If you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard, but I am planning on closing up my etsy shop. I don’t have a definite time frame that I’ll be closing it up for, could be a few months or it could be forever. Or I may actually just put it on vacation. Does anyone know, if you officially CLOSE the shop, can you reopen it again? I’m going to be traveling tons this summer and between blogging and work and just keeping up life with family and friends, it certainly wouldn’t be easy. As you handmade owners know, between making items, taking pictures, posting them, and making frequent trips to the post office, it definitely takes a lot more time and effort than it may look! I currently have a good amount of inventory leftover from recent craft fairs I’ve been apart of, so I plan on listing those items within the next few weeks. So there will probably be a few more months until I fully close up shop, but just wanted to give everyone a head’s up. I hope you understand!
I’ve honestly had a lot of fun with my shop. I’ve made a lot of handmade business owner friends, have truly learned what it takes to have a shop open, and learned a little bit about customer service as well. I definitely want to THANK all of the people who have helped me in getting started with the shop, given me advice on how to improve my shop, and of course to all those who have made purchases and kept me in business!! 🙂
Here’s some of my newest inventory, just listed!! 🙂
And to celebrate, from now through June 4, 2011, take 20% off your order with code MEMORIAL! Please help me clear out my inventory if you can! You can bet that all orders will get FREE EXTRAS as well!! All of my items would make great gifts, just saying!! 😉
wow, sandy i had no idea, but i understand where you’re coming from. no way is having a handmade business easy so it’s a much needed break, i’m sure.
look at me, talking like i’m a handmade/Etsy seller, haha! i just wanted to let you know that there’s no hard feelings. 🙂
glad to hear you’re still going to be blogging, though! keep up the great posts…
I can totally relate and completely understand. I’m not sure if you can close and then re-open, but I truly love vacation mode, because it does give you the liberty of re-opening if you choose to do so. I’ve had moments myself when I’ve considered closing, because like you said, there is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes with owning a shop. You’re such an inspiration and I love all that you do for the handmade community!
I heard and couldn’t believe it! You have the cutest things but I understand why. Thanks for the promos!
so sad to see you close up. 🙁 But, you have to do what is right for you, and you can always pick it up again! Glad you’ll still be blogging though, cause I’d hate to lose my KC blogging friend!
I can understand, Sandy, and yes, you can close the shop and reopen it in the future There is a post about it on one of the Etsy blogs I just read recently. I’ll see if I can find it and email it to you. Then you don’t have to lose all the work you put into setting it up.
I look forward to following all your adventures this summer, which I know will be fantastic, and wishing you the best with your shop sale!!! Wishing you and Marvin a great weekend ahead. xoxo – g
I am so bummed you’re closing your shop although I totally understand why you’re doing it. For selfish reasons, I hope you reopen eventually. My sister in law is in love with the bows that I have from you and I would love to get her one for Christmas!
hope that all of your sweet goodies get snatched up!
i am bummed that you are closing shop, but am so excited for you that you met so many cool people along the journey.. your store will be open soon! let me know when you are in la! would love to catch up! xxoo
Oh I think we all understand!!! You are a busy woman!! <3
it was the same thing with me! it’s like having a job…. takes dedication, commitment and a lot of time!
Hey stranger. long time no visit. Sad to hear about your shop but I completely understand. It’s gotta be tough when you’ve got so much on your plate. Your bloggy friends will still be here for you.
I agree with Tiffany – I was so surprised to hear that! But totally understand how busy life can be, especially between all your traveling, working, house hunting, and all your real life stuff in between. Good luck closing up shop – you have so much cute stuff, I’m sure it’ll sell out fast! 🙂 Hope to see you back on Etsy one day 😉
you deserve a break~ you already have so much on your plate! i don’t think people realize how much work really goes into owning a shop. i can’t even take the first steps to opening one because i see how much work it looks like! hope you get everything sold & taken care of so you can relax a little! =)
The pearl button hair pins are so adorable! 🙂
it definitely takes up more time than I expected and I havent had anywhere near as many sales as you have 🙂 I think there is a vaacation mode you can use. enjoy your break from it.
i can completely understand – i still don’t know how you manage to do all that you do! there’s so much that goes in to a shop that i’m sure it pulls you away from other things. this is a well deserved break for you!! 🙂
aw, the end of an era i think! i see shops close a lot and then you can give etsy your email and they will let you know when it opens again? maybe that is good!
awww, it’s sad! but I totally understand. My current job I have been able to post, and play online, but my new job might not be that way. . . so I will be much more limited 🙁 the price one pays!
What a bummer, but I’m sure it’s for all the right reasons. I can imagine all the hard work that goes into having an Etsy shop, but I hope it was an amazing experience. I hope it’s only goodbye for a little while 🙂
Sad to see you go – hope you come back soon when you have more time on your hands! I have a hard time even keeping up with my blog right now! Hah! Best of luck with everything dear!
I think that everyone is entitled to a break! You work so hard it is only understandable that you would like to take some time out for yourself! I hope you have a wonderful time traveling + just relaxing!
PS I would just put it in vacation mode with a little note saying that you will be closing up shop for a while.
Lots of love to you my dear!
sandy i saw this on twitter last night and it made me SO sad! but then when i read your post everything seemed to make sense. im sure that running an etsy shop IS a lot of work. and you are making the right choice. so happy it was a good experience for you and you made friends along the way. you are an inspiring person and i admire your work ethic. xo jillian
oh wow Sandy..I didnt know!! but I can see that it takes up a lot of time, plus you are always traveling..have a full time job..i dont even know how you do it!! hopefully down the road, you can reopen your shop again! wishing you best of luck my friend!!!
I just ordered those cute cotton candy earrings – they will be perfect for my daughter!
so sorry to hear that you’re closing up your shop! 🙁 hopefully it won’t be permanent. but enjoy all your travels, though! im always so jealous that you get to travel so much, sandy. 😀 when will you come to seattle??
Aw, I’m sad to hear you’re closing up shop (at least for a bit), Sandy! But your reasoning is more than understandable! Your Summer sounds like it’s going to be pretty incredible and you’re doing the right thing to take the time to be present & enjoy it! You have shared such lovely handmade items that I know have made many very happy! xoxo
It’s a bummer that you’re closing your shop, but it’s fabulous that you have so many fun things going on to take up your time!
I am really sad to hear this but I can relate! It takes so much work to keep a business going. Feeling overwhelmed myself lately! You have so much going for you that I am sure it will be nice to focus on family and friends a little more too! Will spread the word about the sale!
Oh Sandy, it’s a shame you are closing up but I can understand where you are coming from. I love my items from your store and I’m sure I will get more items before you close 🙂
sad to see you leave but totally understand… can only do so many things, and it’s challenging when one takes up so much time but doesn’t necessarily yield the return you want. regardless, you’ll see in a few months if this was the right decision… if you start it up, at least you’ll know exactly how to do it! so talented.
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Noooooooo Sandy, nooooo!!!! Haha. I’m so upset that I was away & missed your shop closing! I wanted to buy one of everything! Haha. Damn.
I hope now you are able to sleep in a little bit more, and are able to relax! You definitely deserve it! 🙂
(And sorry this comment is almost a MONTH late! My trip made me so behind on blog reading, AH.)