So how does a simple girl like me wind up selling on Etsy? I blame my father. Let me backtrack a bit here for you. He grew up during the depression so, to him, everything had value. He rarely threw anything out, I suppose he made re-using and re-cycling popular before it hit the mainstream market. Yet despite the fact his VCR always blinked 12:00 he was able to successfully sell stamps (his hobby and passion) on-line. He started me on Ebay many years ago with some success. I figured if he could do it then so could I!
Fast forward about 10 years and to a time when my mother-in-law needed to go into a nursing home. I inherited her fairly large “eclectic” jewelry collection. Since, like my father, I couldn’t just throw it out (and I certainly wasn’t going to use any of it myself) I needed to find a way to share these “treasures” with others. Ebay wasn’t going to work for this venture so I needed to look for something else. ETSY! When I joined, Etsy had recently begun to allow Vintage items. Ah ha! Just what I needed.
Many of my early sales were accidents, since I was just learning the ropes I had very little idea of what I was doing. Tagging, descriptions, titles, good photos – I knew nothing of these. What I quickly learned, however, is what a wonderful co-operative community Etsy was. People helped me, often without even asking.
Here are a few of my first sales
Since that time I have learned a lot about vintage jewelry and it has led me to seek out new items to learn about and offer for sale. It has been quite an enjoyable journey which I hope to continue on.