Monthly Archives: March 2011

Etsy ~ Have you heard of it yet?

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How many of you have heard about Etsy.com?

Etsy is a fabulous new website that is for crafty people and lovers of everything vintage.  It is like eBay but with more of a community feel. I started using Etsy at the beginning of this year. I’m quite amazed at all the opportunities it provides, especially the community feeling that they like to cultivate.

As mentioned in earlier posts, Etsy is for selling vintage, handmade or craft goods.  Vintage goods have to be at least 20 years old.  Handmade goods have to be made by you or someone in a coop with you.  And craft supplies will be just about anything!  It’s a great way to sell items that are hit and miss on eBay.  I’ve made a few sales so far and am hopeful they will keep coming!

Listing fees are only 20 cents per item and you get longer exposure than eBay, a couple of months instead of 7 days.  This also means you can start your item at any price!  Etsy will take a percentage of your commission but the low listing fees mean that putting a lot of volume up is cheaper than Ebay.

My favorite part of Etsy so far is their new feature, the treasury.  In this section people can create a theme and showcase items from other people’s shops.  This helps get the other seller exposure and people will come to your shop just to see who made such a cool list!  You may get a sale out of it as well as the other sellers you are showcasing! It’s a win-win plus a great way to promote the community.

Another cool thing is that you have circles, which are like Facebook friends, where you see all their activity and what they have shopped for. People can favorite your items or your shop so they get updated when you list new stuff!  It’s really a cool idea.  Artists needed a way to get their goods to market and Etsy does all that plus more.

If you haven’t checked out Etsy or if you want to learn more check out my shop here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/JsssikaRabbit

Come shop the Etsy way!  You’ll be amazed what you find…

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A quick overview of the ways you can start making money now

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Here are some of my favorite ways for working with reselling goods and just clearing out stuff while getting something in return.  They all have certain nuances and eventually I will be writing detailed articles on each. 

Clearing out stuff never felt so good

To begin I wanted to introduce each venue so you can understand what they are.

Ebay

Ebay is my favorite way to get rid of almost anything for a decent market value.  Sometimes it’s hard to start so usually selling higher value items is a great way to build up a good reputation.  There is also the aspect of dealing with buyer questions, shipping and after sales concerns. It’s a lot of work but a lot of payback too.  You can always find a person who sells full-time to sell your items for a certain percentage too.  I find that many things hold good value, you just have to describe your items well and take awesome pictures to show off every aspect.

Etsy

Etsy is an awesome new community where people can sell vintage, handmade or craft supplies. There are some truly unique items on its website.  In addition to the awesome goods, it provides people who are crafty with a way to market their goods.  Again, customer service and shipping will be things you need to consider. Etsy also says that the seller has to make the good, so if you want to sell your handmade items you have to do this on your own. Though I’d imagine you could still find someone to sell the vintage goods you have if you wanted to do that.

Craigslist

Craigslist is perfect for selling large, bulky items or items that won’t sell online.  It might surprise you how interested people are in things you think are junk. And if you aren’t worried about profit, you’ll find everyone loves to haggle.  Usually the buyer can pick up at your house but beware because there are scams on this site.  Use your intelligence and think through things that seem too good to be true.  A lot of people don’t know there is a free section on Craigslist where people give freely and curb-alerts are found daily (giveaways at people’s curbs).

Freecycle

Maybe you tried selling goods and learned that there isn’t really a market on any site for your items. Freecycle is a great community resource usually found in large cities. It provides people who need things with people who can offer them, and it also works like the free section of Craigslist.    Check to see if your city has one.  You’d be amazed what people are looking for and giving away.

Makeup alley

Are you a girly girl with tons of makeup, purses and bath goods.  If you want more stuff instead of money for your items, you should really give Makeup alley a try.  On this site people freely trade with one another.  You arrange for a trade of goods with someone and if you both agree to the trade, you ship items to one another. Tokens are given to keep the community honest.  Be wary and only swap with people who have established records when first beginning, you’ll get the hang of it!

Abundatrade

I recently stumbled upon this awesome site that lets you make money by trading in books, cds and movies.  They give awesome prices, comparable to what you’d see on Amazon’s used sections. Send in your items and they’ll send you money straight to your paypal account.  You can even trade for other goods if you want.

I think that’s all I have for now – I hope this is enough for you to experiment and learn from.  I’ll be adding more detail about each service as I use them more.  I’ll also let you know if I find out about more great ways you can make money off things you no longer need!  When you simplify your home, your aura has more room to grow.