My real turning point came from farting around on the forums. I made friends with a few etsy regulars and a couple of etsy admins. I saw how shops should look and I decided to step up my game and make my shop presentable. It became a goal to become one of the featured sellers you see on the bottom page of etsy’s front page.I bought a good camera, I recommend a Canon, and started getting some representational shots of my work. I got a number of items featured on the front page and eventually landed that etsy featured seller spot I wanted.
I’ve had lots of luck since then. I was noticed by someone from Domino magazine, who first featured me on their website and then their actual magazine. That’s brought hundreds of sales and more requests for custom work than I could handle. I was featured in a UK magazine called The Crack, Read Magazine, Time Out New York, and a magazine distributed in subways called The Metro. A number of blogs have done features on my work and I’ve been on etsy’s front page from treasuries a number of times.
Beyond being lucky, I have some tips!