Monday, August 15, 2011

Evolution of an Etsy Shop: Part II

I joined Etsy on September 30, 2005, just a few months after the site first launched. I had been searching desperately for an alternative to eBay, which had always felt like such a vast and impersonal place to sell my artwork. I remember how excited I was when I came across a website specifically focused on handmade arts and crafts, because it felt like for the first time, I finally had a warm and cozy spot on the internet to call home. I had no expectations and no business plans, but I knew that this was the place I wanted to be . . . but what was I going to sell? I ended up going through several phases before landing on the whole "rubber stamp" idea, and waaaay back in the beginning I actually had a shop full of paintings and prints.

This was my very first sale on Etsy. A print of my "Secret Garden" painting.

A "Little Deer" painting on wood. Look familiar?


Robots in Trouble said...

I'm glad that you found Etsy, because it's true what you say about eBay... it's a bit impersonal.

Gosh... I wish I can be as talented as you...

-Robots in Trouble

nikoart said...

Aw, thanks so much. ^_^ Etsy has grown a lot since those early days, but thankfully it still has that cuddly, cozy, intimate feeling I like. Although if I ever do manage to scrounge up the funds, I really wouldn't mind having my own, independent website outside of Etsy. Btw, your little robot keychains are so cute! Do you sell them on Etsy too? If not, you totally should. I think they'd do well!

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