It all started with my annual holiday ornament project…
Every year I knit or sew goofy holiday ornaments for my friends and family, and every year one kind friend tells me I should sell them on Etsy. I’m always flattered, but had never done it because I make them for fun, not profit. But last December this friend joined forces with another dear friend and they offered to help me get started. They told me to gather a few of my ornaments then took me to a couple of shops that featured local artists. The encouragement I got from the shop owners surprised and motivated me.
After I stumbled through the process of setting up an Etsy account, I was discouraged because there were gazillions of people already selling cute, goofy things.
Much to my amazement, three hours I got my first order! And it was from a complete stranger, not my mom or best friend. My first customer ordered a sloth ornament. I quickly learned how to process the order and get it shipped. Beginner’s luck? Maybe, but the next day I got two more orders: one for 2 sloths; the other for 2 custom made ornaments: a Siamese cat and a rabbit. And later that same day, someone ordered a jellyfish.
Since then I’ve been designing and making all kinds of things. Here are some examples, and yes, they are for sale. You may contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BenevolentBuddies
For your sweetie pie on Valentine’s Day.
For St. Patrick’s Day
For your special Mom.
To celebrate a graduation.
And a variety of custom made items…