Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi...

...you're my only hope!

Ha! That's one of our favorite Star Wars quotes around here.  Anytime things don't go quite the way we want, someone's sure to say it. 

So what am I needing help with?  Why would I feel like quoting that today?  Well, my items just aren't selling.  I'm trying to figure out whether my Etsy store is just not getting enough exposure, or if my items aren't what folks are looking for.   Despite offering a sales coupon last week, I still have most of the same items left in my shop.  (Whereas I had really hoped to sell more.) 

Any thoughts, suggestions, ideas? Please let me know what you think! 
Anyways, now that my Thanksgiving Sale has ended, I'm trying to decide (besides wondering what I can do to make my Etsy experience better) whether I will leave my shop open for a while or if I need to take time off from checking Etsy daily and instead focus on making items for my shop.  I've read how it's important to list new items frequently--that alone will increase your shop's exposure.  But I just don't seem to have time to make new items to list all that often.  (Do I really knit that slowly?  I don't think so.  But I just don't have 8 or more hours a day to "work" like some Etsy shop owners.  In fact, I'm happy if I happen to have 1 hour of knitting time and that's definitely not every day!)

So, for now at least, my shop is open and I'll consider any good business advice that comes my way.


  1. hang in there. your stuff is really cute and great quality. i don't really have much advice. i've always had more luck just selling stuff to people i know then when i've had my stuff in a store, but i've never had an etsy shop (or any online shop) so i don't know much about that. wish i could help more! if you love to knit (which i know you do) just keep doing it. if you didn't love it, that would be a different story all together. sorry!

  2. I did look at your shop when I saw you were having a sale! I would try selling the bunny hats and 4th of july ones closer to the time of year. people don't plan that far in advance most of the time, or if they do, they expect it to be marked much lower if it's off-season. I really liked the fingerless mitts but I honestly couldn't bring myself to spend that much on myself and it's more than I normally spend on gifts for others as well. (Maybe I am cheap, i don't know). But it's good stuff. I agree with Shana. Just keep at it my friend.