My Etsy Story : Spackle The Gap
1: I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t creating something or making something. I fell in love with photography the first time I picked up my dads slr camera. Coming from a family of photographers and artists it was inevitable that I was gonna follow the same path. 5 years ago I decided to turn my hobby into a business. I surrounded myself with people who encouraged me and pushed me to keep growing in my passion. When I met my husband 2 years ago he insisted it was time to open my own etsy store and take my fine art to a bigger audience. I was terrified! One day I came home from work to find my entire office moved into our dining room with my artwork all over the walls. Without his patience and encouragement I wouldn’t be on etsy today!
2: I’ve been running retail stores for 10 years now and I haven’t learned half of what I’ve learned on etsy in the last 2 years! I think the most important lesson I’ve learned from being a part of this fantastic community is without love and attention my store will never go anywhere. I put so much love and passion into my art; I need to put the same love and passion into my shop to make it blossom. The best part of being a part of etsy is the community of supportive artists always willing to help keep you focused, centered, and on track!
3: The best advice I could offer a new seller is don’t expect to put a new listing up and have it sell itself! YOU HAVE TO DO THE LEGWORK! Promote, reach out to your peers, email everyone you know and more people you don’t know! Contact bloggers, clubs, galleries. Love what you do, have passion for what you make, and don’t ever stop sharing it with everyone! Be proud of your beautiful work and your shop will grow in return!
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