    This was a great article. I always thought that if people knew how it was made and sometimes how long it takes to make our crafts that they would appreciate them so much more. I also was afraid of people copying but anytime they see my work they could do that. It's food for thought. By the way your work is fantastic!

  • LovelySunshine

    LovelySunshine said 9 years ago

    Nice article :) Finally I got to read it.

  • noogal

    noogal said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring!! I love the creativity of fellow sellers. Always in awe!

  • ClematisCrafts

    ClematisCrafts said 9 years ago

    I started listing in March...but so far very few views and no sales...I was just about to give up,,but after reading this, maybe I'll try a new approach. THANKYOU

  • stjern

    stjern said 9 years ago

    A great articles with lost of advice. I use my FB and Flick for some more exposure. I am hoping it will create sales... Many thanks for your advice...

  • Petitecharm

    Petitecharm said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the advice. I could do with all the help I can get. Still waiting for my first sale

  • klosig

    klosig said 8 years ago

    you gave me some ideas thank you.

  • nekoleh

    nekoleh said 8 years ago

    Hola This is a great article filled with wonderful info. Thanks a billion!

  • KnotaGeek

    KnotaGeek said 8 years ago

    This was so helpful! Thank you so much!

  • ladybug9753

    ladybug9753 said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for your help!:)

  • seedal

    seedal said 7 years ago

    So how did you share it? I have had 43 items on etsy for 2 months and not one sale. Id like to make a video and put it on you tube on how to make a flower my way. Is there a way to link your etsy shop to the video? or how did you share it??

  • diaszabo

    diaszabo said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.

  • mpwallets

    Richard Lossing from mpwallets said 7 years ago

    very encouraging!

  • aaragones

    adrian aragones from aaragones said 7 years ago

    Interesting, thanks for sharing....

  • sparrowlyn

    Lynda D'Souza from sparrowlyn said 7 years ago

    Sometimes you come across a story that just blows you away and this is one of them ! congratulations on stretching your boundaries and sharing your knowledge and tips with us! Its karma right - when you give - you always get back! good luck to your 2012!

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