When I waxed enthusiastically about Etsy yesterday, I didn't mean to imply that my first two sales on Etsy was the first time I had ever sold artwork. On the contrary, my first sale was a portrait commission for the Kellogg Foundation in 1984, over 20 years ago. I remember it well as it was a difficult assignment for various reasons, not the least of which was that the person who's portrait I was doing was deceased and I had no good reference photos. Most of my artist colleagues can identify with this. That started my love/hate relationship with commissions which has now turned to just hate.
What thrilled me about Etsy was several things:
1. It was easy!!! (Especially for me, due to the fact that Carlynne is our geek.)
2. We have only been on Etsy for about 2 weeks and have had 6 sales!
3. My stuff had only been up for a little more than 2 days and I sold 2 pieces!
4. Everything I read on the Etsy help info says that you must be patient waiting for your first sale, it takes time.
5. I had never sold anything online before!
So, why were we so special? Was it just good luck or really good work or something else? Well, of course I like to think that it was just really good work. And maybe it was. I also think that the prices were right for the economy. We have two price points right now in our Etsy store, $25 and $200. In good economic times, $200 is a great price for original art on canvas. In this current economy, it is the $25 pieces that are selling.
Our plan is to post good quality, original artwork at affordable prices. We want our work to be obtainable by people of modest means. Does that mean we will not sell larger, more expensive pieces? Are you out of your mind? But I believe that we will always have smaller more affordable ones even after the economy improves. And we do enjoy making the smaller pieces.
Above I have shown one of our 5X5 pieces on canvas board which sells for $25. It is displayed on a miniature easel (not included in price.)
So, visit our shop at hershbergerhuff.etsy.com when you can and be sure to let us know what you think.
Have a peaceful, loving and creative day.