Dear Etsy

Dear Etsy,

I joined your team a while back.  I set up a store.  I prepared as if I’d soon be on your starting line up.  I’m sorry it’s taken me so long, but I’ve set a goal.  I’ve given myself a start date, which is August 7, my 45th birthday.

It will be a birthday gift to myself of sorts.  Between now and then I’ll keep chuggin’ along, trying to get enough stuff prepared to start my own store.  I’ve named  the store.  I’ve begun creating.  And soon it will be go time.

Up to now I’ve only been a BUYER.  Soon I hope to truly be a SELLER.  And I’m excited.  Because I have wanted this to happen for a long while.

Thanks, Etsy.  Thanks for the opportunity.  Thanks for being there.  I know we’ll soon be really good friends, at least that’s my hope.


Debra Glenn Monck

etsy logoIf you’re unfamiliar with Etsy, I suggest you GOOGLE the word and explore.  I will not go into detail here on what it is and how it works.  For me, it yields an opportunity to display and [hopefully] sell things I make.  My aspiration is to use items I’ve recycled:  bottles, cans, things I find in my backyard, etc.  Some call this upcycling.

Months have gone by when I’ve considered attempting the sell of my wares would take too much time and not be worth the effort.  That could very well be the case, but one doesn’t know until one tries, correct?  So, here we go.  What finally sent me over the edge was the fact that money is tight.  And it would be nice if that wasn’t the case.

I saw the following on Seth Godin’s blog recently, and was especially interested in #9:  Thinking about money, as I have a job but would like some extra cash.  I can’t recall all of them, but I’ve noticed subtle messages like these often as of late.

I’ve found that people who don’t craft and create don’t get it.  They don’t comprehend the thought process that one goes through when an idea hits.  And the dream of someone else wanting something you’ve made.   But that’s alright and I try not to let them get me down.  Nonetheless, putting oneself out there is not always pleasant and is sometimes an open invitation to critique.  I’m at the point where that sounds better than the other side of the coin [not having anything available for critique], so again, here we go……

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