Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thinking Easter--and talking baskets...

Some time ago I came across a pair of colorful vintage Easter baskets that took my fancy. For the last umpteen years my husband,  Buzz, and I have been basket fanatics--ever since we lived in Charlottesville, Virginia, where  Buzz was a professor of theatre. On the weekends we'd pack a lunch, get into the car with our daughter Keri, and head off to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley, where we hit the "antique trail," back then an amazing treasure-trove of bargains (I don't know about now but I'm supposing it's still pretty great).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Filling Up My Etsy Shop, Little By Little

Over the past few days, other than dealing with the flu (which hit a number of people in our family, including me--I'll spare you the specifics), I've put up a few more items on my new Etsy shop.

Figuring all this out hasn't been easy, beginning with trial and error taking photographs, one of the keys to selling in this online marketplace. Given the worldwide competition every seller is facing, each photo in a shop has to be colorful, compelling, well-lit, balanced, etc. etc.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

First Listing!

So yesterday I finally bit the bullet and jumped onto Etsy as a vintage seller. Here's my first listing,a colorful enamel-on-tin teapot from my own collection:

Monday, March 14, 2011

What's Etsy?

 It was the desire to simplify my house and thus (hopefully) my life that began it: the idea of going on Etsy.

Actually my grandson led me to it--my grandson the sometimes Ebay dealer who used to sell lego figures he made to kids all over the world or, more recently, refurbished electronics.

One day I was trying to figure out how to put some of my excess collectible stuff on Ebay and asked him about it, but he only shook his head. "Don't even bother," he said. "Ebay charges way too much these days. What you want is Etsy."