Re-Nest readers are no strangers to Etsy. We feature eco-friendly, handmade goods from the online marketplace regularly on our site, and encourage readers to buy local and sustainably produced items—which is precisely what Etsy offers. And you know, we tried opening an Etsy shop once. It's a lot of work.
As we were last-minute Christmas shopping yesterday, we realized that behind each creative Etsy storefront is a very strong-willed person (or a group of folks with steely determination) who's willing to keep up with orders, communicate with customers, package items, and ship them. And that's all after they've spent hours crafting their wares.
In fact, for some folks, it's a full-time job (and for others, it's a full-time job on top of a full-time job). Check out this New York Times piece about exactly what it takes to be an Etsy seller. It's an interesting read that gives one an appreciation for what goes in to each hand-stitched iPod case or hand-printed organic scarf.
Selling handmade art takes a lot of work: so if you're giving handmade this year (and we hope you are), be sure to thank the person who made your gift!
(Image: I Love My Bicycle by Etsy seller sweetnaturedesigns, featured at Re-Nest.)