It’s here, Chronic readers!
I have finally set up my Etsy shop to sell wonderfully adorable, handmade stuffed animals!
You can find me here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NARlyGifts?ref=hdr_shop_menu
My shop name is NARly Gifts.
The word “gnarly” has many definitions, but the one I like the best is “flippin’ awesome.” My initials happen to be NAR, and I named my shop NARly Gifts because I sell “Flippin’ Awesome Gifts You Won’t Find Anywhere Else!”
At the start of October (https://iamchronicallywell.com/2014/10/03/the-great-48/), I changed my blog posting schedule here so that I could have an extra “Spoon” to use for other projects. I made a list of goals, and one of them was to create an Etsy shop before the holidays. I love making stuffed animals, specifically elephants, and I’m very happy to be making this first step into pachyderm-world-domination.
I wrote about the first one I made here: https://iamchronicallywell.com/2014/08/27/the-crafty-chronic-2/
Unfortunately, “character” fabric is copyrighted, and so I am unable to sell specific hero elephants on Etsy. Which is a bummer, because in addition to the Marvel superhero fabric, I also have Batman and Disney’s Dumbo.
(If you are local and interested in a character elephant, there is no issue in my selling one to you…it’s that whole “commercial use” venue where things get tricky. Disney really likes its royalties to be paid to them directly, you see.)
I had to come up with an alternative, and I found this great “Comic Words” fabric, which I personally think makes a pretty awesome elephant:
Elephants, while my favorites, are not the only stuffed friends I am selling.
I’ve also got bears:
As of today, there are only 4 items up on my shop- 2 Comic Words Elephants, 1 pink bear, and 1 brown dog (those shown above); however more will be up in the next few days! My goal is to have everything available by Tuesday, right in time for Black Friday shopping 🙂
I am super new when it comes to all things Etsy, but I’ve been reading a bunch of articles and blogs (there are so. so. many.) and I am excited (also terrified) to try it out for myself. Right now I’m only selling what I have made already; once I get the hang of things, I’ll expand to “made to order” in the hopes of selling a greater quantity.
Trying new stuff is scary. I feel like I have good ideas (“Maybe I should sell stuffed elephants.”) but don’t put them into practice enough. Sometimes it’s because of lack of confidence (“There is TOO MUCH information about selling on Etsy. How will I ever figure this thing out?”) or nervousness (“What if no one else likes super elephants as much as I do?”). Sometimes my chronic illness mindset muscles its way in (“Where exactly are you going to get the energy to make a bunch of stuffed animals?”).
But today, I’m choosing to say to all of that, “Take a hike.”
It’s scary to put your ideas and efforts out there, sure.
But it can also be fun!
I’ve decided I’m going to have fun with this. I’m allowing myself to learn as I go. If nothing else, setting up Shop is a new and different experience, and there is always something to be gained from new and different.
When was the last time you tried something new and different, Chronic reader? Do you have an Etsy shop? I’d love to know about it, and I’d love it if you’d take a peek at mine and let me know what you think!