Works In Progress & Etsy

wip wednesday

Works in progress this week are slim. I am linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP. Yesterday I pulled out the Advent calendar quilt that my mother and I are making for the church fair in November. I got the borders on it and today I will be basting it and starting the quilting. I also used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut out the numbers for the quilt. The numbers will be fused onto each block.

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I wont’ bore you with listing all the projects I didn’t get to this week!!!

I did take a trip over to a local quilt shop yesterday. There was a coupon for 10 fat quarters for $12 in the back of the quilt show program that I attended on Sunday. It had been awhile since I had visited American Folk Art & Craft Supplies and I won’t take so long to go back next time! Michelle has a nice selection of fabrics and an easy way about her that makes you want to stay and talk for a bit. The shop is a Viking dealer and offers quilting classes. If you are in the area, go in and visit. They are located in West Hanover. Here are the pretty fat quarters I picked up…I just love that red one on the bottom right.

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I came across an article regarding Etsy yesterday. Evidently they changed their policy about the types of items that can be listed for sale. Instead of only handmade items, they are now allowing just about anything. The problem with this is that it makes it extremely difficult for handmade shops and items to be found among the thousands of listings for things such as watches or jewelry mass produced. Traffic has dropped substantially for handmade items. Etsy was intended to showcase the small business shop owner and help boost sales of handmade crafts. Now it seems they’ve forgotten that idea and have made it into more of an Ebay experience. Here is the article…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-whitehead/how-etsy-changed-the-rule_b_5708565.html

What do you think? Are you an Etsy shop owner that is suffering from this policy change?

Personally, I’ve never had great pattern sales on Etsy and do far better on Craftsy. I’m not entirely sure it’s worth the effort now to keep the Etsy shop up. I’d love to know your thoughts.

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4 thoughts on “Works In Progress & Etsy

  1. Jackie

    I’ve only sold one quilt and one pattern on Etsy. My patterns are doing well on Crafty. It makes me sad and angry that they are changing their policy. I wonder if it will open the door for other companies to appeal to indy sellers?

  2. Valerie

    I’m still making sales on Etsy, but not as many. I really don’t like seeing low priced, mass produced quilts on there. I think it confuses some buyers, and really runs counter to the original point of Etsy.

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