Friday, March 16, 2012

My Etsy Anniversary, and Giveaway.

This giveaway has ended

So this week is my 1 year Etsy shop anniversary.  I will admit I didn't think I would stick with it this long.  Wow, where did the year go?

Rainbow 6 pack fat quarter bundle
In my year I think I've sold a "good" amount of items.  Not enough to make a living out of it, but in a way enough to encourage my thrifting habit.  I've learned, somewhat, what sells and what's too much of a bother to buy to attempt to sell, but the temptation is just too great sometimes.  I love buying glass kitchen goods, but most of the time it seems like shipping is the same cost, if not more, than what is being sold.  So this is a big deterrent for me to list these items.  I can't stand buying items with high shipping costs, and it's hard to justify selling items with high shipping cost.  So most of these items live in storage, and are pulled out for the markets I attempt.


Key fobs
Aprons
During my year on Etsy I've sold 56 items.  Out of those 56 sales 62.5% have been vintage sheet fat quarters/scraps, 25% vintage items, and 12.5% handmade.   This is interesting.  I wouldn't have initially guessed my vintage sheets would be over half of what I sell.  However, thinking about it my sheet listings are more frequently changing/listing since that supply changes soo much, then next my vintage items.  My handmade items, I guess, have tended to get stale because if I'm not selling I'm not making/listing new items, therefore probably being my problem.  I need to keep on listing handmade items to give a variety to choose from.  Right?

There I have a goal.  TRY to list new handmade items more frequently.  I've done this already, kinda.  Within the past month I've added aprons to my handmade goods, and if I do say so myself they are pretty cute.  Yesterday I listed some key fobs.  Next, maybe some bunting or baby kimono shoes.  :-)

So, since my shop is now 1 year old, I want to celebrate.  It's a feat to last this long on Etsy, for me at least, especially since I had no idea how long I'd keep it up.  I've been a part of some great treasuries.  I have a good amount of admirers, and it's nice to see when someone "favorites" an item you've listed.   Ugh! I'm starting to ramble again.

So anyways!  For my 1 year Etsy shop anniversary I have up for grabs, the winners can pick one, a handmade purse/apron or 10 pack vintage sheet fat quarter bundle of your choice from my shop.

Yes, I did say winners above.  There will be two winners.  :-) 

Also, for all you lovely readers you get 20% off your purchase, use discount code EtsyAnniversary at checkout. 



To enter just leave any comment for one entry,  if you have an Etsy shop tell me how long you've been open.  You could even add your link to your comment so I (and others) can visit.

For additional entries
Be a follower of Sleeping or Sewing, if you already are let me know (1 entry)
Like me on Facebook, if you already do let me know too (1 entry)

That's a total of 3 entries.  Yay!

Entries close next Thursday, March 22 at midnight CST, and the winners will be announced the following Friday, March 23.  Winners will be selected using Random.org.

Good luck!

This giveaway has ended 

78 comments:

  1. Congrats on 1 year! I have my little shop for just over 3 years here:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/LizTaylorHandmade

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am a happy follower of sleeping or sewing :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congratulations! 1 year is a big deal! I found that in the first year I really figured out what works and what doesn't work for me. Even though I love crafts of all kinds, I had to focus a bit more and add more items!:) The more items, the more chances you have to be found with search. I'm sure your next year will be fabulous!!

    ~Kim

    ReplyDelete
  4. Opening a shop in June. Wish me luck!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you for a generous giveaway! I don't have a Etsy shop yet, but I'm in the process of getting one set up. Hopefully I'll be selling cards within the next month!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I'm a GFC follower- kylie c.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I like you on Facebook- Kylie Carlson.

    ReplyDelete
  8. What great prizes--thanks for the chance! I've been wanting to make a vintage sheets quilt forever, but don't have any idea where to get good stuff around here. I've had my etsy shop for about a year and a half now (amme and neb).

    ReplyDelete
  9. Nice giveaway and Congratulations on your Etsy Anniversary. I do have an Etsy Shop but have yet to list the first thing in it. I think I am a bit fearful plus I don't have enough made up to put in, but I am working on that. I have some vintage sheets but not many, in fact I 'm not sure they are vintage, how does one know this? Thanks for a chance to win a great prize.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I am a follower of your blog for quite a while now. Thanks again.

    ReplyDelete
  11. congratulations on one year! i don't have a shop-but i'd like to-trying to figure out if it's "worth" it. sounds like it is, yes?!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I have a Facebook shop: Fabulous Home Sewn Products. My blog is http://www.fabuloushomesewn.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. I do not have an etsy shop, but wish I had the talent to open one! I just love to admire everyone's creativity and passion.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Congratulations on 1 year. I've had my shop almost a year now http://www.etsy.com/shop/SierraCascadeCrafts

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'm a new follower of your blog

    ReplyDelete
  16. Congratulations! I've been on Etsy since 2008 but my current shop has been open since 2009. It's a lot of fun, though I haven't added much to it in a loooong time. I've been so busy with my kids and my new love of quilting that I've neglected it a bit. :) You can find me at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/agentjane

    ReplyDelete
  17. the apron is adorable! i would love the FQ pack, since i have my eye on making a ginat vintage star quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I follow your blog, and have for a while. I enjoy reading about your thrifting and estate sale adventures. Sheet FQ bundle!!!! or should I say more sheet fq's!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Congratulations on your Etsy-versary! I hope you continue to have enough sales to keep your store. I'd love a chance for some more sheet fqs!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I year - Congratulations!! I hope year two is even better for you. thanks for the lovely giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Yay I'm a friendly-stalker, I mean, blog follower, a follower on facebook and what was the other thing again? Oh right, this comment! My Etsy shop is empty, sadly. I have it all ready to go stacked in the corner LOL. Love www.Cassthecoolest.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. thank you so much for giving this lovely opprtunity
    I don't use FB at the momente and unfortunately i don't even have an Etsy shop, in any case I wish upon my good star to be the winner ^^)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Congrats on 1 year! I don't have an etsy shop, but I've been thinking about it. Just haven't gotten the courage up to do it :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. I like you on fb as Tabitha Swain klucking

    ReplyDelete
  25. Happy 1 year shop anniversary!! I don't own an etsy shop, but I hope to start one in future! Thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. Happy Anniversary! This is a great giveaway. Thanks.
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  27. i already follow on gfc
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  28. i like you on fb
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  29. Yikes, I almost missed this. If it's open to Uk, I'd like to enter please. And congrats on your sales, that's over one a week so keeps it well worth doing I'd say, even if you can't retire just yet!

    ReplyDelete
  30. My little shop has been open almost a year, just a couple of months shy I think. etsy.com/shops/scarlettkey :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Andrea - prajaline (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  31. Thanks for the giveaway... I actually have just discovered your wonderful blog and beautiful Etsy shop by following a link to this giveaway. The fabrics in the photo above we're just impossible to resist! Fingers crossed, either way, I'm glad to have found you!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Congratulations on 1 year! Wow. I had a shop for a bit, but closed it down b/c I was just too busy with my kids. It's hard to keep up!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Such gorgeous vintage FQ's! I am in the process of opening an Etsy store so it was really interesting to read your post, I love vintage sheets too, my collection is 99% UK sheets so quite different from yours. thanks for the giveaway

    ReplyDelete
  34. Replies
    1. Hi, you were selected as one of my anniversary winners. Your contact info isn't available via Blogger. Please email me so you can select your prize. sleepingorsewing at gmail. com

      Delete
  35. I followed your blog via rss feed.

    ReplyDelete
  36. New follower! Off to explore all your fun stuff.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Congratulations on your first year! I don't have an etsy shop yet but hopefully someday.

    sandy dot hardman at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  38. Congrats on one year. I'd love to have that vintage sheet fq bundle!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Congrats one the first year!
    would love to win stack of fabric, but your purses so cute, I like it ;)

    ReplyDelete
  40. Lol, I have an etsy store, had it for a couple of years now... it's just that I've never actually got around to putting anything in it. You see, I planned it all out, then got pregnant, had a miserable pregnancy, then bubba was born & then tried to adapt to being a mumma and well......

    ReplyDelete
  41. I just created an Etsy shop but only have 1 quilt for sale, jnnmn7. Need a more creative name for it.

    ReplyDelete
  42. I am a happy woman... My daughter is expecting our 1st grand baby and I just got a new machine. Could life get any better? I would love to use this fabric on something for the baby. Thanks,
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

    ReplyDelete
  43. I "like" you on FB as Kathy Newsom Davis
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

    ReplyDelete
  44. GFC follower as Mrs. Kathy Davis
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

    ReplyDelete
  45. I love vintage sheets! Thanks so much for the great giveaway! Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! Keep up the good work! Have a wonderful day! :)

    ReplyDelete
  46. I love the vintage sheets. But, where do you seem to find them? I don't have any luck around here in Indiana. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  47. Happy Anniversary on your shop! I'd love to open one of my own but its been slow going so I commend you for getting it done!

    gizala01@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  48. Congratulations! I collect vintage sheets myself, so I'm loving your shop! gabengayle@cox.net

    ReplyDelete