Woot woot! I made my first Etsy sale on a jade green sea glass pendant. Actually, it’s not my first Etsy sale. I used to sell art cards on Etsy and sold dozens of them a couple years ago, but I don’t have time to paint anymore. It is my first sea glass sale, however. How fun!
The competition on Etsy is brutal – especially in the jewelry category. The term ‘sea glass’ has more than 20,000 search results! Has sea glass jewelry reached the tipping point?
The problem with this saturation is that 1) it’s really easy to get WAY buried by other sellers’ listings 2) there is so much competition that it’s hard to charge a fair price. It kills me that I can walk into Ardene or Claire’s and purchase a crappy ‘Made in China’ necklace (made with cadmium?) and pay just as much or more as a piece of handmade sterling silver, sea glass jewelry.
I’ll give this a few months and see what happens. Thing is, I really dig making jewelry. Are there other selling avenues aside from the art/craft show circuit?