Sunday, November 28, 2010

The 'Never Ending' SALE




If it seems like I've got a
'never ending Sale'
going on in my Rustic Goth Etsy Shop...
in a way...
I do.

See...I do make my living selling what I create..
mostly through my Etsy Shop.

And...occasionally I'm fighting to keep this utility on
or paying my rent in increments
instead of in one lump sum...
For the most part though...
it does seem to pay the bills.

What I don't have though...is the 'extra'...to get myself
a new computer and my own Pro Printer.

So...I have Sales...almost constantly...
because I am 'determined'.

When my husband fell ill...I was selling my art on eBay.
And...at that time it was Great!
Put the bottom dollar price as the starting bid...
and sometimes it would go far above what I thought I'd ever get
for my art.
Everyday I listed new paintings...and almost everyday
I sold paintings.

One of the things that gave my husband comfort...was knowing
that he didn't need to worry how I was going to make a living
when he was gone.

Neither of us had any idea what would happen to eBay...or the economy.

But...I'm a bit of a 'fighter'
and I do what I have to do
to pay the bills...
even if it means having one Sale after another.

5 comments:

The Words Crafter said...

I haven't ever sold anything on ebay so I don't know what's different about it. It's a shame you can't still do that....

CMZ Art/ Rustic Goth said...

eBay was great back in 04 through 06...then they decided to change things up a bit.
The feedback and ratings were buyer only...sellers really had no recourse when dealing with that rare 'bad buyer'...in our time on eBay we had a couple of those.
I was able to put up with the ratings and feedback..but, when the main power sellers began being able to revise an item and have their revised listings bury the newly listed items...I closed up shop.
It was costing $25 per listing..in order to get our stuff seen...and we were getting quickly buried by the sellers who were revising on a regular basis in order to keep their listings in the spotlight.
We couldn't compete with that and saw our sales flatline...so we came over to ETsy and have never looked back.

The Words Crafter said...

Dang. I wonder if it's affected their sales? More and more, I'm hearing people talk about etsy. A parent in my room shops there for jewelry and kids stuff. I think it's just not as well known.....

CMZ Art/ Rustic Goth said...

It's not as well known, since it's not as broad as eBay...but I hear a lot of the local artisans talking about wanting to join Etsy...so it's definitely growing.
Personally...I hope it never gets as big as eBay...

Dyche Designs said...

Wishing you the very best of luck as you work your way to that new computer.