I have sold my handmade jewelry on Etsy since 2013. I started my first shop with the most basic of supplies and skills selling beaded wire-wrapped rings.
My excitement about the prospect of being a successful Etsy business owner fueled me through a very slow start to my business. For whatever reason, I believed in this business model. So I committed to the however long it took to see success.
It was quite a few months before I started to sell regularly.
In that first year, in order to increase my sales, I also opened another Etsy shop. At first, I was selling similar items in both shops. Eventually, I switched to selling jewelry supplies in the shop that was not doing as well as the other. Supplies kept me super busy and really allowed me to grow and improve my jewelry shop. However, after a couple of years, I stopped selling supplies and switched to selling body jewelry.
My Etsy experience has been full of ups and downs. Sales have been up, and sales have been down.
The Etsy platform itself is constantly changing. Some of the changes are good, others not so much.
Over the past couple of years, my shops have been on the back burner. I did not want to deal with both shipping and supplies issues, so I took an extended break.
In 2022, I decided it was time to dive back into my jewelry business. Although my jewelry is now available in my standalone shop, I still maintain my presence on Etsy.
My current two shops are:
- DonKatChaJewelry – I sell handmade wire-wrapped and hammered rings in this shop.
- SolidGoldBodyJewelry – I sell handmade body jewelry hoops and retainers using solid gold wire here.
If you are interested in opening your own Etsy shop, use my referral link to receive 40 free listings (I will receive 40 free listings as well). Etsy charges $.20 to list an item, so this offer is worth $8.00 in Etsy listing fees. You can only use this offer to open a new Etsy shop. It will not work if your shop is already open.