Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What's an Etsy?

Etsy is the name of a website. You can find it at Artists, writer, and other creative types sell their handmade goods at this site. They set up their own shop, like I have one called Blue Sand Studio. I can sell my jewelry, zines, and other art, under my name, and anyone in the world can find it and purchase it. The purchase price is sent to me through my PayPal account. The reason I use it is because I don't have to build my own website that will have purchasing capability. I use their site, and people can search for "jewelry," "necklaces," "silver jewelry," and hopefully find my stuff. The only problem is, there are 10's of thousands of jewelry items on Etsy. I have to figure out how to make mine stand out.

That's where photography comes in. That can be the hardest part, especially since I'm photographing jewelry. I get a shine if there's too much sun, and I definitely can't use a flash. Over time, you get better at it.

I'm even venturing into the world of painting, and will be posting my first two paintings onto Etsy this week.

Check out Etsy for handmade items. You'll be supporting artists, and you'll find unique items. If you're tired of mass-produced "art," then is the place to go.

Any Etsy shops you can recommend to me?


Angela Felsted said...

I like the silver beads and the paintings. You're so talented.

Jean said...

I love your creativity! You have a free and fanciful appeal tpo your work which cannot be anything but honest. How cool!

jea xox

Ryan said...

I'm sure your blog gives you a little edge over your competitors, it's a fantastic tool to help promote your Etsy store. Good luck with it.

C. said...

I love that red & purple painting you posted. The red reminds me of a coral reef. And what did you use to get the sparkle on it, if you don't mind divulging?

Joyce's Journey said...

Hi Suzanne! I love this A to Z Challenge. This is the first I've heard of it. I'll have to go read posts from some other participants. Your posts have been great! You are always so reflective. I love it!!

Kathy said...

Beautiful homemade jewelery. I'll definitely be checking out Etsy Store. Great"F" post!

I found you with the ‘surprise me’ button. I’m a new follower of yours. I'd love to have you check out my take on the A to Z Challenge, comment and follow, if you'd like.
Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

Linda Rovolis said...

Well as your biggest fan and owner of many of your exceptional pieces, I just wanted to visit your blog and get a peek at your latest and greatest work. Love it all!
Peace, Linda