Well, either you read the whole blog, or you clicked on the “about” link in the footer! Either way, we want you to know that this is a little outdated, but pretty much sums up our original dream for Everything Etsy, which is still going strong! Stay tuned for a new About Page very soon!
We (Kim and Tim Layton) both have Etsy shops. Our oldest son, AJ (14) sells his handmade fly-fishing lures in Kim’s shop, FlashyFish, but soon he’ll be opening his own shop. Our younger son, Jacob (10), is putting some real consideration into his product before he launches, but by early next year the whole family will have a shop on Etsy.
In many ways, Etsy represents a number of dreams for us just like we know it does for so many folks.
The First Dream
First, there is the dream of being able to sell your own creation, the product of your own mind, heart, and hands. To be able to sell just one such item is a blessing, but to be able to sell enough to actually think “Hey, this could be something!” is a whole other thing altogether.
The Second Dream
Second, for us, is the dream of being free from a fixed location. We are serious travelers and would just love to be free to really go nuts with it. Something went wrong in our lineage though and the inheritance didn’t come through. So, sadly, we’re forced to provide the essentials of life for ourselves, a.k.a – we have to work. Etsy provides an opportunity to take the work with us. When we think of products we can sell on Etsy, we think about what can be dragged around in a 31′ motorhome. No bronze sculptures coming from us!
The Third Dream
Finally, we love the dream of getting to know other artists. We’re the people who can’t get through the art shows because we want to stop and talk to each artist for twenty minutes. To be honest we would probably talk to them for hours, but we usually get hurried along owing to the fact that they paid hundreds of dollars for a booth. (Another great advantage of Etsy, no such expenses) But we love the opportunity to get to know creative, opportunistic, imaginative thinkers, doers, and dreamers.
We figure this blog will really just help everyone on Etsy with all three of these major Etsy opportunities!
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We’re really looking to meet new artists so please comment and link us up to your shop. If that doesn’t work, just write your shop name in the comment and we’ll come take a look!
Thanks so much for visiting and please come back soon!