Etsy: Handmade goods, vintage, supplies.
I've been a member on the handmade online marketplace since March of last year, and have always been as obsessed with it as much as the first day I discovered it. There are so many beautifully made items, and such talented sellers! It's no surprise that a few weeks after discovering it, I felt the uncontrollable urge to sell there also. Behold my ever-morphing shop: Modern Buttercup.
The community there is so nice and welcoming, the staff friendly, and the customers a dream come true. It was like heaven. As my shop continued to grow (and shrink), I learned a great many things and found out that soap is hard to sell, jewelry had a very saturated market, and graphic design services sold well, but clients were hard to reach.
And despite the little things that bugged me, I continued to sell with hopes of doing well. But then, too many changes were made, tons of sellers began to pour in, and slowly things started to dry up.
It was only about a month ago that I decided to close it down. It was a really hard decision to make, but it was then I realized that it was hard to leave because it was so nice to be part of that little tight-knit community and it's lovely sellers -- and not to be part of that was kind of crushing. (Not to be dramatic or anything)
But now, I thank my lucky stars that I'm doing well where I am now, with my own little independent design shop of my own, free of listing fees and SEO worries.
I'll always continue to shop on the site as it continues to grow, and who knows? Maybe I'll open up shop again someday. But for now, I'm going to enjoy life as it comes and pour my heart into blogging.