Friday, September 11, 2009

Is it eBay...is it Etsy...or is it a little bit of both?


The Boog is sick. Nothing heinous, but enough to throw her off her game of foraging and digging through Mom and Dad's things. (The kid really isn't that interested in toys. How boring. She wants whatever you have, preferably paper.) When one of us is sick, the house implodes.
It's like Thing One and Thing Two have been given the run of the place, but there is no magic box that I can cram them back into! So, amidst this chaos, I am trying to establish order somewhere. I think I am going to start with my whole eBay/Etsy conundrum. You didn't think that I would start by cleaning the kitchen, did you? :-) So here it is: How do I manage both eBay and Etsy? I know that there are many, many talented artists/biz gals who do a fab job of it. So how do they do it? How do you do it?

I would love to hear your strategy! Do I list originals on eBay and prints on Etsy? How many listings should I have in my Etsy shop at one time? How do I keep traffic going to both my eBay and Etsy shops? I do think that I will try to keep some originals on eBay (like this angel painting--I listed her last night, complete with fun, dimensional flowers!) and try one on Etsy every now and then. Prints on eBay seem to be . . . unpredictable. Time and energy are of the essence, and it seems to me that knowing where to put your focus is key. Well, I didn't answer my question; but I feel much better putting it out there!

Oh, I did come across a site on the Etsy forums for getting your art more exposure. It's craftgawker.com and it looks promising. (But please don't blame me for the hours you'll spend gawking!)

Well, I'm off to wiping Boog's over-active nose and working on drawings for future paintings. That's the extent of my multi-tasking. I'll leave the crazy house for later!


7 comments:

Sonny said...

Hi...I came across your blog via Michelle's. Your artwork is absolutely beautiful. Wow! I'll be back for more. :) Have a great week!

Jenn said...

Well, irony of ironies, i should have read your blog BEFORE sending you a message about originals on Etsy! Good luck with this Autumn! Wish I had some advice for you :)

melissa said...

I would love to know what you find out... I am debating the same things... Etsy, Ebay or Artfire? Then there is all this facebook business to boot! So tricky.

I am sure buyers will find your work wherever you list. It really is so lovely. Especially love the eyes.

Autumn said...

Thank you, Melissa! It does seem to be a juggling act! And I hadn't heard about Artfire. Now I'll have to check that one out, too! :-) I'll definitely be sharing what I decide.

Autumn said...

Hi, Sonny! Thank you for checking out my blog! I would love to see you around again! ;-)

Micki said...

My etsy shop was going very slow for a while, then I started putting some pictures onto flickr and I started getting more sales, fingers crossed it continues x
Good luck with whatever you decide.

Micki x

Autumn said...

Great tip, Micki! Thank you!!!

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