shop talk

I never really imagined opening a small business before I actually did it. The decision to create a vintage Etsy shop was made this past spring, as I began collecting items for my new apartment. I kept finding treasures that I couldn’t bear to leave on the shelves of my favorite thrift shops, and so they came home with me whether I thought I could incorporate them into my own decor or not. This posed a bit of a problem in terms of space and storage in my city apartment.

So, I took the next logical step and decided to showcase and sell whatever I knew I couldn’t use in my own home. I bought a camera, set up a very makeshift studio space with some fabric, foam board, and natural lighting in my bedroom, and got to work. My first sale surprised me; I had only opened up shop a day or two prior. I was thrilled and immediately hooked on the feeling.

Since my first sale in June, I’ve enjoyed what I would consider to be modest success. I was spurred to write this post by the discovery that I just sold three of my favorite vintage books to a customer in Texas. I certainly haven’t made back all of the money that I’ve invested in my merchandise and business essentials (camera, postal scale, packing supplies, washi tape, thank you cards, etc) but I think and hope that my business will become more sustainable as times goes on. I’m having a wonderful time with it, and it’s something I love to do in my spare time. Finding and photographing the items, doing research on trends and history, and putting a few special touches into packaging and mailing the sold items are all very satisfying to me.

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What has your Etsy experience been like? How did you decide to start your business? And what do you consider success?


About Emily

Hello! My name is Emily and I'm a 27 year old living in Raleigh, NC. I am a graduate student studying sociology and working towards my PhD; I run a vintage etsy shop in my free time.
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2 Responses to shop talk

  1. I’m here 🙂 I’m so jealous that you have an etsy shop. And that it’s doing well! I really need to either start an etsy shop or a booth at an antique mall or something. It’s getting to THAT point in my house. I’m off to poke around a bit more!

    • Emily says:

      Yes! I love having an Etsy shop because I love getting to photograph each item and highlight its charming details. Your photography is so great, I’m sure you’d be very successful if you were to open up a shop there. Thank you for stopping by!

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