Tuesday, November 3, 2009

400th sale!

We had our 400th sale in the Etsy shop tonight! Which is terrific in itself, but the best part is that, by chance, the 400th buyer was my very good friend, and old college roommate, Jessica, who happens to be one of the most stylish people I know. (She's also one of the smartest: she's a Doctor and an art historian, and writes about perfume on the Now Smell This blog, which anyone who has any interest at all in perfume or scented body products and candles should be reading.)

How cool is that? Thank you, Jessica--and everyone else who has bought from us! I have absolutely loved my first year on Etsy. Andy and I are full-time vintage sellers; it's not a hobby for either of us. It's a lot of hard work and it's often frustrating. We know we'll never get rich from it. But we are lucky to be able to do something we love and believe in. And the Etsy shop has totally rekindled my love for what I do.

In other cool news, my wacky vintage mod harlequin boots were on an Etsy admin-curated front page last night with a Holiday Gift Ideas theme. They do totally look like elf shoes don't they? Hmmm... *off to change some tags*

I hope everyone is having a good week. Andy and I are busy (um, well, in all honesty, Andy is doing all the work. Thank you Andy--you rock!) trying to get an indoor photo studio set up in the basement. Finding good light for photo-taking is a challenge in the gray Michigan winters. Wish us luck!



  1. oh congrats! congrats! congrats! must go look at the shop and see what's left :)

  2. Aw, thank you for the kind words! ;)
    I had no idea I was a "milestone" customer. I just needed that blouse, naturally, because it has *roses* on it! Congratulations, Karen and Andy, on your stellar first year on Etsy!

  3. Yay! 400 sales is amazing! You guys have done such a great job and it is always a treat to see what is new at Small Earth!

    Here's to 400 more sales!

    Good luck with that whole lighting thing. I know it ain't easy.

  4. aw sistah! i know about that hard work. i only recently started selling full time and the transition from hobby to "work" was tough. i'm pretty small time right now but hoping once i settle east i can start expanding on other ideas (and dragging the bf into wee "empire" - i need his help!). you're luck you have an andy and you're able to work together, i'm looking forward to the same... maybe yous two should send over a handbook.
    xo michelle

  5. Congratulations on your 400th sale! Your shop is so awesome, so I'm sure another 400 sales isn't too far down the road.

    Good luck with the indoor studio!

  6. Thanks, you guys! You have seriously warmed my heart. :)

    Andy brought home some lights today. Cross your fingers!

  7. mazal! i'm at once green with envy and happy for your incredible success!

  8. Cool! Congratulations and continued success to you and Andy.


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