I posted a few new things over on the Etsy site tonight. (Check out the offerings in the Etsy Mini at the bottom of the post.) As of right now I still can't accept credit cards or Pay Pal, so that doesn't help sales very much. I've got mixed feelings concerning a Pay Pal account. I know there are plenty of people out there who have them, but I can't get over my fears.... all those "what ifs" are lurking in the dark corners... (I just got this image of a purple and orange monster with a long crooked nose staring at me from behind my bedroom door. Now what's that about?) I understand that the people who do have Pay Pal accounts, and/or are looking to buy online, feel much more comfortable with a seller that accepts forms of payment other than a check or money order. I know that I do. Besides, it's a hassle to sit down and write a check out. I mean really, like who does that? (I do! lol)
I don't have credit card/Pay Pal options available on Etsy, but I can accept those forms of payment on My Website (FiddleLee.com), which goes through The Homegrown Market (almost like and Etsy for items handmade in America).
Life..... yikes! I got a new car today! Well, it's actually a 2005, but that's new for me. I've been driving the same old beat up 1994 Ford Tempo since I first learned how to drive. It was a great car. It got me where I needed to go (for the most part) over the last 5 years. I have pictures of me sitting in it on my 18th birthday when I got it with a big grin on my face and waving at the camera. If I'd known then that I'd have the car for 5 years I might have died. The only reason I was so happy about it then was that it was a first. We all know that those memories of firsts stay with you forever. (And oh how I wish some of them would go away and stop following me... like my first boyfriend.... ugh, we won't go there.) The car (the Tempo) was some shade of ugly vomit gold (there's really no nice way to put it) and it always seemed old, even when it was new for me. Now my new car.... (I'm still trying to get my mind around the fact I got it) is a silver 2005 Ford Focus. It's cute and it suits me pretty good. It's not showy, but it doesn't look like an old persons car (not that I have anything against the elderly, but I don't want to seem 53 instead of 23). I'm very happy with it. The only drawback is the whole money issue. (Why is that always the case?) Basically I've increased my monthly bills four-fold since I've got the car payment and my insurance almost doubled by adding collision. I'm freaking out!! ::scream and a bit of hair pulling:: I'm a starving artist. How am I going to make my bills?? My mom's answer when I asked her? Get more fiddle students (yeah, cause that's an easy thing to do) and sell more of my jewelry. I LOVE both of those options and would LOVE to be doing that regardless of whether I needed to make payments. But if any of you are artists you know it's not like you can wiggle your nose and everything falls into place. If only....
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