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I have been on etsy less than a year. Every month I set a goal: try to beat last month’s stats.

There’s a lot I’ve picked up on: the value of a shop name and the “story” for your shop, finding your target audience, shipping strategy, and marketing on social media. I look to other shops to see their community and online presence.

Here are a few etsy shops I come back to, because I admire their passion. Each artist also has their own “feel” and they all dab in the gypsy realm. I also include a crochet artist who lavishes in the digital world of video games. When I make things for my shop, I try to make things that are personal to me, not a carbon copy of something else. I try to create something original, something that I would swoon over.

Of Mars

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Darby and Cikity

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Crocodile Smile Shop

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And I actually just found this shop today<3 Which I love because the fan base is so huge, there are so many loyal followers on this page.

Cosmic Sun

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When I go through my favorite artists, I’m reminded that I need to post MORE pictures on facebook. And I’m also wondering, what I DO sell – I don’t just sell “alternative” newborn photo props (star wars inspired, dragon ball z inspired, sloth, etc) – I also sell amigurumi, or when someone asks me “The japanese art of knitting and crocheting animals” and I’ve also dabbed in my own crochet crop top designs.

HeartoftheHealer

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For months I’ve debated a new name for my shop. And another thing is the OVER PROMISING. I must enjoy shooting myself in the foot.

I admire these shops because I also imagine the free time it takes to produce. Apart from working a full 40 hours a week, I must clock in at least 2 or 3 hours a day devoted to crochet. And keep this a secret, sometimes I resent the time it takes, because I want results fast. I expect fast results and quality work – and I know custom orders expect more. I also resent it because while I’m hurrying to finish one project, my mind can drift to several other side projects: maybe some jewelry I’m putting together, or a science fiction book, or my desire to reach level 10 on LOL.

I always come to crochet though because deep down, crochet gives me the courage to feel beautiful. I haven’t learned how to use a sewing machine, but I adore making my own tops, and now I’m learning to make my own bottoms. I also love turning something I love into something tangible: Zero the ghost dog, Cyndaquil, the adorable cowboy boots, and a bunch of other things I’ve never put in my shop – bow headbands, roses, blankets, dreamcatchers, mandalas, bags….I’ve always got something on my hook.

The Emerald Stitch

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