They say when one door closes another one opens. Often we just need to be able to see these opportunities as they are and not let our emotions blind us. For the last few days I have been a bit blinded because I have decided to close my Etsy.com shop at the end of the year. I won’t be adding any renewals and it is my hope that by the end of the year I will have reduced my inventory and recovered a small fraction of the losses.
I tried. That is what I keep trying to tell myself. I tried to do something out of the box and ultimately it failed. It sucks.
My husband tried to help make me feel better and reminded me that it is worse to never have tried than to have tried and to realize before it is too late that this isn’t working out. The sales were there, I kept holding on for the people… the babies. But the money wasn’t ever there.
After sitting with my book keeping software and being very real about expenses and the hours I put into renewing listings, looking for customers, and so on, I had to be real about if MTS was a success or was it time to let it go. Sadly after being very honest, I realized that I was not making any money at all. Etsy was making A LOT of money from all of the hard work I was putting in and they weren’t doing anything for me.
This summer something changed in the Etsy world. The views dropped from hundreds to tens, sales plummeted, and resellers and people who hired help to make their items won over. Successful shops were the ones who could afford to hire people to work for them, pay for outsourcing, and didn’t care about the handmade authenticity that Etsy once stood for.
It’s time to let go and move on.
I’ll always be a creative and crafty person. I write, sew, cook, and poke around with random crafty ideas. But for right now, my focus is pulling back and letting that crafty side be for my family and friends. I am working on a big writing project and full time on my blog – Dancing with Fireflies.
Maybe I’ll even have time to check out Pinterest and try out some of those crazy soap making ideas or even sewing for myself. I have tons of ideas in the back of my mind of things I have wanted to make for myself, but I am always putting them off because I put MTS ahead in hopes that it would become something bigger. It didn’t…
So as sad as I am today about the end of this venture, I am also excited about the new things I’ll make time to do now.
For those of you who still love MTS and would like to purchase directly from me. You can email me at Sales@MorningTempestStudios.com and I am happy to work through PayPal to create unique baby bibs, onsies, blankets, and more.
Thank you to all of those people who stuck with me through these years and I am sorry I couldn’t hold on longer.
~ C. ~
- Unfond Farewell (faeriekat.wordpress.com)
- Etsy leaves ‘handmade’ behind, sparking a user exodus (dailydot.com)
- New Seller Demand Crashes Handmade Marketplace Zibbet After Etsy’s Big Changes (allthingsd.com)
- Etsy (reclaimedmama.wordpress.com)