- This week’s accomplishment has been to open an eBay store, Karen Tiede Studios, and stock it with merchandise. Wish it were as simple as writing that sentence, but after a few false starts, I figured out enough of a routine to ease the pain and loaded my available rugs and a few carvings to the site. I have no idea whether this will actually increase the sale of my art, but it’s certainly simpler than learning how to add a shopping cart to my site and eBay is where the traffic is already. Trouble is, merchandise in stores is listed at the end of any search, so it doesn’t get a lot of visibility. Need to work on my store keywords a bit more and hope to improve results from google et. al.
The next awareness, however, is that now I can pay a bit more attention to art forms that have not sold well / at all in the local markets, given that I am presenting my art to a global audience. People around here see the shell flowers and the baskets and think, “I can do that,” and then they never do, but they don’t buy my art either. I am hoping I can reach a market that might have a place for my art but no means of finding the material–apartment dwellers with balconies, for example, or people who don’t ever get to beaches with shells. The same holds true for the rugs. I have given over an entire room to the processing and storage necessary to stockpile the inventory it takes to knit an interesting rug. Anyone can make one rug from a pile of old t-shirts, but not everyone can collect 10 pounds of teal and turquoise fabric and make my latest log cabin creation.
Anyway, I can’t get to the spring shows because of the knee surgery, and the annual cost of a basic eBay store is still less than a weekend at the Sanford Pottery Festival. A worthwhile experiment. And it will get easier, and I’ll learn to write better copy, in time.
Originally written March 17, 2007
Closed store July, 2010, due to increasing frustration with eBay’s rules, updates, and general headaches trying to keep items in the store. Also, PayPal made it a whole lot easier to offer e-commerce options on my site.