Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Playing Chicken With The Mail Man

I don't know where the month of December has gone...wait I do! I've played "chicken" with the mailman everyday! You know the game that you played as a kid, where you tried not being the first to blink or some similar version of it?

Everyday since right after Thanksgiving, sales online have exploded! It's been non stop painting, listing, packing, more painting, each and every day. Every day I would get up and see if I could get all the items that were ready to be shipped packed up and labeled before the mailman would make his stop. Some days I made it, some days I didn't. As you can see by this picture, this was a didn't make it day and meant a trip to the post office.

I hit a few milestones on etsy this past month. 2000 sales came and went! Then I had 100 sales in a week on etsy! So 2100 came and went. And if that wasn't enough another week of 100 sales on etsy!

Of course, I was also selling on ebay, artfire and my own website! Things have been crazy to say the least! On last count we shipped 313 packages containing 415 items. That's a lot of packing tape, foam wrapping and shipping labels printed.

Etsy has been extremely good to me this November and December. I had only 4 mishaps. Two signs went to the incorrect customers. Thankfully I was aware of it immediately and was able to correct it. One personalized sign had the name spelled wrong...again was able to right that one too. The last one was in my haste of sign stenciling, seems as if I omitted a word on a sign...sigh! That one is being corrected and will reshipped tomorrow. I guess it's not too bad considering the craziness that the past 3 weeks have been.

Anyway, I would like to take the time to thank all my customers that purchased from me this selling season. You allow me to do something that I love and still be home for my family...even if a few nights dinners were PB&J.


  1. wow you have been busy..what is your secret..I haven't sold anything since november..and it was only 1 item and that was on my haven't sold anything in months..sad as I think my stuff is pretty decent and so are the prices..but nothing..frustrating to say the least.but will have it for my shows that I do locally next year..will just keep plugging along I guess..i wondered where you went for a month..almost deleted you off my blog list as I thought you just quit..have a very merry christmas..;)

  2. Gina,

    Nope, I didn't quit...just didn't have time to keep up with everything. I don't know what the secret is except to list something every day. Etsy was up 50% for me for December and about 33% for November.

    Some suggestions would be to work on tags, descriptions, photos, and promoting your things, not that there is anything wrong with your listings now. You do have nice stuff. I just think people need to find it and sometimes that's hard on etsy.

    Anyway, I am back for now since I can finally keep my head above water...people are still ordering which is incredible to me...have 4 signs to do tonight.

    Have a wonderful Christmas too!


  3. Wow D, you are still alive and kicking butt I!!! Busy busy busy!!! Hey girl....Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
    HUGS and love ya!!

  4. Congrats on all your sales Dee!! So happy for you that you are so busy! That's wonderful! :)

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!! And Lots and Lots of sales in 2011!!

  5. Holy Moly girl, congratulations on all those sales!! That is awesome! I think you deserve to take the month of January off to get some r & r!