I'm one of those people. Quit your day job and make money on Etsy!! Well, not really, I had kids and a husband in the military and we moved around to random places. I had to give up my corporate-america job and I needed an income. I slogged away and made mistakes and learned and got better and found my niche. I made a decent living.
The past year has been a slow and steady decline. It seems to be the case for most sellers I know. You would think I'm upset, but really, it's alright. I actually can't do woodworking anymore, which was the meat of my Etsy sales (like 99% of my online sales). I want to focus on local customers and local sales. I want that connection - not the customers wanting the Amazon speed and China prices, but with master-craft handmade quality. I really just want to make teas and other herbal items.
Soooooooooooooooo..... is Etsy dead? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Do you ever shop there? Have you even heard of it? Have you shopped less in the past year than in the past? Should I just close it up and say the past 8 years have been fun?
A work in progress