Monday, August 10, 2009

Ready to Start Selling Your Wares?

If you are ready to start selling your designs, Etsy might be the place for you. bills itself as "Your Place to Buy & Sell All Things Handmade." Truthfully, the sky's the limit on what you can design and sell through Etsy.

A Graphic Design Instructor from The Art Institute of Dallas, Jodi Von Rotten, has received media exposure for her Etsy store, Binge and Purge and caters to a clientele that loves funky, retro accessories with a darker side.

Other Dallas designers who found their start on Etsy include Megan Mucci, whose Harrilu silk-screened apparel is sold nationally and was carried locally at House of Dang. Harrilu not only maintains an Etsy site but also now has a standard eCommerce site.

Not sure how to get started or how to find support? Etsy has an established community, where designers can partner with others to share ideas and learn more about building a stronger business.
Etsy even has an established EtsyDallas Group: The Original Dallas Craft Collective.

Remember to think outside-of-the-box. Your product does not need to be terribly complicated. You simply need to find something you are passionate about, determine if there is a market, and make sure to deliver GREAT customer service.

Have fun exploring Etsy! We always enjoy a little Etsy-time.

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