Tuesday, March 16, 2010

venting frustrations...

I'm really beginning to wonder how anyone sells jewelry on etsy. I mean really... The market on there is just soooo saturated that I don't know if anyone even ever sees what I post. I give you fare warning reader that I am not saying this because I think that my work is wonderful and should be constantly sold out, but a rant this will be. While that would be welcome, I don't look for that kind of exposure or limelight or whatever you'd like to call it. At this point in my life, I just miss the feedback. I am so ready for show season to start, simply because I want REAL people to come into my booth and talk to me about my work face to face and maybe, if so enthralled with my charm and captivated by the little things I make, they might just buy some of it too.

I just miss that human connection with my work. I know I'm not creating thought provoking, moving paintings or intricate sculptures but, it still matters to me to hear what people think, good or bad. I get more stimulating conversations about my fiber work because I have a spinning group... but my jewelry side cries out for companionship. It needs someone to say, "HEY! what if you did this?" or, "That is really great, don't change a thing!" without the bias of it being a family member or my dear husband who just says, "neat." Is it neat? or was he just more interested what he was doing on his iphone or current battle on WOW? argh!

So anyway, back to etsy. I love etsy. I REALLY love etsy. But why does my yarn and wool sell while my jewelry constantly must be renewed? Have I just not found the right demographic? Should I pull it and start a separate shop for jewelry? (I really don't even want to think about this  option, I'd prefer one shop...) Do I just need a LOT more jewelry on there? and finally... is it all just not good enough? I know deep down that is not true, but we all have our insecurities and when you are thinking about these important questions, that one ends up rearing its ugly head.

That all being said, look for more jewelry toward the end of the week in the shop. What can I say, I like the rejection apparently. More likely, it makes me feel better to have it out  in the world with possibility rather than tucked away till the next show or fair.

Thoughts anyone?


peacockfairy said...

I can relate - jewelry sales are very slow on Etsy. Frustrating!!!

Emily Wohlscheid said...

thanks heather! I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling this way.