Etsy has been a hot topic lately; it’s crazy really. Crazy like I’d be rich if I had a dime for every time someone’s asked “Are you on Etsy?” this year alone. The growing site is great + I’m not discounting it — even the whole going public thing that had crafters up in arms doesn’t bother me.
Here’s the thing though: back in the day, I was on Etsy. Even pre bird + beau, I had a little shop. So when I started b+b, Etsy is what I used to get my new shop up quickly + easily. Shoppers would ask “Do you have a website?” “No, just on Etsy,” I’d reply.
I made the switch to my very own pretty and self-designed site a couple of years ago and I love it. I use Shopify which makes having a beautiful shop + easily-managed back end a cinch. It’s great.
What isn’t so great is this weird shift that has somehow taken place in shoppers’ minds wherein Etsy is preferable to a website. So now I get asked “Are you on Etsy???!” and I reply “No, I have my own website.” And then the “Oh, you should be on Etsy”s roll in.
So I gave in. I blew the dust off of my lonely vacant shop + prettied it up once again. Now select bird + beau goods are shop-able on Etsy. (There’s even a sale through Monday for 15% off with code HAPPY15.)
For my fellow makers: are you on Etsy? (Do you love or loathe that question?)