Sunday, May 23, 2010

#129 unofficial etsy featured seller - thebeadedlily

#129 unofficial etsy featured seller - thebeadedlily
Date joined etsy -1/18/07
Sales to date - 1083
-Give us some basic info about you: name, where you live, kids/pets, favorite ice cream flavor, etc.

My name is Sarah Kelley and I was born and raised outside of Savannah Georgia, where we still live. I have a cat, Rip, that I found in Egypt and a cockatoo, Mirka. I like quiet places.

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

I get up when Mirka makes it impossible to sleep any longer and drink my coffee while I read my email. I try to go back to bed at a sane hour. What happens in between all depends.

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

Always. I used to make my own coloring books. I played with drawing, sewing, carving, cooking, crocheting, embroidering, cross-stitching, beading.

-What made you want to start selling on etsy?

It was a shot in the dark. I'd tried eBay before and Amazon auctions, craft fairs, home parties.

-How long did it take for you to get your first sale on etsy?

Maybe a month? A month and a half? It seemed like forever, though I was trying very hard to be patient.
-Top 5 favorite foods, tv shows, and bands?

Sushi, pizza, pot pie, cheese, fruit.
I don't keep up anymore. But I was a Trek fanatic growing up and I loved the X-Files.
Bands is worse than TV. I hardly ever listen to the radio. Half of the names that win awards anymore are totally foreign to me.

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

Everything. Art or craftwise there's nothing I can think of that I wouldn't jump at the chance to try.

-What would you suggest to new etsy sellers to promote their shops?

Make your shop beautiful. Make it a nice place to visit. Let your photos, verbiage and graphics reflect the quality of your work. Then attract people by renewing and create a constant influx of new work. Get some business cards. Add your link to the signature of your email. Talk about what you do. Make yourself easy to find.

-3 etsy shops you just LOVE?

Limiting me to 3?! Impossible!
And more, but I'll stop now.

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

2079! Can I hope?

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As always, thanks for reading :)