So where does this leave the humble little shop, ChickadeeSwing? I’m not sure. My rate of inquiries and sales was steadily increasing and I was starting to feel overwhelmed and having to say no. I wasn’t going to get rich and before this whole fiasco had decided to take some time to evaluate after Christmas. But I know that alot of my increase was because I was on Etsy. I also know that my store is closed and will remain closed. We have been looking into starting my own online store, somehow linking it to my blog, but that is kind of complicated and we aren’t sure that it is worth it. I don’t really want to say “okay, Etsy, you win” either though and it is nice to make that little extra each month if we can figure it out. Truly though, I have enjoyed these past weeks of creating what I want to without any pressure. It’s been fun trying new things and making gifts for others. So I don’t know, hopefully in the next week or two I will have some kind of plan.
I would love to hear any suggestions! And thanks to anyone who read this my longest blog yet. It felt good to get it off of my chest and now maybe I won’t wake up in the wee hours thinking about it with ever increasing heart rate.
I appreciate your support! More than you know and I will respect whatever decision you make. It is a major shame and I feel helpless about the fact they simply will not budge or treat the comments with due consideration. But I know it is not you, it is Etsy’s. And if you pull out, others will stay and they will still win. 🙁
Eek I just realized that I didn’t make it clear…I am DONE with Etsy…just trying to figure out if I will open something else where.
Well done, Missy! I’m proud to be your friend. I completely agree with you.
I had the same thing happen. I don’t have a shop on Etsy, but I’ve always loved “shopping” there and this situation tainted it. I appreciate your post and hope things will resolve somehow. 🙂
You can use your facebook page as a replacement for etsy (kind of) there is a huge community of wahm fb page’s out there that sell handmade goods and do not have a etsy shop. It’s mostly word of mouth the get your name out there. If you want I can tell you of some fb resourses you can use.
I would definitely be interested in looking into it…I have thought of that route.
Way to go Missy – it is people like you that DO make a difference in our world today. We need to start small and…somewhere. Okay, and has anyone acutally bought one of those cards? Somehow I doubt it! Loves to you and your family =) Steph Conroy
Actually he has made multiple sales…mostly people who were ticked that anyone would try to take away their freedom of expression! And then they said, look this is what you get for complaining. Ouch.
you and I will have to buy a hippie van and sell our stuff on the road :)Wouldn’t that be fun!?
In all seriousness, I have made a bunch of sales by just putting photos on FB. I mean you were way further along in your etsy sales than I ever was, but I definitely made more money through FB and just a few markets I’ve done, but I usually make a whole bunch of stuff at once and sell them all at once. I don’t have a steady sales. and most of my customers are my friends. But I am hoping to do a market maybe in Calgary or something either in the spring or early summer, if you are interested in coming along.
my concern for now is because I have shut down as well, where to get my supplies. I have bought most of my fabrics and other stuff from various sellers on etsy……
Hey Missy!Every once in awhile I do read blog postings that I see on my feed from fb. I enjoy yours and your authenticity, thanks for sharing! This post particularly interested me as I was watching this drama unfold about these cards. Good for you! I can understand the feeling of being the little guy against Etsy but I applaud you emmensely, If anything what a great conversation starter when people ask “so why are you not on Etsy anymore” word of mouth carries. Anyway, what I wanted to suggest is using FB. It seems many people are doing things that way now a days, just thought I would share that. BTW….thanks for your picture, your guys look wonderful!