Some of you my have noticed that the Etsy Mini has returned - will soon have things in it!
I have decided that for this holiday shopping season I would put some of my things back on my Etsy store. Not all of them, and not all at once.
There will also be new treasures once they have been photographed. Little by little, more things will show in all three of the shops I run - not just the one on Etsy, but my Zibbet store, and my MadeItMyself shop. It doesn't matter where the purchases come from, so long as they come, so far as I am concerned.
Etsy is the only one that charges per post and then takes 3% of the total sale, so its fees are the most expensive, but sadly is also the most popular, so yes, it will be populated from now until around the end of January.
Remember what I said in September, about hand-crafters needing support this holiday season? This is the kind of thing I'm talking about. It's not free to post things on all these sites where you find your hand-crated trinkets and jewelry and furniture and toys, clothes, shoes, accessories, whathaveyou!
Those of us who hand-craft put money up in the hopes of making it back, just like any business. The problem with most hand-crafters is, they don't have the huge amounts of money to spend on advertising. We all rely on each other, social media, and small ads here and there when affordable. The more we make of course, the more we can spend, but that fluctuates so much that we never really know what our budget will be!
We hand-crafters can't make something from nothing - most of our budget goes back into materials - NOT into our pockets. Having been a skilled carpenter's daughter (and may he laugh at me from where he is now to hear me calling him a skilled carpenter, since I know I got my dissatisfaction of ANYTHING I made from the same trait in him) I know the general prices of lumber. So when I see something like this:
I know that time was spent selecting the wood, and I also know that cherry wood doesn't come cheap! Beyond just buying it, it has to be lovingly shaped, molded and joined to produce a beauty like this! I also would not be shocked if this is the product of about 50 trial-and-hatred attempts. A good half of my father's "scrap lumber" came from him building a shelf or even the furniture that up until a few weeks ago had been in our living room - He'd look at the "finished" product before stain or seal, judge it "That sucks!" and rip it apart before any of us could stop him - or even ask what was wrong with it! (Usually it was a "that joint isn't quite right" or "that looks off" or "it's not squared right" - imperfections that WE couldn't see, but he could.) He could spot an imperfection in his work faster than I spot imperfections in my own! But we both share that "Nope, I hate it!" trait. Perfectionists. Gotta love us!
In short, the price for that table isn't "IKEA" cheap. It's also not "Department Store" cheap. It's up there with the much more expensive lines of furniture from places like Thomasville. Built well from solid and beautiful materials, crafted with love, not necessarily to order.
Clay is another thing so many people take for granted when looking at prices. Sculpey's cheap! you may say.