… I sell everything around Tribal Style and Tribal Fusion costumes: Bras, belts, headpieces, and some jewelry I design myself by using old and new materials depending on the look I want to create. I also sell the components for the customer’s own creations and I also sell the needed jewelry to make the look complete. I have to say I am more than thankful to have found a good provider for the needed authentic materials.
… We sell hand headed mask lanyards. The materials we use are a 7 strand beading wire, seed beads, and xl large lobster clasps. What makes us stand out is we offer a variety of colors (over 50 options) and we use an extra-large 21mm clasp that easily fits over the straps of any mask straps and is very easy to manipulate. We also thought the larger clasps would make it much easier for younger children to use.
… It has certainly been challenging but I just see the whole experience as a learning experience that keeps me both motivated and happy. When things go right it is great. When things go wrong it’s a great opportunity to learn why and realize it is just part of the experience. What keeps me grounded is not taking the whole thing too seriously.
… One of the most challenging aspects of running a business is adapting to the changing climate, things that are outside of my control. For example, changes within the structure of websites I sell on, the ebb and flow of consumer patterns, adapting to time of lower or higher volumes, etc., and just trying to keep all the wheels running at once.
… The works I sell are all made of glass. Creativity in the mind takes place constantly. I may be inspired by a fallen leaf of a tree, a sunset, a flower, a passer-by’s dress, a mistletoe on a stone, or a starfish lying in my son’s hand. My products are usually unique, unique, even I can’t create another one myself. Sophisticated technique, my own made glass blends, bead shapes made by hand without the use of molds.
… I sell ALL supplies for jewelry design. Sterling, gold-filled, rose gold-filled, gunmetal, antique brass, antique silver, stainless steel, silver-plated, gold plated, leather cord, semi-precious gemstones, Swarovski crystal beads, and components!! I believe my shop is attractive to many different levels of jewelry designers because of the way I offer products.
… The jewelry pieces that I have in my shop are made from solid silver 925 and genuine gemstones. I always searched for the best quality jewelry because I view it not only as a piece of jewelry but as a piece of art. I believe that my products stand out due to the fact that I am passionate about providing the best there is which is valued by the customers.
… I sell beautiful jewelry that ranges from simplistic to statement. And lovely jewelry making supplies such as charms and chains. Having sensitive skin myself that often turns green or rashes easily, it is extremely important that I use materials that are affordable and safe for sensitive skin. Almost all of my pieces are hypoallergenic, tarnish-resistant, and nonirritant.
… I make titanium wedding rings as my flagship items. I was one of the original makers of them, starting back in 1993. Most rings are fairly simple, so they are simply designed in CAD as 2D drawings. I have computer-controlled mills and lasers that help cut the raw bar to the near-final shape, and they are all finished by hand. I was the first to do wood inlays in titanium rings.
… When you run an Etsy shop, customer service is very important. Responding and interacting on the Etsy platform is essential. Getting the right keywords in your title and the first few sentences of your description makes the difference between being found or not. Understanding SEO and learning to work it is huge. I am still struggling with that.