Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Birth of the Boutique

My sister-in-law originally taught me to make beaded jewelry, and before long the necklaces and bracelets started stacking up. What to to? I decided to throw a jewelry party for my co-workers in my home and it was a huge success! It felt so good to see my jewelry bringing pleasure to others instead of sitting in my spare room.

The idea of selling online began to appeal to me so I'd have a permanent way of displaying and selling my jewelry. My motive is not profit - I'm happy just to make back the cost of new supplies and listing fees. I enjoy seeing others take pleasure in what I create.

I started my Etsy store almost a year ago and it's been a lot of fun! I love seeing what the other Etsians are creating. Handmade items display a level of craftsmanship, artistry, creativity and fun I never knew existed in the world of retail! And that, in the end, is the real payoff of being part of the Etsy community.