Friday, August 8, 2014

Market Research

I think I've just about decided that I'm going to set up an Etsy shop. There remain a number of questions. One of them is, what to put in it? Many of you have been here along for the ride for a long time and have seen some of the things I've made. It's nice to have one theme for a shop, but I would get horribly bored making only one thing all the time. So this post is to garner some ideas from you, to see what people would be interested in and to see what would possibly sell.

Thoughts?

[Later: LOL, should I take it from the crickets chirping in the silence that everyone thinks an Etsy shop would be a bad idea?]

16 comments:

  1. Hi Matushka Anna. I think your big sellers will be the lovely baby and children's jackets and hats, but I also think you should think about selling some of the dollhouse sized accessories. Anyway, love your blog. It 's a great source of inspiration for this Orthodox newbie. God bless, Kate

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    1. I appreciate the feedback, Kate! And glad you enjoy the blog. (Always nice to know!)

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  2. I think it would be a great idea! In terms of a theme, how about little things? You could make baby clothes, doll clothes, even scarves and other accessories for adults too. Or, you could make your materials your theme -- I have come across more than a few Etsy shops that only carry things made from wool, recycled materials, etc. (I probably spend just a little too much time browsing there .... heh). Let us know if you do decide to set up shop -- I need to send some baby gifts to friends ...


    -- Valja in Scandinavia

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  3. I think you should definitely sell baby things (outfit, blankets,etc), and also maybe long skirts for orthodox ladies, especially young girls, since longer skirts are more difficult to find for younger girls these days.

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    1. I'll have to think about the skirts - I'm not much of a seamstress.

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  4. You are so creative an multi-talented. There is a market for all things knit especially baby things and bags. I think your miniatures would also do well. I've seen stores that offer a variety of things for sale. As long as the store looks cohesive with colored background the same, items photographed the same, it can work well.
    -Sophia

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  5. I no longer have little ones and my friends/relatives are beyond the little one phase too, so except for the occasional gift probably would not have use for baby stuff (much as I admire it!).

    I would love adult items - scarves, shawls, bags, etc.

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  6. tried to leave a comment before, but it didnt go through. I think your miniature knit things are amazing. I also thing there are not as many handmade things for boys and men out there as there are for girls and women.

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    1. That's true, although there seem to be plenty for *little* boys. The only thing I've made the boys recently are hats!

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  7. just catching up with things here! If you can make a sweater (with buttons, cardigan like) for children, I would be interested!!! I have a munchkin I know in mind... (feel free to email me). I think it is a great idea. Also your baptismal blankets are wonderful; you make a lot of great things and I think would be able to make some sales for sure!

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    1. Thank you! I'm thinking that it's going to be an all-around homey shop. Some small things (miniatures, booties, hats) and some larger things (baby sweaters, shawls, scarves) and some sewn things as well - perhaps dollhouse and doll quilts. I probably won't do things to order, but finish things and put them in the shop. That will keep the pressure off. (Although I may consider doing baptismal blankets to order, since I wouldn't want to embark on those without a customer. They take too long.)

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  8. I have an etsy shop and am involved in the world of Waldorf doll making. There is a huge demand for knitted doll items! I'd be happy to connect you with some of the groups I'm part of. Check out some of the waldorf dolls on Indiecart to get an idea of what is out there.

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    1. Oh, my, thank you! I do love making things for dolls!

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