ASpinnerWeaver sells general handwoven items which change but can include: scarves, shoelaces, guitar straps, camera straps, shoulder straps, guitar strap kits, belts and more.
iWeaveSashes caters to folks who do historic reenactments as well as those who might need a sash for their Native American regalia.
Over the years, I've made hundreds of sales combined in these shops. I've learned a few things and there is much more to learn. Since I have also been employed full-time during these years, I feel like I am not doing as much as I could to promote my shops and fine tune the content. But, when asked by someone new to Etsy if I have any advice or can I help them to figure out how to get started, the answer is YES!
While Etsy does a great job of providing information for sellers here in the Etsy Sellers Handbook
The links next to them will take you to helpful articles on Etsy's site.
Shop name: https://blog.etsy.com/
Banner art: https://www.etsy.com/
5 Photos for each item: https://blog.etsy.com/
Item descriptions: https://blog.
13 tags (keywords, search words) for each item: https://blog.etsy.com/
Shipping costs and policies: https://blog.etsy.
Shop policies: https://www.etsy.
About page: https://blog.etsy.com/
And finally, I'd like to tell you why I think selling on Etsy is a good idea.
1) They have got Search Engine Optimization figured out. Anyone searching the web for anything, especially "handmade" is likely to find referrals to Etsy right off.
2) You can network with other sellers, make friends and help each other to promote.
3) If you want to have a website, but don't want to the expense and complication of setting up a shopping cart on your site, you can create an "Etsy Mini" like I did to give customers access to buy your products.
Etsy has begun a new program which is spreading around the country (and in the UK) one city at a time. It is designed to offer help to people who would like to become sellers. It is called the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program" and more info can be found here: http://craftentrepreneurship.com/
Footnote: If you are already an Etsy seller, but want some tips on how to make your shop better, are you signed up to get e-mails from Etsy? On your Account Settings page, click on the E-mails tab and sign up to get one or several regular messages from Etsy including tips, education and inspiration.