My Etsy shop window

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Work in progress update

Further to my earlier post about my work in progress, I think, hope, pray, that I can safely say I've finished the job. It's sitting in the barrel polisher as I type and I hope to God it's still in one piece in there!

Jane Gallagher jewellery
Jane Gallagher jewellery
Jane Gallagher jewellery
Jane Gallagher jewellery
It was extremely tricky trying to find a way to hold the two elements together for soldering. I just had to make it up as I went along using plenty of binding wire.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Etsy in Europe

Etsy are making moves over here in Europe which is really great news.

Location and currency make a big difference to buyers. It's great if the currency rate is in your favour, but if not then it's a sale lost.
When it comes to location, this is something that I myself consider when buying. How big is the shipping cost? How large is the item and is there a worry it could become damaged travelling that distance. Not to mention the possibility of customs charges.
Getting more European buyers on to Etsy would make such a huge difference to all the European sellers already on there, but it would also mean gaining new sellers. Thus giving European buyers a wider choice of 'local' handmade goods than we currently have at present.

It's still a fantastic community to be part of mind you, not only because of the amazing stats they generate ($20.1 million dollars of goods sold in January!) but it's just a fantastic hub of creativity and inspiration.

There are loads of other sites that sell handmade and even some European based ones (such as DaWanda) but it takes a lot to maintain just one site (plus fees) so you don't want to have to spend all your time updating websites. Plus I just don't think any of the others have as strong a brand or kudos as Etsy.

Etsy's Postcard From Europe #1 >
Etsy statistics: January 2010 Weather Report >

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Work in progress

Years ago (maybe as many as 8 or 9), my mom did a quick drawing in one of my sketch books of a ring she used to own when she was younger. I can't remember the story of what happened to it but I always thought to myself that I would recreate it for her as a 60th birthday gift. Well, the time has come! Let's hope I can do it justice and that she still remembers it :)

Jane Gallagher