How I grew my Etsy shop

Everyone that runs an Etsy shop wants lots of sales, right? Of course they do! Along with hard work, great photos, Seo management and dedication to your craft, there are a few other things that factor in to a successful shop on Etsy.

For me, a comfortable space is absolutely key when I’m creating. If I feel comfortable and relaxed in my work space, the creativity flows much better and I have better ideas to put in my shop.

I recently did a complete overhaul of my crafting area. I moved things around, purchased a few items to spruce things up, and created some things from scratch. Below is a photo of my new place!

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As you can see, it is very bright, open and airy. It is SO important to surround yourself with things you love.

I’ll start with my lamp. Boy do I love that lamp. I saw it there on the shelf at the store and I immediately knew I had to have it. It really is the center piece of my work area. As you can see, there are also a lot of plants. I. LOVE. PLANTS. The ones on my desk aren’t real but it doesn’t matter. They brighten up the space and put me in such a good mood when I’m working. I also hung a gorgeous wreath on the wall as well and it really helps get the creative juices flowing.

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If you are in need of a new look but are on a budget(like most of us!) hit up your local thrift or second hand store. If you really want to get a huge bang for your buck, you need to think outside the box. Find a new use for things. For example – I love visiting our local Salvation Army almost weekly because they get new things in just about every day. See the floral cork board in the photo below? I purchased a regular cork board at a local craft store and failed miserably at painting it! I decided that upholstering it would so much easier, and it really was. I visited my local thrift store and found some beautiful Martha Stewart sheets(king size I might add!) for $3.00. Yep. 3 whole dollars! It gave me a ton of fabric to use and what better way then to cover my ugly cork board. I simply laid the sheets down on the table, laid the cork board on top, pulled it tight and used my staple gun to hold it in place. My husband attached some picture hangers in each corner and Voila! A gorgeous, upcycled cork board.

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Another must have for me is bright, natural light. I love being outdoors but unfortunately living in the midwest only allows that a few months out of the year. I am in love with the idea of having light pour in on me while I work.

One more pointer on achieving a comfortable work space on a budget is visit Ikea. Really. If you want to get furniture that is simple yet functional, Ikea is the place to go. All of my desks are simple tables and legs, no fancy office furniture for me! My bookcase below as well as my wire fabric bins are also from Ikea. I think those are supposed to be for closets but I found a new use for them, woo hoo! They are great for storing my 2156468798451421321 yards of fabric;)

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So, there you have it. A great way to increase your sales is to have a comfortable, organized work space. I can tell you from experience(and over 250 sales in my Etsy shop) that it is vital to have a comfortable space to create your items. I know that every single time I wake up and go to my craft room, I immediately feel happy and excited to start a new day and make something beautiful.

Next week’s Etsy tip: MarketingĀ  and Logo Design. Until then, have a great week and come back for more tips and tricks and other fun stuff!

Want to check out some of the fun things I’ve made in this lovely space? Visit my shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/threeschatze

Sara

 

 

 

 

 

 

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