Etsy Shop Last Call

My Etsy shop has been an adventure and a learning experience. I thought it would be a good way to post things for sale that I made, or that were store samples from my purchase of yarn shop inventory in 2018. I have sold a few items, but not a single thing in 2022. I have made zero effort to get traffic on my site, so this is not surprising. While it is fun being able to say “I have an Etsy shop”, I am not sure it is right for me any more. After thinking about it for a long time, I have made the difficult decision to close my Etsy shop.

It is a kick when something sells, but it is not making any difference in my financial life. When there is a sale I think “now I can buy a fancy coffee” or “I can buy more yarn” but I am able do those things whether I sell something on Etsy or not.

There are listing fees of .20 per item for three months. That is not a huge expense and by itself is not much of a factor for me. The listing fees are on autopay, but twice now the debit card on file had expired, so the payment failed. I tried unsuccessfully to update the information on the card. Another card on file did not work either. I was able to pay the listing fees using my paypal account, and then I tried to transfer the amount from my business checking account to our personal account so the expense was in the right place. The amount was $4.80, but the minimum amount to transfer was $5.00. I transferred $5.00, but that does not match the amount of the Etsy fee for my bookkeeping purposes. ARGGGG. Too much hassle!

I have never wanted to be a production machine with dozens of similar items for sale. I like to try new things, and not be pressured to finish them on a schedule. Most of the things I make are for the purpose of trying things or for myself or to give away.

When we have been in Arizona in previous years, I brought all the items listed for sale with me in a plastic box, with materials for shipping in case I got an order. The second year in Arizona I tried selling the items at a weekly outdoor craft fair at the RV Park. I sold one hat. Wool items are not big sellers in Arizona. Sitting at a table for several hours every week prevented me from doing other things. This year I put the Etsy shop in “vacation mode” while we were in Arizona for three months. I think my minimal traffic was about the same as when the shop has been active.

I have always had a problem with conflicting priorities and goals. It takes a certain amount of energy and attention to keep the Etsy shop going, even when there is no activity. The only effort I have put in to generate sales is having a page on my blog about it, and handing out a few business cards. There are things I could do to direct traffic to my shop, but I would rather do other things. When we have gone on short trips of a few days or a couple of weeks, I have just hoped there would not be any orders while we were gone or not even thought about it at all. Based on my experience over the last year, that was not a problem.

There is another reason I am making the decision to close the Etsy shop that is the tipping point between keeping it going and letting it go. There is a change coming that will have a big effect on my time and energy. We are going to grandparents in June!! We are super excited about this new development. Our son and daughter-in-law have also just relocated from Chicago to St. Paul, MN, so it will much easier for us to see them. I expect more trips back and forth from our home in West Central Minnesota to the Twin Cities. There will be time spent being grandparents. Closing the Etsy shop will be one less thing to manage so that I can focus my energy on things that are more important to me.

Following are photos of several items I have listed for sale. Some of the things I knit myself, some are store samples from when I purchased the entire inventory from The Yarn Shop in Glen Arbor, Michigan, when it was liquidated. I wrote about that adventure in an earlier post.

I will still have a few things to sell, but I will figure out another way to offer them up that is more flexible. My Etsy shop will be open until the end of May, but I may not be able to fulfill an order immediately due trips back and forth to Minneapolis this spring. Click on the link if you want to see what is there or make a purchase on my Etsy shop while you can. Stay tuned for future posts about things that I have already knit for the new grandbaby!

Published by Meg Hanson

Hello. I am a recently retired empty nester. My husband and I moved to Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, after living most of our lives in the Minneapolis area. I have no trouble keeping busy with knitting and spinning of wool, selling yarn and handmade goods, reading, walking, watching movies, surfing on the internet, traveling, doing bookkeeping for our family cabin, and spending time with family.

16 thoughts on “Etsy Shop Last Call

  1. Yes there are so many cute baby things to knit. I have already knit some, but I was not supposed to post about the baby until recently. Now I can finally post about those projects!


  2. Everything you have made is very beautiful! But I understand your decision to close the ETSY shop. It reminds me of my ebook. Creating it is one thing. Marketing it is another. And like you, I’m not really into marketing. There are other more fun things to do in life. And now you have a wonderful, new fun thing that will be a big part of your life – a grand baby! Congratulations, and I am very happy for you! And the move closer is icing on the cake!

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  3. Thank you! I once heard that writing a book (or creating things to sell) is like giving birth. The birth is just the beginning. I will still enjoy making things, but Marketing is not my thing either.


  4. Congratulations on the grandbaby! I love the earwarmer/headband in the last picture; that’s the sort of thing I wear on those rare occasions I need something since hats aren’t my thing. Your feelings about your ETSY shop are pretty much how I feel about my books. I love writing and have stories to tell but the marketing aspect just sucks my soul dry.


  5. Yes that is a good description. These days it is not that hard to self publish something, but in most cases you have to really put in some effort to make any money. My mom at least broke even on her memoir, so that was pretty good.


  6. You have made some lovely things Meg. I create for the sake of it and to try new things, and if I don’t give things to family or friends, I will list items to sell in my SumUp shop. I closed my Etsy shop also as it was actually less productive than Ebay or Craft Fairs. They take so much out in fees. Since I have been making art batts for a craft fair, I have re-evaluated what I will spend my time on. You have such a wonderful thing to look forward to and are so lucky.

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