Sunday, May 16, 2010

#122 unofficial etsy featured seller - staroftheeast

#122 unofficial etsy featured seller - staroftheeast
Date joined etsy -7/2/07
Sales to date - 1845-Give us some basic info about you: name, where you live, kids/pets, favorite ice cream flavor, etc.

We are Esther and Estella, mother and daughter duo. We live in sunny Marmaris, Turkey very close to the coast. Beside the two of us we have 14 dogs, all saved from the street or bad owners.

-Describe an average day in life of "you".

We don't have an average day, with 14 dogs we often have surprises like vet visits. A typical day might include a post office trip, grocery shopping, custom orders, unfinished projects, normal life and social activities. We often rotate our creative work pattern, so when we are bored by jewelry we make bags for our bag shop (StarBags).

-Were you creative growing up/what did you enjoy doing?

We both always enjoyed creativity, our backgrounds are civil engineering and interior decorating. We have been making things forever, with a low budget creating things for ourselves and home. Making it a business took a while though.

-What made you want to start selling on etsy?

Selling locally didn't really work out or at least not seriously enough to make a living of it. In July 2007 we discovered Etsy and have been hooked ever since. It is not expensive to sell there, and is an ever changing place with plenty of like minded people which has been great.
-How long did it take for you to get your first sale on etsy?

It took us exactly 2 months for our first sale to come. To sell constantly took us 6 months, with hard work on retaking pictures constantly.

-Top 5 favorite foods, tv shows, and bands?

Favorite food: Pastas, salads, chips
Favorite tv shows would be ER, LOST, Desperate housewives, Monk

-Is there anything you'd like to try your hand at doing? Knitting, baking, soap making, wood working, an instrument, etc.

We constantly try new things, that's also the fun side of having multiple shops to explore many categories and materials.
-What would you suggest to new etsy sellers to promote their shops?

What you put in to your shop you'll get out of it. Waiting for miracles doesn't work you have to work hard on your shop and items. Great item pictures, shop announcement, profile, shop policies, item description everything needs to be clear and good to be able to sell.

-3 etsy shops you just LOVE?

EarlyAttic, JessicaDoyle, KreativLink we have great experiences with all 3 of them!

-One year from now, I hope my number of sold items is ....

Past the 2300, hopefully :)

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As always, thanks for reading :)