I’m super excited to have created my own Etsy store called Sarah Marie Gallery! While growing up, I always loved drawing. During my senior year of high school, I discovered a passion for my own unique artistic style. Thanks to my AP studio art class, I found a love for creating abstract, zentangle artwork. This passion has continued to be a part of me even after leaving high school and is still a part of my life in college. At that time, I was also blogging and was self-discovering my passion for photography. These two passions have continued to grow and I decided it was time to share it with all of you!
For those of you who are also interested in starting your own Etsy store, here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Set aside 30 minutes. (And get excited!)
If you’re like me you are probably going to be a little nervous when setting up your site. It’s new! And as an artist, it can be difficult to put yourself and your work out there. However, setting aside 30 minutes to fumble around with the setup process is the first step to accomplishing your goal.
Step 2: Establish your brand: (Aka name your baby!)
Your store is your own creation, so chose a name you love! Personally, I choose SarahMarieGallery because I knew I wanted my name in my brand and liked the way Marie and Gallery sounded together. Naming your store can be a challenge, so try not to over think it, and have fun with your different ideas.
Step 3: Take photos of your artwork (High-quality pictures for high-quality art!)
Depending on the kind of artwork you are selling, the angles and amount of photos you will need can vary. For example, my work is all two-dimensional, so I only feel the need to post a single photo of my art. However, if you are selling jewelry, ceramic art, or anything three-dimensional I would recommend having a variety of photos for each piece so that you can show off all your art’s angles!
Step 4: Decide what price you want your work to be worth (You have to be able to pay for more art supplies am I right?!)
This can be one of the hardest parts for an artist. For, to us, it is hard enough to part with our work and a whole other challenge to make our creative process worth a monetary price. How I handled pricing was by seeing how other Etsy sellers priced their work and also took into consideration my experience level. Personally, I also considered how much work I put into my pieces. For example, my illustrations take more time and energy than my photography and therefore are priced higher.
Step 5: Decide your shipping process (See you later artigator!)
Do you want to physically send out your work or plan to distribute digital copies? As an artist, this decision can be based on your content (For example, some work can be digital whereas others are three-dimensional and need some sort of shipping process). Personally, I choose to start off with selling my work digitally, but luckily Etsy allows for both forms.
Step 6: Finalise your banking and account information (Check “I have agreed to the terms and conditions”!)
Etsy will ask for your banking and your credit information in order to finalize you as a seller and shopper. In addition, you will finalize your personal information (as if you are creating an account for any other site on the internet). While seemingly tedious, this final step will allow you to become a full-fledged Etsy store owner! Congrats and welcome to the club!!