It’s my last transition week from the shop/crafting to writing and drawing, and I’m more or less on schedule. I’ve listed most of my new items, like the bag at left, in the Etsy shop, and the others will be good to go after another photoshoot or two. I have a couple of custom orders that I hope to complete by the end of the week. Starting Friday, select items in the shop will be discounted for the SF Etsy Team’s holiday sale, and my coupon-laden holiday newsletter will go out at the beginning of next week. With the Christmas rush just starting, it’s going to be a busy couple of months at Satsumabug in spite of my hands-off intentions!
Coincidentally (or is it?), while I’ve made an unusually high number of online sales this week, I’ve also felt compelled to do much more Etsy shopping myself. At the close of last week I spent hours browsing my favorite shops, even placing several orders for items both practical and frivolous. Inevitably, I wound up making Treasuries to showcase the items I loved but couldn’t buy. I started with the treasury at right, inspired by the gorgeous lotus earrings in the upper right-hand corner of the image.
Then, bolstered by compliments on the first treasury, I made another, this time featuring relatively inexpensive items that would make lovely gifts. Maybe it’s because it was a weekend, or maybe it’s because Etsy is looking for gift-themed treasuries, but this one got ranked much higher on the main treasury page, accumulating six times the views of the previous treasury. I’m pleased to note that several items from both treasuries have sold since I posted them; I like to think I helped with that!
If my Etsy obsession continues, I may keep on making treasuries regularly, but who knows where the rest of the year will take me?