Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Eating Crow

Sing a song of six pence,
A pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie;

When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Was that not a dainty dish,
To set before the King?
I love Mother Goose.
So last September I stormed out of Etsy and slammed the door. My reasons were as follows:
1) A saturated jewelry category
2) Favoritism of particular sellers for the Front Page
3) The lack of quality control when it comes to Resellers
4) The crappy SEO search
5) The Relisting/Renew spiel
And now I'm back. What gives? Plain and simple: 1oooMarkets was picked up by Bonanza. I didn't want to go to another site that sold pretty much any and everything.
So, I'm back on Etsy. It seems hypocritical doesn't it? I get ticked and leave in a huff, now I'm back. First off, I still stand by every single one of my statements in my prior blog post.
However, I know what I'm getting myself into this time. I understand that my jewelry will pretty much sink out of site due to the sheer numbers of jewelry sellers on Etsy. I am prepared for that. However, I am not going to "Relist/Renew" just to bump myself up. I understand and still see the Front Page favoritism. Fine. They are talented artisans as well and the treasuries are well curated. Whatever. I've made it to the FP before and I know that just because one is featured there, it doesn't mean sales. The Reseller bit? Oh, it is still there and Etsy probably doesn't care one bit. How many people have wasted their time flagging items only to see them there weeks later? Tons. I'm one of them. I'm not doing it anymore. I am going to expend my energy into taking care of myself.
I've rejoined the Homefront Team on Etsy, who are a great group of people that I have alot in common with. We are spouses or former military members. I like it there. I'm comfortable. That's where you will find me.
The bottom line is this: I make jewelry for several reasons. One is I need a creative outlet for myself and this is my way of doing it and it makes me happy. Number Two is even more important. Because a portion of my sales goes back to Specially for Children, they can buy art supplies, a toy, perhaps a piece of equipment that goes to caring for children with cancer.
::steps off soapbox::


  1. Good for you for not buying into their BS renew-to-bump-yourself-up spiel.

    Good luck with your second go-round.

  2. Glad you are back at etsy. I totally understand your reasons but I like that now you know to focus on yourself not the bad stuff. Good luck!