I was writing about selling on Etsy yesterday and wanted to continue with a little bit of that.
First, I’d like to just say, I’m not one of the naysayers of Etsy. So if you’re reading in the hopes of another sob story about the platform, my apologies, that is not happening here. I love selling there and while I’m not a “top seller” I enjoy some comfort in selling regularly. I have shipped to many countries outside of the United States and that’s a privilege I wouldn’t have had without Etsy. And I absolutely ADORE my customers.
Before you read on, please understand that there’s a huge difference between MY customer and the people I’m about to tell you about.
My customers are actually purchasing, have purchased, or are going to be purchasing my products. These people have not and will not. Some days it can be exhausting. Like when people absolutely refuse to read the detailed descriptions I’ve worked so hard writing for each of my over 100 listings. Chosing instead to message me at 1:00 am to ask, are these dishwasher safe? Or, are these lead free? I always answer politely, professionally but it’s everywhere in my shop. Food, dishwasher, and microwave safe. Lead free!
I rarely ever hear anything back from those people and I just assume they’re not my customer and just accidentally fell into my shop and decided today was the day to test someone, anyone. Haha! It’s all good. I learned years ago to turn off my phone at 9:30 pm for my sanity. Am I losing potential customers by answering their 3 am inquiry at 4:30 am? I hope their notifications are off too.
The best (sarcasm warning) ones are “serious” inquiries that take several days or even weeks of discussion back and forth. I quote, I’m ordering tomorrow! Literally at 3 in the morning. To date, that was over five weeks ago? I’ve joked that maybe there should be an increase in my pricing for each additional day of conversation. Because you need to know, these are actually full blown conversations.
People literally tell me about their cats, how they got them, their breed, how old they are, their diets. I have so many photos of other people’s cats and dogs, I really want to do a video on YouTube for them. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this. But I am running a business and if you’re just lonely, I think there are probably better ways to meet people than choose an Etsy seller selling cat bowls? I absolutely love learning my customers’ stories and I am thrilled to be a part of their every day solutions.
See, I make a special cat food bowl. It’s designed specifically for cats who suffer from whisker fatigue. Since I have these cats and run a pottery, it used to be called A Cat’s Life Pottery. Because they rule my life. I realized at some point that I was only making things with cats. Or at least mostly. So my wife and I set out to come up with the perfect branding that would open up my creative process and allow me to make whatever I want. Now. Since changing to Method Pottery, I need you to also know. I’ve never made so many cat food bowls!!!! Haha! Some irony in there somewhere. Again, life is getting in the way of blogging. So an update on the search for hot pink. Two of the red glazes came in today. The other red came in before this plan was considered because a friend wants me to make him a red butter dish. I’ve never made one so that process might get a cameo here soon as well. It’ll be FUN!
The photos are of the red underglazes, a few of the cats. Ashwagandha (ginger ale kitty, he has his own story that I’ll have to fit in here somewhere.) Sylvanas (the calico model,) and maybe Lily Grace, the little black dwarf kitty on the bed? A few cat bowls I made and a happy shiny mug. My next post will continue with how I actually started making regular sales on Etsy and what drove me to the point where I had enough of the methods initially encouraged. I’ll give you a little hint. I started out in an “elite” Facebook group that bled over to Twitter and Pinterest. If you made it this far, you’re a hero and deserve the world. 💜 Angela