March 13, 2012

Etsy Shop Launched!

Posted by Laura

I have wanted to start an Etsy shop for years (literally). The day has finally come! I spent the last month pushing through the details and am proud to say that www.etsy.com/shop/handmademachak is finally here!




I started out small. Five items feels like a good place to start.

Artisan Apron. $25.00
www.etsy.com/listing/94406257/linen-artisan-apron-one-size-fits-all

3 Pack Lavender Sachets. $12.00
www.etsy.com/listing/94455161/sachets-with-organic-lavender-3-pack

3 Pack Dog Bandanas. $9.00
www.etsy.com/listing/95036519/small-medium-dog-bandana-3-pack

Wine Bottle Bag. $10.00
www.etsy.com/listing/95034805/wine-bottle-bag

Reusable/Washable Cotton Tote. $6.00
www.etsy.com/listing/94956241/reusablewashable-bag-1-bag

There are a few ways to get to the shop. The first is to go to the link at the top of the page. You can also find it directly through etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/handmademachak or through our facebook page. Hope you stop by for a visit!


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PS Here's a quick how-to for starting up an etsy shop [of sewn goods] from my experience.

Step 1. Create Inventory

  • Determine what you're going to make.
  • Purchase supplies (i.e. fabric) and document the details (i.e. 100% cotton) to put in the description of the item for sale.
  • Be efficient and make your own patterns (i.e. hand-drawn sewing patterns in a notebook) to easily recreate the items once it sells (this was the most time-consuming task for me).
  • Consider custom tags (like these) for a finished look.


Step 2. Open shop on Etsy.com

  • Open a shop at www.etsy.com/sell.
  • Create your banner and a profile picture. Banner is 760px by 100px. Profile picture is 125px by 125px.
  • Personalize the details of the shop (i.e. payment methods, appearance, etc...).


Step 3. Launch Shop

  • Photograph your items in natural lighting.
  • Write up descriptions (from notes you took while creating inventory).
  • Price your items. Take into account the cost of materials and shipping items.
  • Buy shipping items (in my case, large padded envelopes).
  • Weigh items to determine shipping costs. I used a scale and determined costs at http://postcalc.usps.gov/. I also talked to my mailwoman about leaving packages out for her to pick-up.
  • Make sure you have a verified Paypal account activated and ready to accept payments.
  • Turn your attention to the details. How are you going to package your item? Are you going to include a business card? Custom tag? Personal note to the buyer? These should all be determined and set up so prior to the launch so that when someone purchases an item you are ready to put it in the mail immediately.

2 comments:

  1. Congrats on opening the new shop. It looks great. I also like the tips you included in the post. I've been mulling over an etsy shop for a while and it was interesting to read about the process.

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    1. Do it! I'm so glad I did. There are other things that I've learned through the process (like little fees here and there) and I've had to tweak some other details (like my packaging), but overall it’s been great fun.

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