Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A DREAM



I'm just like many of you.
I want to create things.
I want those things to be good enough.
I want them to catch eyes and bring in money.
I want to use that money to put food in my baby's mouth.

Online people can be a little fierce.
I'm learning that people want to monopolize everything.
Etsy, for example.
There has been some suspicious stuff happening. Random Instagram follows by a popular blogger, only to be unfollowed twenty minutes later; her online friend doing the same thing just a few minutes after that.
It's really sad to admire a person, her blog, and her Etsy success so much, only to find that there is a lot of ugliness lurking beneath the surface.
I will never be able to wrap my head around a very successful person talking crap about a single mom with an Etsy shop that has had a whopping fourteen sales.

I'm creating.
I'm not stealing ideas.
I'm trying to figure out how to make it in this world.
I'm a single mom in college.
My mom is able to keep Cooper while I'm in school, but that is the only help I have.
Getting a job isn't an option right now.
I need to sew and sew good.
I need to succeed.

Spread the word.  Support small businesses.  I always go to Etsy first. I want to support others and their talents while getting what I want/need at the same time.

I think it's important to say that my things are priced to sell. I've read that other Etsy sellers are mad because different Etsy shops are "stealing" business by having lower prices.  All I have to say about that is this: it is the name of the game, if I can make a profit I am happy, I am not going to over-charge my customers that I appreciate so much. I am also not going to do a disservice to myself.  I know what I deserve to earn, and I am earning it.



8 comments:

  1. That's exactly why I went to your shop when I needed a changing pad cover made! I knew you were a young, single mom and I would rather give my business to someone like you than an overpriced etsy shop that already has a million sales. You did a great job with the cover and if I ever need anything else for my little guy's room, I'll look to your shop first. I hope your shop continues to grow and can provide you with what you need to support your son! :)

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    1. You have no idea how much I appreciate it Kiri!!! You're the best!

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  2. "Stealing" business with lower prices... wow. That's pretty much the cornerstone of how the free market works. I don't know who is trash talking you, but if they are pointing out that your prices are better, they're doing you a favor by sending business your way. I think most people just want to save money, so in the end, I hope they are coming to you. Good job on your price point!

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    1. I think so too! Here's to hoping that people can see through the show that's being put on in an attempt to turn people against everyone but themselves!

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  3. I've followed along with your blog for a while now but never commented however today I feel like I need to.

    I want to start by saying that I think you are incredibly brave and determined for pushing on with what the last few months have bought you and taking it in your stride. I applaud you for continuing your schooling and wish you every luck in finding gainful employment at the end of it. You seem to be doing a wonderful job with your son, he certainly looks very happy in all your pictures.

    That being said, when I read that other blog post I realized pretty quickly who she was referring to. Honestly, I think it's a class act that she didn't 'name and shame' nor did she really talk down about you. She simply stated what has happened.
    I do not think you are a bad person and I don't think you meant to cause her any harm. The price point issue is a long battle in the handmade community. As a Mommy who sews myself, it's a battle I've faced too and I've often been slammed for under-pricing my goods.. well sorry but until it's an established brand, I can't make sales with those high prices that other Etsy stores get away with..
    And nobody deserves to hold the monopoly on crib sheets or change pad covers.. no more than they do bibs, bunting, blankets or any number of items that many make.

    However, your store does sell items clearly made from a tutorial on her blog. A tutorial that specifically asks you not to sell items made from her instructions.

    I think you would be best to remove those items and perhaps reconsider how you photograph others.. so the label of 'copy cat' cannot fairly be used. Neither of you is the first to start an Etsy store, however surely you can see the similarities between yours and hers. Perhaps try and focus on some different items? As a Mom you must know of some other things to make that you would like in your son's nursery. If design is not your thing, then purchase a pattern and give credit for it, nobody has a problem with that.

    A little healthy competition is good for business but we need to be smart about it.
    Don't make money off tutorials others have shared freely.
    Don't copy their photography styles.

    I really want you to succeed in this, I want every Mommy on Etsy to succeed so we can spend that little bit more time with our babies. You seem like a smart girl so I hope you'll take what I've said on board and understand that it comes from a good place.

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    1. Yes, my son's nursery has aqua walls just like her sons does. That's about where the similarities stop though. I don't use the same fabric she does and I don't make all of the same things that she does (yet!!). The thing that is most hilarious to me is this.... she is selling a quilt for $150 a piece that she got from a blog tutorial. No where in her listing does she state where she got the pattern from. She's no different than I am, she just has a larger fan base!

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  4. Hey Libby - I have been selling handmade for over 7 years so if you ever need help or want to ask questions/ bounce ideas off of someone please feel free to email me! I think your taste in fabric is awesome!

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    1. Thank you!!! I will definitely be doing that! :)

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