You know how in life the biggest milestones are your first words, your first steps, your first day of school, your first boyfriend, getting your drivers license, your first kiss, your senior prom, graduating from high school, moving away from home for school, being able to drink...legally, your first time voting, your first job, your first car, getting married, owning your first home, your first child, etc. Well, yesterday I reached another milestone, but this time on Etsy. My first anniversary. Yes, that's right, my shop has been open for one full year. During the past year, I've had 139 sales, an average of 2.67 sales per week. My shop has collected 490 hearts, an average of 9.42 hearts per week. My items have been in 50 treasuries, almost one a week. And, my items have made it to two front pages. I'm not sure how that compares to other shops, but I'm pretty happy with these results. It has been fun and exciting. I never thought it would be so satisfying to have people buy something I made with my own two hands.
Equally as satisfying are the relationships that have developed because of Etsy. I've become a member of the Etsy Carried Away Bag Maker's Team~CABTeam. There I have met many other talented bag makers who have shared their experiences and successes ultimately helping me to grow my business. I have started a blog and highlighted other artists who have inspired me to keep creating. I've helped my sister open her Etsy shop and soon my daughter will be opening her own shop. I've also connected with local Etsians.
All in all, I'd say this has been a great year. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved. I couldn't have done it without you.